Collage time again! Have a Cup with Me
Last week I posted the black and white edition. This week, I indulged in pink! It’s really fun to exlore colour through collage like this, working in a series of artwork. And pink is a colour I always come back to.
The patterned paper in Artist Season is printed from ColourLovers, and the pink flowers you will see in some of these collages is my own photos taken at a very Pink Moment.
Please let me know in the comments if you like these! Thank you!
When visiting Gotland in May I came across these darling cute lambs close to where we were staying. Gotland is known for the many sheep, and in every souvenir boutiques on the island you will find a sheep of some kind in every available form; ceramics, wool, fabric or illustration on something else.
But to me the real deal is so much better than any sheep you can take home and put on your shelf. The lambs are so cute, and they are like newborn wool on walking sticks. Who can resist them? Continue reading
True to my June ideas I’m filling white pages in my Art Journal this month. And I am combining a lot different things on the same page. The combination of things is my favorite thing about mixed media art. I love combinations that grow over a couple of hours or days. Like doodles, watercolours, acrylic paint, crayon marks, collage, writing, mixed with ephemera, washi tape and notes.
Here are few close up of this page: Continue reading
I recently posted a video where I played with wet-on-wet in watercolours and also some views of the Swedish forest in spring, where I wrote a bit about how you can document life with video. Now I have made another video!
You will find it in the ICAD-section of Tammy’s blog! It’s called Index Card FUN with Hanna. I hope you like it. Please click through to leave a comment/rate it on youtube too.
In the video you will see my doodle, collage and paint a bit. It’s kind of strange to create with the camera in front of you, trying to keep within the picture frame. The doodle kind of shows that I am not really looking, but also gives you an idea on how fun it can be to create something quickly, without thinking. I don’t get all those youtube journaling videos that shows the creating upside down, so I did my best to create something fun to watch…
I am not doing a daily index card this year, because I am in the middle of my 365 Collages project. But a lot of others are doing it.
Did you know that you can even get some fun prompts to inspire you this summer? They are available in translation too! In Italian, French, and even Swedish (the last one is translated by yours truly).
“Good” can be a stifling word, a word that makes you hesitate and stare at a blank page and second-guess yourself and throw stuff in the trash. What’s important is to get your hands moving and let the images come. Whether it’s good or bad is beside the point. Make art.
/Austin Kleon [via]
Loved from Afar
Week 24 has already begun! And I haven’t been keeping up with seven collages per week. I’m behind but I’m trying to catch up and I feel optimistic about it. I will create a whole lot more art this week, now that two major deadlines has past. For week 22 I kept it simple with a black and white scale. And while I wanted to “be done” quickly, again I found how much I love working in black and white! Love excluding almost all colours and just letting the texture and line talk. Love! I hope you like them too. Please let me know what your favorites are in the comments! Thanks!
Elephant in the Window Continue reading
The Artsyville special design tape is yellow. And awesome. I so love it! And I think yellow is my new favorite colour, at least this summer. I think yellow is perfect in the summer, don’t you agree? So warm, happy and bright.
I didn’t mean to leave this little blog without posts this week, but I’m a buzzy bee right now, finishing the embroidery mag summer issue. When it’s done I will be able to breath again. And post seven new collages, and some other fun stuff. Stay tuned.
Did you pick a summer colour yet?
Let’s live life more artfully. As artists who embrace creativity at every chance. Let’s make everyday special. Let’s live right now, today! As free spirits who dives head first into new projects and rather live with messy desks, than to stop to clean up.
There is no time to stop right now. There are so many creative actions to take! So many artworks to create. There is no time to sit still. No time to sleep in!
Kantha is a type of embroidery, popular in West Bengal. It consists of a simple running stitch and it is popular in “Kantha saris” traditionally worn by women in Bengal. Kantha stitching is also used to make simple quilts, commonly known as Nakshi Kantha. Women in Bengal typically use old saris and cloth and layer them with kantha stitch to make a light blanket, throw or bedspread, especially for children. Kantha is very popular with tourists visiting Bengal, and personally I adore the combination of quilting and embroidery! Delicious!
I’m not sure it’s what I have done, but I call my regular rows of running stitch Kantha, and I simply love doing them! You’ve got to find the right combination of fabrics (I sew in two layers), but when the weave is loose enough to do a smooth stitching you can’t help falling in love. Falling into a meditative state of stitching, wanting to add “just one more row”… But because it is time consuming I didn’t set out to make a quilt. Instead I finished my piece and made this: Continue reading
The end of spring means the beginning of summer. When one thing ends, another comes instead – always. And I go through my digital photo folders and fall in love with photography again. And again. And again.
I love Elise Blaha’s blog, and I admire the way each month she sets new Bold Intentions for the month. The first time I read about it I thought “That’s something I should do too”. But then I hesitated, not wanting to set goals because I might fail, them and myself. I don’t want to disappoint myself. But still, I love goals when they work well. So today I’m ignoring the fear of failure. Yes I might fail, but at least in June I’m giving it a try with some June Ideas… Just some simple ones for the first lovely summer month.
My June Ideas:
- Do yoga at home once a week
- Go outside each day
- Explore one New Place
- Finish a photo book (if it rains)
- Draw and paint in my Art Journal
- Stop pinning, and not visit pinterest at all during summer
- Do something creative every day
I find myself wanting to write a huge list of things I want to do, things to finish and shoulds, but let’s not do that Hanna. Maybe you fail your goals because you want too much at the same time? It’s just a five week period and you still have to keep up with the collage creating!
Do you set monthly goals, like Elise does? What are your goals, bold or not, for June?