Category Archives: Postage Stamps

discover…

nature is full of things to discover and enjoy on a daily basis…

Magpie's Nest Discover

I had more fun with bits of napkin… plastered book text…Magpie's Nest Flowers

bird and flower catalog images along with a few more Tim Holtz rubons and some doodling…Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz discover art journal pages

joining Gill’s NATURE’S WONDERS theme for Art Journal Journey this month…Magpie's Nest Eastern Black Swallowtail

“There is enchantment right in front of you, waiting for you to notice.”  –Janet Luhrs

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…
Magpie's Nest remembering
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

 

all roads lead home…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Plaster Journala TAP swan transfer that I ironed directly onto a book page was the inspiration for my latest journal spread…Magpie's Nest home beginning pgsalong with a bit of local Virginia map and stamping on peeled tissue paper with heavy gesso highlights…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz postcard ladya favorite lady from my vintage postcard collection also made the page…

Magpie's Nest TAP transfer map nestsome shredded map paper sticking off the page made a nest for my swan…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz all roads lead homeI am joining the fun MAPS challenge over at Art Journal Journey

“As you walk and eat and travel, be where you are. Otherwise you will miss most of your life.” -Gautama Buddha

Arles…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Arles impressionsArles is rich in history that goes back thousands of years…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Arles ruinswith the houses mingled in with the Roman ruins…

Patty Szymkowicz Bleu Blanc et Rouge in Arles France on our walking tour I got distracted by some clothes hanging on the line which I thought was a perfect salute to France’s bleu… blanc et rouge flag…

Magpie's Nest Arles France 1944 text book pagethe well preserved Amphitheaters are ancient…Magpie's Nest Arles Van Goghwe got to walk in the footsteps of one of Arles favorite sons…

Magpie's Nest Van Gogh garden inspirationinspired by the setting and light Van Gogh produced nearly 300 paintings and drawings in the 15 months he lived in Arles (he spent some of that time with another favorite son Paul Gauguin)…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Arles Doors Windowsthis UNESCO world heritage site had so much to offer…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Arles street art samplerin the short time we visited we saw some interesting street art too…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Arles Francewhich inspired two more pages using several of my photos cut and collaged for AJJ’s JOURNEYS theme (I wanted to give better credit to the artist but I could not read the name or find a link even after a good bit of searching)...

 

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)…

dawn was breaking…

a couple more pages in one of my gesso journals for Art Journal Journey’s THROUGH MY WINDOW challenge…

Magpie's Nest Dawn Breaking supplies

the found poetry on the left and the veiled bust of the lady on the right hand page had been patiently waiting for attention…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Dawn was breaking art journal pages (1)

the PSX (K-3565) collage rubber stamp that I stamped on white tissue paper led me to searching through my postage stamp collection and the first stamp I found was the 1956 U.S. Children’s Stamp about “Friendship – The Key To World Peace“…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Dawn was breaking art journal pages (2)

the masking tape like border at the bottom was torn from a lint roller and too good to throw away (I was raised in a waste not want not household and still practice that!) so I stamped lightly with a Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Collection border stamp and embellished it with a bit of gold paint…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Dawn was breaking art journal pages

“A dreamer is one who can only find his way by moonlight, and his punishment is that he sees the dawn before the rest of the world.”  -Oscar Wilde

queen bee…

two more pages in one of my gesso journals…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Happy Days 2

using paper doily touched with layers of aqua and bronze paint and white gesso (the bumblebee was a metal pin)…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Happy Days 3

I painted some white fabric leaf trim and glued it in place with gel medium which is my favorite adhesive aside from good old glue stick… 

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Happy Days 4

the image of the bohemian looking lady was from a magazine and I am joining Mix-it-Monthly’s continuing theme of Facial Profile Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Happy Days

my pages also qualify for Art Journal Journey’s Post & Postage challenge…

Polska

taking a break from organizing gave me a chance to create these two art journal pages for Art Journal Journey’s Post & Postage challenge which began with the image of the owl and a young girl from a page of green and brown images (wish I could give credit but they were already printed out with no identification)…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Polska Owl Pages (1)

after that bits of plastered vintage book pages and the green dry cleaning numbers found their way onto the left page…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Polska Owl Pages (2)

washi tape…a newspaper sketch of chives… torn scraps of various papers and a bit of sari ribbon with some fabric daisy trim where I painted the centers…

Magpie's Nest Polska Owl Girl

I had several postage stamps in mind but when I saw the colors in the lovely Polish stamp I knew it was the one…

