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Lisa Pavelka is an artist specializing in polymer clay and mixed media art. I found her website while doing some research on the name “Heart in Hand Studio” which, as it turns out, is the name of her business. Although she doesn’t work exclusively with a heart theme, I did find this beautiful heart art in her collage gallery. Check her website for more examples of intricate and unusual polymer clay art pieces.

Lisa Pavelka Polymer Clay Heart

Copyright Lisa Pavelka

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Yesterday I enjoyed playing with my colored pencils so much I decided to do a simple heart ACEO. (ACEO stands for “Artist Card Editions & Originals”.) I’ve been doing a lot of research in anticipation of creating a full website and I keep running into “tattoo designs”. It wasn’t my intent when I started, but by the time I finished it I thought this would make a cool tattoo.

heArt #131 Butterfly Tattoo ACEO

Original ACEO, 3.5 x 2.5 inches in size, Prismacolor pencils.

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I’m been holed up in my house because of the winter weather the last few days. Watching hour after hour of the Travel Channel has been my way of coping. Today I wrapped my electric blanket around me, tuned into Samantha Brown who was somewhere in the rain forests of South America, and started drawing with colored pencils.

heArt #130 Rain Forest Hearts


Colored pencil on bristol board, 4 x 6 inches. The real colors are a little more vivid, especially the aqua background.

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Today’s heart art is greatly helped by some pre-drawn celtic designs I found on the drawing celtic knotwork tutorial at Clanbadge’s website. From there I bought some patterns that I can copy and paste into Photoshop, as well as a knotwork font with which I’m supposed to be able to create my own knotwork designs. It was too interesting to pass up.

I love all things Celtic. I’m only part Scots and Irish, but if you do your research you’ll find that the Celts migrated into Europe from the east thousands of years ago and were the ancestors of most Europeans. So my German blood counts, too, in that case.

I always feel the Celtic vibe this time of year, starting around the first of February which is an ancient holiday dedicated to one of the Celtic goddesses, Brigid. It builds right up to Saint Patrick’s day, like an energy river flowing through me just under my conscious radar. I think I’ll let my celtic heart express itself this year here on the blog.

heArt #129 Celtic Heart Design

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My wanderings across Flickr led me to Lucy “SweetRepeats”, a collage artist who also enjoys working with a heart theme. Visit her blog, Sweetrepeats, and her Etsy shop to see all of her collage magic.


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Happy Valentine’s Day, everybody. I found a great resource for vintage images and clip art on Flickr. It’s a group called, appropriately enough, “Collage Images“. There are many great images available to download there (or upload your own to share).

Image below was done entirely in Photoshop. It’s my last Valentine’s “gift” to you all, so take it and use it. You can right click and “save image as”, or left click on the image and go to Flickr where you will have more image choices.


Vintage Children Valentine Collage

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More free heart art Four digitally created “chipboard” hearts free for you to use in your scrapbooking, valentine making, etc.

Please use these for personal use. If you want to print them out for swaps or even try and sell some handmade collage cards, go ahead. If you post them on the web somewhere I’d like a mention and a link back.

Clicking on the image will take you to Flickr where you will have a choice of sizes by clicking on the “all images” icon above the picture.


Digital Heart Element #1 Digital heart Element #2


Digital heart Element #3 Digital heart Element #4

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