creative Therapy


Catalyst Ninety
November 29, 2009, 10:01 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 ninety:

 

What’s something that embarrasses you?

 

We’re overjoyed to have Katie Sokoler as this week’s Guest Artist.

 

I can’t even remember where I saw a link to Katie’s blog but I was instantly in love. Her whimsical style, her impeccable photography, all the color, her ideas, everything about Katie makes me happy.

 

And she has the most amazing ideas. I must do this amazing idea to my table at home, too. You will see from her photo for this week that Katie is incredible and I am really delighted to have her here.

 

If you haven’t seen Katie’s photography, make sure to visit her blog but only when you have a lot of free time because you will get lost in it instantly. I guarantee it.

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

Katie Says:

There are very few things that I find embarrassing but one of them is being caught in a windy storm and having my umbrella flip inside out. One moment I feel in complete control and then suddenly a strong gust of wind will get caught in my umbrella and pick my feet up off the ground. I look so silly being blown around and I have to struggle to get down! I think the next time this happens I will no longer struggle. Instead, I will close my eyes and fly away with the wind.

 

Technique Highlight:

I love to shoot with my 85mm 1.2 lens. It completely blurs the background and makes the colors all juicy and magical.

 

 

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

 

 


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

 

Karen:

Karen Says:

I have a hard time accepting compliments. When someone says something nice, I am immediately embarrassed and start saying that it wasn’t that hard, or it’s not that great, or it looks better than it is. Anything. I’ll say anything to take the focus away from me and from the gratitude someone is showing me. One time, a friend to me to stop doing that and just to say thank you. I’m working on it.

 

Technique Highlight:

I wanted to create a bouquet of flowers (like someone presenting flowers to me.) with wire and beads. I learned this technique from the amazing Rebecca Sower. She inspires me endlessly.

 

 


Opal:

Opal Says:

As the years pass, I have found that there are few things that embarrass me. Maybe it has been a coming to terms within my skin…an acceptance of who I am and a bit of not caring what others may think. But there is one thing that makes me weep with embarrassment, and that is my memory. Forgetting where I put my glasses, or my cell phone, or the name of a neighbor, or my phone number….oh my goodness…where does it go? It is there one minute, and gone the next…only to come fluttering back in its own time.

 

My piece reflects the flight of such a memory…from the whole, to the fragmented parts…each held together with delicate threads of gold…more and more ‘tack downs’ to hold it in place as the memory dissipates….the key in the lower right hand corner is the key to remembering…or, the lost key. (If only I could remember what is was for.)

 

 


Lia:

Lia Says:

I hate talking about money – how much I earn, how I save, and especially how I spend. It’s an embarrassing and sensitive topic for me, one which I believe is too personal for casual talk. Which is why I do not approach the topic with others, not even a passing comment like “shopping again?” … and which I in turn do not accept from others.

 

 


Wendela:

Wendela Says:

Oohh when I’ve not much time for my kids….when I have to work a
lot, 3 days a week or more, or busy with other things…and my kids are alone or with a babysitter…My heart is crying a little…

 

This tag is on my week planner, and reminds me to make time for my kids when I’m busy with my work… happy time with my kids…I love them so much!!

 

 


Anita:

 

Anita Says:

I have such a hard time taking a compliment. I always have. I’m working on it though. It’s an ongoing thing. It just has always felt so awkward to me.

 

 


Rachel:

 

Journaling Reads:

I’m like an oval peg trying to fit into a round hole. I either fit with empty spaces, or I just can’t quite get through. And I am not even cliché enough to be a square trying to fit into that circle. My whole life I have felt like I didn’t quite fit in anywhere. Drifting back & forth between extremes… never quite feeling like I belonged in any group to be found, I’ve learned that I am just not quite a member of anything, at least 100%. I don’t want to want to belong, I don’t want to care. It’s embarrassing. But I do care. More than I care to admit.

 

 


Larissa:

 

Larissa Says:

I feel embarrassed when people sing “Happy Birthday” to me, so I decided to make myself a fool´s hat. First, I drew and painted with watercolor the fool´s face and torso. Next, I cut the cone shape and glue it and finished by adding my festive embellishments.

