This creativity exercise has nothing to do with the social gaming phenomenon your friends are all playing on Facebook. It's based on a watercolor landscape lesson plan posted by Kathy Barbro at Art Projects for Kids. To make a collage landscape that suggests a country road lined by farm fields, you'll need:
Buy Fertilizer. Constraint is a natural fertilizer for creativity. Start by setting aside two pages with full-size pictures to use for the sky and the road. Stack the rest of the pages. Holding the stack so you can only see the top sheet, cut off the top third of all the pages. You'll only use the tops in the collage.
Plow. Use the two pages you set aside earlier to "plow" the white paper, dividing to represent your farm. Cut one page to represent the sky (it doesn't have to be blue) and position it near the top of the page to establish a horizon line. From the other page, cut a long, skinny triangle to represent a road that disappears into the distance. Glue these two elements to the white paper.
Plant. Using the tops of the pages you cut off earlier, plant "fields" to line the road on both sides. Glue these elements to the white paper. A dab will do.
Mortgage. Build a house at the end of the road, using scraps of paper left over from planting your fields. Glue this in place.
Glean. There's nothing more uncertain than farming, unless maybe it's collage. Because this is a creativity warm-up exercise, you work quickly and with no expectation that the end result will become anything more than a good feeling. But then again, you may be able to harvest something from this exercise to use in a project. I scanned my collage, cropped it, used imaging software to drop color into the white areas, made a few more adjustments, and printed the image to inkjet silk. I'm calling this piece "Not In Kansas," because of a dark column that appeared in the sky. It will look more like a twister after I embroider, bead and quilt the piece.
Is there a creativity exercise that blows you away?