I’ve been doing vision boards and mood boards for quite some time now. I love doing them and find that they evoke both my creativity and my desires. It helps me gain clarity around what I want in my life and what I don’t want.
Set an Intention for the Creative Session
Before you begin, think about what you want to get clarity around. It could be that you want to set specific goals or perhaps you simply want to set a tone for an area of your life. I use vision boards for manifesting and mood boards for setting the tone. Let me explain each a bit more.
Vision boards are often a poster board, bulletin board or sheet of paper that you collage words or photos onto that help to set specific goals. For example: more money in your savings account, a luxury vacation, that dream boat of a man you desire or perhaps that condo in NYC you’ve always dreamed of having.
Some people do incorporate emotions and words into their vision boards (there is no wrong way here!) but more often than not, it’s a vision of what you want your life to look like.
Mood boards are less specific and more focused on how you want to feel.
When using vision boards, you might add a photo of a beach to dream out that much-desired beach vacation. In a mood board, you want to capture the essence of what the beach vacation would provide for you. Relaxation, for example. Luxury.
What I usually do is focus the board around an area of my life. Career / life work. Relationships. Money / security. Adventure. Experiences. This way the board has purpose and I can focus the mood around a specific area.
Why You Might Use a Vision or Mood Board
You might find them particularly valuable if you’re prone to having negative thoughts and want to focus more on the positive. You also might find them useful if you feel like you’re buzzing around a lot but not landing on anything specific goal-wise or progress-wise. This can be a motivating practice.
Regardless of your age or gender, it’s a fun practice to do. With my four year old, I’ll often pose a question for her such as, “How do you want to feel when you go to school?” or “What does happiness look like?” and then she’ll create me a picture based on that. You can frame up your own reasons for doing the practice in whichever way suits your particular style.
Gather Your Supplies
The place to begin is gathering up your supplies. For the boards below, I split the process up in a few sessions and spent one night cutting out words and photos from magazines and did the collaging the next day.
For initial supplies, I used:
>> Glue / tape
>> Tissue paper
>> Paintbrushes and sponges
I then took my time and browsed through the magazines and cut out anything that called to me.
I often cut out words and images that go beyond the single vision or mood board that I’m working on at the time and store whatever I don’t use in a Ziploc bag for future projects.
This is usually a practice I do in on the couch with a blanket and a great glass of wine. 😉
Create an Environment for Comfort and Relaxation
Once you have your materials ready, set aside some time for the creation process. Get yourself a cup of tea or coffee (or hot chocolate!), turn on some music that inspires you, light a candle, wait until your kiddos are in bed… whatever you need to do to get into that dreaming space.
I have done these sessions on my own, with other people and with my four year old daughter. For the mood boards pictured below, I did these in co-creation with my daughter. She did some mood boards of her own (which weren’t really mood boards but rather just beautifully creative collages) and I worked beside her. It was a great activity to do together plus it was nice to make dual use of the art mess 😉
Get Ready to Create
I often create my vision and mood boards on the fly and without any preparation. Meaning, I don’t plan out what will be on the vision and mood boards specifically although you can totally do that, too! I prefer to think about the life area and then just begin. Sometimes I don’t know what it will look like and other times I have complete clarity.
Since my daughter was partaking in this creative session, I put out a lot of different things (including random things like petri dishes and drink flavouring and glitter icing!) so that she could really dig into working with multiple materials.
I started the first one with a simple piece of black construction paper after realizing that the main piece I wanted to use for the career one was a photo I clipped that included a piece of art in a black / white / red motif. I chose that because I liked the neutral colours against the red, which is my favourite colour.
Using the clipped art piece as the focal point, I then layered on black paint, clipped words from magazines, masking tape and more paint.
As I created, I continuously checked in with myself and asked the question, “How do I want to feel in this area of my life?” and I let the feelings that came up guide my selections for the piece. Sometimes it was also the other way around. I’d see a word on the table and think, “Ooo, yes! That fits in nicely.”
The key thing to remember is that there isn’t any particular way to create a mood board. Base it off of what feels right and keep going even if you think you’ve made a mistake. What may look like a mistake at first may very well be the perfect manifestation of what you needed.
The Finished Product
I’m including two of the mood boards that I made.
The first one is centred around my career / life’s work and the second is focused on relationships. You’ll see that I went with emotions and mood words as well as incorporated a colour scheme to make them pretty and cohesive.
The second mood board was focused around relationships. I went with feminine colours (to honour the divine feminine) and used light and airy images and words as well as 3D tissue paper flowers in the corners to add depth. Although this is way more girly than I often go, I wanted to call in someone who could play in the space of intimacy, honesty and openness so it’s what felt right for me in the moment.
When I posted these photos and the process on Instagram and Facebook, I had a lot of people ask me to blog the process and a few people that had specific questions. I’d LOVE to hear more about the questions that you have. Feel free to ask me on social media or right here in the comments. I’ll do my best to answer all of them!
Question for you: do you create mood or vision boards and if so, what does your process look like? Share it for others in the comments below! (And, if you have a link to a post you’ve done on the subject, feel free to link that also.)
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