For years I've wanted to create a dreamcatcher of my own and when I saw this exercise in Susanne Fincher's book, The Mandala Workbook: A Creative Guide for Self-Exploration, Balance, and Well-Being for Stage Three, I knew it was time to make one.
I enlisted the help of my husband. I liked the idea of us working together, side-by-side on this project. I picked up a grapevine wreath. Here Fernando works on stringing the green cord that we had leftover from one of his other projects.
I took color copies of some of my painted papers to create paper beads.
I cut them into triangles and journaled on the plain paper side. I recorded our shared dreams for home, career, relationships, and more.
Some of our dreams were more specific while others we kept generic.
I rolled the little pieces of paper and glued them into beads...
while Fernando finished the "web" part of our dreamcatcher.
Fernando used a hot glue gun to secure the little nest and eggs.
Fernando also took great care to string the feathers and beads.
It really meant a lot to me that I worked on this dream catcher with my husband. We have been a couple for only three years now and we have so many shared dreams. It was a wonderful process to collaborate on this totem.
We have it hanging up in our bedroom poised to catch the "bad" dreams and to let only the "good" ones through. Since hanging up the dream catcher I've been more mindful of my dreams. While they are not all pleasant they are indicators as to what is preoccupying my mind and heart.
Another idea is to draw a dream catcher. Pictured above is one created by Megan Warren.
For more inspiration check out this Pinterest board of dream catchers.
Learn more about the Great Round in these posts:
Stage 1: Resting in the Darkness (Includes an interview with the author Susanne Fincher)
Stage 2: Floating into the Light (Includes an interview with Susan Paul Johnson about mandalas as a spiritual practice)
Stage 3: Turning Toward the Journey (Includes interviews with Sadelle Wiltshire and Heather Plett about Labyrinths)
Join me tomorrow as I share not only my Turning Point Mandala but how I approached the exercise in a fun and easy way.
Kathryn Costa, Collage Diva + Creative Dabbler
Kathryn Costa, New Hampshire, USA
I started the 100 Mandalas Challenge to explore the creative possibilities within a circle and discovered so much more: creating mandalas is a powerful tool for relaxing, healing, and cultivating joy. When I'm not creating mandalas, I enjoy collage and art journaling, photography, and Ikebana (Japanese Flower arranging). I live in New England with my Brazilian husband, Fernando. www.truenortharts.com