I’d forgotten about this tool which used to be such a favourite, until I dug out one of my journals to show a friend who was feeling a little low. I had to do a bit more digging around in my memory before I retrieved what had prompted me to start making these. It turned out to be from the Simple Abundance book by Sarah Ban Breathnach ( January 28th). In it she suggests getting a hard cover journal and every evening before sleeping making a little colour collage from magazine snippets.
I suppose it was the fore runner of the moodboards/vision boards/dream boards. I dated each page so it has an extra appeal for me to see how the images reflect what was going on in my life at the time. I was creating these more than ten years ago, and looking through them I see lots of images of Italy and especially Venice. In the meantime I have visited many times. Or there’s an image by an artist whose work I now have hanging on a wall. I’m tempted to pick up the habit again for a few months along with my “palette collection ” exercise. If you in any way feel that you don’t know what you like, or what your dreams are this is one technique I really recommend.
I also owe this book a HUGE debt of gratitude as it led me to the Artist’s Way. I can not say enough good things about the AW methods for living more creatively, finding out what makes you happy and generally having more fun. ( All of which also makes you nicer to be around ! ) I’ve done the AW on my own first of all, and then together with a friend. If that seems to daunting you could also look for a group to work with. If you are in central Scotland Mary Gordon runs regular classes in Edinburgh and Glasgow. See her selection of “Five on a Friday ” later this week.