And then it was finally time to make a friend to “Lady in black” in the limited edition series – Dancing ink.
I’ll never stop being fascinated by how the ink dances around when you drop it into water. It’s really hypnotic to watch! This is just one tiny drop of ink that I dropped into a glass of water… and it just keep dancing like there was no tomorrow. So beautiful.
…And trying to capture this beautiful scenery with just pencils on paper is really easier said than done. To draw abstract is (for a little self-critical, perfectionist like me)… very difficult! But after an x-number of “This-didn’t-turn-out-as-I-planned-sketches” she was finally there on the paper.I call this illustration for… Under the surface.
And this is how the “in the making process” looked like.
I took pictures of the dancing ink and used them as inspiration.
Gave a sneak peek on Facebook and Instagram.
The home office.
Then I put a little ballet dancer in there aaand voila! It’s finished! :) After that I scanned the drawing and sent it to the printers.
Home delivery! Fresh from the oven!
All numbered and signed by hand.
There are only 250 limited edition art prints of “Under the surface”. Which means that this illustration will not be re-printed when it’s sold out.
This is what she looks like in a frame.
And this is what she looks like together with her best buddy “Lady in black”.
You can now find this limited art print together with the rest of the crew in my webshop.
Hope you like her! :)
7 March, 2018
DIY – Oil lamps out of old bottles.
Are you like me and sometimes buy various drinks only because of that the bottles are pretty?
And then suddenly you have lots of empty bottles at home that are a little too good looking to throw away? Now I’ve got the solution of what to do with them! Turn your old bottles into oil lamps. Perfect to brighten up dark winter days like these. It’s very simple and they turn out soo nice! So! I felt I had to share the tip here.
What you need is:
One or several bottles that you think are pretty.
Oil lamp wick
Oil lamp nozzle (I’m not sure about that translation here. But you get the picture)
The bottles we used at home. (And Yes! We like gin in our family ;)
Then just fill the bottle with lamp oil. The more lamp oil you have in the bottle, the better flame you’ll get. Pull the wick into the nozzle and put it in the bottle. Allow the wick to absorb the oil for about 15 minutes before turning it on. And voila!:)
Easy peasy! :)
27 February, 2018
Last chance – 30 % discount!
It feels like my head is about to explode of all ideas of new illustrations. This spring is gonna be a creative one. I can feel it in my toes! So, I thought that it’s about time to let go of some oldies and to leave some space for something new.
To celebrate this happy goodbye you’ll now get 30 % discount on the illustrations Sharp eyed Owen, Owlifly and Mr Stag beetle (on all sizes!). These little piggies will not be printed again. Which means that when they are out of stock, they’re gone forever!
Grab one before it’s to late! :) You find them in my webshop.
19 January, 2018
When you’re addicted to a TV-series.
You know the feeling when you find a new great TV series. You think you have everything under control but then you find yourself so deep down in the swamp that you almost can’t handle your daily life anymore. Only one more episode, OK one more…. one more and then it’s suddently 4.30 in the morning and you don’t know if it’s a evening snack your eating or breakfast?
You know that feeling when that TV-series has almost become a small part of one’s life and then it’s suddenly OVER…?(!!!) Well I can announce that you feel… a bit empty, lonely and you won’t know what to do with your life for a second… Because that’s how I felt after I got lost in the world of Peaky Blinders for a couple of weeks. Sooo awesome series! Check it out if you haven’t seen it yet.
So I thought I could warm up drawing a pencil portrait of Mr. Shelby himself.And this is how it turned out.
I drew this one just for fun. So if there are any more Peaky blinders fans out there who might would like to have this one on the wall, just send me an e-mail!
Now I’m both rested after some Christmas holiday and all warmed up for a new year, with new illustrations and new art prints. Hope you will join me on my journey! :)
18 January, 2018
Get your Christmas gift in time.
Last day to order in my webshop and to be sure to get it in time before Christmas (For all of you who lives within the boarders of Scandinavia.) is on Sunday, December 17. If you live in another country outside Scandinavia and want to order Christmas gifts in my shop… I’m sorry but now it’s to late. <3
If you live in Gothenburg or just are in the neighborhood you are always more then welcome to swing by the studio to just say hello or by prints directly from me. Here I also have black, thin aluminum frames in several sizes as well as gift papers. Just contact me before (sms, call och e-mail) so I will be there when you arrive.
