An art journal should be a visual feast for the eyes. When you open it up, it should bring you happiness and a few surprises, even when it’s your own journal!
When I look through my old art journals it’s like going to a great exhibition. They often make my heart flutter a bit. They make me happy because I’ve included things that really make my heart sing. The more I create the more I recognize what things and techniques makes me most happy and I add more of that…
To get that visual fest, for myself, I need to work with collage, doodles, patterns, bright and happy colors. I need to mix things up a lot, so I don’t get bored with one color or one technique. I love adding a bit too much. I love exaggerations and colors that pop. I love when the pages feel like they’ve got something to say. That’s when I find myself on the page.
It’s been a while since I shared one of my regular art journal peeks, so I’ve got a lot to share. Let’s start with this doodely watercolor spread today…
Imagination is more important than knowledge.
Sewing a fabric scarf is such a simple project that I hadn’t thought of making one myself… They’re so cheap and availible in every cloth store so why would one bother, right? But then I found this super happy and bright fabric in the fabric store that gave me cravings. I really wanted it, but didn’t know how I could justify buying it without a purpose. I’ve done that many times before, and some of those pretty fabrics are still in my stash – untouched and sad. But then my mom suggested I could sew a scarf from the fabric – and I was all like:
– What what what?
You can do that? Why didn’t I think of that before? What a fab idea, I’m gonna do it.
The first fabric is a sunshine yellow fabric with really a really light pink flamingo print. To brighten it up even more I bought a pom-pom ribbon in fluorescent orange, and added that to the bottom of the scarf in two rows.
I want to share my love of polka dots with you guys. We’re starting with these pen cases I covered with embroidered polka dots.
Isn’t polka dots the most inviting and lovely pattern that exists? I am always drawn to things covered in dots or circles, and I know I’m not alone. Polka dots are quite trendy, which is a good thing so that you can find them everywhere these days. I do a little happy dance every time I see a mug or a notebook covered in polka dots.
I tend to decorate my own life with polka dots in many ways. They just keep reappearing, on clothes, ceramics, fabric, and in my own art of course. And now, also on wool fabric…
Hey, time for another massive inspirational post! Please note that not all links are about creating creative kids by letting your kids create or being creative together with them – but let’s start there and then get into crafts, art journaling, book recommendation of the day and more…
I am posting an epic and awesome monthly link love post in the beginning of each month to keep us, you as well as me, inspired for the entire month. Bookmark this post and go through it all if you want to, there is a lot of inspiration, knowledge and ideas that I think are worth sharing here. With the monthly post Inspiration en masse I bring you a lot in just one post, so if you get anything out of it I’d love to know. Or if you go visit, tell ’em iHanna sent you.
Creating Creative Kids
So, creating with kids in tow… Is it possible? I don’t have kids of my own, but I love borrowing some and creating with them. I don’t know anything that is as tiring and as inspiring at the same time. I do think it’s super sad that not all mom’s have the chance, time or courage to create with their kids daily. I know a mom who constantly criticizes her self when sitting down to color or draw with her kids. It’s sad and heart-wrenching to see, especially when you start hearing the same things coming out of the kids mouth…
So here are some advice to get you going…
Creating with a kid – by artist Alisa Burke, who has the best and most freeing way ever to allow her kid to find her own style and becoming an artist (or whatever she wants to become) using paints and even clay…
I’m back to square one… and it’s where I love being! Haha, what I’m talking about is a blank square canvas for my collage work. A cut square in paper that I can fill with just anything I want. I love that kind of square one!
Creativity can be described as letting go of certainties.
A Whole New World, collage by iHanna, 2016.
February is my month of Radical Self-Love around here so it feels very natural to share the book Radical Self-Love – A Guide to Loving Yourself and Living Your Dreams, right now. It’s written by Gala Darling, a blogger I truly admire. This book is very much a self-help book for those of us that needs a nudge (or ten) in the direction of being kinder and more loving towards ourselves. And maybe that is most of us?
In the workshop video I recently recorded for the class The Journey Within, I said something like:
It should be the easiest thing in the world to love ourselves, because love is such a beautiful and important thing – but it is not easy. It is sometimes the hardest part of life.
It is especially hard to love yourself when life gets hard, and that is when we need it the most. Having a daily practice of some kind can help us be a bit more gentle with ourselves in everyday life. Doing something specific, like getting into the habit of reminding ourselves that we are worth loving, is the first step. Gala has several really great ideas for how you can set up a practice of self-love, some I’ve seen many times before and elsewhere – and most of them are not that radical but rather many small steps that together will build you up. The radical thing with this book though, is how the importance of self-love for once is put in front of us as something to take serious. And I love that!
As regular readers of this blog already knows, I have a thing for pink. It is my all time favorite color, and I think it goes with everything. I have a small notebook where I collect pinks, and if I were to pick one color I couldn’t live without, pink would be it.
The color wheel, also known as a color circle, is the basic tool for learning how you can combine colors to create new colors and hues. Your regular color wheel consists of primary and secondary colors, but what would happen if you made a color wheel out of only your favorite color? How would that look? And how many hues of it could you find and/or create?
I think you already know what color I picked – but which color would you chose for your personal color wheel?
Valentines came and went, but what about After Valentine’s Day? Shouldn’t we always spread love into the world? I think so. Today, tomorrow and every day is a good day to tell your loved ones that you do love them. Write a note. Share a hug. Blow a kiss in the wind…
I think Valentine’s Day is about love no matter your marital statues. You probably have a lot of love to give even if you’re single, right? You can always practice self-love and self-compassion. You can visit friends, be kind to strangers, donate money to charity, pet a cat, feed the birds in winter, give unexpected gifts to co-workers, and buy yourself flowers…
I also believe we should see Valentine’s Day just as a reminder that love is something to share and honor every day! Love shouldn’t slip away or be able to hide, it should be in front of our eyes in everyday life. Just as gift giving is not just a task for Christmas, love is not a one-day-offer. It’s all around and everywhere, if you open your heart for it. And just because I’m late with my Valentine gifts, doesn’t mean I shouldn’t send them? Or share them here on my blog now? I don’t think so.
This year I will be posting the epic and awesome monthly link post in the beginning of the month instead of the last weekend of the month. It’s because the links will fit for the month a bit better than in retrospect… That’s why the February one is already here!
My theme for this month is centered in self-love, so the theme of the links in this post is also mostly about that topic: self-love and self-compassion! My mantra will be: I love myself. I take care of myself. I will not let my brain say bad things about me anymore. This has been on my mind for years now, but I’m thinking about it even more right now – as the theme for the bookmaking workshop The Journey Within this month is actually Self-Love and Intentional Living! And I’m one of the guest teachers, so in my art journal class I talk a bit this a lot. More about that soon, but for now, a link love post perfect for Valentine’s month!
With the monthly post Inspiration en masse I bring you a lot of inspiration in just one post, and I hope you get ideas, inspiration and sparks for change here. We talk about self-love and how important it is, but this month it’s time to ask yourself, for real: Do You Know How to Love Yourself?
Louise Hay says, in her article Do You Truly Know How to Love Yourself:
To me, love is a deep appreciation. When I talk about loving ourselves, I mean having a deep appreciation for who we are. We accept all the different parts of ourselves—our little peculiarities, the embarrassments, the things we may not do so well, and all the wonderful qualities, too.
We accept the whole package with love. Unconditionally.