Category Archives: Angel

Cimetière du Père Lachaise

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Pere LaChaise Entrance gate collageon our first Sunday in Paris we headed across town to visit Père Lachaise Cemetery…Magpie's Nest Jim Szymkowicz Pere LaChaiseestablished in 1804 it has the distinction of being the first garden cemetery which is a style of burial ground that uses landscaping in a park-like setting

Magpie's Nest Jim Szymkowicz Pere LaChaise collage 3it was a gorgeous sunny blue sky day and we wandered for hours…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Jim Morrison's Graveand managed to find Jim Morrison‘s grave site with its make shift barricades that people still seem compelled to go beyond (our photos are full of shadows)…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Pere LaChaise Cemetery 2formerly called Cemetery of the East it is the largest park and cemetery in the city of Paris on 110 acres with about 5,000 trees…

Magpie's Nest Edith Piaf's gravethere were views of the Eiffel Tower and the Montparnasse Tower with the help of our telephoto lens (we also found France’s beloved Edith Piaf’s grave)…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Pere LaChaise mosaic“The cemetery’s hilly terrain and tree-lined avenues are at once overcrowded, peaceful, and seductive. Sculptures abound, and the tombs run the gamut from simple, flat, horizontal headstones to elaborate mini-chapels open to the public. Some of the tombs are immaculately cared for, others dilapidated and abandoned.” –Encyclopedia Britannica

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Paris Cemetery reflectionour visit inspired two more pages in my French Travel Journal (the photo above is not altered it was a reflection looking thru a tiny monument window)…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz cemetery suppliesusing some of our photos and a couple of pressed daisies we picked in another park in Paris…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Pere Lachaise Cemetery journal pagesI am joining in with the Art Journal Journal IN MY GARDEN THERE IS… and the Moo Mania & More PARIS challenges…

Christmas in July and Celebration T…

this month’s turn of our local altered book round robin gave me a chance to get in the Christmas spirit thanks to my friend Fran’s Christmas themed tip in (more about tip ins here)…

Magpie's Nest Tip in backgrounds

I began by collaging various shades of white paper and old plastered book text onto the front and back of a sturdy piece of watercolor paper (6.50 x 9.75″)…

Magpie's Nest glitter highlights

it was also a chance to get out the glitter to highlight the snow and icicles on a reused greeting card…

Magpie's Nest glitter highlights

some peel and stick plastic icicles worked out nicely over and under the window…

Magpie's Nest Stille Nacht

with the first side complete I got busy on the reverse side where I also used part of an old greeting card adding trims and computer generated words…

Magpie's Nest Peace on Earth stamp closeup

the postage stamp from my collection fits in with Art Journal Journey’s July “Post & Postage” challenge

Magpie's Nest Peace on Earthin preparation for our son’s visit home we have been sorting and clearing like crazy which is long overdue here and it was fun how many Christmas bits of this and that appeared so I put them in a basket with Fran’s tip in in mind (and let’s face it in the big scheme of things Christmas will be here again before we know it) …

Happy  birthday boy

it is our son’s first time back  home for a visit since he moved to Colorado three years ago AND it was his 27th birthday so we had some celebrating to do…

Magpie's Nest Angel Food Real Whipped Cream and Berries

hope your month is full of fun things to celebrate too ~♥~ I am joining in with Elizabeth’s Altered Book Lover here as well for T Stands for Tuesday

safe journey she whispered …

Lisa's photoat a recent monthly meeting of art friends we were playing with layers using papers… paint… gesso… water soluble crayons and more (thanks to Lisa for snapping the above photo of my papers)…

Magpie's Nest background papers

I cut one of the water color papers into postcard size for a loose leaf art journal I have been working on for awhile now…

Magpie's Nest work in progress

not a lot of step by step mainly because I was getting my hands full of paint and gel medium…

Magpie's Nest closeup wing

the lovely “mystery” lady surfaced while digging through printed images (I have so many images!) and the wing is from Wendy Vecchi Studio 490

Magpie's Nest gold flakes

I decided to add a cloud like border at the bottom dipping into my forgotten jar of gold flake which adds a bit of shimmer not captured by the camera looking lighter and better in person…

Magpie's words or no words

I am still undecided… with words or without … What do you think?

