Category Archives: Collage

Saint-Jean de Luz

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz a few atlasesmaps have always been a favorite thing of mine so imagine my delight with the new MAPS challenge at Art Journal Journey this month…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz French travel journal and michelin'sit will be the perfect opportunity to create more pages in my French Travel Journal

Magpie's Nest Saint Jean de Luz beachon our Best of France tour we got to spend a few hours in the Basque fishing village of Saint-Jean de Luz

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Saint Jean de Luz by the seathe red and white buildings were all very neat and charming looking…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Friperieit must be a bustling place during the summer months…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Saint Jean de Luz fishing netsa map page torn from my 1974 Michelin guide to France was a nice beginning for this spread along with a couple of our photos…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Saint Jean de Luz Journal Pgs ~♥~ thank you for your visit and Happy June ~♥~

 

Giverny in April…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Giverny Reflectionsgetting to visit Monet’s Garden was one of the reasons we decided on Trafalgar’s BEST OF FRANCE tour (we can not speak highly enough of our brilliant tour director Krista Taylor and great coach driver Francis and thank them so very much for a memorable journey through France)…

Magpie's Nest Magpie's in Monet's Gardenwe visited on a Wednesday and there were quite a few people there…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Monet's Housesuch a beautiful place both inside and out…

Magpie's Nest Monet's Dining Roomwe can only imagine how crowded the gardens would be later in the season with the parade of flowers that never ends…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz in Monet's Gardenstanding on the Japanese bridge even without water lilies blooming was a dream come true (I wanted to bring my paper parasol but it didn’t fit in the suitcase so my fold up Monet’s Garden umbrella had to do)…Magpie's Nest Room with a viewwe lingered a little longer and then had a bite of lunch in the village under a bright red sunbrella where we also visited a cute boutique for some cards and a slice of berry tarte…

Magpie's Nest Giverny Tea Room La Capucinewe were delighted by the precious rabbit hopping freely around the garden…

Magpie's Nest Giverny Monet Quoteleaving the village of Giverny and walking back to our coach I spotted a great bird refuge sign that inspired me to create a page in my French Travel Journey linking it to Art Journal Journey for their JOURNEYS themeMagpie's Nest Giverny beginning pagesErika couldn’t have picked a more inspiring theme this month as it has really helped me keep busy working in my travel journal trying to preserve some memoriesMagpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Bird Refuge Giverny(French text, heavy gesso, pan pastels, French bird refuge sign photo, used tea bag, pressed Virginia flowers)

Le Château de Chenonceau

 after a picnic of crusty bread and delicious Morbier cheese we strolled through the cutting gardens leading up to  Chenonceau castle

Magpie's Nest Tulip time at Chenonceau Castle there were lots of tulips for the stunning arrangements we would discover a little later inside the castle…

Magpie's Nest Traveling Tea Cup in the gardenI was so excited about this visit we only managed to pose the traveling tea cup in one spot in the garden and then back in the box she went…

Magpie's Nest Cutting Garden Traveling T CupMr Magpie had the big camera and I was mostly using my phone camera…

Magpie's Nest Le Chateau de Chenonceauthis fairytale Loire Valley castle was built on the site of an old mill on the River Cher with its first mention in writing in the 11th century….

Magpie's Nest Chenonceau keep and doorit is sometimes called “Château des Dames/the ladies chateau”…Magpie's Nest Chenonceau Castlethroughout its history there were numerous women who influenced its destiny and design…

Magpie's Nest Chenonceau flower arrangementsthe sumptuous  fresh flowers arranged so artfully in the well furnished Renaissance rooms took my breath away…Magpie's Nest Chenonceau flower reflectionsthere is a team of florists that renews the flower arrangements twice weekly… 

Magpie's Nest Chenonceau collagethey looked especially splendid in front of the 16th and 17th century tapestries and other art masterpieces…

Magpie's Nest The Cher Riveradding water elements to the arrangements was brilliant and fitting…Magpie's Nest Chateau lightif I lived nearby I would get a chateau season’s pass so I could visit often…

