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Catalyst One Hundred and Thirty-Five
September 21, 2011, 8:00 am
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As always, thank you to all of our visitors and all the encouraging comments you left for us. For those of you who did, thank you for playing along with us. I wanted to let you know that this will be our last catalyst. I will write a longer, more detailed post at the beginning of October, once we’ve announced the recipient of the last giveaway but I wanted to make sure you knew this is the last catalyst we’re planning on posting.

 

Ok! Here’s catalyst number one hundred and thirty-five:

 

Tell us about a friendship you currently have.

 

We’re so very excited to have Christy Tomlinson as this month’s Guest Artist.

 

Here’s a quickie self-bio for Christy:

 

Christy Tomlinson is mixed media artist who loves mixing paint, paper, canvas, wood.. you name it.. to create art. She believes in art. there are no rules and that everyone is an artist. She loves teaching and currently has three online workshops teaching her mixed media art and techniques. She also travels and teaches around the world to other creative spirits. She and her husband also own Scarlet Lime and Scarlet lime BeadArt, two online stores the sell mixed media a jewelry products to her workshop customers. . Scarlet lime is a mixed Media Shop and Scarlet lime BeadArt offers unique jewelry kits and supplies.. Christy has been in the art industry for over 10 years: first working for a papercrafting manufacturer, and then for Scrapbooks Etc. Better Homes and Garden Magazine as an editor. Christy loves reading, snowboarding, camping, Boating, surfing, and spending time with her family and friends. She is married to her best friend, Ben, for almost 17 years and loves that she gets to work with him every day. They have 6 awesome children.. five boys and one girl; ages ranging from 15 to 6. Christy also loves blogging and uses her blog as a way to share her art , offer tutorials and just her everyday life story. She feels blessed to be able to create art and support her family at the same time.

 

Make sure to check out Christy’s blog.

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

Christy Says:

 

the word friendship is evolved for me many times throughout my life. I remember my very best friend in Grade School, Suzi Q (that’s what I called her). We did everything together, we dressed alike, we wore each other’s clothes, we had the same teacher, we liked the same boys. We were best friends. Then as I moved, and got into high school, I soon found that I had several “best” friends.. girls that I bonded with, all in different ways, but truly had strong connections with. As I got older and married and our lives grew apart, I came to find that some of my closest friendships were my own family.. my husband, my sisters, my children, my parents. Friendships I didn’t realize were possible when I was a kid and thought my family was pretty much the vain of my existence! lol.. but it’s a wonderful thing to get older and mature and realize how important those people and relationships are in our lives. Over the past several years I have realized that we don’t have to live close to have strong friendships with others either. I was lucky enough to reconnect with an old friend from high school and realize that relationship we had in high school was just as strong if not stronger than ever. I also had the opportunity of finding friendship in an community of creative women.. WITH women who love and adore the same things as I do, but also women who I can share my soul with. It’s a rare find, when you find someone that you can trust yourself with. That you can be totall yourself, you can let them have all your good and all your bad and know. KNOW that they will not judge you for it. I have also realized that it’s important to let them help you be a better person.. that when they tell you things they worry them about you, or see things maybe you don’t see that you are doing to yourself or others.. that it’s only because they love you.. not because they want to bring you down. I was driving in the car once with one of my very closest friends.. and she turned to me and said.. you are my TRUE. .. and in that moment, I knew exactly what she meant. She meant that she could trust me, no matter what. She could give me her bad, her good, she could trust me to love her and always be there for her. Even when she wasn’t making the best decisions. She also knew that when she wasn’t, I would tell her so.. because that is what a true does. That has become a very sacred word for me over the last year.. TRUE. I have a very small handful of people I consider my Trues. Outside of my family, there are only a small few.. but it’s a beautiful things to find and have. I remember my sister once telling me, she was jealous of the friendships I had. When my dad died.. and my trues came and took me on a much needed road trip, I remember when I got back my sister telling me how blessed and lucky I was that I had friends like that in my life. She said, she didn’t.. she only had her family and that I should always remember how rare and special that is..

 

I have to admit that most of my experiences with friendship have COME through the creative community I am apart of. We are so blessed as creative woman to have communities where we can meet and share and get to know each other. We also understand each other and we “get” each other. While we may live miles apart.. or even oceans apart, we create these connections that bond us like nothing I have ever seen. Seriously.. have you? I can’t think of any other hobby that forms more friendships than the creative industry. Friendships, that are true and real and beautiful. Not to say every friendship or person we meet creates that connections.. there are so many different levels of friendships.. but I think we all in one form or another can honestly say we are pretty lucky to have each other in this awesome community we call art. And when I say art, I mean art in all forms.. papercrafting, mixed media, painting, photography, sewing.. cooking.. we are pretty lucky. Actually I like to use the word blessed. I created this piece of artwork, a simple background with the phrase.

 

She found TRUTH in them.. that is how my heart feels right now.. that I have found my trues.. and feel so blessed to continue to create new friendships and form new pockets of love in my life. I hope we all can embrace this wonderful creative thing we are apart of and be grateful for the friendships it has created as well. Friendship is a form of art. It comes in all shapes and sizes and colors and mediums.. it has no limits and no rules.. it constantly evolving and yet have major basic values we go back to again and again. Let’s always be grateful for the friendships we have and never stop looking to create more. It’s what life and art are made of.

 


Here are some interpretations of the catalyst from members of our team. Since this is our last one, I asked any old team members if they wanted to join in as well so you’ll see some of our older members here, too.

 

Amy:

 

Amy Says:

This drawing represents many levels of an important friendship for me. It embraces the comfort of the friendship, the shared inspiration and trust that underwrites the friendship, and the flow of friendship. Very few people know me well, and with very few people am I able to simply relax and be “me.” This drawing pays quiet tribute to one true friendship.

 

 


Fran:

 

Fran Says:

It took me until my 40s to actually feel comfortable enough with myself to share who I really am with other women. Oh, I had some friends, but not as true and dear as I do now. They have helped me to flower into a complete person with creative energy and a radiance I shared with few. My friends and I support each other and help each other bloom and grow – like flowers. Together we are a force to be reckoned with! Filled with love, creativity, and support, my friends have grown to being part of my family.

 

 


Julie:

 

Julie Says:

My Mom is my best friend. Wherever we go, whatever we do, we always have a good time together!

 

 


Karen:

 

Journaling Reads:

I have many good friends and I know I will have more in my lifetime but none of them will ever measure up to you. you have always been and will always be my very best friend in the whole world. The only person who’s seen me in my ups and downs and still loves me with all of his heart and accepts me for who I am. I am so very grateful that we have found each other. I love you madly.

 

 


Larissa:

 

Larissa Says:

Friends are special people in our lives. In this scrapbook layout I wanted to tell about one adorable person, Luciana, a friend of mine that was able to change my life with beautiful colors. Unforgettable as all the time I worked for Creative Therapy

 

 


Opal:

 

Opal Says:

My friend remembers the words to my song when I forget….

 

 


Rachel:

 

Rachel Says:

For my layout, I chose to celebrate the life of a dear friend who passed away this summer. I know that the prompt is to tell you about a friend who I currently have, and in thinking upon who I wanted to acknowledge and celebrate I couldn’t help but always come back to my friend, Ganai Silverwolfe. I celebrate her today because even though she is physically gone from this earth, I’ve never felt her more with me each day than I do now.

 

Ganai, without ever really knowing it, taught me more about life than anyone I can think of, short of my own mother. She never let me get away with my tendency to be closed off and guarded with other people. She was always genuinely HAPPY to see me, even when I wasn’t happy to be in my own skin. She showed by her example how to live life fully and intently and with absolute clarity, with a song in her heart and nothing but dancing in her steps. She challenged me, she encouraged me and she loved me at the times when I needed it the most. She was a mother, a daughter, a sister, a friend, a mentor, an artist, an activist and an ardent supporter of her community around her.

 

I miss her physical presence every day, but I am grateful to know that she is not gone, because I FEEL her with me everyday. In the laughter and joy in my daughter, in the moments of carefree living room dancing, coffee with good friends, holding the hand of my husband and especially in those quiet times of contemplation and reflection. I am a better person because I’ve known her and still carry her with me. These pictures of her capture her in her purest, most joyful element, dancing to the local music she loved and supported so much… absolutely infecting all of us around her with her passion, her beauty and her joy.

 

 


Shelley:

 

Shelley Says:

The best friendship I have right now and have always had is my friendship with my daughter. I love everything about this girl. She is true, genuine, kind, smart, empathetic, sweet, and so much more. I love that we can disagree and 2 minutes later it’s like it never happened. I love that we can talk to each other about anything….and we do. I love that we enjoy being around each other. Even at 22 she loves being with me! We both know we would do anything for each other and we do. Her friendship is the most precious to me and I am so blessed to have such a beautiful daughter who is also my best friend.

