Category Archives: Paper

Art Journal Journey: Moments of Happiness

when I think of moments of happiness I think of making marks which is a term that is getting lots of use lately…

monoprinted bits in waiting

there are so many ways of making marks from the words we speak to what we physically create and manifest around us…

earlier art journal pages

I have enjoyed making things since I was a young girl thankful for the influence of industrious and talented parents…

front and back pages of monoprint journal

for this month’s Art Journal Journey (AJJ) challenge I picked up my handmade gelli print journal which has been a bit of a challenge for me not really wanting to cover up my monoprint pages

monoprint pages hard to cover up

using my homemade gelli plate on the smooth 140# hot press paper certainly made me happy…

art journal pages in progress

it always feels like a special gift when unplanned things reveal themselves in my work

something that makes you happy

for example … the letter “H” above that I randomly tore out of a vintage German/English dictionary and glued in place a while before I picked out the quote for my pages fit perfectly without planning…

Finished Art Journal Pages

being connected to so many talented and kind artists here in blogland brings me endless moments of happiness and joy ~♥~ thank you all …

 “Always leave enough time in your life to do something that makes you happy, satisfied, or even joyous.”  -Paul Hawken

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…

Full Circle Art Journaling 4 (7)

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

playing with packaging…

do you ever look at empty food containers and think they look too nice to throw away…

the cardboard makes a nice substrate for lots of things like ATCs…postcards and more…

boxes waiting to be turned into book covers

our local group of mixed media artists looks at lots of things that way and at our recent meeting we turned assorted boxes into books by adding all kinds of different papers as signatures (some of my gelli prints came in handy)…

altered chocolate truffle box book

 this yummy truffle box had nice little holes that I liked for added interest on my book cover…

altered shortbread box book

I punched a hole in the front of my shortbread book cover and like the look of some of my Citra Solv paper peeking through…I still need to stitch in the signatures on that one…

Indian food box to be completed

the Indian food package book cover above still needs some beads to jazz up the waxed linen threads…

Spring 2014 Crocus

♥ many thanks to special and talented friends both near and far for sharing and always being such an inspiration ♥ 

Happy Fall to all of my friends in the Southern Hemisphere…

Hermine’s Card Project

the talented and lovely Hermine from The Netherlands asked me to participate in her rolodex card project and this gorgeous card arrived along with a blank card for me to work on…

Hermine's lovely card

Hermine is sending blank cards around the globe so she can fill the lovely box she altered with lots of different artists’ creations

my collaged card for Hermine

I had wanted to needle felt a card for her file box but thought in the end that it might be too bulky so I created a layered collage card using various bits of paper (including a tiny piece of map from San Francisco, California)…embossing with thick gesso…Inka Gold highlights…a bit of altered paper towel for the water and a piece of daisy trim for the sun from a friend

Hermine's photo of my card

it was great fun to make and here is how the card looks in it’s new home with Hermine

Full Circle Art Journaling * Part Three

Full Circle Journal 3

still playing with my gessoed book pages

Full Circle Journal 3 (1)

looking at them here I can see where I might add a few extra touches which is not exactly following the class assignment of working quickly without too much thinking (see the leaves below that could use a touch of green)…

Full Circle Journal 3 (2)

scraps of vintage wallpaper went into a couple of these spreads…

Full Circle Journal 3 (3)Golden’s Iridescent Gold paint is very nice for adding a bit of shimmer and interest…

Full Circle Journal 3 (4)catalog and magazine images make nice focal points…

Full Circle Journal 3 (5)

still lots of pages in my little book in various stages waiting for attention…

Journal pages in process

midway through the course instruction there is so much to enjoy and learn in Misty Mawn’s Full Circle Online Workshop where classes will remain open to all participants until June of 2015…

Full Circle Art Journaling…

really enjoying Misty Mawn’s fresh and carefree take on art journaling using rescued books for the journal (which I have enjoyed in the past…but her approach is a bit new to me and very freeing!)…