Magpie's Nest Chenonceaux village windowsthe village of Chenonceaux spelled with an “X” was really charming too…

Magpie's Nest Village of Chenonceau we could not help but snap a photo of this gentleman on his bike with a baguette maybe heading home for lunch…

Magpie's Nest Chenonceaux and Chenonceau CastleI am also sharing a spread in my French journal for Art Journal Journey’s JOURNEYS theme this month…

Magpie's Nest Chenonceau Chateauxhere’s wishing you a Happy T Day along with everyone over at Elizabeth’s Altered Book Lover

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Journey to Chateau Chenonceaumerci pour votre visite!

winter dreams…

playing with paint and gesso (regular, clear and heavy gesso) and bits of paper and peeled napkin for this 8 x 10 canvas…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Winter Dreams processthinking out loud to my husband that the piece needed something at the top he had the wonderful suggestion of adding a twig over the window (the lady is an image I have had in my files for about 8 years which was a freebie from Shabby Cottage Studio)…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz beach woodwe just happened to have some weathered wood that we’d brought back from a favorite beach last summer and that got my wheels turning for the finishing touches for my mixed media canvas…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Winter Dreams

I am joining Paint Party Friday and Art Journal Journey “Winter Wonderland”

“Dreams are as simple or as complicated as the dreamer.” -Brian Herbert

Winter Dreams…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Winter Dreams 1 time for something different…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Winter Dreams 2

inspired by Diana Trout’s video here

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Winter Dreams 3

I could not resist the chance to play and go a little wild…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Winter Dreams 5

letting go and making marks without censoring…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Sunday rainbow

as I was working away in my upstairs art room I spied a beautiful rainbow just outside the window…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Winter Dreams right

back to my art journal… I doodled the words “Winter Dreams”…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Winter Dreams left

and using my Judikins “Klimt Sisters” (2677H) rubber stamp I stamped twice onto plain paper using two different sized round paper punches making circles to add to my pages…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Winter Dreams

lots of layers and doodling went into my crazy dream pages that I am linking to Art Journal Journey’s Winter Wonderland challenge…

“What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness.” -John Steinbeck

like the moon…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Gesso Journal Pages

two more pages in one of my gesso journals inspired by the Artchix girl…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Art chix image

paper punched trees with layers of gesso and pencil and the winter moon…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Winter Moon

joining with Art Journal Journey’s Winter Wonderland

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Like the Moon

“Spring passes and one remembers one’s innocence.
Summer passes and one remembers one’s exuberance.
Autumn passes and one remembers one’s reverence.
Winter passes and one remembers one’s perseverance.” -Yoko Ono

rest from the wheel of the mind…

for me the winter months hold cause for celebration but also the anniversaries of loved ones lost…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Gentle and Kind pages in progressbringing a range of emotions along with the chance to notice how far I have come in the healing process which is ongoing…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Gentle and Kind pages in progress (3)working in my new larger journal again with paint and magazine transfers…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Gentle and Kind pages in progress (1)the heart is a photograph of a metal hanging heart that holds a tea light…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Gentle and Kind pages in progress (2)I printed out two sets of wings and layered them snipping the feathers on the top layer gluing just the heart onto the page so the wings are free…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Gentle and Kindjoining in with two of my favorite challenge blogs:  Mix it Monthly/What Wings Are For and Art Journal Journey/Winter Wonderland

FB the idealist a broken heart awaya really special way to help pass these winter days is taking an online workshop with a brilliant artist… the talented and very generous Misty Mawn… there is an early sign up rate this week and you can find out all about it HERE

order in chaos…

the turning of the wheel of time throws me off a bit around the holidays when emotions and memories seem even more intense than a regular day which is the perfect time to escape to my art cave and play play play…

Magpie's Nest Chaos background

I folded this classic image around the edge of my new large art journal page gluing scraps of paper for the collage background…

Magpie's Nest Gesso wash

a light wash of gesso adding heavy textured gesso for her hair making ridges with a plastic palette knife…

