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crisp in the fall…

the music lady I put together awhile ago waited patiently in one of my art journals until I figured out what was next for her (she was from a catalog and I gave her the music dress)…

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I am joining Valerie’s Art Journal Journey INDIAN SUMMER-GOLDEN OCTOBER-AUTUMN challenge…

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purple paint and yellow glaze along with spiderweb washi tape helped bring my pages to life…magpies-nest-patty-szymkowicz-crisp-in-the-fall-left-page

the F. Scott Fitzgerald quote that I saw in a magazine appealed to me so I printed the words with our computer…magpies-nest-patty-szymkowicz-crisp-in-the-fall-journal-pages

the border on the bottom of the left page along with the leaves were cut from assorted junk mail…magpies-nest-patty-szymkowicz-crisp-in-the-fall-journal-pages-oct-2016

one of Seth Apter’s rubber stamps (on the right) along with some extra brushes of yellow glaze gave a nice finishing touch to my pages…

 

summer has flown…

the talented and prolific Valerie chose INDIAN SUMMER-GOLDEN OCTOBER-AUTUMN as October’s Art Journal Journey theme which sends my mind in lots of directions…magpies-nest-patty-szymkowicz-golden-redbud-leaves

just when I think summer might go on forever it turned cooler which is perfect for open windows and warmer clothes...magpies-nest-glow-of-october-rainy-day

we finally got some much needed rain too…magpies-nest-flown-rubber-stamps

soon I will give up running barefoot around the house and get out my cozy slippers…
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autumn makes me think of golden leaves andmagpies-nest-sunset-plane-heading-to-dullesgolden sunsets so I added lots of gold to my scraped paint pages which was tricky to capture in my photos…

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the WONDER page on the right began with an index card that I had made awhile ago…

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~* Happy October *~

“Autumn carries more gold in its pocket than all the other seasons.”~ Jim Bishop

teach…

an all time favorite Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young song TEACH YOUR CHILDREN  inspired this two page spread for Elizabeth’s BACK TO SCHOOL theme over at Art Journal Journey…magpies-nest-teach-inspiration

I challenged myself to use colors I don’t often use and found a napkin along with some of my mother’s old paints that helped move me in that direction…

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not totally comfortable with my color matching my favorite heavy gesso came to the rescue once again…magpiess-nest-distracted-by-dried-paintthen I got distracted for a bit by my paint tray noticing a small corner of paint sticking up… sure enough the layers of paint peeled out easily and yes I did save those bits for what I am not exactly sure🙂 …magpies-nest-patty-szymkowicz-rainy-day-fun

then it was back to trying to make my pages work on a lovely rainy day here in Virginia…

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it was fiddly fun cutting and pasting thin pieces of napkin to carry the design from one page to another (that napkin was too good to cover up completely)…magpies-nest-patty-szymkowicz-teach-right-page

it took me awhile to get some matching turquoise and greenish yellow for my painted pages…

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some Adirondack BOTTLE stamping ink applied with a wet wipe worked for one part since a lot of my Tim Holtz DISTRESS STAINS seem to have lost their color over time…magpies-nest-patty-szymkowicz-teach-art-journal-pages

a little more doodling with my gold paint pen and my pages are complete (tricky to photograph on a rainy day)…

You who are on the road
Must have a code that you can live by
And so become yourself
Because the past is just a good-bye.
Teach your children well,
Their father’s hell did slowly go by,
And feed them on your dreams
The one they picks, the one you’ll know by.
Don’t you ever ask them why, if they told you, you will cry,
So just look at them and sigh
And know they love you.
And you, of tender years,
Can’t know the fears that your elders grew by,
And so please help them with your youth,
They seek the truth before they can die.
Teach your parents well,
Their children’s hell will slowly go by,
And feed them on your dreams
The one they picks, the one you’ll know by.
Don’t you ever ask them why, if they told you, you will cry,
So just look at them and sigh and know they love you.
Songwriters: Graham Nash
Teach Your Children lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Spirit Music Group

forever…

joining in again for Elizabeth’s Art Journal Journey BACK TO SCHOOL challenge with a two page spread in an altered book of mine that surfaced in my recent clean up… magpies-nest-lucilles-memory-book