Magpie's Nest no words

my guardian angel fits two challenges this month… Art Journal Journey “Things With Wings” and Mix it monthly “Angel/Saints”

whatever floats your boat…

Conny’s Mix it Monthly challenge this month is using a lovely color palette along with the theme of sailboats / boat 

Magpie's Nest Sailboat (1)

I knew I wanted to use a fancy slipper/shoe image for the boat along with the float your boat words …  the three cherubs were taken from a Christmas napkin with touches of color added…paint and stencils…gesso and assorted papers and some pieces of German scrap…

Magpie's Nest Sailboat

such a fun challenge…be sure and visit Mix it Monthly to see lots of inspiring creativity and of course you are most welcome to play along

Full Circle Art Journaling * Part Four

 

Full Circle Art Journal

still playing in my little Yale Shakespeare book whose pages are a bit larger than postcard size…

Full Circle Art Journaling 4

circles from goodies sent to me by LaWendula…Martha Stewart bird stamp…Stamper’s Anonymous flower burst stamp…chalk and pencil and a scrap from fabric/paper I made in a wonderful Beryl Taylor class I took years ago…

Full Circle Art Journaling 4 (1)

button paper and stickers…piece of handmade fabric/paper…rubons…Sharpie marker…catalog images…

Full Circle Art Journaling 4 (2)

vintage torn book text layered on pages with stenciled plaster…

Full Circle Art Journaling 4 (3)

Rumi quote…the little girl is a Debrina Pratt image…paper doily…vintage map…paint and chalks…

Full Circle Art Journaling 4 (4)

Cezanne quote printed on cotton twill…stenciled plastered vintage text…pattern and star tissue papers…

Full Circle Art Journaling 4 (5)

walnut ink over gesso…torn Citra Solv paper edge…altered photo of my Mutti’s doll head…pink Pearlescent Liquid Acrylic…

Full Circle Art Journaling 4 (6)

words inspired by Jack Johnson song…photo of our metal heart candle holder…paper scraps…partial rubber stamp image…paint and Sharpie pen…

Full Circle Art Journaling 4 (7)

part of a powerful Ram Dass quote…my photo of a planter with cut out flowers…stenciled plaster with vintage text…gesso and paint…

keep moving forward…

 

Monoprint Red Rosin Heart Pages

even after all these years the changing of the seasons can throw me off balance…

Moving Forward journal pages (2)

the angel and heart sat for awhile on my monoprint pages waiting for words…

Moving Forward journal pages

at one time I knew what “Adagio” meant but had to look it up again…

Moving Forward art supplies (1)

I took the meaning of the randomly torn heart music paper as a gentle reminder for myself that it is alright that sometimes I am moving forward more slowly than I might like…

Moving Forward art supplies (2)and that everything is as it is meant to be…

Moving Forward journal pages (1)

“You are always a student, never a master. You have to keep moving forward. ” ~Conrad Hall

 

getting plastered…

seeing what my friend Lisa created using Kate Thompson’s  plastered textiles really got me going in a fun direction

Full of Gracea free image of The Three Graces from a wonderful Misty Mawn online class sparked two different collage pieces…

Patty Szymkowicz GRACE

my attempt at a gel medium transfer onto plastered fabric did not turn out all that well until I decided I really liked it in its imperfection adding some indigo cotton pieces and selvage from a piece of navy blue velvet along with tulle and the computer generated word GRACE (8 x 10 inches … 20.3 x 25.4 cm)

Patty Szymkowicz Three Graces (1)

my second transfer was easier working on plain watercolor paper…

Patty Szymkowicz Three Graces

combining plastered linens and laces with some of my hand dyed pieces and a flattened tea spoon made creating this 9 x 10.5 inch (22.8 x 26.6 cm) piece extra fun (now if I could remember who gave me that sweet swan spoon!)… 

ever onward stone angel (1)

 my Old San Juan Stone Angel collage measures approximately 9 x 12 inches (22.8 x 30.4 cm)…

ever onward stone angel

is anyone familiar with the 2011 book by Stephanie Lee and Judy Wise Plaster Studio: Mixed-Media Techniques for Painting, Casting and Carvingit looks interesting in the reviews

Mandala Monday: Hello Hibiscus

a little of this and a little of that from our summer garden for Dawn’s Mandala Monday

Hibiscus Mandala

Hibiscus blooms are another of the many flowers I look forward to each year…

Hibiscus Mandala A

the petals are a bit delicate and began to curl quickly…

Hibiscus Mandala (1)

 the green leaves I started the mandala with are from a naughty creeping vine that seems to really like our lawn and gardens…

