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Catalyst Eighty-One
September 27, 2009, 7:23 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 eighty:

 

Who’s the person who supports you the most in your life (emotionally and intellectually)?

 

We’re so excited to have Stephanie Howell as this week’s Guest Artist.

 

Anyone who’s seen Staphanie’s art shouldn’t be too surprised that we asked her to be a guest here. Stephanie’s layouts are simple, elegant, and always beautifully designed. But what I love the most about her layouts is that they are always meaningful. You can tell she puts a piece of her soul into each one.

 

I’m not alone in being a fan of Stephanie. Stephanie has been published in Creating Keepsakes, Simple Scrapbooks, Memory Makers, Scrapbooks Etc., Scrapbook and Cards Today, and Scrapbook Trends magazines. She designs for Lily Bee and Studio Calico and has guest designed for a multitude of wonderful companies.

 

If you haven’t seen Stephanie’s art, make sure to visit her her blog or her gallery at twopeas.

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

Stephanie Says:

For me, the sentiment behind this layout was a no brainer. when i saw the prompt, i knew immediately who i wanted to write about. my husband, jimmy. he is my world and i wanted to get a bit of how i felt down on paper. these pictures of him were taken at a ranch, and i love that he has let down his guard at the moment i took the photo. he looks truly relaxed. looking at these photos caused a flood of emotion and the words came pouring out. there is more journaling tucked behind the photo mat.

 

 

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

 

 


Here are some interpretations of the catalyst from members of our team. I think this is the first time in eighty weeks every single one of us has chosen the exact same response to a catalyst.

 

Kimmi:

Kimmi Says:

When I started thinking about this challenge, I knew that Travis would be my main subject, but then I realized that I don’t have many…if any.. good recent pictures of us, so I decided to use this snapshot of he and Brayden that I immediately fell in love with when uploading pictures the other night. (I included the orginal photo since you can’t see it all that well in my journal page). Travis is definitely the most supportive person in my life. I feel like I’ve opened up a lot more as a person by being around him all the time. We are complete opposites when it comes to personalities. I am quiet shy and he is-by far-the most outgoing and talkative person I’ve ever met, but I feel more comfortable with him than I ever thought I could be with anyone. He was extremely supportive and patient in the beginning of our relationship and took up the role as Brayden’s stepfather when Bray was just four months old. He supports every major and minor ordeal in my life. Whether it be about Brayden or something as simple as scrapbooking, he is always there and understanding.

 

 


Wilna:

Wilna Says:

Without a doubt this person is my biggest source of inspiration and comfort. I think we have been together for so long, that we have shaped each others lives in such a way that no one else can take the credit for who we are. Never in my live has one person so consistently be my support. Not only in my physical necessities, but emotional and especially spiritual. I draw on him everyday. He draws on me everyday. It’s a wonderful beautiful thing. I would take more of him everyday. every month and every year.

 

 


Dedra:

Dedra Says:

Well, I know there’s a reason and I know there’s a rhyme.

We were meant to be together.

That’s why….

We can roll with the punches and we can stroll hand in hand.

And when I say it’s forever you understand.

That’s why you’re always in my heart, you’re always on my mind.

but when it all becomes to much you’re never far behind and there’s

no one that comes close to you or could ever take your place.

Cause only you can love me this way. love you always!

9.2009

 

 


Severine:

 

Severine Says:

This person is my Husband. It’s THE person who supports me in every situation. :-)

 

 


Karen:

Journaling Reads:

i thought about this one for a long time. i wanted to make it about someone different. I’d already made so many of these about him. it was getting rather ridiculous but anyone else would just be lie compared to him. he’s the one who’s with me night and day. crazy and sane. success and failure. the wonderfully amazing thing is, i managed to find someone who understands what i do and can support me intellectually. can push me. but also he gets me. he’s there for me when i go dark and become the worst part of me. he’s there when i win and i want to celebrate. he’s not jealous, he’s not scared, he’s not angry. he’s always there. with those arms that wrap around me and envelop me tightly make me feel secure and loved. so loved. how can i choose someone else when he’s the one? there’s no going around the truth. he’s the one.

 

Technique Highlight:

I got this wonderful idea of scattering the sequins from the amazing Gigi Kennedy. I just love its whimsicalness.

