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Story Collage - Art Therapy Exercise

Materials Needed for Story Collage - Art Therapy Exercise

Story Collage - Art Therapy Exercise

1. Magazines or Newspapers: Gather a variety of magazines or newspapers with diverse imagery and content.

2. Scissors: You'll need scissors to cut out images from the magazines or newspapers.

3. Glue or Tape: Use glue sticks, liquid glue, or tape to adhere the cut-out images to your collage base.

4. Base: Choose a sturdy base for your collage, such as a piece of poster board, cardboard, or canvas.

5. Markers or Pens: Optionally, you can use markers or pens to add drawings, words, or embellishments to your collage.


1. Gather Materials: Begin by gathering magazines or newspapers and any other materials you'll need for your collage.

2. Select a Theme: Think about the story you want your collage to convey. It could be about yourself, your goals, your dreams, or a specific experience you've had.

3. Cut Out Images: Flip through the magazines or newspapers and cut out images that resonate with your chosen theme. Look for images that evoke emotions or memories related to your story.

4. Arrange the Collage: Start arranging the cut-out images on your collage base. Experiment with different layouts and compositions until you find one that effectively tells your story.

5. Glue or Tape: Once you're satisfied with the arrangement, use glue or tape to secure the images to your base. Be creative with how you layer and overlap the images to create depth and visual interest.

6. Add Drawings or Words: If desired, use markers or pens to add drawings, words, or additional embellishments to your collage. This can help reinforce the narrative of your story and add personal touches.

7. Reflect and Share: Take some time to reflect on the story your collage tells. Consider the meanings behind the images you chose and how they relate to your chosen theme. Optionally, share your collage with others and discuss its significance.

8. Cleanup: Once you're finished, remember to clean up your work area and return any unused materials.


- Choose images that resonate with you personally and help convey the emotions and experiences you want to express in your collage.

- Don't feel limited by the images you find in the magazines or newspapers. You can always modify or embellish them to better fit your narrative.

- Be mindful of the composition and arrangement of your collage. Each image should contribute to the overall story you're trying to tell.

- Have fun with the process! Collage-making is a creative and expressive activity that allows you to explore your narrative in a visual way.


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