Magpie's Nest paints for chaos journal pagethe piece for her dress was from a scrap of vintage paper stenciled with thick gesso and glued in place

Magpie's Nest Pink Stencil Dressthe words came about by writing quickly on a piece of scrap paper and then deciding to cut and paste each word as I often do with computer generated text…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz order in chaos(the bit circled on the lower left was revealed when my pages stuck together overnight peeling away a top layer)…

this really is my last entry for Art Journal Journey’s Collage/Journaling challenge since the end of the month is upon us…

finding my way…

my art journal page began with the beautiful free image of the girl with antlers which is a gift when you sign up for Jeanne Oliver’s blog…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Deer Me supplies

I added the fleur de lis brad and rub on stars as extra decorations along with some other ingredients…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Jeanne Oliver image Finding my Way

one last page along with my other Collage/Journaling entries (#111, 157, 165 & 183) for Art Journal Journey

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Collage Sampler

Be Brave …

my collage was created on the lid of a cigar box with a couple of images I have had printed and handy for some time…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Be Brave

I am joining in the Art Journal Journey Collage/Journaling challenge…

“You’ll never do a whole lot unless you’re brave enough to try.” -Dolly Parton

like a lullaby…

after waking up a few mornings before Christmas to gentle raindrops falling outside my window…

magpies-nest-patty-szymkowicz-sparkle-spray-with-hand-cut-stencil

I was inspired to create this page in a new art journal that I shared with you last month here (I saw a window on my stenciled page)…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Rain Lullaby pages in the making (2)

a scrap of German lace curtain was just the right size for the window…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Rain Lullaby pages in the making

along with a few other things I used for my collaged page (the rubber stamp is from Paper Source)…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Rain fell like a lullaby

joining in again for Art Journal Journey’s Collage/Art Journaling challenge...

Wishing you a Life that’s Good

fun to finally make time to play in one of my gesso journals…

Rubber Stamp and AmarettiniI brought home a few new rubber stamps from a nice shoppe in Santa Fe and I am supposed to be getting rid of stamps not buying new ones!!!…

Magpie's Nest Blessings page

the Amaretti cookie wrapper came in handy along with the BLESSINGS image that I printed onto canvas paper from one of my hand stitcheries…

Magpie's Nest Right Blessings PageI dug out my gold embossing powder for the starburst stamped on old book text and wrote a few of the blessings I am grateful for around the page…

clear stamping mishapfor the left hand page I wanted to use some alphabet stamps but was not at all pleased with how they were looking…

gesso saves the dayonce again gesso and paint saved the day…Magpie's Nest a life that's goodI enjoy using various fonts on the computer and printing out my words…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Collage with journalinglinking up to Art Journal Journey and their Collage/Journaling challenge this month…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Madrid NM wall for writing

it is always a treat to visit the many artists that participate in the AJJ challenges and I have some catching up to do!

 

Build…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Wooden Church Sterling VAinspired by a sweet little country church that has been turned into a landscaping business…

church 2as a bigger and more modern church probably was built to take its place…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Trio of arches

the peeling white wood and arch windows are so pleasing to me reminding me of the little wooden church Mr Magpie and I were married in so many years ago…Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz art journal pagesI created two more pages in one of my art journals…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz ArchitectureSheila‘s fab theme of Architecture over at Art Journal Journey this month has had my wheels turning…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Build arch windowand I have been fiddling with cutting out magazine letters to create words lately…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz BUILD art journal pagesI had to laugh at myself as I spelled and spelled again focusing while sitting in front of the tv to be sure I spelled the words correctly as I glued each letter in place and that I did not breathe too heavily  which could have sent the letters flying…

Magpie's Nest Spooky Black n Whitesince I am still staying close to home with my banged up toe Mr Magpie has been snapping lots of photos for me and I play with some of them with my iPhone apps…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz iphoneography“October is the fallen leaf, but it is also a wider horizon more clearly seen. It is the distant hills once more in sight, and the enduring constellations above them once again.” ~Hal Borland