Art Journal Journey September Challenge & The Craft Barn Q&L Challenge

the new theme over at AJJ (thanks again this month to Valerie at Bastelmania) is LIVING BEINGS/ LEBEWESEN” (when I did an online translation of the German word “Lebewesen” the English wordcritter came up too)…

Magpie's Nest GRACE (1)

one of my favorite creatures/critters/living beings for a long time now has been the swan so I created a loose art journal page using assorted scraps of paper (citra solv circles… envelope liner… pattern tissue and more) adding stenciled plaster… gesso and paint to the collaged papers with a bit of Viva Inka-Gold…

Magpie's Nest GRACE

the word “grace” came to me as a nice finishing touch which also led me to some great quotes on grace…

Magpie's Nest My Shadow w phone apps

(a photo I took on a walk of my shadow with my iphone altered with some of my favorite phone apps)

I am also joining in for the first time over at The Craft Barn for their Quote and Lyric challenge theme of “Peaceful and/or Grace …

“You say grace before meals.  All right.  But I say grace before the concert and the opera, and grace before the play and pantomime, and grace before I open a book, and grace before sketching, painting, swimming, fencing, boxing, walking, playing, dancing and grace before I dip the pen in the ink.” -K. Chesterton

45 responses to “Art Journal Journey September Challenge & The Craft Barn Q&L Challenge

  1. Beautiful pages Patty!! I love swans too. They’re so graceful 🙂 Love how your silhouette turned out!! The colors are fabulous!!! ~Sophia

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  2. Oh Patty, what an amazing quote about grace…thank you for this. So true. “Amazing” it is. 🙂 Your art seems to just flow from you.

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  3. This page is so beautiful.. once again I have to write I love all about it .
    Swans are such amazing creatures indeed! My favourite fairy – tale , which my mother had to read everey evening as a bedstory to me was “The Ugly Ducking – and all the times I see a swan this feeling of happiness returned to my mind! Thanks a lot ” liebe Patty” for this delicate graceful page for our new event! Adorable! I love your shadow and the fab quote as well – a perfect accompany to this page! You are such an enrichment to our tour party dear Patty! Thank you for being with us!
    ♥♥♥
    Susi

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  4. Patty, it’s a fabulous swan! And your background so many yummy texture, I loved the word grace with the swan image!

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  5. What a beautiful page. Swans have something magical for me. This summer we have had a swan in the Rhine, and I stand there every morning and watch her, wonderful! You page has made me happy again! Hugs, Valeie

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  6. i read the comment from Susi and totally second it! what a wonderful post!!

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  7. Oooh, liebe Patty, your pages are gorgeous, like all your artwork.

    Have a wonderful day

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  8. oohh patty,i love your swan pages,so dreamy and wonderful,swans its my fav deer,he its beautiful and magical,love,love,love your swan page so much,dear patty,just amazing.
    have a great day my dear.

    greetings jeannette

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  9. Swans are such graceful creatures and your page captured it beautifully!

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  10. A magical wonderful page with the swan you made dear Patty. I like all the nice patterns and textures. The shadow photo is very good too, lovely with the clouds in your shadow. Both a dream.
    Dearest Greetings
    Sabine

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  11. Such great quotes about grace! And what a wonderful silhouette of you filled with dreamy clouds. And your swan page is just beautiful. Love it all!

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  12. My dear Patty,
    A wonderful page, filled with so many great tecniques used,-you alwayes use so many wonderful ideas, and papers ,too, and this swan, is just beautiful.and love how you did the water…
    I need to start using my stencils much more, I`m sure you have so much fun , when creating a page with so many different materials .
    I can also greet you from two swans I met on my tour to the sea ,today, they had a fantastic tour along the beach in sunny water !
    Hugs from me – to you. xx

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  13. Patty that swan piece is so beautiful and full of elegance and grace, beautiful textures and colours!

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  14. Patty, that’s a wonderful page, great texture, colors and details 🙂

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  15. Beautiful page! Love your swans! Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound that saved a wretch like me!

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  16. What a wonderful collage, all elements and the soft turquoise color are amazing.
    I love the swans too, they look so majestically. I love also the Ballet “Swan Lake”. very much.
    Take care,
    big hugs Anja

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  17. twinkletoes2day

    Beautiful art Patty 😀 I love the swan page and the quote is fabulous and also, the ‘shadow’ page is very cleverly done. Welcome to the Craft Barn challenge, I hope you have lots of fun 😀

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  18. twinkletoes2day

    ps – I meant to add, Many thanks for your comment on my blog too 😀

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  19. Beautiful textures, Patty and that anne Lamott quote is terrific!

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  20. Wow!! Patty, your journal page reminds me of one of those oil paintings done during the Renaissance. A beautiful table cloth as a back ground and then various plates of food and then some sort of fowl with his head hanging off the table still wearing his elegant feathers. Now I know your swan is very much alive – I do love your journal entry! Love your quote page as well.
    Sandy xx

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  21. Stunning page and beautifully illustrated, pure joy to gaze upon 🙂 xxx

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  22. what a beautiful page…

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  23. Love your swan collage and the shadow page too – beautiful! thanks for stopping by.

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  24. Look at you. Joining Craft Barn’s challenges. Now I can REALLY be intimidated (grin). WELCOME. That phone app is incredible. And that background is super stunning.

    Of course, it wouldn’t be YOU without a swan in the living being category. And this one is magical. I thought the citra-solv circles looked like large lily pads, and the swan was navigating them.

    Lovely entries, both.

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  25. Fabulous entry – amazing what you can do on a phone! Great quote too. (Thanks for your comment on my entry too!)

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  26. A beautiful page that is full of grace Patty! That’s a wonderful quote too!
    Alison xxx

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  27. your page is just breathtaking Patty. I love how you have achieved the effect of it looking so 3 dimensional! What a great word-grace-and you have chosen some of the loveliest quotes there are-love Ann Lamott. Nice app art too.

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  28. This looks like such a complex page, and what a great result, it’s really quite unusual and maybe a little bit different from your other art? And your photo illustrating “Grace” – I think “awesome” is the right word to describe it. What magical photo-editing and a quote of the spirit.

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  29. I was lucky enough to find this challenge in January so have been playing along all year and loving it and learning a lot too. both your pieces are stunning, from the background work on your journal page to your “app art” . Looking forward to seeing more of your artwork in futures challenges and thank you for your lovely comments on my blog post too.

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  30. Love the textures and layers in your first page and the silhouette in your second, very original!

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  31. A truly beautiful, inspiring page.

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  32. A super page, love all the elements including the swan.

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  33. Awesome page, very interesting textures!
    Hugs
    Gabriele

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  34. I never see a picture of a swan without thinking of you! Beautiful page, and of course I like the quotes (I’ve collected them for years).

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  35. These are lovely pages. Hope to see you on the next challenge.

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  36. Lovely entry, dear Patty! Good to see you here as well! You sure have got a very interesting app there 😉

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  37. Beautiful page! I love all the texture and of course the elegant swan! xx

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  38. Great page, the texture is stunning and the swan beautiful 🙂

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  39. A stunning page. I look forward to seeing more entries from you for the CB challenge .

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  40. Wow…this is such a beautiful page, love your art!!

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  41. A lovely quote and a fabulous picture taken on your phone and altered. I haven’t a clue how you do that!

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  42. Grace is the perfect word to describe swans.
    This is such a beautiful piece of art.
    I like the idea that swans will mate for life, it is such a romantic notion.
    Wishes
    Lynne

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