Category Archives: Rubber Stamping

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…

Magpie's Nest bee rubber stamps

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

 

winter white…

the recent blizzard had me in such a state of excitement I could not focus on much other than snow… taking photos… cooking… baking… admiring nature… watching the birds and snow…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Felting ingredients

I did sit down at my felting machine and played with assorted fabrics and fiber scraps along with some used tea bag papers…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz machine felting TAP transferthe step by step photos were taken at night with just the light in my sewing nook so they appear a bit darker than real life…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz TAP Transferthe first piece has a TAP image of a young girl hand stitched as the focal point embellished with flowers from a vintage hat and some extra lace and trims (I felt kind of brave cutting into my old doll’s wedding dress with its soft satin underlining…the doll is long gone)…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Machine felted dress formusing the felting machine is really fun and very freeing with no bobbin or thread to worry about…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz White Buttons

I picked through some of my white button collection and decided on a couple of buttons to add to my second felted piece…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Stamped Dress Formwhich includes the dress form rubber stamped onto a piece of tea dyed cotton…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Winter White

I am joining Art Journal Journey with the digital piece above for their Winter Wonderland challenge and Moo Mania & More “Use Your Scraps” challenge too…

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”… 

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz dreams fall

thank you for your visit…

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

Winter is the slow down…

a digital image I created layering my artwork and photography was the starting point for pages in one of my homemade art journalsMagpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Winter Goes Gray

mixing paints and gesso for the background and using the star shaped stamp on scrap paper to add texture and interest…

Magpie's Nest Paint and Star Pattern

the computer generated Terri Guillemets quote flowed onto the pages (actually it is quite fiddly to cut and glue the words down and that is why I went with phrases this time)…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Winter is the slow down

there are still a lot of gessoed pages waiting for attention… the other completed spreads can be seen here and here

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Winter Is

joining Art Journal Journey again for Chrissie’s Winter Wonderland challenge…

 

Winter Dreams…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Winter Dreams 1 time for something different…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Winter Dreams 2

inspired by Diana Trout’s video here

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Winter Dreams 3

I could not resist the chance to play and go a little wild…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Winter Dreams 5

letting go and making marks without censoring…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Sunday rainbow

as I was working away in my upstairs art room I spied a beautiful rainbow just outside the window…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Winter Dreams right

back to my art journal… I doodled the words “Winter Dreams”…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Winter Dreams left

and using my Judikins “Klimt Sisters” (2677H) rubber stamp I stamped twice onto plain paper using two different sized round paper punches making circles to add to my pages…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Winter Dreams

lots of layers and doodling went into my crazy dream pages that I am linking to Art Journal Journey’s Winter Wonderland challenge…

“What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness.” -John Steinbeck

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

walk into your dreams…

Magpie's Nest into your dreams in process

lightly gessoed book pages sanding a bit around the image and  adding heavy gel medium too (oops rereading what I wrote here and instead of heavy gel medium that should say SUPER HEAVY GESSO)…

Magpie's Nest Goldens Paints

finger painting with Quinacridone Gold and water with touches of Payne’s Grey and Titan Buff to mimic the coloring in my photograph

Magpie's Nest into your dreams process 2

this quote along with the photograph inspired my pages (I do most of my printing on the back of previously used paper)…

Magpie's Nest into your dreams picking a quote

I really like how the paints interact with the gesso (I clapped the wet gessoed pages together and when they pulled apart it created nice texture)…

Magpie's Nest into your dreams texture

I had another chance to use Seth Apter’s new stamps for the perfect finishing touch for my pages…

Magpie's Nest Seth Apter Rubber Stamps

his new Impression Obsession stamp line is featured as the New Product Editor’s Pick in the upcoming Nov/Dec issue of Somerset Studio (I chose unmounted and like them alot)…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Into Your Dreams journal pages

I am joining Art Journal Journey again for this month’s ARCHITECTURE challenge

Magpie's Nest Manor Pk Police Tower Wash DC

Mr Magpie took a couple of photos during his work day in Washington, DC recently (he was working underneath the Channel 50 Cspan tower)…

Magpie's Nest Washington Gagged by Aniekan

he knows how much I enjoy street art and interesting architecture…

build your dreams…

happy to be joining the Art Journal Journey ARCHITECTURE challenge this month after being away for a few weeks…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Homemade Journal pgs

I worked in a handmade journal that I stitched together and painted a while ago (each page measures 7.5 x 11 inches)…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz pgs in progress

my inspiration came from our recent visit to Ocracoke Island on the Outer Banks of North Carolina using bits of this and that were on my work table (there was even a scrap of map with the Pamlico Sound on it)…
Magpie's Nest Ocracoke Lighthouse page left

the lighthouse drawing I used is from a photo of a display on the lighthouse grounds...

Magpie's Nest build your dreams catch the local waves

we have been visiting The Outer Banks for many many years and we continue to be drawn to the Ocracoke Lighthouse…

Magpie's Nest Ocracoke Lighthouse reflected in a rain puddle

happy to report that the island still has maintained its quiet and beautiful charm (we do prefer visiting off season) with a full time population of under 1,000 … no traffic lights … no chain businesses or hectic 9 to 5 …

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Build Your Dreams art journal pages

if you click on my finished pages above you’ll find a few statistics and other handwritten notations as well…

Magpie's Nest Currituck Lighthouse NC

this year we headed north on the Atlantic coast for a bit at the beginning of our vacation to visit the Currituck Lighthouse which was also quite charming with a great view from the top…

Magpie's Nest Panorama from top of Currituck Island Lighthouse NC

we like lighthouses!

“An architect is a drawer of dreams.” -Grace McGarvie

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