Category Archives: Paper

What if I fall?

the last book in our local Mixed Media Collaborative art group‘s round robin has come my way and it is a real beauty touching my magpie heart…

Susan's bookmy friend Susan chose “Grow Wings” as the theme for her gorgeous book …

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Grow Wings ideasI took my time gathering special bits of this and that trying out several layouts before actually gluing anything in place (I even hand dyed some vintage white flowers that in the end I did not use because they were too puffy)…

Magpie's Nest Waterhouse TAP transfer

a John William Waterhouse sketch looked nice transferred onto sheer vintage baby dress fabric and stitched onto the gold square background paper I selected (I used Lesley Riley’s TAP for both images in these pages)…

Magpie's Nest Pressed Thyme and Goldens Paint

before falling asleep one night I got the idea to use some of my favorite Goldens Gold Paint to “gild” some pressed thyme leaves…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz What if I falleven though it was a bit fiddly brushing on the paint and then adhering them to the pages using Soft Gel Medium I was really pleased with the way they look…

Magpie's Nest What if you fly leftsome vintage embroidered sheer blue and green trim worked nicely on the piece of handmade paper Susan had added in her book … I highlighted the centers of the flowers by adding some gold paint…

Magpie's Nest What if you fly Swanpieces of plastered German lace curtain added texture to my pages as well…

Magpie's Nest What if you flyI am also joining Conny’s Mix it Monthly August/September challenge of Mixed Media Flowers

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz FLY iphoneographyand lastly here is a bit of iphoneography using photos of my artwork and several iphone apps…

“What if I Fall? Oh, but my darling what if you fly?” -Eric Hanson

Time stood still…

some new to me gold square paper helped inspire these gesso journal pages for Art Journal Journey’s TIME challenge along with a scrap of a Gustav Klimt napkin (my other AJJ entries this month are #30 & # 57)…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Time is golden

assorted black rubons helped add the final touches…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Golden Time

time standing still is an interesting concept…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz when they were together

especially when most everyone you speak to says how quickly time seems to pass...

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Time Stood Still journal pages

“Slow down and enjoy life. It’s not only the scenery you miss by going too fast–you also miss the sense of where you are going and why.” -Eddie Cantor

Forever…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Forever in progressthe crowned skull image from a magazine along with one of Seth Apter’s new rubber stamps helped inspire these art journal pages for Art Journal Journey’s TIME challenge

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Forever journal pagesI added the wings and used bits of netting and paper scraps along with paint and gesso and a bit of pencil scribbling…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Forever journal pages (2)the unmounted thorn stamp was given to me many years ago…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Forever is a long time

“I always think everything is going to last forever, but nothing ever does. In fact nothing exists longer than an instant except the thing that we hold in memory”-Sam Savage

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 ~♥~

beautiful music…

two more art journal pages created in a small 1931 dictionary that I started playing with back in 2008 (I know that seems so long ago…soon it will be full)…Patty Szymkowicz Funk Wagnallsthis spread fits the AJJ “Masculine – Feminineand Mix it Monthly “the Facial Profile challenges…

Patty Szymkowicz Beautiful Music together pages

I played with a newspaper image of the couple adding gesso and paint 

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz beautiful music together

 creating a new painted shirt with forget-me-not torn tissue bits…

Patty Szymkowicz lavender on book Cohen quote

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 ocean’s tides

a page for my loose leaf art journal with a collaged and painted background…closeup tides

a piece of torn fusion paper brushed with gold paint made a nice backdrop for an image I had floating around…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz ocean's tides

joining Art Journal Journey for “The Sea” challenge (the computer generated quote I used is anonymous)

Run my dear…

another loose leaf art journal page for Art Journal Journey’s “favorite poems/quotes” challenge

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz precious budding wings

(rubber stamping… tissue paper… plaster… paint… book text and mystery girl with altered ‘arms’)  

“Run my dear, From anything that may not strengthen your precious budding wings.”  -Hafiz

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!)

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”

let go gracefully…

how pages come together is always a bit of a surprise for me since I hardly ever plan ahead when working in my art journals…

black n white supplies

often words or an image will spark my imagination and then the rest begins to unfold from ingredients I have on hand…

lovely lady crochet bit at the bottom

I have a little update on using the faux resin papers I shared with you recently (there is a ‘how to’ video link in that post)…

faux resin paperI think that using gel medium rather than glue stick might be a more secure way of attaching the papers unless you would like to stitch them which always adds lovely interest too…

postage stamp ID

does anyone know the nationality of this postage stamp?  the color and medieval look of it seemed perfect for my pages 

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz trust and let go gracefully

which fit the theme for Art Journal Journey’s BIRDS BEASTS & HUMANS  

the glint of the rising moon…

two posts in one day and three challenges in one post…

all I can say is it is nice and warm in my art cave cause baby it’s cold outside…

swan closeup

my initial inspiration was to use a beautiful swan postage stamp that I have had for some time (wish I could remember where I got it) and then one thing led to another with bits from my paper stash ..

faux resin paper

I recently tried this technique for making resin like paper  using thin book pages…an iron and beeswax…

papersit was easy and I was delighted to find that I could adhere torn pieces of waxed text with glue stick…

found poetry

some found poetry which was revealed after coats of gesso and paint had been added to the journal page also helped to inspire me…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz glint of the rising moon

this spread is for the Moo Mania CIRCLES challenge (the Seven Wonders lady on the right started out as a moo that grew a bit with the addition of papers)

crown headand my swan and lady also qualify for the AJJ BIRDS BEASTS & HUMANS challenge

possible cover for gesso journal

since it is about time to be thinking about a cover for my bulging gesso journal I am considering adding a metal ATC that I have been working on which fits in nicely with Conny’s Mix it Monthly PLAY WITH FABRIC challenge as it has plastered lace and ribbon trim