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Catalyst Seventy-Two
July 26, 2009, 8:25 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.

 

Ok! Here’s catalyst number seventy-two:

 

Tell us about your best friend or the effect of friends in your life.

 

We’re so excited to have Angela Cartwright as this week’s Guest Artist.

 

It took me over a year to get Angela to guest for us and now that she’s finally here, I am so delighted. I find Angela’s art to be soulful and stunning. I love the texture in her work. The versatility and range of her art is simply incredible.

 

Angela’s published several books. Most recently, In This Garden: Exploration in Mixed-Media Visual Narrative. She also authored Mixed Emulsions: Altered Art Techniques for Photographic Imagery and co-authored In This House: A Collection of Altered Art Imagery and Collage. She has also just started an art clothing site which incorporates her clothing and photography. And, in case you’ve never seen it, she also co-creates a quarterly quality art zine called Pasticcio Quartz. I told you she was versatile!

 

If you haven’t seen Angela’s amazing art before, make sure to checkout her site and her wonderful blog. And you can buy her original artwork at her etsy store.

 

 

 

 

Here is Angela’s art with this week’s catalyst. You can click on it to see a larger version and more detail.

 

 

 

Angela Says:

Joan Walsh Anglund wrote “A friend is someone who likes you”, but friendship is so much more than that. I have one girlfriend I have had for 50 years…50 years!… We have a lot of history with each other even though our lives are on two completely different paths. We share a thread of kinship that cannot be severed..

 

I am so grateful for my circle of friends. There is no doubt they make me a better person and constantly make me grow. Through them I look at life from other points of view, they help me clarify moments in time, and join in my sorrows and celebrations. True friends relish the accomplishments you achieve as well as sympathize with the tribulations you may be experiencing. Most importantly they can always make me laugh. Sometimes a good laugh is just what the doctor ordered..

 

Making time for friends is a priority. Life is busy and it’s easy to let friendships slide. Before you know it, weeks and months have flown by. It’s imperative to keep those you love in your life no matter how busy you are. Remember, to have a good friend you need to be a good friend.

 

Technique Highlight:

My art reflects moments in time. It grows out of experiences, thoughts, wishes and dreams. I often incorporate my own shadow, which I am constantly photographing, and it makes the piece very personal to me. I am passionate about photography and build my altered art by embedding my photographs in texture and creating a photo mosaic. “Come Out” documents a close friend who is moving to another state. She’s a wise old soul and I shall miss our talks and our shared love of gardening.

 

 

Thank you so much Angela; we’re so very very honored.

 

 


Here are some interpretations of the catalyst from members of our team.

 

Michelle:

 

Michelle Says:

My friends pretty much fall into 3 categories. I call them my high school friends, my mommy friends and my photographer friends. I really only categorize them for the sake of my husband so he knows who I am referring to. I have some great friends and am so thankful for all of them, but one “group” especially, my photographer friends, have a huge effect on my life. I have this amazing group of women that I have only known for a little over a year and now can’t remember not knowing them. They push me and support me and get me in a way that not many others can. As I continue down this path of following my photography dream, I know that these women are always going to be here for me and that there is no way I could do it without them. Some of them live close and some far away, but thanks to modern technology, we are always able to connect. When some of us are lucky enough to get together, we all end up with photos like this. Sitting around talking about life with camera in hand, seeing a bit ouf ourselves refelcted in eachother via our cameras and our love of photogrpahy.

 

 


Anita:

Anita Says:

My best friend and I have been friends for 15 years now. I have to admit it hasn’t always been easy. We are sure been through alot but our friendship has always come out on top. I don’t know what I’d do without here. We decided a year or so ago that on our 20th year we are gonna plan to go on a cruise together to celebrate!! Friends forever holds so true with us.

 

 


Karen:

Journaling Reads:

Maybe it’s odd that my best friend is also my husband. Maybe it sounds like one of those cheesy Hollywood movies. However it might sound to you, all I can say is that it’s the truth.

 

No I don’t have the best marriage in the world. Yes, we have ups and downs. Many of them. Some days, I’m not even sure it won’t all fall apart. But even on those days, I am sure of one thing.

 

He is my best friend.

 

He is the person who knows me best. He is the person whom I want to call when I have something big to celebrate. He’s the one I call when I am so deep in sorrow that I want to curl up and disappear. He’s the person I want to experience new things with and celebrate old memories with. He is the person who knows me best. He is the person with whom I don’t have to fake anything.

 

Ever.

