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Monthly Makers Something I’ve Never Tried Before / Underwater Crystals

Ok so this past month has basically been me a) being sick b) painting. Because I’ve become obsessed with painting with watercolours! It’s SO MUCH FUN and calming and a lot more relaxing for the eyes than digitally creating.

Anyway, it feels like ~a new era~, which is fitting since the theme for this months Monthly Makers is “Something I’ve never tried before”. I think this might be one of my favourite themes we’ve ever had! Such a fun concept! (Ironically the picture above isn’t really made with classic watercolours but watercolour crayons we’ve had all my life but anyway.) At first I was just going to make the whole concept of abstract watercolours as my creation for this month, but I felt like I would EXPLODE if I weren’t allowed to tell anyone about it until today, so I just threw that out the window and decided I’d come up with something else for Monthly Makers this month.  Consequently I spent some time trying to come up with new ways to create where I could still paint (did I mention I was obsessed?). I even tried painting with coffee (I wanted to write covfefe haha), wine and vinegar. It smelled LOVELY. Especially since the wine was an old bottle of cheap cooking wine I found. :))) Anyway, as you can see the result was kind of underwhelming for someone who loves working in bright colours. So I left that. A few days later I thought I’d try a technique I’ve seen my sister work with when she’s been painting with watercolour – negative painting. Negative painting basically means you paint around the shapes you want, and you can get really beautiful effects by painting a pretty gradient first and then another layer where you paint “around” the leaves or whatever you want.

I made something similar but created something abstract!I also used a lot of salt. Because salt and watercolour is the FREAKING MEANING OF LIFE OMG. After they had dried I went over them with white Posca and just a black pen and drew some patterns and they were done!

And here’s the finished result! I really like the colours but think they look a little bit sloppy and messy in a way. But I still like them!!

Monthly Makers is a challenge for anyone who wants to be more creative. During 2017 we’ll be launching twelve themes – one for every month – to inspire and challenge you. For June the theme is SOMETHING I’VE NEVER TRIED BEFORE and Julia is hosting. Comment on her post here with a link to your creation before 28/7 to be a part of the compilation. More inspiration can be found over on Pinterest.

The people behind Monthly Makers 2017 are AliciaBeatriceElsaEmiliaFredrikaJohannaJuliaMikaelaRuthStinaWilda and me. Be inspired, create and challenge yourself all through the year.

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my art & creations, photography & digital art

Adobe’s #MunchContest

Adobe have issued a contest! They’ve recently digitized Edvard Munch’s actual brushes (!!!) so that anyone can use them to paint in Photoshop and Sketch! So cool. 

So they’re challenging people to paint something using these brushes, and I’ve made something for it!

I actually started by checking out the other creations that were uploaded under the tag on Behance, which wasn’t a very good idea as I instantly got insecure about what to create myself. But I gathered some courage and decided I wouldn’t be affected by all the Scream-like images that others had created and make it in my own way! I thought I’d talk you through the process today! So I thought we’d start with looking at the finished result! Here it is! I’ve used the brushes to create the stars and some structures, and the main Scream-like thing about this is the general composition.

Here’s what I’ve written in my submission on Behance:

I decided I wanted to interpret “The Scream” in my own way, and convert it into something abstract that still resembled the original and – most importantly – remained as emotional. I’ve kept the general shapes and composition from the original but changed the rest. Where the original is conveying great anxiety and fear, this image is the expression of a scream that might not have come out of fear.

When I wrote this I mainly thought about Ronja’s “vårskrik” in Ronja the Robbers Daughter. But this image isn’t really a vårskrik either, idk what it is. Anyway!

I started by sketching the composition + the colours I wanted using the brushes. This image is so ugly that I don’t want to show it but IT’S PART OF THE PROCESS SO YEAH.

I used the displacement in Photoshop to make it a little bit more interesting.

I used this picture of some swirling acrylic paint as a base. The composition kind of resembles that of “The Scream”, as I see it. With the different coloured shape at the top and the white face in the middle.

I then liquified it and edited it a little bit to make the shapes a little bit different.

After that I added the first sketch on top using “color” as blending mode. I also added stars by using the actual Munch brushes, though I had to use a layer mask to make them a little bit more scattered.

And then I edited it a little bit and added noise. 

And lastly I put it into After Effects to pixel sort it!

Here are a few detail pics!!

And that’s about it!! So let us hope that I win! I want to go to Las Vegas and Oslo :)))



news about my art!

Howdy partner! A few exciting things have happened when it comes to my art recently, and I thought I’d share a little bit about it with you!

The most exciting thing to me (probs) is that Tumblr has selected me for Tumblr Radar. Tumblr Radar is a little box to the right of everyone’s dashboard where selected and creative posts are featured, selected by the staff! I got an e-mail earlier this morning telling me that I was featured, and I’m so happy! I’ve also recently hit 4k followers on Tumblr. I love Tumblr so much. <3

Another great thing is that Joseph Gordon-Levitt tweeted my “Storm” (due to it being on Hitrecord) and @joeyfixit replied that “this is what a Jackson Pollock looks like on Gallifrey”. BEST COMPLIMENT EVER. Like okay Jackson Pollock isn’t my fave artist exactly but that in combination with Gallifrey (a planet in the Doctor Who-universe) is EXCELLENT. Aahh it made me so happy!!

Okay I felt like there were more things but I can’t remember anything now so I’m just going to leave it there. Happy summer to all of you! <3

BY THE WAY the new theme for Monthly Makers was released a few days ago. Check it out here! 


My art @ Errore Digitale x Pomezia Light Festival

A few months ago I was part of an exhibition in Rome arranged by Manifesto delle Visoni Parallele, and soon after the exhibition they contacted me again to tell me that the exhibtion had been such a success that it would start a tour in Italy!!! The first stop was Pomezia Light Festival, which took place a few weeks ago, and I thought we’d take a look at a few pictures from the exhibition.

I wasn’t there myself though so these pictures are courtesy of Manifesto delle Visoni Parallele and photographer Matteo Cefaloni.

It looks like it was a REALLY COOL exhibition. They hade video installations on old TVs and light installations around the place. 
There were art by the other artists and it was all really cool. 
And then my art was hanging with a little sign and everything.

SO COOL.Errore Digitale x Periferica Festival
The next stop is Periferica Festival, 14-16 July! If anyone goes to it I would love to hear from you!!