This week I started an online course, Intuitive Collage with Shelley Klammer
. (Collage For Self Discovery).
"This is a course in authentic, creative self-expression through collage. This is for those who may doubt their creative powers, yet long to be creative, and for those who want to deepen their self-awareness and cultivate a more solid and joyful connection to their inner, authentic self."
I am really enjoying it and though I'm still in the first week of the course I've already had a few AHA! moments. In the past when I've started a collage I tended to overthink it and tie myself up in knots, get frustrated, get bored and then give up before it was completed. This is the first time I have created a collage intuitively, choosing each element because it "jumps out at me" rather than it being a case of, I must find something red that goes with such and such a theme. And yet a theme does appear but I only noticed it half way through the collage.
The weird thing about these collages is that I will go off and do something else for a while and when I return to touch them up, I'm quite surprised by them. It's almost as if someone else has created them. I put this down to the fact that I'm feeling the process rather than thinking it. A right brain process rather than a left brain process.
It's also been a great opportunity to loosen up and play......and whilst playing I am experiencing insights which of course is the whole object of the exercise.
"My collage unfolds with a force greater and more generous than I could ever plan for. The patterns and colors are instantly opulent and richly detailed. I find a warm red Celtic scroll, a verdigris fossil. I look for small finishing details, a wing from a bird, a ladybug, a church steeple. Finally it feels finished and I feel complete, more whole than when I began. I look up at the clock. Where has the last hour gone?" - Shelley Klammer