Category Archives: Canvas

Blessings…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz IN MY GARDEN 1another inspiring theme over at Art Journal Journey for July…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz IN MY GARDEN 2many thanks to Yvonne of Meggys Way and all of the participants…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz single pagesas a final offering I created a 9 x 12″ canvas inspired by a photo of a statue in the sumptuous gardens of Isola Madre on Lake Maggiore in Italy… Magpie's Nest Blessings Lady

lots of layers (pattern tissue… citrasolv paper… cheesecloth… netting… vintage lace and trims adhered with my favorite soft gel medium)…Magpie's Nest BLESSINGS closeupat first I had stamped IMAGINE on tissue paper with some turquoise ink that was too light so that gave me a chance to change the word to BLESSINGS (Art Impressions, Oregon USA)…Magpie's Nest Blessings supplies

I rushed a bit on this and intend to go back and add some touches of green paint…thanks so much for visiting ~♥~

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz BLESSINGS“It is only with true love and compassion that we can begin to mend what is broken in the world. It is these two blessed things that can begin to heal all broken hearts.” -Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being Free

canvas play…

our son is making progress after his injury but the road to full recovery will take some time…

as far as me being creative I am lucky to snap a few photographs in the garden now and then with not much time for play…

a few months ago I had a great time creating textured backgrounds on three different canvases with no idea of where they might go next…

the canvas above measures 9×12 inch…22.86×30.48 cm

I only have the one “before” photograph above and that canvas is still waiting to be completed…

when we came home from our latest travels I was itching to create something so I got busy on the two 6×12 inch (15.24 x 30.48 cm) canvases…

I hardly create anything without an image or face on it so that is what I decided these two canvases needed along with more texture and interest…

for this one I used the original image (what was left after I transferred onto tissue paper)  using the Citra Solv paper transfer technique

the wings are from my Old San Juan treasure finds

glued on using gel medium…

my favorite adhesive…

for my “Blessings” canvas below I glued on a laser jet lady image adding bits of German sheer curtain and vintage flowers from an old hat…

I stamped “Blessings” onto dress pattern tissue paper adhering it to the canvas with gel medium…

I really liked the idea of having backgrounds ready and waiting for the next time I have time to play…

L*VE

working last minute on this little canvas to take along to California may have been why I forgot to pack the traveling tea cup…

still wondering HOW we missed that…

oh well!

there was a point when I did not think the canvas would materialize in time to take on our trip…

you really can’t force creativity…

can you…

it either happens or it doesn’t…

I rescued some sweet smelling pink roses that were decoration around our niece’s wedding cake last October and pressed them with thoughts of making a first anniversary card for them which turned into this canvas instead…

I wrapped it in wax paper tied with baker’s twine just in case as it took lots of layers of gel medium to embed the roses and leaves…

hoping it holds up over time…

“You are an artist of the spirit.  Find yourself and express yourself in your own particular way.  Express your love openly. Life is nothing but a dream, and if you create your life with love, your dream becomes a masterpiece of art.” ~Don Miguel Ruiz


take flight…

it was my pleasure recently to swap canvases with the talented and generous Nigel of Freebird’s flights of fancy in the UK …

truly a man of many talents…

not only did I receive this brilliant 4×4″ butterfly canvas…

with wonderful depth and detail…

Nigel also tucked in lots of other goodies as well…

a generous array of tempting teas…

an interesting tin full of treasures and pretty Italian paper…

this handsome Queen’s Own Yeomanry (QOY) pin really peaked my interest…here is the story from Nigel on that:

QOY is an armoured regiment, part of the Territorial army (reservists, a little like your National Guard). I have a tin with various badges I acquired during my service, and that was one of them. I figured it would make a unique addition to the swap so picked one at random, and that was it.”

I am very honored and pleased to have it…

a  super assortment of book pages and cards….

you know my heart leapt when I saw the swans…

both sides of the bird pages are beautifully illustrated…

again I am reminded of how special it is to be able to connect with talented artists and like minded individuals around the globe…

 thank you so very much dear Nigel for a really special swap…

 before April gets away from me and Mr Magpie and I take flight (more about that on my T Tuesday post)…

I want to share this month’s quote from my “Angel Spirits”, The Art of Sulamith Wulfing 2011 Calendar:

“You are uniquely you, yet within your being dances the essence of all those who came before you.  Your ancestors live again through your actions in the world.  Do us honor by joyously accepting your destiny and by being all that you are meant to be.” ~Angelic Ancestors, April 2011

Enchanted Spring…

…is another Heaven…


tender shades of green…

are where my creativity led me for Wednesday Stamper’s “Enchanted Spring” theme this week…


a four inch (10.16 cm) square painted canvas….three quarters inch (1.9 cm) thick that I collaged papers and images onto along with a piece of paper measuring tape along the left side…


I like how words often reveal themselves when you’re working on a piece…

lots of people in the northern hemisphere are longing for Spring…

it is definitely one of my favorite seasons here in Virginia

OWOH * Martina Style *

 

had to share what recently arrived from Germany…

I was the very lucky winner of Martina’s OWOH giveaway

which included this beautiful etched metal triangle canvas that she artfully altered…

along with this lovely Triptych ATC…

gorgeous both inside and out…

she included so many special creations…

I adore arches…

Martina is not only a very talented artist…

but most generous as well…

I am so grateful for all of the beautiful connections here in blogland…

danken Sie lieber Martina so sehr sehr viel oxo

Hope Soars and Heart’s Desire

Hearts  have always been special to me for lots of reasons … back in my other craft life in the late 1990’s … before mixed media and collage … I had a little herb and dried flower business called Works of the Heart … I came close to naming my blog that three years ago …

which brings me to Linda’s lovely challenge theme this week for Wednesday Stamper …which happens to be Hearts

my little canvas measures not quite 2  x 2.25 inches …

a sweet Paper Whimsy girl … some ink and paint … book text … and a piece of map…

plus these stamps … and an orange gel pen for a bit of contrast…

speaking of hearts…I have to share with you what I won over at Sharon’s Livewire Jewelry blog…it was my lucky day to be a winner in her recent giveaway

this layered piece is so lovely in every detail … she has stamped onto cotton streamers at the bottom “follow your heart as long as you live” … my photo really does not do it justice…you can click on the picture for a closer look…

here are some really nice extra goodies she tucked in too…thank you so much dear Sharon for touching my heart with your art again and again … how lucky am I to have a piece for my very own!

