Category Archives: pressed flowers

nature’s wonders

NATURE’S WONDERS is Gill’s theme for Art Journal Journey this month…Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Passion Flower

oh how I enjoy nature and always have growing up in a household with parents that honored and preserved nature as much as possible…Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz lotus collagemy father was known to have annual feuds with sparrows that were relentless in their attempts to build nests in his Purple Martin houses… he cared alot about the Purple Martins who were great at eating mosquitoes returning faithfully to the garden each year…

Magpie's Nest Red Rosin Monoprint Journal Cover

 I created two more pages in my red rosin monoprinted journal

Magpie's Nest BLOOM supplies Lynne Perrella

PaperArtsy’s lovely Lynne Perrella stamps were fun to play with adding another favorite Tin Can Mail butterfly wing stamp for the background..

Magpie's Nest Bloom right page

it was a bit of a challenge to incorporate one of my 5 x 5 collages onto my already monoprinted pages trying to match the paints I used earlier…Magpie's Nest Bloom left

the final touch was adding some pressed flowers using matte medium under and over them on the pages with a couple of rubons too…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz BLOOM red rosin pages

I like how the words I used in all of the spreads flow like a bit of found “poetry”… they evolved after working randomly with no  theme for my journal (all it needs now is binding and a cover):

Keep moving forward… 

Happiness… 

Keep close to nature’s heart… 

Pull Love closely around you and snuggle into its bliss… 

What we think we become… 

Wonder… 

The present moment is a powerful goddess… 

Bloom

 -Patty Szymkowicz

fresh as a daisy…

using a copy of my earlier artwork I got busy on two more journal pages for Yvonne’s IN MY GARDEN there is challenge over at Art Journal Journey…

Magpiels fresh as a daisy starter

still playing with daisies and my favorite color blue…

Magpie's Nest Fresh as a daisy gesso

feeling the sizing wasn’t quite right on the first lady … a different lady spoke to me...

Magpie's Nest daisy right

I like the way she melted into the painted page framed a bit with pressed flower fusion paper at the top and plaster stenciled book text at the bottom…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Fresh as a Daisy

“A garden is a delight to the eye and a solace for the soul.” Sadi

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

Frieden im Garten…

Frieden im Garten/Peace in the Garden and everywhere is something we can all use more of…Magpie's Nest Frieden buttercup page

two more collaged and painted pages for Yvonne’s IN MY GARDEN there is challenge at Art Journal Journey… 

Magpie's Nest winged girl in the garden

some pressed buttercups added a pop of color…Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Frieden im Garten

continued prayers for PE♥CE and healing around the globe and especially for France…

“He who sits in the house of grief will eventually sit in the garden” ~ Hafiz

Second on the 2nd for September 2015

back in my early blogging days I participated in lots of online challenges (some of them no longer running) and because of that I got to ‘meet’ so many talented artists from around the globe…
nowadays I participate in far fewer challenges because I feel badly if I cannot visit all of the participants …

for Elizabeth’s Second look on the 2nd challenge this month I am taking you back to September of 2008 (I see I liked using pressed flowers in my artwork even back then)…  feel free to join in at the link above…  all are welcome…

Dans ma maison il y a…. du vintage

I did a spread in my house shaped altered book for the Vintage theme this week at Dans ma maison il y a…..

Magpie's Nest TIMELESS DansMaMaison 2008 challenge (1)

It all began with the image of the little girl and her doll along with the “Once Upon a Time” scrapbook paper for the background.  The little girls ‘wings’ are pressed Dusty Miller leaves.  The black accents are from a Martha Stewart sticker pack.

