Category Archives: Paint

winter dreams…

playing with paint and gesso (regular, clear and heavy gesso) and bits of paper and peeled napkin for this 8 x 10 canvas…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Winter Dreams processthinking out loud to my husband that the piece needed something at the top he had the wonderful suggestion of adding a twig over the window (the lady is an image I have had in my files for about 8 years which was a freebie from Shabby Cottage Studio)…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz beach woodwe just happened to have some weathered wood that we’d brought back from a favorite beach last summer and that got my wheels turning for the finishing touches for my mixed media canvas…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Winter Dreams

I am joining Paint Party Friday and Art Journal Journey “Winter Wonderland”

“Dreams are as simple or as complicated as the dreamer.” -Brian Herbert

a hole in my pocket…

 it was really nice visiting so many talented artists over at Paint Party Friday last week for my first time playing along…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Painted Collage Background pages

this week I created a spread in a “Dream” themed art journal

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Gouache Stars

and had fun with a star shaped stamp and gold gouache…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Brandi Carlile lyric

cutting out a few stars and stamping a burst stamp over them using a mask..

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Dreams Heart

I had printed out two of my altered images using the smaller one in another of my art journals here… this version worked out nicely for these book pages … 

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz dreams fall quote

the words are from a Brandi Carlile song “The Things I Regret”… 

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz dreams fall

thank you for your visit…

“Still round the corner there may wait, A new road or a secret gate.” -J.R.R. Tolkien

let the Light guide your way…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz hold every memorywords from this special song along with a digital image of one of my photographs of bare winter trees layered with a photo of some of my artwork were the inspiration for these journal pages (see the lady above) …

Magpie's Nest gesso and paint with palette knife

lots of layers of gesso and paint applied with a plastic palette knife (the girl below is from a gift catalog)…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz let the Light guide your way

  this is my first time joining Paint Party Friday and I am also linking to Art Journal Journey’s Winter Wonderland challenge (my other entries at AJJ are #30, 42, 61, 85)…

Winter Dreams…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Winter Dreams 1 time for something different…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Winter Dreams 2

inspired by Diana Trout’s video here

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Winter Dreams 3

I could not resist the chance to play and go a little wild…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Winter Dreams 5

letting go and making marks without censoring…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Sunday rainbow

as I was working away in my upstairs art room I spied a beautiful rainbow just outside the window…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Winter Dreams right

back to my art journal… I doodled the words “Winter Dreams”…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Winter Dreams left

and using my Judikins “Klimt Sisters” (2677H) rubber stamp I stamped twice onto plain paper using two different sized round paper punches making circles to add to my pages…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Winter Dreams

lots of layers and doodling went into my crazy dream pages that I am linking to Art Journal Journey’s Winter Wonderland challenge…

“What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness.” -John Steinbeck

one kind word…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz one kind word pagesa photo we took of Sunlight Mountain near Glenwood Springs, Colorado several years ago was the inspiration for one of my journal pages…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz one kind word pages (1)hoarfrost had turned the mountainside into a winter wonderland (the owl is a free internet image … how I wish we’d seen that too)…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz one kind word pages (3)the 1900’s image of a girl all dressed up with her warm fur muff along with a Japanese Proverb spoke to me (the photo above was taken inside and you can see what a difference good lighting makes comparing it to the photo below taken “quickly” outdoors in natural light)…Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz one kind wordI fiddled with bits of torn tissue paper that I had stenciled with venetian plaster to add some final winter white touches…

Magpies Nest Patty Szymkowicz iphoneography collagesitting under a warm blanket I played with my iPhone using assorted apps and the girl from my collaged page (Diana, DistressedFX, PixlrExpress and Gloomlogue apps)…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Digital SnowflakeI am entering both my art journal pages and my digital collage in Art Journal Journey’s Winter Wonderland challenge…

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

Why so serious…Happy New Year!

Magpie's Nest T Cup Lady in progressmore fun with Art Journal Journey’s Collage/Journaling challenge (this really is my last entry for this month and year …Valerie and Susi inspired me to do one more and I thank them VERY much)…

Magpie's Nest T Cup Lady in progress (1)trying to loosen up with sketching but as you can see my lady has some relaxing to do…

Magpie's Nest T Cup Lady in progress (3)

in her defense she is trying to balance that cup and saucer on her head (those cats eye inks had all but disintegrated so I got busy trying to use what little color was left in them)…

Magpie's Nest T Cup Lady in progress (2)Shakti Parwha Kaur’s tips for living printed on the computer in my favorite font called My Underwood was my final inspiration…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Why So Serious art journal page

wishing everyone a Happy Healthy and Prosperous New Year ~♥~ may your days be filled with creativity kindness and Love

