Category Archives: Fabric/Ribbon/Fiber/Lace

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

queen bee…

two more pages in one of my gesso journals…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Happy Days 2

using paper doily touched with layers of aqua and bronze paint and white gesso (the bumblebee was a metal pin)…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Happy Days 3

I painted some white fabric leaf trim and glued it in place with gel medium which is my favorite adhesive aside from good old glue stick… 

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Happy Days 4

the image of the bohemian looking lady was from a magazine and I am joining Mix-it-Monthly’s continuing theme of Facial Profile Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Happy Days

my pages also qualify for Art Journal Journey’s Post & Postage challenge…

Polska

taking a break from organizing gave me a chance to create these two art journal pages for Art Journal Journey’s Post & Postage challenge which began with the image of the owl and a young girl from a page of green and brown images (wish I could give credit but they were already printed out with no identification)…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Polska Owl Pages (1)

after that bits of plastered vintage book pages and the green dry cleaning numbers found their way onto the left page…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Polska Owl Pages (2)

washi tape…a newspaper sketch of chives… torn scraps of various papers and a bit of sari ribbon with some fabric daisy trim where I painted the centers…

Magpie's Nest Polska Owl Girl

I had several postage stamps in mind but when I saw the colors in the lovely Polish stamp I knew it was the one…

Magpie's Nest Wren

because of a wren nesting in the corner of our back porch I was not able to photograph my pages in my favorite spot with great light…

Magpie's Nest singing wren through lace curtainthere is a lot of tweeting and activity going on with those precious birdies … I snapped the photo above from my computer chair looking through our net and lace curtain …

He wrote me a letter…

it is fun when the right ingredient presents itself and that is what happened on the left side of my gesso journal with the piece of plastered fancy netting that I just happened to have on my work table

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz He Wrote Me a Letter journal pages (1)

I also got to use some torn map which is always a favorite ingredient of mine (no more map collecting for me now … how many maps can one person have!)…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz He Wrote Me a Letter journal pages (2)

in all my clearing and cleaning out I have been able to pull my postage stamp collection together and just in time for this month’s Art Journal Journey Post & Postage challenge….

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz He Wrote Me a Letter journal pages (3)

for the right hand page of this spread I used a copy of one of the love letters I shared with you here last year along with a magazine image of muscari/grape hyacinth in a clay pot 

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz He Wrote Me a Letter journal pages

 one of a set of four cancellation rubber stamps by Inkadinkado was the final touch…

Magpie's Nest garden squirrel CREATE

speaking of rubber stamps I weakened a bit in the midst of my clearing out and placed an order for a handful of Seth Apter’s wonderful new Impression Obsession, Inc. rubber stamps … if you haven’t seen them already there is a nice sampler and link that can be found on his “The Altered Page” blog here … 

Magpie's Nest Angel Food Real Whipped Cream and BerriesMagpie's Nest Angel Food Real Whipped Cream and Berries

thank you for all the kind wishes for our son’s birthday … to answer the questions about his cake: it was  a Trader Joe’s angel food that I sliced and layered with homemade whipped cream (YUM!!!) and fresh berries … now he is off camping by the Atlantic Ocean for a week ~♥~

Christmas in July and Celebration T…

this month’s turn of our local altered book round robin gave me a chance to get in the Christmas spirit thanks to my friend Fran’s Christmas themed tip in (more about tip ins here)…

Magpie's Nest Tip in backgrounds

I began by collaging various shades of white paper and old plastered book text onto the front and back of a sturdy piece of watercolor paper (6.50 x 9.75″)…

Magpie's Nest glitter highlights

it was also a chance to get out the glitter to highlight the snow and icicles on a reused greeting card…

Magpie's Nest glitter highlights

some peel and stick plastic icicles worked out nicely over and under the window…

Magpie's Nest Stille Nacht

with the first side complete I got busy on the reverse side where I also used part of an old greeting card adding trims and computer generated words…

Magpie's Nest Peace on Earth stamp closeup

the postage stamp from my collection fits in with Art Journal Journey’s July “Post & Postage” challenge

