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End of the Year Art Journaling for Creative Exploration: Collage Part 2 

by Lauren Fallat, LPC LPAT ATR-BC


The use of imagery can be a powerful tool for introspection and self-expression. One theme that resonates deeply with individuals seeking to navigate life's transitions as we approach the end of the calendar year is the dichotomy of beginnings and endings. Through the creative process of collage art journaling, one can delve into a visual exploration of this theme, unraveling the complex emotions associated with both starting anew and accepting what has come to pass.  

Collage for Journaling

Creating a collage as a form of artistic self-expression can be a powerful and introspective way to explore and communicate your thoughts and feelings about the symbolism of beginnings and endings, especially as the year comes to an end. The process of collage involves selecting and combining various visual elements, such as images, textures, and colors, to convey a narrative or evoke emotions. 

Ideas for End of the Year Art Journaling

Here are several ways in which this creative process can help you generate awareness about your reflections on the passage of time:


1.Visual Metaphors for Beginnings and Endings:

Incorporate images that symbolize beginnings and endings. Beginnings often evoke a sense of hope, anticipation, and renewal.  For beginnings, you might include images of sunrise, seeds, or new growth. On the flip side, endings carry a unique emotional weight. Collage art journals can become a safe space to explore the nuanced feelings associated with farewells. Incorporating imagery of fading shadows, withering flowers, change of seasons, or setting suns can symbolize closure and the gradual transition into a new chapter. This visual narrative allows individuals to process emotions related to loss, acceptance, and the inevitability of change and serve as powerful representations of the cyclical nature of time, growth and potential.

2. Personal Symbolism and Meaning:

Select images that hold personal significance to you and represent various aspects of your journey throughout the year. These could be pictures that evoke memories, experiences, or emotions related to both beginnings and endings. By infusing your collage with personal symbolism, you deepen the connection between the visual elements and your inner thoughts.

3. Contrast and Transition:

Use contrasting elements to highlight the shift from one phase to another. This could involve juxtaposing light and dark imagery, vibrant and muted colors, or images that represent different stages of growth. The interplay of contrast can visually emphasize the concept of transitions, mirroring the dichotomy of beginnings and endings.

4. Textural Layers:

Experiment with incorporating various textures into your collage. Different textures can represent the complexities of your thoughts and emotions. Rough textures may symbolize challenges or obstacles, while smoother textures can convey moments of ease or accomplishment. Layering these textures adds depth to your artistic expression.

5. Chronological Arrangement:

Consider arranging the elements in your collage chronologically to create a visual timeline of your experiences throughout the year. This arrangement can help you trace the narrative of beginnings and endings, offering a structured reflection on the passage of time.


6. Color Psychology:

Explore the emotional impact of colors in your collage. Colors can convey specific moods and emotions. For instance, warm colors like reds and yellows may represent energy and optimism associated with beginnings, while cooler tones such as blues and purples might evoke reflection and contemplation linked to endings.

7. Reflective Journaling:

As you create the collage, consider keeping a reflective journal. Write down your thoughts, feelings, and associations with each chosen element. This dual process of visual and written expression can enhance self-awareness and provide a comprehensive exploration of your perceptions of beginnings and endings.

In conclusion, the act of creating an end of the year collage as part of an art journaling process offers a multi-sensory and reflective experience. Through thoughtful selection and arrangement of visual elements, you can not only communicate your thoughts and feelings about the symbolism of beginnings and endings but also deepen your understanding of the complexities surrounding this theme.

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