365 Collages | Week 22 | Swedish Headers

The titles of these collages (no 148 – 154) is quite random, but the collages themselves are all themed around Swedish headers cut out of vintage craft magazines. I love the colorful look of these Swedish text headers, and I hope you’ll enjoy these new collages!

Here’s no 148 for week 22 of my 365 project:

From Summer to Easter - Collage no 148 by iHanna a.k.a. artist Hanna Andersson, Sweden #365somethings2018 #collageart
From Summer to Easter, collage by iHanna.

And here is the rest of them:

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From the Scarlet Letterbox

My blog friend Natalie of The Smallest Forest, whose amazing art and creatings I’ve written about before wanted to start a new “thing” this year and came up with the idea of offering her readers, fans and all interested a letter subscription.

Love getting hand written letters each month

In her letter subscription you get one handwritten beautiful letter once a month, in the most amazingly illustrated and personalized envelope in your mail box. I don’t know if it’s because I “kind of know” Natalie (through reading her blog for many years, last year while she and her man was sailing to different countries away from their boat house home in Australia) that these letters feel so very personal, or if she is just a very skilled writer… Continue reading

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Playful Index Card Collages by iHanna | June 1-15

Like I mentioned a in the beginning of last month in June and July there is an art challenge going on that is called ICAD – Index-Card-a-Day. It’s low key and fun, and I’m making collages with stickers, cute images, washi tape, words, labels and this and that found in a little box of treassures on my table…

Index Card Collages 1-15 June 2018 by iHanna aka Hanna Andersson #ihannasICAD #dyICAD2018

A lot of people are filling an index card with some kind of artsy idea for ICAD, hosted by my friend Tammy of Daisy Yellow, and you can join too. Just start any time in July and try it out. This challenge is joined by thousands of people all over the world. We’ve got free prompts to follow (weekly and daily if you want and need them), a (paid) Facebook group and the hashtag #dyICAD2018 on instagram which all makes it easy to connect and be inspired by what others are doing.

I’ve shared a few of my cards on instagram and my own facebook page Studio iHanna in June, but today I thought I’d share the first 15 so that you can see them together. They make me happy, so I’m hoping it’s contagious…

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365 Collages | Week 21 | Beneath the Surface

Try Ctrl and Z to delete - Collage no 106 (a number I forgot that previous time) by iHanna week 21
Try Ctrl and Z to delete, collage by iHanna.

One of the reasons I love collage is because it always seem to be something hidden, beneath the surface. There are different layers of papers of course, but also layers of meaning and obscured imagery. There might be some hidden secrets. Sometimes the meaning is obvious, sometimes impossible to interpret. But one thing is sure: the more you look, the more you will see.

Beneath the surface this week I am seeing mistakes and wins, steps forward and some that are taking me back. Beneath the Surface there are longing, wishes and truths. I hope you’ll see some of it.

I present you with week 21’s collages, seven fresh ones from the table of iHanna.

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365 Collages | Week 20 | Summer Feels like this

What does summer feels like to you, if you describe it in art? This is how it feels to me right now, in collage form. Seven new collages – again.

By the Ocean - Collage no 141 by iHanna week 20
By the Ocean, collage by iHanna.

The whole value of solitude depends upon ones self; it may be a sanctuary or a prison, a haven of repose or a place of punishment, a heaven or a hell, as we ourselves make it.
John Lubbock

I get a lot of Summer Feels from these collages, and hope you do too. But naming these more abstract patches is getting harder and harder… I raking my brain over here, but so far I’ve managed to give each of the +140 collages I’ve made this year a title.

Here are the 7 collages I have made most recently, for my 365 Collages project. Enjoy.
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365 Collages | Week 19 | Looking back & moving forward

We just passed the “Summer Middle”, and with this post I’m sharing a few “leftovers” or let’s rather call them catch up collages from previous weeks.

I’ve already shared week 17 (Being a Paper Squirrel) and week 18 (Ironic Midsummer Romance) this week so I guess the whole concept is confusing not only to me, but to you too by now, but ignore that please. It’s just art, and my way of keeping count might be confusing, but all it is is a way forward.

Let’s move forward together, shall we?

The Golden Start - leftover from week 1 - Collage no 128 of 365 by iHanna #3365somethings2018
The Golden Start – leftover from week 1, collage by iHanna.

For example, the collage above was made in week one this year, and the one below in week two. That means I made 8 collages those weeks, and these have been left without a home for a few months. I feel like now it’s time to share them.

Click the week number if you want to check back on the week they actually “belong too”. I think you can tell that they’re made at the same time, right?

Here’s the rest of the seven cath-up-collages.

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365 Collages | Week 18 | Ironic Midsummer Romance

Happy Midsummer from Sweden today!

Fun but terrifying - Collage no 123 by iHanna #365somethings2018
Fun but terrifying – collage by iHanna.

Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.

Happy Midsummer, or Solstice, or simple the middle of summer – today, with 7 romantic looking collages… but with a rather ironic twist. I hope you like them!

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365 Collages | Week 17 | Being a Paper Squirrel

I am definitely a Paper Squirrel, saving every little piece of paper I can. I squirrel away all the papers that I think have potential to be in a collage, some day. I think you have to be somewhat of a Paper Squirrel to be a collage artist. You need a good collection of different papers, in different sizes, patterns, and qualities. Looking through them is what gets me going with collage.

Sometimes I’ll have an idea what I want to do and express, but seldom does my vision come through. My intuition takes over and my hands start gluing papers together.

Dinner is Ready - Collage 116 by iHanna
Dinner is Ready – collage by iHanna.

I’m still fascinated with the vintage substrate I’m using for these collages, so it is still peaking through on most of them.

Here are seven new collages for week 17 of 2018, made by this Paper Squirrel, right in the middle of my 365 Collages Project…

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How to make a Washi Tape Sampler

I have been collecting washi tape for a few years now, but I still remember the first couple of rolls I got and what an amazing invention I thought patterned tape was. It’s like stickers, but on a “never ending” roll. Recently I’ve finished two different rolls of tape, so they’re not infinite – but I think it can feel like that when you have a lot of them…

What to do with all the washi and deco tape you own?

I don’t want a huge collection of tapes, because as you might know – they age and the stickiness can fade, or they get so sticky you can’t unroll the tape! That is one reason I don’t want to buy buy buy tape.

It kind of feels silly to buy more, a little counter-intuitive when the rolls will last so long, right? But there are so many new patterns that are calling to be brought home – so what to do? What can we do about this luxurious dilemma?

I am going to demonstrate a splendid solution for you all today!

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365 Collages | Week 16 | English Garden Party

There are days when solitude is a heady wine that intoxicates you with freedom, others when it is a bitter tonic, and still others when it is a poison that makes you beat your head against the wall. Colette

Tea for two - Collage 107 of 365 by iHanna
Tea for two – collage no 107 by iHanna.

Welcome to my English Garden Party!

Don’t stay at home alone, bring a friend and come over because it’s going to be a party that lasts all night…

A lovely Garden Party with these seven new collages for my 365 Project this year. We will serve tea in thin china cups, live music in the evening and some slow waltzing over the lawn at dusk…

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