 

 


Iris:

 

Iris Says:

I’m genuinely thankful for how my husband Bryan has supported me in so many ways. From the time we were sweethearts until know, he has never lost his faith in me. Journaling: Because you never said “you could not”, because you always believed in me, because you knew me better than I knew myself… my genuine thanks to you… for always believing, always having faith, and for always dreaming with me.

 

 


Lia:

 

Lia Says:

He’s a blessing to me. He gives me strength, he gives me confidence, always believes in me and my capabilities, he laughs with me, he makes me happy …. he completes me.

 

 


Anita:

 

Anita Says:

When I seen this catalyst I knew RIGHT AWAY my answer to the question, “Who’s the person who supports you the most in your life (emotionally and intellectually)?” My hubby is my best friend! I think that’s why we work together so well. He supports me with everything in my life. He understands me and stands by me no matter what! Journaling says: You have always stood by me, believed in me, even when I didn’t, and stood by me even when others didn’t. I am so glad you have total faith in me.

 

 


Michelle:

 

Michelle Says:

That’s an easy question..Todd, my husband. I am not always an easy person to support, but he stands by me no matter what.

 

 


Rachel:

 

Rachel Says:

He is my rock and my foundation. From the moment we met, he took my breath away and I knew that he was someone truly special. And while I swooned with my giddy school-girl crush day dreams of him being mine, I found my best friend. I found my shoulder to lean on. I found my greatest support and ultimately, my soul mate. He is my number one fan and he inspires me on a daily basis to follow my heart and fulfill my dreams. He never wavers or compromises in his love for me. Like our song says, “You’ll always be my sweet addiction… in this life my saving grace… you’re all that really matters, you know its true… there ain’t no me without you.”

 

 


 

Now it’s your turn: show us your therapeutic art around “Who’s the person who supports you the most in your life (emotionally and intellectually)?” 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 Eighty
September 20, 2009, 9:29 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 eighty:

 

Tell us about something you cherished as a child. It can be a toy or anything else.

 

We’re so excited to have Pam Carriker as this week’s Guest Artist.

 

Pam is one of those artists whose art touches my soul. When I look at her paintings I get completely lost in them and just want to look at them forever. Her portraits are so soft, so meaningful, and so very elegant.

 

I’m not alone in my awe of Pam as she’s been published widely in magazines like Somerset Studios, The Stampers’ Sampler, Art Journaling, Somerset Apprentice, and Cloth Paper Scissors. She also teaches workshops in real life and online.

 

If you haven’t seen Pam’s art, make sure to visit her her blog or her shop.

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

Pam Says:

As a child I cherished the times spent with my grandmother all by myself. I suppose it had a little bit to do with the ‘middle child syndrome’ but those times made me feel so special, and in a family with three children, the ‘squeaky wheels’ often got oiled first and I just wasn’t very ‘squeaky’.

 

Grandmas are a very special type of person to a child. You can really do no wrong in their eyes. Things that would have sent Mom over the edge, do not appear to have any affect on Grandma. They have a seemingly limitless supply of patience, teaching everything from how to make a perfect Pineapple Upside down Cake, to tedious French Knots or how to save lots of money by clipping coupons.

 

My mom had ‘special’ dishes and things that we never used to my knowledge. She wouldn’t dream of letting one of us eat off the good china! But grandma, would on occasion, take out her very special dishes. I was especially enamored of her lovely teacup collection. Each one different, delicate, and beautiful. Sometimes on a visit she would let me pick which one I wanted to use and she would fill it with tea, sugar and a little milk. We would sip our tea and have important discussions just like two grown up ladies. She even let me sit at her dressing table and try on lipstick and perfume. She nurtured the girl in me right from the start.

 

Today I work in my studio, surrounded by some of the beautiful things from grandma’s house. I sit writing this from her lovely secretary desk, filled with lovely pieces from her home. I cherish my grandma for helping me to appreciate the beauty in the things around me and for making the little girl inside me still, feel very special.

 

Technique Highlight:

I created this journal page on 110lb hot press watercolor paper. Sketch the cups, first in pencil, then in XS Black Pitt Artist Pen. Shade with Shades of Grey Pitt Brush Tipped Pens. Journal some thoughts with XS Pitt Pen. Add some more design elements (scrolls) with the Pitt Pens. ‘Paint’ in the teacups with PanPastel and colored pencil. Fill in the background with Caran d’Ache water soluble crayons. Shade with charcoal. Transfer images and text using ink jet transparencies and hand sanitizer.

