creative Therapy


Catalyst Sixteen
June 29, 2008, 8:19 am
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As always, thank you to all of our visitors and all the encouraging comments you left for us. For those of you who did, thank you for playing along with us. We will do a drawing for the RAK and announce the name mid-week. And if you didn’t join us before, we hope you do this time.

 

Ok! Here’s catalyst number sixteen:

 

What’s your dream home?

 

We’re very excited to have Tammy Tutterow as this week’s Guest Artist.

 

I found Tammy’s blog while I was jumping from site to site and as soon as I saw her art, I knew I had to ask her if she’d be a guest artist. What I love about her art is that she has so much dimension and versatility. Looking at her pieces always surprises me that it’s the same artist. While she certainly has some signature style she can apply it equally well to vintage and altered items and layouts. I just love looking at her art and at all the little details she adds in. Tammy is definitely well established in the scrapbooking industry. She’s taught and continues to teach many classes. She’s also on the design team for Pink Paislee, BasicGrey, Provo Craft, and Therm O Web Adhesives. You must have already seen her art in one of the many places she’s been published but in the tiny chance you haven’t, you can read so much more about Tammy at her blog and I cannot recommend it enough. We are so very, very delighted to have her here.

 

 

 

Tammy’s art with this catalyst is below and you can click it to see the larger version.

 

 

 

Journaling Reads:

A forever home. When I daydream about growing old along side my sweet family it is in this house that I see us laughing and loving and growing older together.

 

Technique Highlight:

I really love adding dimension to projects and make them very lumpy and bumpy. In addition to a lot of tearing and curling of edges, I like adding dimension by adhering elements with adhesive foam squares. This project is essentially a page, but since is so lumpy, would be hard to put into a book without flattening it a bit. Instead, I mounted the page on a black wall plaque. I picked it up at a local craft store in their clearance section for a couple of dollars. The design on it was scratched up, which was okay with me since I knew I would cover it. The edges were also dinged up a bit, but since I love things shabby and distressed, I thought the wear was a perfect touch.

 

For my weathered numbers, I used printed chipboard numbers from Prima. They have a newsprint pattern to them. I sanded the surface to remove the slick texture and painted them with Tim Holtz Crackle Paint. After the paint is dry, add a bit of distress ink. When the ink is dry, sand the letter again lightly to expose all of the layers underneath.

 

I printed my photos on smooth textured cardstock so that they would be easier to sew through and curl and distress. I also like the very matte look of photos printed on cardstock. The color photo, though hard to tell in the project photos, is a photo that was turned into an illustration using PhotoShop. I originally altered the photo for another project but loved the look of it for this project as well. I think the effect adds a dreamy feel to the image.

 

 

Thank you so much Tammy; we’re truly honored.

 


Here are some interpretations of the catalyst from members of our team. Click on the photos to see the bigger versions.

Lori:

Lori Says::

Oh, I can dream! Yes, I can tell you all the materialist details about the dream home I have in mind, complete with live-in help and a fancy shmancy art studio! I decided it wouldn’t make sense to talk solely about those details if they didn’t include my family and if they came with a financial burden, so for this week, I focused on the non-materialist instead. But, to be sure, I have started a journal with torn out pages from various magazines and books that is sectioned off by room, for quick reference. I may never have sprawling lawns and tennis courts, but I hope to one day have a home decorated exactly to my tastes. One day meaning post little kiddos!

 

Journaling Reads::

My dream home comes complete with my family. It is paid for in full. It contains laughter and joy, openness and honesty. It’s big enough to be comfortable and small enough to remain close.

 

Technique Highlight::

I love dimension and layering. This layout is relatively flat, so to make the background papers stand out a bit, I edged them with the pink Heidi Swapp edger (it’s the one that looks like a pink pac man). Then I inked those edges. I did not glue down the outsides of my papers or my chipboard frame, so they would stand off the page and create shadows. The glue is only behind the photo and in the center of each paper.

 


Vivian:

 

Vivian Says:

When thinking of ‘my dream home’ I saw it right in front of me – straight away – … a mud brick house with wide verandah’s overlooking the trees and the ocean in the near distance…. Hammocks on the front porch, herb gardens all around as well as lots of native plants which would attract all these beautiful birds who live around here. A large mud brick studio next door for me to play. Dogs running up and cats sleeping in the morning sun. Lots of space around the house for my girls to explore, creeks and bugs and all things good….

 

But then this feeling came up of wanting to share all this beauty with my friends and – especially – my mum and dad who enjoy nature so much….but that’s simply not possible at this stage. Too many oceans between us and such a lot of travel time to just pop by for a meal or coffee.I have accepted that this is the way it is, but I still dream about different ways…

 

My dream home is one where I can share my daily life, (those small things I didn’t even think of as important until I missed sharing them as well as larger things, feelings and events) with those I hold dear. But I am torn between this and being in this spot on earth I call my home… no matter how; there always seems to be a missing piece…

 

Technique Highlight:

i sprayed the picture with water before sanding (to make the sanding easy!) and once dry i coloured in the scratches with metallic water soluble oil pastels to create a shiny blue background. the puzzle pieces represent missing pieces and are spray painted with LuminArte radiant rain misters, which create such an amazing shimmery effect..

 


Karen:

 

Karen Says:

I have many things I dream of when I think of my ideal home. I have a size in mind, a style in mind, and a place in mind. But then I change my mind. I loved New York. I dreamt of living in Tuscany. Over a lake. With a big yard. Several stories. Overlooking the ocean. The places, the sizes, the colors, even the locations change. But the one and only thing that doesn’t change is who’s there with me. Jake and David are my family. Anywhere they are is my home. They are my home.

