Category Archives: Heart

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…

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

Happy Birthday to my Mr Magpie…

Feb 2014 Ocean City MD

celebrating the wonderful man in my life especially today…

my inspiration my Love

an early Valentine…

part of a class assignment in Misty Mawn’s FULL CIRCLE Workshop was to create a “day in the life” photo collage and poem…

Pin cushion I made for my Mom

photos are something I enjoy taking each and every day but releasing words and emotions can be a bit more challenging…

Snowheart

on an icy day recently I snapped lots of photos using my favorite Pixlr along with Misty’s generous class instructions to make a collage/mosaic…

Lady Love

the heart in the center below was created out on our back porch in January when our weather went from very cold to much much warmer in an instant steaming up a mirror…

Happy Birthday in Heaven Sweet Alexander

 I lit a candle and wrote a little Love note to our son Alex

Heart for U

wishing you and yours a lovely Valentine’s Day and may each and every day be filled with L♥ve Sweet L♥ve…

“chipped and broken 
this heart anchors me in ice

warmed by L♥ve
my frozen fears turn into dust

to shine and glow 
…still…”  

~Patty Szymkowicz

*please send healing prayers and get well wishes to a most beloved artist and blog friend Dorthe Hansen*

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

nature soothes…

on Monday, 13 January, our temperature soared to 60 degrees (16 C) which is not really typical weather in Northern Virginia this time of year

Great Falls Potomac River VA

we decided to take advantage of the blue skies and air ourselves out a bit...

Great Falls Hearts

we drove to nearby Great Falls Park on the Virginia side looking across the Potomac River to Maryland…

Great Falls Park Virginia

the sound and sight of the rushing water was captivating…

Great Falls Sparkle bubbles

we stood for a long while watching the bubbles in the water sparkle like diamonds in the sun (you can click or double click to see the sparkle)…

Great Falls VA Jim Szymkowicz

hard to believe that people actually kayak those waters…

Virginia Great Falls Park

the park can get quite busy on summer weekends so we enjoyed the relative solitude of visiting on an off season weekday…

Great Falls Park Blue Heron

Mother Nature always offers sweet surprises…

gift of bubbles to blow

 another special surprise that we discovered on a sign post at a less traveled part of the park way above the falls was a tube of bubble soap…

Bubble fun

Mr Magpie and I took turns blowing bubbles and then returned the tube for some other lucky someone to play with…

Roots and Fungi

“I go to nature to be soothed and healed, and to have my senses put in order.” ~John Burroughs

Potomac River edgethank you so much ♥ family ♥ friends and nature OXO

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

keep moving forward…

 

Monoprint Red Rosin Heart Pages

even after all these years the changing of the seasons can throw me off balance…

Moving Forward journal pages (2)

the angel and heart sat for awhile on my monoprint pages waiting for words…

Moving Forward journal pages

at one time I knew what “Adagio” meant but had to look it up again…

Moving Forward art supplies (1)

I took the meaning of the randomly torn heart music paper as a gentle reminder for myself that it is alright that sometimes I am moving forward more slowly than I might like…

Moving Forward art supplies (2)and that everything is as it is meant to be…

Moving Forward journal pages (1)

“You are always a student, never a master. You have to keep moving forward. ” ~Conrad Hall

 

pages for a friend…

the talented and lovely Lisa asked me to create some pages in her round robin spiral book a few months ago…

Magpie's Nest My pages (1)

what with one thing and another…

Magpie's Nest My pages

one of them being me stuck on WHAT I wanted to say about Love

Magpie's Nest My pages (11)

the topic is so rich and chewy and boundless and deep…

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a lot of very nice pages had already been created…

Magpie's Nest My pages (8)

as with many things just starting has a way of helping everything fall into place

Magpie's Nest My pages (7)

happy that I will be able to finally return Lisa’s book to her at our upcoming local Mixed Media Collaborative meeting

♥ I really enjoyed creating these Love pages ♥

“Love is all you need” ~ The Beatles

… go in Peace …

the Art Journal Journey challenge for February isPeace“…

Omis Wood Heart and rock

this month marks the second anniversary of my Mother’s passing and I am still trying to make peace with not having her here to hug…

8 Feb 2013 Point Lookout MD

it was a really wet, windy and chilly day when we found the wooden heart and amber colored rock as we spread the remainder of her ashes…Point Lookout Wildlife

the cold and rainy weather was okay because we had her special spot almost all to ourselves…

