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like a lullaby…

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

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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

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…

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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...