Art Journal Pages where Everything fits

If you can see your path laid out in front of you step by step, you know it’s not your path. Your own path you make with every step you take. That’s why it’s your path. Joseph Campbell

Art journal peek time again. Here you go, a really fat mail dove flying in, landing on my page and going about his business. Not considering much, as doves often do.

Letter Dove on the way by iHanna of

I love the mix that my art journal pages are, but sometimes I wish they were a bit “cleaner”. And what I mean by that is that I sometimes wish one journal was only my work: my doodles, sketches and drawings – no images pasted in from other sources, no collaged images, postcards or other influences.

Though every time I start a new journal I “mix it up” again. Mixed media is fun, and the no rule-approach where everything creative is allowed have saved me from abandoning many a book.

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This moment is enough

Be happy in the moment, that’s enough. Each moment is all we need, not more.
Mother Teresa

I adore my phone’s camera because it is with me all the time, every moment, to capture the moment…

Drenched Love photo by iHanna (All Copyright Hanna Andersson)

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Art Journal Peek: Dark Nightmares vs. Summer Light

One day you will wake up and there won’t be any more time to do the things you’ve always wanted. Do it now.
Paulo Coelho

Peek into iHanna's Art Journal: by iHanna of

A peek at another of my Art Journal spreads today. I did the two page on separate days, as you might have guessed. They are not working together much, but that doesn’t matter to me. Though now that I look at them like this, it’s like Dark Nightmares vs. Summer Light, don’t you think?

The for-ever-fight between of Good vs. Evil, Night vs. Day, Life and Death in an epic battle. The ingredient that every good story has parts of.

Art Journal Peek

The Coelho quote above is a reminder of how short life is, or can be… Sorry for the brusqueness of it, you know – life ending – but it’s a truth we sometimes need to remind ourselves of.

Anyway, that’s not what this post is about. This is about this page in my art journal that I wanted to share with you right now.

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Spotted Photo Theme: Bicycle Love

The Spotted Photo Theme for this post is vehicles. For my post, I’m picking the bicycle, because it has always been a favorite of mine. It is environmental friendly and easy to use, as well as being beneficial to your health, and obviously I have taken quite a few photos of it in the past. What is your preferred form of transportation?

Spotted Photo Theme August 2015

The Spotted Photo Theme should reflect any vehicle that you photograph a lot. It could be your car, roller skates, the train or anything else that makes you move forward in the word – and that you’ve photographed a few times over the years. Maybe it’s air balloons, passing above high up in the air? Or air-plains? Or… If you want to join this meme you are most welcome!

What themes do you spot in your photographs? Join the fun: Spotted Photo Theme - inspired by iHanna at If you would like to join me, or if you’re new to my prompt “Spotted Photo Theme”, then read my Introduction to the idea behind the Spotted Photo Theme first. Always feel free to paste a link to your post about the Spotted Photo Theme in the comments below. Use my theme, or tweak it to fit what you have photographed – the theme is loose and open to personal interpretations. Link back to me by text or using the spotted theme-button. Thank you for taking the time to look through your photos and sharing them, isn’t it fun to look for a theme like this?

As I made this post I noticed that most of my bike photos are “older”, that is about 7-8 years old, from the time when I lived higher up in Sweden, in UmeŚ. It’s an university city, so I guess I noticed bikes a lot back then. But this one is my most recent one, from a trip to Dalarna this summer:

Swedish Dala Bike photo by iHanna
A rather modern looking bike, probably inspired by the kurbits painting style of Dalarna, Sweden.

And obviously I’ve always noticed pink bikes…

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Inspiration en masse – Starting some Awesome monthly Link Love

We are nearing the end of yet another month, and it has been my favorite month so far this year. As the month closes I’m reminded of a few things on my blogging radar that I want to work on for the four month remaining of this year. One of them is Spotted Photo Theme, which I explain soon (and will post tomorrow), and a this new feature of monthly link love that I’m gonna call Inspiration en masse. I love how some blogs I read help me find new articles, videos and interesting and inspiring blogs all the time. I to strive to be one of those that links to awesome content for you!

iHanna's Inspiration en masse link love to check out at

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 think monthly posts will be easier for me, and more fun and concentrated for you guys. You will get a lot of inspiration in just one post. En masse actually means in a group; all together.

You donít get to pick your family, but you can pick your teachers and you can pick your friends and you can pick the music you listen to and you can pick the books you read and you can pick the movies you see. You are, in fact, a mashup of what you choose to let into your life. You are the sum of your influences. The German writer Goethe said, “We are shaped and fashioned by what we love.
Austin Kleon

It makes me happy that you are choosing to read me, this blog, just to follow along on my journey. Sharing is caring, and all that…
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Sharpening my pencils

There are years that ask questions and years that answer.
Zora Neale Hurston

Get your pencils sharpened (photo copyright Hanna Andersson)

I am sharpening my pencils. I am sharpening my brain. I am sharpening my everything. I feel on edge and ready. I have so many ideas filling so many notebooks that it’s just ridiculous. I did do a whole lot of photos last week, documenting a week in my life for the third time, but it’s been such lovely August weather here that I haven’t been indoors much. I will share a few photos eventually, I’m sure. Did any of you do the photo challenge?

