The Embroidered Heart and the Fear of Failure

I love the beautiful symbol of love and its many pains; the heart. I’ve been obsessed with the heart shape for over a decade, and I am just now working on several different textile pieces for an exhibition I want to set up. I think I stopped working on my embroidered hearts last year so that I wouldn’t finish them – in fear of having to actually do something with them.

A while back I worked on even smaller hearts, on artist trading cards, ATC:s. As I have been looking at the photos, and also the pile of ATC hearts I’ve finished so far, I feel a lot of inspiration to keep going on this resting project. The work itself inspired me to continue.

Start of a Embroidered Heart by iHanna #embroidery #stitchwithheart

If you want to start stitching hearts on Artist Trading Cards yourself, you should sign up for the awesome Embroidery Workshop I announced this week. It is truly a work of heart…

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Embroidery Workshop | How to stitch a Heart – with LOVE

This weekend I sent out a Newsletter announcing that my darling embroidery workshop Stitch with Love, is up for grabs! I have been wanting to make a stand-alone workshop hosted by me, for a bit over a year now (or is it two years?), but for various reasons, I haven’t. Not until now.

I am super pumped to tell you a bit more about it today, because embroidery is one of my big passions. Yay!

Stitch With Love - Embroidery Workshop for beginners by @iHanna

If you want to get started with embroidery this mini-workshop is perfect for you! The Stitch With Love – an Online Embroidery Video Workshop For Beginners can be watched at your own leisure, any time. It’s a beginner level class for anyone curious about embroidery, but I do believe experienced embroiderers will also find new sparks of inspiration and some new ideas to try here. It’s simple, basic techniques, but SO full of ideas to explore!

Video promo I made for the workshop:

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Dear Photo Diary | Pink Polka Dots

Since I’m still not one hundred percent well after the flu, I haven’t made any new collages and feel way behind. I think I’m the only one not posting to the hashtag #365somethings2018 on Instagram, and I invented the thing! Gah! But I digress. I’m trying to go through older photos on the computer, and today I found a few pretty ones from a while back, when my desk was still pink polka dots that I wanted to share.

I think it means that I’m bringing back Dear Photo Diary, as a series of blog posts featuring creative, colorful and just awesome photographs from everyday life. Rather random, but bright and happy. And snapped by me of course, mostly with my big girl camera. ♥

Because, why not?

Dear Photo Diary

It took me years to learn to sit at my desk for more than two minutes at a time, to put up with the solitude and the terror of failure, and the godawful silence and the white paper.
Erica Jong

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Heart Collage Free Desktop Background

Sorry I have been MIA for almost two weeks. It’s because I got the flue. To make up for it I compiled a Colorful and Free Desktop Background, to spruce up your desktop background on the computer! Yay!

Share the LOVE - Download a free desktop background

Every day you live is a day for dreaming.
Every day is a day for adventuring.
And every day is for sharing with people you love,
because love’s all that lasts.
It’s the only thing we carry out of this world.
It connects us all, in the end.
Natalie Lloyd

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Keeping a Diary | Should you Keep it Private or Share it

Long before I started to blog I wrote weekly and sometimes daily, in a regular hard bound notebook and called it “a diary”. I have kept a diary for my entire life, and by this time in my life I know it is something I will not ever loose or stop doing. It is so ingrained in my to write in a diary that I can’t stop. It is not a daily habit, like eating breakfast or brushing my teeth (things I can’t not do), but it’s as much as part of my life as this blog, although a bit more secret…

On keeping a diary for yourself : Should you share your journal/diary or keep it private - blog post by iHanna #journaling

When it comes to Keeping a Diary and a blog at the same time, this is a question you must ask yourself: Should you Keep it Private or Share it with the online community?

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365 Collages | Week 3 | Butterfly Collage

I made seven random collages, and the theme didn’t show itself until I was almost done. But that’s okay too for me. You don’t need to know the end result to start, right? I don’t even think each week needs to be assigned a specific theme. I like random, as you might know.

It's about Butterfly Collage: 365 Collages in 2018 Week 3 by iHanna #365somethings2018 #butterfly #art

I like letting my intuition lead the way, not thinking too much about where I’m going with my art. I find thinking sometimes is my biggest hinder…

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Doodle and Relax

Time for some doodling! If you feel pressure to make something spectacular and realistic on every piece of paper you get in front of you, you might never start. Right? Pressure is on to create a masterpiece. To not waste pretty paper, to invest in your art. Or to fill your notebook with something instagram-worthy… It’s that horrible feeling of not being able to Start. So my suggestion to you is: re-focus.

Just relax, and doodle

Don’t make art, relax a bit and create something simple and fun, a doodle.

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365 Collages | Week 2 | All in Printable Colors

I made more collages. These are made out of some of the most printable colors you can imagine. They’re the CMYK colors that you use when you’re designing for print. Printable colors, that is. Defined by wiki:

The CMYK color model (process color, four color) is a subtractive color model, used in color printing, and is also used to describe the printing process itself. CMYK refers to the four inks used in some color printing: cyan, magenta, yellow, and key (black).

Let's be creative in 2018 together and do 365 somethings

I don’t know too much about CMYK, and rarely use it because where I used to print the magazine I edit, the did the CMYK:ing for me. But I love the color combination, don’t you? I mean that dark turquoise and one of my favorite dark pink (named magenta), that is nowhere near red. So yummy!

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Traveler’s Notebook | The finished Christmas Journal

I have filmed a flip-through of my finished Christmas Journal, that is in a Traveler’s Notebook regular size insert that I made myself. I have also edited it and uploaded it, and for that I am very proud. It’s this years first video and my aim is about 30-40 more this year!

I’ve journaled on the last couple of pages of the Christmas journal, and printed a few more photos for it. I feel that it’s full to the brim, and finished. I can not add anything more to it, or it will burst, so it’s time to archive it. Shelf it. Say good bye and move on. It’s a keep-sake and rather personal, but now it’s time to move on.

But before I put it away I wanted to film a “quick flip-through” for you guys!

Christmas journal filled to the brim - final flip through video

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An Invitation back into the Art Journal

I love Art Journaling a lot. In previous years I’ve kept one big Art Journal that has housed all my art and experiments. But for a couple of years now I’ve let the journal expand into several different kinds of books at the same time, thus destroying the lovely chronology I had going, but also giving me more room to work in different ways.

I love them all, but it was easier to just snap photos and share the progress I made before this “split”. But I want to continue to share art journaling here. I still consider this to be a blog that is a lot about art journaling. Art journaling, along with collage and mixed media art, is my big passion in life.

So I’m inviting you, and myself, back into art journaling this year!

iHanna's invitation to you into your art journal, and into hers on the blog www.ihanna.nu #artjournaling

Art Journal Invitation

I want to work with all the different journals I have going, and document them here. I want to share more art journal pages, and most of all, I want to invite you to Art Journal along with me. As I share my pages, some made just for fun and others more personal, I want you to work along with me. I always hope that my sharing here will encourage you to start your own creative practice back up again…

Life is not a dress rehearsal. Stop practicing what youre going to do and just go do it. In one bold stroke you can transform today.
Marilyn Grey

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