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Happy New Year 2016“And now we welcome the new year.  Full of things that have never been.” -Rainer Maria Rilke

order in chaos…

the turning of the wheel of time throws me off a bit around the holidays when emotions and memories seem even more intense than a regular day which is the perfect time to escape to my art cave and play play play…

Magpie's Nest Chaos background

I folded this classic image around the edge of my new large art journal page gluing scraps of paper for the collage background…

Magpie's Nest Gesso wash

a light wash of gesso adding heavy textured gesso for her hair making ridges with a plastic palette knife…

Magpie's Nest paints for chaos journal pagethe piece for her dress was from a scrap of vintage paper stenciled with thick gesso and glued in place

Magpie's Nest Pink Stencil Dressthe words came about by writing quickly on a piece of scrap paper and then deciding to cut and paste each word as I often do with computer generated text…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz order in chaos(the bit circled on the lower left was revealed when my pages stuck together overnight peeling away a top layer)…

this really is my last entry for Art Journal Journey’s Collage/Journaling challenge since the end of the month is upon us…

finding my way…

my art journal page began with the beautiful free image of the girl with antlers which is a gift when you sign up for Jeanne Oliver’s blog…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Deer Me supplies

I added the fleur de lis brad and rub on stars as extra decorations along with some other ingredients…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Jeanne Oliver image Finding my Way

one last page along with my other Collage/Journaling entries (#111, 157, 165 & 183) for Art Journal Journey

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Collage Sampler

you are the sky…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Gesso Journal filling fastcollage and quotes and paper and gesso and paint…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Everything Elseare just a few of my favorite things…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Just the Weather

postage stamps speak to me too…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz you are the sky journal pages

two more pages for the Art Journal Journey Collage/Journaling challenge this month (my other entries are #111, 157, 165)…

Be Brave …

my collage was created on the lid of a cigar box with a couple of images I have had printed and handy for some time…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Be Brave

I am joining in the Art Journal Journey Collage/Journaling challenge…

“You’ll never do a whole lot unless you’re brave enough to try.” -Dolly Parton

lemons to lemonade…

I know I am not alone in wondering where in the world the time goes…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Oct to Nov 2015last month after eating lots of take out on vacation we ended up with a boatload of Polystyrene (commonly known as Styrofoam)…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz styrofoam cutoutsdon’t get me started on how much I dislike that kind of eco UNfriendly packaging especially when there are sustainable alternatives available… FullSizeRender-37New York City has put a ban on single use Polystyrene which is a step in the right direction…

Magpie's Nest Naked Lunch biodegradable containerthe compostable container above is from our local MOM’s Organic Market… they just opened a vegetarian cafe called Naked Lunch which adjoins the grocery store…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Polystyrene stencilsanyway I decided to make lemonade out of those lemons/stack of Styrofoam pieces after seeing this video…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Sparkle Spray with hand cut stencilreading more about Polystyrene in this link  I almost don’t want to even touch the stuff AND it confirms my resolve of NEVER wanting to drink out of Styrofoam cups…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Stencil and color spraysafter all that I must confess I did have some fun with the pieces as they cut easily with a razor knife…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Stencil and color sprays (1) I played in a brand new large art journal

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz lots of stencil layersthese very colorful pages needed some toning down so I added another stencil layer on top using white gesso which helped a little…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz stencil layers with gesso on topI have no idea what I’ll do with these wild stenciled pages but for now I am having fun making backgrounds…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Gesso Saves the dayI have plans to play with my gelli plate and new stencils soon…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz autumn candlelightwishing you a happy November along with everyone over at Elizabeth’s Altered Book Lover on this T Stands for Tuesday

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz candlelight teaWhen life gives you lemons, make lemonade.” -Dale Carnegie

 

Build…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Wooden Church Sterling VAinspired by a sweet little country church that has been turned into a landscaping business…

church 2as a bigger and more modern church probably was built to take its place…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Trio of arches

the peeling white wood and arch windows are so pleasing to me reminding me of the little wooden church Mr Magpie and I were married in so many years ago…Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz art journal pagesI created two more pages in one of my art journals…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz ArchitectureSheila‘s fab theme of Architecture over at Art Journal Journey this month has had my wheels turning…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Build arch windowand I have been fiddling with cutting out magazine letters to create words lately…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz BUILD art journal pagesI had to laugh at myself as I spelled and spelled again focusing while sitting in front of the tv to be sure I spelled the words correctly as I glued each letter in place and that I did not breathe too heavily  which could have sent the letters flying…

Magpie's Nest Spooky Black n Whitesince I am still staying close to home with my banged up toe Mr Magpie has been snapping lots of photos for me and I play with some of them with my iPhone apps…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz iphoneography“October is the fallen leaf, but it is also a wider horizon more clearly seen. It is the distant hills once more in sight, and the enduring constellations above them once again.” ~Hal Borland