Magpie's Nest TIMELESS DansMaMaison 2008 challenge

tell me everything…

being in a house with all males for years (Mr Magpie and three sons) I have had to learn how to get them talking… not sure if this is a female or male thing exactly…

Patty & Jim Turks & Caicosall I know is when the boys would come home from school if I asked them “how was your day?” I would most likely get a one word answer… so I came up with questions like “what was the funniest thing that happened today?” and it was amazing sometimes what all was revealed…

Patty Szymkowicz Tell Me Everything

the found poetry on my gesso journal page along with one of my moo cards brought that all to mind…

Patty Szymkowicz Tell Me Everything journal pages

two more pages for AJJ’s “Masculine/Feminine” and Mix-it-Monthly’s “The Facial Profile”

Patty Szymkowicz Tell Me

and I am joining in with Moo Mania and More for their “Numbers” challenge...

full of grace …

this month’s rotation of our local Mixed Media Collaborative altered book round robin brought me my friend Linda Yeatman’s “Women” themed book…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Linda Y's altered book

I glued together some of the pages and tore a hole in the center ones… 

Patty Szymkowicz Blank Pages

the book stayed like that for some time while Mao Zedong’s  “Women hold up half the sky” quote kept swirling in my head…

Patty Szymkowicz Full of Grace beginning pgs

 once I got busy everything began to flow…

Patty Szymkowicz Webster's Dictionary

I created some pressed flower fusion paper using part of a “W” page from a big old dictionary that someone had unsuccessfully tried to hold together with duct tape for the background …Patty Szymkowicz Flower Fusion paper dictionary pg

a Leonardo da Vinci drawing of the head of a woman in profile seemed just right behind the peekaboo netting window I created…

Patty Szymkowicz pgs 1&2 close ups

here is part of the view when you turn the window page to reveal pages 3 & 4 of my spread below…

Patty Szymkowicz pgs 3&4 close ups

it was such fun finding bits of this and that to build onto my collage paper backgrounds where I used napkin, stamped tissue paper, pattern tissue, pressed flower fusion paper, plastered vintage book text, paper doily, netting, assorted lace and other embellishments including computer generated text along with touches of white gesso…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Full of Grace pgs 1&2

I am joining in with Art Journal Journey’s “Masculine-Feminine” challenge this month…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Final Pages 3&4

 and Mix it Monthly’s  “The Facial Profile” challenge

the sea maid’s music …

at the beginning of May I finished pages for a friend’s mermaid book for our local Mixed Media Collaborative round robin and I thought I would finally share those pages with you…

Magpie's Nest mermaid background progression

and join in Art Journal Journey’s May “The Sea” challenge

Magpie's Nest Pearlescent Acrylics

I had some paper towel fusion paper that I had made on hand which took some extra touches of acrylic paint nicely to help complete the backgrounds (I especially like how the paper melts onto surfaces letting text and such show through)…

Magpie's Nest Sea Fan Rubber Stamp

a Fred B. Mullett sea fan rubber stamp helped add some interest to my pages…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz 4 pages

bits of torn napkin and fish and shell cutouts were fiddly but fun to work with along with the addition of some pressed flowers…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Pgs 1 & 2

what does not come across here is that I worked on four pages (if you click on the image above you can see that I glued two book pages together and tore them above the middle of the page)

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Final Pages

and when you turned the second and third pages my altered magazine mermaid was revealed as a bit of a surprise…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Page 4

I was lucky that the placement of the Shakespeare quote worked out because I really had not planned ahead for these pages…

“…the rude sea grew civil at her song, And certain stars shot madly from their spheres, To hear the sea-maid’s music.” -William Shakespeare … Oberon from A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Act II, Scene 1)

~♥~ my heartfelt thanks to everyone on your kind words about my friend Lennie’s passing oxo

step into the Light…

Magpie's Nest step into the Light (1)a couple more pages for Art Journal Journey’s “Living Beings September Challenge and because I used tea cups (torn from a peeled napkin) I am also including my pages for T over at Elizabeth and Bleubeard’s

Magpie's Nest step into the Light (2)

the lady I chose looks a bit tied up because she had on a wimple head covering originally so I cut her head covering away leaving her chin a bit short which is when I decided to use some silk ribbon that I hand dyed…