 Lucille Borschke’s school memory book was given to me by a friend that found it in a thrift shop… 

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she thought I could make use of the vintage photos and bits of this and that in it… 
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seems Lucille was a local girl that attended Notre Dame Academy in Washington, D. C. back in the late 1920’s and her favorite subjects were History, Religion, English and French…

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one of the group photos along with an old dictionary page were what got me started and a couple of rubber stamps came in handy too (FOREVER stamp not shown in photo)…magpies-nest-stamps

the ridged paper on the right is from light bulb packaging (I noticed when my pages were finished how nicely it worked with the background in the photograph) and the postage stamps were from a letter front included in Lucille’s memory book…
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with my father being in the military we moved quite a bit when I was a young girl at all times of the year which made being the “new” girl in class an added adventure… I was quite chatty and made friends easily… I am grateful for memories of a sweet and colorful childhood…

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

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

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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…

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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

wonder…

things are still topsy turvy here in exciting ways…

Magpie's Nest back porch windows waiting

with our back porch enclosure coming along nicely…

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but of course everything takes time…

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I did get in my art room to play and created an art journal page using some of the ingredients above…Magpie's Nest collage background

bits of torn napkin and plastered book text along with scraps of paper (matte medium works beautifully under and on top of the thin napkin paper to help it melt into the page)… Magpie's Nest Wonder collage background pg right

part of a Misty Mawn collage sheet that I highlighted with pencil and added the he♥rt in the hand to pulled together with some super heavy white gesso and some rubons and doodling to finish…

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it will be fun to visit Art Journal Journey and see all of the wonderful entries already for Gill aka Gibby Frogett’s lovely August theme of NATURE’S WONDERS

“The more clearly we can focus our attention on the wonders and realities of the universe about us, the less taste we shall have for destruction”.  Rachel Carson

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

joy in the garden…

joining Yvonne’s lovely IN MY GARDEN there is challenge over at Art Journal Journey…Magpie's Nest TAP Transfer of Carcassonne CastleI created these pages earlier in the month before the tragedies of Nice and Rouen…

Magpie's Nest Beeswax flowersusing  bits of Misty Mawn collage strip… beeswax dipped book text flowers… stamped strips of paper… TAP transfer of Carcassonne castle on canvas paper… paint and rubber stamping with computer generated words…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Joie Dans le Jardin“We need Joy as we need air.
We need Love as we need water.
We need each other as we need the earth we share.” -Maya Angelou

fireflies on a summer night…

lightening bugs… glow worms… whatever you call them if you’ve seen them on a warm summer’s night blinking in the darkness you know they are full of magic…Magpie's Nest Firefly supplies

I have several lasting memories of lightening bugs (none of them involve pulling off their lights to make jewelry as a kid!) and when I read a recent article about their decline I was inspired to make a page…

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shhh don’t tell the precious bees that I used them as a “model” in my collage…Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Fireflies

another page for Yvonne’s IN MY GARDEN there is challenge for Art Journal Journey (as an aside I could not believe how long this simple page took me) …

“Ask me about my childhood, and I will tell you to walk to the edge of the woods with a choir of crickets chirping from every direction, a hot, humid breeze brushing through your hair, your feet, bare and callused. Stand there, unmoving, and watch the dance of ten thousand fireflies blinking on and off in the darkness. Inhale the scent of cured tobacco, freshly plowed southern soil, burning leaves, and honeysuckle. Swallow the taste of blackberries, picked straight from the bushes, and lick your teeth, the after-taste still sweet in your mouth. Now, stretch out on the ground and relax all your muscles. Watch nature’s festival of flickering lights.” -Brenda Sutton Rose

 

