Category Archives: Paint

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

crisp in the fall…

the music lady I put together awhile ago waited patiently in one of my art journals until I figured out what was next for her (she was from a catalog and I gave her the music dress)…

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I am joining Valerie’s Art Journal Journey INDIAN SUMMER-GOLDEN OCTOBER-AUTUMN challenge…

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purple paint and yellow glaze along with spiderweb washi tape helped bring my pages to life…magpies-nest-patty-szymkowicz-crisp-in-the-fall-left-page

the F. Scott Fitzgerald quote that I saw in a magazine appealed to me so I printed the words with our computer…magpies-nest-patty-szymkowicz-crisp-in-the-fall-journal-pages

the border on the bottom of the left page along with the leaves were cut from assorted junk mail…magpies-nest-patty-szymkowicz-crisp-in-the-fall-journal-pages-oct-2016

one of Seth Apter’s rubber stamps (on the right) along with some extra brushes of yellow glaze gave a nice finishing touch to my pages…

 

summer has flown…

the talented and prolific Valerie chose INDIAN SUMMER-GOLDEN OCTOBER-AUTUMN as October’s Art Journal Journey theme which sends my mind in lots of directions…magpies-nest-patty-szymkowicz-golden-redbud-leaves

just when I think summer might go on forever it turned cooler which is perfect for open windows and warmer clothes...magpies-nest-glow-of-october-rainy-day

we finally got some much needed rain too…magpies-nest-flown-rubber-stamps

soon I will give up running barefoot around the house and get out my cozy slippers…
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autumn makes me think of golden leaves andmagpies-nest-sunset-plane-heading-to-dullesgolden sunsets so I added lots of gold to my scraped paint pages which was tricky to capture in my photos…

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the WONDER page on the right began with an index card that I had made awhile ago…

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~* Happy October *~

“Autumn carries more gold in its pocket than all the other seasons.”~ Jim Bishop

teach…

an all time favorite Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young song TEACH YOUR CHILDREN  inspired this two page spread for Elizabeth’s BACK TO SCHOOL theme over at Art Journal Journey…magpies-nest-teach-inspiration

I challenged myself to use colors I don’t often use and found a napkin along with some of my mother’s old paints that helped move me in that direction…

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not totally comfortable with my color matching my favorite heavy gesso came to the rescue once again…magpiess-nest-distracted-by-dried-paintthen I got distracted for a bit by my paint tray noticing a small corner of paint sticking up… sure enough the layers of paint peeled out easily and yes I did save those bits for what I am not exactly sure🙂 …magpies-nest-patty-szymkowicz-rainy-day-fun

then it was back to trying to make my pages work on a lovely rainy day here in Virginia…

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it was fiddly fun cutting and pasting thin pieces of napkin to carry the design from one page to another (that napkin was too good to cover up completely)…magpies-nest-patty-szymkowicz-teach-right-page

it took me awhile to get some matching turquoise and greenish yellow for my painted pages…

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some Adirondack BOTTLE stamping ink applied with a wet wipe worked for one part since a lot of my Tim Holtz DISTRESS STAINS seem to have lost their color over time…magpies-nest-patty-szymkowicz-teach-art-journal-pages

a little more doodling with my gold paint pen and my pages are complete (tricky to photograph on a rainy day)…

You who are on the road
Must have a code that you can live by
And so become yourself
Because the past is just a good-bye.
Teach your children well,
Their father’s hell did slowly go by,
And feed them on your dreams
The one they picks, the one you’ll know by.
Don’t you ever ask them why, if they told you, you will cry,
So just look at them and sigh
And know they love you.
And you, of tender years,
Can’t know the fears that your elders grew by,
And so please help them with your youth,
They seek the truth before they can die.
Teach your parents well,
Their children’s hell will slowly go by,
And feed them on your dreams
The one they picks, the one you’ll know by.
Don’t you ever ask them why, if they told you, you will cry,
So just look at them and sigh and know they love you.
Songwriters: Graham Nash
Teach Your Children lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Spirit Music Group

forever…

joining in again for Elizabeth’s Art Journal Journey BACK TO SCHOOL challenge with a two page spread in an altered book of mine that surfaced in my recent clean up… magpies-nest-lucilles-memory-book

