Everyday is a good day when you paint | Inspiration en masse

I love to inspire you guys to be more creative in your everyday life, but since I haven’t had the energy or time to write posts myself lately (and now I’ve got a horrible cold this week) I will post this for your weekend: inspiration em masse from others. I hope it will get you inspired to create something, anything… Just remember: everyday is a good day when you paint!

Inspiration Mosaic October 2015 collected by @ihanna

Inspiration Mosaic October 2015 collected by iHanna on Flickr.
Click the image to view individual creators, or if you want this as a big image here.

In this post I am sharing a whole long list of YouTube videos and links to articles, blog posts and fun stuff (free printable, peanut generator, Bob Ross quotes etc) that I think you should check out when you have the time. En masse actually means in a group; all together.

So all together now: Let’s get inspired!

There is something beautiful about a blank canvas, the nothingness of the beginning that is so simple and breathtakingly pure. Itís the paint that changes its meaning and the hand that creates the story. Every piece begins the same, but in the end they are all uniquely different.
Piper Payne

The link list doesn’t have a painting theme as a whole but at the end there is painting happiness ideas that just makes me smile and dance a bit… I hope you will too. Let me know in the comments below.

Inspiration en masse

iHanna Loves this Dad draws on lunch bags – Bryan Dunn has been drawing on his sonís lunch bags every day for two yearsÖ and it’s amazing art!

iHanna Loves this The Tiny Book Show is coming Spring/Summer 2016, and anyone who is interested in the art of tiny bookmaking is invited to submit (at a fee) to the exhibition. But even if you don’t join, you should watch the cute video there, it’s so inspiring. I want to make my own tiny library now! And an exhibition in Sweden!

iHanna Loves this How to Grow as a Creative and as a Person blog post by Emily Banks. She writes: “Different doesnít mean better or worse. It means that whatever cool thing youíre doing is uniquely yours.

iHanna Loves this The psychology behind people believing they aren’t creative

iHanna Loves this 9 ways to stay focused when working from home With so much going on in your head, sometimes it’s hard to keep 100 per cent concentration while working on an artistic project, they write. Well, I know the feeling, way too well, so I’ll take any advice at this point.

iHanna Loves this Fairy Bites – A Sweet Little Treat that looks yummy and colorful, something I’m always atracted to. Not sure I would like eating them, but I will save the recipe for a while to see if I can find out what the multi-colored nonpareils really are and if I can find them here.

iHanna Loves this The Art Of Self-Promotion – 6 Tips For Getting Your Work Discovered from Austin Kleon

iHanna Loves this Worthwhile ideas are 1 in 10,000 – All it takes to turn the amateur into a professional is one piece of work. Just one days worth of work. One project. But what we donít commonly see is the hundreds and thousands of other ideas that came before that one…

iHanna Loves this Sweden is shifting to a 6-hour work day, at least at some workplaces. I think it sounds like the best idea ever! “While impressions of staff being happier and full of energy arenít exactly scientific basis for declaring 6-hour work days as ‘better’ than the 8.7-hour work day endured by the average American, we do have evidence that what weíre doing right now isnít working.” Obviously.

iHanna Loves this Meet Google Keep – save your thoughts wherever you are

iHanna Loves this Longform Podcast: Molly Crabapple – worth a listen, if you can stand Molly’s language. She is an artist and journalist that is the kind of person I admire most: so fucking honest it hurts. And awesome, inspiring, raw, curious and brave.

iHanna Loves this Peanuts Character Creator – Get Peanutized! Create yourself (or someone else you know) as a character in the Peanuts movie… Just for fun, but quite fun. This is me (kind of):

iHanna in Peanuts the Movie

Heee heee…. iHanna in Peanuts the Movie, 2015.

iHanna Loves this Watch Ishtar X Tussilago – Found this Swedish video on Vimeo, it’s about a couple of young adults who knows how to live for real, and how to bring on the adventure! Woosh!

iHanna Loves this Free Phone Wallpaper Download designed by Katelyn Wood of Love. Luck. Kisses & Cake.

iHanna Loves this Don’t you just love cute printables? Pigtail dosn’t blog anymore but her downloads are so worth a visit. I love the Pigtails cute labels and her Super cute tags.

iHanna Loves this Share your DIY Postcards – more inspiration on making your own artistic postcards, but from those participating in my postcard swap. Check ’em out!

