Wednesday, 27 April 2016

Collage sheets for art journaling and more...

Hello lovely people!
Today I want to show you some of my mixed media creatures. I've created a few art journal pages with some cute creatures and I thought 'why not to create collage sheets with them!?'. And here they are. I had fun creating them, I hope you like them.




I will come back with some art journal pages soon.

Magda x

Sunday, 3 January 2016

What to do with colouring pages part 2

Someone made my day today!!! Thank you Samantha!

A few days ago I sent my new colouring page to Samantha and asked her to play a little with it. She surprised me and made three projects using the page! She is so clever, I'm over the moon! I need to show you her projects but first please check out Samantha's amazing blog.

The colouring page is full of cute creatures. Some of you may know my 'Find a Teddy' pages, where cute teddies are hiding but this one is a little different. A lot of various characters and I hope a lot of fun for colouring lover. You can find a colouring page on Etsy
I need to say that my favourite creatures are Donut Beaver and Panda Bear. 
Can you find them?


.Samantha's projects (looooove them all!!!!)




Magda x

Tuesday, 29 December 2015

What to do with colouring pages part 1

Some of you may know that I create colouring pages. Most of them are made especially for adults but many of them because of a cute characters can be a great challenge for a little younger ones too. I create very detailed pages. Most of them are covered by pattern in whole, not only a part of the page. Why is that? I love detailed patterns (a dress from a fabric with my pattern is my dream) but also I can use them in my mixed media artwork.

I know that buying colouring pages separately (not in a book) is more expensive ( there is a few reasons for that but this post is not about that) but if you really like the illustration and have a few ideas how to colour it or use it, I think it is worth to go for it.

Remember, if you buy a colouring page, you can print as many copies as you want! If you don't like a finished effect you can print one more page. What paper to choose? It really depends what you want to do with it. For this post I used my home printer (Epson XP620 - nothing fancy as you can see, normal home printer) and a piece of smooth Bristol. 

Please check out my Etsy shop! You will find a lot of colouring pages there. More to follow!


I coloured a centre of the pattern using colouring pencils and then I sprayed 2-3 mists - Radiant Rain Shimmering Mist. You can use whatever mist you have. There is only one rule when applying mediums - it needs to be transparent - you want to see your pattern!



The big surprise was when I turn the page. In places where the lines of pattern were (on a right side of the page), the mist soak in and gave a really nice effect.



I've made a quick card to show you one of the ways how to use colouring pages, more to follow! 



Magda x

Friday, 30 October 2015

a few art journal pages...

It is a strange thing. While drawing using ink I'm not able to create my art journal pages using mixed media techniques. That is why some weeks I'm only drawing and some only playing with mixed media techniques. Not sure how my brain works but it is hard to work differently. At least I can crochet and knit whenever I want ;)

Because the big event is coming I needed to take a brush in my hand and try to remember how to do stuff. I created a few art journal pages and changed and add something to old ones. If you would like to see how I work, you will be able to find me on Everything Art stand in NEC Birmingham on Saturday 7th November. Please pop in and say hello! I will be demonstrating mixed media and art journaling techniques. Some of these techniques and exercises I will be showing on my Wanderlust 2016 video in July. 


 Maybe you have already heard about the exciting, inspirational journey in mixed-media and art journaling that I’m teaching on next year? It’s called Wanderlust and it’s a year long online course that includes 50 videos from 26 different teachers.

Being a member of the class also give you lots of other different kinds of activities on the Everything Art online community, creative challenges and exercises with prizes from our sponsors (including Golden, Daler-Rowney, 7Gypsies and DecoArt), interaction with teachers, motivating discussions, creative games, topics that will help you understand art and find a best way to express yourself, discounts from our partners and lots more!!

Wanderlust 2016 has a promotional price until the 15th of December 2015. You can buy the whole Wanderlust 2016 course for only £65 (approx $100 / €89). After this date the regular price of the class is  £99 (approx $152 / €137), so don’t hesitate and grab your seat now to enjoy the whole of 2016 with inspiration.

For this price you are going to travel with us through the whole world of creativity getting to know media, products and enjoying the variety that teachers from all over the world can offer you.


Ok...here they are...






Magda x

Sunday, 13 September 2015

Exciting news!!!!



Today I'm comming to share with you some news. I'm very excited and honoured to be a part of an amazing bunch of mixed media artists. Together we will create the most inspiring on-line classes for everyone who loves mixed media or would like to start a journey. It's going to be amazing! 

Wanderlust is a whole year long journey - an online event offering you videos from 24 guest teachers and 2 resident teachers one every week (each one downloadable and with PDF instructions provided), 50 amazing videos, which will run for over 50 hours in total, access to a forum with an amazing and friendly community, inspirations, challenges, discussions, galleries, workshops, giveaways and generous discounts from our partners. The perfect alternative to in-person classes! Here you will find more info.

Follow the teacher's reveals every day on Everything Arts Social Media. Every day somebody new!
As far revealed are: Kate Crane, Teresa McFayden, Rachel Greig, Beckah Krahula, Joanne Sharpe, Flora Bowley, Mystele, Andy Skinner, Finnabair, Birgit Koopsen and Lindsay Weirich.


I'm really exited!


Magda x

Sunday, 30 August 2015

New stamps

This month Stampotique Originals stamps had a new release. 
Very exiting time for me! More Agathas and her friends. 

This time there are 3 new Agathas - with flower, witch and with antlers, Nina as Frankie, Owl, Reindeer and Agatha's Watering Can. Owl and Watering Can are small and are great also for backgrounds. The same with flower which Agatha holds. There are plenty of ways of using them.
Here and here and here you can see how Samantha Read used my new stamps.
More ideas and inspiration you can find on Stampotique Challenge blog. I love what Stampotique DT is creating with them!
If you created a project with my new or old stamps please, show me!

All the new images you can find on Stampotique website. But they are coming to the UK too! Some of the new images you can find in Crafting Time and Art From The Heart shops already! Check out Craftin Time if you are looking for very popular Agatha's Parrot (be quick only 2 left!). 

My new and old images can be found in these UK shops:
Crafting Time 
Art From The Heart
A Sprinkle Of Imagination (new images coming soon)
Craftique (I saw that Agatha's Cup is still available there!)

I'm sure they will be available around the world soon.

Here is a sneak peek of my art journal page with Mr Owl which I have made for ColourArte blog. This is my last project for them. I love their products but it was time to say goodbye to the amazing team.


Have a lovely weekend everyone, long, if you are in the UK!
If you would like to know a little more about my last artwork, please check out my page http://magdapolakow.com where you can find a new blog post. Something interesting for adult colouring and crochet fans :)

Magda x

Friday, 7 August 2015

And the winner is...

Thank you for all your lovely comments on my ColourArte blog hop post.


The winner of $25 gift certificate to the ColourArte store is...
JackieP Neal

Congratulations! Please go to ColourArte and register on the website, then someone will contact you on how to claim your prize!

Magda x