creative Therapy


Catalyst One Hundred and Ten
April 21, 2010, 6:00 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 one hundred and ten:

 

How would you describe yourself as a child?

 

We’re thrilled to have Diana Martin as this week’s Guest Artist.

 

Here’s a quickie self-bio for Diana:

 

I am 35 years young and I live in a coastal country town on the South Coast of NSW in Australia with my two girls aged 7 and 4. I am very passionate about many forms of artistic expression such as digital, hybrid and traditional scrapbooking, mixed media, painting, drawing, sewing and photography, to name a few. I could never pick one over the other and say that it was my favorite. Each one gives me so much joy and allows me to have complete creative freedom over what I create.

 

If you’ve never seen Diana’s art, make sure to visit her blog and you can also find more of her art on twopeas and flickr.

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

Diana Says:

As a child we moved around quite often so I was a very shy girl and found it hard to make friends as I knew I would have to change schools and start over again. My imagination became something I cherished and I spent most afternoons and weekends in a day dream, dreaming up stories I would write down in my journals {story teller}; making little cubby houses out of anything I could find {collector}; sketching what I saw around me and adding color with pencils using techniques that were self taught {artistic}; running away from home quite often, even if it was just around the corner, up a really tall tree or just to the back smoke house on the roof so I could watch my Mother drive up and down the street looking for me {adventurer}. Looking back on my childhood, my life was filled with many dreams and some wonderful self-made experiences. I lived with my head in the clouds, my heart on my sleeve and a great story in my hand!

 

Technique Highlight:

I am a lover of layers, so this canvas has many layers built up over a period of a few weeks. With this canvas I began with drawing a picture of myself as a child, hence the
short afro-type curly hair, onto quality sketch paper and used prismacolor pencils to shade the face, hair and arms. I love to use either material or patterned paper for my dress/clothes to give the figure more dimension. In this case I used a vintage book page that had the word ‘dream’ written somewhere into the block of text.

 

I start working on the canvas by layering scrapbooking papers and tissue papers onto the canvas. I then add some acrylic paints to tone down any bright colors or patterns. I place my figure onto the canvas and start adding more layers of acrylic paint using paint brushes, my fingers and everyday items that have texture, around the figure and to the edges of the canvas. I add more dimension using texture paste and oil pastels for shading some areas of the canvas as well as creating a little house-shaped bookshelf out of layered cardboard covered with a vintage book page, cardstock and tissue paper. I created the little books with chipboard covered in cardstock, bound together with cotton and hid the binding with some more cardstock. The red heart is made of clay that has been painted with acrylic paint and the wings and roof are painted with crackle paint then inked. I added clear crackle paint in a few random areas of the canvas as well adding some on the hair. To finish off the canvas I placed a piece of gauze under the title and inked it. The title ‘Dreamer’ was painted with acrylic paint blending one color into the next and finishing it off with a layer of clear crackle paint.

 

 


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

 

Larissa:

 

Larissa Says:

I remember being an ugly child, who wore glasses and braces and wasn’t very popular. I had a few friends but they were always taking advantage of me. I lived in a big city and my games were always urban, but it was awesome spending the day playing dollhouse, entertained in a world of fantasies.

 

 


Wendela:

 

Wendela Says:

When I was young I felt myself so beautiful….I was very proud of my long hair…..loved my long piggy tails….On the picture it’s me, with my hair like “Pippi Longstocking” my little hero…Pippi is a fictional character in a series of children’s books by Swedish author Astrid Lindgren, and adapted into multiple films and television series. Nine-year-old Pippi is unconventional, assertive, and has superhuman strength, being able to lift her horse one-handed without difficulty.

 

 


Karen:

Karen Says:

As a little kid I was mostly quiet and pensive. I tended to sit by myself, preferred reading over anything else and it wasn’t until my mid-teens that I became more outgoing and friendly. Even though most people would say I’m extroverted today, I’m still that quiet and pensive girl on the inside.

 

 


Rachel:

Rachel Says:

As a little girl I was shy and quiet and I embarrassed easily. But I was also a dreamer with an imagination that would entertain me for hours and hours. I loved to draw and paint and make things out anything that I could find. I loved to dance and sing. I carried my heart on my sleeve and I felt deeply and profoundly. I was artist, I was a dreamer, I was a caregiver and a friend and I had a wonderful little world that I lived in… I was who I am now as an adult, yet somehow magnified by the innocence and wonder that is childhood.