 

 


Wendela:

 

Wendela Says:

Tell something about a friendship you currently have….my first thought is..share! Sharing your feelings, I think it’s a good base for friendship.

 

 


Now it’s your turn: show us your therapeutic art around “Tell us about a friendship you currently have.” 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 month, enjoy each and every moment.

 

 



Catalyst One Hundred and Thirty-Four
August 17, 2011, 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 one hundred and thirty-four:

 

What’s a cause you believe in (or a charity you support)? Why?

 

We’re thrilled to have Pixie Campbell as this week’s Guest Artist.

 

Here’s a quickie self-bio for Pixie:

 

My purpose as an artist is to unlearn everything I think I know about art and life, in order to experience it in a raw, truthful way. Armed with a strong drive to explore beyond all of of my safe limits and stories, I enjoy pushing my edge, while improving my practice of self-care. I create to open my heart, heal, stretch, grow, goldmine for insights, share, and connect. I create to model a safe way of expressing that which there are no words for to my young cubs.

 

Pixie teaches an online e-course which just started for the summer but there’s a fall session coming up in a few months. She also has an etsy shop and make sure to check out Pixie’s blog.

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

Pixie Says:

 

I have a strong belief that if we protect the most wild of creatures, we will honor the original Wild in ourselves. I’ve spent most of my creative days finding ways to get in touch with the wildest aspects of myself. I have ten years of experience in Native American shamanism, and being native, I’ve come to accept that being at one with nature brings me closer to my authentic expressions. What inevitably comes out when I paint or craft are messages from the animals, from my deep, intuitive Self. The animals that come forward have otherworldly insights which allow me to heal parts of myself and, with hope, speak to the viewer in a similar manner. In this process, by allowing myself to leave my left brain behind, or what appears as a cityscape in much of my work, I can honor and appreciate my messy imperfections, but with trust that I will find my way, as the wild ones do. I often donate proceeds of my work to Defenders of Wildlife or other causes that protect native species such as wolves, grizzly bears and bobcats because urbanization pushes them to be misunderstood and eventually exterminated. The animals have much to teach us just by showing us how they do life without the clutter of modern-day obstacle thinking.

 

Title of piece: Faith, 2011. I used watercolors, masking tape and a book page from Call of the Wild, on maple board to create this piece and tried to allow the work to flow out without a plan, without judgment. I resisted critiquing it or comparing it to my other work.

 


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

 

Amy:

 

Amy Says:

There are many causes I support and in which I believe — heavy ones, big ones, philosophical ones, political ones, medical ones. But for this catalyst, I decided to focus on bird awareness, conservation, and preservation. On a large-scale level, supporting an organization like the National Audubon Society helps raise awareness and protect at-risk birds and wildlife. On a personal level, taking time to notice and really “see” the birds and wildlife around us has the power to transform us on the inside. Go on… stop for five minutes today and see what birds you might discover! The birds in this drawing are puffins… an amazing example of the diversity, beauty, and art in different species.

 

 


Fran:

 

Fran Says:

One of the causes I believe in is that basic health care is a right. Everyone should have access to basic preventative and acute health care services. It’s just the right thing to do.

 

 


Julie:

 

Julie Says:

I am on a personal mission to pay it forward and spread the mantra of kindness around the world. It’s so easy to let yourself become annoyed or even enraged by those around you — strangers, acquaintances, or those closest to you. I say, be kind and generous because you never know what someone else is going through. Whether it’s something big like a recent death in the family, or something small like their boss yelled at them, what does it hurt to give them the benefit of the doubt and meet a scowl with a smile? You never know, you might change their day!

 

 


Karen:

 

Karen Says:

There are many causes I feel passionate about but at the very top of the list is education. I believe a high quality education can make all the difference in a person’s life. I think that all kids should have access to and deserve a good education. With that, one can achieve a lot in life and go farther than many others. There is a gap and we need to fix it.

 

 


Opal:

 

Opal Says:

I support the effort to eat fresh, local, organic, and seasonal foods. I believe by doing this, I am supporting the local farmers in the Skagit Valley.

 

In the fall, there is an event called Farm to Fork. It’s intent is to bring awareness to the goodness of locally produced foods. It is that concept that inspired my piece. I wanted the suggestion of a typical local fruit stand with the screaming colors and voice of beautiful fresh produce and local products.

 

Pieced and raw edged collage, machine and hand quilted, with a few tiny beaded embellishments.

 

 


Shelley:

 

Shelley Says:

I am a big supporter of several groups: Special Olympics, Best Buddies, and most recently Spread the word to end the word. This is a group dedicated to ending the insensitive use of the “R” word as they put it. That word being retard. I have a son who has been diagnosed with mental retardation and Autism. I am his greatest advocate and these groups allow me to interact with others facing similar diagnoses and celebrate our special kids. The word used in my wall hanging are those used in Spread the Word campaign. Special Olympics has allowed my very athletic son to participate and excel in areas he might not otherwise have had a chance. Best Buddies is an organization through his school that paired him with a “buddy” and gave him access to hanging out with others his age and attending fun school events that he might not otherwise have experienced. I am so grateful to these organizations for helping us parents and special needs individuals be the best they can be and to experience life like everyone else!

 

 


Wendela:

 

Wendela Says:

This time I made a card, a card for a new born baby boy. It makes me thinking about a Dutch agency for Christian counseling unexpected pregnancies. They believe in the sanctity of life and they believe that life begins at conception. They can listen to the needs of mostly young single women facing an unexpected pregnancy and provide answers to many of the questions they have about adoption, abortion or parenting a child often a little or no costs. It’s for me a good charity to support!

 

 


Now it’s your turn: show us your therapeutic art around “What’s a cause you believe in (or a charity you support)? Why?” 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 month, enjoy each and every moment.

 

 



Catalyst One Hundred and Thirty-Three
July 20, 2011, 5:00 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 thirty-three:

 

Do you have a favorite or important family recipe?

 

We’re thrilled to have Susy Waters as this week’s Guest Artist.

 

Here’s a quickie self-bio for Susy:

 

My technique is to draw, scan, use photoshop(I am self taught) still only know about 1%. I am 49 .married happily. We are English. I have lived here 23 years and have two children Rosey, 22, and Jasper, 20. I love my type of work. It’s changed a bit with magazines closing. (I used to work for gourmet quite a bit) but now am working for crate and barrel, publishers, textile companies, and along with a Bengali folk tale that will be published in 2013! Right now i am juggling new designs for crate, poster for a company called wild apple and having pillow cases and tea towels printed by my collaborating printer friend Rod Carruthers in Florida.

 

 

 

Make sure to check out Susy’s blog.

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

Susy’s thoughts in a picture (click to enlarge):

 

 

 


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

 

Amy:

 

Amy Says:

This recipe for Beet Soup is not a family recipe that has been handed down, but maybe it will be. This is a recipe I consider important in my collection of recipes “I make” as it is one of the first soups I made. It is also a recipe that showed me that when it comes to soup, it’s okay to vary amounts and ingredients and “experiment.” Soup is forgiving. And, soup is something you can make for yourself, even if no one else eats it. You’ll have food for “you” for several days! That this soup turns a lovely shade of pink when the sour cream is added is also wonderful! (Note: my quantities vary greatly from the recipe on which this soup is based.)

 

 


Julie:

 

Julie Says:

This is one of the things that I always insist my Mother make when I visit her. Even though I have the recipe, it never tastes as good when I make it as when she makes it! And I associate so many happy childhood memories with eating matzo brie!

 

 


Karen:

 

Karen Says:

I thought a lot about this catalyst. My first hunch was to make it on mousse chocolat or gateaux salami, both of which my grandmother made for me each time I came to visit. It was her way of showing me how much she loved me and how much she missed me. But as the weeks passed, I decided I wanted to make this one about my family and the recipe of laughter and joy that these family photos have brought to me. I don’t cook so I will not be leaving my two sons any recipes for them to continue to pass down. But if I can pass down the power of laughter and joy as my recipe for a fulfilled and happy life and family, I will consider it a success.

 

 


Opal:

 

Opal Says:

The one recipe that creates the most discussion with my daughters is my mom’s potato salad recipe. Once I asked her to write down her recipe for us, and she looked at me and said, “Opaljean – you don’t need a recipe for potato salad. All you need are 4 potatoes, 3 hard cooked eggs, 2 sweet pickles, onion, mayo and mustard.” But she did write it down with a bit of attitude. This piece honors my mom’s potato salad. The recipe, in her handwriting, is photocopied on fabric and anchored under a potato. The salt grains are tiny crystals. The polka dots are for mom.

 

 


Shelley:

 

Shelley Says:

It is our tradition that every Sunday night we have pizza. My family did this and I have passed the tradition down to my kids. Most times we make homemade pizza but if I am too tired we opt for Pappa Murphy’s! 90% of the time we make homemade pizza and this is a little project I made using cds, some plastic cd protectors, and some scrapbooking materials. I recorded the actual instructions on how we make our homemade pizza on the back of each cd with a marker. Homemade pizza is so yummy and we like adding ingredients that we like to it. Most times it’s just cheese but there is nothing like the smell and taste of our Sunday night pizza!