 

 

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

 

 


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

 

Kimmi:

Kimmi Says:

Stuffed animals were my favorite toys as a child. I can remember my most favorites that I had and every single one had a well thought out name… One being Chubbles in the far left of this picture. I never was really sure what exactly he was but I just called him Chubbles by the name on his little robe. Now I’m thinking he’s some sort of ewok (?) Either way, he was one of my favorites. I hunted and hunted for a picture that I have from when I was about three of me holding Chubbles, but couldn’t locate it, so I snapped a quick picture of Chubbles in his new home… a shelf in Brayden’s room with a few of Brayden’s first stuff animals, an Elmo that was his first gift from Travis, and a squirrel that we eventually realized was a squeaky dog toy…(ha)…among others. It’s strange to think that this little stuffed toy actually still works… even after twenty years… with a little wiggling of his wires. He chuckles and his eyes light up when you run your hand over his face, or hide under the covers with him, just as I used to as a kid.

 

 


Wendela:

Wendela Says:

What I cherished when I’m a child…going to the beach near our home, to make sandcastles and go for a swim, and especially seeking treasures…like a message in a bottle!

 

Technique Highlight:

I painted the bottle with alcohol ink, with a pearly alcohol ink too. It looks like ancient glass.

 

 


Larissa:

Larissa Says:

I cherish the time I used to spend with my brother… I kindly remember the time when we used to share the same room, listened from mommy the same child story before bedtime, had pillow fights, argued with each other…all these moments and everything related to the 80´s are special.

 

 


Wilna:

 

Wilna Says:

I loved this teddy-bear. As far as my memory goes, it was always with me and provided comfort and joy. It’s name is simply Teddie and sometime and somehow along the road it lost an eye. But never the less, i loved it wit all my heart. To this day I love teddy bears.

 

 


Lia:

 

Lia Says:

I loved being the youngest in the family. I was Daddy’s little girl, Mummy’s favorite and my siblings especially my sis always did whatever they could to make me happy. I always felt loved … and while others might get spoilt by all the attention the youngest child gets, I’m thankful that my family taught me to be respectful and affectionate to others through them loving me.

 

 


Karen:

Journaling Reads:

i remember asking my parents for this computer for my tenth birthday. “you just want to play games,” they said. “no” i insisted, “i will learn how to program, I will use it all the time, I swear.” they were reluctant, I could tell. everyone else just used theirs as a fancy toy but i wanted one. I knew I wasn’t going to use mine as a toy, mine was a keeper. I don’t know what finally convinced them but I still remember the day my commodore 64 arrived. i fulfilled my promises, I took lessons, I worked, I played, I tinkered with that thing all the time. As it turned out, that was the beginning of a lifelong love of computers a career in programming and the internet. now i help build browsers. and it all started with one little machine. a present that changed my whole life.

 

Karen Says:

The Commodore 64 my parents bought me when I was a little girl was the very first computer I ever loved. Today, I have eight computers and I love them all. I made a career out of working with computers. I cannot thank them enough for believing in me, supporting me, and of course giving me my first computer.

 

Why is this in a binder?

 

 


Lori:

 

Lori Says:

I know I cherished my parents and brother and spending time with our extended family. I certainly remember wanting things. The only toy I had that made me feel special was a green bear. He was my best friend for many years, but I don’t even have a photo with him. This catalyst just reinforces why I scrapbook for my family.

 

Journaling Reads:

I remember having a little green stuffed bear with me all the time. I named him “greenie” and he was my constant companion. I loved this little green bear so much, he never left my side. Soon he had no fur left and was really nubby instead. I wish I still had him. This is one of the few toys I would love to have kept.

 

 


Iris:

 

Iris Says:

I have always been fascinated with water fountains as a child. Be it am architectural wonder, or a table top decor, I would stare at it in amazement. It was such a pleasant surprise when I noticed that my daughter Nicole also has that same fascination with fountains.

 

Technique Highlight:

Use a favorite felt shape or die-cut as a mask for misting and get to use it in several more projects.

 

 


 

Now it’s your turn: show us your therapeutic art around “Tell us about something you cherished as a child. It can be a toy or anything else.” 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-Nine
September 13, 2009, 7:17 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-nine:

 

What’s a family or personal tradition your cherish?