 

Journaling Reads:

Each time I look at this photo, I smile and feel a strong sense of peace. It reminds me you two are all I need and want out of life. You are my why. My home.

 


 

Fran:

Fran Says:

It was love at first sight. Dave and I walked into this house in North Phoenix after two days of house-hunting in May of 2005. We had a few “worthy of looking at further”, but nothing that we really loved and could see ourselves in very long. We hate moving, and wanted to find the right place.

 

At 4 pm, after seeing over 45 homes in two days, our realtor took us to this final house. It had just opened up at 2 pm during the real estate bubble. We fell in love. Both of us. We immediately chose the room that would be my studio, adored the master bedroom and bath, and about fainted at the back “yard” that looks like a resort. It was and remains our dream home.

 

Dave and I have lived in many homes over the years. And, honestly, wherever we’ve lived, it has been our favorite at the time. But this house has given us all the space we want for friends and family to visit while providing us with enough space to be together but not on top of each other. My dream home is our home.

 


Amélie:

 

Amélie Says:

Here is my ideal home. For me it’s a friendly place where there should have children, animals and sun.

 


 

Leena:

 

Leena Says:

As a child, I grew up in a home located just by the sea. I remembered clearly that everyday I would go to the beach with my spade and dig for sea shells, stones and whatever things that got washed up to the shore. I live a dream now that maybe one, I would have a home right in front of the sea again. I would love to have a beautiful view of the sea that I could just sit right there, looking at the sun rises and sets everyday. I would live and hope someday I would awaken to my dream home.

 

Technique Highlight:

I layered my layout with different papers, sanding and distressing them. As for the photos, I printed them out from a stock of photos of homes that has beautiful sea view. I embellished the page with crystals and flowers to soften the look. I incorporated my title into part of my journaling with letter stickers & chipboards.

 


KL:

 

KL Says:

my dream home. i always thought that it would be a big house with a wrap around porch and lovely found vintage things, but in reality it isn’t. it isn’t “things” that make my dream home perfect. it’s me. it’s my family. it’s my two children and my husband. it’s the life we live on a daily basis. that is all i need for a dream home, which is why the maya angelou quote speaks to me. beacuse to me, a dream home it’s where you hang your heart.

 

Journaling Reads:

i long, as does every human being, to be at home wherever i find myself. – maya angelou

 

Technique Highlight:

i am really discovering that i adore art journaling with a whimsical crafty feel. i used strips of pattern paper {october afternoon} with matte gel medium and then painted it with layers of gesso for a white washed look. and of course, i can’t create without little bits of vintage
embellishments.

 


Severine:

 

Severine Says:

In my dream house there is …

A beautiful front door in wood

Nice old furniture

And a wood stove

But also a foot bath

And a garden with a brench in wrought iron

And then the deck to rest …

but there is above all my family.

 

In French:

Dans la maison de mes rêves, il y a …

Une belle porte d’entrée en bois

De jolis meubles d’autrefois

Et un poêle à bois

Mais aussi une baignoire à pied

Et un jardin avec un banc en fer forgé

Et puis des transats pour se reposer …

mais il y a surtout ma FAMILLE.

 

Technique Highlight:

The background was made with blue paint, gesso and distress re-inker in blue and orange. I stuck photos that I found in magazines an applied gesso with a credit card around. To finish I applied distress vintage with the cut’n dry to the entire page.

 


Anita:

 

Journaling Reads:

I believe a home is not a physical thing but an emotional thing. My dream home is a happy home. One with all my children. Happy children! No controversy, no hatred, one that is not affected by the world outside, one that is only consumed by the love of God. I only pray that my children will grow up to have a home filled with love, honor, hope, and God-fearing families also!

 


Brenda:

 

Brenda Says:

i don’t think i would care where or what my dream home was–just as long as i could look out the window and see the ocean……….the ocean is so very important to me. it heals my soul, fills my heart with joy, and smells divine! this is a fabric scrap book cover that i made so that i may fill it with locations, decorating tips, recipes….everything ocean themed so that i might manifest my dream……………to look out the window of my home and see the beautiful sea!

 


 

Now it’s your turn: show us your therapeutic art around “What’s your dream home?” I urge you to give it a try. Embrace the healing power of art. It can be any form of art as long as it speaks to you. Leave us comments with your work and we will send a RAK to a random participant. You’ll have to link your work by Sunday night, July 6th, midnight PST to qualify for the RAK. If you don’t have a community or blog where you upload photos, you can upload them on our flickr group.

 

For our RAK for catalyst #16, we are thrilled to be giving away beautiful products from our sponsor: Maya Road. Here’s a sneak peek of what’s in the RAK:

 

 

 

Remember, this is not a competition. If your art makes you feel even a bit better at the end, you’ve won.

 

Until next week, enjoy each and every moment.

 

 



RAK recipient for Catalyst Fourteen
June 25, 2008, 7:16 pm
Filed under: catalyst

 

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The little boy picked your name Jenni. Congratulations!! I will email you with directions on how to receive your RAK.

 

As always, I wanted to take a moment to thank everyone for your ongoing support, generosity of spirit, and for sharing your own journeys with us. It is so inspiring and therapeutic to me.

 

Thank you.

 



Catalyst Fifteen
June 22, 2008, 10:32 am
Filed under: catalyst

 

As always, thank you to all of our visitors and all the encouraging comments you left for us. For those of you who did, thank you for playing along with us. We will do a drawing for the RAK and announce the name mid-week. And if you didn’t join us before, we hope you do this time.

 

Ok! Here’s catalyst number fifteen:

 

What’s your happiest memory?

 

We’re very excited to have Kathy Wasilewski as this week’s Guest Artist.

