Protect the soul of the universe…

each of us  in our day to day lives have the power to make a difference to help protect our fragile world even though some days it may feel very small…

Magpie's Nest Protect the soul of the universe (2)

thinking about the plight of the honeybee all around the globe inspired two more art journal pages in my gesso journal for this month’s AJJ “living beings” challenge

Magpie's Nest Protect the soul of the universe (1)

(gesso… star tissue paper… peeled map napkin… paint… computer generated words… bee and rubber stamp images)

Magpie's Nest Protect the soul of the universe

“The soul of the soul of the universe is love.” -Rumi

creatures of the sea…

the oceans are full of many living beings…

Magpie's Nest the sea 1

I was inspired to create a spread in one of my gesso journals for the AJJ September Challenge with the round image of a mystery lady…Magpie's Nest the sea 2

toward the end of this month Mr Magpie and I will be taking some time to relax by the sea and twinkle our toes in the sand for a couple of weeks…

Magpie's Nest the sea

“The sea always filled her with longing, though for what she was never sure.”  Cornelia Funke

Art Journal Journey September Challenge & The Craft Barn Q&L 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 with some of my favorite phone apps)

I am also joining in for the first time over at The Craft Barn for their Quote and Lyric challenge theme of “Peaceful and/or Grace …

“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

Rinda’s 2014 Summertime Photography Scavenger Hunt: Part 2

last month I shared items 1-8 with you here and I have a few more for you now (some of the photos are better if you click on them to enlarge them)…

9. A bakery

sometimes we travel a bit out of our regular stomping ground to visit this nice German style bakery whose chocolate lined fruit tarts are the best…

Heidelberg Pastry Shoppe Arlington, VA

cupcakes have been the rage for sometime now  … I much prefer a fruit tart or scone … but cupcakes are pretty to look at…

Cupcaked Clifton, VA

this is a bakery called Cupcaked in the small town of Clifton, Virginia where there is also a great new papercrafts store in town!

10. A photo bomb (someone found lurking in the background of photo; the lurker may have intended to disrupt the picture or may be doing it unintentionally, but the background lurker is a surprise to the photographer)

Magpie's Nest Museum of the American Indian rooftop

in trying to snap a photo of the National Museum for the American Indian we noticed workers on the domed roof photo bombing our pictures…

Magpie's Nest Museum of the American Indian rooftop (1)

11. A horn

there were lots of great horns in the Washington D.C. Fourth of July parade…

Magpie's Nest 4th of July Wash DC Horns

all manner of horns…

Magpie's Nest Music the International Language

from all over the United States and the banner above says it all “Music The International Language” 

12. A mascot

Wash DC  McGruff crime fighting dog

McGruff the Crime Dog turned his head just as we clicked our photo but you get the idea…his motto is “Take a bite out of crime“…hmmm

13. A sunrise

Magpie's Nest VA Sunrise with Redbud treessunrises from our house are a bit obscured by trees and such but I was able to catch this view through our Redbud trees (I seem to see  lots more sunsets than sunrises!)…

Magpie's Nest Sunrise thru German Lace Curtain

and the gleaming morning sun peeking in through our window by my computer chair (we DO get to enjoy some splendid sunsets just stepping outside our front door in the evenings)

14. A parade

Magpie's Nest 4th of July Wash DC

the Fourth of July in Washington D.C. turned out to be a perfect day with low humidity and pleasant temperatures…

Magpie's Nest 4th of July Wash DC (2)

we had the feeling that people who enjoy a parade would have come out no matter the weather…

Magpie's Nest 4th of July Wash DC (3)

here is a link for the latest scavenger finds over at Rinda’s Gallo Organico…

I will share the remainder of my finds with you in a third and final installment later in September (#15 is proving to be the most illusive)

15. A juggler
16. A sign in a language other than English
17. A lamp post
18. A water fall
19. A public garden
20. A bus (not a car, truck, lorry, camper or RV) with a picture painted on its sides.
21. A photograph of you with something representing the season (recognizing that the season will be Winter for our friends in the southern hemisphere). Note: you may not use a substitute for this item.
If you find something on the list too difficult, you may substitute one of the following items for anything on the list, except for Item #21:
Alternative A: A kite, hot air balloon or blimp
Alternative B: A bird house