 Lucille Borschke’s school memory book was given to me by a friend that found it in a thrift shop… 

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she thought I could make use of the vintage photos and bits of this and that in it… 
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seems Lucille was a local girl that attended Notre Dame Academy in Washington, D. C. back in the late 1920’s and her favorite subjects were History, Religion, English and French…

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one of the group photos along with an old dictionary page were what got me started and a couple of rubber stamps came in handy too (FOREVER stamp not shown in photo)…magpies-nest-stamps

the ridged paper on the right is from light bulb packaging (I noticed when my pages were finished how nicely it worked with the background in the photograph) and the postage stamps were from a letter front included in Lucille’s memory book…
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with my father being in the military we moved quite a bit when I was a young girl at all times of the year which made being the “new” girl in class an added adventure… I was quite chatty and made friends easily… I am grateful for memories of a sweet and colorful childhood…

…a couple of kids…

with September whizzing by I did not want to miss the chance to join in with Elizabeth’s fun theme of BACK TO SCHOOL over at Art Journal Journey…

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while clearing and organizing I have had lots of ideas on the theme and finally took some time to play…magpies-nest-butterfly-atc

not sure how I know this Will Cobb/Gus Edwards song exactly but I couldn’t get the chorus out of my head… that along with an ATC I created some time ago were my inspiration…

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here is some of what went into this spread:  it began with spray painted book pages… stenciling with super heavy gesso… adding bits of monoprint paper, forget-me-not origami paper and deli print paper used to clean up the plastic doily used for stenciling along with some computer generated words on the right… the white flower trim was something that surfaced in my clean up as well

~♥~

“School days, school days Dear old golden rule days Readin’ and ‘ritin’ and ‘rithmetic Taught to the tune of the hickory stick You were my queen in calico I was your bashful barefoot beau And you wrote on my slate, “I love you, Joe” When we were a couple of kids.”

Blessings…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz IN MY GARDEN 1another inspiring theme over at Art Journal Journey for July…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz IN MY GARDEN 2many thanks to Yvonne of Meggys Way and all of the participants…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz single pagesas a final offering I created a 9 x 12″ canvas inspired by a photo of a statue in the sumptuous gardens of Isola Madre on Lake Maggiore in Italy… Magpie's Nest Blessings Lady

lots of layers (pattern tissue… citrasolv paper… cheesecloth… netting… vintage lace and trims adhered with my favorite soft gel medium)…Magpie's Nest BLESSINGS closeupat first I had stamped IMAGINE on tissue paper with some turquoise ink that was too light so that gave me a chance to change the word to BLESSINGS (Art Impressions, Oregon USA)…Magpie's Nest Blessings supplies

I rushed a bit on this and intend to go back and add some touches of green paint…thanks so much for visiting ~♥~

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz BLESSINGS“It is only with true love and compassion that we can begin to mend what is broken in the world. It is these two blessed things that can begin to heal all broken hearts.” -Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being Free

joy in the garden…

joining Yvonne’s lovely IN MY GARDEN there is challenge over at Art Journal Journey…Magpie's Nest TAP Transfer of Carcassonne CastleI created these pages earlier in the month before the tragedies of Nice and Rouen…

Magpie's Nest Beeswax flowersusing  bits of Misty Mawn collage strip… beeswax dipped book text flowers… stamped strips of paper… TAP transfer of Carcassonne castle on canvas paper… paint and rubber stamping with computer generated words…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Joie Dans le Jardin“We need Joy as we need air.
We need Love as we need water.
We need each other as we need the earth we share.” -Maya Angelou

days like these…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Passion Flower #1 25 Julythe combination of heat and humidity the other day here in Virginia of 112F/44.4444C was NOT my idea of a nice summer day at all…Magpie's Nest Praying Mantis

a low humidity day in the high 70’s low 80’s is much more in my comfort zone…Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz DILL in the gardenwe do have central air conditioning as many people here in the states have so I cannot complain… 

Magpie's Nest Honeybee on Thymeit just means staying inside kind of like on a winter day…