 

I don’t know how it happened that I found him. SAnd there are times when it’s rough that my husband is also my best friend. There are times I wish I had a different best friend. Someone with whom I could talk about my husband and my worries. But the rest of the time, most of the time, I am so glad that I found him. That he’s my husband. My love. And my very best friend in the whole wold.

 

I love you, my love.

 

 


Amy:

 

Amy Says:

My friend reminds me that there is color and softness… and that one must look to see.

 

 


Wilna:

 

Wilna Says:

My husband of 18 years have without a doubt been my biggest inspiration for friendship. Here’s the journaling:

 

My love… you have taught me so many thngs about friendship that I dont even know where to start. I have been contemplating the word friendship” lately in the context that the Word said that Abraham was God friend. God’s highest for us is to be in an intimate friendship with him. But immediately we feel disqualified. The ” good news” is that we are included in the invitation. Psalm 40:7 says: So I answered, “I’m coming. I read in your letter what you wrote about me, And I’m coming to the party you’re throwing for me.” That’s when God’s Word entered my life, became part of my very being. The 2 MAYOR qualities that make up friendship is: Favor and Innocence. The good news again is that we possess both of these qualities in Him. Innocence as in forgiveness based on total acquittal, no suspicion, blame or guilt. (Gal 2: 20 and Rom.5:18)…and favor like in with a happiness produced by the experience of God’s favor and especially conditioned by the revelation of His matchless grace. *** You have taught me on these grounds how to be a real friend. Friendships have always been so important to me. I guess it’s part of who I am. I think to be a friend is a huge test of character. From you I have learnt: Friendship is an in depth relationship. Friendship is comfortable and relaxed. Friendship requires meeting the needs of both friends. Building friendships takes time. Friendships require self-disclosure so any friendship has risks, Talking and listening. builds friendships. Friendships require equality and loyalty from friends. Friendships as well as all other relationships must have limits. You set limits with your friends because you care for them and your relationship with them, not because you don’t. You have been my companion and my best friend all these years. I cannot imagine my life without
you and I thank God for you every day. You are my best friend in the whole wide world. and I love you for it. Thank You for always believing the best of me. Love you. Wilna xoxoox

 

 


Wendela:

 

Wendela Says:

Friends are really important for me!! In good times and bad times I tell everything to my best friend, we share a lot of things….happy things and ofcourse bad, and hard things! The journaling of my layout Friendship is: “In good times and bad times I’ll be on your side forever more that what friends are for…”

 

 


Lori:

 

Lori Says:

I’m really blessed to have wonderful, deep friendships. I don’t have tons of deep friendships. I have just enough. It takes me a long time to fully trust someone, but once I do, I’m loyal and true. I need my girlfriends. They help balance me and keep me in check. I just feel better when I’ve spent time with them.

 

Journaling Reads:

I met, Debi, through a scrapbooking site six years ago and we became fast friends. Her influence on me has been rather profound. Debi is fun. No, I mean to say FUN! She’s the life of the party. She’s the type that good stuff happens to by accident. She is a magnet for good things and she is the opposite of reserved. For that matter, she was the opposite of me. I was reserved, scared of life, negative…you know, not fun. Yet, somehow, slowly, over the years she’s managed to bring to the surface the true light within me. The part that’s been hiding so deep beneath the darkness of fear, I started to think it didn’t exist. Somehow, she’s managed to show me the blessings of family, life, and self. It’s one thing to know a thing, it’s another to feel it in your core, to believe in yourself, to become selfless, to truly begin to understand that there is something bigger than yourself, and to want to begin a journey of becoming spiritual. Somehow, a connection between my mind and my spirit has been made that did not exist before. I don’t know how or why and I don’t care. I’m just so grateful for it, and for my relationship with Debi.

 

 


Rachel:

 

Journaling:

My friends are one of the most important things in the world to me. They are the family that I choose for myself. They are each so different and amazing, each filling a special place in my heart. Friendships are a lot of work and not always easy, but they are so worth it because they are some of the greatest treasures.

 

Journaling On The Tags:

 

Drew- It sounds so cliché, but it’s true. I married my best friend when I married Drew. We had been friends first and I think that that has been the secret to this amazing love, life & marriage together. He is the first one I want to tell when something is wrong & the first person that I want to share joy with. He is the best friend, husband & soul mate that I could have ever began to dream of. He is my rock & my safe place to land, my shelter from every storm. I need him in all aspects of my life & I am so blessed to have him as not only my husband & family, but also my very best friend.

