Vision Boards; Unleash your inner creativity and encourage children to live in a world of possibilities.
My Mom, daughter and I recently spent a memorable afternoon creating three generations of Vision Boards. Creating a Vision Board is a fun and visual way for your child (and you) to express dreams, understand the nature of intention... and create a powerful vision for the future. We had a lot of fun doing our boards and it was quite eye-opening to see the perspectives of three generations of women come to life!
With summer upon us and kids out of school, we thought we'd share a bit about the process of Vision Boarding, and the thought behind it. To shed some light on this topic, see below for our Q&A with Creative Director, Artist and Teacher, Crystal Heald who has a keen understanding of the creative process and is our go-to girl on all things visionary!
What tools are required to do a vision board? Can you walk us through the process?
I have been making art and working on Manifestation projects for many years now. I have a guided class that I have been teaching for the past 8 years of Expressive Art and at the beginning I like to ask everyone to set an intention, whether it be a vision board or a manifestation it can be anything as long as it's a strong and clear idea. If it's for yourself it can be as simple as I want to create positivity in my life, I want to be stronger in my communication, I want to create space or tranquility, or it can be for a loved one that you want to let them know you are thinking of them, or for your child that you want to give a strong message to.
It's best to start with an idea and then I ask everyone to go around the room and collect imagery from magazines, papers and graphics from books and art supplies I have collected over the years, we don't want to over think this part but rather pull from feelings, and reactions to colours or shapes etc, I like to have some strong quotes that really ground the ideas too, then we all sit down and start to piece the art work together, like a puzzle, finding the right space and flow in combing the images together in a collage. After glueing all the paper parts down to the board and once it's dried, we move onto paint, charcoal, pastels and other mediums and start to work all the images together. I find the therapy comes afterwards when everyone looks at their piece of art and marvels at what came together, what it tells them about their feelings and their ideas.
What led you to start doing vision boards? And to share that with others...
I have worked over the years on many such pieces and in retrospect have seen entire parts of my life presented in this format.
The most surprising for me would be my divorce. I have about 12 boards that are completely indicative of the process I went through in my divorce.
I discovered how cathartic this was when I had finished the pieces and no longer felt the need to work in that same way or with the same imagery that I had been using, I had come out the other side.
Can anyone do a vision board? Is five too young? Is 85 too old? How do you think kids benefit from vision boards or incorporating Intention in their lives?
I believe this is an amazing transformative process for anyone of any age. While kids are very young they have no problem with this kind of work, They don't over think anything and are very happy with the results. They are mostly intrigued by the colours and shapes that they find and are very happy with cutting and glueing and painting all with great ease. It's only as we get older that we get more stuck with the desire to control the process rather then letting go and having the process reveal something to us.
This is also a great project for older people as they need a form of expression as well. I will often go to Old Age homes or Palliative care wards, retreats and Universities to help people practise these expressive arts.
Can anyone do a vision board?
Many people will say to me "I'm not an artist, I can't draw", as if drawing is the only form of art, I often say back, "it could be that you just haven't found your medium", the format of collage is not scary or intimidating, with the cutting or tearing and gluing being quite satisfying, the art of creating is as redeeming as the final product at the end.
There are many great books out there about Art but there is one in particular as an art student that really struck me called "The Artists Way" by Julia Cameron. She has also written "The Vein of Gold, A Journey to your creative heart." In this book she writes:
"We are mute when it comes to naming accurately our own preferences, delights, gifts, talents. The voice of our original self is often muffled, overwhelmed, even strangled, by the voices of other people's expectations."
The key to a vision board is to take away any expectation, to let go of control and to follow where the heart wants to go, listen to what the heart is trying to say, then in this space magical things can come forward and reveal themselves to you.
“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.” Henry David Thoreau
Crystal Heald is a graphic designer by trade and Artist at heart. She has worked in photography, film, fashion and music packaging design which garnered her 2 Juno awards. Crystal is currently working in film and television, and shares her passion through teaching. She resides in Vancouver with her three children.