Category Archives: Paint

Art Journal Journey September Challenge

the new theme over at AJJ (thanks again this month to Valerie at Bastelmania) is LIVING BEINGS/ LEBEWESEN” (when I did an online translation of the German word “Lebewesen” the English wordcritter came up too)…

Magpie's Nest GRACE (1)

one of my favorite creatures/critters/living beings for a long time now has been the swan so I created a loose art journal page using assorted scraps of paper (citra solv circles… envelope liner… pattern tissue and more) adding stenciled plaster… gesso and paint to the collaged papers with a bit of Viva Inka-Gold…

Magpie's Nest GRACE

the word “grace” came to me as a nice finishing touch which also led me to some great quotes on grace…

Magpie's Nest My Shadow w phone apps

(a photo I took on a walk of my shadow with my iphone altered using some of my favorite phone apps)

“You say grace before meals.  All right.  But I say grace before the concert and the opera, and grace before the play and pantomime, and grace before I open a book, and grace before sketching, painting, swimming, fencing, boxing, walking, playing, dancing and grace before I dip the pen in the ink.” -K. Chesterton

art journaling just because…

it had been since July that I played in either of my gesso journals…

Magpie's Nest Gesso art journals

when mystery directions written on a slip of paper popped up inspiration hit me for an art journal spread (I used the original note tearing it in half and using a piece on the corners of each page)…

Magpie's Nest Find Your Way Home journal closeup

some bits of old tissue paper with text on it… torn map paper… washi tape and a few rubber stamps flowed onto the pages along with touches of paint… gesso and Stabilo pencil for shading…

Magpie's Nest Find Your Way Home journal pages

the next day a lovely geisha image turned up on my work table and two more pages came to be…

Magpie's Nest Geisha art journal page

the golden Ginkgo leaf that got separated from other more pristine ones that I had pressed in years past seemed just right (when I decided to look up the symbolism of the Ginkgo I was pleased to find it is popular in Asian art…maybe in the recesses of mind I knew that?)… the golden fan shaped leaves always speak to me…

Magpie's Nest Ginkgo art journal pages

when some of my pressed violets presented themselves along with the thoughtful lady below two more pages materialized (these three spreads were done on and off over about a three day period of time)…

Magpie's Nest While the soul whispers art journal pages

in digging around in my goodie piles I came across lovely scraps of vintage paper that I had plastered along with what I thought was the perfect quote (I have quotes scribbled on little pieces of paper and it is fun when they pop up)…

Magpie's Nest While the soul whispers quote pages

when I get wrapped up in creating everything falls away and sometimes I even forget to stop for a drink of water…

Magpie's Nest refreshing water

this glass tasted especially good out on our back porch when I was snapping photos of my finished pages to share with you

Magpie's Nest Pause that refreshes

here’s wishing everyone a very happy T day along with Elizabeth and Bleubeard… I appreciate your visit here!

Art Joural Journey August “Frida Kahlo” Challenge

today I am sharing what was actually the ‘first’ piece I created for the AJJ Frida challenge

Magpie's Nest Wings to Fly loose leaf journal page (1)

I just wasn’t thrilled with it so I kept putting it aside and creating something else

Magpie's Nest Wings to Fly supplies

I hauled out a lot of ingredients for this a little larger than a postcard size journal page…

Magpie's Nest Wings to Fly loose leaf journal page (2)

the last thing I added was some of the blue Woody Stabilo hitting it with a wet brush and letting it drip a bit…

Magpie's Nest Wings to Fly loose leaf journal page

 the cage dress form stamp was my initial inspiration…

Patty Szymkowicz Frida Sampler for AJJ Aug 2014

here are my creations for the Art Journal Journey’s August Challenge

Magpie's Nest Frida creations(4, 44, 58, 75, 102, 112 and 125)

MiFoC August {Week 4: Mood}

this week’s inspiration for the Mikrokosmos Photography Challenge is MoodMagpie's Nest Playful Creative Mood

I was in the mood to play…

Magpie's Nest iphone app painty hand

snapping the photo very carefully with my iphone because both hands were coated in paint and gesso and then using some phone apps (DistressFX, Diana, Gloomlogue) to alter my original photo …

Magpie's Nest Diana App

and a photo of my iphone showing the two photos in Diana app that created the photo in my collage above top right (how many times have I typed the word PHOTO *ggg*!)…

Magpie's Nest Gloomlogue app

and Gloomlogue another fun app … grateful for so many ways to play and be creative

Frida and Diego…

 Art Journal Journey and Valerie has given many of us Frida Fever so when an image by Pierre Mornet in our local newspaper made me think of Frida and Diego and their stormy romance I was not surprised…

Patty Szymkowicz Frida and Diego collage

here are a few photos as I was creating this 6 x 9 inch art journal page to show some of the steps I took sketching a little adding paint and gesso with some rubber stamping on tissue paper (again I cannot identify who made the rubber stamps)…

Magpie's Nest Frida and Diego

and here I thought I was finished with Frida…

Magpie's Nest Frida Flower

the image above was made using the first Frida that I shared along with some iphone apps to layer a flower photo from our garden with my artwork...

