Warm Ups | the tabbed index dividers series

Last in the row of posts about index cards this year, I’m sharing the few index dividers I made first, before the real action in June got going: the “starters”, the warm ups, the fearful first experiments – but maybe, ideas for something else too. A series of… paintings? Word prompts? A small collection of ideas.

Utmärkt painted by iHanna #icad

And let me tell you, I really enjoyed making these, even though technically they’re not index cards but the tabbed divider cards that you keep in between the index cards to find what you’re looking for. My tabs are a bit more sturdy, a lovely cream yellow and perfect to paint on. The only reason I didn’t use these all the time is because I didn’t have enough for two months…

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The Polka Dot Lioness

I seam to be surrounded by polka dots, sometimes they are everywhere I look…

Art journal detail: lioness, by iHanna

The Polka Dot Lioness is the ruler of her kingdom. She does not take no for an answer. She is the first spread in my altered art journal book…
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61 Abstractions on Index Cards

The daily challenge of painting an abstract piece of art on an index card during June and July is over – and it’s time to celebrate this achievement! I’m late with my personal celebration, but there have been a lot of it going on around the internet these last few days. Nobody knows how many thousands of people participated in the challenge through the years since it started – or how many of those also got to 61 that marks the finishing line… Just starting is awesome, giving this fun creative challenge a try is great, to fill an index card each day, yes indeed. But seeing the final result is a simply awesome! It’s a good feeling to finish what you set out to do, even if it’s just “painting a few lined cards during the summer”…

61 abstract painted index cards, 2016 - painted by iHanna #icad

I finished the challenge and posted my last index card the 31st of July to both instagram and my facebook fan page Studio iHanna. And today finally, all of them together in this post…

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Spray Painting a Vintage Book Cover | before and after

The first few Art Journals I filled I bought in a book store. They were spiral bound and had great thick paper to work on. I was a beginner at everything art related, so buying was my best option to get started. But since then, I have learned to love working in vintage books.

Vintage book going to be a new art journal by iHanna

These days I almost always have an altered book going, with a colorful altered book cover of course, as my messy, everyday art journal. I love working in an altered book, and I fill it with collage and paint, scribbles, words, ephemera and color. This is the story of how I altered this sun bleached cover fabric to something a bit more… my taste!

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Little Art Things Inspires me

Money doesn’t excite me – my ideas excite me.
Walt Disney

I got myself a few Little Art Things, the kind that are pretty and that keeps on giving as you can create with or in them for a long time.

iHanna's new little art things for inspiration in the studio

New things for creating always excite me and inspire me. It doesn’t always have to be something big or expensive that makes my heart flutter with anticipation. It can be a few stickers, a roll of washi tape found on sale – or of course my favorite thing: new pens or paints.

I get especially happy when it’s time to get a notebook or journal – especially if it already has a special purpose, like painting…

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Eye Candy | Flower Power

I believe in flower power – the power of nature in garden form.

There is so much beauty outdoors right now that I find it hard to sit down by the computer to write a blog post or two, even though I as usual have a lot I really want to communicate and share with you guys… Summer is the best time to photograph my work, because the light is amazing – but it’s the worst time to write about it since I can’t see the screen of my laptop outdoors. ;-)

A little beetle friend - photo by Hanna Andersson @ihanna #sweden

When I am inside I also feel some real resistens to working by the computer. I want to go outside. Or indoors I’d rather read a book, paint or doodle – away from the computer. But I just had to share a bit of the wonderful summer eye candy that I’ve been collecting this past week. The flower power is strong this summer…

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Opening Up to Inspiration

I don’t like to pack, because it makes me antsy. I start thinking about all the things I haven’t finished yet, and that I now will have to prospone. No matter how many fun and exciting reasons I had for wanting to go traveling, I get antsy when it’s time to pack. All I really want to do is go back to bed, and forget about the trip… Can you relate?

Opening Up to inspiration - photos by @ihanna #inspiration #sweden

I’m so happy I sometimes forget this angst and plan trips anyway. Because when I’m away, I find new inspiration, new energy. Once I’m on the road, all the worries usually settles and I’m fine. But before that, it’s like I never want to go anywhere ever in my entire life! But alas, I have to leave and once I’m out the door I forget about home, work, unwritten blog posts and dirty dishes…

I open up to the possibility that everything is as it should be, and that just feels lovely. Ah!

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Video where I’m romanticizing Dalarna, Sweden

A visit to Dalarna - video on my blog www.ihanna.nu #sweden #dalarna #dalahäst

This week I’m taking a course to play with free form embroidery. But last summer, we took a road trip to the Swedish area Dalarna to do some touristing in our own country. The real reason was an embroidery exhibition called Traces of Life, which you can also see in this clip. But mostly I shot some video at the dala horse “factory”, because it’s always so fascinating to see the Dala Horses get painted by hand…

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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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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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