Hope you all have a wonderful Christmas! <3
Big hug / Sanna
13 December, 2017
Christmas gift! Get 25% off on all my phone cases!
Here comes some Christmas gift inspiration! ;)
I just wanted to let you know that, In cooperation with Caseapp, we have now developed a discount code that gives you a 25% off on all phone cases with my design for Christmas.
Just click on the link below, chose what you’d like and then use the discount code SWARTSJUL25 when you get to the check out. Et voila! You’ve got 25% off! The discount code is valid until December 30, 2017.
Now Christmas is just around the corner and that also means that it’s time for Christmas markets! This year I will only participate at one market. But! It’s already this weekend! Then we’re going to Designmarknad in Jönköping, Sweden.
What? Designmarknadt WINTER 2017.
When? December 2nd, at 10-16.
Where? Ödlan district, Syrgasvägen 7, Skeppsbron in Jönköping
How? Entry 40 kr (for all over 12)
So now the preparations are in full swing here in the studio!Please come by and say hi on Saturday if you’re in the neighborhood! It would be so fun to meet you! <3
Big hug / Sanna
Here’s a sneak peek of what it looked like last Saturday! Thank you so much all of you who dropped by, for a wonderful day! We had so much fun! And thank you sweetest mom for all help and dear company <3
29 November, 2017
2018 Calendar – NEW!
Now when I’ve got 12 “human animals” in the family, I thought, what’s better than making a calendar? :) With some help from my drawing tablet, x-number of hours / days with Photoshop and from my dear father-in-law Anders at Trestad’s print shop, I can now proudly say that I have my very own calendar for 2018.
In this one, you’ll find all my 12 “human animals” from the series “Animal Instinct”.When folded together, the calendar is almost in size with an A4 (21 × 27 cm) and when folded out, twice as big (21 x 54 cm).
The calendar is printed in a limited edition on 180 g of natural white art paper.Once the year has passed, you can also cut the pictures and frame them. The perfect Christmas gift for a person who likes art and at the same time might need some help to organize the daily life.
This is what it looks like :)
Dimensions folded together: 21×27 cm (Front)
Dimensions folded out: 21×54 cm.
Plenty of space to write and make plans. Please note that the Calendar is in english!
And the back (All human animals).
This is what it looks like in out kitchen :)
Once the year has passed, you can also cut the pictures and frame them.
This is what “August”/Hipster goat looks like in my home studio.
And now finally you’ll find this Calendar in my webshop! :) Hope you like it!
7 November, 2017
Lady in black – NEW PRINT!
For about a year ago I sat in my little studio and played with ink. I dropped black, heavy ink drops in a glass of water and watched it slowly dancing around. I became completely hypnotized! It was so beautiful and meditative to watch and I felt that I really had to do something with this! But I just didn’t know what.
But for a few months ago, it all came to me!
I’ll draw ink that’s dancing in water and mix it with other motives. I thought that it would be fun to draw a little ballet dancer in there some how and started to sketch immediately.
I’m not really used to drawing abstract. Which I had to do with this one. I had to make up my own shapes, lines and shadows to make them fit the little ballet dancer nicely. However, that was easier said than done. Let me say that I used the rubber a lot! Which messed up the paper. Which ended up with that I had to re-draw this illustration three times! (haha) #sweaty-emoji
But you learn from your mistakes and now she’s finally there on the paper! My new little ink dancer… The lady in black.
And here are as usual some pictures of the actual drawing process.
The first sketch.
Slowly getting there.
I gave a sneak peek on Facebook and Instagram <3
This is actually the beginning of a whole new series, which I call “Dancing ink” (New motives will be added successively).Lady in black is drawn entirely by hand with graphite pencils and has then been scanned and printed on 300 g, nature white art paper of the finest quality. Unlike from my other illustrations and art prints, This illustration is printed in a limited edition of only 250 signed and numbered art prints.
And now she’s finally in the webshop together with the rest of the crew! I hope you like her! :)
23 October, 2017
Thank you Farmers market for a wonderful weekend!
