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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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MONTHLY MAKERS RECYCLING / TOMORROW

So! The theme for Monthly Makers this month is Recycling (/Återbruk in Swedish) and I was really confused about what to make + really not inspired for the first two weeks so it’s been a rough one! I started to wrap some ugly boxes in wallpaper to make for some pretty storage, but I think the glue made them lose their shape so I can’t really put the lid back on now. :))) Which means I totally lost the motivation for that project!

So I started something new – something I had had as an idea since I learned what the theme was – to recycle an old picture. Like digitally. Because that’s my thing, as you may know. So I did! 

Recycled this picture of myself (hello!) from January last year. It’s a bit desaturated here for some reason (that was the file I found!) but you get the idea. 
I’ve also always liked how pixel sorting kind of looks like a dramatic waterfall sometimes, and wanted to use parts of it to create some kind of tears. I used this one, which is a version of an image I made a few days ago that I didn’t use! 
So I added some gradient maps and some regular gradients and dragged some pixels here and there, added a halo AND DONE.

I don’t know what I feel about it just yet. Like, I really want to try new things right now but I’m not sure if this feels entirely ~me~??? Hmhmhmmhm.


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 RECYCLING and Beatrice is hosting. Comment on her post here with a link to your creation before 28/5 to be a part of the compilation. More inspiration can be found over on Pinterest.

The people behind Monthly Makers 2017 are Alicia, Beatrice, Elsa, Emilia, Fredrika, Johanna, Julia, Mikaela, Ruth, StinaWilda and me. Be inspired, create and challenge yourself all through the year.

Follow us on Facebook to keep up with everything and be even more inspired. You can also follow us on Instagram, Pinterest, our website and in the inspirational group We Are Monthly Makers.

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Monthly Makers Fabric / Midnight


I was going to make something that wasn’t digital this time… I was going to paint, on an actual (fabric) canvas and try something new. And I did try it! It went horribly. Nothing turned out like I wanted it to and I left the paints so frustrated and mad that I actually decided to never paint again. Well, I might actually paint again. That was a bit of a heat of the moment-thing. But still, I needed some time to cool down so I wasn’t really going to pick up the brush again this month.

So I returned to my trusted computer, and started to brainstorm ideas on how to interpret the word “fabric” digitally. It wasn’t really obvious to me, but in a moment of utter hubris I decided I was going to draw flowing fabrics in Illustrator. As if I would’ve been able to do that…….. But I never got that far, because while I was looking for advice on how to draw fabric I came across this tutorial on how to make a satin texture in Photoshop. And it worked! I had to tweak the method a little bit as it didn’t really work on larger files and ended up with these weird lines and slight choppyness that I didn’t like. But I applied a few different kinds of blurs and stuff and it worked. I actually only generated this one piece of “satin” and used different parts of it for the finished images!
I applied some color to it and didn’t really know what to do with it at this point. (I think the image above is before I blurred it too because it looks a bit choppy still!) But I didn’t feel like it was a finished artwork yet! And then I remembered I had been meaning to draw different crystals for a while, and that they would look cool against the satin! So that’s what I did! The crystals are made in Illustrator with the pen tool and then just gradients added to each side! Pretty simple but still cool.

Added them to the satin and edited the images a little bit more (added noise and stuff like that) and then they were done! The Midnight Trio.


Midnight I. Midnight II. 
Midnight III.

And that was it for this time! I’m looking forward to seeing what everyone else has created on the theme “FABRIC”.


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 February the theme is FABRIC and Wilda is hosting. Comment on her post here with a link to your creation before 28/5 to be a part of the compilation. More inspiration can be found over on Pinterest.

The people behind Monthly Makers 2017 are Alicia, Beatrice, Elsa, Emilia, Fredrika, Johanna, Julia, Mikaela, Ruth, StinaWilda and me. Be inspired, create and challenge yourself all through the year.

Follow us on Facebook to keep up with everything and be even more inspired. You can also follow us on Instagram, Pinterest, our website and in the inspirational group We Are Monthly Makers.

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monthly makers animals / halcyon

Hey!!! So today it’s time to show you what I’ve made for Monthly Makers this month! Here’s the sneak peek I published on Instagram a few days ago: 
If you didn’t know, Monthly Makers is a creative challenge
me and eleven other blogger arrange where we issue a prompt/challenge each month to inspire people to create! This month the prompt was “Animals”, and while I’ve created quite a lot of animals in clay and felt and just anything through my days, it’s pretty far away from what I’m creating currently.

Which is why my first attempt was something that actually is pretty far away from what I spend most of my time creating right now! I tried to create a collage with public domain-resources and make something with a deer and flowers. But the process was boring and the result was messy and I didn’t even finish it.

So I went on to trying to make something using my images from the aquarium in Valencia, specifically the jellyfish. I just love pictures of jellyfish?!?! So pretty.
I tried displacing them a lil bit to create something funky, but meh. Idk.
Oceanogràfic Jessica Andersdotter
Then I remembered that there were also these jellyfishlike creatures in the aquarium! They were bioluminescent and twinkled and whirled around in the water and I remember being really inspired by their colours and shapes when I saw them. This time they made me think of a tutorial for creating this in After Effects that I’d seen, so I tried it. I think the light feeling to it and the flow made me connect the two, so I felt like it’d be a good tribute to my the little creatures. But I mean, I didn’t figure out how to control the colours for this effect and I couldn’t make it as big as I want it because it all crashed then haha so I kind of left it.

But I wasn’t giving up my jellyfish tribute just like that! Nah, I used my extensive Adobe-skills and thought “what the hell, I should be able to do this in Illustrator”. I have like 0.5 experience in Illustrator, but I googled “Illustrator tutorial abstract lines” or something like that and found a tutorial. Turns out it was really easy!!!!!!! (Here’s a link to the tutorial I used, it’s not perfect but it’s was enough to get me started!)

And here’s what I ended up with:

They look like some kind of ethereal underwater veils or something!!! Haha using the word veil just made me think of Sirius’ death and I got sad. :( Anyway, I added some blurry particles in the “background” of these to add some kind of depth and also think I may have added some glow to the first two. Ya know, bioluminescence!!

In general I think I liked them more right after I made them though haha? :( Feel a bit lame now. I might give them another week or so to stew before I decide if I like them or not!


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 February the theme is ANIMALS and Mikaela is hosting. Comment on her post here with a link to your creation before 28/4 to be a part of the compilation. More inspiration can be found over on Pinterest.

The people behind Monthly Makers 2017 are Alicia, Beatrice, Elsa, Emilia, Fredrika, Johanna, Julia, Mikaela, Ruth, StinaWilda and me. Be inspired, create and challenge yourself all through the year.

Follow us on Facebook to keep up with everything and be even more inspired. You can also follow us on Instagram, Pinterest, our website and in the inspirational group We Are Monthly Makers.