 

 


Karola:

 

Karola Says:

I think only one word can describe me when I was child – shy! Yes, I was shy for long years and probably for today too, but I remember mostly when I was very shy, humbly. quiet girl. Most of these I have for today and I think this is great. More of my adult life expriences create me as quiet, romantic, honestly, peacefull woman with big distance for disasters, but I am still a shy and humbly little girl. I made this tag for myself – I found this old photo, taken when I was 9 months and when I made my fisrt steps. I combine this photo with several new supplies and my favorite colors.

 

 


Dina:

 

Dina Says:

As I child, I was happy and sensitive and curious and earnest and bookish, and I still am.

 

 


Amy:

 

Amy Says:

What was I like as a child? I don’t know, and so I asked my mom. She sent me a wonderful description which gives me a picture of years I was too young to remember. This drawing touches on a surface and a constant. It weaves together what appears to have always been with me… a love of words and books. And in it are allusions to a few random things I hold among the threads of memory… a series of early stories I wrote…a representation of a stuffed doll I vaguely recall.

 

 


Christine:

 

Christine Says:

I was a very shy child. My constant companions were my favorite books, and whenever we would go out I would make sure that I would bring along one or two of them with me. My cousins remember me sitting for hours in a quiet corner just reading while everyone talked and played around me during our family gatherings. It wasn’t until I was closer to my teens that I began to feel more comfortable talking to people and opening up. I’m not as self-conscious as I used to be, and I’m thankful that I finally overcame being shy because I wouldn’t have the wonderful relationships with friends and family members that I have now.

 

 


Iris:

 

Iris Says:

I was very fortunate to have a parents who supported my interest and my dreams. Whatever was my dream, they supported. My Dad would always say ” I want to see you catch your dreams and fly.

 

 


Kathryn:

 

Kathryn Says:

When I was a child, I was much like my own children-happy, optimistic, excited by everything. I hope my boys will be able to stay that way.

 

 


Now it’s your turn: show us your therapeutic art around “How would you describe yourself as a child?” 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 One Hundred and Nine
April 14, 2010, 6:00 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 one hundred and nine:

 

What was the best night of your life so far?

 

We’re thrilled to have Kelly Kilmer as this week’s Guest Artist.

 

Here’s a quickie self-bio for Kelly:

 

Kelly T.M. Kilmer is a mixed media book artist living in Southern California. A New England native who studied on her own and at Mass College of Art, she believes that there is an artist in each and every one of us. Kelly’s classes are designed specifically to bring that artist out. Her work has appeared in the books “In This House”, “Signatures”, “Transparent Art” and in the magazines: Cloth Paper Scissors, Somerset Studio, Artist’s Sketchbook, The Studio, Dogeared, Artitude and others. Kelly’s art is in the home of several private collectors and has also been sold in various galleries across the U.S. She teaches all over the U.S. and abroad. Her current passions are spending time with her family, reading, collecting (and using) paper, watching foreign and independent films, journaling and frequenting used bookstores. Kelly is always exploring new ways to create and how to better herself as an artist. 

 

If you’ve never seen Kelly’s art, make sure to visit her site and blog and checkout her workshops.

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

Kelly Says:

Out of all of the catalysts, I chose the one that made my heart leap when I read it. “What was the best night of your life so far?” stood out for me. Often my journal pages are full of my heart poured out onto the page using paper, paint and pen. I often use symbols and imagery to visually explain my emotions so you’ll see things like a lot of pink, hearts, hands, etc… on my pages. This page is about my love for my husband. We were penpals for a year and a half. For my 21st birthday, I decided I wanted to spend Christmas with David in California. I flew from Boston to Los Angeles, alone. David picked me up. We spent the afternoon pouring over each other’s journals, exchanging Christmas presents and just hanging out. Eight hours later he took me to Santa Monica. He said he didn’t know in advance that he was going to propose, but he did…and a week later (on New Years Eve), we were married. I often pour my heart out onto my pages, and I definitely did with this one!

 

Journaling Reads:

The best night of my life was the one that started me on the life path I’m on right now. On the 25th of December 1995, after a year and a half of being pen pals, I stepped off a plane from Boston and into your arms in Los Angeles. Eight hours later we were in Santa Monica. You asked if I wanted you to hold my hand. You held tight and didn’t let go. We walked to the pier where you asked if you could kiss me. Yes. You then proposed. Yes.

 

 


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

 

Larissa:

 

Larissa Says:

Of course I had great romantic nights but, nowadays, as I´m having sleep problems, I just feel that I need a good night sleep and I miss those days where I could have an intire night of sweet dreams.

 

 


Wendela:

 

Wendela Says:

The best night…the nights when my kids were born….they are UNFORGETTABLE, and so very special to me….On the picture you can see my youngest one…May 6 he’s turning 5….I wish I could smell this new born boy again….

