Blue Watercolor Mandala

Uncertainty is where things happen. It is where the opportunities ó for success, for happiness, for really living ó are waiting.
Martha Nussbaum

Panting a blue mandala

After I made some swatches with my new White Nights Watercolors, on loose paper and in my art journal, I decided to do a test painting. A square one, just for fun. I decided on blue, and started in the middle of the paper…

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A Love Message

Special Edition DIY Postcard 2014

I found this as I was going through the folders on my computer. I didn’t post it with the other pink or blue-green altered vintage postcards, those that I sent out to the swappers on my list. This postcard was part of the series, but made especially for someone I love very much, of course. It’s a message of love, to share with the special people in my life.

I ♥ the feeling. And I think it’s important to say it out loud too, sometimes. To share your heart. To write it out and send it. To spread the message. To dare to feel it.


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Art Journal Peek: Impossible to see the future is

I’m interested in lettering. My collection of quotes needs to be part of my art, in some way. Recently I lettered a quote in my Art Journal. From Yoda, who says Impossible to see the future is.

Art Journal Detail: Impossible to see the future is - a Yoda quote lettered by iHanna

I wrote this quote down after watching the new episodes of Star Wars on TV three nights in a row. I also used it in the year in review post that I ended 2014 with. Yoda is such a wise guy, well worth quoting.

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Awesome Art Supplies | White Nights Watercolors

Even a true artist does not always produce art.
Carroll OíConnor

White Nights 24 Watercolours Set by iHanna

I got a whole batch of awesome art supplies for Christmas, so I guess I must be very loved or something… Well, the truth is I ordered them myself and then got my mom to pay and give them to me. I pretended the surprise, but not the happiness. Art Supplies is the gift that keeps on giving you know.

I got a new box for my old watercolors, a pad of square watercolor paper, two sets of paint brushes and one of the best things was a whole set of 24 artist watercolor pans. Hallelujah!

New Artists' Watercolours White Nights brand from Russia, photo by iHanna

I have never owned a whole new set like this before so just opening each of the “candy bars” got me extremely excited. It was like 24 tiny gifts inside a big package… The brand is Russian and called White Nights, and they are really nice.
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Eye Candy | Pink Starlight

Pink Star in the Window

Eye candy time! It’s a snowy and cold Sunday here, and I’m looking at the starlight in the window again, the one I light myself. You might have seen it in my instagram feed before or in my Dear Photo Diary recently but I don’t care. It’s a freakin’ pink star, and it shines in my window every night. I love it!

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TED talk moments | Ideas worth spreading

From the Pink Dotted Tree, by iHanna on

I came upon another one of my earlier posts, this one from 2009 (!) called Let’s have a TED talk moment recently, and was reminded of how much I love a good TED-talk. So I compiled another list for you guys, with some inspiration on the power of doodeling, taking time off from work, aging with grace, happiness, and having too many choices.

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Words about iHanna

Crocheted Pot Holder thrifted for the Art installation by Anu Tuominen, photo of iHanna in Color from the blog

I am a lot of things. There are many words that describe me, who I am, what I do, and what I’m into right now. Here are a few of them, in no particular order.

I am…

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Dear Photo Diary | Creativity is a drug

Creativity is a drug I cannot live without.
Cecil B. DeMille

Diamond Stitch Art Journals x two 2014 by iHanna
My two diamond stitched art journals on the table. Yum!

Hello 2015!

The month, and the new year, got of to a great start around here, and I hope you too can feel the positivity buzzing in the air? If not, turn to painting or some other creative outlet and see what shifts for you…
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Year in Review | Looking back at the Creativity of 2014

Impossible to see, the future is.

Another year, this one called 2014, has passed and is soon over. It’s time to say good bye to this year and hello to another one. Time to plan for the next 12 months or so… But first, always, there must be time to reflect, to look back, to ponder what was and what might have been…

This is the year at a glance in a few favorite snapshots (flickr slideshow) above, and a few words to finish it all of below.

Last year I wrote extensively about how important it is to look back and write a list of Achievements, but right now I can not muster up the willpower (the irony, because willpower is my word of the year) to write such a list. I might do it in January next year, or not at all. We’ll see.

Anyway, it’s been a quiet year where I have done more stuff than I’ve shared on the blog. Some of them are ideas that I want to dive into and explore more in the future, where it felt that it was a bit to early to share them. Others are very private and/or personal, like diary writing etc. But I have made time for my Creativity, that’s the important thing. I think I could’ve done more and pushed my boundaries a bit better, but I did my best. And that’s what the future is for. Improvement and change.

Projects I’m proud of

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You have to keep Evolving

I canít keep doing the same thing forever. You have to keep changing and evolving. Thatís the magic of what we do. You canít be predictable. The second your fans think they know what they can expect from you, you become uninteresting. You have to keep moving forward.
Michael Jackson

Inspiration Mosaic December 2014

Winter inspiration! Inspiration Mosaic December 2014, compiled by iHanna.
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