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Art Journal Journey: Moments of Happiness

when I think of moments of happiness I think of making marks which is a term that is getting lots of use lately…

monoprinted bits in waiting

there are so many ways of making marks from the words we speak to what we physically create and manifest around us…

earlier art journal pages

I have enjoyed making things since I was a young girl thankful for the influence of industrious and talented parents…

front and back pages of monoprint journal

for this month’s Art Journal Journey (AJJ) challenge I picked up my handmade gelli print journal which has been a bit of a challenge for me not really wanting to cover up my monoprint pages

monoprint pages hard to cover up

using my homemade gelli plate on the smooth 140# hot press paper certainly made me happy…

art journal pages in progress

it always feels like a special gift when unplanned things reveal themselves in my work

something that makes you happy

for example … the letter “H” above that I randomly tore out of a vintage German/English dictionary and glued in place a while before I picked out the quote for my pages fit perfectly without planning…

Finished Art Journal Pages

being connected to so many talented and kind artists here in blogland brings me endless moments of happiness and joy ~♥~ thank you all …

 “Always leave enough time in your life to do something that makes you happy, satisfied, or even joyous.”  -Paul Hawken

Full Circle Art Journaling * Part Four

 

Full Circle Art Journal

still playing in my little Yale Shakespeare book whose pages are a bit larger than postcard size…

Full Circle Art Journaling 4

circles from goodies sent to me by LaWendula…Martha Stewart bird stamp…Stamper’s Anonymous flower burst stamp…chalk and pencil and a scrap from fabric/paper I made in a wonderful Beryl Taylor class I took years ago…

Full Circle Art Journaling 4 (1)

button paper and stickers…piece of handmade fabric/paper…rubons…Sharpie marker…catalog images…

Full Circle Art Journaling 4 (2)

vintage torn book text layered on pages with stenciled plaster…

Full Circle Art Journaling 4 (3)

Rumi quote…the little girl is a Debrina Pratt image…paper doily…vintage map…paint and chalks…

Full Circle Art Journaling 4 (4)

Cezanne quote printed on cotton twill…stenciled plastered vintage text…pattern and star tissue papers…

Full Circle Art Journaling 4 (5)

walnut ink over gesso…torn Citra Solv paper edge…altered photo of my Mutti’s doll head…pink Pearlescent Liquid Acrylic…

Full Circle Art Journaling 4 (6)

words inspired by Jack Johnson song…photo of our metal heart candle holder…paper scraps…partial rubber stamp image…paint and Sharpie pen…

Full Circle Art Journaling 4 (7)

part of a powerful Ram Dass quote…my photo of a planter with cut out flowers…stenciled plaster vintage text…gesso and paint…

change of seasons…

Spring is trying to make an appearance here in northern Virginia…

Spring 2014 is trying to arrive

but we still have a way to go as there are some lovely snowflakes falling again today…

Beeswax Altered Beeswax Fish Tin

perfect weather for playing in my art room that is a wee bit neater after doing a little clearing recently…

Index card Postage Stamp art

fun to uncover ingredients like scrap backgrounds and postage stamps just waiting for attention (above are two quick index cards I made)…

snowfall 25 March 2014

a nice day for sipping hot tea dreaming of spring

(glad I cut some daffodils and brought them in before the snow came this morning…they are opening nicely)…

Daffs coaxed into blooming with Omis bunnies

joining Elizabeth and Bleubeard to wish you a happy T day full of fun discoveries…

blooms with tea cup planter

“Weather is a great metaphor for life — sometimes it’s good, sometimes it’s bad, and there’s nothing much you can do about it but carry an umbrella.” ~Terri Guillemets

Full Circle Art Journaling * Part 2

still working on some gessoed book pages not thinking too much just using what is close by…

Gesso Full Circle Journal pages

vintage sheet music…citra solv paper…paint…paper doily…Russian dictionary page and found poetry on the page…

Gesso Full Circle Journal pages (1)

walnut ink…a border made out of my hand carved arch rubber stamp and my painted lady…

Gesso Full Circle Journal pages (2)

clip art courtesy of Misty Mawn…piece of washi tape from a special friend…bingo paper and one of my painted faces…

Gesso Full Circle Journal pages (3)

Inka gold…paint…hole reinforcers…assorted papers and clipart…

Gesso Full Circle Journal pages (4)

paint…assorted papers including a piece of map and slice of moon from a catalog…

*thank you all so very much for your lovely birthday wishes for Mr Magpie…your kindness and thoughtfulness certainly are appreciated*

shine…

one of our FULL CIRCLE  workshop assignments this week was creating a lantern…

Painted Lantern Pieces

it never ceases to give me a thrill starting with simple things like cracker box cardboard…paints…

Lantern sides

snippets of paper…string and a bit of parking lot treasure that Mr Magpie rescued for me (flat lace like charm in the center)…

Illuniated Lantern

with the guidance and generous directions from our talented teacher Misty Mawn

Twinkling Lantern

I was also delighted with this project as it fits so nicely with my little word of the year here

“Whatever you are passionate about pursue…Whatever you dream about do…Just MOVE and keep following the beat of your own HEART” ~Lisa K. Fox

winds of change…

a stack of my CitraSolv papers have been waiting for attention for quite some time now…

Winds of Change Art Journal Pages

I decided to use a copy of the 1984 National Geographic page that had a windmill image still showing in the upper right hand corner for the last two pages in my spiral art journal (thanks to Mr Magpie for helping me find the words to add to my pages)…

Winds of Change Art Journal Pages (1)

Note to self for future reference: spiral bindings are okay to work in because the book goes flat BUT NOT great for turning the pages afterwards…

