creative Therapy

Catalyst Seventy-Eight
September 6, 2009, 12:10 pm
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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.


Ok! Here’s catalyst number seventy-eight:


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


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


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


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


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





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




Luzinha Says:

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



Technique Highlight:

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



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



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



Severine Says:

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


In French:

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




Rachel Says:

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


Journaling Reads:

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




Larissa Says:

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





Kimmi Says:

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




Karen says:

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


Technique Highlight:

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





Lia Says:

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


Technique Highlight:

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





Anita Says:

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





Wendela Says:

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


Technique Highlight:

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





Michelle Says:

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





Lori Says:

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


Journaling Reads:

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




Now it’s your turn: show us your therapeutic art around “What’s something you want to accomplish before you die?” I urge you to give it a try. It can be any form of art as long as it speaks to you.


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



Remember, this is not a competition. If your art makes you feel even a bit better at the end, you’ve won.


Until next week, enjoy each and every moment.



5 Comments so far
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For the love of all things drool-worthy, this week’s art is AMAZING. Wow and double WOW!

Comment by Lori Gentile

I was really inspired by this prompt and created this painting

Comment by Chris A

I recently came across your blog and have been reading along. I thought I would leave my first comment. I don’t know what to say except that I have enjoyed reading. Nice blog. I will keep visiting this blog very often.


Comment by Susan

I spent a lot of time thinking about what i really want to accomplish before in my life, and my real goal is just to live a good life, to leave the world a little better by my life, to connect with my Spirit, and to have peace of mind. I wrote about that on my blog and posted a few photos to illustrate my thoughts. Thank you for this wonderful challenge and the opportunity to reflect.

Comment by Alberta

This was a great catalyst and had me definitely thinking about what’s left to do in my life. Thank you for providing the catalyst.

Comment by Christine

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