 

I found Kathy’s art through my friend Kris. When I looked through her site, I couldn’t get enough of it! I loved the dimension, the diversity, and the texture in all her work. I found myself drawn to each piece. Her art has the special quality that many great pieces of art have: the more you look, the more you see. There are so many details to be discovered in each piece. You’ll see that this week’s catalyst’s art is no exception. Here’s a tiny bio from Kathy in her own words:

 

Kathy is a self-taught mixed media artist and national instructor residing in Richmond, Virginia. After owning a retail scrapbook store for 3 years, her love for creativity and self-expression soon expanded into altered books, assemblage, collage, and fabric art. Her greatest love is in teaching others and in helping them to expand in creating their own pieces of self-expression.

 

I am so delighted that Kathy agreed to create a piece of art for creative therapy. If you haven’t seen her art before, I highly recommend you visit her blog.

 

 

Kathy’s art with this catalyst is below and you can click it to see the larger version.

 

 

Kathy Says:

My happiest memory would be the birth of my 2 sons. Although every mother is joyous over the birth of her children, it was additionally a true blessing for me. Having suffered with various female disorders during my teens, I had been diagnosed as never being able to have children. Thus, holding my firstborn for the first time was an experience that I will never forget.

 

I created this piece as a tribute to Spring and to the birth of new life. It is this time of the year when mother birds nest and give birth to their own young. Thus, regardless of the species, a mother will nurture and guide her young in learning how to spread their wings and fly.

 

Technique highlight:

This piece was created by the cutting and manipulation of both stretched and flat canvases. The canvas roof was painted and collaged, then attached with a metal insert containing a quote embossed into the metal. The birds nest was made with wire and natural materials.

 

Thank you so much Kathy; we’re truly honored.

 


Here are some interpretations of the catalyst from members of our team. Click on the photos to see the bigger versions.

Karen:


Karen Says:

There are so many happy memories to choose from and some really obvious ones like the day I got into the college of my dreams, the day my husband proposed, the day our son was born, or the day I became an American citizen. But for this week what kept coming to me was a seemingly small memory that always warms my heart when I think about it.

 

So I decided to write about a car trip my husband and I took to Joshua Tree National Park. It was our first time at the park and we were awed by its uniqueness. We walked around and then sat down at a bench and talked for hours until it got dark. On the way home, we put the windows down, put on some music and sang at the top of our lungs.

 

It was just another ordinary day, but knowing that I can still spend a whole day talking with my husband after having been together nine years (at the time) and just having returned from a 3-month cross-country trip where it was just the two of us, made me feel so happy. He has always been and will always be my best friend. If I ever doubt that, all I have to do is remember the day we spent at Joshua Tree.

 

Technique highlight:

I took a tiny minibook and covered its pages with vintage music sheet to represent the music we listened to on the way home. I took several chipboard pieces that represented bits and pieces of my story and sprayed all of them with different colors of Glimmer Mist to get the shimmery effect. That’s it!

 


Severine:

Severine Says:

It is a feeling that I can never feel again. For 9 months we cohabited on and I imagined the day I would meet this little being. It was such a happiness when our eyes met that I still get tears in my eyes just thinking of it.

 

In French:

C’est un sentiment que je n’éprouverais plus jamais comme ça, une délivrance parce que cela fait 9 mois je l’on cohabite et que j’imagine la rencontre avec ce petit être et un tel bonheur lorsque nos regards ce croisent que ça m’en fait encore arriver les larmes aux yeux rien qu’en y repensant.

 

Technique Highlight:

I printed photo in a slide. I made the background with two different papers and applied gesso on it with a credit card then I put my photo and some paper on top of the photo. The chipboard colored with distress and gesso. I heated the gesso with the heatgun for make some bubbles and apply distress with the cut’n dry. Some rubons and the title and here we go!!!


Fran:

 

Fran Says:

It was difficult to choose just one memory. I am, for the most part, a happy person. I’m happily married to a fabulous man. I have a studio in my home where I can work at my leisure. And, despite my chronic illness, I do love my life.

 

But when I thought about my happiest moment, the one that immediately came to mind was a day in February 1991 when Dave and I were sitting in the bedroom of my apartment in Brighton, MA. I was working a new job that replaced the two jobs I had worked at before. Dave was in medical school. We were both on tight budgets with very little money at the time, but we were in love and we were happy. Dave was living in Quincy in a terrible little apartment. He’d spend the weekends at my place in Brighton.

 

Anyway, we had just picked up the mail and I was looking at a catalog that came addressed to me. It was a jewelry catalog. I turned the page and saw that they had cubic zirconia rings for very little. Dave, unbeknownst to me, was looking over my shoulder. He said something like, “Diamonds are really expensive.” I responded, “But these CZ’s look the same and are very cheap. I don’t care about diamonds.” Dave appeared relieved.

 

We talked about it that day and decided that we would get married. Much like our entire relationship, it was a decision we made together. No ceremony and fancy getting on his knee. We just decided and chose a date and the next weekend, we went to his family’s jeweler and picked out our simple ring. The entire process is one of my greatest memories. I knew we were meant to be together and we’ve been just as happy ever since. Our lives have changed a lot since then, but I’ve never replaced the CZ on that ring. It is a great memento of that day.

 

Technique Highlight:

I used my Pigma Micron 05 to draw the figures and to outline the room. I added watercolor pencils to create the colors and then added water to complete the design.

 


 

Karan:

Karan Says:

When I think of happy memories… I usually think of the births of my four children. They are my top happiest memories… But I can’t pick one birth over another, because they were all unique, like my kids, and special in their own way… I have many happy memories over the past 44 years, and I actually remember a lot of them even back to when I was a baby. I really thought about one that I was really truly happy… It would be my wedding day to Pascual. November 22, 2004 on the beach in Maui.

