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whatever floats your boat…

Conny’s Mix it Monthly challenge this month is using a lovely color palette along with the theme of sailboats / boat 

Magpie's Nest Sailboat (1)

I knew I wanted to use a fancy slipper/shoe image for the boat along with the float your boat words …  the three cherubs were taken from a Christmas napkin with touches of color added…paint and stencils…gesso and assorted papers and some pieces of German scrap…

Magpie's Nest Sailboat

such a fun challenge…be sure and visit Mix it Monthly to see lots of inspiring creativity and of course you are most welcome to play along

Mix it Monthly: June “Home” Challenge

this month’s Mix it Monthly challenge is “Home” with inspiration from the color palette below…

Conny's June Home Color Inspiration Unbenannt-2

I almost ran out of time to play along in this super challenge…

Collage background steps

so I got busy using scrap papers for another loose page for my newest art journal…

Collage background steps (1)

a bit of paint and gesso…

plain dress colored with chalks

some wings for this young lady who was hiding on my work table…

plain dress colored with chalks (1)

and some touches of chalk to color her dress and cheeks

some fly away art supplies

I had to really concentrate in order to snap a few photos along the way…

Fly away

I am also entering this in the Art Journal Journey “Houses” challenge this month (great minds coming up with close to the same challenge theme!)…

Fly away Home

“I feel my boots 
trying to leave the ground,
I feel my heart
pumping hard, I want to think again 
of dangerous and noble things.
I want to be light and frolicsome.
I want to be improbable, beautiful and afraid of nothing,
as though I had wings.” ~Mary Oliver

art journal pages

 

last Tuesday this June…

hello and welcome to tea on our back porch…

Bewley's T tray and Numi Chocolate Pu erh Tea

the garden is in full swing with so many lovely blooms to enjoy each and every day…

some blue in our Virginia GardenI am especially drawn to the gorgeous shades of blue…

Forget-me-Nots and Hydrangeas

it would be really difficult to pick one favorite flower…

my altered flower press in waiting

I made up a couple of sheets of pressed flowers and tissue paper recently (more about that here if you are curious) and was quite surprised to find out that the pretty pressed blue hydrangeas had turned golden tan overnight…

Pressed flowers with tissue paper and glue

I didn’t let that stop me from my idea of creating another page for my loose leaf art journal…

Entranced by the moon collage

in fact I quite liked them and cut out the center of the hydrangea ring to create a frame for the lady’s face…

art journal page and collaged paperweight

 stenciled plaster on tissue paper and some scraps of other papers along with a few words from a book page helped complete my collage page…Embroidered linen Noble Art quote

here’s wishing you a really lovely T Day along with Elizabeth and all the other tea bloggers ~♥~ so glad you stopped by

with the moon in her hand…

playing again in my little 1931 Funk & Wagnalls Enclyclopedia with new pages for the Art Journal Journey (AJJ) Circles challenge…

Funk Wagnalls Vol III (1)

I began by stamping on used tea bag paper which I have lots of…

B Line Girl on tea bag

using a couple of circle paper punches on a scrap piece of newspaper print paper that I had stamped a long time ago helped my pages come together…

moon in her hand supplies

a thin coat of white gesso muted the book pages a bit…

in her hand

it was a sweet surprise when the words “Germany” and “Munich” popped off the page at me …

that is where my mother was from and I was born there too…

tea bag pages

I added a bit of Crystal Lacquer on her earrings and on the words…

flowers in her hair

 a few vintage blooms for her hair and part of this quote: 

With the Moon in Her Hand

 “The night walked down the sky with the moon in her hand.” ~Frederic Lawrence Knowles

Art Journal Journey and Mix It Monthly…

my art journal pages qualify for two great challenges this month: Art Journal Journey’s “Moments of Happiness” and Mix It Monthly’s “Maps”

Cherry Blossom Time Again (1)

nature makes me happy for so many reasons and in the Washington, DC area we always feel like Spring has finally arrived when the cherry blossoms burst into bloom…

Cherry Blossom Time Again (2)

I also have a thing for old maps and enjoy using them in collage…

Cherry Blossom Time Again

*here is some of what went into my pages: personal photographs…torn map pieces…paint…gesso…chalk…Stabilo pencil…computer printed words on painted paper along with happy moments and memories*

 

Full Circle Art Journaling * Part 2

still working on some gessoed book pages not thinking too much just using what is close by…

Gesso Full Circle Journal pages

vintage sheet music…citra solv paper…paint…paper doily…Russian dictionary page and found poetry on the page…

