Category Archives: Fabric/Ribbon/Fiber/Lace

The Snow Queen …

one of the first winter scenes that came to mind when Chrissie chose Winter Wonderland as the January theme for Art Journal Journey was Varykino the ice palace in Dr Zhivago  (was it really 50 years ago that that movie came out!)…

Ice on windshield 30 Jan 2016while I never quite got those ideas worked out of my head I did make a mixed media piece with the snow queen that was also inside my head using some beautiful and special to me Edelweiss stamps (thank you again Johanna!) and I cut into a pretty handkerchief too (this year I am focusing on using up some of my treasures!)…

Snow Queen some suppliesbeing in a time crunch with January near its end I did not take any step by step photos and it’s a shame because this piece ended up morphing quite a bit…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz lace and crownthe swans were the last thing to be added and my muse Mr Magpie said why just one swan so I ended up adding three swans reminding me of our three sons…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Swansso here is my last piece for AJJ’s January challenge…Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz The Snow QueenI made a mosaic of my other winter inspired creations…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz AJJ Winter Wonderland Jan 2016thank you very much for your visit(s)…

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 white…

the recent blizzard had me in such a state of excitement I could not focus on much other than snow… taking photos… cooking… baking… admiring nature… watching the birds and snow…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Felting ingredients

I did sit down at my felting machine and played with assorted fabrics and fiber scraps along with some used tea bag papers…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz machine felting TAP transferthe step by step photos were taken at night with just the light in my sewing nook so they appear a bit darker than real life…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz TAP Transferthe first piece has a TAP image of a young girl hand stitched as the focal point embellished with flowers from a vintage hat and some extra lace and trims (I felt kind of brave cutting into my old doll’s wedding dress with its soft satin underlining…the doll is long gone)…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Machine felted dress formusing the felting machine is really fun and very freeing with no bobbin or thread to worry about…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz White Buttons

I picked through some of my white button collection and decided on a couple of buttons to add to my second felted piece…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Stamped Dress Formwhich includes the dress form rubber stamped onto a piece of tea dyed cotton…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Winter White

I am joining Art Journal Journey with the digital piece above for their Winter Wonderland challenge and Moo Mania & More “Use Your Scraps” challenge too…

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

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...

pinkies up…

 

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Curly Wurly Stone Headthere were days when it seemed like hot summer weather might go on forever…

Magpie's Nest Autumn leaves collage

and then just like that cooler air moved in…

Magpie's Nest Numi Organic Turmeric Tea

the sun tracks lower in the sky and glows warmly in our windows…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz window viewsthere have still been some lovely days for sitting out on our back porch…

Magpie's Nest emptying tea bags

giving me the chance to empty saved tea bags while collecting the pretty papers…

Magpie's Nest Houseplants in

our houseplants are inside now safe from the frost with a top dressing of dried tea leaves…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Pinkies up close up pages

I made some time to play with some of those tea bag papers joining in Conny’s Mix it Monthly challenge of  CUPS/BOWLS

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Pinkies Up art journal pages

I would also like to join everyone over at Elizabeth’s Altered Book Lover for T Stands for Tuesday

Magpie's Nest Leaf Mandala

thank you very much for your visit…I hope you are enjoying the season you are in

build your dreams…

happy to be joining the Art Journal Journey ARCHITECTURE challenge this month after being away for a few weeks…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Homemade Journal pgs

I worked in a handmade journal that I stitched together and painted a while ago (each page measures 7.5 x 11 inches)…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz pgs in progress

my inspiration came from our recent visit to Ocracoke Island on the Outer Banks of North Carolina using bits of this and that were on my work table (there was even a scrap of map with the Pamlico Sound on it)…
Magpie's Nest Ocracoke Lighthouse page left

the lighthouse drawing I used is from a photo of a display on the lighthouse grounds...

Magpie's Nest build your dreams catch the local waves

we have been visiting The Outer Banks for many many years and we continue to be drawn to the Ocracoke Lighthouse…

Magpie's Nest Ocracoke Lighthouse reflected in a rain puddle

happy to report that the island still has maintained its quiet and beautiful charm (we do prefer visiting off season) with a full time population of under 1,000 … no traffic lights … no chain businesses or hectic 9 to 5 …

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Build Your Dreams art journal pages

if you click on my finished pages above you’ll find a few statistics and other handwritten notations as well…

Magpie's Nest Currituck Lighthouse NC

this year we headed north on the Atlantic coast for a bit at the beginning of our vacation to visit the Currituck Lighthouse which was also quite charming with a great view from the top…

Magpie's Nest Panorama from top of Currituck Island Lighthouse NC

we like lighthouses!