 

 


Wendela:

 

Wendela Says:

My favorite family recipe is a cookie receipt I got from my mom! So easy with flour, baking soda, and a little milk and butter. You can add chocolate chips if you want or chopped ginger ….yummie!!!!

 

 


Now it’s your turn: show us your therapeutic art around “Do you have a favorite or important family recipe?” 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 month, enjoy each and every moment.

 

 



Catalyst One Hundred and Thirty-Two
June 15, 2011, 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 thirty-two:

 

What’s one lesson you would give a married couple? Or if you’re not married, what’s an advice someone gave you?

 

We’re thrilled to have Suzy Plantamura as this week’s Guest Artist.

 

Here’s a quickie self-bio for Suzy:

 

Suzy Plantamura is a scrapbooking and photography addict. She has been on the Creating Keepsakes Dream Team for the past three years which gives her the opportunity to complete lots of challenging assignments, write some articles, and do video tutorials. She also designs for American Crafts and MAMBI. She loves to take photos of her two girls who are 9 and 11 and her cockapoo puppy. Suzy lives close to the beach and spends much of her free time hanging out there with the kids. Her blog is titled LIVING MY DREAM as she is truly living her dream by being a full time mommy and a part time scrapper!

 

Make sure to check out Suzy’s blog.

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

Journaling Reads:

“Love” is a DECISION. A marriage counselor told me this while I was married to Thane’s dad and I didn’t believe him. I figured if I was no longer feeling it, the relationship was over – that you couldn’t make yourself love someone. But after two divorces and thirteen years of marriage to Tom, I have learned a few things about the feeling of love! All marriages are going to have happy times and hard times. All men will disappoint you at some point. No one is perfect. And love may ebb and flow. If you are truly committed to your relationship, you will learn to love “the one you’re with”. Because loving someone with all their imperfections in an unconditional way IS a decision.! You have to be 100% committed. You have to embrace and appreciate your differences. You have to work on improving yourself, not your partner. You have to realize love is not a fairy tale and no man is going to be your perfect prince charming. If you are in love at one time, you can usually feel that emotion again if you allow yourself. But you have to decide to and focus on the good in the other – the things you fell in love with. If you want to have one of those wonderful relationships you believe exist in your heart, it takes work. And when you give your heart and let disappointments go and love your spouse for who they are, you will find the “true love” you are looking or. It starts within YOU! And it can last a life time and beyond. Make the decision to love!.

 

Suzy Says:

I wanted to document the things I have learned about love over the past 30 years! As a teenager, I believed that I would meet the perfect man, know he was my soul mate and we would live happily ever after! I had NO idea that relationships were hard and that I would get hurt and disappointed. I ended up going through two divorces by the age of 30! But I turned my mistakes into wisdom and knowledge and vowed I would learn how to have a successful relationship. And I do. Because I have changed. Not because I found the perfect person (although he is pretty close)!!!

 

Technique Highlight:

For my title I wanted the word LOVE to really stand out. I used the biggest chipboard letters I have and outlined them with baker’s twine. I layered paper and stickers along the top and bottom of the layout and stitched some in place to “frame” the page.I used a piece of patterned paper that resembled notebook paper and used a Fiskars border punch along the edge so it appeared to be torn from a notebook. I wanted the journaling to be the focus of the layout, so I kept the photos small.

 

 


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

 

Amy:

 

Amy Says:

Make time. Be careful.

 

 


Carole:

 

Carole Says:

The most important thing I can pass onto my daughter and son would be to trust your future partner, and to love and respect them, for me this is something that is so important to Mike and I in our marriage together, 24 years in October.

 

 


Fran:

 

Fran Says:

My husband and I have been happily married for 19 years this month. We attribute it to having a true partnership based on friendship and respect. The most important and smartest thing I ever did was to marry my best friend. There is no one in the world I”d rather tell news to, talk to, sit quietly with, and share life experiences with. We encourage each other to reach for our dreams and to be the best we can be.

 

 


Julie:

 

Julie Says:

My sweet husband and I have been together since 1996 when we met in college. Fourteen years together and I think our relationship is stronger than it has ever been. Someone once told me: Be kinder than you feel. And it has really worked for us!

 

Like any two people we have bad days that follow us home. But being kind and being met with kindness ensures that no bad mood lingers. And even a simple trip to the grocery store can be made sweeter with kindess. For instance, John always carries the heavy grocery bags home and allows me to simply stroll beside him. Or I know that he hates cleaning up after he cooks, so I’ll offer to wash the dishes, even though it’s certainly not my favorite thing either. And in the end, we usually end up doing them together!

 

Every time your partner meets you with kindness, you remember exactly why you fell in love with that person in the first place! It’s so nice to know that someone cares enough about you to take the time to be kind. So that’s my message in a nutshell: be kind.

 

 


Karen:

 

Karen Says:

Many people I’ve met over the years have given me relationship and marriage advice but I think it too often depends on the dynamics of each couple. The one thing I’ve learned from my personal experience is that it’s never about 50/50. Sometimes one person needs more help or attention and sometimes it’s the other. you go with the flow and always give 100% without keeping score. If each of you do that, it’s a good path for happiness.

 

 


Opal:

 

Opal Says:

My advice would be to “Bloom where(ever) you are planted” – a quote made famous by Mary Engelbreit. As I shared with others my response to this catalyst, I was amazed at the different interpretations of that quote. And so I leave it open to you …and let my artwork speak for itself. My piece is a tiny quilt, stripped pieced around the unfolding petals of a flower…tendrils of gold loops and swirls twist and turn upwards as the flower is connected, yet free to bloom in its space.

 

 


Wendela:

 

Wendela Says:

Listen to each other, and you become closer at heart …

 

 


Now it’s your turn: show us your therapeutic art around “What’s one lesson you would give a married couple? Or if you’re not married, what’s an advice someone gave 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 month, enjoy each and every moment.

 

 



Catalyst One Hundred and Thirty-One
May 18, 2011, 4:00 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 thirty-one:

 

Describe or show yourself at this point in your life.

 

We’re thrilled to have Susannah Conway as this week’s Guest Artist.

 

Here’s a quickie self-bio for Susannah:

 

Susannah Conway is a photographer, writer and the creator of the Unravelling e-courses. A Polaroid addict and very proud aunt, she is currently hard at work on her first book, to be published in the spring of 2012.

 

Make sure to check out Susannah’s blog and her twitter Registration for the most recent Unravelling class was on May 7th and the next one opens in August.

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

Susannah Says:

Spring has arrived here in the UK and it’s not a moment too soon. I’ve just spent the last five months writing my first book, and sent the completed manuscript to my editor on April 1st. Even though I have a whole stack of projects that are needing my attention I feel strangely adrift, as if the book anchored me in my days and now it’s gone I have nothing to hold on to.

 

Right now I am existing in the in-between space, like the blue sky between the blossoms I shot on Polaroid three days after my deadline. I’m wide-open and free, yet also expectant and full of nerves. Will my editor like the book? What’s going to happen in the editing process, when we work together to polish the words? Spring is the perfect metaphor for this process — how the blossom is so full of life and promise (the first draft), to be followed by the ripening in the summer sunshine (the editing), then the harvesting in the autumn (the final book). There is so much to play for, so much good stuff to come, I will take my cue from nature and let everything unfold in its own time.

 

 


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

 

Amy:

 

Amy Says:

I had my son take a number of photos as I considered this catalyst. I wanted to do something totally different, in fabric, and there is a half-started self-portrait on my design wall with a “pirate’s eye” in place. But, in the end, this drawing summarizes the “now” of me. It’s not a totally relaxed moment. It’s subtle, but the pose captures the waiting, the watching, and the sense of being alert and a bit on the edge. At the same time, I see in it the desire and gradual move toward acceptance, grace, and peace.

 

 


Anna:

 

Anna Says:

Who am I now? A Woman – wife and daughter in one, someone who (I hope) found her own path and tries to follow it. My parents are surprised by decisions I made and goals I found for myself, but I feel it is right. So here I am: independent spirit, addicted to creating and finding pleasure in expressing hereself in paper art.

 

 


Fran:

 

Fran Says:

This is a close-up of a silk scarf I painted. It really depicts me as I am right now: brightly colored, cheerful, confident, flexible and loose with my boundaries.

 

 


Julie:

 

Julie Says:

This is a quilt that I call “Possibilities.” I wove strips of fabric together and added lots of hand stitching and beading to represent the journey I’ve taken so far. The large yellow square represents something new on the horizon — a door or a portal to a new adventure! I am in the midst of making some changes to my life. Lots of changes! And exciting new possibilities lurk on the horizon!