Lady from Middle Earth Pasta Jar

working quickly is one of our goals…

Full Circle Workshop Journal Pages (1)

I find the collage part easy to do without too much thinking but when I try sketching that still gives me pause…

Full Circle Workshop Journal Pages (2)

lots of pages ready and waiting for me to practice practice practice to get braver with my sketching…

Full Circle Workshop Journal Pages (3)

♥ I cannot say enough about the great group of artists/students in the FULL CIRCLE Workshop who are so very inspiring and supportive ♥

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!)…

 

silence is golden…

here is my second spread to join in Art Journal Journey’s (AJJ) January challenge of Silence/Stille

patty-szymkowicz-monoprint-journal-before-pages

last summer I shared some pages in this hand sewn monoprinted journal that I made here…

Gelli print pages and paper Before

and decided to glue some torn monoprinted papers I made on top of my already printed pages adding a bit of washi tape …

Silence is Golden suppliesI know! I definitely did not pick the word “Simplicity” as my one little word this year ;)

cups and saucers closeupthank you SO MUCH dear Estivalia for making it possible for me to install the widget you created for my sidebar ♥ ♥ ♥

rubber stamped edges

I dipped into an envelope of collage snippets that the sweet and talented LaWendula of Paper Swap shared with me some time ago (click above and visit her and you too can join in the around the world swap fun!)…

ready for some doodling

the last step for my pages was to add some random marks using two of my favorite black pens that work really well over paint and more…

finished SILENCE journal page leftI really like the subtle layer the doodling adds..

finished  SILENCE journal page right

You may have noticed the variety of color tones between my photos…

Doodle Details on gelli print pagesthis time of year I seem to chase the Light to find the best spots that aren’t freezing cold and windy to take photos (our back porch is usually my go to best lighting location and it is COLD out there!)…

“True silence is the rest of the mind … it is to the spirit what sleep is to the body, nourishment and refreshment.”   ~William Penn

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

Light…

not being one to make New Year’s resolutions per se I rather like the idea which seems to be growing in popularity to pick one word for the year…

I like words…

here are a few of mine from years gone by…

2013-word-of-the-year-stretch-a1

Balance

2012 balance-rock-altered

Authentic

2011 Authentic (1)

and this year I chose LIGHT

2014 Pattys Word for  LIGHT

I added the word LIGHT to one of my painted book background’s using Pixlr Express

 Merry and Light

Light(ness) of being…

Light at the end of the tunnel…

Light load…

Light years…

Light and breezy…

let there be Light

I could go on…

“Light gives of itself freely, filling all available space.  It does not seek anything in return; it asks not whether you are friend or foe.  It gives of itself and is not thereby diminished.”   ~Michael Strassfeld

speaking of special Light

once again I must thank my brilliant and generous blog friend Estivalia of “365 Drawings Project” for solving a problem that has vexed me for some months now…

without me changing anything WordPress no longer allowed photos to be clicked for a closer view and for the life of me I could not figure out what to do to get it working again…

Estivalia offered to help me out and in her concise and amazing fashion (with visuals no less!) she made it clear and easy as to what I could try to fix the problem AND it worked like a charm…

Thank you so very much dear Estivalia for coming to my rescue again and again…

You are amazing and are such a beautiful Light ♥

~* Peace … L♥ve and Light to all *~

Red Rosin Paper Book Pages…

my friend Michelle showed me a wonderful and inspiring book she made using Red Rosin Paper as the substrate…

Red Rosin Paper

the paper comes in a large roll very reasonably priced at most  hardware stores as it has various uses in construction…

Red Rosin Paper (1)

I coated my torn pages with white gesso which gives the paper a rich and lovely canvas feel (no photo of that stage because I was covered in gesso and driven to coat and dry both sides of the rosin paper)

Red Rosin  Monoprint pagesmonoprinting on both sides of the gessoed Red Rosin Paper using my homemade gelatin plate (thanks again to Elizabeth for the tip about reboiling it every 5-6 weeks to keep it from getting moldy or slimey)…

