Last May with birthday money I bought myself the book “SoulCollage” by Seena B. Frost. (Yes, SoulCollage is one word). I glanced through the book when it arrived but felt confused so shelved it.
About six months ago I read a bit more and still felt confused so shelved it.
Last month I pulled it out and started reading it again. There is something about this book and my brain that was not and is not clicking. I had trouble reading this from the beginning and going in a chronological order. What I then tried was to skip around the book reading a bit from here and a bit from there. I think I am “getting it” a bit more now.
One thing I was confused about is the question is a SoulCollage deck something like a Tarot Card deck for divination purposes? I thought maybe so. However upon reading the book I see the book is also used in Bible study groups and by Christians and therefore it is not some fortune telling or future divination tool. It is more like a way to make visual representations of things in our life or emotions or people who influence us. Then the cards are used in some way to provide opportunities for self-reflection.
The thing I am most confused about at this point is how do we know the cards to make up. For example is there is a list of cards that must be made in order for this to make sense? Should there be a certain number of cards? Are some of the subjects of the cards optional and to be defined by us? Those are the things I still don’t get.
I was thinking of making them more for the collage and to represent parts of myself then to use it for some kind of card game or card reading activity.
In order for the cards to be sturdy and to hold up over time I see that the author recommends we use matboard. They sell precut matboard on the SoulCollage website but at 12 cards for $10 plus shipping that is a bit too steep for me. I wonder if I can buy the matboard at a craft shop and cut it myself. I worry that my paper cutter is not adequate for cutting matboard. Perhaps Michael’s craft store would slice it for me? I need to look into this.
I have a lot of source material, magazines and images already in my home that I can cut up to make these collages with. I have the adhesive already on hand. All I need is the base matboard and I can jump in.
I wish there was a group around here that I could join to make these as a group. The idea of sitting around and chatting and having fun time with friends while doing this sounds great to me. I don’t feel that I understand enough about SoulCollage to start a local group.
I wonder if there is online chat for SoulCollage participants. I am going to check that out now. If there is perhaps they could answer some of my questions.
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