Category Archives: Nature

El corazón …

excited about Art Journal Journey’s August “Frida Kahlo” challenge theme…

Frida has inspired my artwork in the past working with beeswax… wood… metal… etching… moo’s… atc’s… altered books and more…

Magpie's Nest Frida artwork sampler

this time I opted to concentrate on Frida’s moody blue side rather than her extra colorful persona…

Magpie's Nest Frida  El corazón

sticking pins in the heart that I added a little cotton to for dimension (the heart is poofed up about 1/4 inch from the surface)…

Magpie's Nest Frida  El corazón (1)

the background is a dictionary page I had handy where I had played with a burst stencil… paint and plaster…

Magpie's Nest Frida  El corazón (2)

pieces of lace from my Mutti’s sewing supplies and some white roses finished this loose page for my art journal…

Rosemary for Remembrance…

on this last day of the Art Journal Journey “Flower Power” challenge I have two more pages that I did in one of my little magazine and gesso art journals (more about that here … the photo below shows how the pages looked before I collaged on them and the photo on the right shows pages I made for the AJJ June challenge)…

Magpie's Nest Gesso Magazine book pages

a random torn page from a plant catalog and the veiled lady from a catalog sparked this remembrance spread…

Magpie's Nest Rosemary for Remembrance

 some pressed Nigella (also known as Love in a mist or Devil in a bush) from my garden helped complete my pages…the halo behind the lady’s head was a silk flower petal I found on the ground…

Magpie's Nest Rosemary for Remembrance (2)

the flowers on the right page are one of my favorite blue summer wildflowers … Chicory (which does not like being pressed or cut for bouquets I found…it also closes in the afternoon sun)…

Patty Szymkowicz AJJ July 2014

here is a sample of my AJJ entries for July … flowers are something I always enjoy and they do enter into my artwork quite a bit … 

flowers on her mind…

Magpie's Nest Open Art Journals

two more pages in my larger sized altered encyclopedia (top left) for AJJ’s Flower Power challenge which makes entry #8 for me this month (my other entries over at AJJ are #47, 72, 83, 108, 113, 124, 133)…

scraped paint pgs

I had scraped paint on the pages a long time ago with no idea what they would be used for…

gesso pgs

 some white gesso helped tone them down and I was ready to go…

Magpie's Nest Flowers on her mind

a sparkler rubber stamp came in handy to add a little detail to both pages…

Magpie's Nest Flowers on her mind (1)

I like the pressed Tansy leaves more than my molding paste stenciled leaves but I wanted to try out my new Tim Holtz vine stencil…

Magpie's Nest flowers on her mind 2

paint…gesso…molding paste…stencil…plastic sushi grass…peeled napkin…pressed flowers…rubber stamp…flowers from magazines and a Mona Maris image…

~♥ Happy end of July dear ones ♥~

Art Journal T…

Magpie's Nest Art Journal in progress  for T Stands for Tuesday today I am sharing some pages I created with the Art Journal Journey’s July “Flower Power” challenge in mind (this makes my 7th entry for the July challenge…I do L♥ve flowers!)…

Magpie's Nest refreshing cup of water

over the past couple of months I have been playing a little in all of these journals including my loose page art journal below (that’s water in my cup which is always a favorite refreshing drink of mine)…

Magpie's Nest Gesso and loose page art journals

a lovely vintage German flower print (one of several beauties) from my friend Carmen was perfect for a spread in my little Funk & Wagnalls New Standard Encyclopedia that I began working in several years ago (book with green cover above)

Magpie's Nest Bloom (2)

old German book text…various papers…paint…gesso and washi tape along with a solitary flower I picked up from the sidewalk…

Magpie's Nest Bloom (1)

I also came upon this quote about this pretty flower…

Magpie's Nest Bloom (3)

“…Silene, who declines
The garish noontide’s blazing light;
But when the evening crescent shines,
Gives all her sweetness to the night….”
~Charlotte Turner Smith (1749-1806), “The Horologe of the Fields”

wishing you a happy T day full of things that you enjoy

Daisy * Daisy

since I was a girl I have been dotting the i’s in my first name (Patrizia) with doodled daisies…

Magpie's Nest Daisies Art Journal Pages

with this month’s Art Journal Journey “Flower Power” challenge I took the time to look up the symbolism of daisies which inspired two more art journal pages (my sixth entry in the July challenge=oh my!)…

Magpie's Nest Daisies Art Journal Pages (1)

quite interesting to learn just how long daisies have been around and how artwork like ceramics actually helped piece together that bit of history…

Magpie's Nest Daisies Art Journal Pages (2)

paint and bits of paper… pressed wild daisies and some ferny foliage with a favorite new free font for printed text called My Underwood

…the faintest scent of a cactus flower

these pages in my gesso art journal were inspired by part of a Jerry Spinelli  quote…

Magpie's Nest Cactus Flower Art Journal Pages

then a copy of one of my collages from some years ago popped up to use as a focal point…

Magpie's Nest Cactus Flower Art Journal Pages (1)

with the chance to use more of my pressed flowers as embellishment pretending they are ‘cactus blooms’ with the Art Journal Journey “Flower Power” challenge in mind…

Magpie's Nest Cactus Flower Art Journal Pages (2)

“She was elusive. She was today. She was tomorrow. She was the faintest scent of a cactus flower, the flitting shadow of an elf owl. We did not know what to make of her. In our minds we tried to pin her to a cork board like a butterfly, but the pin merely went through and away she flew.” ―Jerry Spinelli, Stargirl

