Experimenting with Index Card Art

In the beginning of June I shared that I was joining the summer challenge index-card-a-day, an Index Card Art Project open to everyone, and since then I have (almost) daily posted a painted index card to my instagram account and to my Facebook page Studio iHanna. Yay me, right?

Today I’m sharing my thoughts about this project, My Struggles and Success Story, and most of my painted cards. I hope I can inspire you to join is for July, or just start a daily creative practice for yourself, what ever it may be. Summer is a good time to do this, because the weather will help you along by being all bright and happy.

Index card first 1,5 week of June by @ihanna #icad

If you want to cultivate a habit, do it without any reservation, till it is firmly established. Until it is so confirmed, until it becomes a part of your character, let there be no exception, no relaxation of effort. Mahavira

I really wish I could say that I paint daily and effortlessly all the time…

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Flashback Sale! Learn the 21 Secrets of Art Journaling

I really love doing collage in my Art Journal, because it combines two of my biggest passions. Art Journaling and Collage! As one of the teachers in 21 Secrets online workshop fall 2015 I got to talk about art journal collage in my video segments, so if you want to see how I do it, I recommend you to check those videos out.

When you get the workshop 21 SECRETS Fall 2015 (or spring though I’m not in that class) you will get an eBook containing 21 different workshops/teachers providing video, photos, tutorials, inspiration and images for their workshops. Right now there is a flashback sale for 21 SECRETS Spring & Fall 2015, but you’ve got to act quick. It ends on Friday already!

21 Secrets Flash Sale ends Friday

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Inspiration to draw a Geometric Mandala

I am drawn to circles as many of us are, and I want to draw them everywhere. A Mandala is a circle that you can fill with whatever you want. Though the ones that are at least a little bit geometric are the easiest to recognize as mandalas. They grow from a circle in the center and build up to become a beautiful meditation on nature, life or anything you want!

With the inspiration of Kathryn Costa’s book The Mandala Guidebook, that I just reviewed on the blog, and my new and beautiful two-edged pencils that my friend brought me from her recent trip to Barcelona, I decided to draw a geometric mandala!

My Gaudí­ colored pencils - blog post on mandalas by @ihanna #drawing

The straight line belongs to men, the curved one to God. Antoni Gaudi

I’m not religious, but I see the divinity of the circle of course. I get where Mr Gaudí, with the quote above, came from. Also, as a side note, since my friend went to Barcelona, I’ve been googling Antoni Gaudi’s mosaic creations – and I’m in love. I love the look of mosaic so much! I will try my best to squeeze in one or two mosaic projects this summer (the flower pot I made is still a favorite in my window), because traveling abroad is not in the budget this year which means I can’t just book a trip and go see the Gaudí Park no matter how much I want to… I’m on staycation. I’ve got to keep entertaining myself at home with my creativity.

Today: drawing a geometric mandala!

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The Mandala Guidebook: How to draw, paint and color expressive mandala art

The mandala craze that started a few years ago on the internet is everywhere these days. There are plenty of pretty mandala coloring books to chose from if coloring is your thing, but how do you get started if you want to create your own mandala – or develop the ones you are already drawing? One idea is getting Kathryn Costa’s book The Mandala Guidebook: How to draw, paint and color expressive mandala art. And that is actually a very good idea, if you ask me.

Book review of The Mandala Guidebook

I just read this book, and I can totally recommend anyone wanting to draw and doodle more, to check it out! Here’s my review.

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Personalizing a Watercolor Box

Watercolors are commonly stored in a boring looking black metall box bought in the store…But does it need to be so… black? …so boring? …so store bought looking? I say: nay! Let’s personalize it and make it more fun!

Creating a personalized iHanna watercolor box by iHanna

When I got the idea to personalize my new, bigger waterclor box, I decided to bring out the spray paint. Because, why not? I love spray painting stuff to make them more my own, and by covering my watercolor box I totally transformed it into a very iHanna-like box of joy!

