Category Archives: Stencil

pulled by the stars…

magpies-nest-patty-szymkowicz-simplicity-backgroundmy pages were inspired by Tamara Laporte and her first lesson on Life Book 2017magpies-nest-patty-szymkowicz-simplicity-colored-pages

this is my first time joining in this popular online course and it is already wonderful (when I saw that one of my favorite artists and teachers, Misty Mawn , was teaching that sealed the deal for me)…magpies-nest-patty-szymkowicz-simplicity-gesso-layer

using colors I don’t often use was a good exercise but my background pages sat for awhile until the other bits presented themselves…magpies-nest-patty-szymkowicz-girls-with-stars-in-her-hair

then the girl sat waiting on the left hand page without stars or words until the perfect quote found me (forgot to get a photo of her unadorned)…magpies-nest-patty-szymkowicz-simplicity-heart

I knew I wanted to use my word for the year on the right hand page along with the Paper Parachute stars that I stamped on tissue paper…

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I spent a good bit of time gluing the tiny stars down with Matte Medium which was fiddly but fun…magpies-nest-patty-szymkowicz-left-hand-page

I am joining Erika’s “Tell me a Story” challenge again over at Art Journal Journey and the “Love” theme at Moo-Mania & More…magpies-nest-patty-szymkowicz-pulled-by-the-stars

“I’m restless …Things are calling me away … My hair is being pulled by the stars again” -Anais Nin

Autumn in Everything…

happy to have some time in the middle of our beautiful Indian Summer days here in Virginia to share two spreads that I created over the last couple of weeks…magpies-nest-autumn-grows-pages

these pages were inspired by an ad for a ballet performance that I clipped from The Washington Post and I just happened to have a stencil that I wanted to play with too…magpies-nest-patty-szymkowicz-autumn-grows

I liked these pages so much I did not want to cover them up but I eventually forged ahead and had fun adding gold paint along with the Robert Browning quote…magpies-nest-patty-szymkowicz-autumn-gold

now for something a little different… these green and gold pages were an attempt to step outside my comfort zone using colors and collage in a different way…

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I am still not crazy about the end result but thought I’d share both spreads with you since I had Valerie’s Golden Autumn theme in mind for Art Journal Journey this month when I created them..


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“There is something incredibly nostalgic and significant about the annual cascade of autumn leaves.” -Joe L. Wheeler

…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.”

sacred lotus…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Lotus Welcome sign frogit is that time of year again when the loti are blooming about an hour’s drive away on the other side of Washington, DC…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Lotusland first visit 4 July 16it was a lovely low humidity day on the 4th of July so we made our first visit of the season…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Lotus collagesince 2013 when we first visited we try and go as many times as we can during July and August…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Lotusland 4 July 2016I had to remind myself to breathe as all that beauty takes my breath away…Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens photo opsbecause it was a bit of an overcast morning there were more photographers than usual with their fancy camerasMagpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Loti Reflectionswe don’t even use our tripod and manage to snap hundreds of photos that make us very happy…Magpie's Nest Gesso Citra Solv art journal pagesinspired by the loti I worked in a small art journal that I made using Citra Solv magazine pages washed with gesso and machine stitched down the middle…Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz TAP transfer on cottonthe little Debrina Pratt girl is a TAP transfer on delicate cotton and the dragonfly is a sticker that popped up when I was looking for something else…Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Lotus Art Journal Pagesjoining Yvonne’s lovely IN MY GARDEN challenge over at Art Journal Journey…

finding my way…

my art journal page began with the beautiful free image of the girl with antlers which is a gift when you sign up for Jeanne Oliver’s blog…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Deer Me supplies

I added the fleur de lis brad and rub on stars as extra decorations along with some other ingredients…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Jeanne Oliver image Finding my Way

one last page along with my other Collage/Journaling entries (#111, 157, 165 & 183) for Art Journal Journey

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Collage Sampler

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…

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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

we are not lost …

Magpie's Nest not lost (3)putting off packing seemed the perfect time to play in my art journal…

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do you also find that when you have something you “should” be doing it can be more fun to do something else…

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these pages began with a moo I made way back when… 

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leading me to use some soft pink paint and hand dyed silk ribbon along with a bit of stenciling using part of one of Gio’s  masks

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“All that is gold does not glitter,
Not all those who wander are lost;
The old that is strong does not wither,
Deep roots are not reached by the frost.”  -J.R.R. Tolkien

“Half of my Heart”

Magpie's Nest John Mayer collage

singer and songwriter John Mayer is a favorite artist of mine and I am lucky to have seen him live in concert several times over the years…

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his song “Half of my Heart” from his Battle Studies album inspired some journal pages in one of my larger (7.5 x 10″) art journals…

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lots and lots of layers using tissue paper… the inside of a pink security envelope with the window… scrap papers… stencils… paint… gesso… Behr Venetian Plaster and more…

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the Tin Can Inkadinkadoo dreamy face rubber stamp from long ago and a favorite burst of mine using a bit of golden flimmerstern with some bits of German scrap…

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my newest Stencil Girl burst stencil from our wonderful local Goldenshill Papercrafts helped add the finishing touches to my pages which I am entering for the first time in the Moo Mania & More challenge of “Music is in the air …

~♥~

music has been an inspiration to me since as long as I can remember

“I was born in the arms of imaginary friends
Free to roam, made a home out of everywhere I’ve been

Then you come on crashing in
Like the realest thing
Trying my best to understand
All that your love can bring

Oh, half of my heart’s got a grip on the situation
Half of my heart takes time
Half of my heart’s got a right mind
To tell you that I can’t keep lovin’ you, can’t keep lovin’ you
Oh, with half of my heart

I was made to believe I’d never love somebody else
Made a plan, stay the man who can only love himself

