Mixed Media Collage

Collage: Look Ahead

Collage: Look Ahead, by iHanna. For sale here.

Collage time! Circles again, inside my brain, on the cardigan I’m wearing – and then from my hands onto the paper. Cut out, drawn, or sewn – they appear in all colors and forms on my polka dot desk. Mostly circles are present when I paint or doodle, but now also in my collage work as you can see.

I’m trying to find my way back, again. I love finding my way back, finding new ways to cut and paste, rediscovering my materials… But it is hard too. I would rather just stay in the flow from day to day, creating what I love, instead of having to fight my way back to it every second month…

I miss my project 365 Collages a lot right now.

Collage: Full Circle - Copyright Hanna Andersson

Collage: Full Circle, by iHanna. For sale here.

But of course the 365-thingie is just an idea, a thing in your head, though a helpful thing. I can make collages each day this year too, and nobody is stopping me except myself, and my level of energy who is going on power low right now, though these two are listed in my Etsy Shop.

What do you do when you want to create something that you love, and it ain’t happening? Do you force it out, ease into it, or ignore the feeling until it stops bugging you?

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Dear Photo Diary | Commence to see things

Once you really commence to see things, then you really commence to feel things.
Edward Steichen

Puffy Summer Clouds

Dear Photo Diary,
the sky fascinates me right now. I don’t know how many photos I’ve taken of clouds this summer.

And my orchids are still going strong. I have no idea how long a flower can last, but this is a record for my plant. It’s thriving with me.

Orchid still going strong

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Art Journal Peek: Wing it Baby

The greater the contrast, the greater the potential. Great energy only comes from a correspondingly great tension of opposites.
Carl Jung

Art Journal Detail: Wing it drawing

Wing it is means to do something with no preparation. That is the concept of my entire art journal practice.

Maybe my entire life… I just wing it. Continue reading

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Scanning vs. Photographing Collage

I am back with square, abstract artwork. I made a few collages this spring, but never got around to posting them then. Now I really want to get back to creating art and sharing it with you guys, so let’s just start!

Collage: the One Place

The reason this one didn’t get a blog post was mostly because my process includes scanning the artwork, and some pieces of art does not look good scanned. My scanner, for example, does not understand the concept of florescent colors, and those are some of my favorites to use right now!

Just look at the piece above, and then imagine that big circle is actually neon yellow…. Continue reading

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Eye Candy | Peonies at home

Don’t bend; don’t water it down; don’t try to make it logical; don’t edit your own soul according to the fashion. Rather, follow your most intense obsessions mercilessly. Franz Kafka

Bouquet of Peonies

Earlier this summer I got this beautiful bouquet of magenta colored peonies from my friend’s garden. Now as I found the photos on my computer I was reminded of how lovely it is with fresh flowers at home. I decided to share some of the photos I took with you guys, as eye candy!

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Flower border gone awry

Nothing ever gets anywhere. The earth keeps turning round and gets nowhere. The moment is the only thing that counts. Jean Cocteau

Diary Doodle: Flower border gone awry

Finding your own favorite doodle pattern is a good feeling. I think flowers might be my thing, they reoccur all the time. They grow where ever I am. I start with a flower border that soon becomes a meadow of flowers… Continue reading

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Stamping Patterns with Found Objects

Making hand made patterns with Found Objects is always satisfying and fun. My most recent explorations into stamping on fabric involved a garden hose stump found in the grass, among other things…

Garden hose Stamp

I used the end of the garden hose stump to stamp circles, and couldn’t stop. It made such a pretty pattern! I liked the irregular perfect circles, if that makes any sense… I mixed black circles with neon pink circles in a big batch of awesome. The result as a whole is cool looking. It might end up in a sewing project or as a backdrop for embroidery perhaps…

We also took the time to saw a striped pattern into a piece of wood, which was extremely time consuming because hand sawing is hard, especially on such a tiny surface and with such a stupid saw! If I have the chance to visit a real wood work shop I’ll make more but for now this is it!

Anyway, the wood stamp turned out great and with it you can make another kind of awesome pattern… Continue reading

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Inspiration | Awesome Artist Dreams Video Edition

I have come to believe over and over again that what is most important to me must be spoken, made verbal and shared, even at the risk of having it bruised or misunderstood.
Audre Lorde

The Best is Yet to Come birthday card + gifts

The best is yet to come… Birthday card and gifts for a friend.

The weekend is here and I’m back home after a week of house and cat sitting in the country. As I am unpacking and watering my plants today, I thought I’d share five awesome artist videos that you simply must watch if you have an artistic dream that needs inspiration… I hope you like ‘em! Enjoy!

5 Videos about Being an Artist & Dreaming Big

  1. Darren Rowse: How to Get Dreams Out of Your Head Inspiration with link love from iHanna (link list at www.ihanna.nu)
    Darren Rowse’s WDS-talk is great, and full of inspiring tips and ideas. Among other things the talks about where to look for your ‘next big thing’ and the the two questions he asks himself every day, questions that have unlocked some amazing opportunities…
  2. Video Interview with Wes Lang
    An interesting interview with American artist Wes Lang, from earlier this year when he had his entire studio moved to Denmark for an exhibition called “The Studio” at ARoS Museum there. Such a cool exhibition idea, guy, talk. Watch it!
  3. Tiffany Shlain: The Creative Process in 10 Acts
    The Future Start Here! Continue reading

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Art Journal Peek: Starburst

I believe that we learn new things by doing. If you want to learn how to be more creative, you’ve got to start doing something. It is really great to be allowed (in the form of classes, prompts or nudges) to imitate someone else’s personal style, and to learn from them. And last week I learned how to create a Starburst for journaling from Tammy! Mine looks like this:

The Art Journal Starburst

I created my personal version of the Art Journal Starburst inside my Diamond Stitched Journal even before watching Tammy’s video, because I got so excited when she announced her new Art Journal Series called Tangents, where you got to see a photos of upcoming prompts. The first prompt is called Starburst!

Scanned Starburst for Free

The Art Journal Starburst is simply a circle in the middle and then lines shining outwards to the edge of the page. Fill the sections with what ever colors, words and patters you like most!

I tend to love simple ideas like this one the best, because there are so many variations you could do from that idea. You could fill an entire journal with this idea and each page would end up looking very different.

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Eye Candy | 50 Shades of Pink + desktop background

One of the most tragic things I know about human nature is that all of us tend to put off living. We are all dreaming of some magical rose garden over the horizon – instead of enjoying the roses that are blooming outside our windows today. Dale Carnegie

Pink Peony

I was looking through some of the photos from this summer, and noticed that my Pink Flower Mission is evident not only on instagram. As usual I found lots of flower photos in the folders of my computer, and most of my flower photos are of pink flowers. Not too strange, since it is my favorite color. I’m drawn to it like a moth to the light.

I guess I am not just using my mobile phone camera, but also the small (and pink) Ixus and my big girl camera (Nikon d2500). So I’m sharing more pink flowers today, and a desktop background that my mom asked for. You can download it and use it all winter if you want to!

Free Desktop background featuring iHanna's Pink Flower Mission 2014, as seen on instagram

Free Desktop background featuring iHanna’s Pink Flower Mission 2014, as seen on instagram. Click the image to view it big, then right click and choose: set as your desktop background. It will keep you warm.

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