I heart being an artist even though I sometimes lose my nerve

I love art

I wanted to create heart shaped art, so I did. I cut out hearts from vintage photo album pages that I found at a thrift shop, and then added lots of papers that I like. And glitter! I love these collages and the yummy warmth they radiate.

Making Love
Art can be anything we like. I like the heart shape. I like warm tones; pink, red, orange. I like when it shimmers and shines.

JANUARY heARTs (all four) Art can be about glitter and hearts, because I say so. And Suzi Blu says so. And she knows. Art is not all landscape and portrait paintings in oil, right? I can be an artist because I want to be an artist… Yes I can.

But it can be hard. So hard.This was the first start of this post then I changed it: I wanted to add these hearts to my Etsy shop last week, but I didn’t. I lost my nerve. I thought nobody would be interested in buying them. They look like messy postcards. Ugly messy postcards. I put them away in a pile of papers. Today I looked at them again. I really like them. I have added one of these hearts and I will list the others if you let me know which one you like to own. Thanks. This is what I wrote in the description;

    January Love Heart #1 (copyright Hanna Andersson) This piece of art is Heart Shaped and made in honor of the beauty of Love. The beauty of messy difficult love that can sparkle and make your own heart sing if you dear to let it…

    I hope my art will make you feel something when you look at it on your wall!

I love art
Just because it’s not square, it might not be art. But who cares.

    The hearty collage is made out of all kinds of fun papers, yummy acyclic colors and glitter!

    I suggest that you frame it in a square or A4-sized frame in black, and hang it on your wall. I can see two of them in frames side by side. Shimmering in the light from the window. They will remind you that love is important and always present. All year around. All the time. For ever.

    The heart collage is about 19 centimeter tall and comes with a white 21 x 21 cm big watercolor paper. You can use the white paper as background if you frame this art or you can use another (bigger) white paper if your frame is bigger or you want to give the heart more space. Your choice. Your wall.

    XOXOX
    /iHanna

Did I say I made four hearts?

January Love Heart #2

January Love Heart #3

January Love Heart #4

Maybe you’ll be inspired to make your own. If not, please check out the Original heArt Collage at etsy!? I will list the three above hearts if you let me know which one you like to own! Thanks, you rock too!

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15 Responses to I heart being an artist even though I sometimes lose my nerve

  1. Rhomany says:

    Oh I think they’re lovely just as they are.
    Definitely put them on Etsy. Worst thing would be they don’t sell and you get to take them back for yourself and make a pretty mobile or something out of them :)

  2. Dede says:

    They would make BEAUTIFUL candy box tops! Very pretty :)

  3. iHanna says:

    Rhomany,
    thank you for your encouragement and kindness! I did put one up with just that mindset, I will just see what happens… They can be next years Valentine cards if they don’t sell as the art they were intended as. Or I’ll get a frame just like the one I imagine and give them away?! :-)

  4. Chris says:

    These are charming and unique and I love them. They would be nice for mobiles, or as tops for hand-made heart-shaped boxes, or as a surprise in a big envelope to someone you love, or any of a number of things! Hearts are for all year!

  5. jenny says:

    I’m always inspired when I visit your site. These are beautiful, and I love that you share your vulnerability. I can so easily relate to you and feel inspired to just do it, even when I don’t have the nerve!

  6. Marie says:

    I think they are very sweet too. I think they would look very cute framed.

  7. Lin says:

    Actually they’d also make a spectacular really large art piece framed as laid out in the 4th from last photograph. Like a quilt block of gorgeous hearts.

  8. Zom says:

    I bet you sell it. I bet you do.

  9. Imelda says:

    Hi Hanna,these hearts look lovely! And do not forget to ‘heart’ yourself for trying to make art. Good Luck.

  10. Carrie says:

    You are crazy. Crazy-gifted, that is. These hearts are GOR-GEE-US! They are so bright and full of passion and fun. I love them and I totally think you should sell them in your Etsy shop. I love all of them and would have a hard time choosing, but I would hang it up on the wall in my toddler’s room. :)

    Oh, hey, I made those kitty coasters for Chris on Prism Trail and saw your comment. If you are interested, I can make you a set. I have one set for sale at AlteriorMotives.artfire.com, but I can do a custom one for you if you so desire. Let me know. :) Carrie

  11. Suzestta says:

    Gorgeous hearts!
    Have you ever played with beeswax? Natural beeswax dripped on and then flattened with a quilting iron seals all edges and makes the piece appear more as a whole and does MAGICAL things to collage paintings. It brings out the colors more. Try it sometime as a finishing seal and let us know what you think!

  12. tj says:

    Hanna these are beautiful…some people seem to get sick of heart and heart-shaped ornamentation around Valentine’s day but I never do. Who could get tired of one of the most international symbols on earth! xoxoxo tj

  13. arlene says:

    YUM -A -RAMA!
    You know I am a heart girl and these are especially lovely.
    Just lovely.

  14. Shell says:

    Your hearts are beautiful. I buy the last one, if I money to. I hope you list them, I’m sure they will sell out. Love in real life is big, messy, glittery and colorful.

  15. mary says:

    LOVE your hearts! so colorful…..Wonderful!!!

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