I've fallen in love with altered collage portraits and thought I'd include a photo tutorial for a fun art journal exercise. Last week we talked about the power of dialoguing with the heart to align ourselves with growth. And I mentioned I would talk about one more thing....it's vision. If we want to blast out of our boxes and into skies of potential, we have to give energy and daily time to creating a vision of ourselves feeling absolutely free, radiant, blissed to wake up to each day and abundant in every way.......you get the idea. The vision is your creation. Use your thoughts and paint away. The sign that you've created a powerful one is that you will feel it in your heart. If you don't feel it, you may be too stuck in seeing yourself more as a physical being than a spiritual being or too stuck in physical outcomes rather than the way you ant to feel. When I create my vision, it helps to see myself as light, as energy, as radiance. You can make it as wildly beautiful as you like.
But in addition to making it the vision of your dreams, there's one more essential ingredient. If this were a cake recipe, the vision would be the flour, and this next thing would be the sugar. It's about consistency. The trick is to do this two times a day for at least five minutes each day. Whatever you give energy to grows and we have such a strong habit of giving energy to what's wrong. By giving equally intense energy to your soul dream, you awaken it and bring it to you much more quickly. If in doubt, try it for at least two weeks and see how you feel. Eventually your vision will change your outer world and opportunities will arrive on your doorstep. Then you just have to say yes and step out of the comfort zone. That's what this page was about...doors opening that led to new skies...somewhat terrifying but also deeply peaceful and joyful..
So start with a reflection before you create your portrait. What's growing in you right now in a good way...what is beginning to shift? Or what would you like to feel like? Any of those can help guide you to your altered portrait. Then it's time to play...the tutorial is below...ready?
1) Collage some papers onto your journal. glue them down with soft gel gloss or mode podge. Photocopy stencils for interesting back and white paper designs. Throw in a copy of a music sheet or map. I wanted to mix black and white papers with brightly colored shades. So I also tore out pieces of brightly hued magazine pages. Let your mind be still and tear them and place them intuitively as you see fit. I then went over this by scraping titanium white paint over the page, using a credit card to swipe the paint.
2) Find body parts from different magazines. Resize them on the copier so they're more proportional. Or don't. Imperfection has character and can be fun. Enjoy this part. Sip your coffee, flip through some magazines and let the image angel visit you.
3) Color them and fill them in with new hues. I used water soluble pastels, a sketching pencil and a black stabilo pencil. I ended up giving her a whole new face because I love drawing faces but you can do whatever. Tis your vision.
4) You'll want to open the windows for this one or spray it outside. I spray this fixative over pencil work and pastels. That way, you can easily write over the pastels with gel pens and pencils. Otherwise pastels have a really waxy surface that doesn't allow you to write over them or do much of anything over them. This fixative fixes that!
5) Fill in the details. I did this page over several days because I like to give time to the journal, time to doodle, embellish, listen for new inspirations. Let yourself add patterns, stencils designs, dots, words, etc...Giving your page and yourself time is an act of love. It slows you down, allows you to enjoy the process more and it opens you to listening to what wants to emerge next.
6) Think about what the portrait represents for you, what it says to you. Then flip through some magazines and find words that draw your eye and heart. Cut them out, arrange them on the page. See if a message is emerging. Feel free to add a few of your own words in there. Glue them down, add the final doodles to your page and rest when it tells you it feels complete.
Have fun and let me know your visioning goes! Lots of love!