 

 


 

Now it’s your turn: show us your therapeutic art around “What’s something that embarrasses you?” 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 so we can share in your creative therapy, too. 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-Nine
November 22, 2009, 10:03 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.

 

Ok! Here’s catalyst number eighty-nine:

 

Tell us about a time when you realized you had the answer to something you were struggling with where you least expected.

 

We’re thrilled to have Denise Lynnette Andrade as this week’s Guest Artist.

 

Denise is another photographer whose work speaks to my soul and I am so delighted to have her here. Here’s a short bio for Denise:

 

Denise is a photographer and writer living in Southern California with her husband, son and two kitties. Her fine art photography style is very vintage and ethereal, capturing artists as their most alluring selves. Her writing is straight from the deepest parts of her soul. She is a bohemian, a tree hugger, an inspirer of authenticity and a gentle warrior in all the spaces she communes with in life.

 

If you haven’t seen Denise’s photography, make sure to visit her photography site, her website and blog and you too will see that Denise is one of those rare artists whose photos and words speak to your soul.

 

 

 

 

Here is Denise’s art with this week’s catalyst. You can click on them to see larger versions. Denise’s words this week are about her son and a specific period of time in her life and about looking within. So this week, she has three photographs for you. One of her taken during that time, one of her son’s and one recent photo of Elizabeth MacCrellish (creator of Squam Art Workshops) whom she believes is a wonderful emulation of someone feeling connected to their own voice and hushing out other voices that don’t resonate with them. Photos are presented in that order.

 

 



 

Denise Says:

Perhaps because it is still so fresh in my mind and heart, I would say it was during my fertility journey where I discovered I had the answers within. I think we all have the answers deep within the workings of our hearts if we are able to clear out the clutter, the muck, the gremlins, the voices that are not ours. It is a matter of distinguishing which voices are ours and which are not.

 

I believe my inner voice became more clear during my fertility journey mainly because of the tremendous amount of advice or opinions that came into my path (or our path…as it was my husband’s too) and I had no choice at one point but to find my center in the midst of chaos. My husband and I had gone through both Western and Eastern treatments and what we learned to do after each appointment (a few years into it) was to check in with our hearts…”does this feel peaceful? do we believe we’re not fertile? why am i feeling anxious about this? what is so unsettling? do i really believe my eggs are not healthy?”

 

We learned that it was okay to not agree with the “experts” that fell into our path if it didn’t feel right to us. It was okay to say no and move forward with something that resonated with our values and gentle way of walking in our worlds.

 

We went into this journey with very different expectations and after almost five years, our expectations melted away and we learned to not give away our power so easily and we also learned that our child was so near, as soon as we opened our hearts to the concept that what was most important was parenting a child, not so much getting pregnant and birthing one. This is when adoption came into our path.

 

The answers were there and once we truly listened without judgment, it all flowed so beautifully.

 

 

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

 

 


Here are some interpretations of the catalyst from members of our team. This week, we’re delighted to welcome back Alexis to our team!

 

Alexis:

Journaling Reads:

For each ecstatic instant

We must an anguish pay

In keen and quivering ratio

To the ecstasy.

 

For each beloved hour

Sharp pittances of years,

Bitter contested farthings

And coffers heaped with tears.

-Emily Dickinson

 

Alexis Says:

Lately, I’ve been evaluating the choices I’ve made in my life and the reasons guiding those choices. I’ve wondered why certain things have happened the way they have. As I came to grips with the fact that there really are no absolute answers to my questions, I came across this poem by Emily Dickinson. I’ve always loved her poetry, but never had the connection I experienced after reading this particular one again. Although it doesn’t provide a definitive answer to my ponderings, it really helped me to make more sense of the events in my life.