Gesso Full Circle Journal pages (1)

walnut ink…a border made out of my hand carved arch rubber stamp and my painted lady…

Gesso Full Circle Journal pages (2)

clip art courtesy of Misty Mawn…piece of washi tape from a special friend…bingo paper and one of my painted faces…

Gesso Full Circle Journal pages (3)

Inka gold…paint…hole reinforcers…assorted papers and clipart…

Gesso Full Circle Journal pages (4)

paint…assorted papers including a piece of map and slice of moon from a catalog…

*thank you all so very much for your lovely birthday wishes for Mr Magpie…your kindness and thoughtfulness certainly are appreciated*

Mix It Monthly and AJJ…

the lovely and talented Conny/Pia Rom has a Mix It Monthly (button on my sidebar) challenge that always delights and inspires and for some time now I have wanted to play along…

spiral art journal filling up fast

this month’s challenge is the theme of  ODD HATS using the colors orange, violet and hibiscus…

Odd Hat Mix It Monthly Challenge

I am also entering the page above in Art Journal Journey’s SILENCE challenge this month…

Odd Hat Mix It Monthly Challenge (1)

I really enjoyed mixing this combination of colors around to create a background in my art journal

Odd Hat Mix It Monthly Challenge (2)

swans are always a favorite of mine and I couldn’t help but think of Björk when she wore her infamous swan dress to the 73rd Academy Awards back in 2001 (it certainly does NOT seem that long ago in my head!)…

 

where the Light is…

turns out this is not the first time that John Mayer’s “Gravity” lyrics have inspired some of my art journal pages…

John Mayer inspired where the Light is

I have liked capitalizing the “L” in Love and in Light all rules aside for some time now…

John Mayer inspired where the Light is (1)

here are some of the ingredients that I used to create my pages (the Heidi Swapp Color SHINE sprays are wonderful with their metallic shimmer!!!)…

John Mayer inspired where the Light is (2)my Tim Holtz star stencil came in handy…

John Mayer inspired where the Light is (3)along with some great pencils and pens…

John Mayer inspired where the Light is (4)cigar box papers…an image from a gift catalog with a piece of golden paper doily halo and some gouache touches too…

John Mayer inspired where the Light is (5)

I like that the lines in my spiral notebook show through a bit as I worked on the bare pages not using gesso first as I sometimes do…

John Mayer inspired where the Light is (6)joining with Art Journal Journey (AJJ) this month for their SILENCE/STILLE theme

John Mayer inspired where the Light is (7)thank you again dear Estivalia for helping make my photos clickable = you ROCK!!!

and special thanks to Misty Mawn for offering another online class which I just signed up for (she is SO generous…talented and amazing!!!) …

this quote is one she shared and I could not help but enjoy how it clicked with my LIGHT word of the year…

“…as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we’re liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” ~Marianne Williamson

Soartful Challenge “Trees”

this is my first time playing along with the Soartful Challenges Blog for their November challenge of

“TREES: … since it IS fall, let’s go with the colour orange, plus one other colour.

Oatlands Plantation Tree Sampler

with Autumn winding down here in Northern Virginia I have been enjoying the fall foliage and snapping photos of trees left and right…

Tree Photography pages (2)

last week I was playing with a tree photo I took at Oatlands Plantation using a free photo editing service called Tuxpi

Tree Photography pages

I really liked the “negative” effect I got on the last photo which lead to me using my tree photos for the challenge…

tree pages supplies

I must confess orange is not often my ‘go to’ color but it just so happened that I had some paint scraped pages sitting and waiting in my journal (I did wonder more than a few times WHAT in the world I would ever do with them!)…

Tree Photography pages (1)

my favorite altered photo above was the inspiration for my pages…

Tree Photography pages (4)

as I was dashing out of my art cave into another room to find some different silk leaves I spied a sprig of three bittersweet blooms which were the perfect finish to my pages…

tall trees

I get a bittersweet feeling as we leave colorful fall going into the darker bare winter months which do of course hold charms of their own…

*if you are interested there are photos of other spreads in this art journal here with one of my favorite spreads here*

♥ thank you very much for your visit … I always appreciate your comments and time ♥ 

tell me a story … part two

last week I shared my swan wallpaper piece on the left for two September art journaling challenges (AJJ “Less is More and JJ’s “Childhood)…

Tell me a story (2)

I have been busy putting finishing touches on the right hand side of my journal…

tell me a story tags

using a piece of plastered eyelet cotton to create a pocket…

Needle Thread Cloth August Prize

that pretty flower at the bottom of my pocket was part of a goodie package that I received when I won the Needle Thread Cloth August Giveaway

you can see their exciting September challenge here

tell me a story tags (1)

