Category Archives: Paper

…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

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…

Magpie's Nest T Journal 1&2

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…

Magpie's Nest T Journal 7 & 8

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…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz tea journal cover

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…

Magpie's Nest Nigella

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

Art Journal Journey May Wrap up plus one more…

the creativity for Erika’s JOURNEYS theme last month was great (you can see everyone’s work in the gallery here)…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz French Travel Journal May PagesI got a nice bit of work done in my French Travel Journal above…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Journey like a Dream along with a piece in my “Life is but a dream” journal…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz CJS AT JourneyI also created a digital collage honoring our son’s Appalachian Trail journey… 

1 Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz HOPE supplies while clearing out a bit this morning I came across some scraps of fabric fusion paper … a blue paper dinner napkin from our travels that I had only used the corner of and didn’t want to waste along with a couple of free images from the internet and a quote which inspired me to make two last pages for Art Journal Journey’s May theme of JOURNEYS

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz HopeHOPE can be an important part of every journey don’t you think…

the desire to create …

the February Art Journal Journey challenge is “If Music Be the Food of Love“ which can include things like music …

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz strips of paper collage backgroundfood or anything you love…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz button heartmy art journal pages are full of things I Love like paper and gesso and buttons (even button papers) and words…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz the desire to createcreating is something that brings me endless joy…

“The desire to create is one of the deepest yearnings of the human soul. No matter our talents, education, backgrounds, or abilities, we each have an inherent wish to create something that did not exist before. Creation brings satisfaction and fulfillment.” -Dieter F. Uchtdorf

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”… 

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thank you for your visit…

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

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…

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

morning rays of sun…

gesso and painted pages in one of my gesso journals with bits of torn book page, map, tissue paper and plaster paper scraps…Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz beginning collage pages

the village on the right was something I had stamped onto tissue paper and found on my work table (I have a lot of treasures/piles in my work space…I find it helps me to be spontaneous when I am creating using what is close at hand)…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz gesso layer

some super heavy gesso helped tie the bits of paper together…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz paint and finishing touches

then I added some paint and color wash (I wish that 7 gypsies product was still available)…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Rays of sun left side

looking at my pages I came up with some words and resisted the temptation to add a person as I am often drawn to do…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz through her window

making marks with a soft pencil is always a fun finish and adds a bit of patina…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz rays of sun left

this is my fourth entry for the Art Journal Journey THROUGH MY WINDOW/DURCH MEIN FENSTER challenge…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Morning rays of sun journal pages

“Throw open your window and let the scenery of clouds and sky enter your room!” -Yosa Buson

Time is the longest distance…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz TIMEa spread in another one of my gesso journals for Art Journal Journey’s TIME theme

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz pen closeupI have more ideas but I am running out of time…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz left page

this beautiful Dutch girl came to me while I was poking around in one of my image files so I created a TAP transfer on a little child’s dress adding some white highlights with a favorite SIGNO pen …

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz baby dressmy other inspiration was the Tennessee Williams time quote…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz right pagethe dotted scrap book paper spoke to me along with bits of fabric trim and cheesecloth…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz TIME Art Journal Pages