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…

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

MiFoC August {Week 2: Summer}

summer makes me think of sunshine and flowers …

Anthropologie window Mosaic center

bare feet … watermelon and refreshing drinks …

shadow summer Q A Lace

chirping birds and the smell of honeysuckle …

Magpie's Nest Sparrows

come join the Mikrokosmos Foto Challenge for more summer photos…

Magpie's Nest Balloon flower

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…

avocado t…

Magpie's Nest Avocado TMr Magpie and I enjoy eating avocados plain or fancy…

Magpie's Nest Avocado goodness

since last year I have been saving the skins and pits in the freezer with intentions of dyeing fabric and laces and such (I did paint some dye on papers too but I am getting ahead of myself)…

Magpie's Nest Avocado bits

 I tried a couple of different ways of making a dye bath with the avocados…

Magpie's Nest Avocado potthe first way was to plop a bunch of skins and pits into an 8 quart soup pot covering with water simmering for about an hour or so (thanks to Judy Bidwell for sharing this helpful link with me)…

I would definitely cut up the skins and pits for this method next time … I got excited (can you see my sunshine cup reflected in the pot?) …

Magpie's Nest before and after handstitched pillow case

with help and encouragement from several friends (thank you Kim Gibson) I also tried a second method fermenting cut up skins and pits in ammonia and water for about a week (no picture of the jar with the mixture brewing and my photo above did not capture the delicate rose color  of the “after” pillow case pieces very well)…

Magpie's Nest Avocado Dye linens

as with all kinds of eco dyeing the process is full of surprises because of all the variables…

Magpie's Nest Rubber Stamps

using an assortment of text rubber stamps with a foam mat underneath

Magpie's Nest dyed fabric for stamping

I stamped on some of the plain dyed fabrics…

Magpie's Nest Avocado dyed stamped fabrics

which created some fun pieces all inspired by a lovely swatch of text stamped avocado dyed fabric that my friend Jan DeBellis shared with me last year…

Magpie's Nest iphone apps

~♥~ wishing you a happy T day along with everyone over at Elizabeth and Bleubeard’s ~♥~

 

 

MiFoC August {Week 1: Schuhe/Shoes}

chatting with Mr Magpie about wanting a special shoe for Manuela’s Mikrokosmos Foto Challenge (MiFoC) this week he suggested my mermaid shoe which is indeed one of my all time favorite shoes…

Magpie's Nest Mermaid Slipper

if you are interested in the story behind my shoe you can visit my post here … everyone is most welcome to join in the challenge each week