365 Collages | Week 36 | The Birds are Back in Town

Pink Chested Well-Wisher - Collage no 246 by iHanna
Pink Chested Well-Wisher, a collage by iHanna.

One could probably create 365 collages featuring a different bird each time. There are a lot of beautiful birds in the world, as well as bird illustrations and ephemera. Birds are always a grateful subject matter, so here are seven new collages featuring feathered friends, with newly imagined names, by yours truly.

I hope you like them!

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365 Collages | Week 35 | Monochromatic Collages

It is time for some monochromatic collage! Yay, right? This is one of my favorite ways to work with colors, and collage.

At the Blue Lagoon - Collage no 239 by iHanna #365somethings2018
At the Blue Lagoon, a collage by iHanna.

Many years ago now, I did a series of monochromatic art journal pages. Who remembers those? Anyway, it was a super fun little project where I tried every orange paint color and every orange paper scrap I could locate, and wrote about the swatches, on one art journal spread for orange, and so on.

When I made these, I started thinking about that, and in my next art journal, I will start with something similar I think. Just playing with one color, because “one color” isn’t just one, it’s thousands of hues that we group together under one name. We think of them as similar, but they can be very different from each other. I love them all dearly.

So it’s a bit of a rainbow today, a bit of swatching, a bit of play with colors – one of my favorite ways to do art. Just playing and seeing what comes out.

Please let me know below which of these you like best, and why…

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My First Art Vlog: Yayoi Kusama in Stockholm

In this blog post you will find my very first video log (vlog), lots of polka dot art, some journaling and lots of polka dotted lamps in different colors (swoon!). But first a little bit about the artist Yayoi Kusama…

iHanna's first Vlog: Kusama (with all the polka dots) in Stockholm

Yayoi Kusama and her polka dots

Yayoi Kusama is a internationally well-known and very much loved artist from Japan. She has been making thought-proving art since she was very young, when she went to live in the US, to be more free with her art. She is now 89 years old and she is just as prolific as ever. She has moved back to Japan, and last year a new Kusama Museum opened up in Tokyo. I’d love to visit that museum one day…

My First Art Vlog: Yayoi Kusama in Stockholm asking: What is a polka dot, can it be a room full of spheres? #art

A couple of her artworks were touring Scandinavia in 2016 and I got to see it in Stockholm, Sweden, where I live. Lucky me, right? I was totally mesmerized by her art, as I suspected I would be before going. I love polka dot patterns & colorful, bold art, and that is what Kusama is most known for. Her magnificent paintings with masked dots are called infinite nets, and her installations of objects and whole rooms covered in polka dots, are a piece of Alice in Wonderland magic coming to life. It’s like a Disney Land for adult art lovers.

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365 Collages | Week 34 | Invest for the Future

We’re in the beginning of September and the week number of the year is 37. Not sure you have week numbers in your calendar, but if you do you already know this. But on posting my collages for 365 collages in 2018, I’m on week 34. So if I could post just three more weeks this week, I’d be caught up. That isn’t really realistic, but at least I know what I am getting closer to getting caught up again.

But tomorrow we’ll take a break from collages for a VLOG – a.k.a. video log. I’m excited. I hope you’ll be too.

Open Season - Collage no 233 by iHanna
Open Season, collage by iHanna.

When I’m by myself, I can be myself, which is what I want to be. Not just a part of someone else. Jean Culligan

Yes, it’s true.

I will be sharing my very first vlog tomorrow (Yay!). It is something I’ve been wanting to do for many years, so I’ve collected video clips everywhere, without getting to the point where I share them. But now I’ve edited the first one!

So stay tuned, subscribe to posts via e-mail (although embedded video is often not visible via e-mail, but then all you need to do is click the header in the e-mail to come visit and see the embedded video material) or check your RSS Feed Reader for a new blog post tomorrow! Or just watch this space. Here’s seven new collages for now.

Happy Monday friends!

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365 Collages | Week 33 | Cut things away as you go

Fresh but Vintage - Collage no 230 by iHanna #365somethings2018
Fresh Vintage, a collage by iHanna.

Isolation is aloneness that feels forced upon you, like a punishment. Solitude is aloneness you choose and embrace. I think great things can come out of solitude, out of going to a place where all is quiet except the beating of your heart. Jeanne Marie Laskas

I am doing a 365 collage project this year, and this week I’m presenting you with seven new collages fresh from my art table. They’re a mix of printed, commercial patterned papers and my own hand-painted papers, with some magazine pieces thrown in for color and variation. Continue reading

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365 Collages | Week 32 | Catching the Ladybug

It is not necessary that you leave the house. Remain at your table and listen. Do not even listen, only wait. Do not even wait, be wholly still and alone. The world will present itself to you for its unmasking… in ecstasy it will writhe at your feet.
Franz Kafka

It is bugging me that this post and these collages are sooo late, but… here they are!

