Build Your Confidence - Portrait Of You - Collage


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Portrait of You - Collage

"I think what Start2 has to offer is fabulous. It educates people in to understanding how to read emotions and to empathise rather than criticise. This is one of life’s essential tools we should all have. I also like how it subtly involves spiritual practices without preaching. "

Use your own hand as a symbol to represent yourself.
Explore an aspect of yourself linked to your wellbeing and produce a unique collage*.
You’ll be given ways to come up with ideas to make your work unique and personal, using either craft or recycled materials.

*A collage is a picture made by assembling different materials such as paper, fabric and ‘found’ objects. Collage is also a good way to recycle materials in a creative way.

Wellbeing benefits:

Think positively
Solve problems
Feel confident in yourself

Examples of how this activity can help me:

I want to find ways to appreciate the positive aspects of my life.
I want to explore and express what is unique about myself.


Portrait of You has been split into small steps. Some steps take a little longer than others. To give you an overview click through all the steps briefly and gauge how much you might like to do today.

Who can I do this activity with?

On my own and with others.

Where can I do this activity?


How often can I do this activity?

Do this activity again and again.  Why not create a collage for a friend or family member using them as inspiration and following the 'Portrait of You' instructions?

What do I need?

  • Print out template mind-map
  • A pencil or pen
  • A glue stick or PVA glue and a brush (PVA is better for sticking thick materials down)
  • Scissors
  • A4 card (or you could use the inside of a cereal packet)
  • A4 plain paper or a sketch book
  • Coloured paper, it can be craft paper or look in magazines or use recycled materials such as wallpaper or wrapping paper
  • Collage materials with different textures
  • And/or old magazines, newspapers, scraps of coloured paper, fabric, buttons, glitter, etc


Many craft supplies can be found online or look in your local craft stores.

Did you know?

The idea of using one thing to represent another, in this case, colours and textures to represent our feelings, is called ‘metaphorical thinking.’ This type of thinking is good for stretching our everyday thinking abilities in new ways.

"I really enjoyed this activity as it focuses on the positive things in my life."

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