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Wiki says that a mood board is a type of collage consisting of images, text, and samples of objects in a composition. It can be based upon a set topic or can be any material chosen at random. A mood board can be used to give a general idea of a topic, or to show how different something is from the modern-day. They may be physical or digital, and can be effective presentation tools but are there any benefits in mood boarding?
The first time I heard about mood board was in University when it was part of an introduction to art related course. Though it has caught my attention, I was so caught up by what my classmates and friends were doing and nobody seemed to mention that they did something called mood board at home. I needed to do what they were doing. I needed to have what they are having. I needed to be a part of something they are part of. I thought if I will create a mood board, I will become a certified nerd and that is not cool. Plus, what else will I do with it? And it will take time to create one. So not worth it to lose some time to create somethings my friends were not doing. I wasn’t willing to be branded as uncool.
Nearly 12 years later in one fine summer day, my German host mother was so inspired to sort her stuff out and didn’t know what to do with a piece of wooden board in the basement. I know it will end up in the trash so I saved it. I didn’t know yet what I will do with it but I know that with a little creativity, it can be completely different. I will practice my ever poor painting skills and creativity with it.
I set it aside and waited until we finish our day’s goals.
I took it upstairs to my kitchen and started thinking of what I can do with it. I will paint it and I will decide later.
I took my arts and DIY basket out and started working on it. It didn’t look perfect but it’s okay. Done is better than perfect. After all, it was meant to be chucked away.
I wasn’t so satisfied with the outcome but I waited for it to dry and was surprised that it wasn’t so bad. In fact, it looked so alive.
Few days later, I decided to launch my website and decided to take it seriously and I found having a mood board beneficial for these reasons.
I didn’t hang it fixed on the wall. I just propped it against it so I use it as a background for my photos when I flat lay cute little things for my Pinterest Pins and for my other art cards.
Fun way to express ideas
I had fun not just when I was painting it but I have fun every time will stick something to it. Mood boarding is a very creative way to express ideas whenever I don’t have enough words to express it.
A very useful productivity tool
I originally wanted to post an article a week and focus on finishing my book but my mood board has other plans for me. It makes planning a breeze. Sure I created a blog planner but nothing beats a bigger and more tangible guide on how to do things. It made brainstorming easy. Mood board is like a giant daily planner page I can play with. Mood boarding makes visual organization, goal setting, planning and brainstorming a breeze. I also read somewhere that visualization is a powerful brain exercise which is a big factor in making dreams come true.
Helps me focus on my strengths
Instead of making me focus on the things that I can’t do well, (e.g. technical aspect of running a website and web design), mood boarding has given me a reason to focus on what I do well which is writing and creating. And create more is what I do.
Invites more happiness and inspiration
Just looking at my colorful mood board makes me happy. It makes me foresee how my next blog post, art card and other designs. Mood boarding can literally allow me to step back, look at what I posted on it and think of what I still can do improve my craft. It gives me total creative control and freedom.
Aides Social Media Detox
Part of my hobby involves a lot of time with social media, designing, writing and a lot of time with technology. Trust me, not even my reading addiction takes me away from technology unlike my mood board. With my mood board, time passes quickly unnoticed when I try to dress it up and then tear it apart after one project to the other.
It is not only where I do my brain dump. My mood board is a piece of art itself and never fails to make my work space more inviting and the plain white wall alive. I also feel good knowing that I can use big photos, magazine clippings, big reminders, what needs to be done and by when I should finish it. When everything is overwhelming and I’m running on empty tank and feel so scattered, I look for my mood board and it instantly saves me from my creative exhaustion and blocks.
I know everything is so advanced and digital right now but I enjoy doing simple and somehow, primitive things like this for the richness of my soul. How about you? Tell me. (Doesn’t matter if you have a website or not. You can use it for your weekly wardrobe or meal planning.) Do you love mood boarding too?
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