 

We’re so excited to have Traci Bautista as this week’s Guest Artist.

 

I met Traci briefly during CHA Winter 2007. She was teaching a make’n’take where we created a collaged journal cover. It was one of my favorite make and takes from the show and Traci was so patient and so nice as she showed is how to do it. She then signed copies of her book: Collage Unleashed and there, too, she took her time and created a piece of art inside each book as she signed them.

 

Traci’s art is beautiful, creative, layered and like no other. She makes printable downloads, she teaches art workshops, and also teaches online.

 

If you haven’t seen Traci’s art, make sure to visit her her blog or her site. You can also follow her on twitter.

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

Traci Says:

        ~Halloween MEMORIES~

Playing. costume.   excitement.         Candy.

  creative.     making.  crafty.     {hobo. catwoman. Pocahontas.clown}

 

cherished memories.     trickORtreat.        photo with daddy…

 

    dark.flashlights.hoping 4 good candy.LOVE.

 

Ever since I was a child, dressing up for Halloween has been a tradition in our family. My parents would let us choose our costumes every year. I’ve had numerous costumes throughout the years and most have had some sort of handmade element. From the little hobo outfit, to the bunny costume to my days playing Catwoman, a Moulin Rouge dancer and Pocahontas..creating handmade costumes has allowed me to express my creativity through costume. A yearly tradition was to take a photo in the front door with my dad before we went out trick-or-treating. He would always do the same pose with the growling sound…such fond memories. Now with my niece the tradition continues. For her first Halloween, the little “Glow Worm” took a snapshot with papa in front of the door.

 

Technique Highlight:

The collage art quilt was created by stitching together leftover pieces of my handpainted papers and fabrics. I have a scrap stash that I save and then pull bits and pieces from the stash to create the background collage. I sew randomly wild stitches using straight and zigzag setting. To attach the photos, I used my product line, Collage Pauge, to adhere them to paper frame. Then, I sewed photocopies of the original photos onto a dyed paper towel and color lasers of my original artwork to create the frames. Once I finished the composition, I took photos of the art quilt and added a couple digital photos. The freestyle patchwork quilt is never a planned piece, I pick pieces from my stash and build until I am satisfied with the composition. It’s a very random and freeing way to work. Let your creative intuition take over and have fun piecing together leftovers.

 

 

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

 

 


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

 

Amy:

Amy Says:

I am one of those people that believes in personal tradition and ritual. I cherish the small things that define my days and weeks and years with moments of symbolic routine. But when I considered this catalyst, I wasn’t sure where to focus, what to pull out, and I realized that in this moment in my life, the traditions that I crave are hard to spot. The one I chose to illustrate is partly reality and partly wishful thinking. It is a concept that will always be with me even if I don’t always manage to make it happen. The tradition: watching the sun rise on one’s birthday.

 

 


Rachel:

Rachel Says:

It started out with Young’s Farm and then moved on to Windmill Farms when Young’s closed down. The annual trip to the pumpkin farm is my most cherished and treasured of traditions, starting when I was a little girl. The pumpkin picking, the cider, the barbeque, the hayrides and pony rides have become an integral part of my life and of my very favorite of seasons… the season all about gratitude, fall. We have gone every year of Roslyn’s life and always will. It feels like home to me.

 

Technique Highlight:

To create custom pumpkin embellishments, I simply punch out three circles using my large circle punches and distressed the edges. I then layered them so that they resembled a pumpkin, and added some pen stitching.

 

 


Larissa:

Larissa Says:

I happily remember all the events/traditions related to the preparation of Christmas Eve. What a delight to get back in time where my aunts and grandmothers were sewing little Santa boots, making sweets, ornamenting trees while my cousins and I excitedly waited for the arrival of the good old man. Being able to see him through the window, decorated with Christmas lights, makes it even more the most perfect translation of a magic moment I can give…and this is the tradition I try to recreate annually in my home for my daughter. Her joy starts with the setting of the Christmas tree, a moment of which I decided to portray for this catalyst.