Mikrokosmos Foto Challenge July Week 4 “Brief/Letter”

for this week’s MiFoC challenge I am reaching back and borrowing from a blog post from earlier this year about some romantic 1900’s letters that Mr Magpie and I rescued at a small shop on the Eastern Shore in Maryland…

Magpie's Nest 1906 rescued Love Letters

if you are interested in more of the story and photos of these letters written by Henry to his dear Kate you can visit my post here

Magpie's Nest 1906 rescued Love Letters (1)

thank you to Manuela for another fun photo challenge this week

Magpie's Nest 1906 rescued Love Letters (2)

Lavender honey lemonade for T…

the other day I made some delicious lavender honey lemonade (more here if you are interested in the recipe)…

Magpie's Nest Lavender Honey Lemonade for two

which really hits the spot in our hot and humid July weather…

Magpie's Nest Tansy

those yellow buttons in the little thatched cottage pitcher I rescued some time ago were Raspberry Tansy blooms gone wild flopping out and in the way where Mr Magpie would be mowing the lawn…

Magpies' Nest Lavender Honey Lemonade

years ago when I planted the Tansy underneath a young Dogwood tree there seemed like so much room…now to get the sun the Tansy reaches up and way out…

Magpie's Nest refreshing pause

they make nice dried flowers and the leaves do have a gorgeous scent of raspberry and could be brewed into a bitter healing tea although I am not a fan of bitter things…

Magpie's Nest Lemon Stack

 I do enjoy playing with my food…

Magpie's Nest Lemon Lavender Borage and Thyme Mandala

here’s wishing you a very nice T day along with everyone else over at Elizabeth and Bleubeard’s

every flower that blooms…

another spread in my art journal for AJJ’s “Flower Power” challenge this month…

Magpie's Nest Every Flower... (2)

I mixed photography with real pressed flowers (Nigella/Love in a Mist above and the daisy like flowers along the bottom are Fleabane which grow wild here in Virginia) …paint…gesso…washi tape…rubons and pencil scribbles…

Magpie's Nest Every Flower... (1)

this mystery lady’s dress (she popped up in an everyday dress on my work table) is made with two different photos of a blue Stokes Aster…the yellow buttercup is part of a sticker and her Larkspur hat is also a pressed flower from our garden…

Every flower...some supplies

always happy to use some of my washi tape collection…the stamped “grass” at the bottom was paper that I cleaned my gesso and paint brushes on…a small tube of green goauche exploded awhile ago so there was lots of that BRIGHT green paint too good to waste…

Magpie's Nest Every Flower...

~♥ flower… Blume… kwiat… fleur… blomst… fiore… flor… bloem… kukka… blomma… blàth ♥~

my other entries this month here and here

Mikrokosmos Foto Challenge July Week 3 “Drink”

the challenge this week at MiFoC is “Getränk/Drink”…

I am sharing some Lavender Honey Lemonade that I made using fresh lavender from our garden with local raw honey and organic lemons…

Lavender Lemonade ingredients

a recipe from Mother Earth News here inspired me to get busy…

organic lemons local honey garden grown lavender

there is even a nice video link here of the largest lavender event in North America which happens to be this weekend…if only it weren’t on the other side of the U.S. 3000 miles/4828 Kilometers away…

Refreshing Lavender Honey Lemonade

simple ingredients that made the house smell wonderful…

it was delicious

I used some of my borage blossom ice cubes but I think I will enjoy the next glass of lavender tea served cold without ice…

Borage blossoms lemons and lavender

wish you could join me…

Homemade Lavender Lemonadefor more drink photos visit Manuela at MiFoC and you are welcome to play along too!

Mikrokosmos Foto Challenge July Week 2 “Im Garten”

“Im garten” is the challenge theme over at MiFoC this week and in the garden is always one of my favorite places to be…

Parasol Reflection

  Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens is a most beautiful and magical place just outside of Washington, DC…

Lots of Loti

this is the second year we have been lucky enough to enjoy the blooms there…

Lotus and sideway Bud

it is not hard to snap hundreds of photos of the Loti (plural for Lotus)…

Lovely Loti

we were sharing a camera so we lost track of who took which photos exactly which really does not matter since we are a team…

Dragonflies and bees

there is wildlife to enjoy there and the dragonflies do a great job of controlling mosquitoes around all that water…

Great Blue Heron and turtle

this handsome blue heron had cameras clicking as he was casually fishing for his lunch…

DSC09051 waterlily damsel fly

there were lots of photographers with really fancy cameras and super duper lenses…

Waterlilies

the pretty water lilies are very nice but the Lotus are what really speak to me…

Blue Sky Lotus Day

the park is free to the public…

perfect lotus

we hope to return again…

Heart lotus leafjust because these water gardens are such a special place…

storm damageeven with a bit of damage from a recent storm there was still so much beauty everywhere you turned…

inverted lotus

I will stop now ending with a lotus photo that I took using my iphone altering it with several different apps…

strawberries and cream…

organic strawberry goodnesssliced organic strawberries left to sit for awhile with a little superfine sugar to help draw the juices…

slicing strawberries

and a chance to use one of the lovely bee’s wraps that we picked up in California back in April as a cover for the bowl…

bee's wrap

it works like a charm…

Strawberries and Cream Hydrangeawith thanks to our local Trader Joe’s for helping create a theme of sorts by tempting me with this beautiful lace cap Strawberries and Cream Hydrangea (I liked it even before I saw the name!)

angel food cake strawberries and creme yogurt topping

our version of strawberry shortcake involves strawberries piled on top of torn pieces of angel food cake with a dollop of our favorite creme top plain yogurt as a finish

Hydrangea with apps

here’s wishing you a lovely T Day along with everyone over at Elizabeth and Bleubeard

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