Category Archives: Citra Solv

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

playing with packaging…

do you ever look at empty food containers and think they look too nice to throw away…

the cardboard makes a nice substrate for lots of things like ATCs…postcards and more…

boxes waiting to be turned into book covers

our local group of mixed media artists looks at lots of things that way and at our recent meeting we turned assorted boxes into books by adding all kinds of different papers as signatures (some of my gelli prints came in handy)…

altered chocolate truffle box book

 this yummy truffle box had nice little holes that I liked for added interest on my book cover…

altered shortbread box book

I punched a hole in the front of my shortbread book cover and like the look of some of my Citra Solv paper peeking through…I still need to stitch in the signatures on that one…

Indian food box to be completed

the Indian food package book cover above still needs some beads to jazz up the waxed linen threads…

Spring 2014 Crocus

♥ many thanks to special and talented friends both near and far for sharing and always being such an inspiration ♥ 

Happy Fall to all of my friends in the Southern Hemisphere…

Full Circle Art Journaling * Part 2

still working on some gessoed book pages not thinking too much just using what is close by…

Gesso Full Circle Journal pages

vintage sheet music…citra solv paper…paint…paper doily…Russian dictionary page and found poetry on the page…

Gesso Full Circle Journal pages (1)

walnut ink…a border made out of my hand carved arch rubber stamp and my painted lady…

Gesso Full Circle Journal pages (2)

clip art courtesy of Misty Mawn…piece of washi tape from a special friend…bingo paper and one of my painted faces…

Gesso Full Circle Journal pages (3)

Inka gold…paint…hole reinforcers…assorted papers and clipart…

Gesso Full Circle Journal pages (4)

paint…assorted papers including a piece of map and slice of moon from a catalog…

*thank you all so very much for your lovely birthday wishes for Mr Magpie…your kindness and thoughtfulness certainly are appreciated*

winds of change…

a stack of my CitraSolv papers have been waiting for attention for quite some time now…

Winds of Change Art Journal Pages

I decided to use a copy of the 1984 National Geographic page that had a windmill image still showing in the upper right hand corner for the last two pages in my spiral art journal (thanks to Mr Magpie for helping me find the words to add to my pages)…

Winds of Change Art Journal Pages (1)

Note to self for future reference: spiral bindings are okay to work in because the book goes flat BUT NOT great for turning the pages afterwards…

Winds of change supplies

I enjoyed a good bit of silence while making marks on these pages picking up my book again and again so I am entering these pages in Art Journal Journey’s SILENCE theme here

Winds of Change Art Journal Pages (2)

since my photos can be clicked and enlarged again thanks to Estivalia I wanted to offer a FREE DOWNLOAD of my CitraSolv page below for you to play with…

Patty Szymkowicz CitraSolv Sept 1984 Natl Geo

***FREE DOWNLOAD***

“You are it.  You are the answers to your questions.” ~Anita Krizzan

below you can find my other SILENCE pages for this month’s AJJ challenge… 

where the Light is

silence is golden

Mix It Monthly and AJJ

shhh

Silence certainly is speaking to me

 

“Landscape within me”

the Art Journal Journey April challenge theme of “Landscape within me” got me busy…Encyclopedia art journal

 sloshing paints and gesso on the pages of one of my encyclopedia art journals…

1 & 2 Left hand pgs

remembering to snap a few photos to show some before and after…

1 & 2 Right hand pgs

everything goes better with some gesso, lace and rubber stamping…

right hand page

first time using a white correction pen (thanks to my friend Lisa for that recommendation) it flowed really well and dried quickly…

citra solv tissue transfer

the lady is a citra solv transfer I did on tissue paper and I thought she looked pretty with the broken brooch that I attached with heavy gel medium underneath…

Landscape in me AJJ challenge

the monthly Art Journal Journey blog is a wonderfully talented and inspiring place to visit again and again…

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…

…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

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


local “what do U see” swap for Sandy

this is the last round for our local “what do U see” swap…

Sandy’s acrylic tag  and ingredients gave me pause at first …

as with most any project once you begin things start to fall into place…

each player received a similar array of items to begin with…

I wanted to leave some open space so the acrylic could be seen…

the “fly” text stamp is from Catslife Press

I added the Italian paper at the bottom along with the Cavallini bird sticker and butterfly postage stamp from my stash because it all just happened to be handy on my work table…

 a torn piece of my Citra Solv treated National Geographic with a wooden dragonfly clip along with another postage stamp…

because parts of things would be seen from both sides it meant lots of flipping and trying on for size before attaching things permanently…

I stamped some random text on the back of the flower too…

it was a fun creative stretch…

“You can’t stop time. You can’t capture light. You can only turn your face up and let it rain down.” ~Kim Edwards “The Memory Keeper’s Daughter”


