wonder…

things are still topsy turvy here in exciting ways…

Magpie's Nest back porch windows waiting

with our back porch enclosure coming along nicely…

Magpie's Nest back porch enclosure work

but of course everything takes time…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Wonder supplies

I did get in my art room to play and created an art journal page using some of the ingredients above…Magpie's Nest collage background

bits of torn napkin and plastered book text along with scraps of paper (matte medium works beautifully under and on top of the thin napkin paper to help it melt into the page)… Magpie's Nest Wonder collage background pg right

part of a Misty Mawn collage sheet that I highlighted with pencil and added the he♥rt in the hand to pulled together with some super heavy white gesso and some rubons and doodling to finish…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz WONDER art journal page

it will be fun to visit Art Journal Journey and see all of the wonderful entries already for Gill aka Gibby Frogett’s lovely August theme of NATURE’S WONDERS

“The more clearly we can focus our attention on the wonders and realities of the universe about us, the less taste we shall have for destruction”.  Rachel Carson

31 responses to “wonder…

  1. You work a lot in your journals….all beautiful. The porch will be a lovely spot to work on them.

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  2. I wish you could throw some of your magic fairy dust on me – Your journal pages are always so creative and for me inspiring. I have lots of ideas but not get up and go. Plus I am really blocked about the background –
    Your new room is coming along nicely – what a great view to the outside.
    Sandy xx

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  3. Oh your Wintergarten goes forward and I can imagine how it will look, if it is finished. It will become a nice place to relax and I am excited how you will decorate it and what kind of furniture it will get.
    Your journal page is nice again, a great art collage with all the nice motifs,stamps and textures. Great work and I like it much.
    Hugs
    Sabine

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  4. I don’t know how you find time to get in the art room when the porch is apart and you’re in remodeling zone! Bravo — both the pieces look wonderful (and I can’t wait to see the porch — love that green (or is it aqua — sometimes hard to tell in the pic!)

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  5. Christie Juhasz

    Your pages look fresh and cool! Not how we are feeling in Florida right now! I am sure you are anxious for all that renovation to be complete. So disruptive, but the end result will be well worth it.

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  6. This is wonderful. I really must get some matte medium because I’ve been using glue stick and the napkins don’t melt into the background like yours do. And that postage stamp stole my heart!

    Your new porch is going to be wonderful. Three or four seasons you’ll be able to enjoy it without worrying about snakes (GRIN) joining you.

    One thing that isn’t good is the heat. I hope your main house is closed well so this sticky, muggy heat doesn’t permeate it.

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  7. You will love your new room and will probably spend all your time out there. 2 years ago we had our lanai removed and a sunroom built on the back of our Florida home. We are on a golf course with a large pond in our back yard. My husband is out there from early to late and I enjoy sitting out there stitching or reading.

    The heart in the hand under the eyes is very effective. Another great one.

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  8. You should love your screened in porch!!
    Lovely art page. 🙂

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  9. The journal page is wonderful, love the images, colours, techniques. Thanks for joining us again at AJJ. Hope the work at home is soon finished, it will surely look great. Hugs, Valerie

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  10. Ooh!!! This page is glorious Patty! Glad you are getting some creative time amidst all the chaos.
    Alison xxx

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  11. This is such a wonderful page dear Patty! I love all about it!
    Thank you so much for creating a page with AJJ in mind even though you are busy with the porch which will turn out wonderful as it seems!
    Good luck with the renewal!

    We decided to start next year with our desolate porch ….

    Have a wonderful day dear friend!
    oxo Susi

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  12. Lovely to see this collage in the making, with the papers you have carefully chosen of course. Adding the heart does bring it together, and I like the patchwork effect on the left. Maybe this is something just a bit different from you influenced by the constructions going on in your house?
    The porch extension looks wonderful, who wouldn’t want to sit in there with you one cool afternoon.

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  13. Your porch will be a wonderful place to sit and enjoy your garden. Loved your beautiful journal page, all the details you add always blend so well together and make the page a joy to see.
    Yvonne xx

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  14. ooohh my gosh patty,your page so beautiful,love the images,soft backround and technices,good luck for your renewal,we starting next year with this.
    have a great week.

    hugs jenny

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  15. I love the Journal page Patty but truly am more excited for that new space you’re creating. Can’t wait to see the finished product. Maybe some creative space there as well ? xoxoxo

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  16. Wonderful journal page, dear Patty, beautiful examples of :Wonders in the world… I love the napkin you used, and the sweet Briefmark matching the flowers. Is the black-white also a stamp? – Wow your porch will be so filled with light , a beautiful “green house” to enjoy the garden from inside. I hope it will soon be finished, I know what living in a mess, means ;lol.
    Dorthe XOxoxo

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  17. Ma chère Patty, longtemps que je n’étais venu, mais quel plaisir chaque fois de découvrir tant de talent et tant de merveilles.
    Merci pour ce plaisir partagé.
    Amitiés.

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  18. Really good lessons for me on this entry! Thanks so much. You are my hero!

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  19. Oh this is gorgeous, what a treat! I simply love it, so much eye candy, delicate and full of poetry as always here!

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  20. Oh gosh this is really beautiful Patty. I’ve been looking for quite a while at all the lovely layers and details. Your perfectly placed little splashes of red draw my eye from top to bottom – I love it!
    (I love your blue broom with the head too, that made me smile)
    So glad you were able to find time to join in the AJJ theme with all the work you have going on there – it looks fabulous!
    And thanks so much for all the lovely comments you left, that I found just now, that was really kind… Gill xx

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  21. Really love this piece!!! You put everything together so well ❤ All I'm getting done is walking the puppy for what seems 24/7 .

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  22. Love how your porch is looking Patty. It is going to be great once you get it done. I love the windows, so you can use it more of the year. Perfect! And I love your journal page too. You really made it unexpected when you added those images on the left. I was waiting for something small or delicate but no. It surprised me and that is good. Beautiful work! Hugs-Erika

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  23. A wonderful journalpage! I like the colors and how it all fits together. And wonderful rooms out- and inside are waiting for you 🙂

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  24. Your porch redo is coming along nicely. I can imagine you enjoying it when it is done. I like the page you created very much. With the heavy gesso it must have quite a nice texture. Pictures are great but texture seems so much better in person.

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  25. Oh my, what amazing views you are going to have out of your porch windows. it brings the outdoors inside so beautifully! Your blue broom is a work of art in itself, it looks like it can sweep the room all by itself :-). I love the layers you have created on your page, there are so many wonders to behold! Wishing you a happy weekend! J 🙂

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  27. Oh Patty! This is gorgeous! So many beautiful details! Hope your porch improvements move along well! Hugs, Chrisx

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  28. such a beautifully composed collage page Patty-and don’t ya just love using napkins? :):) It must be difficult having such upheaval when renovating but wowee- I can see how that room is going to be SO wonderful!

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  29. Your page is wonderful Patty!!
    how exciting about your new enclosure I LOVE all the windows!! And that doll head broomstick is the best! teehee xo

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