Category Archives: Monoprinting

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

The present moment…

TIME is the August challenge theme over at Art Journal Journey…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Powerful Goddess journal pages (1)a beautiful leaf that I found on a walk and painted inspired me to create these pages in my red rosin monoprint art journal (I used soft gel medium to adhere the leaf to my page)…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Powerful Goddess journal pages (2)

I have lots of favorite quotes about time and this one from Goethe seemed to fit nicely with the image of the blessed mother that I happened upon in my stash…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Powerful Goddess journal pagesI like the idea of being in the present moment and enjoying it to the fullest…may your time be filled with many happy moments ~♥~

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

Keep close to nature’s heart

Magpie's Nest Red Rosin Monoprint pagesthanks to my friend Jan for sharing a John Muir quote which was the inspiration for my latest red rosin monoprint page…

Magpie's Nest beginning page

the flower is from a book page showing the parts of a flower (I liked how it complimented the green of my mono printed pages)…

Magpie's Nest nature rubber stamps

I used some of my new plastered paper which was done over a page from a small phone book (paper phone books are almost a thing of the past here)…

Magpie's Nest John Muir quote

adding this to my entries #99 … #110 and #136 over at Art Journal Journey for this month’s “favorite poem/quotes” theme and the little butterfly is for the Moo Mania “Butterfly/Schmetterlinge” challenge

“Keep close to Nature’s heart …  and break clear away, once in a while, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods.  Wash your spirit clean.” – John Muir

Pull Love Closely Around You…

Cherry Blossoms 2015Spring has sprung here in northern Virginia and it has me flitting here and there feeling energetic and excited (we even got to visit the cherry blossoms in Washington DC this year at twilight time)…

Magpie's Nest Flower Press

the other day I was busy emptying my flower press from the fall and loading the first layers of Spring blooms…

Magpie's Nest playing with plaster

when I thought it was so pretty out I decided it would be fun to play with plaster on our back porch which had me plastering anything that held still (almost)…

Magpie's Nest Plastered Papers

using fabrics and doilies as stencils…

Magpie's Nest Plastered tissue and fabric

this little plastic one makes such a nice burst pattern and I especially like it on tissue paper or peeled napkin even (you know the white layer you don’t want to throw away when you’ve peeled your napkins)…

Magpie's Nest Plastered Red Rosin Paper

all of that fun then led me to create two more pages in my handmade red rosin paper art journal…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Pull Love Closely (2)

inspired by the image of a beautiful statue on our recent island adventures

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Pull Love Closely (1)

the computer generated quote (have you ever tried this amazing site to help you audition which font you would like to use…BIG thanks to Gale of Paper Whimsy for sharing the link!)…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Pull Love Closely

joining with Art Journal Journey’s “Favorite quotes/Poems” theme again (my other entries are #99 + #110)

Spring made me do it…

with the earth turning green again and things bursting into bloom adding bright green to these pages of my monoprinted red rosin book seemed to happen before I knew it…

Magpie's Nest Red Rosin art journal pages What we think... (2)

two fabric pieces that I had handy worked nicely for these pages…

Magpie's Nest Red Rosin art journal pages What we think... (1)

the piece on the left was some fabric fusion paper that I had made on a base of cotton muslin… the piece on the right was done with TAP (Transfer Artist Paper) using one of my collage postcards on very sheer fabric…

Magpie's Nest Red Rosin art journal pages What we think... (3)

if you are interested in knowing more about red rosin paper you can see the beginning of my gelli print book here...

Magpie's Nest Red Rosin art journal pages What we think...

joining with Art Journal Journey’s “Favorite quotes/Poems” theme this month (I have so many favorite quotes!)

Happiness …

this month Art Journal Journey’s challenge theme is “collage” which is something near and dear to my heart…

collage bits

I have enjoyed collage since I was a young school girl…

Happiness art journal pages (4)

my red rosin mono printed pages have been patiently waiting for more attention…

collage bits (1)

so with a bit of this and that close at hand I got busy…

Happiness art journal pages (1)the word Happiness had been mistakenly printed on top of a swan image but I had it tucked away in a box of images and it worked nicely here…

Happiness art journal pages (2)

another image printed on cotton layered on top of some torn German lace curtain…

Happiness art journal pages

“Happiness depends upon ourselves.” -Aristotle

lost and found …

for T Stands for Tuesday today I am sharing a little story that began back in November 2011 when I treated myself to a Gelli Plate on a visit to a favorite stamp and art store

Magpie's Nest Gelli Plate

before I got a chance to open it the holidays were upon us and early in 2012 we replaced old carpeting with new which meant alot of upheaval and shifting of things…

Magpie's Nest Garden Squirrel

the last thing I remembered was putting that brand spanking new gelli plate flat in a container for safe keeping…

Magpie's Nest Mr Cardinal

on and off for all that time I entertained myself with homemade gelli plate printing on paper and fabric hoping that the ‘real’ one would turn up…

Omi's Wooden Hummel Frame

 just a few days shy of three years to my delight there it was buried under “stuff” (I came to the realization that the loss of my mother in Feb 2011 affected me in more ways than I knew)

Magpie's Nest Kitchen Shelfie

it feels good to be digging through things here lately trying to lighten my load…

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in the same bin as the gelli plate there was a wide brayer and an assortment of manila tags for printing…

Magpie's Nest Cuppa Joe

all of this sorting has kept me more unplugged than usual with so much still to go through AND I of course need to open that gelli plate package soon and play … 

