It's Art Journal Conversation time, the third wednesday of the month! 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 or tea, and chat with them about their process, supplies, and their thoughts on what goes onto their pages.
i found Kasia through pinterest. Her beautiful pages just kept popping up and really caught my eye. i wanted more so i found her blog to dig deep into her art. i loved what i found there and knew i wanted to share her with you. i love her colors and all the layers. So let's chat with Kasia!
Do you art journal every day? If so, what time of day works best for you?
No, I don't art journal every day. I follow the words "do something creative everyday" but I think art journaling is best when you have something special to say. Of course, art journalling is great for trying new techniques or jumpstarting your creativity, but in my opinion we can get the best results when we find inside ourselves something that needs to be said.
How do you typically start your art journal pages? Does your process change?
I think it changes constantly and that is one of the best things. There was a time when I didn't prepare any backgrounds, just played with collage techniques and focused on tect which was often the most important part of my works.
Then my works evolved to being more layered and detailed. I was teaching a lot of classes showing this technique so after a few months I decided I needed to try something new to move forward. Now I work a lot on the backgrounds and I'm sure that the final result isn't always the best, but it's the only way to grow.
How important is the journaling part of the process? What makes it significant?
As for now, it's the most important for me. I feel my best in this medium and I think maybe it is the essence of my creativity and the best result of my need to express myself. While working on a layout or a canvas I always feel a bit restricted by all supplies I want to use or afraid that the final effect won't satisfy me. While art journaling I'm free from such fears. I don't know why it's like that, but I think it's just in my mind. Maybe it's because I have this idea of an art journal as of a notebook that I can close, throw into a drawer and no one will ever see it. As for layouts or canvases, they are something that could be put up on the wall to look at and feel proud of myself.
You use a lot of different materials (supplies) in your journals. What are some of your favorite "go-to" supplies?
I would surely say that there are some basic supplies that I always keep at hand. It's soft paintbrushes, palette knives, watercolor pencils, Gelatos, gesso and acrylic paints in small tubes, Twinkling H2O's and a huge envelope full of scraps of paper. If I have those in my bag, I can create anywhere I am.
How do you know when the page is finished?
Well... I'm afraid I never know. Probably it's never finished and there is always something that could be added. And this knowledge is essential I think. Less is more every often, and it took me almost two years to understand it. It's just like that: I'm working on something, go through different stages and when I feel like I don't want to add anything more, I just stop. Its that easy and all you need to do is listen to yourself.
What types of journals do you use? Purchased, homemade, etc. Why do you favor the kind you use?
There was a time when I used almost only handmade journals. I thought it was just more fun if you had something made by yourself from a to z. But now I feel more comfortable working in journals i can purchase. There are so many types available that you can always choose something best for your mood or current style or story you want to tell. Few weeks ago, I started my biggest art journal which was originally a sketchbook. Its large size, all this space pushes me to do different things and I feel much more free. But I also love creating in old books. I transformed them into art journals, I glue pages together if they are too thin, I prime them with gesso, strengthen the spine, color the covers, but still leave all beautiful original details visible. These kind of journals are best for art journaling with vintage photos for example.
My name is Kasia Krzyminska, however in the scrap world I use my nickname Czekoczyna (or Czeko to make it shorter). I'm 24 years old and I live in Warsaw, Poland. I am a pharmacist and I really enjoy it. But I am also a bit of an artistic soul - I'm searching for an inspiration everywhere and everyday - in music, nature, old books, bad weather, dreams... I love summer, meadows and beautiful notebooks. I started scrapbooking in 2010 and loved it from that moment on. Now I am addicted to scrapping and everything that comes with it. I'm teaching online and in-person classes. You can find more about me here: Blog, Pinterest, Facebook, Instagram, Flickr.
What words gave you inspiration?
Have you ever made your own homemade journal?
If you could sit down with Kasia, what question would you ask her?