Category Archives: Collage

the sea maid’s music …

at the beginning of May I finished pages for a friend’s mermaid book for our local Mixed Media Collaborative round robin and I thought I would finally share those pages with you…

Magpie's Nest mermaid background progression

and join in Art Journal Journey’s May “The Sea” challenge

Magpie's Nest Pearlescent Acrylics

I had some paper towel fusion paper that I had made on hand which took some extra touches of acrylic paint nicely to help complete the backgrounds (I especially like how the paper melts onto surfaces letting text and such show through)…

Magpie's Nest Sea Fan Rubber Stamp

a Fred B. Mullett sea fan rubber stamp helped add some interest to my pages…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz 4 pages

bits of torn napkin and fish and shell cutouts were fiddly but fun to work with along with the addition of some pressed flowers…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Pgs 1 & 2

what does not come across here is that I worked on four pages (if you click on the image above you can see that I glued two book pages together and tore them above the middle of the page)

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Final Pages

and when you turned the second and third pages my altered magazine mermaid was revealed as a bit of a surprise…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Page 4

I was lucky that the placement of the Shakespeare quote worked out because I really had not planned ahead for these pages…

“…the rude sea grew civil at her song, And certain stars shot madly from their spheres, To hear the sea-maid’s music.” -William Shakespeare … Oberon from A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Act II, Scene 1)

~♥~ my heartfelt thanks to everyone on your kind words about my friend Lennie’s passing oxo

Believe nothing you hear…

our local mixed media art group is having a round robin and this month I got a book with the theme of “The Life and Times of Edgar Allan Poe” …

Magpie's Nest beginning pages

I knew right away that I wanted to use some of the black patterned envelopes that I have been saving (I have made a vow to stop saving them so using some felt extra good!)…

Magpie's Nest beginning pages (1)

outlining the edges with a black Stabilo pencil and brushing with a stiff brush dipped in white gesso gave some color and texture to the background along with some bits of vintage paper and book text…

Magpie's Nest ready for quote

the image on the left is of a book cover printed onto a torn out page from this book…the red beer bottle cap on the right has been smashed flat and waiting to be used for some time now…

Magpie's Nest trying text

I had no idea this quote was by Edgar Allan Poe but it had always been a favorite of mine (seems Poe is misquoted quite a bit and the way I originally knew the quote was:  “Believe half of what you see and none of what you hear.”)…

Magpie's Nest trying text (1)

trying out various fonts and positioning…

Magpie's Nest trying text (2)

until I was happy while having some fun channeling my dark side…

Magpie's Nest Poe left page

paint and pencil scribbling along with stamping on tissue paper and a piece of poison washi tape that I secured with gel medium…

Magpie's Nest Poe right page

some spider web washi tape at the top that I extended with black pen down the page (I intentionally left the spider out as a bit of a creep factor…if there is a web there must be a spider  but where!)… a piece of my faux resin paper and a golden flimmerstern that I trimmed randomly with scissors behind the bottle cap…

Magpie's Nest Poe Final Pages

I am also sharing these pages with Art Journal Journey’s “Favorite Poems and Quotes” challenge

Second on the 2nd for April …

I am joining Elizabeth of Altered Book Lover again this month to take a second look at a blogpost that I originally shared back in April of 2009…this was one of many wooden ATCs/blocks that I altered around that time…it is fun to see how my photography and format have changed since I began blogging in 2007…

“Art Helps Me Breathe

In a recent attempt to go through my art supplies…..I can only clean and not play for so long before I must make something :)… I always find so many goodies I forgot I had…..a cigar box sparked this wooden ATC chunky

Magpie's Nest Artist Trading Block

dress pattern tissue, book text, paint, gesso, gold  gouache,  white gel pen, a vellum sheet from the cigar box , cigar box paper strips, PW girl, stamps, velvet leaves and a piece of old jewelry (gel medium and UHU gluestick)

Patty Szymkowicz Art Helps Me Breathe

“Art Helps Me Breathe” is stamped on a real Ginkgo leaf from a most beautiful spot and grand old tree

if I had planned ahead, I would have turned the leaf so the crown was on the pointed end of the leaf which would have meant stamping it the other way….I just play….not much planning involved at all