 

 


Amy:

Amy Says:

Our struggles are not always life-sized in scope. Something I have wanted to do for about a year is learn to free-form quilt. When I first tried it, however, I found that it wasn’t something that was instinctive for me. Disheartened by my early attempts and frustrated by what felt like a lack of fluidity to my movements (and to the resulting quilted line), I haven’t practiced much or often. Determined, I started trying again recently. I have heard a friend tell me often that I have to think of the needle as my pen, but my line continued to be more angular and stilted than I wanted. But then it clicked. Suddenly I felt the difference when my arms worked together and took control, when I stopped trying to have the pen do the work… and realized I had to do the work with the paper. It was in explaining the process to my son, a young artist, that I really “understood” the difference… and why the arms mattered. The whole picture came into shape. I’m still practicing, but I’m on the right track now. The answer was there… I just had to look at the problem differently.

 

 


Katie:

Katie Says:

I have always struggled with what I wanted to do for a career. When I was 15 I worked for a lady that had a home crafting business. I worked in her garage and painted, glued, tied bows and packaged. I did that for 2 years. I used to design patterns for my Mom’s wood working business and also did craft shows with her.

 

I became a parent at age 19 so I didn’t get a lot of “finding me” time. I just had to jump into a job to make ends meet. I worked at a department store in the fashion jewelry department. I loved to do the display cases and used to bring in props from home and I would spend hours making beautiful displays. Then I got hired by one of the manufacturers that made the jewelry. They had seem my cases on a store walk through and were impressed with my work. I did that for 7 years and loved it. I traveled around to all the malls in San Diego and merchandised their product.

 

Fast forward. I met my husband, got married, had 2 little girls and have became a stay at home Mom for the last 11 years (dabbling in all kinds of arts and crafts that I sold on ebay and at shows). All the while the career question has haunted me. What will I do, who will I become? I try to think of jobs that have flexibility so I can be there for my family, I try to think of jobs that aren’t too physically strenuous as I have some medical conditions and I try to think of jobs that won’t squash my creativity. I’m almost 40 and I cannot figure out what to do. Many sleepless nights, many hours researching potential jobs, many doubts….and then one day as I sat in my studio looking around at all my stuff I realized something.

 

Where else could I have a flexible schedule? A job where if the school nurse calls and says my daughter is sick that I can say, “I’ll be there in 5 minutes”. Where else can I have a job that is not too physically hard, I can sit and stand at will and if I need to take a break, I can? Where else can I find a job that will allow me to be as creative as I want to be? Right here, that’s where.

 

The answer has been in front of me the whole time. All these years. l have it right here. I am sitting in it right now as I type this. This is where I need to work. Right here at home. Luckily, I don’t require a lot of money. I am willing to dye my own hair and trim my own bangs. So, for right now I just need to get it started. Figure it out. Take step one. I am just glad that I have figured out that my career is in my own hands. Pun intended.

 

My piece of work signifies this realization. It’s “Homemade with Love” which is exactly what everything I make is. I put my whole heart into it. I want to work at home, creating with my heart and my hands. I don’t know where this will take me but I have drive and spirit and Thank God a husband whose job comes along with medical insurance! :)

 

 


Karen:

Karen Says:

As I’ve written about several times before, in 2002, I quit my job on Wall St. to become a teacher for Teach for America. Relatively soon after I began teaching, I started having serious doubts about my ability to do this job justice. It was a very turbulent time in my life and I still struggle with it from time to time.

 

One of the things I did at the time was to take a course in the hopes that it would help me decide whether I was ready to quit the job or not. At the end of this intensive three day course, I had many answers to many other issues in my life but I still didn’t know if I should walk away.

 

A few weeks later, I was telling someone why I had originally chosen to go into the computer field (so I could work from home one day when I had kids) and then why I had quit the wall street career for a more altruistic one (so that what I did with my time away from my kids would be for a worthwhile cause). In talking to this person, I realized that I had made many significant decisions in my life on behalf of children I didn’t yet have. I also recognized that I had managed to setup my life such that I was working way too many hours to actually make room to have any kids.

 

As soon as I realized this, I quit my job, encouraged my unhappy husband to do the same (and pursue his dreams) and we moved across the country to setup a new life and within a year of moving we were expecting our first baby. I know that if it weren’t for the course, and for the struggles with my teaching job, I might have never stepped back enough to observe my life and notice how misaligned it was with my priorities.

