Balance …

something I work at in my life

another spread in my Britannica Junior journal … such wonderful old paper to work with …


here are some of the supplies that went into making my journal pagesalong with some peeled decorated dinner napkin bits … they melt into the pages beautifully when applied with glue stick and create such interesting layers... I pressed the extra thick gesso through a piece of designed brass with my finger … a most valuable tool that is always handy …


this swan princess is an image from the NYPL digital collection … a fantastic free resource


on a recent car trip I jotted “Balance is everything” into my little spiral notebook … one of many thoughts that seem to surface while riding in the car … oftentimes lyrics from a song speak to me or in the silent car with the meditative hum of tires on the road … thoughts and ideas are sparked … I have taken to jotting them down … I tore out the page and glued part of it here in my journal … that was the inspiration for this spread


trying to maintain balance is a steady job … always changing

“There’s no secret to balance.  You just have to feel the waves.” ~Frank Herbert

time to dance and soak up moonbeams again under tonight’s full moon … July’s moon has names like “full thunder moon” … “full buck moon” (thank you Lennie) … “full hay moon” … it is said that during a full moon we are at our highest … naturally accelerated … hmmm

… glad you stopped by today …

33 responses to “Balance …

  1. O M G !!! Patty what can I say ???
    I´ve missed the right words in english. Absolutely special and unique. So fantastic journal art. Love it.

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  2. Oh this is just so mesmerizing…I love it !
    I am in continuous awe of your creativity.
    Thank you for sharing.

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  3. What a great read, in words and pictures. so far today I am not at “my highest”, maybe with evening and some cooler temps I’ll reach for the moon!

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  4. oo indeed, balance is the thing i desire as well…your journal pages are stunning! i love the colors you chose and your background is so complex!! full moon suits you, dear patty

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  5. Beautifully said and illustrated in these pages, Patty! The color palette you chose also feels like the colors one would feel when you’re living from that sweet spot of “balance”… And giggle, giggle, I’m forever writing down a line from a song I hear while crusin’ in the ‘mobile. Even though you’ve heard the song countless times, some little bit of it will just stand out from the rest. Another giggle moment…your paint brush handles look like mine! Xo, sue

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  6. True, balance in all things in life…an added asset.
    My dear,,,this journal spread is absolutely fantastic. So beautifully done and with wonderful colors at that. Thanks for the link…and I got a “kick” out of seeing your inkpad laying there with PMS written on it….made me smile.

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  7. Your words about balance … I couldn’t agree more. Your journal pages look absolutely stunning and special.

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  8. lOve these spreads, Patty. That full moon was so BRIGHT last night it was a little eerie…. I love your thoughts about balance – some days it eludes me but doesn’t necessarily make me “unbalanced” – hmmmmm … oh well won’t go there. Your Swan Princess is such a beauty isn’t she? Stay cool tonight under the moonbeams! hugs

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  9. LOL, another one who has a collection of phrases and odd words scribbled down to use. The wierdest has to be ‘Sprouts & ferrets’ – don’t ask!
    Beautiful artwork as always.

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  10. Beautiful spread – gorgeous pages, Patty! The full moon was lovely last night, and I’m looking forward for a peek at it tonight. (We’ve got a lot of clouds today, so I hope it’s not obscured!)

    Balance – interesting choice of subject. Whenever I think of that word, the next word that comes to mind is “juggling”!!! As a Libra, it seems that I’m always looking for balance in different aspects of my life. Your choice of a swan was inspired – sooooo beautiful. And nature always seems to achieve balance so well. Hugs, Terri xoxo

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  11. beautiful and soothing…just lovely. As always!
    xo natalea

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  12. I had a computer crash, so it took a while to get here today. Lovely, lovely spreads, and I love how you show the supplies you use to get these lovely pages. I am so glad many of the libraries (like NYPL) are opening their archives for us to enjoy. Thanks for the link, too.

    I’ll watch for the full moon as I try to balance between an air conditioned room and the hot outdoors. Have a great evening.

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  13. Your pages are so luscious…. the layers invite me to come closer and really look through the obvious. Thank you for reminding me of tonight’s full moon…”Thunder moon” is what we are expecting tonight. Imagine and Live in Peace, Mary Helen Fernandez Stewart

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  14. such a pretty page. about balance… it seems just when you find it, things change. like you said.

    thanks for the link to the nypl images.

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  15. Fantastic spread! love it.

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  16. Truly beautiful and thought provoking too. This is just lovely to behold. Penny

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  17. these pages are so lovely!

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  18. Such a beautiful spread!

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  19. Thinking of you a lot Patty… my son send me his “traveling route” and he’s passed Virginia… I’m sure he “waved from afar”…
    As a Libra, I LOVE your balance page. The swann lady is beautiful! And I LOVE full moons above the sea/waves. I think I was a mermaid in a former life…

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  20. Your pages are lovely Patty. Balance in life is a work in progress. I’m grateful when I can experience peace in the messy “work” of finding balance.
    I was watching the moon last night. It was so beautiful and bright. And then so beautifully mysterious and wispy as the clouds made a veil of lace across it. I wish my camera took good night pictures. But it doesn’t. I should run down to my work space and try to replicate it. Or at least the idea of it.

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  21. Beautiful pages Patty! That Junior Encyclopedia is so cool, prfect for this (re)purpose 😉
    I too get loads of sparks whilein the car, often from music I hear on my satellite radio!! Your habit of writing them down is terrific. I’m usually he one who’s doing the driving when mine hit WAH WAH WAH!
    Happy Monday!
    xo

    Gaye

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  22. OMG!!!!! I love it!!!
    Hugs
    Oxana

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  23. Oh ~ this makes me want to start and keep a journal so much! Beautiful ~ beyond words!
    ~Kt

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  24. Thank you for the inspiring quotes. This spread is just wonderful, so completely inspiring.

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  25. Oh Patty…. this is beautiful!!! Love the theme as well! It really is a constant job trying to balance everything!

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  26. love your color choice, the blending is fantastic. Some wonderful pages Pattty.

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  27. Stunning work Patty….I especially love the texture lower right.
    Great quote too….. I’m feeling the waves….

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  28. magnifique que des bravos md

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  29. Oh my, WOW, these are sooo delicate and fabulously beautiful!! Can’t find the words to say how much I Love your journal pages, so I’ll just give you standing ovations my friend for texture, images, colours and design, it’s pure magic!!

    Hugs and applause,
    Linda

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  31. This spread is so beautiful. It is so true that balance is everything and everywhere.

    Dot

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Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts here...it means a lot to me and I appreciate your visit very much oxo

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