New stamp release!

New stamps are here! Six sets of red rubber stamps. Please contact me for more information and to place an order email:magdapolakow@gmail.com

Soon available in my Etsy shop.

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heART Journal Magazine

Guess What!?!  I was just published in heART Journal Magazine! My teddy is on the cover!

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To celebrate heART Journal Magazine has a given me a free issue bonus code to share with others.

Here is how to get your free issue of heART Journal Magazine today:

• Install the App on your device iTunes https://bit.ly/heARTMag or Google Play  http://bit.ly/Heartjournal • Launch the Magazine App

• Launch the Magazine App

• On the Home Page, Tap on the Yellow subscribe button

• Tap on the Current Subscribers button                         

• Enter coupon code: 917heArt (case sensitive)

For those who would prefer to view from their computer we have pdf versions on  www.heARTJournalMagazine.com shopping cart.   Just choose the Sept/Oct2016 Issue and enter the coupon code in the check out process.

Since this is a sample issue, your current device on iTunes or Google Play will be granted access.  If/when you may change devices any sample issues will not follow your account and cannot be restored.  ( FYI, anypurchases will switch to your new device.  For some reason neither Apple or GooglePlay will allow sample issues move with your account to a different device (we are unable to manually restore all the free issues) For help with the coupon code, please email Carla at heartjournalmag@gmail.com   This code is good until Sept 26th 2017.  

Enjoy! 

Magda x

Moleskine notebooks

New Moleskine notebooks and A5 notebooks in my Etsy shop.

Colouring Book volume 1

My first colouring book is here!

The colouring book is made up of 42 original black and white illustrated pages (with cover), The book is printed onto 170gsm paper (printed one sided)  +  350gsm cover, the size is A5 (148 x 210 mm). rinted by professional printing company in Telford, Shropshire, UK.

The idea was to create a book which would be great for colouring on the move, when traveling or somewhere outside the home ( laying on the beach, in a bus etc.). That is why the book isn't big and hasn't got a hard cover - fits easily in a handbag, small luggage or a large pocket. I've decided to use wire bind, because that way the book is much easier to colour on a knee or tiny table. The illustrations aren't punched, they are slightly shrink and have small white border around (can be used for lettering or notes).
The illustrations are various, there is something for everyone. Mandalas, detailed geometric illustrations, cute creatures, even fishes.

Most of the illustrations in the book are new and can be only found in this book...but some of them are available in bigger size (A4) in my Etsy shop.

The book is available in my Etsy shop.

Magda

Inside magazines...

At the end of 2015 I have received two great magazines. One of them I'm sure you know - Craft Stamper - fab magazine for mixed media artists and people who love mixed media. Very colourful magazine with a lot of great inspirations and tutorials.

I was published in the January issue. Not only I have written an article about Textured Canvas but also have made two projects with my Teddy stamp which you could find on the cover as a free stamp! The magazine is still available online. Please show me your projects if you get your own Teddy.

I saw Trish projects at the Craft Hobby + Stitch International in Birmingham (the little frame with Teddy - photo below). They were amazing! I like to see very colourful projects with my stamps...

My crazy squirrel from the Textured Canvas is in the corner of the page. I love what Trish has done with the magazine. More inspirations and very colourful layout. Well done Trish! Can't wait to see next issues...

The second magazine which I have received is a new Stampington&Company publication - The Coloring Studio with two of my illustrations. Brilliant magazine! Many great illustrations and good quality paper. Many tips and tutorials inside, very useful for colouring fans. Really inspiring!

Magda x

I can and I will

Sometime ago I had a pleasure to be a part of a great show and demonstrating for Everything Art at Art Materials Live in NEC, Birmingham. It was the amazing day. I learnt so much, met lovely people and what is the most important - had a lot of fun creating two canvases.

Firstly I created a Teddy Bear. Full of layers and various bright colours, what I like the most! First steps weren't easy - it was my second time when I was creating something  with people around ( first time was on France Papillon's workshops more than a year ago).  People were watching, noises around, I didn't have my own materials etc., etc. I only knew that I wanted to have a Teddy Bear on canvas but that was all...didn't think about a composition or colours before I came to the show. I thought that the best way would be to leave it and create something which I felt at the exact moment. I'm really pleased that I made that decision, I like my NEC Teddy.

