Wellness Wednesday: The 5 Minute Collage

Wellness Wednesdays: Small ways to incorporate self-care into your days

The 5 Minute Collage

I’m a firm believer that doing something creative on a regular basis is good for the mind, body, and spirit. This exercise is a quick way to get a little art into your day. All you need is an old magazine, a piece of paper, a pair of scissors, and either glue or tape. I promise, this is so easy, you can do it in bed before you go to sleep. It’s like a crossword puzzle for the right side of your brain.

First of all, a collage is a piece of art made by sticking various materials, like photographs or pieces of paper, onto something else. We’re going to be sticking various images from a magazine onto a piece of paper.

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Set a timer for 5 minutes. Quick work means you can’t over-think it. Also, even the busiest of us can spare five minutes.  If you feel you don’t have five minutes to spare, well…that’s a topic for another post. 

I’m using the June 2014 Anthropologie catalogue. (No judging). Randomly choose three pages, and rip them out of the magazine.

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Next, rip or cut out at least five images, patterns, or colors that you like.

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Now, start gluing. Arrange your images on the page however you like. Don’t be afraid of allowing the images to overlap. It’s easy to get stuck here. Don’t. There is no wrong move, only the next move.

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Once all your images are glued down, cut out the square or rectangle of the area you like the most.

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And you’re done! Praise yourself for letting go, being free, and relaxing into the process enough to get it done!

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“But I hate it! It’s ugly!” Stop. This is an exercise in creativity. Not an exercise in how to create the next  masterpiece. This is about the process of doing something to massage the part of your brain that may not have been used during the rest of your day. Repeat after me: “Process, not product.”

Your time is probably up by now, but if you’re in the zone and you want to take this further, add paint over areas you don’t like, or doodle on top of it, or write a poem (or a gratitude list!) in the blank spaces, or draw a frame around the edges, or…or…or…. The possibilities are endless.