Spanish illustrator Blanca Helga takes seemingly disparate materials — cardboard, painted papers, string, and packaging — and assembles it all into adorable collages. Hansel and Gretel, smiling horses, colorful dragons, and googly-eyed flying creatures all make an appearance in her work.
I’m a big fan of shapes and how they’re designed, and this aspect is some of my favorite parts of Blanca’s work. I love how she takes oddly-formed cardboard and papers piece and transforms them into heads and bodies. The small bits of string and paper also give me the distinct feeling that she’s “painting” with scissors (or torn edges).
The following images are from Blanca’s Self Portrait Project. Her portrait fits into a small, neat book that uses transparencies to layer flowers and different shapes. Very cool!