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Autumn in Everything…

happy to have some time in the middle of our beautiful Indian Summer days here in Virginia to share two spreads that I created over the last couple of weeks…magpies-nest-autumn-grows-pages

these pages were inspired by an ad for a ballet performance that I clipped from The Washington Post and I just happened to have a stencil that I wanted to play with too…magpies-nest-patty-szymkowicz-autumn-grows

I liked these pages so much I did not want to cover them up but I eventually forged ahead and had fun adding gold paint along with the Robert Browning quote…magpies-nest-patty-szymkowicz-autumn-gold

now for something a little different… these green and gold pages were an attempt to step outside my comfort zone using colors and collage in a different way…

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I am still not crazy about the end result but thought I’d share both spreads with you since I had Valerie’s Golden Autumn theme in mind for Art Journal Journey this month when I created them..


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“There is something incredibly nostalgic and significant about the annual cascade of autumn leaves.” -Joe L. Wheeler

nature’s wonders

NATURE’S WONDERS is Gill’s theme for Art Journal Journey this month…Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Passion Flower

oh how I enjoy nature and always have growing up in a household with parents that honored and preserved nature as much as possible…Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz lotus collagemy father was known to have annual feuds with sparrows that were relentless in their attempts to build nests in his Purple Martin houses… he cared alot about the Purple Martins who were great at eating mosquitoes returning faithfully to the garden each year…

Magpie's Nest Red Rosin Monoprint Journal Cover

 I created two more pages in my red rosin monoprinted journal

Magpie's Nest BLOOM supplies Lynne Perrella

PaperArtsy’s lovely Lynne Perrella stamps were fun to play with adding another favorite Tin Can Mail butterfly wing stamp for the background..

Magpie's Nest Bloom right page

it was a bit of a challenge to incorporate one of my 5 x 5 collages onto my already monoprinted pages trying to match the paints I used earlier…Magpie's Nest Bloom left

the final touch was adding some pressed flowers using matte medium under and over them on the pages with a couple of rubons too…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz BLOOM red rosin pages

I like how the words I used in all of the spreads flow like a bit of found “poetry”… they evolved after working randomly with no  theme for my journal (all it needs now is binding and a cover):

Keep moving forward… 

Happiness… 

Keep close to nature’s heart… 

Pull Love closely around you and snuggle into its bliss… 

What we think we become… 

Wonder… 

The present moment is a powerful goddess… 

Bloom

 -Patty Szymkowicz

♥~ French Travel Journal 2016 Complété ~♥

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Trafalghar BEST OF FRANCE tourmy art journal from our Best of France Trafalgar tour in April is  finished (we were most fortunate to have Krista Taylor as our tour director and Frances for our bus driver which made for a perfectly wonderful time)…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz French Travel Journal Samplerthanks to everyone for supporting me along the way by visiting me here…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz assorted French Journal Pagesa special shout out to Susi and Valerie at Art Journal Journey along with all of the talented hosts and participants each month…

1 Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz April in Paris Tour Eiffelmy altered Tour Eiffel lady was among my favorite spreads

Magpie's Nest French Travel Journal 2016 Covera bit of coffee dyed netting and it’s a wrap ~♥~ Merci beaucoup!!!

Principauté de Monaco

 the Principality of Monaco is the world’s second smallest country (the Vatican is smaller) located on the French Riviera…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Monaco Mosaicknown for its glitz and glam and hedonistic life style…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Prince and Princess of Monacowe enjoyed the beautiful views which included a visit to the cathedral where Prince Rainier III and Princess Grace are buried

Magpie's Nest Jim Szymkowicz Monaco mosaicpreparations were being made for this year’s Grand Prix and our bus rode on part of the race route which would be closed later on in May for the famous Formula 1 race…Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Monacoworking in no particular order in my French Travel Journal Monaco ended up as the last page even though we visited on the second day of our tour… joining Art Journal Journey for their MAPS challenge here

last time I saw Paris…

the first cut into my large sheet of Paris Cavallini & Co. paper was the hardest so I decided to use two nice sized pieces for the first pages in my French Travel JournalMagpie's Nest places in Parisalmost too nice to cover up adding a couple of images from a French book and the baguettes from a bread bag……

Magpie's Nest linen pouchadding a stitched linen pouch on the left hand page filled with ticket stubs and such (Chris’ lovely tag is in there too)…Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Map of Parisjoining in again for Art Journal Journey’s MAPS challenge

Magpie's Nest Patty & Jim Szymkowicz“The last time I saw Paris,

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Paris sightsher heart was warm and gay,

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Paris ImpressionsI heard the laughter of her heart in every street café.” -Oscar Hammerstein II

La Tour Eiffel …

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Springtime in Paristhe Eiffel Tower was never meant to be a permanent structure when it was built for the 1889 World’s Fair…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz The Iron Ladyit’s use as an important radio tower helped save it from being torn down in the early 1900’s after some Parisians thought it an eyesore and possibly unsafe…Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz La Tour Eiffelthe “Iron Lady” is an iconic symbol of France attracting more visitors than any other paid tourist attraction in the world (approximately 7 million people per year) …

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz from arc de triompheevery seven years 60 tons of Eiffel Tower Brown paint freshen up all 986 feet of her…

collageit was only a 20 minute walk from our Novotel Paris Centre Tour Eiffel Hotel to the tower…Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Traveling T Cup at La Tour Eiffelthat filled us with excitement each and every time we saw her…Slice of Galeries Lafayette Paris Map a wonderful Jean-Paule Goude image that I enlarged from a Galeries Lafayette map inspired two more pages in my French Travel Journal (turning her in the opposite direction I added one of our photos of the Eiffel Tower for her body along with more French ribbon trim)…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Paris Postcard from the pastthe postcard on the left hand page was sent to my parents by me from the tippy top of the tower years ago (at that time they added a special embossed emblem and stamp when you mailed your card from the tower)…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz postcard upjoining again with Art Journal Journey’s MAPS challenge and Elizabeth’s T Stands for Tuesday

