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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*

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♥

sunlight and flower petals…

“Art is the only way to run away without leaving home.” ~Twyla Tharp

sunlight pgs side view

it has been a little while since I have gotten my hands into paint as I seem to have my camera in my hands this time of year snapping photos of the glorious Spring blooms arriving anew each day (sorry to all of my friends where Spring is long overdue!)…

paints

wasn’t quite sure what I wanted to do other than use some of my new dabber paints…

some supplies

using a page from a large print book I let a few words pop off the page at me and was inspired…

sunlight pages mid process

my camera was downstairs so there is only this one photograph of my pages just about completed after lots and lots of layers of paint and rubber stamping…

good stuffbeing recently inspired by a talented artist’s beautiful creativity I knew that my pages could use some of this leaf trim…

sunlight and flower petalsoften I find it good to step away from what I am creating for a bit…

gentle windsit is easier to see where things might be added or not…

sunlight spread

“Art is both creation and recreation.  Of the two ideas,  I think art as recreation or as sheer play of the human spirit is more important.” ~ Lin Yutang

The Snow Queen

each year I treat myself to a special wall calendar

this year the cover art of all things a Witches’ Calendar with brilliant scratchboard artwork by Jennifer Hewitson really spoke to me…

I have known a few “witches” in my time but other than that have no real connection to the topic…

Scratchart by Jennifer Hewitson

that said the January Snow Queen surrounded by children touched my heart in so many ways…

Patty Szymkowicz Jan Art Journal pgs

before January 2013 slips away I thought I would post these simple pages I created using some of my black and white gelli monoprinting cardstock, black gesso, a little blue Lumiere paint and white poster pen 

Patty Szymkowicz Gelli Monoprints

it took great restraint to not use color when monoprinting these pages by the way…

Patty Szymkowicz Gelli Monoprint pg

Happy February as I know to some of my friends way around the globe it has already arrived…

oxo

STRETCH in 2013 …

new year’s resolutions are not something I really get into but I have chosen a word for the last several years…

in 2011 my word was AUTHENTIC and

in 2012 I chose BALANCE

Balance Rock altered

I could easily have had that as my word again this year but I decided to go with

2013 Word of the Year STRETCH A

(most of the heart rocks are from my Mr Magpie who knows I enjoy a pretty rock as much as a bouquet of flowers)

a reminder to stretch my spiritual body…

 my physical body…

and

to continue stretching my wings trying new things

Swan Wings from Susan

(thank you Susan for the beautiful wings…they fit perfectly with my new AVAM swan)

here are my latest art journal pages for two different monthly journal challenges Susi’s with the theme of “Crowns” and Dawn’s with the theme of “New” using colors that I don’t often go to…

my old friend (3) A

my encyclopedia pages (each measuring 4×6″/postcard size) began with some found poetry that eerily and unintentionally lined up with words showing thru my painted and collaged backgrounds on page 213 and 214…

my old friend A

did you pick a word to inspire you this year?

A BIG thank you once again to my sweet and talented friend Estivalia in Chile for creating the code for my Word of the Year to appear on my sidebar…she’s the best!!!

You’ll probably never know…

my art journal pages were inspired by a couple of images from a wonderful card and special paper swap from the lovely and talented Madeleine Schineis in The Netherlands

(with special thanks to LaWendula for the many swaps she continues to organize … I believe there is still time to sign up for the December “Yummy Papers” swap here)…

the girl with her long tresses caught in the train door really spoke to me as I have had long hair for much of my life…

the delicate bird image on the right hand page was just perfect too…

(here is some of what went into my pages: a chocolate paper, black and white rub ons, cotton gauze, music fabric tape, metal button, acrylic paint, white Signo gel pen, black marker and black  Stabilo Woody)

a Japanese Journal…

my handmade journal has been finished since early last month but time moves so quickly I haven’t had a chance to share it with you until now…

a couple of years ago Carole of Madness and Mess offered a wonderful online journal making class…

 my Gypsy Journal was the first that I completed and I was very pleased with it…

(see my sweet cup pin cushion that I won in Nathalie’s giveaway in September and my ‘Born to be Wild’ traveling sewing kit)

this journal has been in the works for a couple of years now (oh my!) with my stained watercolor paper pages torn and ready to decorate and stitch …

a friend gave me the perfect piece of blue indigo for the cover that I accented with french knots

and another local friend Linda Yeatman gave me the perfect red bead for the cover

Jenxo in Australia had shared some beautiful pieces of old sari fabric with me last year which I knew I wanted to add to the pages of my journal…

(I have a serious correction to my description above…those gorgeous fabric pieces from Jen are KIMONO fabrics = doh!)

 I used various images and papers from my Asian collection along with a few rubber stamped highlights here and there…

my centerfold pages fold out on each side…

the pretty Japanese coin on the left is from my friend Susan and the coaster on the right was from my friend Margaret when we were visiting various Brocki’s (Swiss for thrift stores)  in Zurich last spring…

the image on the right is a favorite of a lady standing in a tea field from my now far away art friend Cheryl Novey…

this journal is an example of needing to make something with no real plans for what I’ll actually do with it…

(heart rocks from my Mr Magpie)

it also represents to me the thoughtful generosity of so many art friends some that I have never even met in person which makes this journal extra special to me…

for newcomers to my Magpie’s Nest you will notice there are underlined words throughout my post…

those are links for you to click if you’re interested in more details or photographs of things I have mentioned here…

they may also take you to some wonderful blogs … just sayin’

Messenger of Hope

the blue background for my storm pages was a result of mixing too much paint for some journal pages back in October…

then I came across a good sized image of the lady in my art cave (sorry I do not know who to credit for the image)… 

scraps of paper, washi tape, rub ons, paints, white gel pen and some pressed roses that I embedded on the page under a thin layer of tissue with gel medium helped my pages come together…

the words “Messenger of Hope” were last to present themselves… 

“When the world says, ‘Give up’, Hope whispers, ‘Try it one more time.’” ~Anonymous