 

 


Karen:

 

Karen Says:

It might not be sexy but what I feel more than anything at this moment is so very content. I feel like I am full of peace and joy but I also feel calm. I feel my career, my family, my art, and life in general are exactly where I wish them to be at this moment. And I do not take that for granted for a second. I work out daily. I spend time with my kids. I do all my work and fulfill my obligations. But I also know I am so lucky. And things will change. Tougher times will come. So I celebrate this moment of contentment.

 

 


Larissa:

 

Larissa Says:

I painted a canvas sheet as part of an inspiration journal in which you can see myself locked in the highest tower of the castle I built watching time goes by while not being able to escape. To create it I transferred a my picture onto canvas and painted my background using stencils, glimmer mists and distress ink. After that I aded some embellishments as paper cutouts, bling and flowers.

 

 


Opal:

 

Opal Says:

It came to me in a giddy moment. I saw myself as a “fish out of water,” looking beyond the familiar to what might be: the who’s, what’s, and where’s…if only in sporadic deep breaths of curiosity and courage. She is dressed in her shiny best, reflecting the light above, with a bit of seaweed wrapped around her body… ‘Fish’ is quilted with gold thread. Her body was created with fused bits of ‘prom’ fabrics from my stash. Torn strips of cotton, aptly named In The Beginning, create the water. Hand and machine quilted. 18″ x 18″

 

 


Shelley:

 

Shelley Says:

My life right now is consumed with my family, home, and crafting. I love where I am right now in life. I have embraced the ebb and flow of life and it’s ups and downs. I concentrate my energy on my family and my love to create. These things make me happy! I love to use second hand items in my projects. Here I used a vintage frame and removed the glass. I covered the back piece with canvas and then added other second hand items and some lovely scrapbooking items as well. I wanted to combine my love for family and creating in this piece.

 

 


Wendela:

 

Wendela Says:

How describe myself at this time of my life…: A mommy… A wife…An artist…A teacher…

 

 


Now it’s your turn: show us your therapeutic art around “Describe or show yourself at this point in your life.” I urge you to give it a try. It can be any form of art as long as it speaks to you.

 

Leave us comments with your work 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 month, enjoy each and every moment.

 

 



Catalyst One Hundred and Thirty
April 13, 2011, 5:00 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 thirty:

 

Tell us about a favorite or special piece of clothing.

 

We’re thrilled to have Stacy Cohen as this week’s Guest Artist.

 

Here’s a quickie self-bio for Stacy:

 

I live in Los Angeles, California with my loving husband and our two wonderful little daughters. My girls are the inspiration for all my creative projects . . . I call them my little muses. I work part-time as a health insurance agent. It’s the perfect part-time career because my hours are flexible and I have plenty of time to spend with my family with enough extra time for scrapping.

 

I started scrapbooking in September of 2004 and I have been hooked ever since. Scrapbooking is my hobby, passion and creative outlet. I always say, “It’s cheaper than therapy!” I’m a very slow scrapper, often spending several nights on one layout. I love to fuss over all the little details and get everything just right. I would define my scrapping style as romantic with a touch of shabby chic, and my pages just don’t feel complete without a flower (or two, or three or four). My work has been published in Creating Keepsakes, Scrapbooks Etc., Scrapbook Trends, Memory Makers, Somerset Memories, Cards, Simply Handmade, Scrapbook Inspirations, and Scrapbooking m.m. I am currently on the design teams for Creating Keepsakes Magazine, Prima and Shimmerz.

 

Make sure to check out Stacy’s her blog.

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

Stacy’s Journaling Says:

Nothing signifies comfort to me more than my soft and cozy Dearfoams slippers. I wear them at all times when I’m at home. The first thing I do when I walk in the house is take off my shoes and put on my slippers. They are the last thing I take off when I go to bed at night and the first thing I put on when I wake up in the morning. I’ve been wearing this same style and color of Dearfoams slippers for almost a decade, and I’ve worn out quite a few pairs over the years. I usually buy two pairs at a time so that I’ll always have an extra pair should one pair wear out. Combined with a thick pair of white socks, my feet are very happy inside these cushiony slippers, even in the hot summer months. They are on me all the time — while preparing meals for my family, while talking to clients on the phone, while cleaning the house, and of course while I’m scrapbooking. I never thought about it until now, but they are like a trusty old friend, always providing me comfort. I’d wear them everywhere if I could, even out to public places (and I’ve actually done that a couple times by accident). If you’re listening, Dearfoams Corporation, thank you for making such comfortable slippers. Please don’t ever stop making style number DF672, color black. They are my hands down favorite thing to wear.

 

Technique Highlight:

One simple technique I can share is my process for carving out a spot in a journaling block for a photo or other object. Many people probably already know how to do this, but some others might not. It took me a long time to figure it out! To carve out a spot in the journaling block for my photo, I first cut my photo into a circle and matted it. Then I typed my journaling in a straight column. After I finished typing, I made sure my screen view was set to 100%. I placed the photo circle on my computer screen exactly where I wanted it to overlap the journaling column. Using the space and enter bars, I manually adjusted the margins so that the words fit around my circle. Voila! A perfect fit!

 

 


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

 

Amy:

 

Amy Says:

I considered doing a drawing that shows a piece of clothing that fits what I “wish” was my reality and embodies the softness I hope to someday settle into. But in the end, I stuck with reality, which means “basic,” “classic,” “everyday,” and “functional.” It’s pretty easy to describe what I wear day in and day out, and there are several “staple” items in my wardrobe, items that I have in many colors. For example, I have the same button-up cardigan in several colors. I also have the same down vest in several colors, but the black one, shown here, is the one I wear most often

 

 


Anna:

 

Anna Says:

My favorite piece of clothing are my shoes… maybe it is funny but almost all of my shoes are one brand: El Naturalista. After I bought my first pair – I fell in love: they are very comfortable, made with natural skin – and all the designs are just simply cool. The second important thing is they really care both for customers and their workers… well, the unly bad side is the price, which is relativley high – but on the other hand they are really durable and well made :) I’ve got 7 pairs of them now. I wear them everyday… they are just perfect for me:).

 

 


Carole:

 

Carole Says:

These booties are so very special, these were the very first purchase I made once I had found out that I was pregnant with my first Child Sarah. I have kept them all these years. I remember the day I bought them, I was so excited to find them and I thought they were so adorable, at the time I didn’t know if I was having a boy or girl, but it didn’t matter I had to have them and now I have created this 8 x 8 layout which I will frame.

 

 


Fran:

 

Fran Says:

My most prized possession are my comfortable jeans – Lucky Brand jeans. I have two pair and I wash them and wear one pair almost every day. One of the best things is that I bought them at a second-hand store! They’re comfortable, worn in, and they’re the smallest size I’ve been since I was in college!

 

 


Julie:

 

Julie Says:

Three Muses: These are the three aprons that I wear when creating. You can find me in them most hours of most days. They are my uniform. I made all three of them, so when painting them I was very aware of the unique shape and details of each. I had a lot of fun re-creating the patterned fabric of each apron. I showed the painting to my Mother who immediately said, “It’s your aprons!” I love that this painting is now sitting in my studio and my three muses are watching over me!

 

 


Karen:

 

Karen Says:

I have saved this pair of jeans for 21 years. They traveled with me from Turkey to Pittsburgh to New York to San Diego and to the Bay Area. People told me to throw them out several times. “You can never fit the jeans you wore at 17.” I heard again and again. But I couldn’t bear to give up. And now that I am finally losing all this weight, I can finally fit into them once again (they don’t close just yet but still.) miracles do happen.

 

 


Larissa:

 

Larissa Says:

I wanted to create art inspired by Pierrot collars. I created a canvas as part of an inspiration journal thinking that, no matter what I wear, I always look like the sad clown. Unmasked. To create it I transfered a vintage image onto my canvas and painted my background using stencils, glimmermists and distress ink. After that I aded some embellishments as chipboards, blings and flowers.

 

 


Opal:

 

Opal Says:

My favorite thing to wear?….my Lucky jeans, of course! The piece is built around the back label and loosely woven with bits of my favorite color I wear with my favorite jeans. “Lucky You” is the label from the fly, The strips of Lucky are stitched with little X’s in orange thread.

 

 


Shelley:

 

Shelley Says:

My piece of favorite clothing would have to be my slippers. I can not endure having cold feet. So I did a quick layout featuring them. The title is “there’s nothing like a good pair of slippers”! And the journaling reads “Here in the Midwest the Winter seems to last forever! Even though I have lived here most of my life I still am not use to the cold! That being said, I LOVE my cozy slippers! They are my go-to footwear when the temps begin to drop. And if I have to run errands that don’t require me to get out of my car…you can find them on me! They stay with me From September until April. During that time you can always find me in my favorite slippers.” I actually have them on as I am typing this and my feet are nice and cozy and warm! :)

 

 


Wendela:

 

Wendela Says:

Here’s my fav piece of clothing. It’s my apron! Made this specially for crafting and/or housekeeping. I love to wear a beautiful handmade and romantic apron instead of a boring ugly one. I does the laundry with a big smile…lol…!