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz April in Paris Tour Eiffellastly here is a 17 second video I took of the wonderful light show that happens each night for five minutes on the hour…

ooh la laa how we enjoyed that twinkle stepping out of our hotel just a little ways…

 

 

 

 

all roads lead home…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Plaster Journala TAP swan transfer that I ironed directly onto a book page was the inspiration for my latest journal spread…Magpie's Nest home beginning pgsalong with a bit of local Virginia map and stamping on peeled tissue paper with heavy gesso highlights…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz postcard ladya favorite lady from my vintage postcard collection also made the page…

Magpie's Nest TAP transfer map nestsome shredded map paper sticking off the page made a nest for my swan…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz all roads lead homeI am joining the fun MAPS challenge over at Art Journal Journey

“As you walk and eat and travel, be where you are. Otherwise you will miss most of your life.” -Gautama Buddha

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 ~♥~

 

More Turks & Caicos Island T …

Magpie's Nest North and Middle Caicos Islands

Mr Magpie experienced his first ever driving on the left side of the road (TCI is a British Territory even though they use American currency…let’s just say he was glad there were very few vehicles on the road and just a couple of circles)…

Ferry from Provo to North Caicos

it was a short ferry ride from the island of Providenciales where we were staying to North Caicos Island where we rented a car (make that an old beat up Jeep with a great Caribbean music mixed CD to carry us along the rough and ready roads)…

Magpie's Nest North & Middle Caicos Islands

there is a causeway between North Caicos (population approx 1,400) and Middle Caicos (population approx 275) which led us to some beautiful secluded places…

Magpie's Nest Daniels Cafe Middle Caicos

we enjoyed a tasty lunch of fresh red snapper at Daniel’s Cafe By The Sea (the owner Daniel and his son are really nice and friendly)…

Magpie's Nest one flamingo TCI

we had hoped to see some of the many flamingos that are drawn to this area… in the end we were grateful to see this lone ONE…

Bambarra Beach treasures

impulse sent us down a road to a wonderful spot called Bambarra Beach named after the local rum

Bambarra Beach Middle Caicos Island

we spent a fair bit of time relaxing in the shade and combing the beach for treasures snapping oodles of photos with our traveling tea cup and parasol (those sea fans were really tempting me…happy to have lots of photos at least)…

Magpie's Nest Platico Point Middle Caicos

from there we took a narrow road that ran parallel to the water and came upon a rusty barge and equipment that we later found out were leftover from a failed attempt at making a cargo port (aqua and rust are such a wonderful color combo!!!)…

Turks & Caicos Islands Middle Caicos

our next stop was recommended by a friend and wowee was it ever magical there…

Middle and North Caicos map

since this is getting a bit long I will save that for another day…

Bambarra Beach cup of sea fan tea

(if you’d like a closer look at any of the photos you can click on them)

here’s wishing you a very happy T day along with everyone over at Elizabeth’s Altered Book Lover…

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

no matter where you go…

 playing in my gesso journals is something I enjoy very much as everything seems to intuitively flow onto the pages…

Magpie's Nest Gesso Journal

I am joining the PaperArtsy 2015 topic 2 Shiny Stuff challenge

Magpie's Nest Shiny paper and gold leaf

the lovely gold veined sheer paper in the background above is a favorite ingredient of mine as it melts into all surfaces so beautifully and playing with gold leaf is something I have been meaning to do for some time now (this time I used glue stick to adhere it to my journal pages)…

Magpie's Nest forget-me-not lady

the blue forget-me-nots are from a trip we took to Switzerland a few years ago which all seems like a dream now…I painted on top of a magazine face adding hair and the bodice of her dress leaving the eyes and lips mostly untouched…

Magpie's Nest My Heart journal page

the words “my heart” were left showing quite by chance and led me to add the vintage heart and arrow that I have had for some time now from here

Magpie's Nest traveling girl

everyone is welcome to join in the challenges and as if all of the inspiration and sharing from talented and generous artists on the PaperArtsy blog is not wonderful enough they offer a generous prize if you are randomly chosen as the fortnightly winner…

Magpie's Nest page in progress

as it happens I was the very lucky winner of their first challenge of the year and the wonderful prizes I chose from the PaperArtsy shop are already on their way to me…

Magpie's Nest Shiny Stuff journal pages

“Travel makes one modest, you see what a tiny place you occupy in the world “-Gustave Flaubert

t e a

this week I wanted to share a giveaway I am having even though it is not directly related to tea…

Magpie's Nest tea cups

 you can find out if it might be your cup of tea by visiting me here

Magpie's Nest Garden Wren

wishing you a lovely day and week along with everyone over at Elizabeth and Bleubeard’s

whatever floats your boat…

Conny’s Mix it Monthly challenge this month is using a lovely color palette along with the theme of sailboats / boat 

Magpie's Nest Sailboat (1)

I knew I wanted to use a fancy slipper/shoe image for the boat along with the float your boat words …  the three cherubs were taken from a Christmas napkin with touches of color added…paint and stencils…gesso and assorted papers and some pieces of German scrap…

Magpie's Nest Sailboat

such a fun challenge…be sure and visit Mix it Monthly to see lots of inspiring creativity and of course you are most welcome to play along