harmony

finally some time to play in one of my journals … it started with a lady and a tea cup


… then the word “Escape” popped up from a magazine … “perfection” was part of a printed out quote on my work table

… I so enjoy creating with no finished product in mind … just using what is handy … letting the pages flow


… a piece of pink and green diamond scrapbook paper helped set the color scheme …  scraps of paper …  gesso … Caran d’ache Neocolor II watercolor crayons and some rubber stamping


a fun surprise when I looked very closely at the right hand page … left corner … the drawings from Dover say “Work with good material” … Love that

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“The thing that is really hard, and really amazing, is giving up on being perfect and beginning the work of becoming yourself.” ~Anna Quindlen

49 responses to “harmony

  1. o patty, these pages are really serene and beautiful…and such good advice, to escape perfection….lovely work & colors

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  2. Love it – and I too enjoy just starting to create with the items around me – picking them up and before I know it – there it is and I think, “hmmm, how did I get here?” It is a fun epiphany. Hugs

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  3. dot ferrero

    Serendipity at work…good start.

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  4. “Lady in a Teacup”, that is so YOu!

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  5. Oh this is fabulous!!! Love it!

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  6. this is so interesting. looking at all the little bits … and “work with good material”… that can apply to so many things. perfection can be so limiting, keeping us from trying in the first place. i was just speaking with someone else about that… i’ll let that bounce around my mind today.

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  7. Beautiful spread, Patty. When I saw the lovely lady in the teacup, I immediately thought of your very innovative and creative “Tuesday Tea” posts, and for a nano-second, I really thought it WAS Tuesday!!! LOL!

    Love your quote. Being a Type A personality, I should type this and post it where I can see it daily. Hugs, Terri xoxo

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  8. wow patty, I love how much texture is in your pages, wonderful collage (:

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  9. What a wonderful piece of art. I love the subtleness of the colours and the imagery, and the way everything blends together so well.

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  10. Wonderful pages, dear Patty. Bezaubernd

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  11. Lovely spread. Can I send you one of my altered books to work in– I have MANY blank pages! 🙂

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  12. Just gorgeous!! love the quote at the end too…soo true isn´t it…………….

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  13. Gosh what a wonderful journal page.
    Amazing work as always. Love them.

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  14. Beautiful pages , so soft and dreamy. I love the quote too Patty, I am still trying to get over being a perfectionist and just go with it, thanks for the reminder 🙂

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  15. that is a fabulous quote to match just fabulous pages, love your goddess in the tea cup… just wonderfully creative!! xoxo

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  16. !!!…oh yes….!!! way FUN stuff going on in this journal…not to mention the friendly reminder or message on perfection. and the best part? this photo enlarges!!!! you are a master at weaving a tremendous amount of detail into your work yet it never overpowers the piece. lovely. lovely. lovely.

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  17. I love the dreamy and floaty quality of these pages – so many layers of opacity and transparency together – wonderful job Patty!

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  18. This is so YOU! I love this page, and how you explained the “grow” of it… I agree, it’s fun and relaxing to work this way! You created a gorgeous page!

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  19. What a gorgeous pages Patty!

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  20. This is beautiful, Patty! How wonderful to simply start with no direction and see what beautiful things emerge! This is a winner!

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  21. How incredibly gorgeous this one is, i love the beautiful soft colours and the design, Patty,
    It looks totally beautiful!

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  22. Gorgeous!!! I love it!!!

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  23. what a great story. such a beautiful work.
    “escape perfection” is what I’ve been working on recently. I’m learning to love my mistakes. enjoying the process and not focusing on the outcome all the time.
    and the quote is perfect, too.

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  24. Beautiful! I love how free your pages are!

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  25. Marilyn Rock

    Patty; your pages are stunning really. Love all the details and the serendipity of this is incredible. You are amazing to me! xxoo

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  26. Like!!!!!
    I escape perfection every day……………..!!!

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  27. Fabulous page, Patty!!! Glad you enjoyed the process!! Art Journaling is so therapeutic!!! hugs steph

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  28. Beautiful work!

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  29. That is a wonderful page, Patty. The scrapbook paper ended up being such a subtle background. I remember playing with Caran d’ache colors with my daughter when she was young. Never thought of them as a fine art supply but they are ultra-cool! I wonder if she still has them…

    Thanks for all the details you give. I love hearing about how you make things. I think that is the mark of a good artist…someone who is confident enough to share.

    Hugs,
    Suz

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  30. Just beautiful Patty, love that color scheme too, its fun to use whats at hand , you never know where it take you…

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  31. I love how you say ” one of my journals ! ”
    This is lovely

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  32. There’s only ONE problem with this spread. It is perfect, regardless. Looks like you haven’t escaped perfection after all.

    I finally feel like I am catching up. I was really needing my daily dose of Patty!

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  33. wonderful journal spread! love the graphic drawings and the soft look of all!

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  34. This is so gorgeous, love what you have done! Awesome work.
    debby

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  35. Your Art, your photos, your words and stories are always bewitching me ~ I love all of your special “add ins” Patty! You have such a playful joyful spirit! Hope your weekend is just lovely!
    ~ Katie

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  36. Fabulous pages, Patty! I love your color choices and the graphic drawings. Very inspiring!
    Have a wonderful weekend!
    Gaby xo

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  37. Absolutely stunning pages Patty! Your work always exudes HARMONY to me. Visiting here is akin to deep breathing for me 🙂 And the quotes are awesome too.
    xxxxxxxxx,
    Gaye

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  38. Amazing pages, I love the soft blended colors, so unique and specially.
    Have a nice weekend,
    hugs Anja

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  39. Very soothing and beautiful page. I think your wonderful work and the perfection quote has inspired me to pull out my altered book and do a layout tonight! Thanks so much 🙂

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  40. Just what I needed to hear. The illusion of perfection is a mirage and a trap. Think how limitless we would be without it.

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  42. This turned out beautifully. The papers are perfectly blended into the paints. I love the peaceful quality of these colors.

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  43. Beautiful journal pages Patty. The subtlety of pen and colour is wonderful.

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  44. Again you’ve got me speachless Patty 🙂 WOW, I Love your pages!!!

    Hugs and more applause,
    Linda

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