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~♥~

30 responses to “reach for the stars…

  1. Of course you are dressed in blue and have wings! You are beautiful Patty.

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  2. This is such an interesting post, loved to read the details and see your painting desk in action. It’s definitely a good fun crazy dress. I agree with you about the colour scheme, sometimes it’s hard to remember in the white-heat of designing!

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  3. Oh how fabulous Patty!! I love how you shared your story along with your newly designed dress! beautiful photo too!xo

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  4. This is fabulous!!! I love what you did with your photo 🙂 Fantastic!!! ~Sophia

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  5. You look beautiful with your wings Patty, I love your dress! xxx

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  6. You a real artest, and it is good to see what you look like. Love your presentation, Patty. Hugs xxx

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  7. Wow! What a fun idea and how pretty you look! You have created something that resembles a beautiful icon! This is such a lovely thing to do with an old photo! A really enjoyable post, Patty. xxx

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  8. Wonderful pieces – thank you for sharing the story dear Patty! Wonderful!

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  9. What a wonderful creation, love how you dressed yourself here. Great textured background, too! Have a fun weekend, hugs, Valerie

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  10. That’s a wonderful idea and a great page. Love it.

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  11. What wonderful memories to share, Patty. A great idea and I love the finished product! You were lucky to have a mom who could sew!

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  12. Such a nice creation you made around your youth photo on which you look very sweet. The butterfly wing looks good and you gave yourself a holy shine around the head like a madonna. 🙂 The colours and background texture I like very much.
    Have a nice weekend.
    Dearest Greetings
    Sabine

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  13. Your Mutti and my Grandmother must have been soul sisters. I’ve often commented that while I was growing up, fabric was affordable and patterns were cheap. I think my Grandmother may have even designed a few of her own patterns. So your story resonates with me, dear friend. I could relate.

    I think you have become your mother. The dress you created for yourself has wings so you can fly and your halo shows how sweet and wonderful you are. You made a lovely, lovely book page.

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  14. What a fun project, Patty. And with great results!

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  15. This is so cool Patty, you need to teach a class! You have so many techniques, and I love every one and your fantastic results! I also love your story!

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  16. So beautiful Patty!

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  17. oh love this patty, such a lovely photo of you too….wish I could come and splosh paints with you 🙂 off to catch up with the rest of your posts 🙂

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  18. sparkledaysstudio

    You look good in your crazy dress about to embark on life. xox

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  19. Dear Patty, I love how you became that beautiful angel you truly are,- using your background forming halo and wing. The great texture and sweet you, from back then, makes your challenge piece so special and personal.
    Thank you for sharing some history ,too dearest friend.
    Hugs and a happy weekend Patty.
    xx,Dorthe

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  20. Neat! High school you all dolled up. 🙂 and I enjoy the thought of you chatting with your mother while she sews you dresses. Makes me smile. Again.

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  21. Beautifully created Patty – you are so clever.
    Sandy xx

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  22. Patty you look sooo gorgeous in your new dress, haha…I sooo love your halo and the sweet wings you put on! And the on top of it the cool 3.D effect from the dress and all the texture! What a faboo piece of art! and it fits so perfect to
    Mix It Monthly ♥ Conny

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  23. beautiful and fun!

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  24. A beautiful post which not only honours your dear Mutti but it honours your memories and it honours you.
    Such a lovely photograph of you and I wonder what your 17 year old self would be thinking if she knew that at another stage in her life, her attire would be transformed into a magical dress with wings and that friends from all corners of the world would be viewing her in her new dress!
    Fabulous display of imagination and artistry on display.
    Wishes
    Lynne
    It was touching to read of your memories of leaning against a wall watching your Mutti create.

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  25. Such a fun challenge and it was great to read about your thoughts as you went through the process, especially those about watching your Mutti sew.

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  26. You look adorable with your pretty dress and wings!

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  27. Love this!!! Love your 17 yr old photo!!! You were lucky to have straight hair…. did you sleep on juice cans? ha Me, neither! Love your dress…. that is a great stamp (butterfly wing)! Really great post! I’m so behind!!!

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  28. Such a cute photo. Love the alterations you gave it as well.

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  30. of course you are surrounded by light and have donned those lovely wings and dress-just beautiful Patty!

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