Book review | Zen doodle – tons of tangles

A Zentangle has no up or down and is not a picture of something, so you have no worries about whether you can draw a hand, or a duck. You always succeed in creating a Zentangle.

I have been wanting to look at a book about black and white doodles for a long time, but since these kinds of books are not available in Sweden I haven’t had the luxury to do so without having to order it online first. And how can you buy just one book when there are oh so many to chose from – about mandala doodles, zen doodles, tangles and zentangles out there? There is an endless row of new titles coming out about this simple and very enjoyable pastime activity: doodling in black and white.

Zen doodle book cover photo It’s a jungle for sure, and I suspect the one I could really use and like would elude me… Anyway, now I’ve had the opportunity to look into one of these books and thought I’d share a few thoughts about it today. This is the first review of the year, but more book inspiration to come soon, as I get back into reading again when summer arrives… I have a few goodies that I really want to share…

This one is called Zen Doodle: Tons of Tangles by editor Tonia Jenny and Amy Jones. Each doodle is a contribution from a private person who has made a kind of simple step-by-step tutorial to their zentangle-like doodle. The book is divided into a few chapters, like Abstract, Shape and Objects, Animals and Friendship and Love…

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Blue Handmade Postcards

Blog post title Blue Postcards for iHanna's DIY Postcard Swap

I’m working on my postcards for the DIY Postcard Swap and printed the postcard backsides already. As I get into the process of cardmaking I get really, really excited about the spring swap again! How about you, are you making postcards already? If not, it’s time to start right now!

Mom's Love Spring Postcard

I think I’ll sew the printed side to the back of the collages I’m making, using the sewing machine. But I haven’t had time to photograph them yet, so I thought I’d share some very blue postcards from last year. They’re made by my mom who likes to join in on the fun of postcard swapping each year…

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Typography in 3D

Feminism’s agenda is basic: It asks that women not be forced to “choose” between public justice and private happiness. It asks that women be free to define themselves – instead of having their identity defined for them, time and again, by their culture and their men.
Susan Faludi

H on my Desk

A friend gave me this cardboard box-like letter. It was painted in a bronze colour that I did not like much. So I decided to do a bit of iHanna transformation… Continue reading

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Letting Creativity Loose

Always pass on what you have learned.

Background Paper: Mixing it Up

Sometimes I forget how to do a collage, how to paint or how to draw. It feels like I’m lost, or like I’ve lost my ability to be creative. But then I remember the trick: I need to give myself permission to play. To work without expectations of the outcome. To just have fun. To explore my materials. Maybe it’s when you forget everything you know that you can be truly free and creative?

You know when you need some play time: it’s been weeks since you did anything remotely creative and you need a kick start… You need a starting point… Because when you start you will be inspired to continue. The hardest part continues to be just starting. Well, this is one way. Paint background papers!

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DIY Postcard Swap Spring 2015

Tired of never receiving any happy mail? then it's time to join iHanna's DIY Postcard Swap spring 2015! Join now!

If too are tired of only getting bills and junk mail in your inbox (not your e-mail inbox but your mail box), then it’s time to take action and do something about it. The first step is to make happy mail for others! I think it’s time you start sharing some of your creativity and make happy postcards to send out… Being creative and making postcards is half the fun, and then if you feel like joining my DIY Postcard Swap you will get 10 happy handmade postcards right back at ya! Double joy, right?

So it’s time to make awesome postcards together!

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Celebrating Life

Pink birthday flowers photo by iHanna #carnations

I have to admit that after a long weekend of celebrations I am one year older. I’m happy to report I do not feel older but might have to admit that I am not as young as I used to be!

I was thinking about how we keep celebrating our birthdays all through life. Are we happy that we are getting older, really? Why it stays such a happy occasion even when we don’t want to get any older? I guess it’s because it is a celebration of life. We are alive, and it is wonderful to be alive (most of the time)…. Continue reading

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5 Awesome Podcast Episodes about Creativity

5 Awesome Must-Listen-to Podcast Episodes on Creativity! link list by iHanna

Sometimes when I hear a great episode of a favorite podcast I want to remember to listen to it more than once. My favorite topic is creativity, as you might have guessed… Here are a few episodes I consider must-listen-to-good. I think you should check them out when you have the time.
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Happy Mail Day

Just as energy is the basis of life itself, and ideas the source of innovation, so is innovation the vital spark of all human change, improvement and progress.
Ted Levitt

Gifts from Jenny, photo by iHanna #ideanotebook

I sometimes get the prettiest things in the mail. It does not happen very often, but after Easter I have gotten several very nice surprises in my inbox. Things that totally brighten my day. Today I’ll show you a few of the things, because there was so much paper goodness that I think you need to see it too. Stationary, stickers, scrapbook and collage papers…

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Video Class Promo + Stitched Blog Hop

Never tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do and they will surprise you with their ingenuity. General George Patton

Today I am part of Alma Stoller’s Blog Hop for STITCHED 2015! Hi and Welcome to all new and old visitors, I hope you’ll stick around for a bit and leave me a comment below – maybe about what you like to sew – if you’re into sewing?

STITCH with LOVE bead embroidery for the STITCHED Blog Hop 2015, image by iHanna

I dabble in a little bit of everything, mostly what I call mixed media embroidery, which is kind of stitching on altered surfaces. I mix in a bit of everything, and that is what my class at STITCHED 2015 is all about too. Altering your fabric, using different threads and beads to decorate a surface and finally making a piece of tiny art! The final piece will end up becoming a ATC… Continue reading

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Dear Photo Diary | Easter Eye Candy

When words become unclear, I shall focus with photographs.
When images become inadequate, I shall be content with silence.
Ansel Adams

Easter Flowers

It is post Easter. I’ve finished my tiny Easter Egg (so small that it fitted in the palm of my hand), it wasn’t too hard because it only contained three pieces of chocolate candy. But I am not complaining about its size, because we had plenty of yummy food and drinks for everyone, plus big bowls of candy sitting around just waiting for ahem… me?

I’m no foodie as you know. My favorite thing about any holiday is the family meetings and to bring out the special decorations from storage. To change the living room up a bit, in a special way and for a special celebration. And Easter is awesome because it has lots of pretty decorations. This year it also brought the first sign of spring colors…

Easter Candy
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