 

Mom- My mother is someone who I consider to be one of the most solid friends of my life. My whole life I wanted to be exactly like her. Strong, authentic, beautiful, intelligent and honest. She taught me what it is to have a hero and more importantly, how to be my own hero. She has always been there as a guidepost and example, a support and a kick when I needed one the most. She keeps me accountable and inspired everyday. She was my first best friend and the title still holds true today. I am still the little girl who wants to be just like her mother when she grows up.

 

Crystal- “A best friend is a sister that destiny forgot to give you.” These words could not be truer when it comes to me & Crystal. We never had to go through the process of becoming friends, we just were the moment that we met. After 16 years of laughter, joy, sadness, pain, and so much more, we can still pick up the phone and pick up right where we left off. We are the perfect complement to each other… the differences between us are part of what makes us so unique and strong in our friendship. She is the person who knows my past, is here for the present and will always be a part of my future.

 

Kristin- Kristin is my friend who always makes me remember & believe that we can get through any storm together… she is my Phoenix, always showing me how we can always rise up from the ashes of any situation. I knew from the moment that I met her 15 years ago that I wanted her to be my friend & I am so blessed that all these years later I get to call her one of my very best friends. She gets things about me that so many don’t. My quirky obsessions, my need for creativity, my need for peace. And she knows it without my ever saying a word. She just GETS me like no one else.

 

Jess- Jess has been a ray of sunshine and laughter in my life. We knew each other while in high school but we really connected a few years ago. She is one of those people who is genuinely GOOD. Always there to listen, always there for a laugh or a good time. She is one of those people that even when you are doing the simplest of things with, you are having the time of your life. She has a sense of right and wrong that is just impeccable and is always there to help you, no questions asked. She is my team awesome buddy and one of the best friends that I have ever had.

 

Teresa- I swear that Teresa is my twin, my soul-friend. When we met I knew that we would become friends and 5 years later, we are closer than I could have ever dreamed. She is someone who I admire for her strength, courage, resilience, integrity and heart. There are times that we just have to sit back and laugh at how exactly we are alike in so many ways and times that we sit back in awe at how we are connected and just know when to call for coffee. I can tell her anything and have and never need to fear judgment or indifference. She is a role model in the truest sense of the word.

 

Natasha- Natasha. My sister of the moon… the Grace to my Rita. The Posh to my Ginger Spice. Natasha reminds me to always believe in your dreams & to take the risks necessary to achieve them. She reminds me that adventures & living life is important & necessary & that it’s not always about what you should be doing, but also about what you dream of doing. She never gives up. She never lets you break her. She feels her emotions strongly & freely & without fear or shame. She is an artist, a philosopher, an adventurer & friend. I need for my heart and my soul.

 

Taylor- Taylor is this amazing person who has a sense of clarity at 21 that I still don’t have… & she’s had it since I met her five years ago. She is strong & brave & unafraid to be who she is without apology or permission. We could all learn from her how to follow our hearts & our dreams & to face adversity with a silent strength that is sure to move mountains. She has a strong & true sense of right & wrong & is not afraid to live by it and she does. She has turned out to one of the great friends of my life and I am so excited for where and how far she will go in life.

 

Technique Highlight:

I created pockets for my journaling by hand stitching the smaller papers onto my large paper instead of adhering it. This creates incredibly durable pockets able to withstand handling of the tags and pockets by those who wish to read them.

 

 


Opal:

 

Opal Says:

My best friend gives me wings…to see the beauty within and around me. Bits and pieces of favorite fabrics were used to strip piece the inspiration bird and layers of petals on the flowers.

 

 


 

Now it’s your turn: show us your therapeutic art around “Tell us about your best friend or the effect of friends in your life.” I urge you to give it a try. It can be any form of art as long as it speaks to you.

 

Leave us comments with your work and you will qualify for the RAK we offer to a random participant. If you don’t have a community or blog where you upload photos, you can upload them on our flickr group.

 

 

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.

 

 



Catalyst Seventy-One
July 19, 2009, 6:14 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.

 

Ok! Here’s catalyst number seventy-one:

 

If I had one day to do over and over, what would I want to do with it?

 

We’re so excited to have Gigi Kennedy as this week’s Guest Artist.

 

I love Gigi’s style and have wanted to have her as a guest here for so many months. I am so glad she’s finally here. I find her layouts to be simple with stunning and unusual details which, if you ask me, is the best combination. I don’t know Gigi personally but somehow I’ve always thought she must be one of those really nice, happy people. It’s just a feeling I’ve always had.

