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Monthly Makers Geometry / Celestial

So the theme for Monthly Makers this month is GEOMETRY. A lot of fun, but also pretty simple for me as most of what I make is about shapes. HOWEVER, I decided I wanted to challenge myself a little bit and go for more of a classic geometric style! I’ve also explored and experimented with a new software (C4D) and some new techniques, and I’ve had so much fun! I’ve been super busy with it, and I haven’t been producing as many “finished” art pieces as I usually do, as I haven’t succeeded in doing what I’ve wanted to do. Heh.

I keep noticing I’m expecting to find this new software as easy as I find Photoshop, but it’s kind of unfair really. How many years have I been playing around in Photoshop? Almost ten, probably. I don’t even know. So yeah. I have a few years until I’ll be as relaxed in 3D-softwares as I am in Photoshop, but at least I’m working on it now!

Aaanyway, here’s what I created:

The bottom part is made with a pretty simple technique in Cinema 4D, and I’m not completely happy with the “finish” of it but it’s gonna have to do. The rest of the image is made in good ol’ Photoshop.I started with a blank canvas and created this space-y image using some brushes I’ve bought. It’s a bit too simple really… The tricky part is converting the image into a 3D-result or whatever you’re gonna make of it later in your mind. You’re not after creating something pretty in this process (like, I don’t like the image above), it’s just supposed to look cool in the next stage!
I just made a plane in the 3D-software and then I displaced + “coloured” it using the image I just showed you. Looks very different depending on the angle. (Like things in 3D tend to do.)

I exported it from this angle. It’s kind of frustrating to go 3D as exporting takes SO LONG compared to the 5 minutes it has taken with my previous creations. After that I went into Photoshop and added a gradient to fade the image into white = give me a clean area to place some SHAPES.

Made a few triangles and made this pretty shape by mistake as I was moving the layers around. :))))  Haha. I accidentally had them pasted “on top” of the other triangles, meaning they would only show on top of them and not outside of the bottom triangles. Anyway, it’s my new favourite feature in Photoshop! I’ve needed it so many times through the years but haven’t known how to do it. Or that you even could. Just hold Alt while you click the line between two layers and the top one will only affect the lower one. Goes for adjustment layers and everything!!!!!!!!! Amazing. I used to flatten stuff?!? I mean that’s just the worst because then you can’t change the curve layer again if you change your mind!
I had almost decided I was done with the image when I had made the version before this, but then I realised the plain triangles were a bit lame. So I inverted them, made them dark blue and added some dusty scratchy stuff on them. Oh and I also lowered the opacity of the white gradient on top of the background!

And then I copied the process but with another base image to put into C4D, and with another geometric shape on top! Built something with squares that time.

So that’s it! My contribution to Monthly Makers this month! I really like this duo, and I had a lot of fun creating them! Hope you liked my little run through of the process, and I’ll see you around!


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 GEOMETRY and Fredrika is hosting. Comment on her post here with a link to your creation before 28/2 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 Loppis / Marbled Tray

I was going to make a collage for this months Monthly Makers-theme. The theme is “thrift shop”, if you didn’t know, and I was going to use old books and magazines to make something. And then I spent one day playing with paint with my sister, and making a collage suddenly felt like the most boring thing ever.

I didn’t want to stop experimenting with paint, and then Mikaela was just like “just buy something in a thrift shop and paint on it?”. Which was – like most brilliant solutions are – kind of simple and obvious. But still brilliant, so thanks Mikaela!!
So I went over to the thrift shop across the street to find something to pour paint, and came home with three different trays. One of them was metal so I didn’t really believe it was gonna work out that well with acrylic paint (it didn’t) and the second one was some kind of varnished plastic that the paint didn’t stick to either. Luckily the third one I found was wooden, and actually kind of nice already! I really like the shape + size! So I painted it dark green/blue to give it a base. (Was so into creating that I forgot to take pictures of everything. Also it was dark.)And I poured and tilted and poured and tilted until it looked something like this. So I left it to dry for like 2-3 days. (There was a lot of paint on it!)  Et voilà! It has a really nice marbled pattern and kind of looks like it’s made of malachite or something! Also it’s the perfect size for me to store my glasses on!

So that was my creation for this month! Hope you like it!


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 LOPPIS and Stina is hosting. Comment on her post here with a link to your creation before 26/2 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 Contrast: Your creations

Oh what a wonderful month it has been! I’ve had a blast seeing everything that you’ve created, and creating things myself. But it’s time to look back on all of that, as it is the end of the month and time for an epic CONTRAST COMPILATION!Monthly Makers Contrast: Emilia's linocutEmilia made a beautiful linocut. This is one of the most beautiful things I have seen. But I do love me some linocut!

