walk into your dreams…

Magpie's Nest into your dreams in process

lightly gessoed book pages sanding a bit around the image and  adding heavy gel medium too (oops rereading what I wrote here and instead of heavy gel medium that should say SUPER HEAVY GESSO)…

Magpie's Nest Goldens Paints

finger painting with Quinacridone Gold and water with touches of Payne’s Grey and Titan Buff to mimic the coloring in my photograph

Magpie's Nest into your dreams process 2

this quote along with the photograph inspired my pages (I do most of my printing on the back of previously used paper)…

Magpie's Nest into your dreams picking a quote

I really like how the paints interact with the gesso (I clapped the wet gessoed pages together and when they pulled apart it created nice texture)…

Magpie's Nest into your dreams texture

I had another chance to use Seth Apter’s new stamps for the perfect finishing touch for my pages…

Magpie's Nest Seth Apter Rubber Stamps

his new Impression Obsession stamp line is featured as the New Product Editor’s Pick in the upcoming Nov/Dec issue of Somerset Studio (I chose unmounted and like them alot)…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Into Your Dreams journal pages

I am joining Art Journal Journey again for this month’s ARCHITECTURE challenge

Magpie's Nest Manor Pk Police Tower Wash DC

Mr Magpie took a couple of photos during his work day in Washington, DC recently (he was working underneath the Channel 50 Cspan tower)…

Magpie's Nest Washington Gagged by Aniekan

he knows how much I enjoy street art and interesting architecture…

39 responses to “walk into your dreams…

  1. Really wonderful work, with great detail.

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  2. Wonderful journal pages, love the colours and images. Great photos, too. Thanks for joining us again at Art Journal Journey, hugs, Valerie

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  3. Ooh Patty,your pages are brilliant,the old door its amazing,the old touch of your pages is wonderful,loved so much.
    the streetartmona is very interesting.

    hugs jenny

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  4. I am totally in love with this spread!! I love how you made it and when I enlarge the image I would love to go through that door right into this book and all the textures you achieved! Fantastic new stamps from Seth… would like to have them as well … but no more stamps for me… I have way to many already- I bought a bottle of fluid acrylic from Golden Quinacridone Nickel Azo Gold this week ( very pricy …but what shall I do .. I had to have it and Green Gold as well!)
    Thank you very much for this wonderful spread linked to our architectural theme ♥ liebe ♥ Patty and have a great weekend!
    Super views from Washington DC., Mr.Magpie is the perfect photographer – isn’t he?!

    oxo
    Susi

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  5. I love the journal page,great texture.The photo’s are wonderful.You are both so good at that you need to do a book ! xoxo

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  6. Great quote…beautifully illustrated. Thanks for the step-by-step Patty. Some great hints there.

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  7. Great to read about your paints and their colours, Quin. gold and especially Payne’s Grey are favourites of mine, and I’ve recently discovered the wonders of Titan Buff, but the way you use them is something else.
    Tantalising to read about Seth’s stamps, I think each could be extremely useful in creating texture on a page, as you’ve done. Tempt, tempt.
    You’ve made a beautiful painted arch with the echoing page.

    Mr. Magpie is a treasure.

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  8. What a beautiful page. It has such depth, which is so appropriate to the quote. I really felt that I could walk up those steps and into my dreams. I also really love the texture you’ve created here. The colours add to the wonderful atmosphere of this spread. It’s a superb meditation on the role of architecture in our lives. xxx

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  9. An incredible page Susi. So rich in texture, colour, and essence. Just want to walk right through the arch and see what’s where. I will settle in for the day with a good book. xoDonna

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  10. I really love your spread, Patty–that is such an awesome photo, and the quote suits it perfectly!

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  11. Really beautiful book spread, Lovely colours and super texture, It’s always joy to visit here, Patty. Happy weekend xx

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  12. Great spread and I love the quote ♡ Love the photos too, especially the street art.

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  13. Your archway reminds me of the Ringling Towers (which no longer exist) here in Sarasota. I was fortunate to be able to go in before the building was demolished and take some pictures. Thank you for bringing back the memory of that beautiful architecture. Mr. Magpie found some great things to shoot for you.

