tea and friendship in my garden…

Organic India is a favorite tea company of ours for lots of reasons… in each box of tea they include a little product booklet which I always feel a bit bad about chucking into the recycle bin when the box is empty…Organic India info

so I decided to create a small journal by gluing some pages together…Patty Szymkowicz Tea & Friendship gesso

and adding some heavy gesso to help give the slippery pages some tooth…Magpie's Nest tea journal side view

with no real plan other than a focus on tea and friendship…

Magpie's Nest T Journal 1&2

for the first pages I used a scrap of Neal’s Yard tissue paper from our 2013 trip to the UK along with a piece of security envelope… one of my favorite swans and some star tissue…

Magpie's Nest T Journal 3 & 4

a tea stamp on tissue paper with a tea pot and cup catalog cut out…Magpie's Nest T Journal 5 & 6

coffee advert with old music sheet snippet which happens to have the #3 on it which is fitting for the recent T Stands for Tuesday anniversary…

Magpie's Nest T Journal 7 & 8

NYPL Japanese tea ladies with citra solv paper scraps and pieces of torn paper parasol…

Magpie's Nest T Journal 9 & 10

assorted blue clip art and a US postage stamp as a finish…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz tea journal cover

the cover of the book is from my paper collection and the cup is a wooden cut out that I colored with a gold Krylon pen… the tassel and gold fringe helped pull it all together…

joining Art Journal Journey’s IN MY GARDEN there is challenge and wishing everyone over at Elizabeth’s T Stands for Tuesday a Happy T Day…

“Make tea, not war.” ~Monty Python

32 responses to “tea and friendship in my garden…

  1. This is so fun. Quick little journal. Love your saving nature. 🙂

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  2. You are so clever! What a fabulous little journal!

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  3. Freda Butler

    I enjoyed all the little bits and pieces you put together in this book. The paper on the cover is great.

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  4. what a sweet mini journal-perfect for those little bits and a quick way to finish pages that size too. They are all lovely. Happy T day , and stay cool!

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  5. You are VERY creative Patty…and must do art stuff every day.

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  6. What a clever idea! Very pretty pages. 🙂

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  7. What an adorable little tea journal! I like your swan too!

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  8. Love your tea journal, so pretty, what a great idea. Thanks for joining us again at AJJ! Have a wonderful T Day, hugs, Valerie

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  9. Wow! Such a beautiful little book Patty! I love all of your pages, wonderful collages! xxx

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  10. This turned out wonderful Patty ! A little treasure and each spread is beautiful on it’s own. Thanks a lot for linking to Art Journal Journey!
    Happy T-Day dear “liebe” Freundin!
    oxo
    Susi

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  11. your booklet is a great idea and it turned out so awesome! the swan page really makes it “your´s”, it is like a signature.
    happy t-day!

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  12. This is a lesson in mixed media, collage, and altered art all thrown into one. I kept thinking how you must have some incredible images and books to draw from because each page is an experience to behold. Yes, I’m impressed.

    I was out most of the evening and got home very late. In my mailbox was an envelope with your name on the return address. I am off to open it after I visit everyone. Before I do that, thanks for this. You should NOT have done this. I really did NOT want anything, But I DO love the Hawaiian shirt postage stamp, because I found a rubber stamp that is very similar.

    Thanks for sharing this wonderful tea inspired book with us for T this Tuesday. It should be mandatory reading and studying for anyone interested in mixed media.

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  13. Wow Patty, that is a fantastic mini journal So many awesome techniques in this small book. and celebrating a favourite drink as well as our gardens.
    Happy T day.
    Yvonne xx

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  14. What a lovely little journal. Pretty,creative and memories too! Love it ! xoxo

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  15. You put that little booklet to such good use. I enjoyed each and every page of your mini journal. I agree, the tassel added just the right finishing touch.

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  16. Patty what an adorable little book and a wonderful way to recycle!! You know i’m a recycle girl. lol Love it! Happy happy Tday!! Hugs! deb

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  17. What an adorable little journal ♥♥♥ I often feel bad about tossing things into the recycle bin too….But as my husband is always telling me “I have more projects than I have days left to finish them…even if I live to be 100 “

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  18. What a lovely idea, and it turned out so pretty. 🙂 Happy T Tuesday

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  19. I love you rescued the little book, from the bin- and created this most wonderful tea-journal book. , Every page with a new look, and all together belonging together !! Each are telling a -story and the cover finishes it in such a gorgeous way !!
    Dear wishes, Patty , and a hug. 🙂

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  20. Thank you beyond belief. This tiny book is even more beautiful in my hands. You are too, too kind.

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  21. What a gorgeous little journal. Very fitting for T-Day. Each and every page is beautiful.
    Happy T-Day,
    Lisca

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  22. Grandisimo!!!! This is what makes my heart sing!! What a special art journal ♥ I absolutely adore how you used that product booklet to make that journal. Lovely!!!!
    Wishing you a wonderful and creative week to come ♥
    P.S.
    Tea and friendship do go together well ♥

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  23. What a perfectly lovely use of your tea info book. I like seeing that so much and what a cheery piece, perfect for Elizabeth’s tea day. xox

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  24. Patty, you are really rocking with your art, such amazing work you are creating.
    Organic tea – yes, when you find how they make ordinary tea, seeking out organic makes such a lot of sense.
    I know what you mean about these little books, we get all sorts of little books with so many things – festival programs, advertising and so on, and it seems such a pity to waste them – I have a little pile of them growing.
    And then after all this interesting reading, a description of how to make an art book and then all of your pages!!!!!
    Great idea to gesso the pages first.
    And yes, the Neal’s Yard tissue paper is always lovely, in that (your) shade of blue, too pretty to throw away. I love the blue page with the swan, and the pages with the bird and the music and the beautiful top and bottom papers, especially the bottom papers.
    What a great blogpost this is.

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  25. Patty, your little journal is absolutely delightful and you have taught me and inspired me in so many ways. I do love this post!
    Sandy xx

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  26. Dear Patty, You always come up with these inspiring projects that are just so beautiful! I love this idea and have a little booklet that is very similar which may well get a little change!! Sorry not to have been around to visit much lately(or anyone else for that matter!) I am hoping to go back and see what i missed – hope I don’t have to go too far!!! Big Hugs, Chrisx

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  27. Just popped back to say – yes I did have to go a long way back – I can only blame the fact that I usually want to wait to see a big screen to view your blog and then when we get home time runs away with appointments and the like and i just didn’t get here!! XXX

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  28. Oh my goodness Patty, what an adorable booklet you have created! It has so many wonderful pages I don’t know where to start. The details on each page are just perfect, from the serenity of the Swan, the joyfulness of the tea and teacups, the singing of the little bird, the pretty parasols in Japan and the wonderful celebration of friendship! I love it, thanks for making me smile and the inspiration! Happy belated T Day! J 🙂

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  29. What a great way to up-cycle something you would have simply thrown away! I like this, especially the blue pages!!

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  30. What an absolutely sweet idea!! I love this tiny journal~ a nice gift to include in a friend’s tea basket! Hugs and happy weekend ,my friend! xoxo

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  31. I really want to go to Neal’s Yard! I love the clever journal and how perfect to devote it to wonderful spreads related to tea! A marvelous use of materials and creative inspiration!

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  32. Finally doing some catching up since coming home from Iceland. These pages are beautiful. I love vintage tea theme, and I would love a cup right now. 🙂 Hugs-Erika

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