Melting gelatinit has been working like a charm in a dedicated pot that I have only used for that purpose on and off for over a year now…

4 inch and 6 inch gelatin rounds

while I was at it I could not help but get VERY excited about the inspiring video Gelli Arts recently shared here (today is the last day to enter their wonderful and generous giveaway!) using their new ROUND Gelli plate (Fabulous !!!) so I thought I would try making a couple of rounds (4 and 6 inch)…

Monoprints from round gelli plate

even with all of the wonderful inspiration out there I seem to always fall back into my favorite way of monoprinting that doesn’t require much thought for me at all (I printed on both sides of some recycled printer paper while playing with my homemade round gelatin plates)

six inch gelatin for monoprintingbefore I knew it more than a couple of hours had passed and while I created nothing like on the Gelli Arts video I was very happy (as it happened I used pretty much the same paint colors that I had used days before for my gessoed red rosin pages)

new smaller gelli plate

my book pages were done on a rectangular shaped gelatin plate made in the tin foil pan above which over time has now shrunk to a smaller 5.5 x 9.5 inch size (back when my homemade gelatin plate was new it filled two of the smaller plastic containers like the one above or one metal cake pan)

Fern the elephant (1)

here are my first collaged pages in my new book…

Fern the elephant (2)

which I will stitch together after the pages are filled…

Fern the elephant

I used snippets of things that were close at hand including some “map” washi paper, book text, torn pieces of monoprint paper and the elephant which was cut from a magazine…

Before Elephant pages

 I started at the back of my book on the pages above and am happy with the transformation already taking place even though I have no specific theme picked out

♥ just creating with what comes ♥

…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 ♥

Art Journal Journey July Challenge

here is a second set of pages in my new altered board book that I told you about the other dayPatty Szymkowicz Architecture Love

for the “Architecture” challenge theme over at Susi’s Art Journal Journey

Architecture Love some supplies

 some of the supplies I used for my pages are gathered above including the arch stamp I used on dress pattern tissue…

Patty Szymkowicz Architecture Love (3)

the mystery lady image turned up while I was looking for something else which is always fun…

Patty Szymkowicz Architecture Love (1)

I was very happy with the plaster feel of my painted pages…

Patty Szymkowicz Architecture Love (2)

inspiration truly does come from all around us…

Calke Abbey UK

one of many special memories of our UK trip was visiting “The un-stately home and country estate” of Calke Abbey, Ticknall, Derbyshire which I could go on and on about…

Calke Abbey Garden collagemany thanks to dear sweet Blue Eyed Girl Linda and her wonderful husband who could be brothers with Mr Magpie they got along so well…

Calke Abbey Gardens

after corresponding with Linda for over four and a half years it was a dream come true to finally meet her in person ♥…

Patty Szymkowicz Architecture Love (4)

it wasn’t until after I had painted my pages that I made the connection with the similarity to the wonderful crumbling and peeling walls we got to see last month with these special friends…

Calke Abbey Tool Shed Time

usually I thank everyone individually for their great comments but Yahoo email has been having some issues and my account was affected so much so that I opened a new Gmail account (new address on my sidebar)…

Patty Szymkowicz Plant Collage

it will take some time to get everything switched over and  running smoothly again so I would like to thank you for your visits and especially thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts with me here as it does mean a lot and I appreciate your time and views very much…

Calke Abbey Sweet Peas

I also wanted to address the peeling of board book pages as opposed  to sanding the pages that I talked more about here...

I have done it both ways and found the peeling and picking to go quite easily while watching television shows a couple of nights in a row (a towel on my lap helped contain the paper bits)…

Calke Abbey Messerschmitt Car Show

sanding board book pages in the past seemed to make a lot of dust kind of hurting my hands and not really getting all of the glossy paper off like I wanted…

Calke Abbey inside houseI really liked the results I got by painting gesso over the textured peeled cardboard and then painting with a pallet knife…

Calke Abbey UKstill working my way through the host of photos we took…

Calke Abbey Tool Shed perfect blues

♥ here’s wishing you a lovely day ♥