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  14. Gorgeous spread!!! I LOVE it!!! xo

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  15. I was really impressed with the texture you got from the gesso, and the Quin gold is my favorite. In fact, I’ve gone through two bottles of it since I started using good paint. I really LOVE how you have shown each step you took because it makes it so interesting to see how your mind works.

    I sure liked the photos Mr. M took, too. He has a great eye, and it’s good he had his camera at work.

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  16. Beautiful spread Patty! And what a cool photo Mr. took!!actually both are cool but I love the tower one best! Hope your pinkie is healing up! xo

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  17. Wow Patty, such a beautiful page! I love the colour-combo with the image, so balanced! I eyeballed (is that the word?) the stamps from Seth and decided to buy the same ones that you used, I love them! Hope everything is alright in your part of the world, enjoy your weekend my friend!

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  18. Oh Patty. I wish i could see this on my computer ind a bigger picture, how beautiful it is, almost shining as if you had turned on the light, a dark day like here today! The way ity is almost possible to walk to the beautiful door ind the blue shade, the text paper used, and your qoute, all created a gorgeous story. Hugs from Dorthe oxox

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  19. Wonderful spread – I could walk right into your journal! Patty, you must have wonderful dreams – I seem to have a lot of nightmares!!!! Oh woe is me!
    Sandy xx

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  20. Great journal spread. I love how you left the printing visible under your paint and words. Cool arch and stairwell photo you used, and I lvoe your husband’s photos a lot too!

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  21. Hello ma chère Patty,
    une fois de plus j’en prends plein les yeux, la photo est superbe, et heureusement que l’on peut marcher dans rêves.
    Bizzzz
    MAPY

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  22. I love how you brought all of those elements together, color scheme, quote, stamps and provocative photo…great mixedmedia!

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  23. Gorgeous pages Patty!!! I love the quote 🙂 ~Sophia

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  24. Patty this journal page is full of warmth, poetry and such beauty, a real favourite!

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  25. Gorgeous page! All my favorite colors.
    Rinda

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  26. Love how you created such depth in that journal page Patty….very clever. x

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  27. sparkledaysstudio

    Marvelous page. Quin painted in all the colors give such depth to a page. Nice use of Seth’s stamps too. xox

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  28. A fabulous page with a mysterious touch. Fantastic combination of colors and a super quote. I really love it, Patty!

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  29. love this journal spread-the colors, the layers, and how you got so much depth to go with the depth of that wonderful photo!! Great street art too. Your Jim is so sweet to be thinking of you like this.

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  30. Oh Patti, what a wonderful post with these art-pages! Here again I like everything, the colors, the depth of the screen and that you show how it arose. I am very excited! Ganz liebe Grüße von Ulrike

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  31. I love the colour and texture on this beautiful page Patty, wonderfully moody! xxx

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  32. Wow…love how you made the photo become part of the page. Simply gorgeous. What a cool photo of the tower. I could see that blown up to poster size hanging in a sleek modern office space.

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  33. This is lovely, Patty. I loved the mix of colors you used and the clamping together the pages and pulling apart is a wonderful trick I often forget to use! Thanks for the reminder. The photo is perfect — what an enigmatic page, really taking the imagination into wonderful roadtrips!

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  34. Beautiful pages dear Patty. I read with interest that you clapped the two gesso pages together, I love doing that but I do it when I gesso individual vintage book pages or watercolour paper, the texture is wonderful.
    You brought such depth to the page, I felt as though I could step into the artwork and walk through the archway.
    Mr Magpie is the sweetest of souls, taking photographs during his working day. What a beautiful gesture.
    Wishes
    Lynne
    Patty, I hope the toe is improving each day.

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  35. Beautiful. I always love doors with stairs leading up/down. So enticing! Great page.

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  36. I love how that doorway turned out!

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  37. Yes!!! It’s a dream page and the quote is just perfect.

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  38. That page is simply amazing! You are totally inspiring!

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