the sea maid’s music …

at the beginning of May I finished pages for a friend’s mermaid book for our local Mixed Media Collaborative round robin and I thought I would finally share those pages with you…

Magpie's Nest mermaid background progression

and join in Art Journal Journey’s May “The Sea” challenge

Magpie's Nest Pearlescent Acrylics

I had some paper towel fusion paper that I had made on hand which took some extra touches of acrylic paint nicely to help complete the backgrounds (I especially like how the paper melts onto surfaces letting text and such show through)…

Magpie's Nest Sea Fan Rubber Stamp

a Fred B. Mullett sea fan rubber stamp helped add some interest to my pages…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz 4 pages

bits of torn napkin and fish and shell cutouts were fiddly but fun to work with along with the addition of some pressed flowers…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Pgs 1 & 2

what does not come across here is that I worked on four pages (if you click on the image above you can see that I glued two book pages together and tore them above the middle of the page)

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Final Pages

and when you turned the second and third pages my altered magazine mermaid was revealed as a bit of a surprise…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Page 4

I was lucky that the placement of the Shakespeare quote worked out because I really had not planned ahead for these pages…

“…the rude sea grew civil at her song, And certain stars shot madly from their spheres, To hear the sea-maid’s music.” -William Shakespeare … Oberon from A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Act II, Scene 1)

~♥~ my heartfelt thanks to everyone on your kind words about my friend Lennie’s passing oxo

27 responses to “the sea maid’s music …

  1. Totally beautiful and filled with rich details! I enjoyed learning some new techniques, here, too!

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  2. Wow.. I am thrilled about your pages Patty! They are just ADORABLE!
    Such rich texture and beautiful imagery together with the fabulous quote-
    AMAZING! Thank you for joining us at Art Journal Journey liebe Patty!
    ♥♥♥
    Susi

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  3. This is totally awesome Patty, love, love, love! Good to see you around again, and thanks so much for joining us at Art Journal Journey, hugs, Valerie

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  4. nice to see you back, patty… i totally love this entry. the texture on your wonderful spreads always amazes me!! i also love all the see through elements and yes, fred b. mullett is always good for anything sea-themed!

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  5. What a beautiful experience visiting your mermaid under the sea, in her own special world. So beautiful dear Patty, so much wonderful texture and papers and fabrics used.- the paper towels are fantastic and the way you used the tulle, gives the sea-world magic beauty.
    Amazing pages, dear friend.
    oxo

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  6. Very very amazing, I’m really excited about the sea feeling and realization of the wonderful sceneries and the many details which make it so vibrant.
    Wonderful designed art wirk!
    Big hugs Anja

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  7. Patty this is so great! Wonderful sea work, it really pulls me in, such beautiful soft shades and magic here, soothing for the soul!

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  8. Wow!This is pure magic!Magneficent!

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  9. Beautiful yummy under the sea pages…I adore your mermaid and her shell headdress..A magical creation Patty x x

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  10. Clever you…the torn pages worked well…..AND your blues. The textures are wonderful too. Perfect quote. “the rude sea grew civil” would be a great title for a painting.

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  11. Oh how nice! You created such lovely sea scene pages with a lot of details on it to watch. I love the little mermaid with the snail hat.
    Dearest Greetings
    Sabine xox

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  12. Lovely, lovely pages! I am so fond of images of mermaids! Your fish and maid have such a lovely floaty feel I’ve been thinking about the sea a great deal too lately. I love the Shakespeare quote – his words always create such beautiful, vivid pictures: the perfect accompaniment to your lovely sea journal. xxx

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  13. This spread is gorgeous! The colors and the texture and the images are all great. I love how you showed us readers how it was made too.

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  14. Soooo pretty! Love the colors!

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  15. These are fabulous pages Patty!! I so want to come sit and play art with you!! I absolutely love your journaling!! Okay, do I need those inks? They are awful pretty!!
    Happy Memorial weekend to you and Mr. lots of love dear friend! xoxo

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  16. This is such a fun one, Patty! As always, beautiful layers and my favorite colors. And a sea theme — what’s not to love? Very nice indeed!

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  17. Gorgeous sea pages dear Patty. I especially love the monoprint papers and the awesome mermaid. Am a big fan of FBM rubber stamps.
    Greetings, Birgit

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  18. You’re an amazing person. I adore your art.

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  19. Beautiful pages! You really out did yourself this time. And all those fussy cuts! Wowsers. That is patience.

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  20. I am completely overwhelmed by this, so many layers and so much beauty.
    It is a million miles from anything I do. So many techniques, so many beautiful details, so much sheer art. Love the way the mermaid is looking and the depth of the underwater scene. It is a magical sea.

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  21. What fantastic pages and what beautiful mermaid! Love the textures and colors, and all fabulous elements on them. Great job, Patty!

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  22. sparkledaysstudio

    Lovely seas. Great mermaid. All that glorious texture…..xox

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  23. Loving the colors and textures you have added!

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  24. On this great paper you have created a wonderful underwater seascape – really fantastic journal-pages!
    I would like to go for a swim here between these wonderful fishes and plants. Viele Grüße von Ulrike

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  25. Such a magical mermaid and sea scene! Love how you hid her behind the torn page! Those pearlescent paints are marvelous!

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  27. Unbelievably wonderful – so good – dearly love what you have done here. I am saving this on my computer to look at it again and again!
    Sandy xx

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