 

Sometimes an unfortunate circumstance can be the catalyst to something wonderful and amazing.

 

 


Severine:

 

Severine Says:

Usually I find the answers to questions I can ask from me in a walk in nature and thinking of nothing. I’ve been thinking about this catalyst for over a week and I did not really have an answer or idea to put it on paper and also ran on Friday and I came upon these mushrooms alone beside the road with beautiful reds and oranges and I thought well here is my idea … I can say that it is in the nature that I find solutions or answers to my questions when I can walk alone in thinking of nothing.

 

In French:

Généralement je trouve les réponses aux questions que je peux me poser en allant me balader dans la nature et en ne pensant à rien. Ca fait plus d’une semaine que je réfléchis à ce Catalyst auquel je ne trouvais pas vraiment de réponse ni d’idée pour la mettre sur papier d’ailleurs et vendredi en allant courir je tombe sur ces champignons tout seul au bord de la route avec de belles couleurs rouges orangés et là je me suis dit bien là voilà mon idée … Je peux donc dire que c’est dans la nature que me viennent les solutions ou réponses à mes interrogations, quand je peux me balader tranquille en ne pensant à rien.

 

 


Rachel:

 

Rachel Says:

I created this canvas for this prompt because in looking back, the times I had the answers from where I least expected them has been when I was too busy looking outward to everyone and everything else to see that I had them all along, in myself, my heart. I just had to look there to find them. And find the courage and strength to act on the answers that I had all along.

 

 


Larissa:

 

Larissa Says:

I struggle a lot while working with my deadlines to make a scrapbooking task. Sometimes, an artistic work is so hard to be elaborated that I think it would be better to give it up. When that happens I realize there’s always an alternative, something in which I haven’t thought of before. I add an extra layer, leave it for the next day or just relax. When I do so, I find the answer I was looking for. Not so surprisingly, the answer is actually simple and it was already in my arsenal of possibilities.

 

For this catalyst, I wanted to let my emotions flow, without questioning much. I decided to work the circus theme. My page layout is called “Welcome to my life!” Take a sit, choose a role…

 

It shows the image of a pierrot. And it is weitten: “Pierrot was supposed to be very intelligent, very emotional and usually a very unhappy clown who hid his true feelings under a comic mask”.

 

 


Lori:

 

Lori Says:

The most difficult decision I have ever made was whether or not to send my 5 year-old to Kindergarten. We have two amazing schools in my town and are able to chose where we send our children, so I went to both orientations. The first one made me feel more conflicted and I expected the same from the second. Amazingly, it was at the second orientation that the light went on and I realized I needed to wait to send him. I never expected to feel such peace after leaving that orientation, but I knew it was the right thing to do. I’m so grateful I held him back one year. He is flourishing in school and is loving every second of it.

 

Journaling Reads:

Deciding to get married, buy a house and have a baby were nothing to deciding whether or not to send you to Kindergarten. This was the hardest decision I have ever made. I held you back one year and I am so grateful I did.

 

 


 

Now it’s your turn: show us your therapeutic art around “Tell us about a time when you realized you had the answer to something you were struggling with where you least expected.” 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 so we can share in your creative therapy, too. 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-Eight
November 15, 2009, 8:33 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-eight:

 

What’s the best relationship you’ve had so far? It can be a romantic one, a family member, or a friendship. Why is it so special?

 

We’re thrilled to have Tracey Clark as this week’s Guest Artist.

 

When I started creative therapy, almost two years ago, my goal had always been to represent all mediums of art. While we have been lucky enough to have a lot of scrapbookers and mixed media artists both on our team and as guests, there are many mediums of art that have been under represented. Photography is one of them.

 

I’ve asked several photographers to join our team and was delighted when Michelle finally agreed. I’ve also asked several photographers to guest for us and am really happy to finally have a few lined up. It’s only appropriate that we start with Tracey who not only takes incredibly touching photographs that speak both to your soul and heart, but she also founded shutter sisters which is a collaborative photo blog that celebrates women with a passion for photography. Shutter sisters marries images and words beautifully and gives you food for thought and food for your soul daily.

