Personalizing a Watercolor Box

Watercolors are commonly stored in a boring looking black metall box bought in the store…But does it need to be so… black? …so boring? …so store bought looking? I say: nay! Let’s personalize it and make it more fun!

Creating a personalized iHanna watercolor box by iHanna

When I got the idea to personalize my new, bigger waterclor box, I decided to bring out the spray paint. Because, why not? I love spray painting stuff to make them more my own, and by covering my watercolor box I totally transformed it into a very iHanna-like box of joy!

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Getting into Creating on Index Cards Again

Index Cards are not the best substrate to create on, if you ask me. It’s not good for most wet media and the index card I bought yesterday are super flimsy and thin… But all that aside, I am joining the index-card-a-day challenge, ICAD, to create “something” on one index card each day for the rest of the month (and maybe I’ll do it in July too). Why you ask? Isn’t that just stupid? I argue the opposite!

I can Creating on Index Cards, and You Can Creating on Index Cards - #ICAD time!

I joined ICAD back in 2011 and found many reasons to like it then. This year I’m joining to challenge myself to let go of expectations. I also could not resist the fun happening in the Facebook groups and in the Circle this year! I need a bit of community and something to spark new ideas. So I today I pored myself a cup of tea, for the first time since winter, and brought out my acrylic paints…

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Make Something (on an Index Card Perhaps) | May Inspiration en Masse

There are so many things that you can make yourself, and sometimes all you need to make something is a bit of inspiration… So that’s what I’ll try today, to provide a bit of inspiration mostly found on YouTube. There are so much yummy stuff there!

Though, before we start, I just have to share this:

Stockholm Schoolism May 2016

iHanna Loves this Schoolism is coming to Stockholm – next weekend, and I’m going there! I’m super excited about learning about character design and storytelling from some of the masters of our time. It’s not something I would’ve ever signed up for myself, but when sharing the event on my Facebook page, I won the two day jam packed workshop event taking place in Stockholm! Talk about being excited!

Woohoo, feeling the luck!

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DIY Spray Paint Crazy

I love DIY Spray Paint projects a lot, mostly because it is so much fun to personalize things with color. It’s my favorite repurposing thing to do with thrift finds! Plus it’s the quickest way to totally transform the look of something, which is always fun. These days you can find so many different hues of spray paint too, though I’m of course a fan of neons! On a sale I stocked up on neon pink, red and orange! Yay for neon spray paint!

I went a bit crazy with the neon spray paint.... by iHanna

But you do need to be outdoors to use spray paint, so I usually save up some projects and wait for summer. I then spend a day out on the lawn spray painting stuff until my spray finger hurts. Last time I went a little crazy with the spray paint…

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Destination Gotland – let’s go explore!

Photography records the gamut of feelings written on the human face, the beauty of the earth and skies that man has inherited, and the wealth and confusion man has created. It is a major force in explaining man to man.
Edward Steichen

Two days after sending out all the postcard swap-addresses via e-mail, I took off for the annual long weekend of craft workshops at the island of Gotland. It’s has become a great tradition as this year marks our fourth trip. Every time I go I feel privileged to be invited to do craft workshops and hang out with these amazing people I get to call my friends. I don’t know if I deserve it, but I sure appreciate and enjoy it.

Gotland in my heart blog post with photos by Hanna Andersson // iHanna, #Sweden

I love the nature in Gotland, especially in late spring when we get to visit. There are flowers almost everywhere you look, and I feel so close to nature there. We live surrounded by fields and trees, and I’m reminded of how close to big roads and train stations I normally live. This is something very different from my regular life, and as a city girl I wish I could experience nature more often.

I took a few photographs with my Nikon D5200 camera, although not as many as previous years. I’m sharing my favorites in this post…

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Live a Creative Life: 40 Lessons on How to Embrace Creativity in Your Life

There is no right or wrong way to live a Creative Life, but there are many lessons to learn on the way no matter what kind of creativity you want to infuse your life with. I’m walking that road most every day, and since I recently became 40 (gasp!) I thought I’d share a few lessons on how I have embraced creativity in the last 12 years or so.

