i am really enjoying this new blog feature and have lined up many great art journal artists. 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.
Today's feature artist is Karen Grunberg. Karen, or Karenika as she is sometimes known, has a style all her own along with a dedication to create daily. i love her imagery on her pieces. She balances color, layers, and white space so well. Let's see what she has to say about Art Journaling.
Do you Art Journal every day? If so, what time of day works best for you?
I do some form of art, scrapbooking, or sketching almost every single
day. On a good day, my favorite time is 7-7:45am when my kids are
getting ready for school but we haven't left yet. If I don't get to do
it then, the next best time ends up being early evening around 7-8pm.
How important is your journaling part of the process? What makes it significant?
To me, it's crucial. Without some words, the art doesn't have as much
meaning. When I create the art, there's a feeling or thought that goes
along with it and it feels like without that, the piece would be incomplete.
How do you bring the Art part and Journal part together? Do you start on the Art with Journaling in mind?
I think about what art I want to create. And then I think about why. Or I am thinking about something specific like how quickly time passes and how we have to make sure we don't take it for granted. Then, I go looking for images that would symbolize the passage of time (like a clock or an hourglass.) So I can go either way.
Is it an Art Journal without any Journaling? Why or Why not?
If I look at that question generically, I'd say absolutely. If other
people's art journal pages have no journaling, this never takes away
from their beauty or power in my opinion. However, for me, my pages are
not complete without journaling. It's imperative to me that I capture
what *I* was thinking or feeling when I created that page. My "why."
Without that, it's not a finished page.
Do you have themed Art Journals? If so, what’s the importance of the themes? Does your journaling tie into the theme?
This year, I kept a gratitude journal where each page is an art journal
page and I capture a week's worth of daily gratitudes on it. This was
just an excuse to remember to put gratitude up front and center in my
life. When I prepare the "pre" pages (which don't include the gratitudes
yet) I still put some journaling on there and those do not specifically
tie into gratitude at all, alhough they are things I want to remember. I
also have a more specific "things I want to remember" journal where each
page is some thought or feeling I want to be able to revisit and remind
myself regularly. In that case, the pages are very much tied into the
What types of Journals do you use? Purchased, homemade, or other? Why do you favor the kind you use?
Honestly, my favorite option is to use loose watercolor pages because I
like to stitch on my pages and I like the freedom of the loose pages.
Barring that, my favorite journals are the Moleskine Watercolor books
and I've recently purchased the Dylusions journal and have found it to
be lovely so far. I strongly prefer watercolor paper because it allows
for a wider range of mediums and I like the flexibility. It doesn't
strongly impact the theme or journaling.
My name is Karen but I often go by Karenika online. I live in Northern California with my wonderful husband and two awesome kids. I get to work at Google on a product I love, Google Chrome. I am also a certified personal life coach. I fill up all my free moments with art and reading. You can find out a lot more about me at my blog: karenika.com
What words gave you inspiration?
Was there something said that surpised you?
If you could sit down with Karen, what question would you ask her?