Magpie's Nest step into the Light (3)

some of the other ingredients I used were scraps of old book page stenciled with plaster (I so enjoy gluing bits of old paper onto old book pages as the papers seem to melt together so beautifully)…pressed flowers between tissue paper… computer generated words and a bit of rubber stamping with a speckled stamp that no longer had any identifying marks on it…

Magpie's Nest step into the Light

thank you for stopping by … I really appreciate your visit …

“At the heart of your being lies the answer.  You know who you are and what you want.” -Lao Tzu

 

Art Helps Me Breathe …

another loose leaf journal page for the Art Journal Journey Frida challenge

Magpie's Nest some supplies

I think Frida might have liked one of my favorite rubber stampsArt Helps Me Breathe” ( black embossing powder is missing from my supplies photo above)…

Magpie's Nest Frida Art Helps Me Breathe (2)

I sanded an extra image I also used here that was printed out a little smaller adding some light pencil lines and shading (pressed rose petals adorn her head)…

Magpie's Nest Frida Art Helps Me Breathe (1)

the heat embossed heart with flames was fun and something I haven’t done in a long while…

Magpie's Nest Frida Art Helps Me Breathe

Rosemary for Remembrance…

on this last day of the Art Journal Journey “Flower Power” challenge I have two more pages that I did in one of my little magazine and gesso art journals (more about that here … the photo below shows how the pages looked before I collaged on them and the photo on the right shows pages I made for the AJJ June challenge)…

Magpie's Nest Gesso Magazine book pages

a random torn page from a plant catalog and the veiled lady from a catalog sparked this remembrance spread…

Magpie's Nest Rosemary for Remembrance

 some pressed Nigella (also known as Love in a mist or Devil in a bush) from my garden helped complete my pages…the halo behind the lady’s head was a silk flower petal I found on the ground…

Magpie's Nest Rosemary for Remembrance (2)

the flowers on the right page are one of my favorite blue summer wildflowers … Chicory (which does not like being pressed or cut for bouquets I found…it also closes in the afternoon sun)…

Patty Szymkowicz AJJ July 2014

here is a sample of my AJJ entries for July … flowers are something I always enjoy and they do enter into my artwork quite a bit … 

…the faintest scent of a cactus flower

these pages in my gesso art journal were inspired by part of a Jerry Spinelli  quote…

Magpie's Nest Cactus Flower Art Journal Pages

then a copy of one of my collages from some years ago popped up to use as a focal point…

Magpie's Nest Cactus Flower Art Journal Pages (1)

with the chance to use more of my pressed flowers as embellishment pretending they are ‘cactus blooms’ with the Art Journal Journey “Flower Power” challenge in mind…

Magpie's Nest Cactus Flower Art Journal Pages (2)

“She was elusive. She was today. She was tomorrow. She was the faintest scent of a cactus flower, the flitting shadow of an elf owl. We did not know what to make of her. In our minds we tried to pin her to a cork board like a butterfly, but the pin merely went through and away she flew.” ―Jerry Spinelli, Stargirl

every flower that blooms…

another spread in my art journal for AJJ’s “Flower Power” challenge this month…

Magpie's Nest Every Flower... (2)

I mixed photography with real pressed flowers (Nigella/Love in a Mist above and the daisy like flowers along the bottom are Fleabane which grow wild here in Virginia) …paint…gesso…washi tape…rubons and pencil scribbles…

Magpie's Nest Every Flower... (1)

this mystery lady’s dress (she popped up in an everyday dress on my work table) is made with two different photos of a blue Stokes Aster…the yellow buttercup is part of a sticker and her Larkspur hat is also a pressed flower from our garden…

Every flower...some supplies

always happy to use some of my washi tape collection…the stamped “grass” at the bottom was paper that I cleaned my gesso and paint brushes on…a small tube of green goauche exploded awhile ago so there was lots of that BRIGHT green paint too good to waste…

Magpie's Nest Every Flower...

~♥ flower… Blume… kwiat… fleur… blomst… fiore… flor… bloem… kukka… blomma… blàth ♥~

my other entries this month here and here