Dear Photo Diary

We seem to be going through a period of nostalgia, and everyone seems to think yesterday was better than today. I dont think it was, and I would advise you not to wait ten years before admitting today was great. If youre hung up on nostalgia, pretend today is yesterday and just go out and have one hell of a time.
Art Buchwald

It's Tweety Bird
Dear Photo Diary, a yellow bird lives in my window… Continue reading

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In the Shade

In the Shade
Doodling in the shade

We have a heat wave in Sweden. It’s + 30 degrees Celsius (86 Fahrenheit) and more, right now, and that people is what I call a real summer! I’ve been enjoying the shade of the apple tree, camping out on a blanket with my gear. Can’t be bothered to think when I don’t have to. With me I keep my box of watercolors, my art journal – and a bottle of water (for drinking). It’s too hot to do anything much, except doodling. But I like it.

I love right now!

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Sun Printing Fabric

One of my biggest Summer Crushes has always been Coloring Fabric Outside! Using paint and dye in the grass makes cleaning up a breeze! In summer, when ever the weather is good enough to bringing tools and materials outside, I bring tools and materials outside. I love being outdoor, and when I can I bring my creativity with me…

Sun Coloring fabric in Summer with iHanna at www.ihanna.nu #diy

Anything drippy and messy is always fun, but with a tiny kitchen I avoid things like spray painting and dying fabric until the Swedish summer hits. And now it’s here! So let’s go outside and be creative, messy and stock up on fabric for future projects.

The paints we used are sun colors from Finland, that are sold privately, but I think you can find similar colors on the web. Sun colors give the best results outside, because the light of the sun is what makes the stencils “print” (bleach of the color) on fabric. Let me show you!

Mixed Paints

You mix the colors with an emulsion, wet the fabric in water entirely and then apply the paint anyhow you want. Then you lay out the fabric flat on the ground, to dry, and apply anything that you think will make a print… Buttons, twigs and stones, leaves, pre-cut stencils or any pattern you can find or make up! Continue reading

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Creating Time Capsules

Charlotta's iPhone

Sharing two of my latest blog crushes today, and some thoughts on documenting your days, weeks and years – and life in general.

Creating Time Capsule Videos

A while back I found, via the colorcolor-tag on instagram, photographer and videopgrahper Xanthe. She creates these amazing short videos about her everyday life and family. They are so wonderful, full of light and beauty and inspiration. And awesome, happy music! She calls these music videos Time Capsules – and isn’t it a beautiful name? I ♥ that! I’m calling my new video series that too, but in Swedish.

I’ve been looking through her time capsules and I can’t help but smiling. This kind of documentation project always makes me happy.

Her videos totally made me want to compile some of my personal video snippets into something grand (I made the first one filled with creativity snippets in April). I made a similar video project about happiness a few years back, but the youtube rendering/video quality on those makes them horrid to watch. Especially after watching Xanthe’s videos!

Check out my latest blog crush and watch Xanthe’s Monthly Video snippets from 2013!

Photo Book Layouts

Also via Instagram, I stumbled upon someone who, like me, has made a Week in the life-photo book. Her name is Suzanne O’Brien and she is a professional photographer and book designer, so she has a lot of yummy inspiration on her blog. I fell in love with her series of posts called Photo Book Friday – so many pretty books, layout ideas and photos there! I’ve been looking back through her extensive archive and again, having a real blog crush. I love her WITL-book, and feel inspired to start my second one about 2013 in fall.

If you’re into any kind of memory keeping this summer, you will find inspiration at Suzanne’s blog! For example check out the Summer Travel Documentation and her Road trip photo book. Yum!

A video documenting a small piece of your life doesn’t have to be long, perfect or elaborate.You don’t need advanced techniques either, most phones these days can record moving pictures. Just catch a few snippets of movement, and compile it into something for the future! And a photo book doesn’t have to have all your photos in it, just a book about a special day or latest trip – how awesome is that?

What will you put in your “time capsule”? And what blogs are you crushing on right now?

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Art Journal Peek: Winged things

Why do people say grow some balls? Balls are weak and sensitive. If you wanna be tough, grow a vagina. Those things can take a pounding. Betty White

Art Journal Detail: Spreading my Wings

Winged things are flying in.

They never seem to be travling in a flock. Always such lonely individuals, looking for a place to land… To rest.

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DIY | Tiny Neon Pink Planter

Time for a little DIY, don’t you think?

Painted Neon Pink Hanging Planter

I love neon pink! Oh how I love that color! But I haven’t really indulged enough in it yet, probably because it is a little overwhelming (to say the least) and a lot of people have an aversion for it. But not me. I thought neon pink as a tiny detail would be fun to try, do DIY:ed it into my window.

I decided to take my miniature porcelain planter and paint the rim neon pink. I used a small brush and regular acrylic paint. I had to paint the porcelain a couple of times, and the first layer was a bit resistant to grab on. But once the first layer was dry it was much easier to continue. While I was at it (my tiny planter drying at home on my desk), I found a second similar planter at the thrift store. So I grabbed it and enhanced that one too!

Acrylics on porcelain
It now hangs in the door frame with yes, a tiny plant inside…

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A Swipe File of Inspiration

No matter what the ideas or conduct of others, there is a unique rightness and beauty to life which can be shared in openness, in wind and sunlight, with a fellow human being who believes in the same basic principles.
Sylvia Plath

Inspiration Mosaic June 2014

Inspiration Mosaic June 2014, images collected on Flickr. Click the image to view the individual sources,
or you can choose to view this mosaic collection big and set it as your desktop picture.

Hello July!

I haven’t made a inspiration mosaic since March, so this one contains inspiration collected in April, May and June through my rather few visits to Flickr. The new design still irritates me, so I prefer to visit and collect inspiration at Pinterest these days. I love how I find new blogs and great content as I click through from Pinterest when I have the time too. Continue reading

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Trying out Martha Stewart Craft Paints

As the very curious person I am I really had to try a few of the new acrylic paints I saw in my local craft store recently. But to be honest with you, the biggest reason I couldn’t resist buying these three bottles were because of the packaging. They’re just so cute! These paint colors call me like candy calls to a kid. They almost made me drool a bit…

To me they look totally edible!

Martha Stewart CraftsTM - My three picks of paint color

But even though they look yummy I haven’t been eating them, I promise. I have been taking them out for a test drive. But before we dive in, I just wanted to say that I like mixing acrylic paints to make my own colors, in different hues and tones. All you need are some big bottles of blue, green, red, yellow, white and black (and probably you need some neon pink). And with that said, it’s fun to try something different at times, right? Continue reading

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Upsidedown Collage

There is not one big cosmic meaning for all; there is only the meaning we each give to our life, an individual meaning, an individual plot, like an individual novel, a book for each person.
Anas Nin

Collage: In what end
Collage: In what End to start?

Sometimes you don’t know what is up and down in your art, at least not when you’re creating abstract art. You just have to make up your mind about it. Before the viewer decides for you. In this collage I have added in a pointer to guide the eye. But the arrow is of course pointing downward. Confusion can be a good thing.

And sometimes the end is the start, right?

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Art Journaling: I’m keeping the Butterflies

Illustration from vintage book

Sometimes when I bind a journal I use recycled pages that are so pretty that I don’t really want to add much to them. From my explore nature altered book I tore out a page with these graphical illustration that I love. Love! Just look at those green and blue giant butterflies, they look mixed media perfect already. I’m keeping them “as is”, and that is fine too. Not every inch of every page has to be covered with mud – oh sorry, I mean paint layers. ;-)

I folded the old book page in two and re-bound it into this Kawaii journal, where they show up on both pages: Continue reading

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