 

Gigi’s been published in BHG Scrapbooks Etc, CARDS, and Simple Scrapbooks Magazine and in the book “The Scrapbooker’s Creativity Kit”. She’s also in the design teams for OneLittleWord, Tarisota and Kenner Road.

 

It is such a pleasure to have Gigi here and if you haven’t seen her amazing art, make sure to check out her beautiful blog.

 

 

 

 

Here is Gigi’s art with this week’s catalyst. You can click on it to see a larger version and more detail.

 

 

 

Gigi Says:

For my project i did a journal page @ a day during our beach vacation last year. But when thinking about what to create for this catalyst, I thought of numerous other days that I would like to go back & live again because of their effect on me & my outlook…some hold very fond memories & others hold valuable lessons learned…others, although they were difficult to go through, showed me what truly is important in my life and where my focus needs to be. I want to have a place for all of this. So spurred on by this inspiration, I altered an old book cover (still thinking of the best way to bind this all together) so that I start a “Days” journal filled with these sort of art journal pages. I’m really looking forward to continuing this artistic & reflective journey.

 

Technique Highlight:

 

As many artists these days, I really love using “found” items and re purposing them for my creative adventures. Often, only a little bit of adjustment is needed so that it will suit your project. This project has a lot of “recycled” items: the cover of an old book, the book pages, scraps of fabric leftover from other projects, the packaging from some buttons, and leftover scraps of patterned paper.

 

For the base of the project, I really wanted to use old book pages because I’ve got plenty of them around, I love the texture & color & I love the “pattern” the text creates on the page. The only problem was, for my “journaling pages” the text + my handwritten journaling would be pretty confusing. So in order to provide a better journaling spot, I painted my text page with gesso (I watered it down just a bit so it wouldn’t be so opaque) and then when dry, added some watered down turquoise acrylic paint. This subdued the text, but it is still just a bit visible so i could utilize it to keep my handwritten words straight.

 

 

Thank you so much Gigi; we’re so very very honored.

 

 


Here are some interpretations of the catalyst from members of our team. Please help me welcome a new team member, Michelle, this week. I’ve wanted to have a photographer here since I first started the site, so I am delighted to have her with us.

 

Michelle:

 

Michelle Says:

That was a harder question to answer than I thought it would be. I thought of many things, but the main thing I kept coming back to is that I would want to be better at living in the present and getting as much joy out of each day as I could. I am NOT good at this. Instead of enjoying my kids and being the mom I want to be, I just go from task to task looking at my never ending to-do list. I don’t sit and soak then in as I should, instead I worry about the dirty laundry, dishes, bills and toys all over the floor. What’s the point though, really?! ALL of those things are going to be there tomorrow and my kids are only going to be little once. While this picture of my daughter Zoe, is not “technically perfect”, it captures a moment in time where I was present and in the moment with her. As we played and talked about how she could use some magic to fly with her wings, I was really there with her and not observing on the sidelines doing a million other things..I was present.

 

 


Anita:

Anita Says:

I just recently became a grandma. My daughter gave birth to a 6 lb 10 oz little girl on June 22nd. I had the opportunity to be in the delivery room with her and boy was it amazing. I’ve always been the one having babies, since I do have 5, so it was such an amazing experience to be there when my granddaughter was born. I wouldn’t have missed it for the world. I would love to be able to experience that day over and over!!

 

 


Karen:

Karen Says:

On this day that I’d like to live again and again, I wake up before everyone and enjoy a warm drink and some solitude. Then, slowly, my household wakes up and we have a delicious breakfast as a family. Then, we take a car trip to the beach or forest. We take photos, we have a picnic, and we play together and laugh. We drive back home and we take quiet time as we read and relax. For dinner, we cook together and eat something delicious and healthy. Then we snuggle up and read or watch TV together. After some kisses and bedtime words, the kids go to bed and we have some us time just my husband and I. That’s about it. Maybe it’s ordinary to you, but I can live this simple day over and over again and always be so so happy.

 

Why is this in a binder?

