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"The ARTist" er ingen ringere enn Anna
I’m a woman of many interests: a mixed media artist, scrapbooker and art journaler. I love to put new challenges in front of me, to experiment and develop new techniques and skills. I’ve been cerating since 2007, started scrapbooking in 2008-2009 and mixed-media in 2009 when I got totally addicted. Through these years I’ve pariticipated in group projects such as challenge and inspirational blogs (also as a founder), artist swaps and charity events.
My projects are mostly media-based: I create paper and canvas layouts, collages and altered art, tags, journal pages – and many more. I love texture and believe in power of recycling and upcycling.
I just adore flea market supplies.
Some of my collages were shown on 2 group exhibitions in local galleries and my projects were displayed on the show organised by Craft & Hobby Association in USA.
I teach my own classes in scrapbooking and mixed-media both in Poland and abroad and create as a freelance designer for scrapbooking magazines (from Russia, Sweden, USA, Great Britain, Germany, France) and international shops. Im also a DT member for Prima Marketing and 7 Dots Studio – the new Polish brand, where I am also at he DT coordninator and product designer (my paper collections made for 7 DS are „Dreamer” and „Wonderland”).
I'm very honored to be invited to this wonderful place. I hope you'll find my projects inspiring:)
- Gesso (Ranger)
- Perfect Pearls Mists (Ranger) – shades of tourqouise, blue and green
- Distress Ink – Black Soot
- Archival Ink – Jet Black (Ranger)
- Stamps (LaBlanche)
- Tea stain
- Gel medium (Talens)
- lace and crystal/pearl embellishments (Prima)
- Black permanent pen
Others: lace, plain masking tape, paper clips, some random objects from my collection, black thread.
Art journaling is for many artists and crafter the synonym of creative freedom. I think I am free in all of my creations, but I really adore the size and form of a small book. Journals are handy, easy to take with you anywhere, easy to fill with random ideas and perfect for traveling with you. I think about my journal as a kind of exercise book too, a good place to try new techniques and ideas, experiments and pure creative fun. My journals are more collage – based than my scrapbook pages – I love this aspect of journaling too. Journal are the most personal kind of creation, help express feelings and emotions...
I think I can give 100 reasons and more why I love journaling :)
What art journalers are your faves? Other artists you look to for inspiration?
It might be disappointing for you, but I'm not that kind of person who saves a lot of inspirations “for later” or is influenced by any particular artist. I do enjoy watching other journalers art, but I can't name the one who I consider as my inspiration. I can say I am more inspired by single creations than artists. My pages are very different from each other, they depends on moods, feelings, visions I have in my head... one of my last pages was inspired by poetry of Emily Dickinson and art of Dave McKean – but only few of my pages were ”inspired” by people. Most of the times I follow the topics, moods, quotes...
What mediums do you like to use?
I'm obsessed with texture and messy details, that's why I'm in love in texture pastes, gesso and different kind of paint. I am a media and rubbish collector – the most money I spend on supplies is on gels, glue, inkas and paints of different kinds: sprays, stains, watercolors, acrylics, pastels...
What important bit of advice can you give to those wanting to start art journaling?
I think the best idea is JUST TO START. Find the proper book or make it for yourself, prepare the stuff you think may be inspiring for you and try. Don't pretend, don't push yourself too much, just follow your emotions, fun of creating. Don't expect to make a masterpiece – accept the effect you get and find the advantages. Give yourself permission to do mistakes and learn from them, find new ideas in them, use them for other creations ...the most importan thing: don't follow others – be yourself.
You can't be wrong doing that!