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.”

fabric fusion paper…

 in addition to special and inspiring friends on line I am grateful  to be able to spend time with local artists and friends who are extremely generous and talented too…

Magpie's Nest English Mug

I am part of a Mixed Media Collaborative group that meets twice monthly…

Magpie's Nest English Cottage Mug

recently I enjoyed revisiting a paper on fabric fusion technique that I first learned from the talented Beryl Taylor here

Magpie's Nest Fusion Fabric Paper supplies

 assorted thin papers with various color ways in mind (those pretty napkins and tissues you’ve been saving work beautifully) …

Magpie's Nest Fabric Fusion PaperI arranged pieces on cotton fabric brushing with a glue and water mix and ending with a thin layer of tissue on the top adding diluted paints too to some pieces…Magpie's Nest Fabric Fusion Paper backs

on the pink piece above the foundation “fabric” is a used dryer sheet and it worked nicely (underneath it you can see some of the  fabric backs of my other pieces)…

Magpie's Nest Fabric Fusion Paper (2)

it takes about 24 hours to completely dry…

Magpie's Nest Fabric Fusion Paper (1)after peeling it off the freezer paper I iron the back  to help flatten the pieces if needed…

Magpie's Nest C.S. Lewis Courage quote

for some ideas of what to do with your fabric and lots more great info you can visit here

Magpie's Nest August blooms

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

MiFoC August {Week 3: Color}

Color has been on my mind for Manuela’s Mikrokosmos Photography challengeMagpie's Nest wardrobe sampler

this peek at some of my wardrobe shows a few of my favorite colors (altho the purple turned out looking burgandy…I did not have natural light when I snapped the photo)

Magpie's Nest Stargazer Lily Shelfie

today I cut some Stargazer lilies in our garden and took this shelfie photo (thanks to my art friend Christie for introducing me to that term)…

Magpie's Nest mystic realm of color quote

I just happen to have two of my favorite colors in sari ribbon hanks…

 

Frida Kahlo de Rivera

after reading a review written by Rita Kempley for The Washington Post (February 22, 1992) about a documentary called “Frida Kahlo: A Ribbon Around a Bomb” the title really stuck with me…

Rita Kempley wrote in part:  “The hour-long documentary “Frida Kahlo: A Ribbon Around a Bomb” is as flamboyantly lurid as Kahlo’s pain-filled, dripping art. The Mexican artist was horribly crippled in a traffic accident at age 16, and her surrealistic works depict the suffering that was her companion throughout life. The film interweaves 120 of her paintings, mostly exotic, often obstetrical, sometimes masochistic, with talking heads, archival film and excerpts from the play “The Diary of Frida Kahlo,” performed by Cora Cardona.” -Rita Kempley Washington Post Staff Writer

Magpie's Nest 2008 page for friend's altered book

back in 2008 I worked with metal duct tape and embossing tools here on an altered book spread that opened to two more altered Frida pages…

Frida Ribbon around a bomb supplies

 with the shrine rubber stamp by Stamper’s Anonymous in mind I knew I wanted to do some metal embossing with Frida again…

Magpie's Nest Embossing supplies and plaster roll

the lovely and talented Alison had shared recently how she created a wonderful embossed metal car here which was very inspiring…

Magpie's Nest embossed metal shrine (2)

I used an assortment of Dylusions ink sprays with plaster bandage that I finally opened after having the roll around for some years to put behind my embossed Frida shrine…

Magpie's Nest embossed metal shrine (1)

the final touch that doesn’t show up all that well in my photos was heat embossing a thin edge around my loose leaf art journal page with silver embossing powder (at one time I must have REALLY enjoyed embossing because I have quite a collection of powders!)…

Magpie's Nest embossed metal shrine

with thanks to Valerie and Art Journal Journey for the exciting Frida Kahlo challenge this month…

Magpie's Nest Frida Flower

born Magdalena Carmen Frida Kahlo y Calderón                            July 6, 1907 – July 13, 1954

my other Frida creations for this month’s challenge at AJJ are numbers 4, 44 and 58 and can be found here along with lots of inspiring artwork from artists all around the globe ~♥~

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…