Category Archives: Mix it Monthly

rest from the wheel of the mind…

for me the winter months hold cause for celebration but also the anniversaries of loved ones lost…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Gentle and Kind pages in progressbringing a range of emotions along with the chance to notice how far I have come in the healing process which is ongoing…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Gentle and Kind pages in progress (3)working in my new larger journal again with paint and magazine transfers…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Gentle and Kind pages in progress (1)the heart is a photograph of a metal hanging heart that holds a tea light…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Gentle and Kind pages in progress (2)I printed out two sets of wings and layered them snipping the feathers on the top layer gluing just the heart onto the page so the wings are free…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Gentle and Kindjoining in with two of my favorite challenge blogs:  Mix it Monthly/What Wings Are For and Art Journal Journey/Winter Wonderland

FB the idealist a broken heart awaya really special way to help pass these winter days is taking an online workshop with a brilliant artist… the talented and very generous Misty Mawn… there is an early sign up rate this week and you can find out all about it HERE

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

Black & White

feeling a surge of creativity around the full moon this month I am joining in with  Moo Mania and More BLACK & WHITE and Mix it Monthly MIXED MEDIA FLOWERS challenges…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Love is the soul's Light Rumi

the lovely girl with flowers in her hair is a favorite image that I’ve had for a long time from a magazine and the black bird, butterfly wings and roses at the bottom are from a collage sheet that Misty Mawn shared in one of her on line workshops…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Rumi Quote

lots of layers of gesso, black Stabilo pencil and white Signo gel pen along with a little honey comb stamping around the edges (I really wanted to give her rosy cheeks!)…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Love is the soul's Light Rumi (1)

“Love is the soul’s Light” – Rumi

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

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…

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 … 

beautiful music…

two more art journal pages created in a small 1931 dictionary that I started playing with back in 2008 (I know that seems so long ago…soon it will be full)…Patty Szymkowicz Funk Wagnallsthis spread fits the AJJ “Masculine – Feminineand Mix it Monthly “the Facial Profile challenges…

Patty Szymkowicz Beautiful Music together pages

I played with a newspaper image of the couple adding gesso and paint 

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz beautiful music together

 creating a new painted shirt with forget-me-not torn tissue bits…

Patty Szymkowicz lavender on book Cohen quote

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 lives…

more sea pages for my art journal using bits I had leftover from creating my friend’s mermaid pages with inspiration from a stamped mermaid tail  (some Glossy Accents gave it a wet look)…

Patty Szymkowicz the sea tail

I layered torn strips of turquoise tissue paper with shimmery dots embedded in it on top of my painted book pages (the camera doesn’t want to show those)…

Patty Szymkowicz Seahourse Rhapsody

tearing bits of peeled decorative napkin which included a couple of happy seahorses…

Patty Szymkowicz mermaid rhapsody

and a mermaid that did not want to be left out…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz the sea lives

joining Mix it Monthly’s “A Happy Couple” challenge along with Art Journal Journey’s “The Sea” (my other contributions for AJJ are #125 & 133)..

“The sea lives in every one of us.” -Wyland

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