Monday, February 11, 2013

365 Inspirations—42: Collaging with my Husband

This is my husband Yoon's collage
"The creation of an art collage from the soul is an inner journey that allows your soul to speak to you. Your soul's voice can be heard through the images, feelings and insights that surface..."—Kathleen Carrillo
Okay, I know. Collaging is probably not the norm for a "date night" with your significant other, but that's how my husband and I spent Saturday night and we were in bliss and completely content.

I got out all the art supplies, made a couple cups of Market Spice Tea, sliced up a Minneola (Have you had one? It's a cross between a tangerine and an orange—delish!), put on the smooth jazz station and got down to business!

Thankfully, my husband was happy and excited to join me in a night of collaging. Both of us LOVE talking about our dreams together and we love the creative process. I feel lucky to have a husband I can share my ideas and thoughts with. 

Collaging uses the right side of the brain. It's a completely free-flow kind of activity and easy to do. All you need are a bunch of magazines, some glue, colored paper, stickers, colored pencils, and any other art supplies. I learned from my best friend Lena, who is an art therapist, that drawing a circle with a plate on the paper is a way to focus the collaging project, but you can also just collage freely on the entire paper.

Both my husband and I chose to draw a circle with a plate. Then we got busy and quiet cutting out words and pictures that sparked our interests. I found a bunch of puffy stickers I must have bought a while ago with all kinds of travel images on them and used them in my collage.

After we finished, we spent time looking at each others collages. I realized that my husband and I are more alike in our interests than I thought. We both put images of travel, yoga, retreats and money (having money is helpful for doing the other things ^_^) on our collages.

The collage I created on Saturday night!
I have been doing collages for years and have led collage activities at yoga retreats with my husband. They are always one of the most inspiring activities we do at retreats.

I'm always amazed to find that things I've collaged about years ago have actually come true in my life. Through collaging, I often feel like I've found a portal into the unconsciousness. I see things in my collages that are reflections of things that have happened and things that are yet to be. They are all like "vision boards" for me. Doing them is so freeing.

When we are children, we actively and freeing participate in the creative process through art and play. I think this is very important for adults too!

Do you like to do art? Have you ever done collaging before? 

20 comments:

  1. That seems to be an interesting idea :)
    I don't know if my better half will agree on doing so with me.
    However, I shall keep those in mind :)

    P.S.: Subscribed :)
    I shall be looking forward to hear and read more from you*

    Namaste*

    ~ Life

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    1. Thanks so much Life for subscribing to my blog! I like your name ^_^ and the character! I look forward to reading your blog too!

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  2. Hi Katherine,
    You have such an inspirational blog,
    I love a blog about all sorts of things, so I had fun poking around :)
    I didn't realize 56 up was out, I love that doc series. Collaging with your husband sounds like the perfect way to spend a Sat. night ♥

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    1. Thanks for touring my blog Priti.Lisa. I enjoy doing it. It's so fun to meet people and read other blogs. I enjoyed stopping by yours too!

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  3. I haven't done collaging in years, but I enjoyed it when I was younger. My vision board is kind of like a collage. I love doing art, especially drawing and coloring mandalas. It's so relaxing and almost meditative.

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    1. I agree with you Tina...it's very relaxing and meditative! The circle we drew on our collages is kind of like a mandala, I guess. Mandala art is a great one too!

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  4. I remember doing one at a women's conference in NY many moons ago.

    It really is a nourishing experience and it makes for a great memory.

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    1. Yes, they are great to do at retreats and conferences. We often incorporate collages into our yoga and writing retreats!!! Nice to see you here!

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  5. When I buy a new spiral bound calendar/date book - I will make a collage on the blank page on the front and sometimes on other pages in the calender - of things I want to accomplish during the year.

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    1. That's a great idea! And one more reason to buy a real book instead of keeping track of dates in your online calendar!

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  6. what a wonderous way for two to share their dreams and desires

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    1. Yes, it is! We had a great time! Nice to see you here Kathe

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  7. I LOVE THIS!!!! And I'm gonna have to do this now. Thanks for sharing! :)

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    1. I'd love to see your collage once you finish it!!!

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  8. Thanks for being my amazing new blogger discovery, Katerine! I really like your blog. You actually had me hooked from the blog name:) And as for this post specifically, I think I will have to increase the frequency of my collaging efforts! Does Pinterest count?:) I really think the images have a way to fuel dreams that mere thoughts and words can't quite replicate...

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    1. Hi Bjorn, Yes, I agree with that! Sometimes we have to go beyond words and collages often takes me to that place, even though I do use words in my collages, but not complete thoughts! The name of my blog is also the name of my book! But they are quite different. Nice to see you here!

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  9. I make collages once or twice a year. I'm always amazed what appears when I put it all the images I gather together. You really have to NOT think consciously about it, tho, and let your soul speak! I have trouble 'staying in the lines' like you both do. I see an Eiffel Tower in Yoon's....any word from France yet?

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    1. Yes, it is true. One is not meant to think too much about it, but relax into the creative process! Yes, Yoon hopes to go to France at some point. I want to go too!!! No word on the French publication of my book yet. If we do make it there, it would be lovely to see you Evelyn!

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  10. I used to collage often as a child; however, I abandoned it during my teenage years...one day, few years ago, I was suddenly struck by the impulse to collage once again and have regularly collaged since then. For me, it's akin to doing a jigsaw puzzle. Sometimes, I collage with an actual theme/subject in my mind, other times, I go with the flow. Whatever the reason behind the collaging, it's a wonderful way of de-stressing for me.

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