Magpie's Nest My Sweet Mutti

a childhood image of my Mutti inspired my journal pages …

her wings were made by tearing a heart in two and covering the pieces with embossed napkin that I rubbed  gold gouache on … 

Magpie's Nest My Mutti Peace journal pages

her skirt is part of one of the many origami dresses I made last summer (my mother was a very fine seamstress which was just one of her many talents)

I cut the top of the dress off and the pieces made a perfect border for the left hand page (waste not want not as I was raised)

I added a strip of cigar box paper trim on the bottom right that says “Homemade”

Patty Szymkowicz PEACE supplies

a piece of my pressed Queen Anne’s Lace flower tissue paper helped fill in the painted left hand page of this spread…

Magpie's Nest Peace Quote

”[If you] go in Peace it makes the flowers sweeter along the path.” ~Mike Dolan

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the saffron colored crocus are always the first to bloom in our sunny front garden which is a sign that spring is drawing near … 

my tea today is Yogi Tahitian Vanilla Hazelnut 

“richly luscious and soothing”

think I’ll have another cup …


Truth …

Dawn’s Journal Journey’s challenge theme this month is “Choose a Word”

Patty Szymkowicz TRUTH pages (4)

I started working in a sweet little handmade journal that the talented LaWendula created with magazine pages, gesso and paint (each page measures 4.5 x 4.5 inches * 11.43 x 11.43 cm) …

Patty Szymkowicz TRUTH pages (1)

the precious Paper Whimsy girl on the left is from a collage sheet that I won in Nancy of Sugar Lump Studios’ fabulous 14 Days of Hearts creativity and sharing earlier this month with special thanks to Gale Blair for generously gifting several lucky people each day with Paper Whimsy collage sheets …

Patty Szymkowicz TRUTH pages (8)

I walked away from my pages for a bit and when I looked at them again I realized the girl could use a ‘crown’ which led to adding more bits of old lace and netting…

Google Translation of the German text that I randomly tore out of a book for the page above:  “Is it because of sensitivity?   It’s about honesty, of all against himself over.   A person has only so much honesty as he can afford.  Honesty is …”

Patty Szymkowicz TRUTH pages (9)

my TRUTH page began with a photocopy of one of the felted wool cards I made in January adding a scrap of map paper, bits of torn lace and some rubber stamping …

Patty Szymkowicz TRUTH pages (7)

 Valentine’s Day came and went so quickly …

I know it would be wise to start on Easter and Spring creating NOW ;)

Love to you and you and …

PW girl Valentine Wishes

“Love is the medicine that accelerates healing.

Pixlr Heart

Love yourself,

Cupid Rhinestone Love

love your neighbor,

BlueTheColorOfHope PSzymkowicz

love your enemies,

1MagpiesNest RakuHeart LOVE

but begin with self-love.

My Paper Heart

You cannot love others until you love yourself.

Fabric Stitched Heart Ian's Barbwire Heart

You cannot share what you do not have.

Pinecone Heart for Alex

If you do not love yourself, you cannot love anyone else either.”   ~Don Miguel Ruiz

* you are Loved * oxo *

the heart sees …

Magpies Nest Fat Tuesday

sending good thoughts…

Magpies Nest Fat Tuesday (1)

to you…

Magpies Nest Omis heart

 all ways…oxo

hjerter… cœurs… harten… Herzen… cuori… kiery… corazones… hjärtan

…hearts…

back in November I found a pretty Liberty wool scarf at an Aspen Thrift Shop for a song…

Liberty Wool Scarf

after sending it to the cleaners I was very disappointed to discover that it itched like crazy around my neck…

then I had a thought

why not felt the scarf!

Felted Scarf

as you can see a hot water wash matted the fibers together beautifully so I got busy cutting hearts…

Heart Cards Closeup

embroidering different stitches and such onto them…

First Wool Heart Valentine Cards

 using some of my hand dyed silk ribbons and some old (thank you Carmen Dyson) and new music papers that I stitched onto folded card stock along with a scribbled black pen border…

Ya Gotta Have Heart

an easy and fun process with a few more in the works…

14heARTSicon Nancy SUgar Lump

the lovely and talented Nancy of Sugar Lump Studios is having a very special event beginning 1 February that you will not want to miss …

Confucius Snow Heart