Magpie's Nest Queen Anne's Lace in the gardenI created two more pages for Yvonne’s great theme of IN MY GARDEN there is over at Art Journal Journey…
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I could have taken a ‘before’ photo of the newspaper image of the lady that I painted over but all you see here is my altered version along with a couple of Isle of Man postage stamps that I picked up in an OXFAM charity shop in Oxford, England…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz like theseit was fun using layers of paint to help the swan image melt into the page…

Magpies Nest Patty Szymkowicz days like thesemy “Life is but a dream” art journal is filling up nicely and soon it will be time to decorate the cover…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Life is but a Dream Journal“You know that place between sleep and awake, that place where you still remember dreaming?  That’s where I’ll always love you.  That’s where I’ll be waiting.”  -J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan

 

tea and friendship in my garden…

Organic India is a favorite tea company of ours for lots of reasons… in each box of tea they include a little product booklet which I always feel a bit bad about chucking into the recycle bin when the box is empty…Organic India info

so I decided to create a small journal by gluing some pages together…Patty Szymkowicz Tea & Friendship gesso

and adding some heavy gesso to help give the slippery pages some tooth…Magpie's Nest tea journal side view

with no real plan other than a focus on tea and friendship…

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for the first pages I used a scrap of Neal’s Yard tissue paper from our 2013 trip to the UK along with a piece of security envelope… one of my favorite swans and some star tissue…

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a tea stamp on tissue paper with a tea pot and cup catalog cut out…Magpie's Nest T Journal 5 & 6

coffee advert with old music sheet snippet which happens to have the #3 on it which is fitting for the recent T Stands for Tuesday anniversary…

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NYPL Japanese tea ladies with citra solv paper scraps and pieces of torn paper parasol…

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assorted blue clip art and a US postage stamp as a finish…

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the cover of the book is from my paper collection and the cup is a wooden cut out that I colored with a gold Krylon pen… the tassel and gold fringe helped pull it all together…

joining Art Journal Journey’s IN MY GARDEN there is challenge and wishing everyone over at Elizabeth’s T Stands for Tuesday a Happy T Day…

“Make tea, not war.” ~Monty Python

garden of dreams…

another spread for Yvonne’s IN MY GARDEN there is theme for Art Journal Journey…Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz background pages

working in my DREAM journal with layers of paper napkin… paint and gesso…

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torn bits of Misty Mawn collage sheet fabric fusion paper with a Love-in-a-Mist bloom from my flower press...

Magpie's Nest black capped chickadeepressed flower fusion paper and tissue paper…Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Garden of Dreams

“A garden to walk in and immensity to dream in – what more could he ask? A few flowers at his feet and above him the stars.” -Victor Hugo

March Blooms…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz collage with a themepart of what has had me distracted from blogging lately is Misty Mawn’s fabulous Make/Do Art Workshop

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz 5x5 Put the kettle onsince there is a “tea” reference in one of my 5×5 collage pieces I thought I would share it here for T Stands for Tuesday

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Sixteen 5x5s“collage with a theme” was a recent assignment where we were to create multiple (think 25!) 5×5 inch collages finished with unifying color…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz 5x5 stackedI managed to create 16 and I am not quite sure what my theme was exactly…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Pixlr Kindness stickeralthough nature and nurture seem to come up a lot for me…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Robin RedbreastI selected various black and white clip art images adding them to my painted backgrounds adding yellow ochre highlights…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Blooming Marchas I have mentioned before Misty is a really wonderful teacher and an inspiring artist who shares SO much in her classes (no affiliation just a grateful repeat student)…

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“I wandered lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o’er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host, of golden daffodils;
Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.”
-William Wordsworth

the beating of her he♥rt…

so much of what I create comes from scraps of this and that handy on my work table…

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it was a nice surprise to come across a piece of a copy of my heart rhythm from an electrocardiogram done years ago…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz changedthe lady with her parasol is a TAP transfer on tea bag paper…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz the beating of my heartjoining Art Journal Journey’s “If Music Be the Food of Love” where there is an incredible amount of creativity…

“We know so little of the why, what the universe is, what infinity is. The veil around us is very fragile.” -Conor McPherson