365 Collages | Week 35 | Monochromatic Collages

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 - Collage no 239 by iHanna #365somethings2018
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…

Solitude is fine but you need someone to tell you that solitude is fine. Honoré de Balzac

In the Purple Rain - Collage no 240 by iHanna #365somethings2018
In the Purple Rain, a collage by iHanna.

The Kiss of Death - Collage no 241 by iHanna #365somethings2018
The Kiss of Death, a collage by iHanna.

Back at the Old Colony - Collage no 242 by iHann #365somethings2018a
Back at the Old Colony, a collage by iHanna.

Mix me a Drink Honey - Collage no 243 by iHanna #365somethings2018
Mix me a Drink, Honey, a collage by iHanna.

Pink Sugar Canes - Collage no 244 by iHanna #365somethings2018
Pink Sugar Canes, a collage by iHanna.

Basement Green - Collage no 245 by iHanna #365somethings2018
Basement Green, a collage by iHanna.

If you like these collages, feel free to pin this to your Pinterest or share it on FB:
iHanna's 365 Collages in 2018: Week 35, ongoing project right now - check out all the collages and process at iHanna's blog www.ihanna.nu #365somethings2018

Wishing you a wonderful weekend. If you haven’t watched my first ever vlog, do it now. It’s very cool if you ask me…

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

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Bonus collages: Feel free to take a look at the 2013 week 35 of collages, when I did a 365 project. And leave me a comment there too, I read them all and feel very grateful if you take the time. :-)

Previously: Week 34 | Next: Week 36

13 Responses

  1. I have always loved color-based collages where one color dominates. Thank you for sharing these inspirational pieces!

  2. I save each and every one of your collages. They are just amazing. I have a question. Where to you find all the pics and etc. of parts of the collage that you did not design or create yourself?
    I appreciate the artistic work that you do and thank you for sharing with those of us that follow you.

    • Thanks Barb, so happy you like my collages. As a paper hoarder I have no problem finding sources, some of these papers are wrapping papers (new or used), scrap book paper, magazine clippings, prints, tissue paper, book images and text that I cut out and save, as well as stamps, envelopes and more. A good place to start is always your paper recycle bin, or a thrift shop or even better: flea market. I hope that helps?

  3. I love your collages, Hanna. My favorite is Back at the Old Colony, the yellow one. The colors are just amazing and make me very happy. Thanks for sharing all your work with us, it is an inspiration.

    • Thanks for picking a favorite, I love that. I always go back and look at those again with new eyes. And yellow is lovely, isn’t it?!

  4. These we’re all so pretty and interesting! At The Blue Lagoon is speaking to me most at the moment. Thanks for sharing these with us! I may have to try a page of color exploration.

    • Thanks for always cheering me on, and for picking a favorite this colorful week. Ilike the lagoon too. Did you see the movie? Ah… waaay back when.

      • I haven’t seen the movie yet, although in an interesting coincidence, it was recommended to me earlier this week by soneone else. I’m surprised I missed it in the 80’s…I guess I was too focused on sci-fi back then. :) I’ll have to see if I can dig up a copy.

  5. Oh Hanna, such an inspiration: working with one colour, I might just ‘steal’ this idea and make a few collages myself today. I love the “Kiss of Death” red one – I’m drawn to red these days… I hope you have as beautiful late-Summer weather as we have here in the Netherlands, enjoy the days!

    • Thanks Marit, yes late summer is still here, and it’s sooo nice because I don’t long for darker days at all. But when they come, we’ll make even brighter pages and collages, right?! :-)

  6. I enjoyed these collages and found them very motivational. I am working, on and off, on a series of what I call my little rainbow books. They are monochromatic journals that I made and am in the process of filling, mostly collage style. I frequently come across paper bits that I set aside for the books. I haven’t updated it in ages, but I put the Flickr album as my website below, so you can get an idea. I now have, in addition to the red and yellow books, an orange one and a blue one. Hopefully, this inspiring blog article of yours will get me back to working on them.

    I remember the monochromatic journal pages well. I participated in a colors altered book round robin inspired by the book True Colors: A Palette of Collaborative Art Journals by Kathryn Bold. It was so fun to get each successive journal and work within the color pallette. Now I need to go find my copy of True Colors and spend some time with it. 😍

    • Thanks Dawn, the books are beautiful and very cool. I did a whole note book filled with just pink, it’s in my archives somewhere too. :-) And I have the True Colors book too, lots of inspiration there too.

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