 

 


Amy:

 

Amy Says:

When I thought about what I would want in a day that would repeat over and over, many isolated moments came to mind. As I started sketching the panels for this piece, I tried to focus on small things that matter to me. I saw the day take shape. I also saw the many ways in which this “day” is different than the days I have – mostly in its simplicity. I think I am in a phase of wishing to simplify even if it isn’t possible right now. Similar to the ways in which I often find myself clarifying as I “make a wish,” for fear I’ll have phrased it just a bit wrongly and find myself stuck with something I’d never want, as I drew these 10 “panels,” I worried that I’d left out something that really should be here. “What about this or that?” In the end, however, the components of this day are modular enough… symbolic enough… and go together to paint a picture of a day defined by simplicity. An uncluttered day. A day grounded in the natural and in the creative. There is morning light. There is a beautiful bowl full of something wonderful (be it cream of wheat with brown sugar or yogurt and strawberries with the perfect amount of rock sugar). There is time to journal or sketch and time to record and reflect. There is a stack of fabric waiting and projects to work on. There is a walk on a perfect beach. There is time to sit and watch (or draw) birds. There is an appreciation of palette and color. There is time in a great chair and a book to read. There is time for a game and for a love of words. There is time at the end of the day with a cup of tea. There is time to watch the sunset and to walk, undulating footsteps left in the sand. There is a day worth striving for… and a day worth repeating.

 

 


Larissa:

 

Larissa Says:

To be honest, I wouldn´t do anything special, just the little things that matter most in life. I would only do what I called “Sweet nothings” like: Going to the beach, Reading a book lying down in a hammock, painting and cutting paper, Going shopping, Staying at home with my daughter and husband, Watching a movie, Tasting a slice of pizza, where the cheese melts in the mouth, mixed with oregano and tomato sauce. Tasting a slice of chocolate cake with layers and layers of filling. Not having to go work.

 

 


Wendela:

 

Wendela Says:

If I had a day to do over and over…..the days that my kids were born….oooooo I wish to do those days over and over and over and over!!!! I have 4 kids now..but when I saw a pregnant mom, or a little newborn child….mmmmmm my heart melt away…sigh…..

 

Technique Highlight:

I made a little shadow box, and used a wooden French cheese box.

 

 


KL:

 

KL Says:

if i had the chance, and my body would allow me to be pregnant again {safely} i would do it in a heartbeat. i adored being pregnant. i could relive those days, when my belly was big and i could feel the life of my baby inside, moving, over and over.

 

i don’t think there has been any other time in my life when i have felt beautiful and confident. i my body didn’t have such a hard time during delivery i think we would have a brood of littles running around, instead of just our two.

 

Technique Highlight:

 

usually i do more of a collage type project for ct but this prompt really called out for me to scrap that baby belly pic, so there aren’t any new or difficult techniques with this one. i used an exacto knife on the background pattern paper in two corners so that those sweet floral details wouldn’t be lost and simply tucked the kraft paper underneath. the exposed kraft paper corners are popped up using some foam adhesive squares so that there is some dimension.

 

 


Rachel:

 

Rachel Says:

If I had a day to relive over and over again… I would always choose to spend it with you. Laughing, playing, having a great time just being together. It wouldn’t matter where I was or what I was doing, as long as I was with you. The days spent with you are always an adventure and a day to remember.

 

 


Dedra:

 

Journaling Reads:

If I had one day to do over and over. You. The girls. Me. Anywhere. Just hanging out and being US. Makes my soul happy.

 

 


 

Now it’s your turn: show us your therapeutic art around “If I had one day to do over and over, what would I want to do with it?” I urge you to give it a try. It can be any form of art as long as it speaks to you.

 

Leave us comments with your art to any of our catalysts and you will qualify for the RAK we offer to a random participant. If you don’t have a community or blog where you upload photos, you can upload them on our flickr group.

 

 

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.

 

 



Catalyst Seventy
July 12, 2009, 6:53 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.

 

Ok! Here’s catalyst number seventy:

 

What’s the best advice you received that encouraged you to follow your dreams? (or advice you’d give to others so they can follow their dreams.)

 

We’re so excited to have Marisa Haedike as this week’s Guest Artist.

 

I still remember the first time I saw Marisa’s paintings. I fell in love with her characters and her style. She has a variety of wonderful characters but my very favorite is the orange elephant and she used to have this beautiful polar bear. I cannot explain what I love about them, there’s just something in these paintings that makes my soul happy.

 

I have also listened to all of Marisa’s podcasts which I find very interesting and inspiring. She has recently begun an e-course: In the Fish Bowl: Life as an Artist Online which is about following your dreams as an artist (great fit for our catalyst!). Marisa also recently participated in a gallery exhibit in Los Angeles called Swoon.

 

If you haven’t seen Marisa’s truly amazing art, make sure to check out her blog, site and you buy her paintings, ceramics, night lights and much more at her etsy store.