 

If you haven’t seen Tracey’s photography, make sure to visit her blog where you can get a sneak at the amazing person she is.

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

Tracey Says:

When I was asked to do this post — months ago — I was delighted by my own potential. Excited for the possibilities. What was the most important relationship of my life? My first thought was my children. To have a platform to celebrate them individually as well as us together in our complicated yet beautiful web of mother and daughters made me reels with possibilities. And to speak of this relationship with art? Oh, it seemed too good to be true. Deep, rich, lovely.

 

My mind pulsed with the visceral artist’s blood that runs through me. Photography, collage, paint, paper. Messy, thick, colorful, sticky, tangible. The art and my love for my daughters built up on canvas as an ode to who they are, of what they mean to me. Layers of medium would symbolize our history together, layers of emotion deep and intense. I gained even more momentum when I was inspired by some sister friends (Kelly Rae Roberts as our fearless leader) on a retreat where we got our hands dirty in the celebration of art and friendship and love. Yes, I knew what I wanted to create long before I had it on the canvas.

 

And then life got in the way. I got busy. I got nervous. I tried to chicken out until I was reminded that my photography is enough. Exhale. Oh yes. Of course it is. Portraits of my daughters through my lens, as seen by my eyes, and captured at a particular moment in time; of a gesture, an expression, a moment…that is indeed enough. Every time I pick up my camera I choose to express my profound love and connection to my amazing daughters. And that is enough. Thank you Karen.

 

Technique Highlight:

I chose to use my beloved Lensbaby SuperWide for these shots. I knew I wanted these images to feel celebratory and offer some texture and movement. The Lensbaby can be magic that way. Bio shot of me taken by my oldest daughter especially for this post.

 

 

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

 

 


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

 

Iris:

Iris Says:

I can say that one of my best relationships was with my music. As a teenager it paved the way for me to travel and join music festivals. As a college student, it allowed me to earn and afford luxuries I may not have been able to afford otherwise. As a runner, it motivates me to keep going. As a scrapbooker, it calms me and is a constant companion whenever I create. I made this box to hold pictures that was taken during my years as a pianist. I doubt I will ever get to scrapbook those, so I thought this would at least make a nice home for those pictures.

 

 


Amy:

Amy Says:

This was a challenging catalyst. Distilling things that speak to a meaningful relationship, one that accepts and sees beyond, in graphic novel style was really wonderful to work on and to think about. The quote is from the lyrics of a song by Sara Groves called “Loving a Person.”

 

 


Dedra:

Journaling Reads:

The best and most important relationship I have ever had are with the three of you. Jon: I have never felt SO deeply for anyone. You complete me and make me whole. We have laughed, cried and everything in between. Raising the best daughters and going through our life together holding hands. Shelby and Ellie: You both have taught me to be a self-less person. The relationship I share with each of you is unique and will continue to change as you both get older. I have the honor of watching you blossom into the glorious women you will become. Relationships and life do not get any better than that. All my love to the three of you always!

 

 


Karen:

Journaling Reads:

These three men in my life have taught me what it means to love and to be loved. They are the reason I wake up in the morning and the reason I go to bed at night and feel happy and blessed every moment in between. Until I met Jake I didn’t know what it meant to be with someone who can love me just the way I am and who can make me feel whole. Until I had my boys, I didn’t know what it meant to love so much that it pysically hurt my heart. These men make me feel whole. They make me feel thankful and blessed and lucky. So so lucky.

 

I don’t know what I did to deserve this but I am not taking it for granted for one single moment. I hold them and kiss them and hug them as many times a day I can. Thank you, my boys.

 

 


Anita:

 

Anita Says:

June 22, 2009 I discovered the love of a grandparent. I never understood it until it happened. I have to say it is the most wonderful feeling and relationship one could have. I LOVE my children so much and never thought my heart could except anymore but once Marlee was born, God proved me wrong. I love this little girl so much!