Now I’m back home again. After a truly magical weekend at Farmers market at Strömma farmlodge. I would love to take a few weekends a year at this amazing place just to unwind and enjoy idyllic country life. Such a wonderful place! If you haven’t been there yet, I really recommend a visit.
The Farmers market was running both Saturday and Sunday between 11am and 4pm. The forecast showed glorious sunny weather all weekend and the autumn was as beautiful as it only can be at Strömma. Live music was played, the farm was all colorful by all the flowers and crops, the sun was shining and the barbecue smelled delicious… Everything was on top! Up to 15 minutes later, when the whole sky suddenly opened and the weather went bananas! (Thanks for that weatherman ;) ) I’ve never seen that much rain. And it didn’t stop either … For 3 hours in a row the rain poured down like crazy. Everything was soaked! And the farm turned into a lake. What are you supposed to do? I felt so sorry for all visitors who got stuck in the barn to take shelter for hours, all those who stood selling out in the yard that were now completely soaked, everyone who’s been working so hard to make this market so pretty! I was lucky enough to stand inside the barn. But despite this crazy weather, everyone was in a very good mood and helped each other as much as they could.
The women who organizes Farmers market are so incredibly resourceful and efficient, so it didn’t take long before there was a tanker in the yard that sucked up all the water. All the cars that were parked on the fields were now bathing in clay and was totally stuck. So then they called some tractors that helped everyone to drag their cars off the fields. Such heroes! You could no longer park anywhere so then they quickly got some buses to drive all the visitors back and forth to Strömma.I mean … Can it be more of a Farmers market than this?I am very happy to have been towed by a tractor over a field for the first time in my life. A little muddy, but a lot of fun! :)
Just as the market was about to close for the day, the sun finally visited us. And ss an ending and balm for a wet soul, one of my favorite artists, Tingsek also entered the stage. And what a performance he did! I cried… For the first time to a gig. (and I’ve been at plenty!) It was magical…
Luckily the weather was much more pleasant during the Sunday. It was sunny! and a really lovely farmers market day! Just as it should be!
And here are some pictures from Farmers market in Strömma <3
A little rain never hurt anybody.
It was cozy and warm inside the barn.
Lovely neighbors <3
Kollijox and Lisa Burenius.
There was once upon a time a road.
The kids are making potato animals.
Juice and Yoga!
The cars were swimming.
The awesome women behind Farmers market: Anna Linton, Marina Evertsson, Lovisa Jacobsson and Jennie Blomkvist <3
This time I went alone so unfortunately I couldn’t run around that much to take pictures. But I got some! :)
Thank you so much Farmers market, Strömma farmlodge, amazing organizers and all dear visitors who made this weekend fantastic even though we had some bad luck with the weather. I really hope I’ll see you again soon!<3
(Photo by: Sanna Wieslander, Annika Wieslander and farmers market crew)
19 September, 2017
My illustrations on phone cases.
I’ve started a new, fun collaboration with Caseapp! So if you like my quirky animals you can now also get them as phone cases. Available for all different kinds of mobile phone models! :)
As you might have seen on Instagram, I’ve tried to print my illustrations on phone cases before. But I haven’t been really satisfied with the quality.The paint fell of quickly and they felt very plastic.So I didn’t want to sell them but made some for myself just for fun.But then I recently came in contact with Caseapp and they made some “test shells” for me and I was sooo happy with the result!They turned out so good!
To celebrate this new collaboration, Caseapp were so kind and made a special discount code to all my friends. Just enter SWART20 at the check out at www.caseapp.se and you’ll get 20 % off on all my products. The discount code is valid until October 10, 2017.
And this is what my new phone cases looks like. :)
14 September, 2017
See you at Farmers market?
There’s really something special about this market. And now it’s only one week left and then it’s finally time again! Blue grass music, amazing food and wonderful atmosphere (and maybe some art prints here och there). For those of you who haven’t been there before and want to know more, you can read more about this happy event at Farmers markets website or here on the blog from last year’s market. Or … GO THERE! Then you will never want to leave.
I’m so excited!! Hope to see you there! <3
Where: Strömma Farmlodge, Tvååker (Outside Varberg in Sweden).
