I’m working on ideas for my postcards in the DIY Postcard Swap autumn 2018 you’re invited too if you want to join us!) but because I don’t want to fall behind again, I’m posting seven new collages this week.
Stormy Sky – Collage no 280 by iHanna.
I’m short on time, but here they are. Week 41, with some oranges and bits of black and white. They are, at least in my mind, a little taste of the Halloween colors…
Fall is late around here this year. I think it’s because of the very hot summer we had, and then we have had rather pleasant weather in August, and September too. I’ve not even worn my jacket yet, so I just haven’t felt like it’s turned autumn yet…
But by looking in my calendar of course I know it’s here. And that means it’s high time I start the DIY Postcard Swap autumn 2018, right?
Do you keep track of what week it is? Right now it’s week 40, in case you didn’t know or needed a reminder. That means I’m finally caught up with my collages. We’re right here right now. Yay!
I’ve been behind almost this entire year (or at least it feels like it) because I’ve had two really bad colds. They lasted almost three weeks each, and when you keep falling behind with a 365-project, you get really out of order with everything. But right now, in this moment, I’m caught up with making square collages one for each day of this year! It is an amazing feeling to on the last quarter of the year finally be able to say that.
Being solitary is being alone well: being alone luxuriously immersed in doings of your own choice, aware of the fullness of your own presence rather than of the absence of others. Because solitude is an achievement. Alice Koller
Kittens for Breakfast, collage by iHanna.
Seven new ones for my 365 project, and they’re posted just before this week ends because I took the entire evening to scan, number, name, edit and uploading them – and now I’m posting them in this blog post. To share them with you, dear reader.
These collages are not for reading, even though they have a lot of text on them.
I wanted to try playing with typography in a graphic sense again, and it was lots of fun cutting up text. Some are kept legible, other parts are half covered or cut apart. I love the way they look, and of course you can try deciphering them even though they are not made for reading… It’s up to you.
Incomprehensible, a collage by iHanna.
And if you do understand the texts on these collages (even though that is not the point), maybe you’re a genius (or maybe you just know Swedish)? Aesthetically they’re very different from what I usually make.
Is it a mistake to think you can make art out of typography? Let me know in the comments.
The most valuable thing you can make is a mistake – you canít learn anything from being perfect. Adam Osborne
Oceans Near, Never Far Away, a collage by iHanna.
These seven collages are created as part of my personal challenge to create 365 collages in 2018. In my last post for week 36 my theme was birds, this time I guess it’s… the colors of nature? Next week Iíll post: Week 38. Stay tuned.
Please let me know in the comments what you think, and if any of these collages are particularly interesting to you Ė and why that is so. The curious mind wants to know. Thanks in advance.
Pink Chested Well-Wisher, a collage by iHanna.
One could probably create 365 collages featuring a different bird each time. There are a lot of beautiful birds in the world, as well as bird illustrations and ephemera. Birds are always a grateful subject matter, so here are seven new collages featuring feathered friends, with newly imagined names, by yours truly.
I hope you like them!
It is time for some monochromatic collage! Yay, right? This is one of my favorite ways to work with colors, and collage.
At the Blue Lagoon, a collage by iHanna.
Many years ago now, I did a series of monochromatic art journal pages. Who remembers those? Anyway, it was a super fun little project where I tried every orange paint color and every orange paper scrap I could locate, and wrote about the swatches, on one art journal spread for orange, and so on.
When I made these, I started thinking about that, and in my next art journal, I will start with something similar I think. Just playing with one color, because “one color” isn’t just one, it’s thousands of hues that we group together under one name. We think of them as similar, but they can be very different from each other. I love them all dearly.
So it’s a bit of a rainbow today, a bit of swatching, a bit of play with colors – one of my favorite ways to do art. Just playing and seeing what comes out.
Please let me know below which of these you like best, and why…
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In this blog post you will find my very first video log (vlog), lots of polka dot art, some journaling and lots of polka dotted lamps in different colors (swoon!). But first a little bit about the artist Yayoi Kusama…
Yayoi Kusama and her polka dots
Yayoi Kusama is a internationally well-known and very much loved artist from Japan. She has been making thought-proving art since she was very young, when she went to live in the US, to be more free with her art. She is now 89 years old and she is just as prolific as ever. She has moved back to Japan, and last year a new Kusama Museum opened up in Tokyo. I’d love to visit that museum one day…
A couple of her artworks were touring Scandinavia in 2016 and I got to see it in Stockholm, Sweden, where I live. Lucky me, right? I was totally mesmerized by her art, as I suspected I would be before going. I love polka dot patterns & colorful, bold art, and that is what Kusama is most known for. Her magnificent paintings with masked dots are called infinite nets, and her installations of objects and whole rooms covered in polka dots, are a piece of Alice in Wonderland magic coming to life. It’s like a Disney Land for adult art lovers.
We’re in the beginning of September and the week number of the year is 37. Not sure you have week numbers in your calendar, but if you do you already know this. But on posting my collages for 365 collages in 2018, I’m on week 34. So if I could post just three more weeks this week, I’d be caught up. That isn’t really realistic, but at least I know what I am getting closer to getting caught up again.
But tomorrow we’ll take a break from collages for a VLOG – a.k.a. video log. I’m excited. I hope you’ll be too.
Open Season, collage by iHanna.
When Iím by myself, I can be myself, which is what I want to be. Not just a part of someone else. Jean Culligan
Yes, it’s true.
I will be sharing my very first vlog tomorrow (Yay!). It is something I’ve been wanting to do for many years, so I’ve collected video clips everywhere, without getting to the point where I share them. But now I’ve edited the first one!
So stay tuned, subscribe to posts via e-mail (although embedded video is often not visible via e-mail, but then all you need to do is click the header in the e-mail to come visit and see the embedded video material) or check your RSS Feed Reader for a new blog post tomorrow! Or just watch this space. Here’s seven new collages for now.
Happy Monday friends!