 

 


Rachel:

 

Journaling Reads:

It’s the most important relationship, the most important thing in the whole world to me. Because of her I am better person, someone completely new… a mama. I look at her and even though it is me who is supposed to help guide and shape her, I find myself wanting to be like her. Pure, innocent, full of wonder and amazement… it’s the most important and awe-inspiring relationship of my life, the relationship we have as mother and daughter.

 

 


Lia:

 

Lia Says:

We were young when he and I began. Or at least I was. Through the years we’ve been together, he’s taught me so much. His belief in me and my capabilities has given me strength and confidence. His faith leads me to believe that there is a reason for everything, some we might see now and others will be revealed in time – we just need to be patient. His love assures me that no matter what, there will be someone who will not hurt me and who will be there for me no matter what.

 

We’ve had rough times, for sure. But when I look in his eyes or see his smile, all I see are the good ones, and how good he is for me and to me.

 

 


Wendela:

 

Wendela Says:

My kids, my 3 boys and daughter!! Journaling says “A child fills a place in your heart you never knew was empty.”

 

 


Kimmi:

 

Journaling Reads:

The best relationship that I’ve been in is being with you. You make me laugh on a daily basis. We can’t fight or argue without you crackign a joke and making me forget what we were bickering about to begin with. You support everything that I do and the decisions that I make. Having you in my life means everything to me.

 

 


 

Now it’s your turn: show us your therapeutic art around “What’s the best relationship you’ve had so far? It can be a romantic one, a family member, or a friendship. Why is it so special?” 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 so we can share in your creative therapy, too. 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-Seven
November 8, 2009, 7:25 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 eighty-seven:

 

If money weren’t an issue what would you do with your time? (career or otherwise.)

 

We’re thrilled to have Christine Middlecamp as this week’s Guest Artist.

 

Here’s a short bio for Christine: Christine lives in South Saint Paul, Minnesota with her young son Ethan. She’s been scrapbooking for over three years and has played multiple roles in the srapbook industry both as a designer and teacher. Christine designs for Crate Paper & Sassafras. In the Past, she’s designed for Prima Marketing, October Afternoon, and Studio Calico. She’s also guest designed for various online venues.

 

Christine’s art never ceases to amaze me. She pays attention to the smallest details and the more you look into her layouts, the more you discover. She has a unique way of using common embellishments and her art is always layered and full of texture. A pure delight to see.

 

If you haven’t seen Christine’s art, make sure to visit her blog where she regularly has tutorials.

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

Christine Says:

Stay home. I’d raise Ethan in the house that my husband and I built eight years ago before his passing away from cancer in January of 2008. I still love the house. In the eight years we’ve been here, I never pictured myself living anywhere else. So after my husband passed away and clearly knowing that my financial picture was about to change, I had to prepare myself for the reality that the house was going to have to go away at some point in the near future. After postponing the sale of our home these last few months, I finally made the decision to place it on the market next year. Our home sweet home will soon be looking for a new owner. It’s time to let go…

 

Technique Highlight:

The combination of transparency and pattern paper doesn’t always happen in the traditional sense, at least not on this layout. Consider alternate ways for combining these two materials. Both have dramatically different surface qualities and technique driven abilities. Take advantage of these contrasting differences when using them together on a layout/project.

 

I ran into this glittering technique upon reading Martha Stewart’s latest book, “Encyclopedia of Crafts”. Apply a strip of double‐sided sticky tape to paper and add glitter. It’s a simple technique and looks amazing after application.

 

Flowers are available in abundance for adding to a project/layout, though leaves are a little harder to find. Turn to pattern papers for creating leaves when needed. I hand‐cut the leaves used on my layout from digital pattern paper. I folded them slightly inward and adhered them beneath the flower’s edge using a smidge of wet adhesive.

 

Even the smallest details can make a difference. Don’t forget to add smaller sized items to your layout/project. Variety is a good thing.

 

 

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

 

 


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

 

Larissa:

Larissa Says:

I found out later in my life that I wanted to be a full time artist, maybe a theater set designer. So, if I didn´t have a great job, that pays very well, I would probably try this career.