Magpie's Nest Peace on Earthin preparation for our son’s visit home we have been sorting and clearing like crazy which is long overdue here and it was fun how many Christmas bits of this and that appeared so I put them in a basket with Fran’s tip in in mind (and let’s face it in the big scheme of things Christmas will be here again before we know it) …

Happy  birthday boy

it is our son’s first time back  home for a visit since he moved to Colorado three years ago AND it was his 27th birthday so we had some celebrating to do…

Magpie's Nest Angel Food Real Whipped Cream and Berries

hope your month is full of fun things to celebrate too ~♥~ I am joining in with Elizabeth’s Altered Book Lover here as well for T Stands for Tuesday

tell me everything…

being in a house with all males for years (Mr Magpie and three sons) I have had to learn how to get them talking… not sure if this is a female or male thing exactly…

Patty & Jim Turks & Caicosall I know is when the boys would come home from school if I asked them “how was your day?” I would most likely get a one word answer… so I came up with questions like “what was the funniest thing that happened today?” and it was amazing sometimes what all was revealed…

Patty Szymkowicz Tell Me Everything

the found poetry on my gesso journal page along with one of my moo cards brought that all to mind…

Patty Szymkowicz Tell Me Everything journal pages

two more pages for AJJ’s “Masculine/Feminine” and Mix-it-Monthly’s “The Facial Profile”

Patty Szymkowicz Tell Me

and I am joining in with Moo Mania and More for their “Numbers” challenge...

a day…

 new pages in one of my gesso journals (I can only declutter for so long and then I have to play!)…

Patty Szymkowicz Gesso Journal pages

paint and paper and bits of old lace curtain…

Patty Szymkowicz a day left and right

I have been drawn to those words before…

Patty Szymkowicz  a day journal pages

my pages fit Mix it Monthly’s “A Facial Profile” and AJJ’s “Masculine/Feminine” challenges…

Patty Szymkowicz Sedum Blooms

we are enjoying some surprise blooms on one of our succulents … 

full of grace …

this month’s rotation of our local Mixed Media Collaborative altered book round robin brought me my friend Linda Yeatman’s “Women” themed book…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Linda Y's altered book

I glued together some of the pages and tore a hole in the center ones… 

Patty Szymkowicz Blank Pages

the book stayed like that for some time while Mao Zedong’s  “Women hold up half the sky” quote kept swirling in my head…

Patty Szymkowicz Full of Grace beginning pgs

 once I got busy everything began to flow…

Patty Szymkowicz Webster's Dictionary

I created some pressed flower fusion paper using part of a “W” page from a big old dictionary that someone had unsuccessfully tried to hold together with duct tape for the background …Patty Szymkowicz Flower Fusion paper dictionary pg

a Leonardo da Vinci drawing of the head of a woman in profile seemed just right behind the peekaboo netting window I created…

Patty Szymkowicz pgs 1&2 close ups

here is part of the view when you turn the window page to reveal pages 3 & 4 of my spread below…

Patty Szymkowicz pgs 3&4 close ups

it was such fun finding bits of this and that to build onto my collage paper backgrounds where I used napkin, stamped tissue paper, pattern tissue, pressed flower fusion paper, plastered vintage book text, paper doily, netting, assorted lace and other embellishments including computer generated text along with touches of white gesso…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Full of Grace pgs 1&2

I am joining in with Art Journal Journey’s “Masculine-Feminine” challenge this month…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Final Pages 3&4

 and Mix it Monthly’s  “The Facial Profile” challenge

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

be yourself…

“Be yourself everyone else is already taken.” -Oscar Wilde

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Be Yourself

(scrap paper… plaster… paint… my photograph of a statue…glittered netting and handwritten sticker)

for Art Journal Journey’s “favorite poems/quotes” challenge thinking of Oscar Wilde I remembered our trip to the UK in 2013 and visiting a park in Dublin with a dedicated area to him…

Magpie's Nest Oscar Wilde Statue

we had the traveling tea cup along and had so many fun adventures

Magpie's Nest St Stephen's Park Dublin SWANS

and then we wandered into St Stephen’s Green and came upon a beautiful family of swans… I was beside myself with joy and we were amazed at how comfy they were on their little strip of grass with people on every sideMagpie's Nest Dublin battery recharge

fun how one thing leads to another and can trigger sweet memories…