 

 


Opal:

 

Opal Says:

Once, not so very long ago, I held many traditions which revolved around my family and children, birthdays, and holidays. As children do, they grew up and moved away, and they now have families and their own traditions. Loved ones have passed on. Cherished traditions have taken their toll…becoming cherished memories. I have one tradition that bridges my family of today, and yesterdays. When we get together, children and grand kids, grandparents, cousins, nieces and nephews, I always use pieces from my mom’s complete set of Jewel Tea Autumn Leaf dinnerware. She was very proud of this collection. It was in the years after WWII in the housing tracts built for return servicemen…The Jewel Tea truck drove slowly down the residential street in the city where I grew up. Honking the horn to signal his approach, housewives and children would run out to see what goodies he had that week, bread, sugar, coffee, donuts. Somehow there were points earned..and the points were accumulated and traded for dishes…These were her every day dishes, so they do show signs of wear. It is this that we all love. So, we use her Jewel Tea dishes, and one of us makes something from one of her recipes….Her apple pie recipe I used on this piece is in her own handwriting..printed on fabric, and cut into pieces to show that it is shared by all of us. The dinner plate is my version of the Jewel Tea Autumn Leaf design…the piece is quilted by machine and hand, with raw edge applique and embellished with gold thread.

 

 


Karen:

Journaling Reads:

december is my favorite time of year. it’s when we get to buy a beautiful tree that gives off the most amazing scent in our house for a whole month. the tree that’s lit up. the tree that brings me joy every single day. it’s also when i get almost two weeks off work to enjoy my time with my family so we can curl up in front of the tv or the fire or our tree and enjoy each other’s company. december is when all the houses in our neighborhood light up and spread the joy. but the best part of december, for me, is the little book i get to create every single day. full of our memories, our daily moments. i love putting the pages together before the month starts and sitting to alter each page every day. just a little bit of art and a little bit of memory-keeping that allows me to re-live my day and smile. my december daily album is something i cherish deeply and a tradition that is here to stay.

 

Karen Says:

Two years ago, thanks to Shimelle, I started a december album. Last year, thanks to Ali, I did a more personalized december daily album and I fell in love with it so much that it’s, by far, one of my most cherished albums. You can see the pages in my albums here: 2007 and 2008. I highly recommend making one of these.

 

Technique Highlight:

It seems I go through phases when I create my catalysts. Sometimes they’re artsy, sometimes plain, sometimes with no journaling and sometimes with a lot. Ordinarily, I am someone who likes to journal a lot and I like to create journaling strips because they allow me to create a design with the words if I so choose. So in the next few weeks you’ll see that my pages will all have a lot of journaling and I will create the art/design around the journaling. Sometimes it’s all about the words.

 

Why is this in a binder?

 

 


Wendela:

 

Wendela Says:

Well, this November I’m married with my dearest for 17 years!!! And the tradition is…making a special day for our wedding anniversary :)..with a little party, or a dinner for two…a beautiful present…so exciting! Can’t wait till November 20th!

 

Technique Highlight:

The background I used is a chipboard book cover from 7 gypsies. The edges are crunched, and how I do that? With water! Make the edges wet, wait a few seconds, and the chipboard is more soft, so that you can crunch it with your hands…

 

 


Dedra:

 

Journaling Reads:

Every year we send out a lot of invitations to friends and family letting them know the details of our pumpkin carving party. We set up tables and tools and all together we laugh and spend time.

 

 


 

Now it’s your turn: show us your therapeutic art around “What’s a family or personal tradition your cherish?” 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-Eight
September 6, 2009, 12:10 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.

 

Ok! Here’s catalyst number seventy-eight:

 

What’s something you want to accomplish before you die?

 

We’re so excited to have Luzinha Folch as this week’s Guest Artist.

 

Lucy was recommended to me by one of our team members, Larissa. And I fell in love with her work immediately.

 

Her pages are vibrant, playful and draw you in right away. She’s a fashionista for Scrap in Style TV and she designs amazing, beautiful papers for scrap diary. You can tell that she’s someone full of life and full of talent.

 

If you haven’t seen Lucy’s art, make sure to visit her blog.

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

Luzinha Says:

I’m just passing through that phase where the feeling of having a baby is making me a stronger woman. Although I can’t have a blood related child I have a strong feeling that I’ll adopt a little one soon. As sooner my husband and I can get together again. Right now the world crises had us apart, but it won’t last longer. For us it doen’t matter the color or the sex cause we just have so much love in our hearts that we already love the baby even before we have him or her in our arms. It’s a love that is bigger than any word could ever say. I know for sure the day that I’ll be a better woman is arriving soon.