 

Journaling Reads:

I dream of being just myself, A person without any obligation, A woman free to be just who she is

 

 


Dedra:

Dedra Says:

I really would to travel to Paris, London, all over Europe in general. This photo to me makes me think of places like that. The filagree around the windows. These windows in real life are massive. I would also love to own a studio/scrapbook boutique. The funny thing is I already have the name, Jon and I have already constructed the floor plan and what the studio would consist of….It’s always fun to dream, right? So, for me – owning the studio and traveling with Jon and the girls as often as possible.

 

Journaling Reads:

If time and money were not an object and I could do anything…. I would travel with my family overseas and I would also love to own a studio…

 

 


Karen:

Karen says:

If I had all the extra time in the world and my kids and husband were sleeping, I would spend most of it reading. The joy I get from getting lost in a novel is unparalleled. And Dickens is one of my favorites.

 

 


Anita:

 

Anita Says:

I looked at this weeks catalyst and was racking my brain trying to figure out what I wanted to do. I keep thinking, what is it I really want? Is there a career path I would have taken had I had the money to do it? It dawned on me that no amount of money, not changes to my life were desired. I love being a mom! Its the most rewarding job I could ask for. And you definitely couldn’t put a price on it. I am where I am and where I want to be! I am living “my dream job”!

 

 


Rachel:

 

Journaling Reads:

Egypt, Italy, France, Greece, England, Ireland, Germany, South Africa, the Congo, Brazil, Jamaica, Canada, the Bahamas, Peru, Argentina, Poland, Japan, China, Thailand, India, Australia, New Zealand… and so much more. If money were of no issue I would spend my time traveling the world…one adventure after another.

 

Technique Highlight:

I used embroidery floss leading from my photos to the different areas on the map that I would like to visit to add interest and a visual to all of the places that I hope to someday go.

 

 


Opal:

 

Opal Says:

If money were not an issue, I would transform my house into a retreat center for fiber arts. Women could come for week long sessions with as much or as little time at the sewing machine as they needed or wanted. There would be lots of time for sharing ideas, experimenting with new methods and materials, visits to fabric stores, and inspirational guest artists. There would be time to walk on the beach and collect beach stones and sea glass, watch the nesting eagles, or just sit outside on the deck and watch the day slip by. Hired gardeners would transform my yard into a paradise of color and smells. Meals would be prepared with the freshest local bounty of the Pacific Northwest. Those invited would be women who would not have the opportunity nor the means to be away from their homes for a week.

 

 


Severine:

 

Severine Says:

If money weren’t an issue, i would like to be an artist all time and create all day!

 

 


 

Now it’s your turn: show us your therapeutic art around “If money weren’t an issue what would you do with your time? (career or otherwise.)” 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-Six
November 1, 2009, 7:00 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-six:

 

Write a letter to your younger self.

 

We’re so excited to have Christine Mason Miller as this week’s Guest Artist.

 

To make this week’s art even more fun. Christine made a page of word art for you to use in your art. These are all different prompts she created and you can use the actual print out in your art like some of us did or you can use the sentences/ideas she listed. If you click on the image below, you can download a PDF version.

 

 

Christine’s artwork has wings. It has soul. It’s soft and beautiful and touching. You can easily get lost in her amazing art. I am so honored to have her here. She is also the author of the stunning Ordinary Sparkling Moments. And she teaches beautiful workshops including ones at Squam.

 

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

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

Christine Says:

I intentionally wanted to keep this collage simple. Since I do so much collage work in general, it was nice to give myself the freedom to work with just a few layers and elements. When I think of being a little girl and what the word “beautiful” meant to me then, it was about being a ballerina, so when I came across this image it was perfect.

 

Technique Highlight:

No special techniques with this piece aside from using a few Photoshop filters on the original scanned image. What is so fun about Photoshop is trying different filters and adjustments to see what happens. Because the original piece was so simple, I liked being able to add a little more texture and grain to the image in Photoshop.

 

 

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

 

 


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

 

Kimmi:

Kimmi Says:

no matter how un-important you may feel or think you are… you aren’t. no matter what goes on in life… you will always have someone that cares about you… someone that loves you… someone that needs you… someone that you will always be important to.