 

It was just the two of us. We eloped. We were married by a Hawaiian minister at sunset. We giggled and laughed through the whole ceremony, so much so that the minister even started to laugh hysterically, and told Pascual not to say anything else, or he would never finish and we would end up not getting married. In between his high pitched feminine hoots, so funny coming from a big Hawaiian man, he told us it was the best wedding he had done all year. When he had Pascual repeat after him, “Karan, I vow to you,” Pascual was so nervous, he said “I BOW to you…” with his Spanish accent, and I lost it. I laughed so hard, I cried. Then the video guy and the photographer and the guitarist and the minister started laughing, and we couldn’t stop for 10 minutes.

 

Every time I sobered up and tried to say my vows, I would look at him and start cracking up all over again… Then the minister said a blessing in Ancient Hawaiian, and I started to cry. I have such an affinity with the Hawaiian culture. I have always loved Hawaii and dreamed of being married on the beach at sunset. All my dreams came true that day. I married my soul mate with the waves crashing behind us, with a Hawaiian ceremony and a blessing by a Hawaiian chieftan minister. I laughed till I cried, and cried till I laughed again. The full range of emotions and feelings. We finished the night with photos at sunset and a dinner cooked by a private chef on the beach just for the two of us.

 

I don’t know if we will ever be able to top the beauty and romance of that day.

 

Technique Highlight:

The photo was transferred on to Sculpy clay using the iron on transfer method. I assembled the whole thing in a shadowbox purchased from Michaels, using clear stickers and some shells I bought in Hawaii.

 

The Sculpy transfer technique is to print the photo in mirror image on to t-shirt Iron-On transfer paper. I printed spare copies to allow for mistakes. Roll sculpy thru pasta maker to desired size of photo. Cut photo out, leaving small edge of white around image, and press face down into clay. I pressed the photo into the clay by rubbing a spoon over it. Image must be well stuck to clay to transfer. Bake 10 minutes at temperature on clay package instructions. Peel paper off photo while still hot. Image should transfer well if it was stuck down properly. This takes some practice, It took me 4 tries to get it right. But it is worth the effort. I used white sculpy clay for the brightest images.

 


Becky:

 

Becky Says:

My Happiest memory is really the day I married my husband. It’s been almost 10 years and I love him even more than the day I married him. We’ve been through so much already and by the Grace of God we are truly stronger for it. Our love will stand the test of time because, not only is he wrapped up in the happiest memories I have, he continues to make up new happy memories, every single day. I love this country song by Phil Vassar. (lyrics below)

  

Journaling Reads:

“Love is a Beautiful Thing”.

 

Looks like everybody’s here

Had to put some foldin’ chairs in the vestibule

Yeah, it’s gettin’ full

Even old Aunt Ruby came

Her first time on an airplane

It’s her sister’s girl

She wouldn’t miss it for the world

 

And all them kids jumpin’ in the pews

And Mr. Charlie in his lime-green suit

‘Is a handsome man’

Remarks Widow Callahan

Uncle Joe and Uncle Jake

Haven’t spoken since ’98

Just said, ‘Hello’

It’s a good day to let it go

 

So let the angels gather

Let the music play

Let the preacher get to preachin’ all the “do you take”‘s

Love is a beautiful thing

Throw the rice in the air

Let the church bells ring

Tie the cans to the back of that limosine

Love is a beautiful thing

 

Daddy’s waitin’ with the bride

Yeah, she helps him with his tie

She sees a tear

He says, ‘Man, it’s hot in here’ hmm

He hugs his little girl and asks,

‘How did you grow up so fast?

God, I wish your Momma could be here for this’

 

And everybody stands and smiles
As she goes walkin’ down the aisle

In her Momma’s gown

And Daddy breaks on down

Gran and Gramps in the second row

Stood right there fifty years ago

And said their vows

Yeah, I guess it’s workin’ out

 

A little table full’a gifts

Catering’s covered dish

And the wedding band

Well, that’s on her hand

And Tommy’s teasin’ Lorelei

He pushed her down and made her cry

And neither one knows

A day will come

 

When the angels gather
And the music plays

And the preacher gets to preachin’ all the “do you take”‘s

Love is a beautiful thing

Throw the rice in the air

Let the church bells ring

Tie the cans to the back of that limosine

Love

Two people in love is a beautiful thing

 


 

Christine:

 

Christine Says:

When I consider many moments that have made me happy, I realize that they are a result of a change of perspective in my life. It happened during the very early morning hours in October, 1993, as I stayed up late reading my Bible. This ATC (artist trading card) is a reminder of that moment when God revealed His will for me through this Bible verse.

 

All my life until that moment I had been seeking to live for my own pleasure and desires. I am ashamed to admit that I lived a very self-centered life for over half of my life. My thoughts centered on what I wanted, and if I didn’t have my way, I felt miserable. I never seemed to be happy because I was always wanting something more that seemed out of my reach. I had not learned what it meant to be truly content.

 

Technique Highlight:

For this project, I used a number of digital brushes which, in concept, are like rubber stamps. The intensity of color is varied by changing the opacity of the layer on which the the brush is “stamped”. This creates an effect similar to stamping off ink on a rubber stamp to obtain a lighter image. By varying the opacity levels, you can create more depth, dimension, and texture on a project through the use of different brushes, color hues, and layer modes and intensities.