I also used a piece of the really special hand dyed text fabric (thank you sweet Jan!) on one of my tags along with some of the yummy linen embroidery floss for a couple of French knots and to tie on a metal wing charm  (the photograph is of my parents and little me from way back when in Germany)

tell me a story tags (2)

the pocket worked nicely to hold my tea stained tags that I stitched and glued bits of plaster lace, torn fabric, tea bag, book text and more along with images of two sweet little girls from the lovely wallpaper piece from Nathalie

tell me a story tags (3)

I also happened to come across a tiny book (1.75 x 2.5 inches) I had stitched and decorated to use as an itty bitty journal some time ago (thank you also to my sweet friend Eileen for sharing the bumpy yarn that made the perfect finish for my Play tag)… 

Tiny Journal Kindergarten Patty

the photo is of me when I was about 5 years old

everyone is welcome to join in the “Childhood” challenge theme over at Journal Journey’s…

…Explore…

BritannicaJr Before

happy to have another mixed media art journal completed with its new cover and eleven spreads…

AJJ Square journal pages

I decided to use a scrumptious piece of blue paper from my stash called “Batik Raindrop” along with white “Lace Windowpane” paper, Austrian map paper and a DiBona Design image I had tucked away (I have always enjoyed all kinds of PAPERS)…

EXPLORE Art Journal Cover

a bit of “square” layering which I will also enter for AJJ’s August “Square” challenge…

EXPLORE Art Journal Cover (1)

here are links to each of the spreads in my “EXPLORE” journal:

http://bitze.wordpress.com/2010/07/22/harmony-3/

http://bitze.wordpress.com/2010/07/25/balance-2/

http://bitze.wordpress.com/2010/08/11/breathe-in-the-quiet-center/

http://bitze.wordpress.com/2010/08/22/let-go-move-on/

http://bitze.wordpress.com/2010/12/01/we-are-but-a-moments-sunlight/

http://bitze.wordpress.com/2012/07/26/love-more-fear-less-2/

http://bitze.wordpress.com/2012/09/19/journal-journeys-challenge-12/

http://bitze.wordpress.com/2013/03/01/welcome-march/

http://bitze.wordpress.com/2013/04/05/landscape-within-me/

http://bitze.wordpress.com/2013/04/24/green/

http://bitze.wordpress.com/2013/08/08/bohemia-more-squares/

♥ wishing you and yours a really lovely weekend ♥

put a bird nest on it…

and call it done…

Encyclopedia Pages

my twenty-eight spread journal using an old rescued encyclopedia volume that I have worked in so much lately

Patty Szymkowicz Art Journal (1)

now has a cover on it using a piece of one of the cutter quilts I got recently…

Patty Szymkowicz Robin in Angel Fountain

while I was out on the back porch (where the light is good for photography) a robin redbreast popped into our angel fountain not seeming to mind me being quite close…

Patty Szymkowicz Robin in Birdbath

as I had my camera handy I clicked a few photos of her splish splashing away…

Magpie's Nest Robin in the bath

something went amiss with the robin that nested in our pink climbing rose out front as the four beautiful eggs disappeared from the nest over night leaving us guessing what might have gone wrong…

 back to my art journal…

Patty Szymkowicz Quilted Journal CoverI always like an excuse to use one of my wire bird nests as they are such fun to make…

Patty Szymkowicz Art Journal

I am close to finishing a smaller Funk & Wagnalls volume but that may not happen before our trip in June…

*Wordpress tells me this is blog post #1660*

Seize the day …

when I heard that Dawn’s Journal Journey’s May challenge was “Birds” I had a couple of images I knew I wanted to use (sorry I could not find who to give credit to for the images)…

Seize the day ... (2)

the girl with the basket on her head is from a 3×5 skinny that I created on cereal box cardboard some time ago…

Seize the day ... (3)

I increased the size which is unusual for me as I seem to most often reduce the size of images…

Seize the day ... (1)

adding a little texture with some sari threads for the nest and a wooden inchie frame that I glued text onto sanding and inking the edges…

Seize the day ...

I began working in this 1958 encyclopedia back in 2009

Seize the day ... (5)

excitement is building for me as there are only two more sections to complete in my visual journal and I’ll be ready to put a cover on it and call it done…

Seize the day ... (4)

 I am also sharing this with Susi’s Art Journal Journey Challenge Yourself” for May as I did challenge myself in several ways (i.e. use of images and only using stamp inks along with limiting my color palette)…

♥Happy Weekend All♥