 

 


Now it’s your turn: show us your therapeutic art around “Tell us about a favorite or special piece of clothing.” 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 month, enjoy each and every moment.

 

 



Catalyst One Hundred and Twenty-Nine
March 16, 2011, 4:00 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 twenty-nine:

 

What is a family keepsake you have or hope to have?

 

We’re thrilled to have Melissa Manley as this week’s Guest Artist.

 

Here’s a quickie self-bio for Melissa:

 

Melissa Manley has worked in whatever medium was available since childhood. She has a BA in Studio Art from UNC Wilmington and recieved her Masters of Fine Arts in Metal Design at East Carolina University in 2006. While at ECU, Melissa studied under nationally recognized enamellist Linda Darty as well as Robert Ebendorf, one of the godfathers of found object jewelry in the United States. Melissa specializes in jewelry and small vessels in silver, copper and enamel and sometimes incorporating natural objects gleaned from her kayak adventures in the waters around her coastal home. Melissa has taught workshops in collage, watercolor, book altering and jewelry classes at art retreats for the past nine years. She currently teaches metalsmithing at Cape Fear Community College in Wilmington, NC. Her work has appeared in Somerset Studio magazine, Crafting Personal Shrines by Carol Owen, The Fine Art of Enameling by Linda Darty, Making Connections by Susan Lenart Kazmer, Collage Lab by Bee Shay and 500 Enameled Objects by Lark Books. And Melissa is the featured artist in the year’s Winter edition of Belle Armoire Jewelry. Look for her book “Jewelry Lab: 52 Experiments, Investigations and Explorations in Metal” by Quarry Press coming in 2011.

 

Make sure to check out Melissa’s site and make sure to visit her blog, and her etsy shop.

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

Melissa Says:

My family has passed to me the love of artifact. We are a tribe of collectors, lovers of history, and treasure. I also grew up with rich story telling around the table and a deep respect for ancestry which heirlooms reinforced. My mother displays our collections all over the house from her own collections to the natural treasures my brothers and I gleaned in our rampaging through woods and along creek banks. We are of Miami descent. Francis La Fontaine, or Topeah the last principle chief of the Myaamia (Miami) People of the Crane, was one of my grandfathers. There is a peace pipe that was passed to my father and when I saw this catalyst, I thought instantly that the pipe would be my inspiration for a piece of art or jewelry. I asked my father about it and he brought it out. I learned that it is surrounded by mystery and has nothing to do with my Miami heritage at all! The pipe is a “calumet” or red stone peace pipe. It is two long carved pieces held together by a short hollow piece of turkey bone. The legend is that my father had an uncle who was a traveling salesman. On a trip out west he bought the pipe in 1936 for the princely sum of $100 to add to his collection of pipes. The seller told him that the pipe was found in a burned Spanish fort on the Red River, east of Wichita Falls, Texas in the 1850’s. The pipe is indeed discolored all down one side, as if it had been buried during a fire, with one side protected. I love history, I love the old west and I do love a mystery. Here was all three!

 

Calumets or peace pipes were often carved of a dull red, mottled stone named by the white men, catlinite after George Catlin an artist and writer who lived among the Native Americans. Pipestone is found mainly in Minnesota, the Dakotas, and in Canada. It is easily carved and is the rich red color of the Coteau des Prairies, west of the Big Stone Lake in South Dakota. Traditionally, the pipestone quarries were neutral ground among warring peoples as multiple nations often journeyed to this quarry to obtain the sacred pipestone. Calumet were communally smoked in formal situations to give sacred depth to the encounter, such as an important trade event or when entering into a covenant or treaty. When the ceremonial pipes were first encountered by European settlers, who traded among the eastern tribes, they gave them the name “calumet”. The word’s origins are in the French “chalumet” which traces back to the Latin “calamus”, and the Greek “kalamos,” both of which mean “reed” or “pen.”

 

The legend of our pipe refers to a Spanish fort on the Red River. When doing a piece of artwork with meaning, I love researching and reading first. In a search of “Spanish fort” on the Red River, I found Spanish Fort, TX now mostly a ghost town situated on the Red River near Wichita Falls, Texas! Eureka! In the 18th century the Taovaya were the indigenous peoples living there. In 1759, Spanish troops under Diego Ortiz Parilla tried to claim the territory after a Taovaya and Comanche raid on the San Saba mission. Expecting this retaliation, the Taovaya had built a large fort with a moat. The Taovaya also managed to capture a Spanish cannon and successfully repelled the Spanish. But fate will have its way and due to the contact with the Spanish, the Taovaya contracted small pox. Their population decimated, their remaining people left and merged with the Wichita tribe to the north, in Oklahoma. In the 1830s, American settlers found the remains of the fort in the fertile Red River valley. Since they thought it belonged to the Spanish, possibly because of the cannon, they named the “new” town Spanish Fort. The Chisholm Trail eventually cut its way to Spanish Fort, which then had a population of about 1,000. The crossing there at the river signaled the end of “civilized” territory and the beginning of untamed Indian lands. The town became the last stop on the trail for wine, women and song. Once the railroad came through it made the delights of Spanish Fort obsolete and the town dried up. So where did this pipe turn up? How did my uncle buy it? Spanish Fort was said to have rebounded in the 20’s with the discovery of oil. Whatever its story the pipe remains under glass, in a box at my parent’s house. Only to be taken out at special occasions gazed at, discussed and then put away.

 

I love the mottled surface of the stone, its patina, the tiny scratches of wear, its rich color. So fitting to me that it was found on the Red River. One could imagine the dark places this pipe was shared. I might envision its presentation, the silence as the skins that wrap it are unwound, the preparation of the tobacco. The smoke itself encircling the heads of the participants, weighing even the very air with the importance of the scene. When I hold it, it is heavy. How must its owner have felt its weight? Did he carry it in a bag on his side as his people followed a herd, or retreated from the edge of winter and its snow. Did he walk? Did its weight make a rhythm on his thigh in time with his step, reminding him of his role as its keeper? Or was it lashed to a travois with other sacred belongings? Did this travois leave a grooved trail through red dust, mud, or snow? Who gave it to him and how was it presented to him? Was it at the death of its prior keeper? What stories were told, by what fire about its origins? And how did he cease to be its keeper? How was it found in a burned fort, left behind, lost? Or even yet, who carved it? Was the maker young and talented, or old and seasoned? Was it carved as a gift? And was it carved by firelight, or by sunlight? How was the long tube through its middle carved? With two leather straps and a flint drill? The straps being worked back and forth, how many hours, days, would it have taken to drill such a stone? And what did the maker feel when the tip of the point broke through the last remaining bit of stone to reveal the inner soul of this pipe, its hollow spine? As a maker of things, I marvel at this sacred object and its manufacture. All created by hands alone, passed by hands to each keeper, polished by the oils of our skin. Do we leave something of ourselves on an object, some residue that we as simple, crude humans are blind to? Does some part of us see and know this past? Some deep part of me nods in the knowing of this carving, this making, then the smoking and using of it, and then passing it on as it lives past wars, peace treaties and burning of forts, past births, hunts and finally graves. How can one hold a weighty thing like this, with the sunlight filtering through the glass windows, and not dream of campfires and faintly hear the howl of wolves?

 

Here is an excerpt from the first section of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s “Song of Hiawatha”:

 

“From the river came the warriors,

Clean and washed from all their war-paint;

On the banks their clubs they buried,

Buried all their warlike weapons.

Gitche Manito, the mighty,

The Great Spirit, the creator,

Smiled upon his helpless children!

And in silence all the warriors

Broke the red stone of the quarry,

Smoothed and formed it into Peace-Pipes,

Broke the long reeds by the river,

Decked them with their brightest feathers,

And departed each one homeward,

While the Master of Life, ascending,

Through the opening of cloud-curtains,

Through the doorways of the heaven,

Vanished from before their faces,

In the smoke that rolled around him,

The Pukwana of the Peace-Pipe!”

 

About the necklace:

 

After toying with the thought of doing a mixed media piece, I decided I really wanted to make a necklace. The pipe’s segments were calling out to become beads. I would love to have purchased some pipestone and carved it myself, but once I made my decision it was too late for that. So I opted to make my beads out of polymer clay. I spent an afternoon working the clay and mixing in colors in an attempt to suggest the mottled colors of the stone. I searched the web for Native American music to play as I worked to get me in the mood. Themed music always helps! I chose to join the pieces with leather rather than chain. It seemed more appropriate and I love working with leather these days.