 

 

Technique Highlight:

I did a mixed media using gesso, a texture with glitter, acrylic paints and watercolor. I drew the mothers and painted them with watercolor crayons. Old dictionary paper, ric rack and sharpie. To finish it I used a layer of bee’s wax.

 

 

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

 

 


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

 

Severine:

Severine Says:

I’d like to learn to navigate and to pilot a sailboat.

 

In French:

J’aimerais apprendre à naviguer et pouvoir piloter un voilier.

 

 


Rachel:

Rachel Says:

When I sat down to create my piece this week, all I could think of to answer this question of what I wish to accomplish before I die was simply to be authentic. To be myself. Always. I know that this is something that I will spend my entire life working towards accomplishing, but slowly, day by day, I am getting there.

 

Journaling Reads:

My whole life, all I’ve ever really wanted was to be *me*… real, authentic, genuinely me. To delve into my hobbies and my passions, living whole heartedly an existence that is truly my own. To quit caring about what I should be doing and dive into what I want and know I need to do for my family, my friends and myself. To be comfortable in my own quirky, not quite status quo skin. I’m getting there.

 

 


Larissa:

Larissa Says:

I want to publish a book, maybe a book for children with my own illustrations (wow!) or a book to help people work on their creativity.
While I still can´t accomplish it, I continue working on scrapbook altered books.

 

 


Kimmi:

 

Kimmi Says:

One of the things that I want to do before I die is travel. I would love to visit Europe-Greece, Italy, France and also want to make a trip to Ireland one day. Another dream destination of mine is Australia. I’ve wanted to go there since I was little. I’d also want to go as far north Alaska as possible in hopes to see the Northern Lights and go whale watching. Those are just a few of the many places I’d love to see one day.

 

 


Karen:

Karen says:

My first instinct was to do this about my book. I want to write a book. I want to get it published. I’ve had this dream/goal forever. But I’ve done art around this so I decided this time I’d do it about another dream. I want to go to Antarctica. I want to pet a penguin. This is something I really want to do before I die.

 

Technique Highlight:

To put this together, I cut out a bunch of penguins, painted my paper and added some texture with fabric. I then added some glossy accents and some pearl to make it look like ice/water.

 

 


Lia:

 

Lia Says:

I see in my near future, a future with him. Our union, a family we will create, a life we will experience together. I’d like to leave my mark in this world through this before I die.

 

Technique Highlight:

I randomly pleated some tulle over the wedding dress cutout to create a ‘skirt’ and embellished with ribbon and pearls.

 

 


Anita:

 

Anita Says:

I KNEW what the answer was to this one right away. I know that would love to be able to travel abroad, one day before I die. To be honest, I’ve never even flown, let alone go to another country. I don’t really care where I go but just to be able to say I’ve been to another country would be so neat.

 

 


Wendela:

 

Wendela Says:

A really hard one this time! There’s so much to do, beautiful things, hard things, bad things….ooooo I don’t know!! The only thing I know, whatever I’m going to do..is Put my trust in the lord! My life is in His hands.

 

Technique Highlight:

I use a lot of bees wax. Melted in pot with my heatgun, and smear it on the picture and the chipboard scrolls. After that I used crackle paint, and glimmermist to give it an old and glimmery look.

 

 


Michelle:

 

Michelle Says:

I am not the most adventures person, and while there are many places that I would love to see, I am not a huge fan of traveling. Because of that, I guess my “bucket list” could look a bit boring to some. Even so, answering the question, “What’s something you want to accomplish before you die”, was actually quite easy..I want to be content. The definition of content is ” satisfied with what one is or has; not wanting more or anything else.” That’s it, that is all I want. I want to be comfortable in my own skin, I want to not let my insecurities stop me from following my dreams, I want to go to sleep at night not second guessing decisions I made, I just want to be content. A glass of ice cold lemonade in a mason jar, that is a picture I see in my head when I envision feeling content.

 

 


Lori:

 

Lori Says:

Since I was ten-years old, I have wanted to write books. I don’t know why there is fear there, but my life-long goal is to finally write my book. I don’t need it to be published, I just need it to be written.

 

Journaling Reads:

Before I die, I will write a fantasy novel. This is one thing I must accomplish.

 

 


 

Now it’s your turn: show us your therapeutic art around “What’s something you want to accomplish before you die?” 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.

 

 




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