“In art the hand can never execute anything higher than the heart can inspire” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson “

her wings…

another tea cup in my chip board art journal (each cup measures about 4 x 7 inches)…

Magpie's Nest tea cup collage steps

I found that by using a sanding block I can trim off most of the excess paper reducing the amount of scissor and craft knife trimming needed … working around the handle is a bit tricky…

Magpie's Nest two chipboard art journal cups

my intention is to keep these cups rather simple but that said I spent a fair amount of time painting golden stars with a toothpick and resisting the urge to add more collage elements…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz tea cup art journal

it was fun to see what names popped up on the piece of Virginia map I randomly selected for the background (there is even a spot called “Healing Springs”)…

Magpie's Nest chipboard art journal

I am joining Art Journal Journey’s “Things With Wings” challenge with my swan

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”

the glint of the rising moon…

two posts in one day and three challenges in one post…

all I can say is it is nice and warm in my art cave cause baby it’s cold outside…

swan closeup

my initial inspiration was to use a beautiful swan postage stamp that I have had for some time (wish I could remember where I got it) and then one thing led to another with bits from my paper stash ..

faux resin paper

I recently tried this technique for making resin like paper  using thin book pages…an iron and beeswax…

papersit was easy and I was delighted to find that I could adhere torn pieces of waxed text with glue stick…

found poetry

some found poetry which was revealed after coats of gesso and paint had been added to the journal page also helped to inspire me…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz glint of the rising moon

this spread is for the Moo Mania CIRCLES challenge (the Seven Wonders lady on the right started out as a moo that grew a bit with the addition of papers)

crown headand my swan and lady also qualify for the AJJ BIRDS BEASTS & HUMANS challenge

possible cover for gesso journal

since it is about time to be thinking about a cover for my bulging gesso journal I am considering adding a metal ATC that I have been working on which fits in nicely with Conny’s Mix it Monthly PLAY WITH FABRIC challenge as it has plastered lace and ribbon trim

Mix it Monthly February PLAY WITH FABRIC

bookworking in a local art friend’s fashion themed altered book was the perfect time to play with some fabric and paint for this month’s challenge over at Conny’s Mix it Monthly…

connys lady fishnet stockings

I had an image of fishnet stockings and a little black dress in mind but when I got up to my work table finding bits left from an altered candy tin I created the other day things quickly turned teal/turquoise and gold along with the image of a lovely lady that Conny had shared in January

background

wanting to strengthen the pages of the 1938 book a bit I added a thin coat of gesso and then decided to tear strips of scrap paper for interest and stability also adding acrylic inks and paint…

embroidered fabric

I had fun creating a new dress for the lady using pieces of tattered embroidery from a junk shoppe along with lace for the bodice…

trying things on for size

my bottle of Golden’s Iridescent Gold is getting used up…

pgs before stamping

the bit at the top on the right hand page is an original part of the  lady’s dress…it helped highlight a favorite fashion quote from Gilda Radner which speaks for me and most of my fashion preferences…

PaperArtsy Prizes I won

I got to use one of the PaperArtsy stamps from the prize I recently won that just arrived from England (lots more fun to be had with those!!!)… 

PaperArtsy Script Stamp

the French text helped add interest and texture to the pages along with a bit of gesso and black around the edges…

Patty Szymkowicz pages for Linda S

using gel medium to add some metal snaps helped finish the fabric skirt AND thank you Valerie I had birds on my mind and forgot humans also qualify for this months Art Journal Journey’s BIRDS BEASTS & HUMANS challenge

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

all through the night…

the end of the year always fills me with mixed emotions…

Patty Szymkowicz bits of fa la laa

happy to let go of some things…

Patty Szymkowicz Peace

grateful for so many blessings and looking forward to new adventures…

Patty Szymkowicz Dancing in the dark (2)

but also realizing that time will take me further and further away from precious memories and sounds of the voices of loved ones that are no longer here with us…

Patty Szymkowicz Dancing in the dark (4)

time is a great teacher proving to us that life goes on…

Patty Szymkowicz Dancing in the dark (3)

holding on to hope like a bright shining star…

Patty Szymkowicz Dancing in the dark (1)

sharing my collage pages with the Art Journal Journey challenge  (I am #198, 131, 98 and 81 in this month’s challenge participants …  special thanks to Johanna for her generous gift of some beautiful Edelweiss postage stamps whose symbolism worked so well here to highlight my page)…

