Exercise 21 required 4 squares, lightly taped together. The collage was built on top of the squares, which were then cut apart and rearranged several times. I saved my favorite images for the top layer. Cutting the work up was a bit difficult, emotionally.
As mentioned before, this book calls for many collages. After a while they all sort of blur together and I didn’t enjoy many of the later ones. I wanted more drawing, more painting, less cutting out, less pasting.
Exercise 28 Part 1: a collage representing obligation
Exercise 28 Part 2: a collage representing liberation
The prompts were different, but I’m not sure the results were substantively so.
Exercise 30: a collage pairing words and images to tell a story, without the words and images necessarily relating to one another.
It became routine for me, to sit up at night chopping images from magazine and gluing them down.
Exercise 39: a collage comprised exclusively of blue parts, with a little green and purple added at the end. I have no idea which end was supposed to be up.
Some of them were uplifting, but toward the end I was just phoning them in and not getting much out of the experience.
Exercise 43: make a collage while listening to evocative music and smelling evocative scents. Not really any different than my regular process. But then again, there are visual thematic elements that seem inspired by something ephemeral and uplifting, so who knows?