“There is a light that shines beyond all things on earth, beyond the highest, the very highest heavens.  This is the light that shines in your heart.” ~Chandogya Upanishad


Altered Canvas Round Robin

our local altered arts group is beginning a new project … each participant will prepare an 8 x 10 ” canvas according to the theme they have chosen … each month a different person will add something to the canvas they have received …

some of the gals in the group (thank you Linda Y and Fran) inspired me to do a niche …

here is the view from the backside of the canvas … I used a tray from a small box of matches … gluing it around the sides with gel medium …


Sue of My Arts Desire inspired me recently with her beautiful journal pages using a tissue paper background …

oh … you really should pop by and visit Sue here

… she is having a super giveaway to celebrate her 100th blog post … she also shares some great tips along with loads of inspiration


I have a bunch of stiff Star Wars napkins … I never really knew what in the world I might use them for … turns out they made a perfect beginning for my Ocean/Sea themed canvas … a final dry brushing of off white paint and it is ready to make the rounds


this little sign in booklet will travel along with my canvas …

Dymphie, Cynnie and Estivalia … I used the oh so simple and easy

Pamphlet Stitch 😉 tying a few charms and beads onto the waxed linen

Honeysuckle Magpie Tea

a chance to visit face to face with a special blog friend …  Marlynn of Honeysuckle Breeze …  she did a really nice blog post here


we decided to meet up in the nearby town of Leesburg at the Aylesbury Tea Room

the place was jumping … several bridal showers … girls of all ages enjoying a cuppa


time flew by … we lingered over tea … and shopped at Aylesbury


we also managed to pop into


The Cottage … each room is like walking into a magazine spread


with treasures everywhere you look


both upstairs and down … a perfectly lovely afternoon


Marlynn surprised me with a canvas that I had admired on her blog … how sweet is that and extra nice to see it in person … can’t wait to try some of the novel teas too … such clever packaging … already looking forward to our next adventure together!

thank you all for stopping by for T …  visit Kimmie for the complete list of T Tuesday bloggers

I am a little slow getting around to visit everyone just now … not feeling so great … I look forward to catching up with all of you very soon

also wanted to mention:

registration for Carole’s beautiful journal class is now open … you can pop by here to get all of the details!  I can hardly wait!

Tenth Post Replay

saw it on Pat’s Artfully Ooglebloops blog … repost your 10th blog post

sounded like fun

so I went back to October 2007 and here is what I posted way back then:


Art is our one true global language…….~Richard Kamler~

October 13, 2007 ·

CapableI began this canvas with a peeling paint technique. I like the aged look it gives. I did some stamping on dress pattern tissue. It melted into the canvas very nicely! I like the way the grain of the canvas still shows through.

“Capable” by ~*~ Patty Szymkowicz

“Art is our one true global language. It knows no nation, it favors no race, it acknowledges no class. It speaks to our need to reveal, heal, and transform. It transcends our ordinary lives and lets us imagine what is possible.” ~Richard Kamler~

*note: that original post was before I started getting comments on my infant blog ;)*

having a blog has been such a great way to help record this creative journey I am on

show us your tenth blog post

Blueberry Blizzard Breakfast

inching our way to being the snowiest winter EVER recorded for the Washington DC area


50 mph gusting winds at times


it’s a blizzard out there


Mr Cardinal  seems to be laughing through it all sitting on Pat’s teacup


snow makes us hungry


Mr Magpie makes some mean pancakes … yummy … we have been known to have breakfast for dinner 😉

he made this blueberry heart in the snow too … our back porch is covered in snow with the blowing winds this time around

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have you heard … Cloth Paper Scissors has an ongoing on line Reader Challenge … my PLAY swan canvas was included amongst lots of other wonderful creations here

be sure to browse their sidebar for some interesting places to visit  … you can also find out how easy it is to submit your own artwork

“If February give much snow … A fine Summer it doth foreshow” ~English Proverb


comfort

Linda’s first challenge with the Wednesday Stamper team is “The Past” … a lovely theme with many possibilities

WELCOME dear Linda!!!

comfort-in-the-past1

I created this 4 x 4 canvas using layers of papers, paints and crackle medium … the flower is a photo from our garden last year … the little girl is part of a freebie image from Last Door Down the Hall


two familiar rubber stamps … a B Line Designs and my favorite burst stamp from Judikins …  as you can see it is very well Loved

Play and Just B



with some of this and some of that


lots and lots of layers …  have a look here

at Jean’s fantastic layered canvas


my  12 x 6″ stretched canvas is a work in progress … remembering what I know … to not concern myself with the outcome … to just B and play


for more wonderful inspiration visit Leslie here and Margaret here = WOWEE!

quick footnote * the entire canvas does not fit on my work surface … I’ve only flipped it off once so far working on it … proof that something can come out of chaos 😉