 

Technique Highlight:

As I designed the necklace I felt like the beads themselves needed a transition from the flat end to the leather strip. I decided they needed “endcaps” and made them out of silver sheet. I also liked the visual reference to Spanish silver and tying in the visual vocabulary of the old west. I first centerpunched a divot and drilled a hole in the sheet. I then used a circle template and scribed (scratched) a faint line around where the bead would get punched out, so that I could see where my design should go. I then stamped a radial design around my drilled hole and punched the circle out using a disc cutter for metal. I annealed the discs with heat so they’d be softer and domed the discs in a dapping block. You can find these dapping sets at Harbor Freight tools for about $30. Disc cutters unfortunately are more expensive around $100. The cheap ones just don’t work and are a waste. I know from having learned the hard way!

 

 


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

 

Amy:

 

Amy Says:

There are not many “things” waiting to be passed down in my family. The things I might wish I had for sentimental reasons are things that were given away long ago. A family member recently, however, gave my mother a tea set that had been my grandmother’s. This drawing combines that tea set and the bloom of yellow roses, a symbol that will always be something my mother and I associate with my grandmother.

 

 


Anna:

 

Anna Says:

The most valuable keepsakes I know are old photos of my family, which I keep collecting, scanning and then I incorporate into scrapbook pages. I love looking into young faces of my grandparents, aunts and uncles, it is magical to see my parents as small children, dressed up for family celebrations or gathered somewhere near the house, posing for a “special photo”. I’ve always wanted to have my own album with those family photos… and this project is a kind of realistion of this idea. Not so long ago I started doing small layouts on brown paper bags, including my favorite old photos. Now I made a cover and binded it all toghether, hoping for more pages to come. This album is my treasure, memories from the past which I can take in my hand. Priceless.

 

 


Carole:

 

Carole Says:

This photo of this special Ballerina was passed down to me from my loving Nan, this is a very special keepsake as it is not about the money value, more about who it has come from and how much it means to me. My Nan was the most wonderful lady that I loved being around and was always so kind and loving towards me growing up, I remember going to her home and I always enjoy being there.

 

I remember looking and loving this delicate Ballerina and thinking how beautiful she was, and maybe one day I could be like her. Well that did not eventuate, as we grow older things in our lives change, but to receive this from my Nan just before she passed away, will always be a special and wonderful Keepsake, and one I will treasure always, my Nan was a very special lady and I will always have her in my thoughts.

 

 


Fran:

 

Fran Says:

One of my fondest memories of my Grandma Betty is when she took me to her ceramics class at her condo. I don’t know what happened to the owl I painted, but I do remember Grandma painting a ceramic rabbi. I was so amazed by the gold paint she used and the face of the rabbi, deeply focused on his prayer book. When my Grandfather passed, I was given the ceramic rabbi. He has maintained a prominent spot in my home ever since. This drawing is of that statue. I used my iPad to draw, using the “harmonious” app.

 

 


Julie:

 

Julie Says:

I couldn’t think of a physical thing that I really wanted and that stood head-and-shoulders above anything else. But I am very clear on an emotional gift from my family that I hope I carry with me every day
and pass on to my future children: be unique. In a way, I do carry it with me every day because my middle name (Fei-Fan) means unique in Chinese. Being unique is about being authentic and true to yourself and it isn’t always easy. This painting is a good reminder to me to walk to the beat of my own drummer.

 

 


Karen:

 

Karen Says:

I am not one of those people who collects things to leave to my kids. I have the scrap albums which they may or may not want one day. The only thing I hope they will cherish and want to keep are the gratitude journals we’re keeping. I already cherish them deeply. Even keeping the practice of gratitude will be enough for me. I am so thankful we have these to look back upon.

 

 


Larissa:

 

Larissa Says:

Family keepsake? I don´t know… the farm was sold, jewelry stolen… but there´s something I want to keep: the artistic heritage I’ve got from my maternal grandmother, my aunt Ligia and my mother. Ever since I was little I saw them making art crafts, painting canvas and testing every new technique. And the message they transmitted me was that everything they expressed on their artistic works had the power of setting them free and bringing magic to their lives! I want my daughter to have these amazing colors in her life too!

 

Technique Highlight:

For this catalyst, I created a scrapbook layout which tittle was created with some ripped canvas peaces. I painted each one and them took photos of colored pencils and watercolors in the palette chosen to illustrate the happy colors I want my family to keep in their lives.

 

 


Opal:

 

Opal Says:

My piece this month renders a family heirloom and keepsake that has come home to me just weeks ago. This is the essence of my mom’s chair, a chair that I knew well growing up. It is where she read the morning paper, sipped her coffee, knitted, quilted, and crocheted, wrote letters, paid the bills, watched television and sometimes dozed. There were ‘antimacasars’ on the back and arms. It was always there..moved from house to home, from here and there, to rest home, passed on, loaned and stored, and as things go sometimes, returned to me by a chain of events. The chair now sits in the corner of my studio, bathed by the light from windows behind, and the warmth of memories. Except for a bit of fading on the deep maroon upholstery, it belies its age…I photographed the chair for a pattern, painted the homespun fabric, cut out the parts, and reassembled them with a bit of space in between to show the settling of time.

 

 


Shelley:

 

Shelley Says:

The family keepsake that I hope to have some day is my mom and dad’s collection of photo albums. Since I was a child they have taken photos and documented our lives in these albums. For every event in my children’s lives they have been there taking pictures and documenting it all. I can’t think of anything else more I would love to have than those albums and to pass them onto my children. Photography is a big part of my life and that of my family and I want to pass that on. I created this pillow using a photo I took of a vintage camera. I printed it on fabric and machined stitched it to upholstery fabric. I used some vintage lace and button and more of the upholstery fabric to make this little pillow.

 

 


Wendela:

 

Wendela Says:

I think it’s nesting! Love to be together with my family…a warm nest…. I made a nest form iron wire and pearl beads.

 

 


Now it’s your turn: show us your therapeutic art around “What is a family keepsake you have or hope to have?” 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 month, enjoy each and every moment.

 

 



Catalyst One Hundred and Twenty-Eight
February 16, 2011, 5:00 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 twenty-eight:

 

What are you (or would you be) giving your children that you wish you’d had?

 

We’re thrilled to have Tam Laporte as this week’s Guest Artist.

 

Here’s a quickie self-bio for Tam:

 

Tam (also known as willowing) has been doing art since she was very young. One of her proudest achievements in junior school was drawing a cat, and when she was 13 she produced a comic strip about a boy with an alien friend that everyone loved! She studied art in high school and proceeded to audition for 2 art academies in Holland for which she both got accepted. She didn’t enjoy it there very much, however, and left after a year. Since then she’s been a self taught artist who enjoys drawing girls with pink hair, giraffes, and swirly trees. She spent 10 years in london before moving to Sri Lanka for 2.5 years. It was there where her love for art journalling blossomed. Her art became increasingly more mixed media, messy, complicated and layered which is how she likes it now. At present she is a student of non-violent communication and lives with her partner, the magical Andy and her beautiful baby boy Dylan, in Brighton, England where she creates mixed media art daily. She likes pink bubblegum, avocados, humour and kindness. Tam has been running online art workshops since 2008!

 

Make sure to check out Tam’s ning site and you can also read an interview and her FAQ And, finally, make sure to visit her etsy shop.

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

Tam Says:

The immediate and obvious answer for me was: unconditional love & acceptance. I believe that if there was more unconditional love in the world, particularly for our little babes, the world would be a much less violent place. Instead we get conditional love; I love you if you tidy your room. I love you if you get good grades. I love you if you behave nicely, say please and thank you, do this, do that, don’t pick your nose etc etc. Instead, I’d love to hear something along the lines of: “I love you, no matter what. When I see your room being untidy I’m feeling a bit overwhelmed with all the mess, it’d make me so happy if you were willing to tidy your room, how would that be for you? (Peaceful discussion on how everyone’s needs could be met, not just mine, or the child’s). Non-violent communication embodies a way of being with other people (be they children or adults or in between) that allows unconditional love and acceptance while also getting to talk about and honour everyone’s needs. I really wish that’s what I’d had when growing up, so that’s what Andy and I aim to give Dylan. :) (More on non-violent communication: www.cnvc.org).

 

Technique Highlight:

Because Tam’s the coolest person ever, she made a video for all of you to see technique highlights as she works on this art piece. (You can click on the title in the video to watch it on YouTube, it will be much larger!)

 

 

 


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

 

Amy:

 

Amy Says:

Creativity and craft was always encouraged and celebrated and shared in my family. I hope my children say the same thing when they are grown. In addition to fostering his creative spirit at home, one thing I am thankful I am able to give to my son right now is the space to create in a weekly in-studio art class. I wasn’t able to get a photo of him in class that I could draw, but this portrait is of him, at this age, as a young artist.

 

 


Anna:

 

Anna Says:

As a child I was really lucky to have most of the things I really wanted. My parents were trying really hard to do it, despite the fact that were hard times in Poland and there were no pretty tous, fun free time acitivities and other possibilities. The only thing I was missing then were some srt lessons – my friends used to have them and I wanted them too, but in the same tome I had to attend english lessons… Oh well… When I’ll be having my own child, I’d try to do my best to provide it some kind of art education – if she or he will be willing to do it of course!