When: Saturday and Sunday 11 am – 4 pm.
Quanto questa: 100 KR for the whole weekend..
7 September, 2017
Thank you Formex! <3
Now I’m back home again after one week at Formex design fair in beautiful Stockholm. It was my first time at this fair so I didn’t really know what to expect.But omg what a nice time we had! It was like stepping into a big, warm and friendly hug! All meetings with old and new designer friends, all wonderful visitors, organizers and all inspiring people who I’ve been following through social media. I’ve had such a wonderful time together with you! Thank you!
… And as if that weren’t enough, I’ve now also got several new, lovely retailers around the world.So… After this week, There’s a little tired, but a very happy Sanna sitting here writing right now.<3
I was alone during the whole fair so unfortunately I didn’t have the opportunity to “run around” and shoot this time. But here are some pictures of what it looked like at my stand at the Young designer department.
Hey, ho! Let’s go!
Cool artwork in the entrance.
Let the fun begin!
And this is what my stand looked like in the end.
Part of the “Young designer” section before opening.
Siri Netzell who’s one of the awesome ladies behind the company Mainstreet Stockholm – Creative agency dropped by and surprised me by showing me her new sleeve. Made with just my illustrations.. I mean.. How cool is that?! THANK YOU SIRI! You’re just the best! <3
And this is the face of one happy Sanna… It felt like I had that smile all the time during the fair. It’s hard not to be happy when you’re surrounded by such wonderful people all day long. Thank you so much Formex! I really hope we meet again soon! <3
28 August, 2017
Honey, I’m hooome!
Time really does flies when you’re having fun! It feels like it was yesterday we packed the car and left. Anyway, now we’re back! After 3 weeks of lovely vacation around in Europe.
We drove through Denmark, Germany and then we stayed in Austria for about one week on the awesome playground called Area 47! This place really lived up to all our expectations! We’ve had sooo much fun! So if you like adventure filled with adrenaline in amazingly beautiful nature, I really recommend you to visit this place! (See pictures below) Then we went to Switzerland, France and back through Germany and Denmark again and then we took the ferry home to Gothenburg.
Here are some pictures from our little adventure!
Camping at Rømø, Denmark.
Drove down to München to met up our dear friends.
Why don’t take a walk to the park for some surf?
Drove slowly down to Austria after two days of big city life in Germany.
We are finally here! Hello Area 47! <3
Our home for the week.
Time to play! Canyoning!
About 12 degrees in the water. brrr…
David is jumping from 14 meters.
On adventure with the best person I know <3
Visiting mountain tops.
Enjoying the view.
Andrea got a new friend.
“I think I will stay here…”
Playing around under a bridge.
It was fun!
Time for rafting!
And time for a bath!
Testing the “Giant swing”.
We’re totally relaxed about jumping out 27 meters. Totally…
So this is what we’ve been up to! There’s been different kind of activities on the schedule every day for a whole week. It was sooo much fun!Especially when you get to play like this together with wonderful friends in the beautiful alps! After a week at Area 47, it was time to leave. Andrea, Anders and Anders flew home and David and I slowly drove back home through Europe again.
After traveling through Switzerland we stayed at a cute little campsite at Ballons des Vosges in France.
Say hello to our gorgeous mini-neighbor, Nougat!
We climbed mountains and visited old castles.
Such cute houses!
Tried escargots for the first time. I’m not sure if I’m gonna order it again ;)
Then we drove to Germany and then back home to Sweden again.
It has really been an amazing holiday! And now I’m back at my beloved little studio again! Preparing and packing everything! Because now there’s only two weeks left to Formex design fair in Stockholm! I’m so excited! Hope to see you there! :)
7 August, 2017
Summer holiday in the shop
I just wanted you to know that soon it’s time for me to have some vacation. Only one week to go! Then I will be recharging my batteries for 3 whole weeks. This time David and I will take the car, meet up some dear friends and drive down to Austria to a really cool place called Area 47. There we will stay one week and just play! For those of you who have never heard about this, check it out!(If you like adventures filled with adrenaline :P) I’m really looking forward to this! Then we will slowly drive back to Sweden again.
