i am really enjoying this new blog feature which will now appear on the third wednesday of the month! i have lined up many great art journal artists for you & for me. i love that i get to have conversations with some of my favorite "art journalers." i am just as curious as you are about their styles. So let's pull up a chair, grab a cup of coffee/tea, and chat with them about their process, supplies, and their thoughts on what goes onto their pages.
This Month's guest is Magda Bolinkska. Magda, or Mumkaa as she is sometimes known online, has an awesome art journal style, one i just completely love. It's lushiously layered, wonderfully chaotic, usually colorful, and always beautiful. I really wish i could get my hands on her journal just to touch her pages. Let's see what she has to say about Art Journaling & her process.
Do you Art Journal every day? If so, what time of day works best for you?
Unfortunately no. I would like to work with my journal more often but sometimes it is so difficult to find time for this. I like to play with my journal in the night (it`s my favourite part of day to create!) when everybody's asleep, it is quiet and I have time only for myself.
How important is the journaling part of the process? What makes it significant?
The journaling part is important for me. Sometimes this could be only a word, a few words, sometimes whole sentences but I always write on my pages - I feel that without some journaling my pages couldn`t be completed. It is something like the complement of the picture.
How do you bring the Art part and Journal part together?
It depends. Most often I start creating with journaling in mind (sometimes some words or sentences sit in my head all day long and in the night I pour them on the paper) - play with colors, textures and mediums and at the end I add the journaling. Sometimes I just start and it all comes just automatically.
How do you typical start your art Journal pages?
I love experimenting in my journal, trying new things so sometimes I just sit and start, the fun all comes during creating. Often I start building my journal page from making some layers on the paper - just glue scraps of different kind of paper (sometimes there are in random places), then I apply gesso or acrylic paints. Then it is time for different kind of mediums (inks, sprays and so on), more scraps and stamps - these are what I love using the most and I can`t imagine my work without it.
How do you know when the page is finished?
I just feel it! Really! I try not to go back to pages which I made before - when I've started creating a page I don`t stop until I feel that the page is complete.
What types of Journals do you use? Purchased, homemade, or other? Why do you favor the kind you use?
When I started my adventure with art journaling I had one handmade journal made from envelopes and some loose pages. Once I created for myself a journal from an old notebook - it was fun!
Currently I have two journals. One- made from envelopes - and a second journal manufactured by SODAlicious. I already filled a few journals from SODAlicious and I really love working with their journals - good size, good weight of paper so I can use a lot of different mediums as I like.
Magda Bolinska also known as mumkaa, 27 year old Polish girl, full time mum, scrapbooker, blogger, mixed media artist and immigrant. For the last 7 years she has lived in the UK – with her [almost] hubby and with their two little daughters – Olivia  and Hannah . She's a design team member for SODAlicious and Prima Marketing. You can follow her on her blog, Instagram, & Pinterest.
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