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Getting into Creating on Index Cards Again

Index Cards are not the best substrate to create on, if you ask me. It’s not good for most wet media and the index card I bought yesterday are super flimsy and thin… But all that aside, I am joining the index-card-a-day challenge, ICAD, to create “something” on one index card each day for the rest of the month (and maybe I’ll do it in July too). Why you ask? Isn’t that just stupid? I argue the opposite!

I can Creating on Index Cards, and You Can Creating on Index Cards - #ICAD time!

I joined ICAD back in 2011 and found many reasons to like it then. This year I’m joining to challenge myself to let go of expectations. I also could not resist the fun happening in the Facebook groups and in the Circle this year! I need a bit of community and something to spark new ideas. So I today I pored myself a cup of tea, for the first time since winter, and brought out my acrylic paints…

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Make Something (on an Index Card Perhaps) | May Inspiration en Masse

There are so many things that you can make yourself, and sometimes all you need to make something is a bit of inspiration… So that’s what I’ll try today, to provide a bit of inspiration mostly found on YouTube. There are so much yummy stuff there!

Though, before we start, I just have to share this:

Stockholm Schoolism May 2016

iHanna Loves this Schoolism is coming to Stockholm – next weekend, and I’m going there! I’m super excited about learning about character design and storytelling from some of the masters of our time. It’s not something I would’ve ever signed up for myself, but when sharing the event on my Facebook page, I won the two day jam packed workshop event taking place in Stockholm! Talk about being excited!

Woohoo, feeling the luck!

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DIY Spray Paint Crazy

I love DIY Spray Paint projects a lot, mostly because it is so much fun to personalize things with color. It’s my favorite repurposing thing to do with thrift finds! Plus it’s the quickest way to totally transform the look of something, which is always fun. These days you can find so many different hues of spray paint too, though I’m of course a fan of neons! On a sale I stocked up on neon pink, red and orange! Yay for neon spray paint!

I went a bit crazy with the neon spray paint.... by iHanna

But you do need to be outdoors to use spray paint, so I usually save up some projects and wait for summer. I then spend a day out on the lawn spray painting stuff until my spray finger hurts. Last time I went a little crazy with the spray paint…

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Destination Gotland – let’s go explore!

Photography records the gamut of feelings written on the human face, the beauty of the earth and skies that man has inherited, and the wealth and confusion man has created. It is a major force in explaining man to man.
Edward Steichen

Two days after sending out all the postcard swap-addresses via e-mail, I took off for the annual long weekend of craft workshops at the island of Gotland. It’s has become a great tradition as this year marks our fourth trip. Every time I go I feel privileged to be invited to do craft workshops and hang out with these amazing people I get to call my friends. I don’t know if I deserve it, but I sure appreciate and enjoy it.

Gotland in my heart blog post with photos by Hanna Andersson // iHanna, #Sweden

I love the nature in Gotland, especially in late spring when we get to visit. There are flowers almost everywhere you look, and I feel so close to nature there. We live surrounded by fields and trees, and I’m reminded of how close to big roads and train stations I normally live. This is something very different from my regular life, and as a city girl I wish I could experience nature more often.

I took a few photographs with my Nikon D5200 camera, although not as many as previous years. I’m sharing my favorites in this post…

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Live a Creative Life: 40 Lessons on How to Embrace Creativity in Your Life

There is no right or wrong way to live a Creative Life, but there are many lessons to learn on the way no matter what kind of creativity you want to infuse your life with. I’m walking that road most every day, and since I recently became 40 (gasp!) I thought I’d share a few lessons on how I have embraced creativity in the last 12 years or so.

I’m hoping that my list will help you embrace creativity in what ever form it may come, and to live a more creative life in some way or other. Maybe it will give you ideas on art or craft projects to try? Maybe you will jump up and start a blog of your own? I credit my blog for a lot of the creativity in my life. I had a lot of fun writing this list for you guys, so I hope you’ll find it useful.

Live a Creative Life - 40 LESSONS on living a Creative Life written by blogger, artist and awesome iHanna

Enjoy!
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