Do you ever look at a bunch of clouds and see shapes in it, like a rabbit or dog? It happens in SoulCollage®, too! Whether intentional or not, sometimes I see animals where there isn't one.
A warrior princess and her steed.
A sleeping polar bear
A breaching whale
SoulCollage® makes frames to help collagers figure out what portion of an image they want to show on their cards. It's not part of the collage, it's a super handy tool (you can also make your own out of card stock).
In this example, there's a celestial body that is bigger than 8"x5" and needs to be trimmed down. I use the frame to decide what part I want, and then put the card down to trace. I avoid tracing the inside of the frame because it's not the exact same size as the card and likely will come out slightly too small - ugh. I always trace the outside of the actual card I'm using to avoid that.
The brain will imagine the rest of the image. Participants will give me sad eyes saying their image doesn't fit on the card, and I can identify, but then I show them how to use the frame to get what they need, and let the rest be imagined or let go. It's all part of the process!
I had no idea that mining images would not only result in quality choices for participants but would blow my mind with the huge amount of information out there. There are so many books and magazines covering topics I didn’t even know were topics to be covered like gravity maps (pictured above). Who knew gravity wasn’t the same everywhere on the planet? I’ve seen animals that look like plants and plants that look like animals. There are so many different aliens, mythical beings, stories and legends, and when you combine all that on a SoulCollage® card, the magic comes alive. My world has changed because of SoulCollage®. I believe in the unknown and have faith in the universe.
We as humans try to put things in boxes, but the universe is not a box. Humans say mammals are animals that have hair and give live birth, but then there’s the platypus that has hair and lays eggs. Even I try to categorize people and animals in image piles and then I get a centaur and don't know where to put it in (that's why I say, "loosely categorized"). Boxes are generally not expansive, so if you want to expand and grow, get out of the box, peruse lots of SoulCollage® with Megan Menkveld images and feel the magic!
Megan Menkveld created MMSoul to have a platform from which she could share SoulCollage® and the overall gift of art in order to create balance and wellness for all individuals open to receiving it. This blog is a way to stay in touch and keep the conversation going outside of workshop time. Please visit regularly, comment and share! All are welcome.