 


Now it’s your turn: show us your therapeutic art around “What’s your happiest memory?” I urge you to give it a try. Embrace the healing power of art. It can be any form of art as long as it speaks to you. Leave us comments with your work and we will send a RAK to a random participant. You’ll have to link your work by Sunday night, June 29th, midnight PST to qualify for the RAK.

For our RAK for catalyst #15, we are thrilled to be giving away a $25 gift certificate to our sponsor: Happy N Scrappin’.

 

 

 

Remember, this is not a competition. If your art makes you feel even a bit better at the end, you’ve won.

 

Until next week, enjoy each and every moment.

 

 



RAK recipient for Catalyst Thirteen
June 18, 2008, 8:31 pm
Filed under: other

 

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The little boy picked your name Amanda. Congratulations!! I will email you with directions on how to receive your RAK.

 

As always, I wanted to take a moment to thank everyone for your ongoing support, generosity of spirit, and for sharing your own journeys with us. It is so inspiring and therapeutic to me.

 

Thank you.

 



Catalyst Fourteen
June 15, 2008, 9:03 am
Filed under: catalyst

 

As always, thank you to all of our visitors and all the encouraging comments you left for us. For those of you who did, thank you for playing along with us. We will do a drawing for the RAK and announce the name mid-week. And if you didn’t join us before, we hope you do this time.

 

Ok! Here’s catalyst number fourteen:

 

What’s the one lesson you’d want to teach your children? (If you don’t have them, what would you want to teach them if you had them?)

 

We’re very excited to have Paulette Insall as this week’s Guest Artist.

 

While I don’t remember how I found Paulette, I still remember the first time I stumbled upon her site. Her art is so amazing, awe-inspiring and beautiful that I spent hours looking through it. When she announced she was going to offer classes, I was one of the first to sign up. I took her Organic Dimension class and loved every moment of it. In the next few weeks I will be taking her All About Faces class. I cannot recommend them highly enough.

 

She sent me a little bio that I wanted to share with you:

 

Like many other artists, Paulette has been creative from a very young age. For many years she dreamed of painting, but could never bring herself to pick up a paint brush until October of 2006. That’s when her love of creating stories with paint and paper began. Her mixed media paintings are visual stories with many, many layers…not only literally, but figuratively as well. Inspired by her faith, music, nature, and life, her work mainly focuses around spiritual themes meant to uplift and inspire the viewer.

 

With her background in technical writing and instruction, it was only natural that Paulette would eventually teach painting classes. She now offers online mixed media painting classes via her blog. Wanting to encourage others to face their fears and do the thing that they’ve always wanted to, her classes are structured to encourage students to explore and trust their creative voices and listen to their intuition.

 

Originally from Alabama, Paulette now lives just outside of Portland, Oregon with her husband and their very busy four year old son Aiden. When she’s not busy chasing around her little boy, she loves to paint, take pictures, read anything to do with art and/or design, and make videos about her art.

 

If you haven’t been there before, I would highly encourage you to visit Paulette’s blog or website. She makes these amazing videos that show her painting the beautiful canvases that you can buy at her etsy shop. I would also highly encourage you to sign up for her newsletter, if for no other reason than to find out when she’s offering mixed media classes again. She also gives away paintings every now and then and you definitely don’t want to miss that.

 

I will leave you with a few words from Paulette: “My art is about the search for connection…to self, to like minded spirits, to family, and to God. The reason that most of my work depicts a sole woman is because these are the stories of my own personal search and the emotions they invoke within my soul. My hope is that the visual stories I create with my art, touch people from all walks of life and let them know that they are not alone…and find comfort in that knowing.”

 

 

Paulette’s art with this catalyst is below and you can click it to see the larger version.

 

 

Paulette Says:

Title of painting: “Lift Up Your Eyes”

 

This painting was inspired by the follow scripture:

I lift up my eyes to the hills – Where does my help come from? My help comes from the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth. ~ Psalm 121:1-2

 

There are so many times that if I hadn’t had God in my life, I don’t know how I would have made it through. He is my strength…my comfort. I know He’s always there to help me…in good times and in bad…and I will never be alone. Even though I was raised Christian, this is something that took me until recently to truly understand. This lesson is one I am trying to teach my son…that we are never alone because God is always there with us and we need to rely on Him to help us in all things, both big and small. For through Him, all things are possible.

 

Technique highlight:

I love to use watercolor crayons to do shading. My favorite brand is Caran d’Ache Neocolor II. I just dampen the crayon with water or my paintbrush and paint them on just like I would my acrylic paints. And the best part about them….if I don’t like it, I can just wipe it off and start over! A wonderful thing for a detail oriented perfectionist like me. ;)

 

Thank you so much Paulette; we’re truly honored.

 


Here are some interpretations of the catalyst from members of our team. Click on the photos to see the bigger versions.

Kris:

Kris Says:

There are so many lessons to teach my girls; God is your rock and your answer, Make sure others treat you well, Money isn’t everything, Don’t talk to strangers. Yet I think the one I talk about the most with them is: Be Happy where you are. Here. There. Wherever you are, whatever job your in, situation, life, church, etc… be happy. Be happy with what you have. Now I know I’m not the best example of this, I have times that I’m just not happy. But I think if you’re always waiting for what is around the corner, the next job, next pay raise, the next sale of your art, the next time you lose weight, the next boyfriend, the next thing you can buy, the next place you’ll live – to be happy, you’re never gonna even come close to being happy. All I can do is teach them this, and pray for them every day.

 

Technique highlight:

Canvas was painted with fluid acrylics. When I was working on my ‘Thank Someone’ piece for Creative Therapy I used this small canvas to wipe off my excess Golden fluid acrylics. That gave me a lovely background which I could use. I added stamped dots, Rubons & stickers, scrap papers & white gel pen.