Days decrease…

 Dawn’s October Journal Journey challenge theme is “Nature & Autumn”…

she also suggested using a “stencil” somewhere on our pages…

I chose these already paint scraped pages in my “How it Works” Encyclopedia Volume 13 to play with…

happy to finally find a use for the man stencil I’ve had since forever and never ever used
I also had one of my Citra Solv tissue paper transfers on hand which I really liked for my right hand page…

some stamping with my new juicy VersaFine ink pad
with a little journaling on the left page…
a piece of open patterned paper used as a stencil helped unify the pages…

“Days decrease, And autumn grows, autumn in everything.” ~Robert Browning

…a thousand different things

my little 1931 Funk & Wagnalls New Standard Encyclopedia art journal has been calling me…

inspiration began with the sweet pouty girl from Land of Nod and a sacred heart image I had on hand

her hallo is from my sweet friend Trish’s wedding

her groom’s great grandmother made THE most delicate and delicious wedding cookies that she tucked into silver paper cups at each place setting…

the two photos above were taken indoors…

 notice the difference in the color of the photos below taken out on our back porch where I go for “perfect” light…

torn Citra Solv treated paper along with some special gold patterned paper for the background…

black and white rubons and a white poster pen for some added highlights…

I have a collection of Kim Edwards’ quotes from her moving book “The Memory Keeper’s Daughter”

that piece of pretty lace has been waiting for some time now…

* * *

the sweet and talented Jean of Bluebirds Living in the Meadow recently sent me some really special treats…

including some magical gompi/gampi tissue paper

sometimes it takes me awhile to dive into goodies…

I know I will find the right time to make the best use of these gifts…

Jean  even gifted me with copies of her painted swan collage sheet images to use in my artwork…

 swans are just one of the things we each hold dear…

she tucked in one of her wonderful faux wool felted flowers too AND the amazing silver tea strainer…

I had never seen anything quite like it before…

precious gifts from a precious friend who I hope to meet in person some day!!!

I am a bit behind in thanking so many thoughtful and generous people here in blogland…you know who you are … thank you dear ones      OXO



angels and demons…

a handful of my index cards so far for the changing season …

best viewed by clicking each for the closeup …

feeling autumnal and

a little Béla Lugosi

thanks to some Recollections Lenticular Stickers

other ingredients are pieces of my Citra Solv treated Nat’l Geographic magazine pages … tea cup from Dover … Black Cat firecracker label … assorted rubber stamps and the perfect freebie word sheet from Pennywise Arts

and to balance things out a bit here is October’s quote from my “Angel Spirits” The Art of Sulamith Wulfing 2011 Calendar:

“I have been with you from the moment of your birth, precious child, and I will be with you to your journey’s end – and beyond.  Close your eyes and feel my presence, strong and sure and eternal.  Know that I keep you safe and whole, every day and every night, now and forever.” ~Guardian Angel, October 2011

I would also like to share these three angels as FREE DOWNLOADs from my photo collection

taken at the Washington DC Congressional Cemetery

these are for your personal use only…

not intended to be made into collage sheets or sold…

Enjoy OXO

the beating of my heart…

inspired by Dawn’s September art journal challenge…I decided to get busy…

I have been in a journaling mood lately…

jumping from one book to another and another in a bit of a creative frenzy…

my How It Works encyclopedia (1970’s) pages have been glued and paint scraped with just a few spreads completed so far…

each page measures approximately 10.5 x 8.25 inches (26.67 x 20.95 cm)

the last thing I did in this journal was a farewell spread for  Wednesday Stamper here … still missing you Mittwochstempler!!!

Dawn’s challenge this month is to “add an inclusion (something stuck to the middle of a spread that you can see both sides of when turned over) or a tag” … as it happens I have had these pages in limbo for a long time…

imagine a scary face/eye and lips in that outline of the pages sticking out…

see where the nose would have been…

covering it with circle graph paper really helped things open up for me…

I used some Graphics Fairy and Tullulah images to create transfers with Citra Solv and tissue paper …

Love how those turn out each and every time …

quick and easy and dreamy…

I was very honored recently to be linked in Citra Solv’s Artist Gallery here

on the left side of my spread I used the original that I made the veiled lady tissue transfer out of …

I am saving the actual tissue paper transfer of her for another project …she’s way off to the left in the photo above…

both pieces have a very nice look and feel to them …

the heart chart that I have running across both pages is from back in 2004 when I some heart testing done …

I guess it is my EKG (not 100% about that) …

glad I thought to ask for a copy…

here is a closer look at my inclusion

a photo of our son Alex not quite two years old hauling a big plastic watering can around the garden popped up at just the right time and that is when my pages really became extra meaningful to me …

this was not where I thought these pages might go …

what a little nature boy he was …

my Mutti knit the hooded sweater he was wearing …

the dangling tea cups are free images from Dover … they added nicely to the open tea tag I glued onto the page…

I used the tea string to tie them on …

it will be fun to see what Dawn has in mind for her October art journal challenge…