Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Creativity Prompt: Mini Vision Boards

Originally posted Tuesday, May 28, 2013 as part of Just Because - A Bonus Blog

Feeling creatively blocked or uninspired? I know if I go a few days without getting into my studio I get stage freight at the idea of putting paint to canvas. To get the creative juices flowing again I’ve started to make mini vision / inspiration boards.

Get Artsy, mini vision / inspiration board, 2013

What You Will Need:
  • 2-3 old magazines. A variety is best.
  • Scissors (or you can use your hands).
  • One 8-1/2 x 11” sheet of paper. I like to work with colored construction paper.
  • Glue or other adhesive. I use Tombow MONO Adhesive, permanent bond.
  • A timer. I use the alarm on my cell phone.
  • 1 hour of uninterrupted time.
How it works:

Set your timer for 20 minutes.

Grab a magazine and turn it upside down. Yep, you read that right – upside down. The objective here is to get a different perspective.

Start quickly flipping through the pages. Don’t think, just feel. Tear out anything and everything that appeals to you and evokes a positive emotion. It might be a color, a pattern, a word, or the (upside down) composition. Don’t judge. Just tear!

Continue to flip through your upside down magazines and set tear-outs aside until your alarm goes off.  Once your alarm does go off, set magazines aside and reset your timer for 20 more minutes.
Spread your tear-outs of images and words in front of you, turning them right side up. Notice if there are any themes. This is when you can start to edit, keeping only those images and words that most appeal to you.

Start trimming the images and words with scissors. Or, you might feel called to tear the pages with your hands, leaving the raw edges.

When your timer goes off it’s time to start gluing, so re-set your timer for the last 20 minute increment.

Grab your 8-1/2 x 11” sheet of paper. White will do, but I find it fun to use a piece of colored construction paper. You’ll also need your glue or other adhesive.

Arrange and glue your torn out and trimmed images and words onto your paper.

Once you’re done, you will have created a mini vision / inspiration board that is unique and beautiful – just like YOU!
Forgive, mini vision / inspiration board, 2013

Like this creative prompt? Download the PDF instructions here.

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