 

 

 

 

Here is Marisa’s art with this week’s catalyst. You can click on it to see a larger version and more detail.

 

 

 

Marisa Says:

I believe that we live in a time, because of the internet, where we can glimpse into so many people’s lives {and creations} and because of this awareness of “everyone else” and what they are doing it is becoming more important than ever to stay true to who you are.

 

Technique Highlight:

 

This is an acrylic + conte crayon on wood panel.

 

 

Thank you so much Marisa; we’re so very very honored.

 

 


Here are some interpretations of the catalyst from members of our team.

 

Opal:

 

Opal Says:

I was always told by my mom….”Opal Jean…make the best of it. Life isn’t fair.” I have carried those words with me for oh so many years.. and would share them with anyone who wanted advice on how to succeed with their dreams. Thinking about this catalyst, the image of making lemonade out of lemons was perfect.

 

Technique Highlight:

My piece is mixed media, using a contour sketch of a glass pitcher on vellum layered on pieces of lemon yellow bits of fabric. Machine and hand quilted.

 

 


Wilna:

Journaling Reads:

When I think what words of wisdom I have for my girls about following their dreams, I can only look back at my own life and credit God for giving me Hid dreams, goals and purposes. No matter how much I want to credit a person for this, in my case it’s simply not true. So, my biggest dream for my girls is to know who they are in Him and to follow His dream for their lives. I love this thought by Francois Du Toit: ” Life is not about what you do, it is about who you are. Your career, job-description or achievement can never give you a greater sense of worth and contentment than the simple awareness of who you are. Nothing you could wish to have or achieve can add more value to your life. To know who you really are is the essence of all virtue. Everything God designed you for is within you and within your reach. What God knows about you, exceeds your highest ambition for yourself. What we already are, far exceeds anything we could ever wish to become! You are God’s love-dream!”

 

 


Karen:

Karen Says:

It may sound counter-intuitive but I have found that the best advice I ever got was someone telling me that I couldn’t do something. When I was in high school, I visited Israel and this gentleman told me that if I wanted to study computers (which I did since I was seven) I should attend Carnegie Mellon University. I had never heard of the school so I ran back to my room and wrote it down in my diary. When I went back home (to Turkey), I told my teacher that I wanted to go to Carnegie Mellon. She told me that there was no way I could get in. I didn’t have what it takes, she said. I was so mad that I made it my mission to get in to the school. Not only did I get in but I graduated with both an undergraduate and a graduate degree in four years and I graduated with honors. I have since then learned that nothing motivates me as much as someone telling me I can’t do something.

 

 


Lia:

 

Lia Says:

I haven’t pursued many significant dreams as yet. But when things got tough for me in the last few months, someone sent me an SMS which said “YOU WILL BE OK”. 4 simple words that brought me to tears, because they were the very thing I needed to hear. Since then, I’ve always held those words close to heart. When days are bad, when work is particularly hard, when relationships are strained, I recite these four words and I know that it will be fine. I become braver to speak out, to show my strength, commitment and capabilities, and while I don’t pursue BIG DREAMS, I know that I will be successful in all aspects of my life. Because at least I made the effort to try.

 

 


Larissa:

 

Larissa Says:

The best advice I’ve gotten was certainly the one which made me have self confidence and believe in my capacity. What a man can do, another man also can. Enjoy the day, live each day like if it were the last is a fabulous advice! My layout plays with the idea that I can do whatever I want but I’m not in the mood right now…

 

 


Severine:

 

Severine Says:

For me the best advice i received is : “live your life without worrying about what others think.” and it’s the advice I repeat to my daughter since she was born.

 

In French:

Le meilleur conseil que l’on m’est donné est : “Vis ta vie sans te soucier des autres”, et c’est celui que je répète à ma fille depuis qu’elle est née.

 

Technique Highlight:

Kraft background, collage of old newspaper, ribbons and scrap paper, gesso and for finish title and photo.

 

 


Lori:

 

Lori Says:

I was never encouraged or discouraged to follow my dreams. I’m a big dreamer and it really wasn’t until I met my husband that I felt safe and supported enough to want to follow a dream. All these years later, I’m finally ready to go for it.

 

Journaling Reads:

I have always been a dreamer. It wasn’t until recently that I have had to decide whether to follow my dream or not. It’s my husband who has encouraged me to go for it. He told me to work hard and stay focused on what I want and it will happen. No time is better than now.