 

 


Carole:

 

Carole Says:

There isn’t too much I can say that I missed out on as a kid, my mum and dad where wonderful, the love and attention they gave their three children was amazing, but there is one thing that I wish that I could have persued and that was Music, we moved around a lot as kids so it was hard to get classes. My daughter really wanted to learn the flute, so this was something I wanted to make sure that I could do for her, and now she also plays the Piccolo and Piano, and is learning the Piano. Music is a big part of my daughters life, she absolutely loves it, and I am so very pleased she had the chance to learn.

 

 


Dina:

 

Dina Says:

I think maybe I had a charmed childhood…I can’t think of one thing I didn’t have that I want to give my children. In fact, what I try to do is give them things that I *did* have (like traveling the world).

 

 


Fran:

 

Fran Says:

I grew up in a home filled with addiction, fear, and violence. I left that situation and made a life for myself. I’m happily married, though we have no children. If I had children, I would create a safe, stable and secure home for them. One where they could thrive and truly blossom.

 

 


Julie:

 

Julie Says:

It’s a small art quilt (8.5×11″) titled “It’s Complicated.” I had a really blissful childhood and there is almost nothing that I wish I had had — except for maybe that proverbial pony. But my relationship with my Dad has grown complicated as I’ve gotten older. I love this photo of the two of us. He’s letting me shave with a razor (no blade) so that I can be just like him! That memory — that photo — is surrounded by all the other things that have happened between then and now (represented by the fabric beads). Little pods of memory.

 

 


Karen:

 

Karen Says:

When I was a little girl, my mom always worked. When I got home from school, she wasn’t there and it made me sad. I vowed back then that I would always be home for my kids when they came home and wanted to talk about their day. My mom was wonderful but I did wish she was around more.

 

 


Karola:

 

Karola Says:

I would give my daughter a sense of security and confidence that being a sensitive girl/woman is not a fault. That tears, dreams, emotions are important and there is always the place and time on it, regardless of what other people says. I would like my daughter be responsive and full of empathy, love to people and not things. To be beautiful in the inside. I’m gonna give her all of myself to be able to grow in this way and become good, sensitive girl.

 

 


Larissa:

 

Larissa Says:

Above all things, I want my daughter to have a proper education, a good cultural background, so I´m investing in a full time bilingual school for her, something my parents could not afford for me.

 

 


Lori:

 

Lori Says:

My parents were amazing parents. I do not have any regrets or wishes of changes. I think being a parent has taught me that we truly do our best and that regrets are a waste of time. One thing I did not learn when I was young was fiscal responsibility. I want to teach this to my children because I think it’s one of life’s most important skills.

 

 


Opal:

 

Opal Says:

The knitting basket was my mom’s. She was a knitter, and always had several projects going at one time. After she passed away, my daughter became interested in knitting. She asked if she could have Grandma’s knitting basket. Thinking I would never knit, I gave her the basket of mom’s knitting and crochet things, with bits of rolled yarns holding miles of memories and moments…I hadn’t even gone through the basket. I wish I had waited a bit longer. My daughter cherishes the basket, but I wish that I had it. Machine and hand quilted.

 

 


Shelley:

 

Shelley Says:

One thing I have given to my children that I wish I had learned earlier is tolerance. Having a son/brother with Autism has certainly changed the way we see people and life. It is a fact of our everyday lives that has made us who we are and dictates how we treat others and how we behave ourselves. It has shaped the way we live and the way we love.

 

 


Wendela:

 

Wendela Says:

I made a tag with the word FAITH on it. What I wish to give my children is FAITH! I got is from my parents, a great family treasure when I was young. And I would like to give that to my children! I made some spots with melted white candle wax, so cool to do. When it’s on my paper, I stamped on it with black stazon ink.

 

 


Now it’s your turn: show us your therapeutic art around “What are you (or would you be) giving your children that you wish you’d had?” 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 month, enjoy each and every moment.

 

 



Catalyst One Hundred and Twenty-Seven
January 19, 2011, 5:00 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 twenty-seven:

 

What’s your word or focus for 2011?

 

We’re thrilled to have Katie Kendrick as this week’s Guest Artist.

 

Here’s a quickie self-bio for Katie:

 

Katie lives along the Tahuya River in western Washington where she wanders the woods and rivers edges, listening to birds, lying in the hammock during the warm season, and marveling over rocks and sticks all year long. She teaches art/creativity workshops nationwide but is taking 2011 “off” to work on a book about her art due out in print in December 2011 She loves to work in a variety of mediums, to play and create alone and with others, and believes from the bottom of her heart that art continues to save her life each and every day..

 

Make sure to check out Katie’s blog and site.

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

Katie Says:

The word I have chosen to focus on in 2011 (we mutually chose one another, the word and I) is OPEN. The word gets down to the core of all the work I do in regard to myself; in order to see, feel, perceive accurately I must suspend judgement, the idea that I “know”, and open to the information that the universe if trying to communicate with me. That information is reflected in countless sources: difficult relationships with people I love, my every changing emotional landscape, the weather outside, the volatile world environment, birth and death. My intention is to allow the flow, to open to it, to experience it fully, so that I may find strength, courage, clarity, and love through the unending grace of the universe. I am a work in progress and I find compassion for myself in this place as well. The image that I’ve painted here in my journal is one that I see in my mind’s eye every day, this is my imagining as I sit in meditation as I send roots down into the earth from the bottom of my spine, roots that stabilize me. Here is where I send my difficult emotions, down those roots and into the earth where they are transmuted into pure love. I ask for and receive strength through golden light that flows from my roots deep in the earth up my spine and and into my whole self, infusing my heart with love and forgiveness. I find this practice to be a source of infinite stability, constant through all situations and emotions, I have only to ask. I also open to guidance and pure love and light of Source radiating and pulsating love through time and space, streaming down through the top of my head, filling me with love and light. This beautiful energy coming down through my head mingles with the earth energy coming up through the bottom of my spine and the combination provides the perfect balance of clarity and strength, all that I need for the day. It is as simple as tuning in, asking for guidance, being OPEN to the flow…. (FLOW was the word I focused on in 2010 and it was a powerful teacher).

 

Technique Highlight:

This image is painted to cover a two page spread in my journal. The journal is handmade and there is red duct tape connecting the two pages which i gessoed over. I had a clear image in my mind of what OPEN symbolized to me so I did a quick sketch and then began painting in some color with acrylic paint. I also glued some collage images down that had symbolic meaning for me and painted over them, integrating them into the whole (the roots and the door over the heart were images I added). I used stamped a spiral design over the body interior to break up the color some and to add another symbolic element. I used graphite pencil to highlight/darken areas when I was done.

 

 


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

 

Amy:

 

Amy Says:

I am notoriously private about my “word” for each year. I take it to heart. I nurture it. I listen to it and learn from it and try and see what it has to teach me during the year. In the years I have kept a “word,” the process of selecting a word has taken time. But each year it has been the right word. I use the word throughout the year in my work, dropping it here and there without revealing it as “the” word. 2011 will be no different. When I worked on this piece, I was saying goodbye to my word for last year. This piece is not about that word, and I didn’t know until I finished that this piece seems to be the bearer of a word for this year. I have heard this owl whisper words to me, and I have been listening. I feel sure this owl is a harbinger of this year, and while it may be a few weeks before I lay claim to the word for this year, there is something symbolic and mysterious in this owl’s eyes. I believe she knows.

 

 


Anna:

 

Anna Says:

I strongly hope that 2011 will be a good, creative year as in the end of the 2010 some new perspectives opened for me and now I need to follow them. My main problem is to believe I can really do it, it is all possible and my dreams may come true one day. So, to sum up: I have to remember that I’m good enough, it is time to believe in myself and follow my dreams. Fingers crossed!

 

 


Carole:

 

Carole Says:

My Focus for 2011 is getting my son Chaise through the first Year at School “Prep”, very excited for him and his new adventure and excitment and I hope he has a wonderful year. As a mother I will participate anyway I can to make it a smooth transition from Kindy to Prep for him.

 

 


Dina:

 

Dina Says:

My word for 2011 is “Confidence.” I chose confidence not because this year I want to have more confidence in my abilities, more confidence in branching out and trying new things. It will be a fun year!

 

 


Fran:

 

Fran Says:

My focus for 2011 is to be present – to listen and be aware of what is happening around me – both internally and externally.

 

My goal is to listen to that small still voice in my head and to pay attention to all the synchronicity around me. I’ve been practicing this for the past two months and I’ve noticed that I’m more creative, more connected, and more true to who I am when I do this. It has been a great growth experience and I want to continue it.

