Category Archives: Stencils

take your broken he♥rt …

since 1999 … January has been a challenging month with the anniversary of our son’s death… he was killed exactly one month before his 17th birthday…magpies-nest-turn-into-art-left-background

this year I wanted to create a January Art Journal to help me through this bumpy time… turns out I am feeling like I’ve turned a bit of a corner with lightness and joy and many more bright days than dark (extremely grateful for that!!!)…magpies-nest-patty-szymkowicz-turn-into-art-right-side

losing a child is every parents worst nightmare…  even I have a hard time finding the words to comfort friends that have lost a loved one…magpies-nest-patty-szymkowicz-heart-closeup

it is not my intention to look for sympathy by mentioning Alex but rather to share that there is hope for joy in life after great loss as I’m sure some of you have also experienced… somehow we keep on going…
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what I would say to anyone suffering from grief and loss is be gentle with yourself… there are no rules… seek healing in ways that feel right to you and know that it will get more bearable over time…magpies-nest-patty-szymkowicz-take-your-broken-heart-turn-it-into-art

I am joining Erika’s “tell me a story” challenge over at Art Journal Journey…

and thanks to Susi’s invitation to join the L♥VE theme over at Moo-Mania & More

“It has been said, ‘that time heals all wounds.’  I do not agree.  The wounds remain.  In time, the mind, protecting its sanity, covers them with scar tissue and the pain lessens.  But it is never gone.” ~Rose Kennedy

Why so serious…Happy New Year!

Magpie's Nest T Cup Lady in progressmore fun with Art Journal Journey’s Collage/Journaling challenge (this really is my last entry for this month and year …Valerie and Susi inspired me to do one more and I thank them VERY much)…

Magpie's Nest T Cup Lady in progress (1)trying to loosen up with sketching but as you can see my lady has some relaxing to do…

Magpie's Nest T Cup Lady in progress (3)

in her defense she is trying to balance that cup and saucer on her head (those cats eye inks had all but disintegrated so I got busy trying to use what little color was left in them)…

Magpie's Nest T Cup Lady in progress (2)Shakti Parwha Kaur’s tips for living printed on the computer in my favorite font called My Underwood was my final inspiration…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Why So Serious art journal page

wishing everyone a Happy Healthy and Prosperous New Year ~♥~ may your days be filled with creativity kindness and Love

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Happy New Year 2016“And now we welcome the new year.  Full of things that have never been.” -Rainer Maria Rilke

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)…

lemons to lemonade…

I know I am not alone in wondering where in the world the time goes…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Oct to Nov 2015last month after eating lots of take out on vacation we ended up with a boatload of Polystyrene (commonly known as Styrofoam)…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz styrofoam cutoutsdon’t get me started on how much I dislike that kind of eco UNfriendly packaging especially when there are sustainable alternatives available… FullSizeRender-37New York City has put a ban on single use Polystyrene which is a step in the right direction…

Magpie's Nest Naked Lunch biodegradable containerthe compostable container above is from our local MOM’s Organic Market… they just opened a vegetarian cafe called Naked Lunch which adjoins the grocery store…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Polystyrene stencilsanyway I decided to make lemonade out of those lemons/stack of Styrofoam pieces after seeing this video…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Sparkle Spray with hand cut stencilreading more about Polystyrene in this link  I almost don’t want to even touch the stuff AND it confirms my resolve of NEVER wanting to drink out of Styrofoam cups…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Stencil and color spraysafter all that I must confess I did have some fun with the pieces as they cut easily with a razor knife…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Stencil and color sprays (1) I played in a brand new large art journal

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz lots of stencil layersthese very colorful pages needed some toning down so I added another stencil layer on top using white gesso which helped a little…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz stencil layers with gesso on topI have no idea what I’ll do with these wild stenciled pages but for now I am having fun making backgrounds…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Gesso Saves the dayI have plans to play with my gelli plate and new stencils soon…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz autumn candlelightwishing you a happy November along with everyone over at Elizabeth’s Altered Book Lover on this T Stands for Tuesday

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz candlelight teaWhen life gives you lemons, make lemonade.” -Dale Carnegie

 

El corazón …

excited about Art Journal Journey’s August “Frida Kahlo” challenge theme…

Frida has inspired my artwork in the past working with beeswax… wood… metal… etching… moo’s… atc’s… altered books and more…

Magpie's Nest Frida artwork sampler

this time I opted to concentrate on Frida’s moody blue side rather than her extra colorful persona…

Magpie's Nest Frida  El corazón

sticking pins in the heart that I added a little cotton to for dimension (the heart is poofed up about 1/4 inch from the surface)…

Magpie's Nest Frida  El corazón (1)

the background is a dictionary page I had handy where I had played with a burst stencil… paint and plaster…

Magpie's Nest Frida  El corazón (2)

pieces of lace from my Mutti’s sewing supplies and some white roses finished this loose page for my art journal…

shhh…

another SILENCE offering for Art Journal Journey’s January 2014 challenge…

shhhh silence

paint and spray inks with stencils and a Judikins rubber stamp…