Category Archives: Ocean

Shell Tea…

Magpie's Nest Salty Sailor Dogin spite of our Ocracoke Island vacation being very “damp” each day was special…

Magpie's Nest Traveling Tea Cup in surfon one of the clear days we took our traveling tea cup to the beach letting the Atlantic Ocean waves wash up around it with me squealing and dashing at one point to rescue it from being washed out to sea (Mr Magpie was laughing so hard he couldn’t snap many photos of it happening)… 

Molasses Creekwe ventured out one rainy night splish splashing through puddles to enjoy a really special concert with Ocracoke Island’s very own Molasses Creek band at their Deepwater Theater and Music Hall…

Magpie's Nest Ocracoke Island Beach Duneslast year we shared our excitement about the shell “spirit” tree we helped create on the beach here

Magpie's Nest Spirit Shell Treeand were delighted this year to find a different piece of wood lodged in the sand waiting for us…

Magpie's Nest Returning Shells to the beachso we got busy because we came prepared…

Magpie's Nest Shell treein our efforts to downsize and let go of things Mr Magpie emptied a BIG tin of seashells around the tree that we brought back to the beach from our Outer Banks shell collecting over the years…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Shell Treewe do have a weakness for shells…

Magpie's Nest Mr Magpie on the beachand could wander for hours on the beach totally entertained by Mother Nature…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Traveling T Cupthis year for the first time ever I found not one but TWO perfect Scotch Bonnet shells

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Scotch Bonnet Sea Shellsit is not uncommon to find tips and fragments from these shells but to find them in tact is a bit more rare

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Shell Tree Mile Marker 74.5 back to the shell tree…

Magpie's Nest Ocracoke Spirit Treeabove you can see some of what other people added (a lone flipflop, toothbrush, colorful sand toys along with a plastic glow stick that was finished and a small plastic oil container that probably washed ashore from a boat … that we removed and recycled)…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz shells and quoteit was fun collecting mostly shells with holes in them stringing them onto natural twine that we brought from home to make shell garlands to tie onto the branches…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Ocracoke Island Shellswish I could send each of you some seashells but you probably have collections of your own…

Ocracoke Island Dogs Cats Horses thank you very much for all of your good wishes … a broken toe is such a small pain compared to what so many others are going through…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Harmony Ocracoke Seashell Mandalhere’s wishing you a very Happy T Day along with everyone over at Elizabeth’s Altered Book Lover

the sea was right outside her window…

September at Art Journal Journey and the theme is THROUGH MY WINDOW … using an image from a catalog I got out one of the gesso magazine journals I made and got busy…

Magpie's Nest the sea in progress

I have been wanting to play with watercolors ever since I picked up this inexpensive set with a coupon … perhaps it was the lightly gessoed background but I really liked how the paints moved around with the addition of each layer being mindful to not over work the pages

Magpie's Nest watercolors

the lighthouse, sea oats and clouds were the extent of my sketching comfort zone

Magpie's Nest the sea in progress (2)

the shells are stickers…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz pages with possibilities

I decided to add words digitally until I decide on how I will proceed on the left side of this spread…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz the sea outside her window

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

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