I’m hoping that my list will help you embrace creativity in what ever form it may come, and to live a more creative life in some way or other. Maybe it will give you ideas on art or craft projects to try? Maybe you will jump up and start a blog of your own? I credit my blog for a lot of the creativity in my life. I had a lot of fun writing this list for you guys, so I hope you’ll find it useful.

Live a Creative Life - 40 LESSONS on living a Creative Life written by blogger, artist and awesome iHanna

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Big Magic – Creative Living Beyond Fear

I’ve finally read the book I longed so much for last year. I read about it long before it was published, and started seeing quotes from it a few months before I could source it out in a local book shop here in Sweden and bring it with me home.

Big magic Creative Living Beyond Fear Of course I’m talking about the book Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear, written by my favorite author Elizabeth Gilbert. I love reading about the creative process and how our brain works in mysterious ways. But really, what is creativity? Gilbert says:

Creativity is a crushing chore and a glorious mystery. The work wants to be made, and it wants to be made through you.

She encourages us to embrace it, when it comes easy to us and when it’s hard. But she doesn’t really explain it because she is okay with creativity being a mystery. I found many nuggets of wisdom in this book, as is evident by the many quotes I’ve shared. There is plenty of encouragement and good advice for creatives in this book, like a crash course to embracing your urge to create, but maybe it wasn’t the masterpiece I’d expected. I’m not sure it was because I wasn’t in the right moood, or if my huge expectations for this book stood in the way.

But I’m not saying it’s not worth reading, it absolutely is a must-read, at least if you’re aspiring to do anything creative with your life… I’m just saying I had too many preconceived ideas of what it would be about, and how it would have the power to change my life… But it didn’t, probably because I already am living a very creative life. The permission slip that this book is wasn’t what I longed for…

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Art Journal Peek: Being An Artist on the Page

My idea of feminism is self-determination, and it’s very open-ended: every woman has the right to become herself, and do whatever she needs to do.
Ani DiFranco

Art Journal Peek: an artist on the page

As an artist on the page you’re like a human on the job. You show up. You do your stuff. You work on becoming yourself, in what ever way you can. You mix your paints, wash your brushes, do your duty as an artist. You show up. Right?

Or you slack of. Watch too much TV, sleep in late, doze of in front of the news.

It’s a choice you get to make every day, as they say…
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I Love Transparent Pen Pouches

What’s on my Pink Polka Dot Desk these days I guess you’re asking right now? Well, I am delighted you asked because that’s just what I wanted to share today! But most of all, I want to talk about pen storage a bit, and show you the kind of transparent pen pouches I prefer. Come on over, wanna sit with me at my work desk for a while and have a coffee?

on my polka dot table

I’ve always got at least two notebooks and a few pens out on my desk, but most of the time the surface is covered with paper piles and not as pretty and styled as it is here. I don’t have a good system for sorting papers yet, but I’ve got my pens under control. Most of the time. Well, sometimes.

Those of you who’ve been around for a while might remember the revamp of the desk? I am still a fan of the desk and keep adding polka dots to my environment…

Polka dots can’t stay alone. When we obliterate nature and our bodies with polka dots, we become part of the unity of our environments. Yayoi Kusama

Isn’t pens a bit like polka dots? You don’t really feel good with just one. You need at least a dosen to make it through the day. Or at least I do.

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Art Journal Peek: Love Mandala

The treasures I find within are magic. And they do come out in art, so that they can be shared more easily. And there are endless treasures to be found, when we take the time to look… Each peek into my own art journal, here or in real life as I browse through an older volume, reveals so much about me. Can you see it? My tender heart, my fear, and my love.

Art journal spread by iHanna: a love mandala and me

The joy I feel when I paint…

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