Wilda wrote a poem about then and now and the contrasts between those two times. Vackraverk made a beautiful blackout poem. Stina sent Thank you-cards to the people who came to her wedding and och Johanna made a print to cover a notebook in.Nina made an amazing flower crown.Julia made an amazing clock from a cork trivet and some white paint, Veronica made a placemat out of pearls, Helga crocheted a phone cover and Alexandra made magnets!Klara made a pretty illustration!Linnéa Elisabeth made two concrete vases, Borgmästaren did some embroidery using lines as shadows and Beatrice embroidered some graphical patterns. Mikaela made some candleholder out of thrifted drinking glasses and concrete. Ruth made a card for you to print inspired by the Norweigan tv-show Skam. Drittsekk!!!   Louie made a photomanipulation where she added herself into an old picture of her and her grandfather, Lena made a geometrical fox and Alicia embroidered onto a white apron. Robin (the first person to contribute without understanding Swedish, I think!) made this cool abstract art!Amanda made a pretty illustration and Erika made a clock!

Lindah made a blackout poem combined with illustrations.

 Tess made a crochet cover for a glass egg, Katarina decorated a matchbox, Christina made a crochet hat and Anki made crochet popcorn. 
Anna María made a laptop sleeve in black and white!

Sara and Linda painted beautiful portraits and Fredrika made a phone case.  Johanna made a space painting and another Johanna took pictures of wilting tulips. Silje decorated the insides of envelopes and Pia made skull cookies!Jenny made the word “catastrophy” all pretty.
Karin made a funny embroidery brooch, Elsa made some contrasty images, Denise also made an embroidery brooch and Evelina made a digital illustration.
Ellinor took a picture of a broken lollipop, Evelina drew on some stones, Grahnslöjd made a tote bag with rabbits on and Maria made some pillows. Victoria tried calligraphy and so did SandraKlara was inspired by Queen B and Emma did some Pistvakt-inspired embroidery.
Stella made a mountain pillow.
Ida cut out some figures in paper and combined it with 3D-flowers, Jess reminded us of what is important and Rebecca made a cat hat!I made some photo manipulation thingies.

Emilia painted on a curtain, Julia combined two different techniques in an illustration and Skaparlusta felted cats.
Eva Linnea put some cones in a glass container!
Åsa made a wooden heart, Yohanna took a picture of different fabrics, Ulla-Karin made a pattern and Sara combined different patterns.  Emma made diamond socks!!!And lastly Vardagsnjutning combined soft and rough.

That was all for this months Monthly Makers! You’ve created so many amazing things!! Thank you for this month. 5/2 we will present the next theme, so follow us on our social media to be notified about that!


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 January the theme is CONTRAST and I’m hosting.

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. 

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.

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Monthly Makers Contrast

Comment on this post with a link to your creation on the theme CONTRAST to be a part of Monthly Makers this month! // Kommentera det här inlägget med en länk till din skapelse på temat KONTRAST för att delta i Monthly Makers den här månaden. Det går såklart bra att kommentera på svenska! It’s the 20th, which means it’s time for me to show you what I’ve made for Monthly Makers this month, and to start collecting links to your creations! Read more about how to participate and at the end of the post.

There was a bit of a process for me this month, as I started with an idea very different from what it all turned into. I was inspired by the dozens of images of miroring selected parts of landscapes (like Witchoria’s for example) and just wanted to try something like it for myself. It didn’t really feel 100% to begin with, as I felt like I was copying others a little too much, but I was just gonna try it.

So at first I had this! But I felt it was a bit too bland. (The base image is from when I went above the clouds in a cabin in the Alps 2011, and I have literally just copied and flipped it. And failed, as there’s a line in the middle. Oops.)

So I tried to add a little more contrast between the two sides and made them different colours. I was kind of happy with this.So I started to make one to go with it, but felt like it wasn’t really that good. (Another picture from the above the clouds-day copied and flipped.)So I started playing around with the marker tool and moving things around.Found the displacement maps in Photoshop, haha. And a few displacements and a gradient map later I had this.Adjusted it with some curves and moved around some of the parts to fill out an empty corner. Oh and I also smoothed it out. Changed the hue to blue, made a box with an inner shadow in the middle and then it was done. And then I made this as well to go with it, and for a while these two were going to be my creation for this month. And then I was like “nah” and went and got another one of those pictures from the Alps.

Added a funky gradient map.
Pixel sorted the ground!Small adjustments + stars and then it was done! 
Found two similar pictures and then I had my trio done! And I’m going for these for Contrast!And now I really want to see what you’ve created! Link it down below to be a part of the compilation post that will appear here on my blog January 31st.


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 January the theme is CONTRAST and I’m hosting.

Link your the creation you want to contribute to the challenge in the comments down below before January 28th to be a part of the compilation! By doing so you are accepting that we republish your image in relevant contexts on our blogs and other social media – always referring back to you. 

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. 

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.