 

Technique Highlight:

I machine stitched my rainbow patterned paper on using coordinating threads. I also used Diamond Glaze on top of the raindrops that I cut from patterned paper to give them a watery look.

 

 


Larissa:

Larissa Says:

For this catalyst, I wrote a letter to myself, to the girl I once was containing a series of reflexions. The deepest one refers to the time this girl lost trying to get social approval, pleasing the others. I told my younger self that she would only get her value when she decides that what matters is pleasing herself. I told her she is like no other…

 

 


Wendela:

Wendela Says:

I love to write sooooo much to myself as a little girl…!! All the things, good things and bad things, that I know today….I’m glad that I didn’t know how my life turns out, when I was three. It’s a photo of me. I stamped the prompts on the photo with black Stazon ink.

 

 


Karen:

Karen says:

Well this is the book. The one that started the whole thing. The one that led me to start this site. I had put it away a long time ago, not sure what I wanted to do with the cover. I took it out and took a piece of fabric and stitched some interlocked hearts. Some beads and a heart and a note to remember: loved. This book is a reminder that I was loved. I am loved.

 

 


Anita:

 

Journaling Reads:

Dear Anita, If there were one thing I could go back and tell you, that would have to be that you should SLOW DOWN and ENJOY LIFE. Put that laundry down and play with your kids. Forget about all those things that you think you HAVE to get done right this minute and snuggle with the one you love. Life will pass you by way to quickly. You must not have no regrets! Enjoy your kids and family while you are still young. Squeeze them all just a little tighter. Love, Me

 

 


Rachel:

 

Journaling Reads:

Dear Rachel, I want you to know above all else, that you are important. I know that you often times feel like everyone and everything around you is more important and worthwhile than you are, but that is not true. You don’t always have to figure things out for yourself and it is okay for your voice to be heard. So let it be heard sometimes. You don’t always have to be okay and you don’t always have to be in the background, unnoticed. There is a degree of comfort in being unnoticed but it will also make you feel lonely and unimportant at times, the times when you need to know your value the most. It’s okay to cry, it’s okay to break down and it’s okay to ask for help. Because you are important. Important to your family and your friends and not just because you are unnoticed and easy going, but because you are you. And that is Important. Never think that you are unimportant, because you are important. So important that if you knew how much you are loved it would blow your mind. Never forget how important you are. Love always, yourself

 

 


Lia:

 

Journaling Reads:

Friends have always been important to me, and I’m the type who loves and gives her whole heart to her friends. In the past couple of years, sadly I fell out with a couple of people who were very close to me. It broke my heart, and angered me a little when friends who I treated as my family could disappoint me and treat me in ways I never could treat them. I then realized that this happened to me a few more times before when I was younger. I never seemed to learn my lesson – that I should watch my own heart and its well-being instead of giving it away to people I called ‘friends’. Each time I was betrayed by a friend, I felt unimportant and all that I had done for the friendship worthless. As if it was never enough.

 

I now remind myself to keep a distance, to not sacrifice all for a friend, to be fond of but not love them. But I am still a dreamer. Only because I still have a close circle of people who love and support me, we share the same level of EQ, who are understanding and who don’t judge, who want me to be the best person and yet won’t hurt my feelings, and who appreciate me.

 

They instill the faith in me that our friendships are important in their lives. I want to tell my younger me that it’s okay to love all that you know and that it’s okay to have lost friendships, because someone will always value her and feel that she is important to them.

 

 


Amy:

 

Amy Says:

Working on this piece was a challenge in many ways. There were things I wanted to say to my younger self, but what was strongest in me was the need to tell her three things in particular, one of which was… you need to find the art and line within you. Many other things ended up in my preliminary sketches as I tried to find the right storyline and flow for such a letter rendered in this format. In the end, I realized such a letter could be a book in and of itself, much more involved than a single page could contain. [The final line has been obscured here on purpose.]

 

 


 

Now it’s your turn: show us your therapeutic art around “Write a letter to your younger self.” 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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