Top Ten Tips for Making a Great Collage

Written by Tara Kachaturoff, Executive Coach

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5. Create a place.

Create a quiet space and time to sit down to work on your collage. Selectrepparttar best time of day and your favorite day ofrepparttar 116171 week that works for you. You may want to play some relaxing music inrepparttar 116172 background. You may want to work on it inrepparttar 116173 early morning, at twilight, or even late at night. Pick a special time of day when you feel relaxed and focused, but excited to use your mind and hands to create your vision on paper. A collage is a wonderful way to invest in yourself; a short vacation to visit with your vision!

6. Make it your own.

To make sure you are directly connected to your work of art, include a photograph of yourself onrepparttar 116174 collage or sign your name on it. This “ownership” will remind you that this collage is made by you and for you.

7. Leave some space.

Make sure to leave some space betweenrepparttar 116175 various items you place on your collage. The space symbolizesrepparttar 116176 space, clarity, and evenrepparttar 116177 room for growth that you desire in your life. Certainly it is fine to overlap items, however, don’t cover every inch of your poster board. You don’t want a life that is filled torepparttar 116178 brim with no space for welcoming in new things.

8. Words are power.

Consider writing phrases, verses, or quotations which hold special meaning to you above, below or besiderepparttar 116179 pictures that you include on your collage. You can search for quotations onrepparttar 116180 internet by simply typingrepparttar 116181 word “quotations” in any search engine.

9. Display your work of art.

Place your collage where you can see it every day. Spend time looking at it and thinking aboutrepparttar 116182 meaning behindrepparttar 116183 various pictures, words, and colors you have chosen. Your collage isn’t just a dream, whim, or passing thought, but rather it is a living vision that you can access every day.

10. Specialty collages.

There are so many things one can do with a collage. One idea is to create a collage inrepparttar 116184 shape of a life vision wheel. A life vision wheel is a circle, divided into 8 different sections. Each section represents an aspect of your life. It might include: finances, spirituality, career, hobbies/interests, romance, friends and family, health, and physical environment. You can make uprepparttar 116185 number of categories that works for you. You could tape several poster boards together and draw a big circle on them representing each of these areas. Then you could create mini-collages for each section. Or, you can create separate collages, each on its own poster board, for specific areas you want to work on, like your health or wealth. The sky isrepparttar 116186 limit. Have fun with creating collages. They are a wonderful tool to support you in creatingrepparttar 116187 vision forrepparttar 116188 life you want to live.

Copyright 2004 by Tara Kachaturoff

Tara Alexandra Kachaturoff is an executive coach, trainer, consultant and professional speaker with over 15 years of corporate experience. She coaches executives, professionals, and entrepreneurs on leadership, business and lifestyle issues and has been featured in radio, print, and television. She is the owner of CoachPoint™,,and

An Overview of Home Cured Modeling Clays

Written by Eileen Bergen

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Cornstarch Base Clays There are many variations of cornstarch base clays. Some ofrepparttar most popular are cold porcelain clay, Victorian salt clay, and "pasta francesa".

I likerepparttar 116170 porcelain designation because cornstarch clays are pure white and, if sealed after drying, they actually resemble fine porcelain. They require cooking to prepare.

Cornstarch clays containing salt tend to be more porous thanrepparttar 116171 others. Cornstarch clays air dry; but drying can be accelerated in a warm oven. The shelf life varies from one week to one month depending onrepparttar 116172 ingredients, storage temperature and humidity. Expect up to 30% shrinkage.

Bread Base Clays Bread base clays do not require cooking; they air dry; and will keep up to three weeks inrepparttar 116173 refrigerator. Shrinkage can be up to 50%. The “no cooking or baking required” aspect makes bread claysrepparttar 116174 perfect choice for projects to do with your kids.

As far as shrinkage goes, you can sometimes compensate by making your project x% larger than you wantrepparttar 116175 finished product. Keep in mind that if you are making molds from which you will recreate a design over and over,repparttar 116176 amount of shrinkage to expect almost doubles.

If you make a clay cast of a medallion that is 10mm in diameter, a cornstarch base impression could dry as small as 7mm andrepparttar 116177 medallions you make could be 4.9mm. If you use bread base clay,repparttar 116178 mold could measure 5mm and your clay medallions may be as small as 2.5mm. That’s a big difference!

Visit I have posted recipes and tips for bread and cornstarch clays, as well as more articles and tips about polymer clays, such as Sculpey.

Eileen Bergen The Artful Crafter

Ms. Bergen has had a varied career, first as a special education teacher and than, after getting an MBA degree, as a vice president of a major insurance company. For the last eight years she has been creating and selling her crafts.

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