What’s a Mood Board?
A mood board is a visual aid created with pictures or collage to convey a message. It’s used as an effective presentation tool in advertising and design, and now also in therapy. It uses pictures, brief words, textures and color to convey a message.
Why Should Your Family Make One?
- It can help unify your family
- It can help visualize goals, purpose, identity and dreams
- Pictures are sometimes more effective than words
- It’s a fun and meaningful art activity to do together (even if you’re not artistic)
What Should Your Family Mood Board Be About?
- What each family member stands for
- What short term goal each family member has
- What your family values are
- What your family core rules are
- Anything meaningful to you and your family
How Do I Make One?
You will need to gather the following materials:
- A board (foam board works well–any size but I like to use 12 inches x 36 inches)
- Pictures of family members (drawn or photographed, stick figures work too)
- Magazines to cut up
- Swatches of fabric and colorful yarn
- A variety of gel pens, paints, color pencils, or crayons
- Glue, Modge Podge or gel medium
Here’s what you do:
- It’s a free form exercise, which means there’s no right or wrong way to do it. The guidelines are to start with a purpose. Make sure you are clear on what the board is really about. Is it about your family’s new year’s resolutions? Is it about each family member’s sense of purpose/identity? Or, maybe it is about your family’s core values. Once you’re clear on what it is, write it down on a pad of paper or at the top or bottom of your board for everyone to see.
- Divide the board into sections. One can be the main idea. The others could be for each one of your family members, or for each one of your core rules (if that’s the topic you chose).
- Think about each section and start analyzing how to best visually describe it. For example, if I am working on my goals for this year, I might start with a picture of myself and draw a whole bunch of boxes all around me to illustrate each of my goals. In those boxes, I might write a word, or glue a magazine cut out that illustrates the goal. Or, I might glue a swatch of color to illustrate a mood. I could even glue a piece of fabric to illustrate a feeling. The possibilities are endless.
- I made a sample (see picture above) to show you the possibilities. Mood Board making is like inventing a language, your own expressive language. You can do anything with this project, it is yours to explore.