Traveler’s Notebook: Random Journaling

Random journaling, that’s what I fill most of my journals with. Some books are more random than others, and then even when I give a notebook a specific purpose, sometimes random things end up in there anyway. I think it’s the way my brain works, not in compartments but in a flow.

Traveler's Notebook Randomosity make it fill it love it

Actually my whole life is so full on randomness. Maybe all our lives are? Anyway, that’s why I named my Memory Keeping Traveler’s Notebook series Randomosity. I thought it appropriate that they have a specific name since they’re filled with not very specified memories and random things…

What’s inside iHanna’s Randomosity Journal

I love gluing things down, so I guess that’s the main reason I started this series of notebooks. I’m already filling up number six, and I love how they’re all looking together in the polka dot cereal box storage container that I made for archiving them.

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A look at our Embroidery Exhibition

Did you know I do embroidery too? I love free form embroidery a lot. And what I usually call mixed media embroidery, where there are some elements of painting involved as well as stitching on fabric. I’m in an embroidery group too, so even when I’m not stitching daily I get an infusion of stitching inspiration each month, and usually that spurs my own works on.

We also do other fun stuff like exhibitions together!

Embroidery Exhibition in Sweden

We have had a few embroidery exhibitions over the past couple of years, me and my lovely embroidery group. We’re called Tokbrodöserna – The Crazy Embroiderers. This year we had an exhibition for the second time at the lobby of the City Hall. It’s a great exhibition spot, open every weekday to the public. They’ve got large windows towards the road, and big white walls on wheels, that you can move around to make the space work for different exhibition needs.

If you ever have been in an empty gallery, you know how cool it is when it’s transformed from a pristine white and totally empty place to a color explosion. A lovely gallery hall of artworks everywhere. I love being apart of that transformation, and being able to share my art with others.

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Frogs in Polka Dots

I have been working on editing video and photos for a few hours now, stuff I want to share here on the blog, but now it’s already late and nothing I had planned is finished. Gah, I love the thought of planning but sometimes it just doesn’t work out… You know what I mean?

My computer takes for ever to render videos with all the cuts, editing and added bling-bling I do, so maybe the one I just started will be ready to upload when I wake up tomorrow? Anyways, here’s something else from my desk…

Packing & shipping from iHanna and #etsy

Packing up and shipping out stuff! It’s not my favorite task of all times, but it is very satisfying to get it done. And to sell your artwork? Aaaamazing…

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New Business Cards for an Artist

Traditional business cards are rectangle and fits into the slots of a business card holder. Traditional business cards are black text on white card-stock, and are exchanged between business men at important meetings, as they try to make a memorable impressions. No one wants to be any different than the other guy..

Traditional business cards are often veeery boring, am I right?

The Perfect Business Cards for Artists blog post by iHanna

Mine are not boring or traditional. And they doe not fit your regular business card holder either, because they are, just like most of my art, square.

To me, they are perfect because the’re fancy and glossy but also scrappy, eclectic, personal and fun.
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A Box of Papers and autumn in Sweden

Autumn in Sweden by iHanna, photo copyright by Hanna Andersson

It’s autumn in Sweden. Well actually, today we are going into Winter Time, setting our clocks back an hour to get more lights in the mornings… But where I am we haven’t had any snow yet, so I’m enjoying the autumn still, as best I can.

Autumn in Sweden - Two friends hanging out together by iHanna, photo copyright by Hanna Andersson

I do not like how early it gets dark outside, or the winds howling all day today, but on when the sun comes out and you smell wet grass and see schrooms popping up here and there, it’s lovely. I enjoy the change of seasons, and try to find time for a few photo walks as the season changes. Here are some photos from a previous, less windy, day.

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Signed, Sealed, Delivered | Waiting for Happy Mail

The DIY Postcard Swap Autumn 2017 is closed for this time, and now the fun wait for happy mail begins!

I want to find my way to regular creating and posting again, after quite a few posts about my mixed media painted postcards these past weeks. I hope you’ve enjoyed creating along with me, and will continue doing so as we move on to other things, like art journaling and mixed media embroidery to name a few things I have on my mind right now.

Signed, Sealed, Delivered - iHanna's Official postcard swap announcement

This Monday I wrote an “Official swap announcement” on my Facebook Page Studio iHanna, that sounded something like this:
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Painted Postcards | Happy Greetings Postcards

All my Painted Postcards are finished and ready to be sent out. The last day to sign up for the DIY Postcard Swap is October 22, and after that I’m sitting down and sending out your addresses. And writing addresses on my own postcards too of course. Yay!

I am so excited that so many of you have joined this year! I’ve spotted some wonderful postcards on Instagram, and shared a few of them over on my FB Page.

My pile of postcard (Photo and art by Hanna Andersson a.k.a. iHanna, Sweden) #mailart

I’ve already shared eight of my own postcards (here and here) and today I’m sharing the last two plus two extras with some happy greetings. I really like how most of my postcards turned out, and wanted to share them as individual pieces and turned right, not just as I painted them four on a piece of paper. They’re in a yummy pile on my table right now, waiting for stamps and addresses.

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Princess Postcards | Be You, Be Happy, Be Awesome

Today I’ve got four Princess Postcards to share, painted in the series of Happy Girl Postcards. All my Painted Postcards are finished, but I’m sharing just the princess ones today. I would love to know which of these you like best – and why? Share in the comments below please.

I think most of us painted princesses as kids, or dressed up as princesses? What girl wouldn’t like to dress and party like a princess, at least for a few days?

DIY Postcard | Just wanted to say hi to you (Photo and art by Hanna Andersson a.k.a. iHanna, Sweden) #mailart
Princess Postcard no 1: Just wanted to say hi, by iHanna.

These days I think of princesses not as helplessly waiting to be rescued by a prince, but as empowering pictures of a strong girl with a will of her own. A modern day princess does as she pleases, without permission from anyone. At least that’s what my princesses are about.
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Painted Postcards | Kindness and Love

All the Painted Postcards are finished! I really like how they turned out, and wanted to share them as individual pieces and turned right, not just as I painted them four on a piece of paper.

Painted Postcards | Sending you a big hug (Photo and art by Hanna Andersson a.k.a. iHanna, Sweden) #mailart
So here we go! Painted postcard no 1 above, by me iHanna: Kram.

Kram is Swedish and means Hug, which is something I don’t mind sending out and giving. I think everyone could need a hug from time to time, don’t you?

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Download the Swap Tracker

Today I’m sharing a post card video that I’m rather proud of. In it you’ll see everything from me painting post cards to printing and cutting out the backsides. I hope you’ll like the video, as well as the tracker I made for you guys!

Download the new free printable postcard swap tracker

Well, the tracker is for those of you participating in the DIY Postcard Swap I host, and yes you can still sign up and have time to make your postcards.

I designed a fun one page Post Card Swap Tracker with hope that participants will enjoy it and find it useful to keep organized. It’s easy to just print and fill in. I explain a bit about it in the video below, which is the second video I made this week!

The first one you can watch here, it’s about the fab Art Journal Le Jardin Lime that I’m giving away. Please join the giveaway in one or all the ways there is to enter. And don’t forget that by sharing the swap or the giveaway on Instagram you’re also entered, which I know some of you already did. Thank you!

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