 


Karen:

Journaling Reads:

Little boy, there are so many lessons I wish I could teach you. I wish I could teach you to enjoy each and every moment of life. I wish I could teach you to treat everyone with love and respect. I wish I could teach you to always be curious. To laugh often. To have a lot of courage. To give and ask for help.

 

The list goes on and on.

 

But if I get to pick one single lesson to share with you, it will be to always have integrity. Always do what you say you will. When you say you will. Keep your word. If you respect yourself and others, people will respect you and trust you on your word. That’s the most valuable thing you have in the world, David. Your word.

 

There are times in your life you feel like cutting corners or doing things you might not later be proud of and I urge you to take the extra few seconds to think things through, my son. Be honest. Many things can be mended but a loss of respect is incredibly hard to recover. Your word is how others see you.

 

Your word is who you are. Live your life with integrity and character, my son. It is the very best advice I can ever give you.

 

Technique highlight:

Once I put down the ribbons, I sprayed the paper and the chipboard letters with Glimmer Mist to give the shimmering effect.


Fran:

 

Fran Says:

I have no children, but this was not difficult for me. I thought about the one lesson I’d want to teach anyone – adult or child, as if it were my “big lesson learned”. And, well, it’s “Believe in Yourself”.

 

Journaling Reads:

“If there was just one life lesson I’d like to teach any child or adult, it is to believe in yourself. Only then can you find your inner strength, trust your intuition, and know your heart. Everything else will fall into place once you believe in yourself. Self-belief and self-love are the keys to making it all possible. Believe in Yourself!”

 


 

Amélie:

Amelie Says:

I wish to encourage children to dream as long as possible. The escape, imagination and creativity, hope are closely related to dreams.

 

In French:

Pour ce sujet je souhaite encourager les enfants à rêver le plus longtemps possible. L’évasion, l’imaginaire et la créativité, l’espoir sont étroitement liés aux rêves.


Brenda:

 

Brenda Says:

“Follow your heart!” That is my message. To be free enough to just go….do…….live and enjoy life….I am a worry wart ……..so anytime that I really want to follow my heart it is clouded by “what ifs” I have tried to instill this in my daughter-but she has inherited the “worry” gene from me. But I keep forging ahead-reminding her that we
only walk this path once and we must live life to it’s fullest….following your heart and filling it up!

 


 

Lori:

 

Lori Says:

It’s so hard to raise children. You want the very best for them. If I could leave them with one very important lesson it would be to value themselves. Life is so full of “pretty and things”. I’d like them to know that happiness isn’t about “pretty and things”. It’s about being true to oneself and valuing and appreciated all the little things day by day.

 

Journaling Reads:

The one lesson I wish to teach, is to teach you to value. Value yourselves, value others, value life and all it’s simple pleasures, value love in all it’s forms. Value. Life isn’t about owning things and pleasing others. Life is about appreciating and valuing those things that cannot be bought.

 


Karan:

 

Karan Says:

I think if I had to pick, I would choose one that actually has two parts, because I feel they are equally important. The first one is to never give up on your dreams. To always forge ahead, no matter how many people tell you your dream is impossible. No matter how many times you might doubt yourself… The ability to pick myself up and brush off the dusty remains of my failures, has given me the courage and perseverance to try things over and over again, in spite of the losses. I look at failure as another step closer to a great success!

 

The second thing would be to look for the gifts in all situations. I have learned through very painful experiences, that there are gifts in everything. By looking for the gifts in my painful divorces, I was able to learn the art of negotiation and neutrality, so I could get to a place of peace and understanding with my ex’s. Using these gifts, we are able to co-parent our children together in separate houses. Our children feel loved and honored and respected, and we all get along. We are still a family, we just live in two different homes.

 

From dating the wrong men, I learned the gift of discernment and healthy boundaries. Each man taught me lessons in what I did and didn’t want in a relationship, and prepared me emotionally for the arrival of my soul mate. I never would have recognized the beauty in him, if I hadn’t had the pain of those relationships first.

 

The pain of childbirth, was a preparation for motherhood. The past 20 years have been filled with the joys and heartbreaks of parenting. In the painful and sad moments, there is so much pain, you think you won’t survive it. You wonder how one person can cause you so much angst and sorrow, and yet bring you so much joy at the same time. It is the paradox of parenting. Like childbirth, the painful and scary moments pass, and after they are over, all you remember is the love you feel for this person, and the memories of the pain just become memories.

 

Sometimes I wish I could stop time, and freeze my family at the stages they are in now. But then I think of how they will never experience all the wonderful things that time brings. So I freeze frame this moment for myself, these feelings in me at this time. They are my gift. The experience of parenthood, with all it’s crazy emotions has transformed me and made me a better person. I hope to teach my kids how to find the gifts through their struggles and failures as they navigate their lives. To feel joyously triumphant, in spite of the pain, is the greatest lesson I can teach my kids.

 


Leena:

 

Leena Says:

Being brought up in an Asian family especially Chinese, we have a very conservative upbringing despite living in a modern society. There are many values that we are being taught, but one of the most important values and lessons being taught as a child myself, is “Respect”. As a child, I was advised and told repeatedly not to be disrespectful to our elders or we will branded as a ‘bad’ child, in terms of our character. When parents are complimented for their child’s behaviour and how respectful they are, it reflects on the parents’ good teaching. So, here I am now being a mother to a 4 year old child, I would like to impart to my son what I have learnt from my parents and “Respect” is still the most important lesson in our lives. I want him to know that respecting his family is something very important for they are the ones who will always be there for him and who will always love him for who he is. Friends, who always stood by you through good and bad times deserve an equal amount of respect from us. I would also teach him to respect all other living things such as animals and non-living things. And most importantly, he will have to learn to love and respect himself. If he don’t respect himself, he would not learn to respect others.

