Category Archives: Altered Art

Second on the 2nd for November 2015…Memory of the Heart

looking back to 27 November 2011 I am sharing these art journal pages for Elizabeth’s second look this month…

Happy November All oxo

…memory of the heart…

thank you all for your precious Thanksgiving wishes and I hope that everyone that celebrated had a lovely holiday…

I will share a little of our holiday escape to the mountains in my upcoming Tea Tuesday post…

today I wanted to show you a couple of pages I have been working on for a little while now…

after the spring nesting season earlier this year I ended up with a broken Robin’s egg collection…

I tucked them into a tiny bowl with plans to use those pretty shades of “blue” in a collage some day…

my small fragile Funk & Wagnalls Encyclopedia/Art Journal pages

(each page measures 4×6″)

had a couple of pages gessoed and ready for more attention with a piece of film stapled on the left…

too bad I didn’t take photos of my pages all along the way…

but you know how it goes when you get busy playing…

the camera is in another location and you just keep working away and before you know it…

well here are my finished pages…

I brushed on some thick gel medium and crushed the shells in place liking that some of the book page was left exposed on the top right…

that image was way too nice to cover up…

a piece of my Citra Solv paper where I included rubber stamping and rub ons added a nice layer as well…

I wrote Love with a white Sharpie Water Based poster pen outlined in fine black marker…

I really like the black and white image of the amazing artist Albrecht Dürer who just happened to be handy on my work table

more eggshells on the left side along with tissue tape and a scrap piece of paper used to protect my work table…I left the strip of film loose at the bottom and made a list of some of the things I am grateful for underneath…

this page was intentionally left a bit open with room for all the unknown blessings already on their way with more to be grateful for…

“Gratitude is the memory of the heart.” ~Jean Baptiste Massieu, translated from French

Second on the 2nd for May … Birdies, birdies everywhere …

it is a new month already and our Lily of the Valley bloomed in time to help celebrate May Day…Magpie's Nest Lily of the Valley Love

it is time to join Elizabeth for her second look at a past blog post…  my birds were originally posted in May 2008… interesting to note that we are no longer meeting at that store as they didn’t have room for us anymore but our mixed media art group is still going strong all these years later…

Posted on May 14, 2008 | 

“It is not only fine feathers that make fine birds.” ~Aesop”

Second on the 2nd for March…

March kind of snuck up  on me but that seems to be the way time is moving these days = quickly…

I am joining Elizabeth of Altered Book Lover again this month to take a second look at a blogpost that I originally shared on 27 March 2010

… becoming …

“There is no knowledge of true being.  The world is fundamentally in a state of becoming.” ~ Friedrich Nietzsche

 

and another shiny thing…

still inspired by PaperArtsy’s 2015 Topic 2: Shiny Things challenge (you know what they say about Magpies and shiny things!) I thought I would share a piece I created for an upcoming swap in our local Mixed Media Collaborative group…

***Spoiler Alert for art friends participating in the swap***

Magpie's Nest Shiny Tin

the initial inspiration for our exhange came from my collection of empty candy tins (ahemif you’ve tried them you of course understand how they could become a collection)…you know how it is when a container is just too good to throw away…the see thru window in these makes them handy for storing beads and baubles and more…

Magpie's Nest Shiny Tin (1)

the group of talented artists that I am lucky enough to hang out with each month immediately came up with the idea of altering the tins and swapping them randomly one for one at our February gathering… we decided on the theme of “Love”…

Magpie's Nest Shiny Tin (3)

with ideas swirling in my head I came across a scrap of my wool needle felting to tuck inside the tin… some sari ribbon for a hanger and a lady stamped on a brass charm that has been around for years just waiting for attention (she was one of four ladies representing the seasons and I cannot put my hands on them at the moment..I got so excited that I forgot to snap a photo of her before she was stitched inside the tin)…

Magpie's Nest Shiny Tin (2)

when I spied some turquoise netting I knew I wanted to incorporate it somehow so I stitched a piece and ruffled it…

Magpie's Nest Shiny Tin (4)

going with the teal and gold theme I painted a piece of lace to add as a deco…

Magpie's Nest Shiny Tin (5)instead of using the layered gesso and paint tin that I started in the second photo I shared with you I decided to sand another tin and cut out the plastic window adding pieces of my favorite gold gauzy paper with matte gel medium coloring it with a wash of Waterfall Green Pearlescent acrylic ink…

Magpie's Nest Shiny Tin (6)

I had to search for where the inspiring words I had jotted down for my altered tin originated…

Magpie's Nest Shiny Tin (7)

 turns out they are  from a beautiful Elton John song

Magpie's Nest Shiny Tin (8)