 

This piece is a piece I created by listening to my small still voice. I had planned to go out and run errands, do some things that were “on the list” of things to do. None were urgent, but it was the day I had expected to do this, so I figured I should. Just as I was getting ready to go out, inspiration hit. I decided that I could create using my sewing machine and some scraps I had in my LARGE scrap basket. I just started piecing and created this composition. I created for the sake of creating and I loved it. I was like a child – just playing with my toys and really just letting serendipity come together. I hope that by continuing to listen and to be aware that I will continue to be inspired.

 

 


Julie:

 

Julie Says:

For my word for 2011 I chose the word “grow.” I’m hoping that 2011 will be a year in which I will be able to grow in myriad ways — professional and personal. I chose to represent “grow” with a plant — something organic that you can’t control. I think you plant the seeds of growth, but you never know where it’s going to go! I’m excited to see what will grow in my garden in 2011!

 

 


Karen:

 

Karen Says:

“Let go of the past, be free to do anything you desire. Anything.” My word for 2011 is free. I plan to let go of all of what holds me down from my past and also let go of all the ideas I have in my head of what I can and cannot be in the future. My plan is to work on whatever I need to work on so I can clean the slate. Be free of any burden. Free to do anything. Truly.

 

 


Karola:

 

Karola Says:

My word for 2011 is: Courage.
Courage in everyday life, courage in making decisions, even those difficult, courage to overcome weaknesses, fears and worries; the courage to achieve dreams, the courage to take the risk, courage to live life to the fullest. The courage to always be yourself and do not change yourself, stick to their principles.

 

 


Larissa:

 

Larissa Says:

My focus for 2011 is “Enjoy Life”

 

 


Lia:

 

Lia Says:

In 2011, I want to have focus in my life. In 2010, I had a lot of ideas on how to achieve what I want but no set plan. This year, I want to have a plan. I need to be in control of my life and focus is what will help me achieve as much as I can. I realise now that age will catch up with me, and there’s no better time than now to start working on what I want.

 

 


Lori:

 

Lori Says:

2011 is the year I focus. Focus on me, focus on a new business venture, focus on my home and focus on my family. I used to be a project manager and love to schedule. I never do it for my life, however, because it seemed it would be too restrictive, but I’ve realized since I’ve stopped working that I need to plan. I have outlined one major year long goal for each category and am working backward to the smaller steps. I will ultimately have a daily to do list. I’m making it doable and easy so I can succeed. I have, also, signed up for Ali Edward’s “One Little Word” class. My page was done using her pre class template. Her class is a year long class and will serve as a great way to keep me focused on my plan. I look forward to focus in 2011.

 

 


Opal:

 

Opal Says:

I had two words that I have seriously considered and mulled over for several months now. I went back and forth, weighing the merits, potential, and application for me in the 365 days to yet unfold. With the deadline coming upon me faster than a blink, I decided to combine both words into one image since they had much overlap. I don’t reveal my word(s), but maybe they are obvious.

 

This piece is 8.5″ x 11″, and constructed as a quilt. The free form quilting is in orange thread with the ends and beginnings left exposed and hanging, as most of our days have a beginning and end and strings left hanging that tangle with the ones that came before and the ones yet to be.

 

 


Shelley:

 

Shelley Says:

My word for 2011 is “release”. It has been a difficult year at times for my children and myself. My word “release” comes from my journey to let go of all the negativity and hurt from the past. I know this is an on going process for me. I am not sure I will completely get there but this year I really want to focus on all the good in my life and “release” the feelings and emotions of the things that tend to bring me down. Just the sound of the word makes me exhale and helps to cleanse my heart.

 

 


Wendela:

 

Wendela Says:

Here is my favorite word for 2011 TRUST. Trust in Him at all times…

 

 


Now it’s your turn: show us your therapeutic art around “What’s your word or focus for 2011?” 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 month, enjoy each and every moment.

 

 



Catalyst One Hundred and Twenty-Six
December 22, 2010, 5:00 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 twenty-six:

 

Tell us about a time someone hurt your feelings.

 

We’re thrilled to have Lori Oles as this week’s Guest Artist.

 

Here’s a quickie self-bio for Lori:

 

Suit by day, artist by night. If you met Lori at her day job you would never imagine she had such a creative personality. As a full-time worker in the retail industry for a major Consumer Packaged Goods company, Lori’s day is spent dealing with large sums of money and many, many spreadsheets. But her creative juices are only temporarily bottled up inside. Once she gets home she pours out all of her creative juices into her blog.

 

And Vintage Flair isn’t just the name of her blog; it’s the inspirational mantra of her artwork, Etsy store and her life. Lori loves to work with vintage papers and old photos of children, and her desire for flea markets runs rampant in her blood. She also drives to impart some of this principle into her children, “I want them to grow up to appreciate items of the past.”

 

Even though she may live in Fayetteville, Arkansas with her husband and three children, Lori dreams of the times they spend in northern Michigan at their summer cottage house. Not only does it mean peace and quiet and time spent with family, but it also means great antique shops, “It is not a vacation if you can’t bring home a new treasure,” she says. Lori Oles uses her art as her relaxation and escape from the pressures of full-time work.

 

Make sure to check out Lori’s blog and etsy shop.

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

Lori Says:

Looking back when I was little, as a child I had so many friends growing up. As you get older, true friendship seems harder and harder to hold on to. Sure I have many friends, co-workers or women in my neighborhood, but I don’t have that many true friends that I can really rely on….no matter what. One friend who I really thought was more than a friend, I really thought of her like a sister. Sadly, we no longer talk and it still really hurts. As you get older, people drift way, move or get divorced and your friendships suddenly change. My dear friend got divorced and suddenly our friendship changed. Going from talking on the phone two to three times a day and emailing everyday (we live in different states) to one day, no longer calling or emailing. Just stopped like that. Bam, in the blink of an eye, my dear friend gone, taken out of my life. I think I must be a reminder her of her past life and she just needed to move on. Not sure. Still very sad and I miss my friend.

 

When I saw this image of this woman looking so sad, I thought of my situation with my friend. I immediately knew at the flea market that I wanted to create a project when I bought this pink vintage jewelry box and I thought it would be perfect to use with the image of the woman. I wanted to use it as a holder for the collage to represent that chapter of my life closed. Who knows, maybe one day she will be back in my life and I can open it back up. For now, I will tuck it away and keep it closed.

 

Technique Highlight:

I created this collage using multiple layers of book pages that I took out of an old book and gluing them together. I used a craft knife to cut out the window and added in the image of the woman and embellished the collage and vintage jewelry box.

 

 


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

 

Dina:

 

Dina Says:

My journaling is about a certain incident that happened with a friend of mine. Months have passed, and just when I think I’m past it all, something happens that makes it raw again.

 

 


Karen:

Journaling Reads:

There are many moments from my past that I can dredge up with sadness or hurt but I decided from now on the path is about looking forward and freeing myself of the idea that things can happen to me. I control my emotions and my life. People cannot hurt me if I don’t let them and I choose joy and not hurt. So here’s to being free and letting go of the past and embracing joy.

 

 


Wendela:

 

Wendela Says:

When I was young, I think at the age of 6 my mom sewed all my dresses and skirt, and a really LOVED them. It was a romantic style, with roses and other flowers combined with handmade crafty things like knitted or crochet bags or sometimes she crochet the upper part of my dresses. I was always happy when she finished something new for me, and I was so proud when I went to school with my new dresses…

 

But one bad day…the kids at school teased me with my dressed… you are ugly and what terrible clothes…they are old fashioned, and ugly!!

 

They hurt my feelings…and I didn’t want to wear my dresses when I went to school! My mom bought jeans for me, my first pair!!

 

What a big lesson for me for these days; my daughter become a teenager, she is 11 years now, end she doesn’t want hand sewed clothes!! So I buy clothes for her, and sew for myself!!

 

 


Anna:

 

Anna Says:

When I was a child and a teenager I was totally shy. I had problems with making friends with other people, I used to spend most of my free time alone, reading books or imaging stories. It was quite ok for some time, but I strongly felt, that I want to have a friend. Finally i found a girl who was quite friendly and we started to spend more time toghether – at school and after school. It was fantastic and so different! I had someone to talk to, someone a bit like me – with similar interests. We were good friends for over a year when something very unexpected happened… One day I was waiting for her near the street, as usual when we were going to school together. She was coming with one more girl, who i knew well. I said “Hi!”, but none of them responded, they didn’t look at me at all!

 

I simply couldn’t believe it – and she just went away without a look back. I thought: “So this is the end, right?” , I turned back and went home, crying. I didn’ go to school that day. I was 12 then and I felt as If my whole world turned upside down. I was never so sad before.

 

 


Larissa:

 

Anna Says:

This page is about a certain time when someone hurt me by not believing in my dreams, by not giving me the support I needed to follow the journey of my soul.

 

 


Now it’s your turn: show us your therapeutic art around “Tell us about a time someone hurt your feelings.” 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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