 

 


Wendela:

 

Wendela Says:

The best advice I’ve ever received is….”follow your heart” Follow your mother heart with breastfeeding….when it feels good, it IS good…go for it, follow your heart…And about my kids…follow your heart…play with your kids, and enjoy life with them!!! No matter when your house is a mess….or no matter when you don’t have a great job at that time… follow your heart to be a mommy…And now for my kids..the best advice to give them…follow your heart!!!

 

Technique Highlight:

First I cut out a heart from patterned paper, after that a heart from fabric, and I put it together with my sewing machine. And added crunched vellum, and some flowers, tule and lace…

 

 


Rachel:

 

Rachel Says:

It’s so true… when I feel discouraged in my pursuits, I think about this. And I remember that while it’s not something I like, failure is a part of success. And your failures can build you up for your success if you just keep trying. Keep believing. Keep dreaming. Keep thinking. Keep moving on. Your dreams will follow.

 

Technique Highlight:

To create a page that could have elements of design sticking out from the main page, I trimmed down the two sides of the Jenni Bowlin paper so that I could add more visual interest to create a unique look for my page that I feels supports the the quote that I used.

 

 


 

Now it’s your turn: show us your therapeutic art around “What’s the best advice you received that encouraged you to follow your dreams? (or advice you’d give to others so they can follow their dreams.)” I urge you to give it a try. It can be any form of art as long as it speaks to you.

 

Leave us comments with your work and you will qualify for the RAK we offer to a random participant. If you don’t have a community or blog where you upload photos, you can upload them on our flickr group.

 

 

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.

 

 



Catalyst Sixty-Nine
July 2, 2009, 6:18 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.

 

Ok! Here’s catalyst number sixty-nine:

 

What is your favorite thing about where you live?

 

We’re so excited to have Kimberly Brimhall as this week’s Guest Artist.

 

I have been a fan of Kimberly’s photos and art for a long long time. Her photos are so bright, so vibrant that they always put a smile on my face. Here is some information about Kimberly in her own words:

 

My friends call me Kimmie… Jade and Madi call me mommy and I am blessed to call Texas my home. I find refuge in seeing the world through my camera, listening to my kids laugh, and conversations with good friends. I am a full time photographer and each day that passes I learn how my art is truly my therapy.

 

We are so honored to have Kimberly here and if you haven’t seen her amazing art, make sure to check out her blog and don’t forget to check out her flickr site too.

 

 

 

 

Here is Kimberly’s art with this week’s catalyst. You can click on it to see a larger version and more detail.

 

 

 

Kimberly Says:

I have always looked at the place where I lived as a mere location. Moving a lot in my life molded me to be someone who never took the time to invest in my surroundings. When I moved to Texas, however, I knew it would be a place where I could establish roots and truly nurture a life. I have done just that… What I love most about the place where I live is that it is unique to my life. It’s a symbol of new beginnings, new chapters, and an enriched life. Oh and I love the weather too :)

 

Technique Highlight:

 

I love playing with photos and using layers to make them more artistic.

 

Before I added the text to my photojournal page, I used an existing black and white photo of my friend Zel and I. I used photshop to layer the balloon photo and then the track photo. All photos were from the same shoot and by playing with the opacity of each layer, as well as, using the eraser tool to control the textures.

 

I also adjusted the opacity levels on the texts layers on order to achieve an overlay effect.

 

By using multiple photos, I was able to incorporate more photos to add more dimension to my photo. The possibilities are endless:)

 

 

Thank you so much Kimberly; we’re so very very honored.

 

 


Here are some interpretations of the catalyst from members of our team.

 

Opal:

 

Opal Says:

I live on an island in the Pacific Northwest high atop a bluff looking west. There is much to love about this place, but the sunsets are probably the most outstanding sight to be seen. Every sunset is different..some are soft nudges of color against the grays of the water and sky, some are bursts of oranges from just below the curves of Whidbey Island, others are spectacular in their simplicity of line and colors. But the one I love most is this one, when the sky is dark with clouds and the colors of the sun pulse through the layers… melding and tracing across the darkened sky in a range of purples, magenta, yellow and orange, red and gold, and then repeated in the reflection on the water.

 

This is my view with the silhouette of Whidbey Island separating water and sky. I used a hand-dyed fabric, fibers of yarn, thread, and twisted, torn bits of cotton fabric. The water is quilted with metallic thread.