 


Now it’s your turn: show us your therapeutic art around “What’s the one lesson you would want to teach your children?” I urge you to give it a try. Embrace the healing power of art. It can be any form of art as long as it speaks to you. Leave us comments with your work and we will send a RAK to a random participant. You’ll have to link your work by Sunday night, June 22nd, midnight PST to qualify for the RAK.

For our RAK for catalyst #14, we are thrilled to be giving away a Spring Survival Sampler with a bonus KI Heartfelt Album from our sponsor: Homegrown Scrapbooks. Here’s a sneak peek of some of the items in the kit:

 

 

 

Remember, this is not a competition. If your art makes you feel even a bit better at the end, you’ve won.

 

Until next week, enjoy each and every moment.

 

 



RAK recipient for Catalyst Twelve
June 11, 2008, 7:46 am
Filed under: other

 

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The little boy picked your name Kara. Congratulations!! I will email you with directions on how to receive your RAK.

 

As always, I wanted to take a moment to thank everyone for your ongoing support, generosity of spirit, and for sharing your own journeys with us. It is so inspiring and therapeutic to me.

 

Thank you.

 



Catalyst Thirteen
June 8, 2008, 2:10 pm
Filed under: catalyst

 

As always, thank you to all of our visitors and all the encouraging comments you left for us. For those of you who did, thank you for playing along with us. We will do a drawing for the RAK and announce the name mid-week. And if you didn’t join us before, we hope you do this time.

 

Ok! Here’s catalyst number thirteen:

 

Thank someone.

 

We’re very excited to have Kelli Crowe as this week’s Guest Artist.

 

If you don’t know who Kelli Crowe is, you’re truly missing out. Not only is she incredibly talented but she exudes joy and sweetness. Even though I’ve had the luck of meeting her very briefly at winter CHA, I don’t know Kelli at all, but I read her blog daily and it always puts me in the best mood. Her art is always bold and happy and thought provoking. She’s a garden girl and her two peas gallery is full of inspiration. You can read so much more about Kelli at her blog and I cannot recommend it enough. We are so very delighted to have her here.

 

 

 

Kelli’s art with this catalyst is below and you can click it to see the larger version.

 

 

 

Kelli Says:

I love the name of this blog: Creative Therapy. Scrapbooking is so my therapy. I started this lo 4 months ago when I just didn’t feel like scrapbooking. I had the teal image of messily cut circles in my head. I sat in from of the tv and just started cutting. It was fun and slightly mindless. 1 month ago, I attached the circles to a page. A week ago I turned it into a lo with a simple quote i read in my Mother’s Day card from my oldest son.

 

Most of my lo’s come about as a planned lo…but a few come about this way. Just playing around. Sometimes I throw them away because they really served the purpose of being fun to make….but not much to look at.

 

I love being the mom to 3 boys. They are all wonderful, fun ages. I have always written down the things that they say. I have recently started writing down some of their prayers at dinner time and other comments that they make. Not all of them make it onto a lo.

 

This was such a simple thank you.

And he called me his b.f.f.

Dude.

I know that won’t last.

He is almost 11.

A preteen, as he keeps reminding me.

There are a bazillion things I could have said thank you about.

But I wanted to take this moment to document the sweet way my son said thank you to me.

 

 

Thank you so much Kelli; we’re truly honored.

 


Here are some interpretations of the catalyst from members of our team. Click on the photos to see the bigger versions.

Amélie:

Journaling Reads::

“There are two ways to forget the worries of life: music and cats” Albert Schweitzer

 

Amélie Says::

My little cat Isis always soothed me when I was a little girl. It was my faithful companion, kind and cuddly. I wanted to thank him for having stood by me through difficult times.

 

And now in French:

Ma petite chatte Isis m’a toujours apaisé quand j’étais petite fille. C’était mon fidèle compagnon, gentille et câline. J’avais envie de lui dire merci d’avoir était là dans les moments difficiles.

 


Kris:

 

Journaling Reads:

‘How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.

I love thee to the depth and breadth and height

My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight

For the ends of Being and ideal Grace.

I love thee to the level of everyday’s

Most quiet need, by sun and candle-light.

I love thee freely, as men strive for Right;

I love thee purely, as they turn from Praise.

I love thee with a passion put to use

In my old griefs, and with my childhood’s faith.

I love thee with a love I seemed to lose

With my lost saints, — I love thee with the breath,

Smiles, tears, of all my life! — and, if God choose,

I shall but love thee better after death.’ – Elisabeth Barrett Browning.

 

Kris Says:

This is a piece I made for my husband for our upcoming 20th anniversary. I figured it was high time I thanked him for putting up with me for 20 years.

 


Karen:

 

Karen Says:

There are many people who have helped me in my life. Many people who deserve thanks for so many things. But what my son has already done for my life will forever be the one thing I am eternally grateful for.

 

Before David was born, I had always been a sad person inside. Not that I didn’t have happy moments but overall, my normal state of being was on the sad side. I remember that when I was pregnant, I was really worried that my son would have a sad mom and blame himself. I was worried I would have really bad post-partum. I was worried about a lot of things. I wanted to “fix myself” before he came. I made up this big sign that read “Give up that there’s something wrong.” and I put it above my bedroom door so I saw it every morning and night. I was going to learn to be happy, no matter what it took.

 

It turned out that I really didn’t have anything to worry about. I cannot explain why or how but the minute David was born, something fundamental shifted inside me. Not only did I not have an inkling of post-partum, but David made me a happy person. Since his birth, I have felt a deep peace inside that I had never experienced previously. He has literally changed who I am.

