Experimental Portraits | Time-lapse Video

Make action a habit. Dont wait until things are just right. There is never a perfect time to begin. There is only now. Expect that things will be difficult. Know that there will be setbacks. Remember how strong you are. Expect to succeed anyway. When you take action fear fades and confidence rises.
Tess Marshall

Watch the time-lapse video of Experimental portraits being painted by iHanna

In March I painted little portraits in my little journal. I am not a portrait painter, so I was in no way aiming to paint anything realistic. Instead I’ve experimented with colors, forms and different ways to start.

I filmed every time I sat down to paint, and I’m hoping that my approach might help loosen you up as well, to try some experimental portraits yourself. As grown ups we are afraid of failing, of creating something ugly and flawed, and nothing is as intimidating as trying to draw someone’s face. It almost never looks like them, right?

Instead of imagining the worst, try to ignore what your brain is telling you about what a “successful portrait” must look like. Who cares what others think of it? Have fun!

Remember the important parts; like the 2 eyes, 1 mouth and a nose, and play with placement, size and what details to add. Let it be “just for fun” and maybe exaggerate one eye (very big or very small or very narrow) so you don’t have to struggle with making the eyes exactly the same. That’s so hard anyway! This is what I did, and it was fun!

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Painting a lot of Hearts | Time-lapse video

Let my soul smile through my heart and my heart smile through my eyes, that I may scatter rich smiles in sad hearts.
Paramahansa Yogananda

All through February I have been painting colorful hearts in my little notebook. I could probably continue for a while longer, because there is no end to the ways you can portray something that has meaning to you…

Painting Hearts - watch the time-lapse videos of all of these on my blog

Each time I sat down to doodle, draw, paint or splatter paint on the page I filmed the process in time-lapse mood. I have shared some of these already on instagram (where I’m iHannas if you want to follow along there), but I also saved each one and made a compilation video, showing all of them in chronological order.

I hope it will inspire you to bring out your colors. What you paint doesn’t have to be hearts, it can be anything. But allow your ideas to evolve for a while. Create a series of work, that comes from your heart. Continue reading

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Dear Photo Diary | a winter without colors

I believe in process. I believe in four seasons. I believe that winter’s tough, but spring’s coming. I believe that there’s a growing season. And I think that you realize that in life, you grow. You get better.
Steve Southerland

Dear Photo Diary,
I am sorry that I have ignored you for so long. It feels like winter has been long and harsh, and quite colorless.

Dear Photo Diary, a winter without very much color 2018

It has not really been a lot of snow around here this winter, but when there was snow on the ground it made the day a bit brighter. Swedish winters are so dark it’s depressing. I wish I could’ve traveled somewhere else from November until the end of February. But I couldn’t, so when we got a little snow I tried to enjoy it…

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Pink and orange wrist warmers

Properly practiced, knitting soothes the troubled spirit, and it doesn’t hurt the untroubled spirit either.
Elizabeth Zimmerman

Knitted Wrist-warmers by iHanna

I love wearing wrist-warmers when I sit by the computer and write blog posts. My hands often gets really cold, and even with a thick sweater it’s the fingertips (and nose) that gets cold in the winter. That is one part why I like to knit wrist-warmers.

I also think that this kind of wrist-warmers are fun to knit, and so easy that anyone can do it. I’ve also been obsessed with this color combination for the past year: magenta pink & orange. I must say I think it’s the perfect color combination. It just sparks fire and joy, don’t you agree?

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Creating in January | Time-lapse painting video

I captured all the 31 first pages of January on video, so that you can take part of the creative process (in a rather rushed time-lapse way)!

I’m really excited to share it with you today.

Daily (almost) Creativity in a little notebook by iHanna - see all time-lapse videos here #artjournaling

I have shared just a few of the time-lapse videos on my instagram, but now I’ve compiled them into a 12 minute long video that is pretty cool to watch…

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Introducing the blank Kikki.K 365 Journal

I have always doubted my ability to do anything daily, and it’s not because I have low self-esteem (which I often have) but because I know myself too well to even try it… That said, I also knew when this year started that I wanted a kick in the butt when it comes to painting and art journaling. With the 365 Collages of last year, my art journal practice had a really bad year with me not giving it much attention at all… So this year I want to play more often.

A Creative Habit is the Artists Best Friend

And since I had, without much of a plan, already bought a little journal with 365 pages, I thought to my self: Heck, why don’t I start playing in this little notebook? As I’ve stated before: A Creative Habit is the Artists Best Friend!

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New A6 planner for the first quarter | Print your own today

Some of you might remember the DIY Planner that I designed many years ago, and that was all the rave at the time… I have since stopped using it, and when I found out about Traveler’s Notebooks, I just knew I would want to design my own little booklet for on-the-go planning and such.

So I did!

iHannas A6 Planner - Print your own today

I have made a design for regular TN’s and used that in previous years, but now I wanted one for my A6 Traveler’s Notebook, so I created one – and you can get it too! It’s a quarterly planner, so it’s okay to start on what ever quarter of the year that you want, and use it as long as you want to!

I know we’re almost half way into this quarter, but it’s on sale right now in case you want to get it for February and March, and quarter two is already up in my shop (April, May and June) so why not get both at the same time?!

I made a video showing how I printed, cut and assembled mine in the beginning of January although sharing it today. Watch it so that you can figure out if you’d like to have something similar or even get this particular planner I made…

I do love mine!

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The Right time for some Art Journaling

Those who stand at the threshold of life always waiting for the right time to change are like the man who stands at the bank of a river waiting for the water to pass so he can cross on dry land.
Joseph B. Wirthlin

Time for some Art Journaling

When is the right time to start something new, like say, a new habit? To start being “more creative” for example? More meaning “more than nothing” or more than last year? More can mean a lot of things…

Is there a “best time” to get started? And why is that time always either in the past or in the future somewhere undefined far away in the distance? I’m just wondering, why is change so hard? Does anyone know? I don’t.

I stumble forward in this new year, and I have no good plan for what to do, although I have one suggestion…

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December Daily Journaling + snow, baking & finished cover

Yay! My Christmas journal / December Daily is all done! I’ve filled every page of it and it is now so chunky I need the silk ribbon to close it.

I love how it turned out, with all the Hello Kitty images, the glitter tape and the yummy snowflake cover.

Christmas journal completed

Before Christmas I recorded a video of how all the pages up until the 20th looked. It’s about 15 minutes of me speaking about what I added into the pages, from cut out magazine images to my own printed photos (mostly from my cell phone) and such.

I love every little bit of it, and hope you’ll enjoy watching the whole thing.

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365 Collages | Week 52 | The End (for now)

Focus on the journey, not the destination. Joy is found not in finishing an activity but in doing it. Greg Anderson

Yes! I finished on time, before 2018 ended I had successfully made 365 art collages!

Yay! I finished the 365 collage project /iHanna #365somethings2018

Yes, it felt good, almost profound. Like the biggest win of the year, actually.

Yes. I was making the last couple of collages with a big grin on my face and in a lovely flow, a flow that comes from doing art regularly for a whole year, no matter what. That’s the biggest reward. How easy it gets when you keep at it. I love that.

And no. I will not be making another 365 collages in 2019. I need a breather, and I long for Art Journaling and other fun stuff, thinking I might sew a quilt this year. And maybe finally launch another online workshop? We’ll see.

Anyway, I’m done and here are the last seven collages of 2018, made for my project 365 collages 2018.

If you have gotten anything out from this, found the collages inspirational or just wanna cheer projects like this on – please write me a comment below. I’d love to hear from you!

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