 

 


Karen:

Karen Says:

When Jake and I had just started dating, I got to go home with him to a family Christmas party. It was a last minute decision where I convinced him to surprise his family (we were in college, had final exams, etc.) When we showed up his whole family was so excited and his mom even cried. The whole night she introduced me as the girl who brought her son home. Of course I had no idea at the time that I would end up marrying this boy. But it was the best way to be introduced to the family and one of my favorite nights ever because I got to see everyone so happy.

 

 


Rachel:

Rachel Says:

He pulled the car over that weekend in January 1999 and changed my life- he started it. He asked me to marry him with a ring from my own hand and I said yes. Yes to love, yes to possibility, yes to a new life. That will always be the best night of my life because it was the start of a new and wonderful one.

 

 


Karola:

 

Karola Says:

My best night so far is the night after the birth of my daughter Rose. She was born at 06:05 PM and we spent whole first night in the hospital, but I without sleep for me. I spent the whole night observe a new life, which so changed my own life. I knew that since this night nothing will be the same and definitely it was a night that I remember with every detail and still I have the same strong emotions. Motherhood means to me very much, and the birth of a daughter is the most magical and most difficult to described moment in my life. Of course – I had the nights full of crazyness and joy, which may be called the best, but nothing equal to these hours in the hospital at the night 13.12.2004. So I made a Lo with one of the first pictures of Rose, when she was only half an hour old. Although it was night, symbolically I added a stars and pearls, all the rest is clear and delight as a new life.

 

 


Lia:

 

Lia Says:

Best night of my life: we at the beach on this night, under a full moon and you said ‘I love you’. It’s cliched but it was a dream come true for me. The guy whom I had a crush on for 2 years wanted to be with me, he loved me and I loved him too.

 

 


Anna:

 

Anna Says:

I was thinking for quite a long time and it was hard to choose one “best night” of my life. In the end, I decided to show you the night I will always remember – full of beautiful colors, smells, sounds… night almost like a fairy tale: Marrakech Night Market. We’ve been in there during our holiday in Morocco and I was amazed by the culture, the way of life in this beautiful country. Everyday I opened my eyes wider and wider… and that night was the most beautiful one I can remember.

 

Technique Highlight:

To create this layout I used molding paste combined with different colours of paint and glimmer mists, buttons and doilies – splashes of paint and stitching in yellow colour represent the contrast between the night and the lights of the night market.

 

 


Now it’s your turn: show us your therapeutic art around “What was the best night of your life so far?” 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 One Hundred and Eight
April 7, 2010, 8:00 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 one hundred and eight:

 

Are you proud of who you are?

 

We’re thrilled to have Trish Baldwin as this week’s Guest Artist.

 

Here’s a quickie self-bio for Trish from her blog:

 

Patricia is self taught; painting in mixed media and encaustic for nine years.  Her work has appeared in several gallery shows around central Michigan; her home from 1999-2004, and in Washington, where she now resides. 

 

Having the good fortune of working from her own studio on site at her home, Patricia is able to play daily with new ideas that incorporate a variety of mediums into her work.  One can find watercolor under encaustic; acrylic as a basis for oil; pastel worked into a watercolor collage.  The nature of her work allows for experimentation and interplay of materials without getting caught up in any limitations of medium, style or discipline.

 

While keeping her own work in progress, Patricia also teaches workshops and holds demonstrations in the Seattle and Portland area. She will teach through Sitka Center for the Arts in Oregon, ArtFest Port Townsend in Washington, Mendocino Art Center in California as well as through her studio in 2007. She rounds out her life with the raising of her four boys..

 

If you’ve never seen Trish’s art, make sure to visit her site and blog.

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

Trish Says:

“This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old is gone; the new has begun!” 2 Cor 5:17

 

I am proud of myself for the first time in my 43 year old life because of this one beautiful fact! Never before has grace found its way through the self inflicted guilt and lacking that I thought was the me I had to be. This verse alone put me right and turned me to the true way of life. It altered my thinking and opened my eyes to what was right in front of me all along. It quite simply tossed guilt to the curb and cracked off the hardened shell that I had created for myself in life!

 

This concept, this phrase, allowed for the revealing of the beautiful, empowered, grace filled me that God bestowed with a unique purpose. And in this-His graciousness alone-I am so proud of myself. I heard His call to me; sending me on a course to a much better me than even my wildest dreams could conjure. And oh yes-now I am proud. Like never before I can say with utmost confidence and thanksgiving that I am proud of who I am. I encourage you, whatever your spiritual bent, whatever makes your heart sing and give thanks, listen to it and know that you are chosen, you are unique and you are wanted. So much to be proud of.