Hibiscus Mandala (2)

some of the other plants I used are White Gooseneck Loosestrife … variegated leaves from our Privet bushes … tall Phlox flowers and a tiny mystery white button flower

Angel Fountain with a ray of sun

“Each fairy breath of summer, as it blows with loveliness, inspires the blushing rose.”  ~Author Unknown

be blessed …

my little 4.5 inch book was  finished in the span of a few months with no real plan or theme…

just a place to play…

back in 2010 I created a “soul” angel from a sweet Paper Whimsy girl’s head, butterfly wings, a Tiffany lamp from a catalog and a stamped heart that I colored…

My blue fairy with PW face

a copy just happened to be handy on my work table and this time she is acting as the soul of the Bluebell Forest on my pages below (shame about the glare but I was having sunlight issues in my photo below)…

4.5 inch be Blessed pages

there was some green silk ribbon threaded on a needle all ready and waiting on my pin cushion so I decided to stitch on the torn page from an old dictionary and a closeup photo of Bluebells from our archive of hundreds taken over the years…

4.5 inch be Blessed pages (1)

when I first ordered these handmade books from LaWendula I immediately stamped the seedhead on the left with one of my hand carved stamps …

the book then got set aside for awhile … 

a bit of found text helped complete the pages along with a scrap of map that I colored and a piece of painted metal zipper…

4.5 inch be Blessed pages (2)

I shared my “Truth” pages above with you back in February adding some tabs to each spread as I went along this time…

4.5 inch be Blessed pages (3)

same with my “Kindness” pages

4.5 inch be Blessed pages (4)

I am repeating the images here for my own convenience to have the finished book all in one place…

I think of my blog as a visual journal of sorts recording some of what I get into and even find it handy to refer to when I need a date or link or something…

I usually like to add the covers to my books at the end making it easier to work in the journals along the way…

Sari fabric purse parts

one of my favorite sari patchwork purses was falling apart so I decided to carefully tease all of the patches away from their backing keeping them to use for future stitching projects…

the piece below was the perfect color and made a nice cover for my book…

be Blessed front and back coversthe title of my little book (also found text) ended up on the back as I did not want to add anything else to the front…

 I hope to share one of my larger completed art journals very soon as I have been busy on the last couple of spreads…

… go in Peace …

the Art Journal Journey challenge for February isPeace“…

Omis Wood Heart and rock

this month marks the second anniversary of my Mother’s passing and I am still trying to make peace with not having her here to hug…

8 Feb 2013 Point Lookout MD

it was a really wet, windy and chilly day when we found the wooden heart and amber colored rock as we spread the remainder of her ashes…Point Lookout Wildlife

the cold and rainy weather was okay because we had her special spot almost all to ourselves…

Magpie's Nest My Sweet Mutti

a childhood image of my Mutti inspired my journal pages …

her wings were made by tearing a heart in two and covering the pieces with embossed napkin that I rubbed  gold gouache on … 

Magpie's Nest My Mutti Peace journal pages

her skirt is part of one of the many origami dresses I made last summer (my mother was a very fine seamstress which was just one of her many talents)

I cut the top of the dress off and the pieces made a perfect border for the left hand page (waste not want not as I was raised)

I added a strip of cigar box paper trim on the bottom right that says “Homemade”

Patty Szymkowicz PEACE supplies

a piece of my pressed Queen Anne’s Lace flower tissue paper helped fill in the painted left hand page of this spread…

Magpie's Nest Peace Quote

”[If you] go in Peace it makes the flowers sweeter along the path.” ~Mike Dolan

Magpie's Nest Yogi T

the saffron colored crocus are always the first to bloom in our sunny front garden which is a sign that spring is drawing near … 

my tea today is Yogi Tahitian Vanilla Hazelnut 

“richly luscious and soothing”

think I’ll have another cup …


Christmastime …

US Capitolit’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…Merrifield Towne Center Anthropologie (10)

such a colorful time of year…

Merrifield Towne Center LouLou Star

may your days be filled with Peace…

Nativity

Love…

Twinkling Lites 2

Light…

Merrifield Towne Center Anthropologie (3)

and goodness…Patty Szymkowicz GelliMonoprint cards

with Brightest of Blessings to all…Merry Christmas

however you say it or celebrate it…

French Hound VA

prayers peace and healing …

for all those affected by the tragedy in Connecticut on 14 December 2012

Magpies Nest Broken Hearted Angel

“Sorrow makes us all children again – destroys all differences of intellect. The wisest knows nothing.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson, 1803-1882

*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