“One of the advantages of being disorderly is that one is constantly making exciting discoveries.” -A.A. Milne 1882-1956

 

Art Journal Journey: Moments of Happiness

when I think of moments of happiness I think of making marks which is a term that is getting lots of use lately…

monoprinted bits in waiting

there are so many ways of making marks from the words we speak to what we physically create and manifest around us…

earlier art journal pages

I have enjoyed making things since I was a young girl thankful for the influence of industrious and talented parents…

front and back pages of monoprint journal

for this month’s Art Journal Journey (AJJ) challenge I picked up my handmade gelli print journal which has been a bit of a challenge for me not really wanting to cover up my monoprint pages

monoprint pages hard to cover up

using my homemade gelli plate on the smooth 140# hot press paper certainly made me happy…

art journal pages in progress

it always feels like a special gift when unplanned things reveal themselves in my work

something that makes you happy

for example … the letter “H” above that I randomly tore out of a vintage German/English dictionary and glued in place a while before I picked out the quote for my pages fit perfectly without planning…

Finished Art Journal Pages

being connected to so many talented and kind artists here in blogland brings me endless moments of happiness and joy ~♥~ thank you all …

 “Always leave enough time in your life to do something that makes you happy, satisfied, or even joyous.”  -Paul Hawken

silence is golden…

here is my second spread to join in Art Journal Journey’s (AJJ) January challenge of Silence/Stille

patty-szymkowicz-monoprint-journal-before-pages

last summer I shared some pages in this hand sewn monoprinted journal that I made here…

Gelli print pages and paper Before

and decided to glue some torn monoprinted papers I made on top of my already printed pages adding a bit of washi tape …

Silence is Golden suppliesI know! I definitely did not pick the word “Simplicity” as my one little word this year 😉 …

cups and saucers closeupthank you SO MUCH dear Estivalia for making it possible for me to install the widget you created for my sidebar ♥ ♥ ♥

rubber stamped edges

I dipped into an envelope of collage snippets that the sweet and talented LaWendula of Paper Swap shared with me some time ago (click above and visit her and you too can join in the around the world swap fun!)…

ready for some doodling

the last step for my pages was to add some random marks using two of my favorite black pens that work really well over paint and more…

finished SILENCE journal page leftI really like the subtle layer the doodling adds..

finished  SILENCE journal page right

You may have noticed the variety of color tones between my photos…

Doodle Details on gelli print pagesthis time of year I seem to chase the Light to find the best spots that aren’t freezing cold and windy to take photos (our back porch is usually my go to best lighting location and it is COLD out there!)…

“True silence is the rest of the mind … it is to the spirit what sleep is to the body, nourishment and refreshment.”   ~William Penn

can you feel the twinkle…

patty-szymkowicz-gelli-monoprint-cards

back in January I shared some fun I had monoprinting cards along with a bit about making laminated Queen Anne’s Lace ornaments from pressed blooms…

queen-annes-lace-fresh-collage

since I only ended up sending a small number of handmade cards last year I thought I would give it another whirl and got busy at a recent gathering of local artists (nice having a large place to spread out in our meeting room and play with my ever shrinking homemade gelli plate)…

Twinkle Monoprint T (2)

my supersize 16 oz (500 mlmug is part of a set which also includes:  Naughty, Nice and Sparkle

Twinkle Monoprint T

one tea bag makes a generous double cup to enjoy…

Twinkle Monoprint T (1)

I am joining the group over at Elizabeth and Bleubeard for T today and you are of course most welcome to join us OXO

keep moving forward…

 

Monoprint Red Rosin Heart Pages

even after all these years the changing of the seasons can throw me off balance…

Moving Forward journal pages (2)

the angel and heart sat for awhile on my monoprint pages waiting for words…

Moving Forward journal pages

at one time I knew what “Adagio” meant but had to look it up again…

Moving Forward art supplies (1)

I took the meaning of the randomly torn heart music paper as a gentle reminder for myself that it is alright that sometimes I am moving forward more slowly than I might like…

Moving Forward art supplies (2)and that everything is as it is meant to be…

Moving Forward journal pages (1)

“You are always a student, never a master. You have to keep moving forward. ” ~Conrad Hall

 

dino book under cover…

back in July I shared how I peeled the pages of a children’s board book with you here

Board Book before and after

 I worked in my book using paint, monoprinting, inks and stamping in no certain order not giving much thought to where I would begin or end…

Dino Book Pages

here is what the finished pages ended up saying going from front to back of the book…

sisters of the moon (3)

we are all connected (4)

stronger than you know (5)

all hand made (1)

build your house with Love (2)

the numbers after each line show the order in which I worked on the pages and interestingly enough the words flow pretty well both ways…

(if you are interested in details and more photos each of the underlined titles above are clickable…I really like having all of the links in one place for my own reference)

YES glue netting and burned velvet

after some thought I decided on a burned velvet cover for my book which makes it really lovely to the touch…

Golden Flimmerstern

adding a favorite golden flimmer deco, some hand dyed netting and a metal Art Noveau piece I have had around for a long time…

Burned Velvet Book Cover

thank you for visiting and I appreciate everyone’s kind words so very much…Dinosaur book after

you make sharing fun ♥

and speaking of sharing…

my talented and sweet friend Susan of Rosie Inspirations opened an Etsy shop and if you haven’t already had a chance to visit you can pop over and see the lovely selection of beautiful handmade creations she has to offer here