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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365 COLLAGES | Week 28 in 2018 | What a Crazy Idea this was

Believe in yourself! Have faith in your abilities! Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers you cannot be successful or happy.
Norman Vincent Peale

I am trying to create 365 Collages in 2018. In this post you will find seven new collages for Week 28. When thinking about this project right now, I am asking myself: Who the heck came up with this crazy idea?

New Project & Invitation: create 365 collages in one year - with iHanna (Hanna Andersson, Sweden) #365somethings2018

It was me, myself and I that decided to do another 365 collages this year, so I have no-one to blame but myself. Darn!

Everyone is tired of seeing the same start of blog posts every week, right? 365 collages in 2018… yada-yada-yada! I’m tired of it. I’m ready to give up, and yet I’m not. I really want to finish, because there is immense satisfaction in scanning seven finished, square collages made on vintage target practice paper, and saying: Yes. I made those. I finished yet another week of collages. I can do this!

Me, myself and I can finish this huge and right now burdensome collage project. Right?

It was Crazy to fall behind

The stupidest thing I did with this project, was falling so far behind this winter when I was just starting out. I can’t even remember how that happened, but probably I was too tired to make it to the studio too many weeks in a row. It’s the “being behind” thing that bugs me most right now, so that is why I’m posting two collage posts each week right now (14 collages a week!), so that I maybe, just maybe can catch up! That would be a dream to me right now, and I’m not that far away from doing just that. Yay!

It’s not a good idea to fall behind when you have to make a collage for each day, because if you fall behind 14 days, that is a lot of work to catch up on.

But it’s not the end of the world to fall behind either. At least that is what I’m telling myself. If you push yourself to work towards your goal, you can and you will catch up. Right?

Here are my seven collages for this week, showing 7 steps of progress:

After the dry spell - Collage no 190 by iHanna - extra week 14
After the dry spell, collage by iHanna. Extra from week 14.

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Art Journal Peek: A Love-fest Without End

An Art Journal is like a wonderful Pride Parade for all people under the rainbow, all creatives that are willing to have an open mind towards personal creativity. It is like a virtual Love-fest Without End.

A lovefest without end by iHanna #studioihanna

I have been keeping some kind of Art Journal for over 10 years now, and I hope I never stop. I hope my family won’t let me stop, even when I’m old and forgetful and rather just stare at the TV screen…

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365 Collages | Week 27 | Shabby Chic Style

iHanna’s 365 Collage Project in 2018 is proceeding on the blog as usual, and in her life. If you’re not clicking over to visit the blog a couple of times each week, you’re missing out on the exciting adventure of cut and paste on squares…

Spelling bee - Collage no 183 by iHanna
Spelling bee, collage by iHanna.

We are now on Week 27 (collage number 183 to 189) and we’re visiting the interior decorating style called “shabby chic”, a kind of off-white, romantic country style of shabby furniture and gingham table clothes, with a vintage vase one the table full of pink roses (or peonies!) to finish of the look.

Can you see the rooms, the style, the welcoming atmosphere in these seven collages? Let me know in the comments, will ya? Coz I’m inviting you in for lemonade in chipped glasses and cookies made from grandma’s recipe…

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365 Collages | Week 26 | Connected by a Blue Circle

Abstraction - Collage no 176 by iHanna
Abstraction, collage by iHanna.

Six months of collages – wow! Because 26 and 26 is 52, right? I think that means that week 26 was the middle point of this journey. With 182 collages (182 + 182 + 1 = 365!) I’m halfway through the journey of making a collage for each day this year. Damn, that feels good!

There is no special theme in this week’s collages, just a blue circle that is repeating on a couple of them. And they are all named on the letter “A”, after my friend Jenny’s suggestion for easy naming. I thought it would be good to try this week when most of the collages are entirely abstract. Otherwise I often like to name “by association” while looking at them. Is “A” a good idea? Would we do B next? Or keep the randomness of titles perhaps? I like both ways.

Here’s week 26 of 2018, 7 new collages by yours truly:

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365 Collages | Week 25 | Creating a Synthesis

Synthesis means a combination of components or elements to form a connected whole. I think that is what collage is about. Trying to take a jumple of very different elements and making it into a connected whole: something new. Very much like a lot of other things, many more than you might think about. Like a family, a home, a painting, a book.

Trying to Blend in - Collage no 169 by iHanna
Trying to Blend in, collage by iHanna.

As we create (everything from a family unit, a party or artwork) we’re always looking for new things to add into the mix. Writers take their thoughts, impressions, ideas and words and mix them together into a “connected whole”. I do it with little paper scraps, making collages.

What components do you want to bring together today?

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365 Collages | Week 24 | Birds birds birds

It's impossible to explain creativity... #quote

Birds are the perfect animal, the one creature probably every human is a bit envious of. Who wouldn’t want to take flight and disappear into the sky?

They’re also the perfect metaphor for many things, so tiny and yet so powerful. I think that is what attract us to them, and why so many of us love birds (but not everyone I know!), in real life and in art. They’re always always perfect eye capture’s in art collage. Here are seven new collages with birds, birds, birds that I made…

Enjoy!

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