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

Saint-Émilion

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Saint Emilion cobblestonesSaint-Émilion is a village in the Bordeaux wine region of France (a UNESCO World Heritage Site)…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Saint Emilion Arch their history goes back to prehistoric times…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Saint Emilion garden and wisteriathere were wonderful photo opportunities at every turn…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz welcome to Saint EmilionI could snap photos of windows… doors and arches all day long…

Magpie's Nest Saint Emilion Church yardthe Gothic Collegiate Church Cloister built between the 13th and 14th centuries contrasted beautifully with a more modern art installation there…Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Art installation Collegiate Cloisterwish we knew more about that…Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz speak english with french accentthis sign made us giggle with its great sense of humor (many Europeans speak two and three languages at least)…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Saint Emilion up highI created another spread in my French Travel Journal printing some of my artwork onto a used and flattened teabag (more about the process here)…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz St Emilion beginning pgsusing one of my hand carved stamps on tissue paper and my arch photograph on the left hand page…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Saint Emilion Bordeaux Francethe peeled wisteria napkin pieces attached with glue stick were the final touches for my spread …

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz abandoned convent grapevinesthis is my tenth entry for AJJ’s JOURNEYS challenge… 

Magpie's Nest St Emilion hillside~♥~ thank you for your visit ~♥~

Le Château de Chenonceau

 after a picnic of crusty bread and delicious Morbier cheese we strolled through the cutting gardens leading up to  Chenonceau castle

Magpie's Nest Tulip time at Chenonceau Castle there were lots of tulips for the stunning arrangements we would discover a little later inside the castle…

Magpie's Nest Traveling Tea Cup in the gardenI was so excited about this visit we only managed to pose the traveling tea cup in one spot in the garden and then back in the box she went…

Magpie's Nest Cutting Garden Traveling T CupMr Magpie had the big camera and I was mostly using my phone camera…

Magpie's Nest Le Chateau de Chenonceauthis fairytale Loire Valley castle was built on the site of an old mill on the River Cher with its first mention in writing in the 11th century….

Magpie's Nest Chenonceau keep and doorit is sometimes called “Château des Dames/the ladies chateau”…Magpie's Nest Chenonceau Castlethroughout its history there were numerous women who influenced its destiny and design…

Magpie's Nest Chenonceau flower arrangementsthe sumptuous  fresh flowers arranged so artfully in the well furnished Renaissance rooms took my breath away…Magpie's Nest Chenonceau flower reflectionsthere is a team of florists that renews the flower arrangements twice weekly… 

Magpie's Nest Chenonceau collagethey looked especially splendid in front of the 16th and 17th century tapestries and other art masterpieces…

Magpie's Nest The Cher Riveradding water elements to the arrangements was brilliant and fitting…Magpie's Nest Chateau lightif I lived nearby I would get a chateau season’s pass so I could visit often…

Magpie's Nest Chenonceaux village windowsthe village of Chenonceaux spelled with an “X” was really charming too…

Magpie's Nest Village of Chenonceau we could not help but snap a photo of this gentleman on his bike with a baguette maybe heading home for lunch…

Magpie's Nest Chenonceaux and Chenonceau CastleI am also sharing a spread in my French journal for Art Journal Journey’s JOURNEYS theme this month…

Magpie's Nest Chenonceau Chateauxhere’s wishing you a Happy T Day along with everyone over at Elizabeth’s Altered Book Lover

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Journey to Chateau Chenonceaumerci pour votre visite!

the work of our hearts…

another spread in an altered book for the Art Journal Journey February challenge “If Music Be the Food of Love“

Magpie's Nest beginning pagestorn pieces of a vintage 1911 invoice (I used the original instead of a copy like I might have done in the past) … German book text… and a digital collage on the right of L♥ve stitcheries and assorted buttons…

Magpie's Nest TAP transfer onto book paperthe birds are from my photograph made into a TAP transfer and ironed onto book text

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Hands to Heart CreateHazel’s challenge for AJJ this month is an inspiring one…

Michael Bridge heart and hands quote