“The words I have to say
May well be simple but they’re true
Until you give your love
There’s nothing more that we can do
Love is the opening door
Love is what we came here for
No one could offer you more
Do you know what I mean
Have your eyes really seen
You say it’s very hard
To leave behind the life we knew
But there’s no other way
And now it’s really up to you
Love is the key we must turn
Truth is the flame we must burn
Freedom the lesson we must learn
Do you know what I mean
Have your eyes really seen
Love is the opening door
Love is what we came here for
No one could offer you more
Do you know what I mean
Have your eyes really seen…”
Elton John, Love Song, Tumbleweed Connection Album

Second on the 2nd

Elizabeth started a fun new monthly challenge this January which is nice since it is only once a month…

you can read all about it on her Altered Book Lover blog

 here is a blast from my art journaling past that I posted back in January 2008

Paint Scraped Journal Pages

“I am drawn to vintage everything, so these pages were a huge departure for me along with being a whole lot of fun.

The Britannica Junior encyclopedia pages make a wonderful canvas and receive paint very well.

Magpie's Nest scraped-paint-journalltinsp

One of the things that made these pages different for me was using images found in everyday magazines/publications.

“Inspired” would be on the left hand spread and “354 check” would be the right hand side of the book. Just above the number is a red label that says “Remove Before Flight”. It could be tricky flying with a peacock on your head!

Magpie's Nest scraped-paint-journalremove

“Enthusiasm is excitement with inspiration, motivation, and a pinch of creativity.” ~Bo Bennett

Balance is my true nature…

my 4×6 inch flat canvas began with various scraps of paper glued down for the background and a bit of Artist’s Cement (which is like molding paste but a bit rubbery when dry) stenciled on at the top with a wash of paint…

Magpie's Nest Balance supplies

the circle was a cut out from a long ago project that I still had kicking around

Magpie's Nest Circleand I got to playing with a roll of plaster I had picked up at a thrift shop years ago for the horizontal stripe…

Magpie's Nest Balance is my true nature

I am entering this in the new online monthly mixed media challenge at The Mirror Crack’d for their “Anything (Mixed Media) goes”

Magpie's Nest Balance is my true nature (1)

focusing on balance is definitely a good affirmation for me…

Configurations Box Round Robin Part Two

not quite a year ago our local mixed media art group began a swap using Tim Holtz’ configuration boxes…

Patty's Configuration Box BEFORE

it was back then that I shared some details about our swap with you herePatty's Gypsy Theme

one of my gypsy themed boxes went out to the each of the six participants in the round robin…

Patty's boxes going out

they had the choice to use any of the bits I included or not…

friends creations

I received so many wonderful creations leaving me three boxes to finish myself…

my Gypsy boxes completed

the project was completed some time ago but I am just now getting around to sharing my finished box with you (my talented art friends brain stormed with me about how great the finished box would look with something at the top like half of a tambourine maybe…I have some extra bits I could attach to the front too which would help pull everything together better … still looking for my tambourine!) …

boxes for me to work on

part of my delay was dismay that we didn’t take any photos of the other finished boxes and there were some spectacular ones with feet and finials and all kinds of fancy finishes…

some of the boxes Patty decorated

here is a sampling of the boxes I created for others in our group minus a mermaid nature box I got excited about and forgot to photograph…

 

Hermine’s Card Project

the talented and lovely Hermine from The Netherlands asked me to participate in her rolodex card project and this gorgeous card arrived along with a blank card for me to work on…

Hermine's lovely card

Hermine is sending blank cards around the globe so she can fill the lovely box she altered with lots of different artists’ creations

my collaged card for Hermine

I had wanted to needle felt a card for her file box but thought in the end that it might be too bulky so I created a layered collage card using various bits of paper (including a tiny piece of map from San Francisco, California)…embossing with thick gesso…Inka Gold highlights…a bit of altered paper towel for the water and a piece of daisy trim for the sun from a friend

Hermine's photo of my card

it was great fun to make and here is how the card looks in it’s new home with Hermine

shine…

one of our FULL CIRCLE  workshop assignments this week was creating a lantern…

Painted Lantern Pieces

it never ceases to give me a thrill starting with simple things like cracker box cardboard…paints…

Lantern sides

snippets of paper…string and a bit of parking lot treasure that Mr Magpie rescued for me (flat lace like charm in the center)…

Illuniated Lantern

with the guidance and generous directions from our talented teacher Misty Mawn

Twinkling Lantern

I was also delighted with this project as it fits so nicely with my little word of the year here

“Whatever you are passionate about pursue…Whatever you dream about do…Just MOVE and keep following the beat of your own HEART” ~Lisa K. Fox