Winds of change supplies

I enjoyed a good bit of silence while making marks on these pages picking up my book again and again so I am entering these pages in Art Journal Journey’s SILENCE theme here

Winds of Change Art Journal Pages (2)

since my photos can be clicked and enlarged again thanks to Estivalia I wanted to offer a FREE DOWNLOAD of my CitraSolv page below for you to play with…

Patty Szymkowicz CitraSolv Sept 1984 Natl Geo

***FREE DOWNLOAD***

“You are it.  You are the answers to your questions.” ~Anita Krizzan

below you can find my other SILENCE pages for this month’s AJJ challenge… 

where the Light is

silence is golden

Mix It Monthly and AJJ

shhh

Silence certainly is speaking to me

 

thoughtful silence…

in the past on this day many of you dear ones have helped create a circle of L♥ve and support both spoken and silent by sending healing wishes and kind thoughts and for that I am ♥ever grateful♥…

one of my collaged postcards printed on tea bag paper

the grip of grief still holds us but over time it seems a bit of numbness has set in…

Tea bag papers and more

 still trying to hold it all together with bits of this and that…

little messages tucked away…

(one of my collaged postcards printed on used tea bag paper…blue background paper from my Mutti’s childhood school autograph book…tags and a bit of rubber stamping with shrink plastic of a favorite stamp “ART HELPS ME BREATHE“)

tags with silent messages on the back

we are always happy to hear his name…

Alex

Alexander

Alexander David…

a thoughtful silence

“If you feel lost, disappointed, hesitant, or weak, return to yourself, to who you are, here and now and when you get there, you will discover yourself, like a lotus flower in full bloom, even in a muddy pond, beautiful and strong.”  ~Masura Emoto

sending caring thoughts to all those living with grief and loss

shhh…

another SILENCE offering for Art Journal Journey’s January 2014 challenge…

shhhh silence

paint and spray inks with stencils and a Judikins rubber stamp…

Mix It Monthly and AJJ…

the lovely and talented Conny/Pia Rom has a Mix It Monthly (button on my sidebar) challenge that always delights and inspires and for some time now I have wanted to play along…

spiral art journal filling up fast

this month’s challenge is the theme of  ODD HATS using the colors orange, violet and hibiscus…

Odd Hat Mix It Monthly Challenge

I am also entering the page above in Art Journal Journey’s SILENCE challenge this month…

Odd Hat Mix It Monthly Challenge (1)

I really enjoyed mixing this combination of colors around to create a background in my art journal

Odd Hat Mix It Monthly Challenge (2)

swans are always a favorite of mine and I couldn’t help but think of Björk when she wore her infamous swan dress to the 73rd Academy Awards back in 2001 (it certainly does NOT seem that long ago in my head!)…

 

the door to happiness…

the theme over at Art Journal Journey this month is “Doors (all are welcome to join in) …

UK door sampler

I snapped quite a few photos of doors (and windows) while we were traveling in the UK this summer and decided to use a photograph I took in Oxford for my journal pages…

door journal pages supplies

using layers of paint (cheap paint worked great) and gesso slathered on with a plastic palette knife with a bit of rubber stamping…

Doors Art Journal Pages (1)

a few cuts on the door (printed on card stock) so that it would open…

Doors Art Journal Pages (2)and my pages were complete…

Doors Art Journal PagesI found it interesting where this door took me…

Halloween Week T…

joining Elizabeth again this week for T

DSC08021 mini mum

 Trader Joe’s tempted me with a pot of teeny tiny mums which fit perfectly in a pretty tea cup I received in a swap some years ago here

Frida Pumpkin Chinese Lantern

I haven’t done any Halloween creating this season but am using a few things I had made or collected over the years…

Frida Wooden ATC(I played with Pixlr above using a photo of my wooden Frida Kahlo that I made in a Michael deMeng class a few years ago)…

 some really special surprises arrived in the mail recently…

Magpies Nest Surprise Halloween Mail

Marion in Germany sent me this great postcard and some super rubber stamps … a cool machine stitched card and envelope arrived from Elizabeth and Bleubeard in Kansas = all such FUN!

Bromhilda and Mother Nature 1998

Mr Magpie made a convincing Bromhilda some years ago and I was Mother Nature with real leaves pinned to my dress…

Home Farm Store Middleburg VA (1)

wishing you and yours a happy week full of fun…

stronger …

Dinosaur Board Book Peeled

the dinosaur book I have been working on since July…

Stronger than you know board book pages

now has all of the inside pages completed…Stronger than you know board book pages (1)

without consciously trying the words for my book pages have turned into a bit of flowing text that I will share with you after I complete the cover of the book…

Stronger than you know board book pages (2)

paint…torn papers…drywall mesh tape…washi tape…rubber stamping…computer generated text and a mystery girl surrounded by lotus blooms  that surfaced on my work table…

another “She-Art” spread for Art Journal Journey’s challenge theme this month…

Bohemia…more squares

since I had some leftover inchies printed I thought I would use some in another set of journal pages for the Art Journal Journey SQUARE challenge this month…

Britannica Junior B Volume

playing in my Britannica Junior encyclopedia volume “B” that I started back in the summer of 2010 here (that is what happens when you have several journals going at the same time)…

Bohemia Squares

this is the eleventh and most likely last spread in this journal…

Bohemia Squares (1)

next I will get busy on the cover…

Bohemia Squares (2)

some of what went into my pages: vintage music paper, inchies, washi tape, paint, gesso, tea dyed cheesecloth, rubberstamp frame, felt crown, stencil paste, Distress Ink, Woody Stabilos, Viva Inka Gold…

Bohemia Squares (3)

“I am a free spirit. Either admire me from the ground or fly with me – but don’t ever try to cage me.” – Unknown