A few weeks back I held a workshop at the Stockholm university. It was super fun and I took lots of photos while we painted. Some of you have seen a few instagram pics already, but I wanted to share more from the workshop with you guys. Mostly of the student’s creativity – it was mindbogglingly amazing!
I started by talking a bit about the history of the dala häst (an image that has become a symbol of Sweden in many ways), kurbits (the painting style) and how the horses are still made mostly by hand today. I showed slides of my own visit to the Dala Horse Factory. Then each student got a wood horse to paint themselves, in what ever style they choose! Continue reading
Welcome to My World
There is only three weeks left of the year of collage! Can you believe it? We all know time flies, but every end of the year we’re caught by surprise. Already the year is ending? Where did the time disappear to?
With my personal 365-collage project I feel that I’ve really had many creative and happy moments making art this year, probably a record of some kind. And I love that you’ve all been here with me to celebrate it each week!
So once again I ask you to let me know in the comments what you think of this weeks collages. Any favorites found, and if so, why do you think that is? What appeals to you? Personally I am especially pleased with the titles this time, probably because they make my inner child smile. Continue reading
Invite your inner child out for a bit of winter crafting this week!
When snow won’t come to you, you have to make your own snow! That’s the new iHanna saying around here. Or, even better put; when snow flakes out on you, you’d better create some snowflakes on your own! And you may quote me on that.
A sweet friend of mine bought me some fun stamps and a magazine about paper crafts on her latest trip abroad. And when she came over we had a lovely time together paper crafting with my new stuff!
My sewing machine loves to come out to play every now and then. I wish we had more time to play together. She doesn’t even mind when I bring out a stash of papers and sew those together, because we agree that paper sewing is one of the best crafts! That is, me and my sewing machine agrees on that. And maybe you do too? Today I’m sharing front views of all the DIY Postcards I sent out in the swap, including some “extras”. All of them are stitched together scraps of paper, like a paper quilt.
Enjoy! Continue reading
Today I wanted to show you one of the pretty extras that I got in the DIY Postcard Swap this year. It is made by my mom, who has been participating in almost all of the swaps I’ve arranged I think.
I saw the beginnings of the postcard, because we had a crafternoon together in my studio, where mom started by painting the postcard foundation. She used acrylic paints and painted with one of our favorite methods of painting, something she too has fallen in love with…
You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. Plato
Instead of going into a meeting at work, only equipped with a ball point pen and a notepad, lately I’ve been bringing a black marker with me too. Not for note taking, but for doodles. I, like many others, listen and concentrate much better when I can do something with my hands. And since I can’t bring my knitting (because it is at home most of the time) I bring a good pen. Love bringing a good pen to meetings these days! Continue reading
A Year of Cut & Paste
Vintage text pages are fun to create collages with, and there is no end to the combinations you can create. I had a lot of fun with these. Please let me know in the comment section if you can detect a favorite among these collages. I appreciate your visit dear reader, and your time! Thank you! Continue reading
As a collage artist my paper collection is an ever growing pile of yumminess… I love my paper stash a lot, as you know. But my apartment is very small, and my home studio already takes up a lot of room here. I don’t really want the paper stash to take over my life… Instead of trashing I’ve been sorting some of it into goodie bags, and adding them to my Etsy Shop! Continue reading
I am finally sitting down to post some of the many photos I took while making postcards for the DIY Postcard Swap! Just looking at my messy desk above, filed with half finished postcards a few weeks back, makes me want to jump in and do another swap right away. I think I am loving this swap more and more for each year we do this! How about you?
I love sewing paper patchwork! I love making those patchworks into postcards! I’ve done similar postcards before, but this time I was really digging through the stash and some new magazines to find bright, pop art inspired illustrations and patterns. I wanted the look of modern, fun and sparkly (without actually adding glitter). Continue reading