Category Archives: Mixed Media

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…

Return to Sender…

this is a piece I created using a photo from a farmer’s market flower bouquet along with a photo from part of my recent art journal pages…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Return to Sender Steps

I layered the photos using the Diana iphone app adding  the hand “sticker” and words along with a few other layers with the PixlrExpress iphone app and printed out a copy with our laser printer (approximately 6×6 inches)

Magpie's Nest Postage Stamp sampler a look through some of my postage stamps brought me to a British couple rowing their boat in a lily pond…

Magpie's Nest rubber stamps

and finally a bit of rubber stamping with B Line Designs, LLC Paris Cancellation  and Hero Arts Luxe Cancellation stamps…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Return to Sender mixed mediaI am joining in again with Art Journal Journey’s Post & Postage challenge (my other entries so far are #89, 103 and 114)

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 ~♥~

Second on the 2nd for June…Irish Tea

it is time again for Elizabeth’s second look at a favorite blog post from our archives and since it is also T Stands for Tuesday I thought I would select a favorite post that had to do with tea and combine the two …

Patty Szymkowicz daisy t pot

here goes (I disabled any links that are no longer working):

Craft Imaginarium: Irish Tea

there is a new monthly challenge blog I found out about on Eliza’s blog … this month’s theme is all about “tea”

it has been a while since I altered a piece of cutlery … my tea spoon was hammered flat and the  holes were drilled by Mr Magpie

Magpie's Nest Irish-tea-spoon-closeup

some old earrings and glass beads …the little girl is from Paper Whimsy


the ‘netting’ bags are from Mighty Leaf tea bags that I slit open after several cups of tea … I save tea bags … what fun to finally find a use for some

Magpie's Nest Irish-tea-spoon

*you can double click for the closeup*

be sure and visit the Craft Imaginarium for challenge details and have a look at some wonderfully creative art!

#80 “Bread and water can so easily be toast and tea” ~Unknown 

from the “365 Things Every Tea Lover Should Know” … thank you Judy P

Venida rules the waves …

Magpie's Nest gesso and paper collage startin going thru some of my paper stash(es) lately I have come across some perfect bits for a couple more pages in one of my gesso journals (I am recycling lots of paper in the process too!)…Magpie's Nest Tide Charts

torn bits of tide chart and map from one of our favorite stateside beach getaways…

Magpie's Nest Venida finished

the lovely Venida is from the cover of a vintage hair net package that I picked up one year on a trip to Florida…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Venida rules the waves

joining in with Art Journal Journey’s “The Sea” challenge again before it is time for a new theme for June…

Magpie's Nest Parasol Patty Ocracoke Island

I do enjoy the sea especially when I can find a bit of shade…

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

Second on the 2nd for May … Birdies, birdies everywhere …

it is a new month already and our Lily of the Valley bloomed in time to help celebrate May Day…Magpie's Nest Lily of the Valley Love

it is time to join Elizabeth for her second look at a past blog post…  my birds were originally posted in May 2008… interesting to note that we are no longer meeting at that store as they didn’t have room for us anymore but our mixed media art group is still going strong all these years later…

“Posted on May 14, 2008 | 

“The second Wednesday of each month is a play day at our local stamping store, Angela’s Happy Stamper.

Our focus today was inspiration taken from the Nov/Dec 2007 Somerset Magazine issue.

Jeanette Janson created wonderful Assemblage Bird Ornaments.Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz birdvoglein

Thank you Linda Scimeca for getting us all organized and inspiring us with your birdie creations! Everyone’s turned out so differently and really amazingly cool!

These are some of what I made.

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz birdpar-avion

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz birdwhite-owl

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz birdrobins-nestFor bodies I had some neat old tap shoe plates along with a juice can top, colored with alcohol inks and a dial from a broken gauge for my owl. Wings came from a vegetable steamer basket and an old folding ruler that my husband cut for me (I LOVE those!). Wire was my first choice for attaching the various elements, I did use some Matte Gel Medium to stick on a few words along with some sticky double sided tape on the back to keep legs from wiggling around. Jeanette’s article in Somerset gives lots of great ideas for ingredients.

Carmen had the brilliant idea of using a shuttlecock cut up for wings, and shared pieces of it with us. It took alcohol inks beautifully too!

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz birdfly-away

What a lot of fun!!! Thanks again, Linda, for the idea to get together and make these!

