full of grace …

this month’s rotation of our local Mixed Media Collaborative altered book round robin brought me my friend Linda Yeatman’s “Women” themed book…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Linda Y's altered book

I glued together some of the pages and tore a hole in the center ones… 

Patty Szymkowicz Blank Pages

the book stayed like that for some time while Mao Zedong’s  “Women hold up half the sky” quote kept swirling in my head…

Patty Szymkowicz Full of Grace beginning pgs

 once I got busy everything began to flow…

Patty Szymkowicz Webster's Dictionary

I created some pressed flower fusion paper using part of a “W” page from a big old dictionary that someone had unsuccessfully tried to hold together with duct tape for the background …Patty Szymkowicz Flower Fusion paper dictionary pg

a Leonardo da Vinci drawing of the head of a woman in profile seemed just right behind the peekaboo netting window I created…

Patty Szymkowicz pgs 1&2 close ups

here is part of the view when you turn the window page to reveal pages 3 & 4 of my spread below…

Patty Szymkowicz pgs 3&4 close ups

it was such fun finding bits of this and that to build onto my collage paper backgrounds where I used napkin, stamped tissue paper, pattern tissue, pressed flower fusion paper, plastered vintage book text, paper doily, netting, assorted lace and other embellishments including computer generated text along with touches of white gesso…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Full of Grace pgs 1&2

I am joining in with Art Journal Journey’s “Masculine-Feminine” challenge this month…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Final Pages 3&4

 and Mix it Monthly’s  “The Facial Profile” challenge

36 responses to “full of grace …

  1. I LOVE this page, what a beauty! So happy you have linked it to us at Art Journal Journey! Have a nice weekend, Alles Liebe, Valerie

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  2. Really gorgeous layers and elements on these pages! the soft and oh so feminine palette comes together beautifully.

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  3. You are so inspiring. I’ve wanted to alter a book for ages…perhaps I will now.

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  4. Wow Patty! You are really making me chomp at the bit to get into my craft room and try something like this. Let me see if I got this right – this is two different 2 page layouts in the same book?!? I love it Sugar!!!
    Sandy xx

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  5. Patty, this is gorgeous! It’s such a great entry for the Art Journal Journey Masculine/Feminine theme! I love how it’s strong but gentle and feminine too. The flower fusion paper is so beautiful Do you have a tutorial on creating this lovely paper? I would love to try it? xxx

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  6. Nice job melding two challenge AND creating for someone at the same time! THAT my friend is skill!
    Love how this all came together and the tone on tone with the subtle accents of color. Awesome!

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  7. This is so great! I think I’ve forgotten so many techniques. And you ARE my source for challenges and such going on in the internet art world. I love that!

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  8. This is a gorgeous and so beautiful job, Patty!. Love the pressed flower, texture, lace and all creative and lovely elements on it. Very feminine pages! Mar xx

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  9. This is definitely a gem and an over-the-top entry for AJJ. It also shows how much you put into these challenges. Everything about it this entire spread is truly lovely and wonderful.

    I like how you added the crown to the doily and the fusion paper. Why I haven’t done more of that is truly beyond me. Yours turned out lovely.

    Have a super rest of the weekend, dear friend, and I adore what you created.

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  10. You are correct, sometimes you just have to start and then it flows.
    Very lovely spread.

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  11. Dear Patty, this is sooo brilliant and outstanding. To create new fantasy plants using pressed flowers is now on my to-do list.

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  12. I am totally in love with this spread Patty! This is such a wonderful make!
    I can’t write much more than that I adore it!
    Thank you so much for linking to Art Journal Journey liebe Patty!
    Have a fab Sunday!
    oxo
    Susi

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  13. sparkledaysstudio

    The pressed flower fusion paper is such a great idea to bring somethng real to the work. your use of the white throughout is really a nice way to bring on light. Xox

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  14. i like both sides of this spread equally – gorgeous ideas and wonderful texture! have a great sunday – xox

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  15. Oh wow, this is so pretty, looks so beautifully aged & delicate:-)

    Sally

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  16. This is so beautiful, love it!

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  17. Gorgeous pages, love the texture and vintage style. I hope you are doing well, Hugs, Shirleyxx

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  18. Your pages are stunning, Patty, I so love the dried flower paper , and your round window, revealing Leonardo`s beautiful woman! So wonderful also with the stencil in white gesso, and all the laces, a most romantic and beautiful woman related book, dear friend, with all your fantastic papers, and your creativity ,when most gorgeous
    Hugs from Dorthe, xx.

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  19. So beautiful! I love the net window you created Patty! xxx

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  20. What a wonderful creation, Patty. I’ve examined it very closely and I’m totally in love with your enchanting book pages.
    Hugs xx

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  21. Yes indeed Sandy…it is four pages total with the peekaboo window in the middle.

    Thanks to everyone for such nice comments. I have not been able to get around to see everyone as I would like to.

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  22. This is gorgeous, my friend!

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  23. Gorgeous pages Patty!!! I love your style. Grace and elegance 🙂 ~Sophia

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  24. Wow Patty, your art always left me here with open mouth while I wander over your photos to dive deep into your amazing pages! Those are really stunning! All the details, the laces, the golden stars, the da vinci painting, the idea of the round window and how your work always shows the love you put into them!! ♥ Conny

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  25. Oh My Patty!! You truly amaze me ! I swear, when I look at your journal pages, I fall in love with each and every one!! Lord help me I want to create like you!! or at least have some of the wonderful skill you possess!!
    Amazing and utterly beautiful my friend!
    xoxo
    and a lovely Sunday to you as well!

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  26. Beautiful pages! I love both the way you created the window and the overall colors you used!

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  27. Beautiful altered piece. I love the little round window.

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  28. Yes it’s gorgeous my dear Patty,great artwork again. I like what you did with the nice lace and fabric and the peekaboo netting windows look so lovely and a little bit mystic. I love it so much what you did, your nice vintage style is so good.
    Dearest Greetings
    Sabine xox

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  29. Dear Patty
    Sorry for being absent from visiting your blog, for the longest of time. I sit here viewing your latest art and how I wish I could spend longer, soaking up all the art I have missed.
    Adore the notion of the net peekaboo, it works so beautifully with the da Vinci image and the overall feel of the pages and of course, I love the flower papers you create, they are always exceptional.
    I hope this little message finds you well and still managing your travels with Mr Magpie. Take Care my friend.
    Lynne x

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  30. EXtremely beautiful and creative, Patty. I always admire your work but I don’t recall seeing other peek-outs. Lovely with the netting, perfect images. Always lovely!

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  31. thank you for sharing the details of how you creative this beautiful page.

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  32. This is a classic Patty-page and a kind of art I will never tire of looking at; there is so much depth and structure there, ending in, always, something lovely. I like the list of pieces you added to your collage.
    I do like the yellow flower dancing on the left page.

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  33. wow,your pages its wonderful,love the woman in a ciircle laces,and the stars so beautiful,just adore it.
    have a great day,dear patty.

    greetings jeannette

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  34. What wonderful romantic book-pages in real Patty-style! Ulrike

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  35. What a clever idea! Another stunning spread!

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  36. A brilliant and beautiful project not only as an altered book but a real work of art Patty!

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