Don't bug me lady - Collage by iHanna #365somethings2018 #collage #art
Don’t bug me lady, collage by iHanna.

I am just a little bit irritated with my 365 collages in 2018-project right now. Just as I was catching up about 2,5 weeks ago, I got sick again. One of those Rick Astley colds Never gonna giiive you up-kind that makes you forget what energy and life is all about for a while. Where did all of August go? It disappeared in a cough!

I got it just as I got home from a work trip to Birmingham, which you will have seen photos and video from if you follow me on Instagram, and after that nothing happening on the blog, at all.

I have been wanting to share the impressions from my trip (some photos and fun purchases), new journaling content etcetera etcetrera, but it took all my willpower to finish the magazine layout that I of course had a deadline on, while I was sick… So that’s why the blog took to a halt. Like it sometimes does. It just felt extra bitter because I was so very close to catching up with my 365 collages! But let’s not complain any more about that. I have made a new batch of beautiful art this week, and today I finally scanned, titled and uploaded the lot.

So let’s take a look, shall we?

Oh Bite Me Sucker - Collage by iHanna #365somethings2018 #collage #art
Oh Bite Me Sucker, collage by iHanna.

View point for Ants - Collage by iHanna #365somethings2018 #collage #art
View point for Ants, collage by iHanna.

You Challenge Me - Collage by iHanna #365somethings2018 #collage #art
You Challenge Me?, collage by iHanna.

Jazz me Up Scotty - Collage by iHanna #365somethings2018 #collage #art
Jazz me Up Scotty, collage by iHanna.

Going Backwards - Collage by iHanna #365somethings2018 #collage #art
Going Backwards, collage by iHanna.

Come closer if you dare - Collage by iHanna #365somethings2018 #collage #art
Come closer if you dare, collage by iHanna.

Lots of little bugs this weeks, and passive aggressive titles because of being sick and wanting to do so much. :-)

If you enjoy this collage series feel free to pin this image to a Pinterest board:
iHannas 365 Collages Week 32 2018 #365somethings2018 #collage #art

Thanks for being here, and reading my blog, being my favorite supporter and leaving me a comment below. I want to know which of these collages you like the best – and why? I’m curious & appreciate your comments so much. :-)

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This project is part of my 365 Somethings 2018 and I call it 365 Collages by iHanna.

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Bonus collages: Feel free to take a look at the 2013 week 32 of collages, when I did a 365 project. And leave me a comment there too, I read them all and feel very grateful if you take the time. :-)



Previously: Week 31 | Next: Week 33

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Make Jewelry from Wood Beads

A great Summer Craft Idea, is bringing out a bowl of painted wood beads, and stringing them together to make wood bead jewelry.

Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter, and those who matter won’t mind.
Doktor Seuss

Making Wood bead jewelry and sipping my coffee

Slow down with beading

You can sit down by yourself, and have a quiet moment with your coffee. Most people consider colorful wood beads a craft material for children, but I love the look of them.

I have painted naked wood beads myself but prefer the glossy, finished one you can buy in big jars at the craft store (often kid’s section though).

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365 Collages | Week 31 | Only the Best

The more things you do, the more you can do.
Lucille Ball

Jumping to Conclusions - Collage no 211 by iHanna
Jumping to Conclusions – Collage no 211 by iHanna.

Collage number 211 to 217 of my 365 Collage Project. Romance again, a wee bit of my favorite colour pink – and a feeling of spring as autumn approaches. But this is what I was feeling right now, in this moment.

Bright, refreshed, ready for work and more of everything.

I hope you like the collages my dear.

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365 Collages | Week 30 | Chillaxing

Again, seven new collages fresh from the artist’s table. With these I am wishing you a chillaxing weekend!

Passing the ravine - Collage no 205 by iHanna
Passing the ravine – Collage no 205 by iHanna.

Chillaxing you ask? It’s chilling and relaxing put together, a lovely word if you ask me. It is the ultimate state of chill and relaxation. I hope my collages today will offer you some well deserved shade and a windy breeze…

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365 Collages | Week 29 | Capture the Moment

Today it’s time to celebrate again. I have reached collage number 200 of 365, another great big and wonderful milestone! So let us leave our worries of giving up behind, and continue forward, towards the goal.

Ghost of a Town - Collage no 197 by iHanna - week 29
Ghost of a Town, collage by iHanna.

The theme of these collages can be seen in the vintage illustrations of a few Rollieflex cameras, that made me think of photography and capturing the moment. Being in the moment, while documenting it and so on. I hope you like these collages, with some quotes thrown in for good measure.

You can always hoover over the image to find out what number it is in the 365 project/year. Enjoy.

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