This means that during that time, the webshop will be open as usual. But! Orders placed after Friday, July 14 will not be sent away until, as earliest on Monday, August 7, 2017, when I’m back home in Sweden again.
But there’s still a few days left to spend at my creative, little happy place! I will be in the studio working until Friday next week (July 14). If anyone would like to drop by and say hi or shop art prints directly from me :)
Hope you all have a wonderful summer!
Hugs from Sanna <3
6 July, 2017
FORMEX design fair – 2017
Now the preparations are in full swing, because soon it’s time for the Formex design fair in Stockholm! I’m so excited to be a part of this!
It’s actually my first time at Formex (I’ve previously exhibited in Denmark at the North Modern fair in Copenhagen and at the Formland fair in Herning) so it feels a little extra special to exhibit in my home country for the first time.
So, please come by and say hi if you’ll visit the Formex fair in August!You’ll find me at the Young Designers section, stand B16: 50.Hope to see you there!:)
“Nordic region’s largest and most important meeting place for design and interiors with 900 exhibitors, 23,000 visitors and 800 media representatives.”
Once in a while I make pencil portraits. I’ve been showing you some of them lately on both Instagram and Facebook. It’s so much fun and I love to make them!
But since my little company is driven by only one person, and I mainly work with posters and art prints. There’s not always enough hours for all the fun!
Right now I’m focusing on a new and a bit secret project ( pretty big actually). Then, it’s time for some vacation and as soon as I’m back again it’s time for Formex design fair in Stockholm, Farmers market in Varberg and a lot of other fun projects. I’ll tell you more about it soon. Stay tuned! :)
I’ve received some e-mails lately regarding portrait commissions ( Thank you so much! <3 ). So, I just wanted to say that I’d love to make them for you. But I won’t be able to start working on any new commissions until later this fall (around October – November, 2017)
If you have any further questions about this, don’t hesitate to contact me! <3
Here are some of the pencil portraits I’ve made earlier.
29 June, 2017
Thank you so much for a wonderful evening!
Thank you so much all of you who came to visit my open studio last Thursday! <3 What a wonderful evening we had! I’m totally overwhelmed that so many of you wanted to drop by!
I had so much fun that I forgot to take pictures during the evening. But I took a few before it all started. And here they are! :)
Big thanks again! This was so much fun that we will definitely do this again soon! :) And you’re of course, always more than welcome to drop by anytime! I’m usually here Mon-Fri between 9am and 5pm.
Hope to see you soon! <3
10 June, 2017
Open studio with friendly offers!
I thought it was about time to invite you all to my little studio. So! On Thursday next week I will have an open studio / “after work – fika” for those of you who would like to drop by and see how I work. There will be coffee, sweets and lots of extra friendly offers. I will also show you my new canvas collection and (!) let go of some of my original drawings.
Everyone is warmly welcome! :)
Location: Karl gustavsgatan 17 C, Gothenburg (nearest stop is Vasa Viktoria)
Time: Thursday June 8, 4:00-8:00 pm
Hope to see you here! <3
31 May, 2017
NEW! – The canvas collection
Now my friends! Now there’s a brand new thing in the shop! Canvas posters!
I wanted to make a little more luxurious variant of the 50×70 cm format. Try some other material than paper. So me and my dear father-in-law Anders (who works at Tregraf‘s printing company in my beloved hometown, Uddevalla) experimented with a bunch of different materials and we both fell deeply in love with the canvas. The colors and all tiny details turned out so bright and clear. And the feeling is so luxurious!
Suddenly a new collection was born – “The canvas collection”.
The illustrations are printed on fine canvas (450 g) and are available in the size 50×70cm. Works just like a regular poster, but are slightly more luxurious and much more durable than paper. Perfect for hanging with poster hangers, clamps or framing as usual, with or without glass. Not only does the canvas give a very luxurious impression, it’s both light and moisture resistant, making it perfect for decorating the walls even in the outside room and bathroom.
So if you’d like to try something that (probably) not so many others have? Well, maybe this is something for you :)
I was about to invite you all to a little happening / after work in my studio soon, so you can come and see this live. But of course you are more than welcome to drop by anytime! My coffee maker is always ready for a dear visit! <3