I found a bag filled with assorted paper scraps, cards, envelopes, magazine clippings, printouts of e-mail newsletters, and stickers. It was like a time capsule from 2010. That is how long I've had this bag waiting patiently for me to do something with it. To the outsider who doesn't art journal or create collages, this bag would look like trash. For me it is a bag of treasures.
I work intuitively selecting images, colors, patterns, and words that feel right. There is an "inner yes" that I listen for as I pick through the bag.
I started with the "Whale Song" mandala in the upper left corner. It was one of my "sticker mandalas" that I posted for my weekly 100 Mandalas Challenge.
Next I found the woman holding the bowl of fresh veggies. I loved the shapes in this image - the interesting background and her triangular shaped hat.
The groovy orange and white pattern came from a birthday card. Finally I have a place for it in this journal. My journal is quickly turning into a reference file of color and pattern combinations that I love. I know it will inform a graphic design project in the future.
The Laurel Burch sun and moon image was on an envelope from another birthday card.
Stepping back all of these images work together because of the common color throughout: orange. Orange and blue are a beautiful combination. The next time you are at the grocery store, look for this color combo and you'll see it everywhere. You'll see blue and yellow or blue and orange. They complement each other well.
The last touch was drawing some lines and writing about my virtue word of the week. I pulled the "accountability" card. Admittedly, the messages in the card didn't speak to me. It was focused on taking responsibility for one's actions, owning one's mistakes. When I thought about accountability, the "count" part of the word resonated. My family and colleagues can COUNT on me, rely on me, trust me to follow through. I'm often motivated to follow through on things when I feel an accountability to others. I've made a HUGE commitment this year to produce and publish content weekly for the 100 Mandalas Challenge. I tend to pour myself into any project that I undertake and this one is no different. What keeps me going? The people who are actively participating in our sharing circle and witnessing the positive impact of what I'm creating and publishing. I do what I do because I love it. I keep doing it because it makes a difference for others.
This second spread started with the image of Grace Kelly in the lower corner. I found a magazine page with a whimsical painting titled, "Bee Hive at Sunny Brook" by Jane Filer. I cut it up to fill the three squares on the page.
In my bag I found an e-mail newsletter from Tama Kieves dated 09/08/10. I had highlighted in blue several passages. Tama was talking about how she stayed the course for so many years before she finally published her first book.
"It's the tiny choices that determine your life.
Moments add up into months and years...
Those moments became a direction.
That direction became a destiny."
A couple of ladies found a seat in this square. I like the detail of the little bees flying around them. I was struck by this Tibetan proverb:
"If you want to know your future,
look at what you're doing in this moment."
Tama writes about how she asks herself in the moment,
"What do I really want?"
and then she said,
"I just had to listen."
What are you doing in this moment?
What do you really want?
It's time to listen.
I never know what will appear in my journal. Join me each week as I share my creative journey.
Kathryn Costa, Collage Diva + Creative Dabbler