“It is not only fine feathers that make fine birds.” ~Aesop”

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…

waves of one sea…

 journaling on different kinds of surfaces like my chipboard tea cup book is proving to be a bit of a different challenge that I am having fun with…Magpie's Nest different journals

last year I created a loose leaf art journal working on both the front and back of each piece…

Magpie's Nest loose leaf art journal

I liked that format so much I thought I would begin another this time working in landscape/horizontal layout…

Magpie's Nest saves of one sea

here is my first page (layers of paint and plaster cloth) using part of this quote from a Baha’i poem:  “We are all the waves of one sea…We are all the leaves of one tree…We are all the flowers of one garden” for Art Journal Journey’s “favorite poems/quotes” challenge 

Believe nothing you hear…

our local mixed media art group is having a round robin and this month I got a book with the theme of “The Life and Times of Edgar Allan Poe” …

Magpie's Nest beginning pages

I knew right away that I wanted to use some of the black patterned envelopes that I have been saving (I have made a vow to stop saving them so using some felt extra good!)…

Magpie's Nest beginning pages (1)

outlining the edges with a black Stabilo pencil and brushing with a stiff brush dipped in white gesso gave some color and texture to the background along with some bits of vintage paper and book text…

Magpie's Nest ready for quote

the image on the left is of a book cover printed onto a torn out page from this book…the red beer bottle cap on the right has been smashed flat and waiting to be used for some time now…

Magpie's Nest trying text

I had no idea this quote was by Edgar Allan Poe but it had always been a favorite of mine (seems Poe is misquoted quite a bit and the way I originally knew the quote was:  “Believe half of what you see and none of what you hear.”)…

Magpie's Nest trying text (1)

trying out various fonts and positioning…

Magpie's Nest trying text (2)

until I was happy while having some fun channeling my dark side…

Magpie's Nest Poe left page

paint and pencil scribbling along with stamping on tissue paper and a piece of poison washi tape that I secured with gel medium…

Magpie's Nest Poe right page

some spider web washi tape at the top that I extended with black pen down the page (I intentionally left the spider out as a bit of a creep factor…if there is a web there must be a spider  but where!)… a piece of my faux resin paper and a golden flimmerstern that I trimmed randomly with scissors behind the bottle cap…

Magpie's Nest Poe Final Pages

I am also sharing these pages with Art Journal Journey’s “Favorite Poems and Quotes” challenge

Second on the 2nd for April …

I am joining Elizabeth of Altered Book Lover again this month to take a second look at a blogpost that I originally shared back in April of 2009…this was one of many wooden ATCs/blocks that I altered around that time…it is fun to see how my photography and format have changed since I began blogging in 2007…

“Art Helps Me Breathe

In a recent attempt to go through my art supplies…..I can only clean and not play for so long before I must make something :)… I always find so many goodies I forgot I had…..a cigar box sparked this wooden ATC chunky

Magpie's Nest Artist Trading Block

dress pattern tissue, book text, paint, gesso, gold  gouache,  white gel pen, a vellum sheet from the cigar box , cigar box paper strips, PW girl, stamps, velvet leaves and a piece of old jewelry (gel medium and UHU gluestick)

Patty Szymkowicz Art Helps Me Breathe

“Art Helps Me Breathe” is stamped on a real Ginkgo leaf from a most beautiful spot and grand old tree

if I had planned ahead, I would have turned the leaf so the crown was on the pointed end of the leaf which would have meant stamping it the other way….I just play….not much planning involved at all

“In art the hand can never execute anything higher than the heart can inspire” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson “

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”

Second on the 2nd for March…

March kind of snuck up  on me but that seems to be the way time is moving these days = quickly…

I am joining Elizabeth of Altered Book Lover again this month to take a second look at a blogpost that I originally shared on 27 March 2010

… becoming …

my little wire nests are starting to pile up… so I thought I would put some to good use

magpiesnestbecoming

small matchboxes make perfect containers for so many things

magpiesnest-be-humble

precious bird images from the always generous

Karen at The Graphics Fairy

magpiesnestmatchboxes

a perfect home for my wire and bead nests … gel medium worked beautifully to glue them in place

magpiesnest-nest-matchboxes

“There is no knowledge of true being.  The world is fundamentally in a state of becoming.” ~ Friedrich Nietzsche

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