There was a challenge in July too called One Book July that I discovered on YouTube. It was about minimizing your notebook stack rotation to just one (and one pen!) during the month, to see if maybe you’re using too many notebooks and splitting yourself thin… I did the opposite, and started about 10 new notebooks I think. And it felt awesome. I love notebooks more and more, and I think I want to do a notebook blog post series here this fall. What do you think about that?

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The First Rule of Art Journaling

It’s Art Journal Friday over here, and time for a peek into one of my painted journals again. I want to share a few pages and details from them today. But I also need to share the most important, and only, Rule of Art Journaling, with you guys…

First (and only) rule of Art Journaling by iHanna - read more at

The first rule of Art Journaling, as I see it, is: You should always do what ever you want to – in what ever way you want to. Period. Being inspired is awesome, being told what to do and how, is not. Finding new ways to create is fun, but having someone tell you which layer to start with is just plain boooring. Am I right?

I see a lot of tutorials posted over on pinterest on How to Art Journal, or How to create a Layered Page, and that makes me cringe. I hope I don’t write captions like that. There are too many rules in regular life, and lot of how-tos about how to blog, do social media and so on… In Art Journaling, and art in general, I need to be reminded of the fact that there are no rules!

The How to Make Perfect Art Journal Page-posts you see is not worth reading. I wanted to let you know how much bullshit that is. And I’m saying that just after posting the fact that I am teaching something about Art Journaling (21 secrets Workshop Fall with an Early Bird Special posted this week), where I am actually hoping that some of you will want to buy it and learn from me and the other 20 teachers there…

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21 Secrets Art Journal Workshop Fall 2015

I’m super excited about the fact that I’m one of the teachers at the online Art Journal Workshop 21 SECRETS Fall 2015. I will show you how to find cheap materials and make a super fun Art Journal collage in my Workshop. I hope you’ll want to join me, because this is a class you don’t want to miss out on.

Sign up now for 21 Secrets Art Journal Workshop Fall 2015 Early Bird Sale - via @iHanna

I’m so sorry that I’ve been keeping this a secret from you, but today I’m allowed to reveal some facts and tell you about the Early Bird Special that you get if you buy this workshop before the 4th of September!

When you get the workshop 21 SECRETS Fall 2015 you will get an eBook containing 21 different workshops/teachers providing video, photos, tutorials, inspiration and images for their workshops.

And to make this early bird sale even sweeter, if you registers between today and Friday September 4th, you will receive a free thank-you gift of ten 90 minute workshops that were part of our 21 SECRETS LIVE! series last year:

Sign up for 21 Secrets Art Journal Workshop Fall 2015 - via @iHanna - Early Bird Promo if you sign up before Sept 4th!!

Art Journal Workshop Teachers Fall 2015

There are so many awesome artists and teachers in this workshop cluster, you’ll be amazed! I feel pretty sure you’ll recognize many of these names and will be thrilled to be inspired by them all winter long.

Among them I particularly look forward to learning from fab Orly Avineri (whos book I reviewed here) and watercolor artist Gina Lee Kim who I recently found and who makes awesome videos! A since long favorite is Magpiegirl Rachelle Mee Chapman and textile artist Lesley Riley who is also teaching alongside with me in STITCHED (still available).

The others teachers this fall are Ashley Joon, Jessica Gordon, Cassia Cogger, Catherine Anderson, Chris Zydel, Fonda Clark, Maya Stein and Amy Tingle, Jassy Watson, me (Hanna Andersson), Carrie Todd, Robin Kalinich, Amanda Fall, Crystal Moody, Faith Evans Sills, Jane Cunningham, Jennifer Joanou and Malini Parker. Yay, what a lineup!

My collage workshop consists of at least 3 videos so far. That, all these teachers and the Early Bird extra gift of 90 minutes workshops – get it all right now at Dirty Footprint Studio:

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Artist Date at Hornsgatspuckeln

The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.
Marcel Proust

As the self-proclaimed blogging ambassador of Stockholm, Sweden, today I’m bringing you on one of my Artist Dates at Hornsgatspuckeln. You know Artist dates, right? It’s a visit to somewhere that inspires you, rejuvenates you, and makes you want to run home to create. I’m not doing one every week, as recommended, but some weeks I do several in a row, and this was an entire day in the art gallery district of the capital of Sweden, Stockholm…

Art at Hornsgatspuckeln photos by iHanna

We’re visiting what is fondly but unofficially called Hornsgatspuckeln, the Hump of Hornsgatan, a raised part of that big bustling street. Hornsgatan is in the southern area of Stockholm, between Slussen and Old town, and at this particular area of the street you’ll find several small (some tiny) art galleries in a row. Take a couple of hours if you’re going here – and have coffee breaks in between!

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Drawing a Card for someone special

Can you imagine what I would do if I could do all I can?
Sun Tzu

A doodle card colored photo by iHanna of

As you know I love to doodle, especially flowers. I fill pages in my notebook and I create doodled borders in a mindless and loose way. But recently I decided to doodle with a purpose on a bit thicker paper, watercolor paper in a pad. These doodles turned into little drawings, that turned out quite nice if I may say so myself. I had a lot of fun coloring them in using both markers and watercolors…

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