18 minutes of plastic animals, anyone?


iHanna Loves this My Littlest Pet Shop Collection on YouTube by LPS Hannah, who has over 1500 of these little plastic animals. I found this video by coincidence but found out that the other Hannah has been doing shows with her animals for years and has thousands of subscribers. Pretty cool if you ask me. A collection like that takes dedication and passion folks! If you have the time, watch her 5 Year Anniversary where she is staring herself. Cool effects, and oh so much work put into it.

Everyday is a good day when you paint

iHanna Loves this 50 Happy Little Things Bob Ross Taught Me About The Joy Of Being Alive found via Gala Darling. He has the best quotes, and be sure to scroll to the end where you’ll find my new theme song:


iHanna Loves this Bob Ross Remixed: I believe, I believe every day is a good day when you paint… Love it!

iHanna Loves this Artist Flora Bowly offers a subscription to what she calls “Studio Diaries” with a few new videos each month – but as I was looking around there I found that the first one is free. It’s called Diaries: Awaken – check it out and watch her paint!

iHanna Loves this All About Watercolor Paints – This blog post contains everything you ever wanted to know about watercolor paints, and has some pretty images too.

iHanna Loves this I follow a few artists on Instagram, one of them is watercolorist Ana Victoria Calderon. Check out her website for some serious inspiration when it comes to painting, lettering and illustrating: anavictoriana.com! Yum, right?

iHanna Loves this One of my favorite artists to watch on YouTube calls herself Mitsib. She does harmonious watercolors, but also wild and crazy mixed media paintings using spray paint, acrylics and hard core music. Here is one of her recent artworks being created:


iHanna Loves this Why wonder mixed media panting by mitsib on youtube.

iHanna Love! I have linked to others for many many years, but maybe a bit too sporadically. I’ve at times tried to do Weekly Inspiration or Link Love Lists grouped by theme, but fallen by the wayside rather quickly. I started this series two months ago and I love it! I hope you do too, because you get a lot of inspiration in just one post, or at least that is my hope.

Also check out: last months Inspiration en masse: Penmanship and handwriting!

Have a wonderful weekend!

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9 Responses to Everyday is a good day when you paint | Inspiration en masse

  1. Michele says:

    Hi Hannah! Lots of great links! I especially enjoyed the post about the dad who draws on his child’s lunch bags. Thank you for your dedication to sharing creativity…your blog is wonderful!

    • iHanna says:

      Hi Michele, thanks for leaving me a comment – it means a lot to me, especially since I’m in a bit of a blog funk and it feels hard to share all the inspiration that I want to. But I appreciate your visit and time, thanks.

  2. Jenny says:

    wowza! this post is like opening a treasure box filled with inspiration and eye candy. i’ve been clicking and clicking and bookmarking things i want to go back to. thanks for putting all of this together hanna and i hope you feel better sOOn! (rest and lots of fluids ok) and be watching the mail for a little surprise hugs xoxo jenny

    • iHanna says:

      Yes Jenny, that is how I want the Inspiration en masse should feel like: a treasure box filled with inspiration and eye candy – yay! So glad you had time to open it and go through the content. You’re on my list of postcard swappers so you’ll be getting a card from me this year (schyy don’t tell anyone but I haven’t sent mine yet – just finished them!). :-)

  3. Emily says:

    Hey Hanna!
    Thanks so much for mentioning my post, I really appreciate it and I’m glad you found it valuable. Really great post – some really awesome links in here!!

    Emily | Emily Banks Creative

    • iHanna says:

      Hi Emily, thanks for writing the post – and for visiting me back and leaving me a comment – I appreciate that a lot. I love promoting good quality content, but it’s rare to get a thank you for it. :-)

  4. Sarah says:

    Thank you Hanna! I went through just about all the links and enjoyed myself thoroughly! Tons of inspiration and truth! I really loved the Ishtar video, and will show it to my son who is an avid skateboarder and surfer. Emily’s post was awesome, so I’ll be following her now, too! Thanks again for your time and effort to keep us all inspired!

  5. Sarah says:

    P.S. I even linked to some of the origins of your montage images and ended up watching Jane Davies play with crayons and pastels, and generally just have fun creating! Now I’m gonna go play with some crayons!

    • iHanna says:

      Thank you Sarah, how fun to know that what I find inspiring is also inspiring you. And yes, I agree that Jane Davies is amazing. I watch all her art making videos as soon as she posts them. Always inspirational!

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