Patty Szymkowicz Dancing in the dark (6)

~♥~ wishing you a Very Happy … Healthy and Creative New Year oxo ~♥~

Patty Szymkowicz Dancing in the dark

“Love, to thee my thoughts are turning, All through the night.  All for thee my heart is yearning, All through the night.  Though sad fate our lives may sever, Parting will not last forever, There’s a hope that leaves me never, All through the night. ”  – Ar hyd y nos, Welsh Folk Song, third verse

every tree in the forest

joining the Art Journal Journey “collage” challenge with two pages in my gesso journal…

Every tree in the forest art journal pages (1)

I managed to snap a few photos of some of the steps along the way…

Every tree in the forest art journal pages (2)

it is fun to see the transformation…

Every tree in the forest art journal pages (3)

and next best thing to a video I guess…

Every tree in the forest art journal pages (4)

using assorted book pages and a tree punch along with lots of layers of paint and gesso…

Every tree in the forest art journal pages (5)

I like how my snowy forest materialized…

Every tree in the forest art journal pages (6)

my original inspiration was a favorite phrase that I saw on a greeting card years ago…

Every tree in the forest art journal pagesfa la laa trying to find my twinkle…

Wonder…

working with simple collage elements for two more mono printed red rosin pages in my little handmade art journal…

Wonder art journal pages (1)

another TAP (Transfer Artist Paper) on cotton from my stash …

Wonder art journal pages (2)

and one of my origami dresses

Wonder art journal pages

“Wonder is the beginning of wisdom.”  -Socrates

Wonder art journal and a shell
after photographing my pages I noticed that the right hand page needed one small detail added for my second entry in Art Journal Journey’s “Collage”  theme

Happiness …

this month Art Journal Journey’s challenge theme is “collage” which is something near and dear to my heart…

collage bits

I have enjoyed collage since I was a young school girl…

Happiness art journal pages (4)

my red rosin mono printed pages have been patiently waiting for more attention…

collage bits (1)

so with a bit of this and that close at hand I got busy…

Happiness art journal pages (1)the word Happiness had been mistakenly printed on top of a swan image but I had it tucked away in a box of images and it worked nicely here…

Happiness art journal pages (2)

another image printed on cotton layered on top of some torn German lace curtain…

Happiness art journal pages

“Happiness depends upon ourselves.” -Aristotle

three little birds…

trying to settle down here while part of me is still at the beach…

Magpie's Nest Silver Lake BREATHE

 I happened to have a couple of pages started in one of my little gesso magazine page journals so I got busy adding finishing touches…

Magpie's Nest Acrylic Empty Marker

with a new to me paint pen I was excited to learn about in a which is the best white marker conversation with local mixed media art friends (thank you Leiann)…

Magpie's Nest Montana Marker Tips

you can see in the first photo of the empty marker that it has a metal ball inside for mixing and special paint that is recommended to not clog the spring loaded tip (the true test of a pen for me is how it works weeks and months after first using it)…

*Note: Golden Paints has a new HIGH FLOW paint line that works in these markers as well*

Magpie's Nest Three Little Birds (1)

doodling with the paint pen helped add an extra layer to my pages…

Magpie's Nest Three Little Birds (2)

so far I’ve used the Extra Fine tip which feels more like “medium” to me (the “fine” tip looks quite thick)…Magpie's Nest Three Little Birds

Bob Marley’s song Three Little Birds has a great sound with uplifting lyrics…

“Don’t worry about a thing,
‘Cause every little thing gonna be all right.
Singin': “Don’t worry about a thing,
‘Cause every little thing gonna be all right! “

Rise up this mornin’,
Smile with the risin’ sun,
Three little birds
Each by my doorstep
Singin’ sweet songs
Of melodies pure and true,
Sayin’, (“This is my message to you-ou-ou: “) … Chorus

this is getting a little long  and I still have lots of blog friends to visit so I will share my other pages on another day…

Magpie's Nest Parasol Patty Ocracoke Island

~♥ Happy Weekend Dear Ones ♥~