Lonely was the song I sang
‘Til the day you came
Showing me another way
And all that my love can bring

Oh, half of my heart’s got a grip on the situation
Half of my heart takes time
Half of my heart’s got a right mind
To tell you that I can’t keep lovin’ you, can’t keep lovin’ you
Oh, with half of my heart, with half of my heart

Your faith is strong, but I can only fall short for so long
Down the road, later on
You will hate that I never gave more to you
Than half of my heart

But I can’t stop lovin’ you, I can’t stop lovin’ you
I can’t stop lovin’ you, I can’t stop lovin’ you,
I can’t stop lovin’ you with half of my
Half of my heart, oh half of my heart

Half of my heart’s got a real good imagination
Half of my heart’s got you
Half of my heart’s got a right mind to tell you
That half of my heart won’t do

Half of my heart is a shot gun wedding
To a bride with a paper ring
And half of my heart is the part of a man
Who’s never truly loved anything

Half of my heart, oh half of my heart
Half of my heart, oh half of my heart
Half of my heart, oh half of my heart”

reach for the stars…

Conny’s challenge theme over at Mix it Monthly for August is “Crazy Dresses”

when a graduation photo of seventeen year old me popped up while searching for something else I decided to put myself in a crazy dress that I painted and doodled and stamped on…

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my Mutti was a talented seamstress and growing up I was lucky to have a nice array of pretty dresses and outfits that she made for me…

patterns back then were inexpensive and fabric was reasonably priced…

I spent many an hour leaning on the wall watching her busy at her Pfaff sewing machine while we chatted

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I happened to have a nice scrap of painted and stamped paper from cleaning brushes and such on my work table that fit the color requirements which is the part of Mix it Monthly that I always find to be the most challenging…

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I continued sloshing paints around using a few rubber stamps and some Woody Stabilo pencils too…

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stamping on tissue paper is a favorite thing of mine and you may also recognize some of my plaster stenciled tissue behind my head and on my dress …

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another fun challenge that led me in a quite unexpected direction…Magpie's Nest Graduation Me~♥~

flowers on her mind…

Magpie's Nest Open Art Journals

two more pages in my larger sized altered encyclopedia (top left) for AJJ’s Flower Power challenge which makes entry #8 for me this month (my other entries over at AJJ are #47, 72, 83, 108, 113, 124, 133)…

scraped paint pgs

I had scraped paint on the pages a long time ago with no idea what they would be used for…

gesso pgs

 some white gesso helped tone them down and I was ready to go…

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a sparkler rubber stamp came in handy to add a little detail to both pages…

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I like the pressed Tansy leaves more than my molding paste stenciled leaves but I wanted to try out my new Tim Holtz vine stencil…

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paint…gesso…molding paste…stencil…plastic sushi grass…peeled napkin…pressed flowers…rubber stamp…flowers from magazines and a Mona Maris image…

~♥ Happy end of July dear ones ♥~

Bohemia…more squares

since I had some leftover inchies printed I thought I would use some in another set of journal pages for the Art Journal Journey SQUARE challenge this month…

Britannica Junior B Volume

playing in my Britannica Junior encyclopedia volume “B” that I started back in the summer of 2010 here (that is what happens when you have several journals going at the same time)…

Bohemia Squares

this is the eleventh and most likely last spread in this journal…

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next I will get busy on the cover…

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some of what went into my pages: vintage music paper, inchies, washi tape, paint, gesso, tea dyed cheesecloth, rubberstamp frame, felt crown, stencil paste, Distress Ink, Woody Stabilos, Viva Inka Gold…

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“I am a free spirit. Either admire me from the ground or fly with me – but don’t ever try to cage me.” – Unknown

create summer moments…

the August challenge over at Journal Journey’s is “What does summer mean to you?”

summer here in Virginia conjures up lots of lovely images and feelings…

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for me it is barefoot time sitting on our back porch listening to the water fountains watching birds and bees and butterflies and the occasional furry visitors

Stencil Spray Inks Summer Pages

the parade of blooms from trees and shrubs and flowering plants that have come to us from family and friends over the years delighting us again and again…

Raindrops on lilies

summer is full of warmth and sun along with the occasional rain shower to make the warm pavement steam and freshen everything up…

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when our boys were school age summers meant I could stay up late with no worries for early morning preparations and sendoffs…

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when I hear the tinkling music from the ice cream truck in our neighborhood it makes me feel giddy and sad all at the same time touching the little girl in me…

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now with our empty nest each day is like summer in a way with few schedules to keep and flexible hours to mostly call my own (with Loving thanks to Mr Magpie for that XOXO)

Summer Quote John Lubbock

had some Pixlr Express fun above with a photo of blank lined pages from my art journal adding a quote and some of their “stickers”  (Pixlr is the free and easy software that I use to add a border and my name to photos too)…

Summer Moments Aug 2013

this journal started back in August 2012 with my SPIRIT spread here

then in October I created these pages

I really had fun on my latest pages above using stencils and spritzing assorted inks then adding scribbles and rubons and a few paper collage elements…

Summer Stroll

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Days decrease…

 Dawn’s October Journal Journey challenge theme is “Nature & Autumn”…

she also suggested using a “stencil” somewhere on our pages…

I chose these already paint scraped pages in my “How it Works” Encyclopedia Volume 13 to play with…

happy to finally find a use for the man stencil I’ve had since forever and never ever used
I also had one of my Citra Solv tissue paper transfers on hand which I really liked for my right hand page…

some stamping with my new juicy VersaFine ink pad
with a little journaling on the left page…
a piece of open patterned paper used as a stencil helped unify the pages…

“Days decrease, And autumn grows, autumn in everything.” ~Robert Browning