Configurations Box Round Robin…

our local Mixed Media Collaborative group is in the midst of a fun round robin…

Patty S Gypsy Boxes Before

each of us purchased a 6.75 x 8.75 inch Tim Holtz Configurations box chosing individual themes for our boxes adding bits of this and that to be used in the box or not … making a commitment to deliver at least one finished box per month beginning in June (our free spirited altered arts group does best with as few rules as possible)…

Patty S boxes ready

since I missed last month’s get together I have two finished boxes ready to deliver this month…

Patty S for Andrea

Andrea (or Drea) as some of her friends call her has a “Nature” theme and the bag of goodies she sent my way was marked “Wings”

Patty S for Andrea (1)

her only special request was to not use anything plastic so I added a little twig nest, some moss, a wooden egg and glass flower from my stash along with a pair of Cicada wings she included in a jar lining the box with some of the napkin she included (a bit tricky photographing her box to show those gossamer wings toward the back of the nest)

Patty S for Susan G

next was Susan‘s Vintage White (Pastel) Christmas theme and  I added one of my little bleached trees along with a bauble from a vintage bead strand I treated myself to last Christmas, some aqua colored netting from a vintage petticoat and a frill that I made thanks to Fran in our group for sharing her die cut machine and dies…

Patty S for Susan G (1)

I wanted to add so many things but seeing that these boxes only measured 2 x 3 inches each there was only so much I could tuck in there trying to remind myself that less would be more…

Patty S Gypsy Boxes Before (2)

I chose a “Gypsies” theme for my boxes which goes so well with my Love of travel and exploring…

Patty S Gypsy Boxes Before (1)

I included some sari pieces from a purse of mine that fell apart along with some scraps of map for players to use or not when they worked on my boxes…

Swap boxes still left

above are the remaining boxes for me to play with in the coming months…

 

pages for a friend…

the talented and lovely Lisa asked me to create some pages in her round robin spiral book a few months ago…

Magpie's Nest My pages (1)

what with one thing and another…

Magpie's Nest My pages

one of them being me stuck on WHAT I wanted to say about Love

Magpie's Nest My pages (11)

the topic is so rich and chewy and boundless and deep…

Magpie's Nest My pages (2) A

a lot of very nice pages had already been created…

Magpie's Nest My pages (8)

as with many things just starting has a way of helping everything fall into place

Magpie's Nest My pages (7)

happy that I will be able to finally return Lisa’s book to her at our upcoming local Mixed Media Collaborative meeting

♥ I really enjoyed creating these Love pages ♥

“Love is all you need” ~ The Beatles

*Twinkle*

Natalea of Kandeland hosted a handmade ornament swap and I was lucky enough to be able to join in…

here are the lovely ornaments I received with some of their pretty wrappings in the background…

Natalea

Joy to the World stuffed heart from Natalea

Vivian

 JOY stocking from Vivian

Sandy

fabric tree and framed Rousing Rudolphe from Sandy

Linda

 a baker “REJOICE” shaker from Linda

Kimberly

   an altered doll leg from Kimberly

Jeanne

and a French jam jar snow globe from Jeanne

each ornament is inspiring and adds so much charm to our tree…

thank you all!!!

Patty S Altered Spoons

here are the altered spoons that I really had a great time creating for the swap using spoons bent by Mr Magpie…feather wings…golden German Flimmers and some rhinestone bling along with several kinds of glitter and a favorite word of mine…

Patty S Spoon Wrappings

thanks to my art pal Fran Podlesney for sharing her die cut machine I just happened to have the perfect frills to use as tags on my tuille wrapped ornaments…

Magpies Nest Altered Spoon Ornie Swap

I admit I’ve gone a little glitter crazy this season…more on that in another post

just because…

don’t ask me why but for a while now I have wanted to alter a mouse trap…

lots of talented artists have already done some wonderful ones…

when we were in Asheville recently strolling the aisles of a local supermarket we came upon these and I knew the time was right…

while I was working on the traps and being VERY careful to not get caught under the spring part I admired the artists even more and then Mr Magpie came home and showed me how I could disengage the ‘trap’ part of the metal…

I can use that trick when I alter the third one and not have to hold my breath the whole time worrying about getting snapped in the trap…

the larger rat trap spoke to me first…

after covering the trap with gel medium and pattern tissue I added some bat wings to the doll head, black cotton netting which made perfect hair and part of one of my favorite golden flimmerstern…

next I played with the smaller mouse trap adding a medieval lady and scraps of velvet and some of my favorite leaves as wings…

as I worked on these wooden traps it felt good to know that they will never be used to trap animals especially when there are alternative ways to invite rodents out of your home should you need to…

fun to add these to my list of unusual altered items which includes altered shoes, sardine cans, cutlery and cabinet cards to name a few…

have you altered any odd things?