 

 


Christine:

Wendela Says:

When we first came to look at the model homes in our neighborhood, we weren’t expecting to purchase a home here. Our intention was to get decorating ideas for our current home at the time. However, after waiting quite a while for my husband to return to the car, I realized that he truly liked the area. The neighborhood was set within the rolling hills of our town, and the homes on the hilltop had beautiful views of the surrounding countryside and the mountains miles beyond it in Riverside County. By God’s grace, we were able to afford to purchase one of the homes upon the hill.

 

Since the day we called this place our home, one of my favorite things about living in our neighborhood are the views that we are blessed to see each day. We are able to enjoy beautiful sunsets from our living areas each cloudless evening, and in the winter we can even see the snowcapped mountains to the north of us. It is truly a treat and blessing to be able to enjoy God’s creation and be mindful of His presence within the beauty of the what we see in the neighborhood where we live.

 

 


Karen:

Karen Says:

We just bought our very first home ever. I have wanted a home of my own for as long as I can remember and I love every corner of this little house. It my favorite place because it’s where all the people I love live. It’s ours. It’s going to be filled with our wonderful memories. I can’t ask for anything more.

 

Why is this in a binder?

 

 


Amy:

 

Amy Says:

I love many things about living in the Bay Area, including the fog and the fact that everything is in bloom nearly year-round. But something that I’ve come to really love about the visual landscape here is the way the houses appear “stacked” when you see neighborhoods spread out around you from the vantage of one hill or another. I don’t know that I initially appreciated that view, but over the years I’ve seen it in varying lights. It is a familiar part of my day. I know the way the “color” of the city looks on an overcast day, the tones muted and yet flashes of color here and there. I know the way the color shimmers on clear days.

 

Technique Highlight:

I love the sense of stacking, and in this piece, I wanted to capture that. Using photos transferred to fabric, I created a loose log cabin from various views of stacked houses, creating a new stack in the process of seaming together the pieces. As I then built upon that central framework with the more abstract stacking and layering of random remnants and clippings on my table, I realized how much the approach to line and space I see in the distance day to day mirrors and maybe has impacted the way I approach line and layering in my art.

 

 


Larissa:

 

Larissa Says:

Living in Brazil is living in a country with pleasant temperatures where there aren’t many climate oscillations and interferences in our lives. It is possible to say that, along the year, the climate is very favorable and we have, most of the times, the constant presence of the sun and lots of green. The seasons of the year are easily perceptible around here. Therefore, we don’t get loner at home during winter but, we also don’t know how to appreciate the beauty of the first swallow announcing the spring time, or the first blooming flower.

 

If we lose romanticism and poetry from every season, we have the comfort of the constant life outdoors and that is the great advantage of life in Brazil!

 

It is true that this country has lots of incredible natural beauty; however, I live in a big city which is far as you can imagine a tropical paradise, yet I am still able, for around an hour and a half traveling by car, to find the incomparable leisure of a beautiful beach.

 

Beauties aside, the Brazilian reality is of a poor and violent country, and violence scares me!

 

For that reason, I chose living in the city where I feel safe and that is priceless!

 

I left the city where I was born and where I felt home to live the comfort of a life I feel safe at!

 

 


Severine:

 

Severine Says:

This is a digital creation i made with a photo i took of the ocean yesterday evening. The title is are words of a song de François Deguelt (write in 1965) who say : There is the sky, the sun and the sea. It’s exactly why I love place where I live.

 

In French:

C’est une création entièrement digitale que j’ai faite avec un photo prise hier soir de l’océan. Les paroles de cette chanson décrive exactement ce que j’aime dans l’endroit où je vie.

 

 


 

Now it’s your turn: show us your therapeutic art around “What is your favorite thing about where you live?” I urge you to give it a try. It can be any form of art as long as it speaks to you.

 

Leave us comments with your work and you will qualify for the RAK we offer to a random participant. If you don’t have a community or blog where you upload photos, you can upload them on our flickr group.

 

This week we have a new RAK from the wonderful Sakura of America. These micron pens are absolutely incredible.

 


 

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.

 

 



The Feature is Up!
July 1, 2009, 3:33 pm
Filed under: other

You can now see the feature scrapstreet.com magazine did on creative therapy. Here it is. Thank you again, Stacey, we’re so honored.



RAK Recipient
July 1, 2009, 3:31 pm
Filed under: catalyst

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I know it’s been a while but since we have a new RAK coming up this week, we can now pick a recipient for our previous RAK. The little boy picked your name Barbara Congratulations!! Thanks, once again, to our generous sponsor: Sakura of America. 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.




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