365 | Preparing to make a lot of collages

365 collages in 2013

So, are you doing 365 creative creations in 2013? Come along and join me!

It’s not to late to start today or this weekend, if you too want a creative project for 2013! Remember that the year is long but life is short. Giving it a try is not something you will regret! Even if you fail you’ll be glad you tried and learn a lot about yourself. I’m feeling more creative already, taking the time away from working to do a little paper cutting too.

Cutting papers for Collage

I’m committed to making 365 collages! Or at least I’m going to try. I’m going to give it my best this year. I’m so loving that it’s not a daily have-to-do thing, instead I’m trying to think of it as a weekly challenge of 7 collages. Daily does so not suit me! Even if I want to create every single day, I don’t. Some evenings I read a book from my pile of awesome novels. Some evenings I want to watch TV and do embroidery all night, not at all get up to bring out the glue stick. I need that kind of freedom, though I also need this challenge to give me some guidance and stamina when I need it.

Squares for Collages

I have prepared a whole stack of aquarel papers (300 gram fine grain) cut up into squares. This will be my foundation for the collages in January. When I did a similar thing in 2008, I started out with square papers for the first time, and I’m hooked since then. It’s my thing now. But it’s been sooo long since I did a year long challenge (known as the Daily Art Cards) that I can’t believe I actually managed. I started decided, went into the project full on and with my whole heart – and finished. Yes I did them all! It was a leap year so I have a pile here somewhere with 366 cards in it! A whole lot of those I don’t like, and many I would never call “art”, but let’s forget about those. They’re history. This is now!

It’s time to make a new stack!

If you are jumping into the 365 in 2013 challenge read Michelle’s advice on How To Complete a 365 Challenge! She will be creating characters/creatures! She writes:

First and foremost, I wouldn’t attempt this sort of challenge if I wasn’t already firmly rooted in creating every day. If you haven’t already developed a “create each day” habit, then make that your 365 goal. That is a challenge just by itself.

A great advice, and several more where that one came from!

Link button to 365 creations in 2013I’ve made a link button for your blog if you need it. Please upload it to your blog/site and link it to this post! I’ve made a custom one for me, that says I’m doing collages and you’re more than welcome to that one if you too are into collage this year (it’s in the sidebar to the right). Just let me know where you put it and I’ll come visit. Thanks!

Also let me know what your challenge this year will be about, 365 or not! I’d be happy to have you accompany me along the way. I’ve made my third collage today, so I’m on track so far. And probably this week will be the only time I can say that! ;-)

Read more about this challenge in my first post mentioned by Sister Diane on sulia:

Sulia mention

The hashtag is #365in2013 – on instagram, twitter, flickr and everywhere else.

Have fun!

26 Responses

  1. Okay, I love that you have NOT made this a daily thing, because that’s where I’d fail. That’s not how I roll either. And do you know what, I’m tempted to try this… with ATCs. I find them so challenging, but I do think they stretch you. Let me go have a think. I’ll be back!

  2. Oh, I love that you are thinking of it as 7 collages a week, instead of a must be daily kind of thing. I always love the 365 idea… but I know it’s just not feasible with my schedule… but perhaps I can twist the rules a bit. I think preparing the materials ahead of time really helps too. Thanks for sharing and inspiring!

  3. I do create something daily, so worked it into a postcard format, which I think fits my requirements, but squares do sound intriquing……

  4. Hi Hanna,

    I remember doing the daily art cards at the same time as you and it was quite a challenge but fun nonetheless. I have always loved your collages and you’re inspiring me to start collaging again. Though that is not my challenge for 2013. Actually, my challenge is simply to be creative daily. In 2012, my creative mojo left me for a long time and I missed it a whole lot. Now that I’m forcing my self to be creative every day, I’m certain it will be a better year. Also, I’m back in the blogosphere so more posts and more comments to be written. :-)

    Happy new year dear friend!
    Sophie (and Diesel and Pearl, the purring babies!)

  5. I added your button and have been collaging away (I chose that avenue as well though sometimes they’re a bit mixed media). I also took your advice and started a separate flickr folder so it’s easy to see the progress, all in one place. You’re an inspiration and thanks so much for this nudge….

  6. I love your approach to 365 days of collage – doesn’t have to be daily, as long as 7 are done each week. That is doable.
    I am going the route of creating every day – I am on track so far – collage/vision board/painting/ATCs.
    Will use your button – love it! Thanks

  7. Oh your pinks are so tempting me and I too love squares but I have committed to so many things already – we’ll see what shows up……I am yearning to join……yikes! xox

  8. Thank you for the posting. I also went to your other link and am loving the idea. I plan on doing 365 of something but am not sure what that will be, yet.

  9. I decided to start with the creativity every day habit, following up on some intentions and success from last year. So far (only a few days in!) I’ve been very happy being mindful of this challenge and community as I worked on improving my photography with photo safaris, and made some collages (so much fun!). Once I get home from visiting relatives, I’ll have access to all my stuff, including years worth of magazines to be harvested for images, yum yum!

  10. I love that the 365 challenge is not about finishing something every single day. I’m gonna do it! For me it will be 365 Handmade Books in 2013. Looking forward to seeing your progress as the year goes by :)

  11. So I’ve decided to make 365 somethings with you, but I don’t know if it will be the same “something” each month. I will start with 31 stitched collages in January and go from there. Here’s my first post!

  12. This is so inspiring that I’m going to give it a go….maybe not all collages but definitely 7 pieces of art a week.

    Thank you.

  13. LOOOVE this idea.. I think I could be ‘in’!
    tell me.. what size is your watercolor paper square base?

  14. I started a 365-days-project on the first of January :-) It’s called “Faces”…I love collage, drawing, mixed media, taking pictures and much more, so it can be anything as long as it has something to do with faces!! After day 1 I almost gave up, but thankfully a friend persuaded me to try a little bit longer and I’m happy I did, it’s wonderful to create something every day!!

  15. Hanna, this is something I really want to do. I feel as if I am not getting anywhere lately. Thanks for the inspiration!

    I went to the hashtag in instagram but I was wondering if there’s a way I can save that hashtag in instagram somewhere? instead of putting it in every time? thanks.

  16. Wow, that’s a lot of collages. I try to doodle every day. but i don’t always complete one each day . By the end of the project you should be considered a “master collages”. Good luck

  17. This sounds like a fun project Hanna – a real challenge. At least it would be for me :-)
    What an awesome journal they could be turned into.

  18. I’m late – But Jumping In!
    I have been wanting to do collage work! This will be great fun and it will keep me focused! I have added your link button to the right side of my blog! So glad I found this opportunity!


  19. Here is a question, It seems for me at least that come March I am only just finding the wish I had seen and joined this at the start of the year. Is there anyone else who ends up in this basket and should I just go for it and do it for the next 365 days regardless?

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