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…


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Dear Photo Diary | Summer Reading & Groot

When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it. Henry Ford

Dear Photo Diary

I am not taking as many photos with my big girl camera anymore, because of phone. It feels sad looking back, so sometimes I pull myself together and take some high res photos for the future.

Groot pot - Photo by Studio iHanna / Hanna Andersson, Sweden (copyright)

First, here’s Groot, a planter I bought online. He is so cute with his new green hair-do. Then, some more flowers…

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365 Collages | Week 23 | Starting from the Same Point

What would happen if you used one piece of paper, cut into roughly the same size, on seven different collages, as a starting point?

Challenge: Start a series of different collages in the same way, and see where you end up #365somethings2018

I set this as a challenge for myself, just for fun. For me, I cut seven strips of pink flower power paper, and glued each one down along the edge on my seven collage backgrounds. And from there I let go of any rules and just grabbed papers at random.

After all, that is my favorite way to work when it comes to collages.

Starting point: Stripes of flower power by iHanna #365somethings2018

You’re most welcome to use this idea as a prompt that you can try too. I would love to see your series of collages if you want to share them.

Would a series like that be too boring, or would all the collages still be different enough to be interesting in a series, and on their own? You be the judge…

Here are my seven collages, for week 23 (155 to 161 of 365 collages), all starting with that flowery stripe to the left:
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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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