I still have one more Frida that I made and will share it here soon…

Frida dreams…

inspired by two different Frida Kahlo paintings (Roots, 1943 and The Wounded Deer, 1946) I began work on another loose leaf art journal page using a piece of heavily inked scrap paper from the piece I created on the other side of this one (shame I did not take the time to snap a photo of the ‘before’ page…but you know how it is when you get excited)…

Magpie's Nest Friday Roots supplies (1)

 

I have a pizza box in my studio lined with paper which helps contain over spray…

Magpie's Nest Frida Kahlo Roots and Deer

I tore some of the background paper adding pieces at the bottom and at the top…

Magpie's Nest Frida Kahlo Roots and Deer (1)

a small assortment of rubber stamps came in handy too (the unmounted red rubber stamps are a mystery to me and have been in my stash for a long long time)…

Magpie's Nest Friday Roots supplies

this is my Frida #5 for this month’s Art Journal Journey challenge (4, 44, 58, 75)

Magpie's Nest Frida Kahlo Roots and Deer (2)

I got to watch FRIDA the movie directed by Julie Taymor over the weekend…some parts of it were like seeing it for the first time as it had been many years ago when I first watched it…

Diego played by Alfred Molina in the movie said: “At the end of the day we can endure much more than we think we can.”

put on your party dress…

another piece for Mix it Monthly’s August “Crazy Dresses” challenge

Magpie's Nest Party Dress before

using the reverse side of my ‘reach for the stars’ creation

Magpie's Nest Origami Paper Dresses

I remembered I had a stash of origami dresses that I made last August…

Magpie's Nest Origami Paper Dresses (1)

do you see your size…

Magpie's Nest Put on your party dress (1)

the instructions should have/could have come with a warning because it is almost impossible to make just one which is my idea of crazy good fun…

Magpie's Nest Put on your party dress

so here is my second offering for the Crazy Dresses challenge using the Clock Face with Wings rubber stamp with some ribbon and net trim…paint gesso and scribbles…

Magpie's Nest Origami Paper Dresses (2)bringing my party dress over to Elizabeth and Bleubeard’s for T today too…

 Magpie's Nest Anne Searle Country Garden cup UKwishing you a happy day…

Art Helps Me Breathe …

another loose leaf journal page for the Art Journal Journey Frida challenge

Magpie's Nest some supplies

I think Frida might have liked one of my favorite rubber stampsArt Helps Me Breathe” ( black embossing powder is missing from my supplies photo above)…

Magpie's Nest Frida Art Helps Me Breathe (2)

I sanded an extra image I also used here that was printed out a little smaller adding some light pencil lines and shading (pressed rose petals adorn her head)…

Magpie's Nest Frida Art Helps Me Breathe (1)

the heat embossed heart with flames was fun and something I haven’t done in a long while…

Magpie's Nest Frida Art Helps Me Breathe

reach for the stars…

Conny’s challenge theme over at Mix it Monthly for August is “Crazy Dresses”

when a graduation photo of seventeen year old me popped up while searching for something else I decided to put myself in a crazy dress that I painted and doodled and stamped on…

me-graduation

my Mutti was a talented seamstress and growing up I was lucky to have a nice array of pretty dresses and outfits that she made for me…

patterns back then were inexpensive and fabric was reasonably priced…

I spent many an hour leaning on the wall watching her busy at her Pfaff sewing machine while we chatted

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz front and back

I happened to have a nice scrap of painted and stamped paper from cleaning brushes and such on my work table that fit the color requirements which is the part of Mix it Monthly that I always find to be the most challenging…

Magpie's Nest art journal page in process (2)

I continued sloshing paints around using a few rubber stamps and some Woody Stabilo pencils too…

Magpie's Nest art journal page in process (1)

stamping on tissue paper is a favorite thing of mine and you may also recognize some of my plaster stenciled tissue behind my head and on my dress …

Magpie's Nest Graduation Me 2

another fun challenge that led me in a quite unexpected direction…Magpie's Nest Graduation Me~♥~

la artista mexicana…

on the other side of my el corazón page I created this Frida page for the Art Journal Journey August challenge

Magpie's Nest Frida Kahlo loose leaf art journal page

simple cut and paste collage with some light sanding and shading…

Magpie's Nest Frida Kahlo loose leaf art journal page (1)

paint and bits of plaster stenciled tissue paper came in handy too…

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