 

No matter what the coming years bring, I will forever be thankful to my boy for giving me this priceless gift.

 

Journaling Reads:

David the list of things for which I am thankful to you goes on and on. You have brought so much joy into my life and you have taught me that life is full of fun and happiness. The way your life is all about the little moments and making tons of tiny memories is what I cherish the most. You have taught me how to live and how to love you.

 


 

Fran:

Fran Says:

Thanking someone is, well, hard to do. There are so many people I want to thank – who have helped me along the way. The teachers and guidance counselors who were there in a non-invasive way supporting me when I was keeping secrets; the University alumni who supported my college education; the University that helped me to find a place in the world through work and study; the doctors who have helped me along the way in my disease management; the woman who set Dave and me up on the blind date that would lead to a fabulous marriage; my husband for loving me despite my faults and with all his heart… The list, I really believe, is endless.

 

But when it came down to it, I knew who I wanted to thank first and foremost: my Aunt Millie and Aunt Ann. For may times in my life, they have been a safe harbor for me and a dear part of my heart and family.

 

Aunt Ann and Aunt Millie took me in when I had to leave bad situations. They helped me find my place when I had nowhere else to go. They taught me to trust, love, and to dream big. Without their love, support, and hearts, I’d not be who I am today. I am saddened that sometimes I don’t take the time to tell them how much I love them and how important they are to me. They have both been here for me in sickness and health, for the good and the bad. Aunt Ann answered a call when I needed to leave an unsafe situation and welcomed me into her home with no questions. Aunt Millie was there for me during Passover, winter break, Jewish New Year – any break I had- I’d share a ride or take the train down from the University.

 

For many years, my aunts and I would get together for Rosh Hashanah and ring in the Jewish New Year together. We aren’t as able to do that any longer – physically, it’s difficult for me and for Aunt Millie – but those memories are so special to me. Aunt Millie and Aunt Ann were at my college graduation and they were there to meet my husband when we first fell in love. They stood up for me under the Chuppah at our wedding 16 years ago. They have been a constant source of support, love, and trust. They have been my rocks.

 

Thank you Aunt Ann and Aunt Millie. You are both such an important part of me. I cannot begin to tell you how much love you have helped me to find in my heart. I love you both more than words can say.

 

Journaling Reads:

My Aunts, Thank You- For teaching me to dream big; for showing me how to love; for being my safe harbor; for loving me.

 


Christine:

 

Christine Says:

So much of what I possess, materially and spiritually, are gifts from God. It is written that ” every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.” (James 1:17) I have found this to be true in my own experience, and this album contains some of the gifts for which I am thankful: my spouse, my children, my home, the blessing and privilege of motherhood, and the promise of eternal life through faith in Christ’s redeeming act of sacrifice.

 

Journaling Reads:

Although I am thankful for everything I have mentioned so far, they are still temporary things…they will pass away in time. However, one of the greatest gifts of God’s grace towards me is His redeeming love for me that allows me to have eternal life with Him someday. Nothing can surpass the measure of His love for His people through the sacrifice of His son, Jesus Christ. It is a gift that I could never earn nor could I ever repay. But because of it I can, by faith, look forward to the day I can be in His presence forever – loving and praising Him for the life He has granted to me for eternity.

 

Dearest Heavenly Father, You have blessed me in abundance and have given me so much more than I dreamed of and more than I deserve. For all these things I am grateful…Your love for me is boundless and I have experienced Your grace in so many different seasons of my life. Thank you for being mindful of me…thank you for your love and faithfulness…For all these and more, I am truly and eternally grateful!

 


 

Leena:

 

Journaling Reads:

I could never thank you enough for making me the person I am today, for giving me the happiness & a wonderful life, for giving me a beautiful son & for making me appreciate life to the fullest. Thank you! xoxo

 


Becky:

 

Becky Says:

I talk to Karen almost every single day, we’ve gotten to know each other and it’s amazing to me that you can create such a bond of a friendship through cyber space,but it happens all the time. I wanted to thank her for her friendship because I have come to rely on her constant source of support and advice. Love ya girl! (Editor’s Note: Right back at you, my wonderful friend! Love you.)

 

Journaling Reads:

I am so glad I got a chance to “meet” and know you. You are such a genuine person and so giving. Thank you Karen, for being a great friend and such a wonderful person!

 


KL:

 

KL Says:

it took me a few days to get this one finished. not because it was difficult to create but because the words and thoughts behind this weeks catalyst brought up such raw emotions for me. i kept thinking of my grandfather, my father figure, the rock of our family. this past weekend was the 9th anniversary of his passing and even though i know he is in a better place, a peaceful place, i miss him every single day.

 

my journaling is on the back of the vintage postcard, tucked in and kept safe. sincere thoughts and love sent to my grandfather. the man who showed me what it was to be a father, to be present in my life and always supportive. to love me, unconditionally.

 


 

Now it’s your turn: show us your therapeutic art around “thank someone.” I urge you to give it a try. Embrace the healing power of art. It can be any form of art as long as it speaks to you. Leave us comments with your work and we will send a RAK to a random participant. You’ll have to link your work by Sunday night, June 16th, midnight PST to qualify for the RAK. If you don’t have a community or blog where you upload photos, you can upload them on our flickr group.

 

For our RAK for catalyst #13, we are thrilled to be giving away beautiful products from our sponsor: Scenic Route. Here’s a sneak peek of what’s in the RAK:

 

 

 

Remember, this is not a competition. If your art makes you feel even a bit better at the end, you’ve won.

 

Until next week, enjoy each and every moment.

 

 




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