365 Collages | Week 52 | The End (for now)

Focus on the journey, not the destination. Joy is found not in finishing an activity but in doing it. Greg Anderson

Yes! I finished on time, before 2018 ended I had successfully made 365 art collages!

Yay! I finished the 365 collage project /iHanna #365somethings2018

Yes, it felt good, almost profound. Like the biggest win of the year, actually.

Yes. I was making the last couple of collages with a big grin on my face and in a lovely flow, a flow that comes from doing art regularly for a whole year, no matter what. That’s the biggest reward. How easy it gets when you keep at it. I love that.

And no. I will not be making another 365 collages in 2019. I need a breather, and I long for Art Journaling and other fun stuff, thinking I might sew a quilt this year. And maybe finally launch another online workshop? We’ll see.

Anyway, I’m done and here are the last seven collages of 2018, made for my project 365 collages 2018.

If you have gotten anything out from this, found the collages inspirational or just wanna cheer projects like this on – please write me a comment below. I’d love to hear from you!

I will write a little bit more about this is a final blog post when I’ve sorted the piles of collages and taken a few photos of the pile, so stay tuned.

The End (for now)

Here’s my last collages:

Cultural exchange across borders - Collage no 359 by iHanna
Cultural exchange across borders – Collage no 359 by iHanna.

In a way, all my collages feels like a “cultural exchange”, because you take bits from so many different sources. Sometimes it’s from other artists, sometimes from other countries, and sometimes you borrow bits from yourself and give them to the art. It’s truly an exchange of minds, although you’re the boss as a collage artist. :-)

Being Square - Collage no 360 by iHanna
Being Square – Collage no 360 by iHanna.

All my collages this year has been square, and it’s still my absolute favorite format for this art form. I was lucky to have the substrate already in the right size (for what I wanted), they’re about 13 x 13 cm big (5,1 x 5,1 inches). It’s something about square that I adore. Maybe it’s the equality of the borders?

Towards New Horizons - Collage no 361 by iHanna
Towards New Horizons – Collage no 361 by iHanna.

Now it’s time to look for new horizons, new art adventures… To move forward, but in a different way. And although I hate saying good bye (to anything good) it’s time to call this project done. But it’s not the end forever, just for now.

The Collage Bug - Collage no 362 by iHanna
The Collage Bug – Collage no 362 by iHanna.

I caught the Collage Bug many years ago, and I love him so much. It’s one of the few things in life where I totally love all the steps of the process, from finding material, to sorting through papers, to collecting and saving to cutting, gluing and making somethings new out of something that previously was something else… Love it!

Never ever kill those particular darlings - Collage no 363 by iHanna
Never ever kill those particular darlings – Collage no 363 by iHanna.

In writing they say “kill your darlings”, which mean delete or remove the words or even sentences that you love the most when you edit your work. Clean it up, remove all the excess. Or you can just ignore that advice, and keep it as is. Move on, let it be. I will never kill these particular darlings, all papers are equally important and should have a place to shine in each collage…

Feeling Wealthy - Collage no 364 by iHanna
Feeling Wealthy – Collage no 364 by iHanna.

One of the vintage clippings in this collage is about making money. But money is not the only thing that can make you feel wealthy, is it? Although I do need to make a lot more money in 2019, I always feel rich when I have a glue stick and some papers close by. I think it’s my calling in a way. Could that be?

Story-telling before bed - Collage no 365 by iHanna
Story-telling before bed – Collage no 365 by iHanna.

“Storytelling” because of the lion from a vintage school book where you learn how to read. “Before bed” because of the clock image (that comes from a wrapping paper), and that cozy time before it’s time to go to sleep. Preferably with a good book, right? And Story-telling before bed because that is one of the thoughts I had when I looked at this finished collage to give it a title. Isn’t all of these art pieces little stories, little vignettes of life? I think so. Yes I do.

And that’s 365 collages for you. Oh, I happened to make an extra collage, because I am number challenged. And it’s all about me, in the universe of cut and paste:

Bonus collage: Veteran - collage no 366 in 2018 by iHanna
Bonus collage: Veteran – collage no 366 in 2018 by iHanna.

If you enjoyed these collages, leave me a comment below. And to stay connected, feel free to follow me on social media…

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Bonus: Feel free to take a look at the 2013 week 52 of collages, when I did a similar 365 project.

Please leave a comment

Thanks for leaving me a comment below letting me know which of these you like most! I love to know you looked at each one again to find a favorite. When you try to define what it is about that composition that you like (or not like), I feel like I’m am getting great feedback.

Thank you!

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iHanna's 365 Collages Week 52 - last collages of 2018

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

Previously: Week 51 | Next take a look back at: Week 1

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10 Responses to 365 Collages | Week 52 | The End (for now)

  1. Maria says:

    Grattis! Bra jobbat!

  2. Erica says:

    Good job! I love your collage work. Your blog is great!

  3. Barb Charlotte, NC says:

    You and your work are fantastic. Thanks for all you do.

  4. jan says:

    I Love All of your collages!!!!!!!!!!
    Jan (USA)

  5. Sarah says:

    Oh Hanna! These are so lovely! It has been a pleasure to follow you on your 365things project! You inspire me…I don’t know if I could do it…I’m considering it though! I just love looking at each of your collages and you are right to honor each with its own title. They are all works of art. I can see them in a book!! Congratulations to you on a very cool accomplishment and thank you for sharing it with all of us! XOXOXO

  6. Jenny says:

    Thank you so much for all of your posts. Your work and your dedication to your art is inspiring. Happy New Year!

  7. Catherine says:

    Thank you for sharing your 365 project this year! My favorite of this week is the second one :) I cannot imagine the amount of work you had to complete this so I can imagine you need a breather but it’s amazing that you were able to do this for 365 days :D

  8. Arielle says:

    Congrats on finishing your 365 Project!! You did it!! Ive enjoyed seeing what youve created in 2018 and look forward to 2019s creations! Thank you for continuing to make your corner of the internet a beautiful, inspiring, and cozy place to visit!

  9. Dawn C. says:

    Congratulations on completing your collages! I find your blog to be very inspiring. I think it’s awesome to set a creative goal and to work hard continually to complete it. Thank you for sharing your art with us!

  10. Phyllis says:

    Well done Hanna! I can appreciate how difficult it must be to do a year long project, a massive commitment to yourself. I admire your tenacity and find it very inspiring. I am thinking I will start a 365 day Collage Project in a few months time, when I have completed a very difficult task that is currently ongoing. In the meantime, I will ponder the advice you have provided on getting organized for this kind of project, and continue to enjoy gathering collage materials, a gentle way to prepare. Thank you for sharing your thoughts and your work with us. My favourites of the current collages you have posted are; Cultural Exchange Across Borders (#359) because I love the zingy lime green and the oriental gentleman on the postage stamp, (and the title is oh so timely!), and Story Telling Before Bed (#365) because I love your use of paint, the vivid pink of the background paper, and that very adorable lion who is so sassy! I look forward to hearing what you have in store for yourself in 2019.

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