Sometimes you’ll want to make a collage but have NO idea what to collage about. A good way to jump start the creation process is by using a prompt! For this prompt list, I’ve focused on things that can be translated visually, e.g. colors or images or both. Here you’ll find ideas for colors, subject images, and themes to use in your collages in September.
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Birthstone Color Palette
The birthstone for September is Sapphire, typically the blue version though sapphires actually come in many different colors. Sapphires traditionally symbolize sincerity, truth, faithfulness and nobility.
Tip: Upload this color palette into your image editing software to use it as a base for picking colors!
Use these as starting points for brainstorming collage subjects or making a mind map.
Beginning of fall: days getting shorter; leaves falling and coating the ground; plants dying; seeds waiting until the spring to come back up; harvesting season.
Cooler weather: pulling out sweaters and heavier blankets; stocking up on hot cocoa and soup; thick socks and cozy fleece; rainy days; getting the fireplace ready to use.
The cusp of changing seasons: interstitial moments; not being one thing or the other; hot one day and cold the next; slowly adjusting to the new normal.
Since I live in the northern hemisphere, all my associations with September have to do with autumn, but if you live in the southern hemisphere then your seasons will obviously be switched! Also, in Southern California we tend to have hot weather up until the end of October, unfortunately. I miss my cozy socks!
Zodiac Signs & Associations
September has two zodiac signs spanning it: Virgo and Libra. Virgo is most often visualized as a maiden, while Libra is a set of scales.
Here are some associations and keywords for those two zodiac signs (edited slightly for relevancy):
Ruling Planet: Mercury
Spirit Color: Silver
Lucky Gem: Peridot
Flower: Sunflower & marigold
Ruling Planet: Venus
Ruling House: Seventh
Spirit Color: Blue
Lucky Gem: Sapphire
Remember, you don’t have to be born in September to use either birthstones or Zodiac signs for ideas! They’re just starting off points, to be used for brainstorming colors and image ideas.
September Full Moon Names
According to The Old Farmer’s Almanac, September’s moon is called the Full Corn Moon (or Harvest Moon) and corresponds with the yearly corn harvest.
Here are some name variations (mostly on a similar harvesting theme): Autumn Moon, Child Moon, Falling Leaves Moon, Leaves Turning Moon, Mating Moon, Moon of Brown Leaves, Moon When the Rice is Laid Up to Dry, Rutting Moon, Yellow Leaf Moon.
Holidays and events
NationalToday.com has a complete list of holidays and events throughout September. Here’s some of my favorites:
- Sept. 4: National Wildlife Day
- Sept. 6: National Read a Book Day
- Sept. 7: Telephone Tuesdays
- Sept. 12: National Video Games Day
- Sept. 13: European Heritage Days
- Sept. 14: National Coloring Day
- Sept. 16: Collect Rocks Day
- Sept. 19: Talk Like a Pirate Day
- Sept. 21: Harvest Moon Festival
- Sept. 22: Hobbit Day
- Sept. 24: World’s Biggest Coffee Morning
- Sept. 25: National Bunny Day
- Sept. 27: World Tourism Day
- Sept. 30: National Love People Day
Quotes are my favorite way to brainstorm a collage subject. Here’s some quotes about the month of August which I find particularly inspiring:
“September was a thirty-days long goodbye to summer, to the season that left everybody both happy and weary of the warm, humid weather and the exhausting but thrilling adventures.” – Lea Malot
“I cannot endure to waste anything so precious as autumnal sunshine by staying in the house.” – Nathaniel Hawthorne
“Fall has always been my favorite season. The time when everything bursts with its last beauty, as if nature had been saving up all year for the grand finale.” – Lauren DeStefano
“By all these lovely tokens, September days are here. With summer’s best of weather and autumn’s best of cheer.” – Helen Hunt Jackson
“We know that in September, we will wander through the warm winds of summer’s wreckage. We will welcome summer’s ghost.” – Henry Rollins
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