Journal Fresh: Jaszmurka

An Art Journal Q&A by Dawn DeVries Sokol

This month, Dawn interviews Jaszmurka, an artist from Poland.

I found October’s Journal Fresh artist online and haven’t stopped looking at her pages. Her style is clean but chaotic, with scrapbook elements and everyday ephemera, doodles, handwriting, typewritten words, ink splotches and spatters. Her color palette is striking, with deep jewel tones among the clean lines of the notebook paper. I know you will love her pages as I do. Without further ado, Jaszmurka.

Why art journaling?

Because this is the only way that I can express what I feel—throw off the emotions, clear my head of thoughts.


What inspired you to start art journaling?

Music and a million thoughts that I have in my head. I have to somehow sort out my thoughts and art journaling is perfectly suited to it. (The art journal) takes everything for himself and will not tell what I say to anybody.

What art journalers are your faves? Other artists you look to for inspiration?

I have a bunch of artists who really inspire me. Their work is always moving and really inspiring—I feel the desire to create something new.
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What important bit of advice can you give to those wanting to start art journaling?

Don’t be afraid to try. And don’t be afraid that you don’t know how to do something because you can do this! Do what you want, without restrictions—what your heart dictates. People will feel the sincerity in your work.


Tell us a little about your process. What mediums do you like to use?

In my art journal I do not use too many things. My work is more cut and paste. The basis is the pen/marker, newspaper clippings, paper remnants.


Do you also have other ways you like to create, and if so, what are they?

It all started with scrapbooking. Mostly in this way I can express myself. I create albums, layouts, and notebooks. Sometimes I also want to take out sewing machine and sew a phone case for phone.


To visit Jaszmurka’s blog, Made by Jaszmurka, click here. Visit Jaszmurka’s Flickr Photostream here.

Dawn DeVries Sokol is the author of 1,000 Artist Journal Pages. Click here to follow Dawn on her blog.


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