“An architect is a drawer of dreams.” -Grace McGarvie

à travers ma fenêtre …

inspired by Corrine’s theme of THROUGH MY WINDOW for Art Journal Journey this month I created a cover for one of my gessoed magazine journals…

Magpie's Nest cover process

using a blue Stabilo pencil scrubbing with white gesso on a torn piece of heart shaped paper…

Magpie's Nest painted cheesecloth heart I also glued on a scrap of cheesecloth that was handy on my work table using soft gel medium…Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz French window and door

I tore out the French word for window from my little dictionary inadvertently covering the “f” with the Golden’s Bronze paint that I added as embellishment…Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Linda Hogan ancestor quote

as much as I use my blog for photo storage I also enjoy using favorite quotes in my journals to inspire and uplift me…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz journal pages

here is a peek at the inside pages that I have done individual blog posts on in the past (I used a new to me free photo editor called FOTOR to make the photo collage..it has different templates than my other favorite PixlrExpress)...

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz fenêtre journal cover

this handmade journal is nice to hold and turn the pages as the magazine and gesso foundation give integrity to the paper along with the layers I have added with my collage work…

 

Time is the longest distance…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz TIMEa spread in another one of my gesso journals for Art Journal Journey’s TIME theme

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz pen closeupI have more ideas but I am running out of time…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz left page

this beautiful Dutch girl came to me while I was poking around in one of my image files so I created a TAP transfer on a little child’s dress adding some white highlights with a favorite SIGNO pen …

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz baby dressmy other inspiration was the Tennessee Williams time quote…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz right pagethe dotted scrap book paper spoke to me along with bits of fabric trim and cheesecloth…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz TIME Art Journal Pages

Timeless

a couple of pages in one of LaWendula’s gesso and paint journals made with magazine pages (this is the cover of the journal with similar coloring on the pages I worked on)…

Magpie's Nest LaWendulas gesso magazine journal

the sunflowers popped up in my stash (wish I’d had one more flower but I made do with what I had because time is ticking)…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz TIMELESS journal pages (1)the golden thyme leaves were leftover from this project which led me to add touches of gold to the lady and sunflower centers with a wooden toothpick…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz TIMELESS journal pages (2)

sharing my pages with Conny’s Mix it Monthly MIXED MEDIA FLOWERS and Art Journal Journey’s TIME challenges…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz TIMELESS journal pagesI am enjoying late summer here in northern Virginia and had fun after several different visits to a local sunflower farm playing with the flowers I cut…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Sunflower fun“Time doesn’t seem to pass here: it just is”  -J.R.R. Tolkien

What if I fall?

the last book in our local Mixed Media Collaborative art group‘s round robin has come my way and it is a real beauty touching my magpie heart…

Susan's bookmy friend Susan chose “Grow Wings” as the theme for her gorgeous book …

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Grow Wings ideasI took my time gathering special bits of this and that trying out several layouts before actually gluing anything in place (I even hand dyed some vintage white flowers that in the end I did not use because they were too puffy)…

Magpie's Nest Waterhouse TAP transfer

a John William Waterhouse sketch looked nice transferred onto sheer vintage baby dress fabric and stitched onto the gold square background paper I selected (I used Lesley Riley’s TAP for both images in these pages)…

Magpie's Nest Pressed Thyme and Goldens Paint

before falling asleep one night I got the idea to use some of my favorite Goldens Gold Paint to “gild” some pressed thyme leaves…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz What if I falleven though it was a bit fiddly brushing on the paint and then adhering them to the pages using Soft Gel Medium I was really pleased with the way they look…

Magpie's Nest What if you fly leftsome vintage embroidered sheer blue and green trim worked nicely on the piece of handmade paper Susan had added in her book … I highlighted the centers of the flowers by adding some gold paint…

Magpie's Nest What if you fly Swanpieces of plastered German lace curtain added texture to my pages as well…

Magpie's Nest What if you flyI am also joining Conny’s Mix it Monthly August/September challenge of Mixed Media Flowers

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz FLY iphoneographyand lastly here is a bit of iphoneography using photos of my artwork and several iphone apps…

“What if I Fall? Oh, but my darling what if you fly?” -Eric Hanson

Forever…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Forever in progressthe crowned skull image from a magazine along with one of Seth Apter’s new rubber stamps helped inspire these art journal pages for Art Journal Journey’s TIME challenge

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Forever journal pagesI added the wings and used bits of netting and paper scraps along with paint and gesso and a bit of pencil scribbling…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Forever journal pages (2)the unmounted thorn stamp was given to me many years ago…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Forever is a long time

“I always think everything is going to last forever, but nothing ever does. In fact nothing exists longer than an instant except the thing that we hold in memory”-Sam Savage