The Teddy lives with Kasia and Jamie. Thank you for a photo.

The Teddy lives with Kasia and Jamie. Thank you for a photo.

When I finished  the Teddy I still had time to create another project. I still wanted something colourful but a little different and it needed to be quicker than the Teddy - not enough time. I decided to go only for flowers.

I will create similar projects on Wanderlust 2016! I you want to know how I have made them please join us!

Just 10 days to go if you want to buy a seat on Wanderlust 2016 at a fantastic price!! Join me and 25 other amazing teachers on this year long class about mixed media and art journaling.

Wanderlust 2016 has a promotional price until the 15th of December 2015 . You can buy the whole Wanderlust 2016 course for only £65 (approx $98 / €90). After this date the regular price for the class is £99 (approx $150/ €137), so don’t hesitate and grab your seat now to enjoy the whole of 2016 with inspiration.

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, interaction with teachers, motivating discussions, creative games, topics that will help you understand art and find a best way to express yourself and discounts from their partners!! 

It is going to be amazing!

Magda

Traveler's Colouring Book

I love travelling but don't like flying. That's why I always try to find something to do, make my hands and brain busy, during take off. Not always I can crochet/knit ( sharp and metal things are not very welcome on board ) and books are not a very good distraction ( you can read and think at the same time and after a few pages you can't remember what you read, I'm sure you know this feeling ). I needed to think about something else...

For last few months I was looking for a publisher for my illustrations. I was interested in something fresh, something different than a normal colouring book. A book or notebook which I can bring with me when travelling - light, small and with a lot of details to colour. I found Yellow Paper House on Etsy and my new journey has began.

I created 15 illustrations for Traveler's Colouring Book Volume 2. The colouring book is available in 5 different sizes:

Standard (4.33 x 8.25 inches), Cahier (5 x 8.25 inches ), Personal (3.75 x 6.75 inches ), Field Notes (3.5 x 5.5 inches ) and Passport (3.5 x 4.88 inches )

Each size contains a little different illustrations. In the smallest sizes you will find only a part of illustration which is in a bigger sizes. The bigger the size, the bigger the illustrations = more to colour! All of the sizes should fit Midori, Traveler's notebooks and other planners.

The illustrations are printed onto 32lb acid free paper. It is not very thick but most Staedtler Triplus Fineliners, Tombows, Zig Clean Color Brushes, Gelly Rolls and Stabillo markers will not bleed. The paper is also great for colouring pencils - I have tried Faber-Castell Polychromos, Caran d'Ache Pablo, Lyra Rembrandt-Polucolor, Derwent Coloursoft, these colour pencils look good and blend nicely. 

The cover of the colouring books is black - additional space to create your own illustrations using Gelly Rolls and paint markers. 

I hope you will like it! Please share your coloured pages with me. I can't wait to see them!

Magda x

This week news...

Hello everyone!

Where is a summer?! It feels more like autumn. Probably that's why I felt like coming back to crocheting and knitting. I found a few projects which I would like to make this autumn/winter.

 

I have started with a beautiful blanket. I found it very interesting because of plenty different squares. The squares are made from various stitches, some of them I didn't know, which is great because I can improve my crocheting. I have two favourite squares patterns, one is with bubbles and the second one looks like waved basket. You can find the pattern here.

This week was full of exiting news. For the first time I was published in Polish magazine - Mollie Potrafi. Two of my colouring pages are available there for colouring (full size) and also there is a short text and my photo ( I should say selfie, took it by myself ). I'm going to Poland in October, I hope it will be still available at shops! I you want to have a look inside it, check out Mollie Potrafi website.

Magda x

Hello

I was waiting for this day for months...hello on my new website! You will find here photos of my latests projects, a few information about me and a link to my shop.

I will run this blog regularly to show you what I'm working on and will share with you my inspirations.

Hope to see you soon!