 

Technique Highlight:

This piece is indicative of the experimentation and blend of multiple techniques I’ve begun to distinguish myself in. It is a simple Coptic bound book I created that I then dipped repeatedly in natural, good old honeycomb beeswax and embellished. Too much fun marrying mediums!

 

 


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

 

Amy:

 

Amy Says:

Yes. I am proud of myself on many levels. It doesn’t mean there aren’t things I wish I had done differently or could change now and do differently. But I know myself, day by day, even as I continue to change and grow. I am proud of who I am – and have hope for who I am becoming.

 

 


Kathryn:

 

Kathryn Says:

This was therapeutic for me. I struggle with my own self worth. I try so hard to be a good person, to be “enough”, but feel I fall short most of the time. I am proud, however, that I never stop striving to be better.

 

Technique Highlight:

I included “hidden” journaling behind the doily. I wrote in watercolor pencil, and then sprayed it with water, letting it run down the page to obscure the writing.

 

 


Karen:

Karen Says:

There are many accomplishments in my life that make me feel proud but none more so than my two little boys. They are my pride and joy and I will never feel more proud of anything than I feel about the life Jake and I have made together.

 

 


Rachel:

Rachel Says:

I am a work in progress, always growing & changing. Trying to be a better me, taking the good with the bad. I want to be authentic, genuine, faithful, kind, fun, loving and full of hope. I am proud that I am continuing the work of being the best person that I can be.

 

Technique Highlight:

Instead of throwing away the negative chipboard piece left behind from a package of chipboard embellishments, I stashed it away and found the perfect use for it on this layout to add visual interest. I also used a variety of mixed media such as burlap and wood which reminded me of items that you use to build and make things which lent itself well to the theme of my page.

 

 


Katie:

 

Journaling Reads:

I am on my way to becoming the person that I want to be and that I should be. There have been a lot of hard lessons learned along the way. I am sure that the lessons will never end and that I will always strive to be a better person.

 

 


Severine:

 

Severine Says:

I’m proud of what i’ve become and what I am and I would do anything to stay myself.

 

In French:

Je suis fière de ce que je suis devenue et de ce que je suis, et je ferais tout pour rester moi même.

 

 


Christine:

 

Christine Says:

When I was younger and thought about what type of person I would become when I got older, I never thought that I would be as happy, fulfilled, and content with my life and with who I am as a person today. I can honestly say that who I am is not something that I had set out to become nor was it a goal that I wanted to achieve. In fact, as a young adult, I was concerned that I would not be a good mother, that I would not have a job that I would enjoy, and that I would not find fulfillment in what I did. Yet, by God’s grace, I have been blessed with five precious children who fill my life with joy and have taught me the value of motherhood, I enjoy managing a scrapbooking retreat house that I share with people who also have the same passion for scrapbooking, and my life has been filled with so many wonderful experiences of God’s work than I could have ever imagined!

 

The verse that I used in my project says, “Godliness with contentment is great gain.” – 1 Timothy 6:6

 

I honestly believe that I have gained so much by understanding and applying this principle while pursuing “righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance, and gentleness” (I Timothy 6:11) in my life.

 

I give God the credit and thank Him for showing me the way to be a person who enjoys the blessing of receiving all that He provides in His perfect timing. By waiting on Him, He has taught me to be a patient, faithful, and more loving person.

 

Nothing that I could have planned would have resulted in the life that I now have and the person that I’ve become. It was truly a work of God directing my steps while I followed, and very often fumbled, along the path that He laid before me. It has not been an easy road to follow…I have had to deny so much of what I desired or thought would be right for me. I often cried for mercy and prayed for more of His grace and strength to sustain me so that I could continue to trust Him to provide for all my needs. However, despite how often I wanted to do something else, I can say with thankfulness that He has been faithful to direct my way towards a closer walk with Him which has resulted in experiences that were even better than what I had hoped for. I am truly content and delighted with what I have gained in the lessons that God has taught me in my lifetime, and with the person He has molded me to become.

 

 


Karola:

Karola Says:

I’m not always proud of myself, because nobody is perfect, but when I evaluate my life and life experiences it’s a very important thing, which I am most proud of – the fact that I am a mother. Motherhood changed me very much and showed a completely new and exciting way in my life. I am proud that I am a mom and that is why I did this Lo for my daughter. On the back I wrote to her that she is my biggest pride and joy.

 

 


Now it’s your turn: show us your therapeutic art around “Are you proud of who you are?” 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.

 

 




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