Grateful and Hopeful…

Erika’s theme of TELL ME A STORY over at Art Journal Journey this month is wide open to interpretation…magpies-nest-patty-szymkowicz-ranunculus

back in 2009 I created a December art journal that is still fun to look through (my angel cover below)…magpies-nest-patty-szymkowicz-december-art-journal-2009-cover

since then I have wanted to do a January art journal so here I go (this time I glued some pages together in an old book as I found working in a spiral book not that easy by the time I got to the end)…magpies-nest-patty-szymkowicz-various-papers

as it happens my first January spread has a couple of kinds of tissue included which also fits the theme over at Try it on Tuesdaymagpies-nest-right-page

I used Matte Medium to adhere the newspaper photo of trees to my painted pages and it worked nicely for the tissue papers too helping them melt into the surface…magpies-nest-patty-szymkowicz-grateful-2016-hopeful-2017

everything has a story…

“Acknowledging the good that you already have in your life is the foundation for all abundance.” -Eckhart Tolle

29 responses to “Grateful and Hopeful…

  1. I love your frosty January pages, just beautiful, and of course, very much Patty.style. I am looking forward to seeing more of your altered January book! Thanks for joining us at TIOT and AJJ, Alles Liebe, Valerie

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  2. Great background Patty. When you use an old book do you have to remove some pages too, so it’s not so bulky?

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  3. I’m so very glad you have returned. I love working with tissue. Beautiful!

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  4. Thanks Jo. This book is quite slim with less than 115 pages so it should be OK. I don’t mind if it puffs up a bit. For larger books you would probably need to remove some pages.

    oxo ~*~ Patty Magpie’s Nest Blog *“Instructions for living a life: Pay attention. Be astonished. Tell about it.” -Mary Oliver*

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  5. Lovely collages! Where do you get your ideas from?

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  6. How exciting creating a January Journal, I’m so looking forward to seeing all your creations :-). I love the gorgeous tissue papers you have used and when they are combined who would have guessed they would create pages that are so special – I love it, you are such an inspiration! Wishing you a great week! J 🙂

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  7. Such gorgeous pages. I agree spiral bound books can be problematic with some layouts. I had some similar tissue paper with spirals and stars – it looks so great and melts right in with the background.

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  8. Oh so beautiful a spread dear Patty, -the tree papers with the magic swirls of snow and the stars shining for the angels, to stay with us, and give us hope.
    Your story gets wings ,in my mind, and make me poems on.
    Wonderful how the angel tissue paper reveals the trees behind.
    And the New Years eve bouquet is so wonderfully springlike, dearest friend, –makes me dream, even winter only just started here!!

    Have fun with your new journal, I look forward following you on your journey through January.
    Hugs, xx

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  9. Its a wonderful idea to make a January journal Patty. The pages look gorgeous, great texture and tissues. I am looking forward to seeing more of your special artistic pages.
    Yvonne xx
    p.s. Forgot to say thank you for coming over to join us at TioT’s as well.

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  10. Wonderful re-use of those glorious papers. Love it and look forward to more pages as the years goes by. xox

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  11. I love how this came out Patty. Appropriate, but just beautiful. I think the black and white of the newspaper photo make a great contrast to the colored images, I hope we get to see more of this journal soon. Hugs-Erika

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  12. Hello Patty
    A fantastic collage, I like very, very good..
    Thank you for sharing.
    Greetings Sadie

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  13. What a great page. I like it. Thank you for joining us at TioT.

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  14. Wow, an art journal dedicated to January is quite the challenge. I enjoyed the look back, too. I’m hopeful for 2017, but when I turn on the news, all I hear is murder and politicians backstabbing each other. That’s why I have stopped watching the news. If nothing else, I feel it will be an excellent art year. You’ve certainly started out with a bang!

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  15. What a wonderful spread – Amazing dear Patty!
    I love it and am happy that you are with us again with another fabulous spread at Art Journal Journey and say thank you for joining the Tissue theme at TioT as well!
    Happy Day!
    oxo Susi

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  16. Gorgeous spread! Love the trees used in the background,such a great find!
    hugs&love,Jackie

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  17. ps
    I just notice WordPress is no longer letting me sign on under Google accts? Curious! So I am under my twitter! xx

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  18. ahhhh this is what I have missed seeing Patty – your beautiful mix of elegance and grunge.. and such a nice sentiment too – I am hopeful for 2017 too.
    Gill xx

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  19. I am loving both your soft wintry books Patty. The trees and angels are so beautiful. I love the tone you set for 2017 too:)

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  20. Amazing new pages, the subtile background corresponds very well with the colored napkin Party. Nice composition! The book cover in black,white and gold with the Angel child looks amazing Top, love the lace around it. I also love your flower bouquet on the top, it is spring like.
    Big Hugs
    Sabine

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  21. As always Patty inspiring and beautiful. Have a great week xx

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  22. What a great start to the New year.
    This is what we have missed when you were away, this magical, soft, seductive kind of art.

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  23. I love your beautiful angel Patty! xxx

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  24. Beautiful floral display and as for your December journal, so glad you share with us again as that angel is divine and so very inspirational.
    Patty, wishing you and Mr Magpie the best of years – times of travels, art and adventures of all manner coming your way and of course good times and good health and good friends.
    Lynne x

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  25. Beautiful flowers and I love that journal front! I love how beautiful your photos are on here always! I am trying to start the new year out right and spend more time blogging and less on social media. Happy 2017!

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  26. Oh Patty! What a wonderful spread – I love the idea of a January journal! These colours are so beautiful and I love the texture! So pleased you joined us at Try It On Tuesday! Chrisx

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  27. So pretty and creative. I love your ideas. =)

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  28. I’m glad you are doing this January journal. I’m not happy with this year’s December Journal (2016),,,, but, oh well. I do like just using binder clips and my own loose pages in my December journals so I can easily add Christmas cards in the back. Looking forward to your finished journal.

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  29. These are such beautiful winter pages in your Journal. love the textures
    Thanks for sharing with us at TioT.
    Avril x

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