Collage Journaling Resources
This supply list comes with my personal favorites & is a great place to start. As always, feel free to use whichever supplies work best for you! This pdf also includes a checklist that may be helpful to bring with you when you're ready to purchase a few supplies.
As You Begin...
When you are ready to collage, find a quiet, private space, cover the surface so you’re free to be expressively messy, and start paging through a magazine. As you scan each page, notice if it evokes an emotional response. If you love an image, are drawn to it, or especially hate it... that’s a good indication that you want to go ahead and pull it out. Try and focus on what feels relevant for today, but know that sometimes you’ll pull images or words to save for later.
LET THE PAGE TAKE SHAPE
Collage journaling, at it’s core, an intuitive process. It’s also a bit backward from typical creative expression. Normally when we want to make something, we start with a plan. That’s not the case with collage. It’s actually counter-productive to collage with a plan in mind. Instead of a plan, you want to start with your heart. You want to get in touch with the emotion, conflict, or pain you’re most aware of in the moment. You don’t have to understand what’s going on, or why you’re struggling. The goal is to let that struggle be expressed on the page. Keep paging through magazines and collecting images and words until you’re ready to make the page.
GLUING A PAGE
When you’re ready, begin laying out and gluing the images onto the page. You’ll want to paint a thin layer of ModPodge under and over each image to secure it to the page. As you create the page, consider allowing it to be a prayerful experience of releasing what’s been inside for so long. As you let the page securely hold your pain, invite God to bring His healing and restoration. On a practical note, be sure to have some wax paper on hand. When the ModPodge has dried to the touch, place a sheet of wax paper between the pages to protect it as it fully dries over the next few days.
And that, my friend, is how you get started with collage journaling. As you begin, give yourself permission to build trust with the process. Begin right where you are, and move deeper into your soul’s story as you’re ready. If you find yourself stuck, or having a difficult time starting, know that I'm here to support you with a ministry session in person or online via phone or Signal. Blessings to you as you find a voice for the story of your soul. It’s a beautiful and complex process, and it is absolutely worth it!
Standing with you,