In anticipation of Winter Darkness I visit my Art Journal, and Death rides into the picture.
Every All Saint’s Day (the day we celebrate here), with the dark night of Halloween and Dia de los Muertos lurking, I go rather dark in my Art Journal. Though this year my dark page is paired with a page of painted bubbles that were done pre binding this book. That’s how it happens sometimes. I now call them Life Bubbles, hoping they will give balance somehow… Continue reading
Pens, and a panda. Continue reading
When I started with the DIY Postcard Swap a couple of years ago I designed a free printable backside for anyone interested in using such a thing for their postcards. It was very simple, but useful.
I’ve since long tired of it, so I reconstructed a vintage looking card and made a new backside for this year’s swap round! I thought some of you might like a downloadable version so here you go!
Download and print swap postcard backsides here.
NEW: Download and print anytime postcard backsides here!
Each page gives you two postcards to cut apart and use in what ever fashion you wish.
You can read more about the DIY Postcard Swap here – and sign up!
Enjoy! And Happy Halloween!
The wooden box that I bought earlier this year is now full of my square collages. Full to the brim, and the last weeks will not even fit in there.
Looking at this box I am filled with amazement and wonder. A year of creativity is a big thing, maybe that is why I called my first book just that. I like that the beginning and ending of each year invites us to reflect, look back – and plan ahead. I like that a year is a circle that can encompass a big project of this sort.
This box is full of finished art that I have made this year, striving to reach the goal of my personal challenge 365 Collages in 2013. Oh, I love the look of this box!
This project has helped me so much, in many ways. I am grateful that I took this huge task upon my shoulders, and I feel certain that I shall finish all 365 collages before the year ends. Continue reading
A whole map of typographic postal stamps – waiting to be used…
How is your postcard making going? That is, if you’re as deep into this adventure as I am right now? If not, you can still sign up for the DIY Postcard Swap
and dive in right now!
Postcards are fun and easy to create. And the more my own collection of swapped cards grows, there more I appreciate the owning part of this swap too. Love looking through the postcards you’ve sent me over the years. All saved in my handmade binder.
With your postcard you can do something simple, or be as elaborate as you want to. I tend to try new techniques or work in a series to see how each postcard is similar yet different.
Last year I painted all my postcards, and a while back I was sure I wanted to explore this possibility even more this year. Because with my 365 Collage-project I miss acrylic messes quite a bit. But once I got started I realized it was collage time again!
So I’ve been sorting scraps of paper for inspiration. I found quite a few gems. Some forgotten for years. I decided to do machine stitched paper collage, a bit like I did with the sewn postcards back in 2011. But this year they turned out almost like Pop Art, filled with geometric patterns and vibrant colours, much inspired by mail artist Stephanie Dodson’s awesome postcards. She uses hand painted papers, colorful texts and awesome vintage comics in her collage work, and I fall in love with every single one of her cards right now. Once I show you mine, I think you will be able to see the influence, even though I don’t own any such comics etc.
You can still join the DIY Postcard Swap – the sign up period will stay open until late Sunday or Monday evening, and then next week I will be sending out addresses for mail art swap partners. :-)
We don’t have to worry bout nothing
Cause we got the fire, and we’re burning one hell of a something
They gonna see us from outer space
Light it up, like we’re the stars of the human race…
Ellie Goulding (Burn lyrics)
Hello again! Since last week was black and white this week I felt like diving into my favorite colour for the 365 Collage Project! Romance, roses, vintage, shabby chic, and powder pink… Oh-la-laa! Getting my creative juices flowing. Making me happy on the inside. How about you?
Here is the first one:
Because getting flowers as a gift is special.
Please let me know which of these collages is your favorite, and why, in the comments. I appreciate your time and feedback, as I continue towards the end… The end of the project, of the year, of this series of blog posts… But not the end of my collage adventures, I promise. I still love making collages, even after 43 weeks of non stop cut & paste! Continue reading
Last week I found the hashtag #höstmandala (at instagram) and was amazed. Such creativity and inspiration there is to be found out there, when you know where to look. I love this kind of phenomenon where no one can claim copyright to the idea, and it can spread like wildfire. The whole point is to take it and use it, make your own version. Be inspired!
So what am I talking about? Höstmandala is Swedish for Autumn Mandala, and of course I felt a huge urge to go out and make my own version of this! So out I went, with a bag and my camera to gather & save. When I came home I arranged my own autumn mandala. Here it is: Continue reading
I took my camera for a walk this weekend, to not just have the instagram fall photos when winter comes. To gather and save how magically beautiful sunshine on yellow leafs are.
To get some fresh air in between intense creating going on around here. Preparing postcards for the DIY Swap (you can still sign up!), knitting on a cardigan that I’m excited about, trying out new creative tools that I ordered online, listening to podcasts and thinking of November that soon will be here… Continue reading
My pot of Rosary Vine, also known as “String of Hearts”, is overflowing right now. I must be doing something right with all my indoor plants, because they seem happy even though it’s getting chillier outside. Continue reading
Before my Time
As I hope you’ve all noticed I’ve set up another autumn round of the Do it Yourself Postcard Swap! I even sent out my rare newsletter! You can read about it here and sign up if you feel inspired to create a few fun postcards to send out to the world! I will share what I am doing with my postcards soon, but I can already tell you that it involves small pieces of scrap papers put together in new combinations! :-)
Today I’m sharing collages of week 42. My scanner does not like the neon pink, but I do – a lot. I hope you can imagine that the pink washi tape and pink paint spots in these black and white collages are actually neon, not baby pink.
Scream over the Roof Tops
Feel free to share your opinions in the comment section below, I appreciate your “eye” on my collage work a lot. Continue reading