Magpie's Nest Wren

because of a wren nesting in the corner of our back porch I was not able to photograph my pages in my favorite spot with great light…

Magpie's Nest singing wren through lace curtainthere is a lot of tweeting and activity going on with those precious birdies … I snapped the photo above from my computer chair looking through our net and lace curtain …

He wrote me a letter…

it is fun when the right ingredient presents itself and that is what happened on the left side of my gesso journal with the piece of plastered fancy netting that I just happened to have on my work table

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz He Wrote Me a Letter journal pages (1)

I also got to use some torn map which is always a favorite ingredient of mine (no more map collecting for me now … how many maps can one person have!)…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz He Wrote Me a Letter journal pages (2)

in all my clearing and cleaning out I have been able to pull my postage stamp collection together and just in time for this month’s Art Journal Journey Post & Postage challenge….

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz He Wrote Me a Letter journal pages (3)

for the right hand page of this spread I used a copy of one of the love letters I shared with you here last year along with a magazine image of muscari/grape hyacinth in a clay pot 

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz He Wrote Me a Letter journal pages

 one of a set of four cancellation rubber stamps by Inkadinkado was the final touch…

Magpie's Nest garden squirrel CREATE

speaking of rubber stamps I weakened a bit in the midst of my clearing out and placed an order for a handful of Seth Apter’s wonderful new Impression Obsession, Inc. rubber stamps … if you haven’t seen them already there is a nice sampler and link that can be found on his “The Altered Page” blog here … 

Magpie's Nest Angel Food Real Whipped Cream and BerriesMagpie's Nest Angel Food Real Whipped Cream and Berries

thank you for all the kind wishes for our son’s birthday … to answer the questions about his cake: it was  a Trader Joe’s angel food that I sliced and layered with homemade whipped cream (YUM!!!) and fresh berries … now he is off camping by the Atlantic Ocean for a week ~♥~

Christmas in July and Celebration T…

this month’s turn of our local altered book round robin gave me a chance to get in the Christmas spirit thanks to my friend Fran’s Christmas themed tip in (more about tip ins here)…

Magpie's Nest Tip in backgrounds

I began by collaging various shades of white paper and old plastered book text onto the front and back of a sturdy piece of watercolor paper (6.50 x 9.75″)…

Magpie's Nest glitter highlights

it was also a chance to get out the glitter to highlight the snow and icicles on a reused greeting card…

Magpie's Nest glitter highlights

some peel and stick plastic icicles worked out nicely over and under the window…

Magpie's Nest Stille Nacht

with the first side complete I got busy on the reverse side where I also used part of an old greeting card adding trims and computer generated words…

Magpie's Nest Peace on Earth stamp closeup

the postage stamp from my collection fits in with Art Journal Journey’s July “Post & Postage” challenge

Magpie's Nest Peace on Earthin preparation for our son’s visit home we have been sorting and clearing like crazy which is long overdue here and it was fun how many Christmas bits of this and that appeared so I put them in a basket with Fran’s tip in in mind (and let’s face it in the big scheme of things Christmas will be here again before we know it) …

Happy  birthday boy

it is our son’s first time back  home for a visit since he moved to Colorado three years ago AND it was his 27th birthday so we had some celebrating to do…

Magpie's Nest Angel Food Real Whipped Cream and Berries

hope your month is full of fun things to celebrate too ~♥~ I am joining in with Elizabeth’s Altered Book Lover here as well for T Stands for Tuesday

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

we all have secrets…

 the Art Journal Journey October “Deep in the Forest” theme inspired another two page spread in my handmade gesso journal…

Magpie's Nest Gesso Magazine page art journal

last month I was chosen the lucky random winner of The Craft Barn’s Quote & Lyric challenge and received a generous prize of £20 so I decided to use that on two of the lovely and talented Gio’s stencils/masks which I had been admiring (half of the gift went toward the postage with such speedy delivery!)…

Gio's masks

 using part of Gio’s “Eighties” stencil as a sort of yellow brick road for my painted forest scene…

Magpie's Nest Secrets in the Forest (2)

a new to me postage stamp that really caught my eye found it’s way onto the pages (thanks to a sweet note in the mail from precious friends…I enjoy postage stamps very much and notes too of course)…

Magpie's Nest Secrets in the Forest (1)

Golden Iridescent Gold Acrylic is yummy to work with…

Magpie's Nest some art supplies

playing with paint and pencil to alter an image of a fashion model was lots of fun too…

Magpie's Nest Secrets in the Forest

“And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places.”  ~Roald Dahl