Everything is a Diary

I came up with my own proverb that I wrote down in my Art Journal to remember it (on the left page in the journal spread, written in Swedish). It says; It’s better to have one crochet project in your hand than 10 unused balls of yarn in the yarn basket on the floor… :-) I imagine there must be a lot of great sayings like that that hasn’t been invented/written yet. I want to come up with more wise words like this, to make my own book of proverbs.

Art Journal: your handwriting is giving you away
Art Journal spread featuring my handwriting.

Also, I love this quote by Chuck Palahniuk!

Everything is a diary - art journaling in the details

Your handwriting. The way you walk. Which china pattern you choose. It’s all giving you away. Everything you do shows your hand. Everything is a self-portrait. Everything is a diary.
Chuck Palahniuk

I saw this quite somewhere on someones blog and first copied it to my diary and then wrote it, big and bold, on a page in my Art Journal. I outlined each letter with a silver gel pen. Here are some details form this page:

Quote doodle - art journaling in the details
Watercolour background, and text with Pitt Brush pens and Sakura gelly roll pens.

Tweet chick
Easter chick who thinks it’s a good idea to follow @iHanna at twitter too! ;-)

Butterfly girl - art journaling in the details
Saffron Bun girl that I made on a page a few years ago that now is incorporated into the journal. Yay!

Sorry I haven’t posted much (again) this week. I’m busy all the time right now. This weekend we’re having an embroidery exhibition but I thought I’d quickly post some journal pages that I really love and enjoyed making.

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14 Responses to Everything is a Diary

  1. Carin says:

    Love, love, love that spread and both those sayings are fabulous (like seeing a bit of swedish on your blog every now and again!)!

  2. Kris says:

    The whole spread is great– the quote is very interesting– I’ve thought very often that you can tell a great deal about a person by noting what they like, or what they are passionate about. My favorite part, though, are the pretzel legs!!

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  4. Andria says:

    Great quotation. And I really love the watercolors on your journal page. Can you believe I only JUST discovered white gel pens maybe three months ago? I love the look of outlining bold black letters with the white gel pen; can’t believe it took me so long!

  5. Bev says:

    Gorgeous pages! Such great quotes as well!

  6. Irma says:

    You simply have to love these pages! I really do!
    Have a nice sunday – Irma

  7. Marit says:

    I love your bold and bright page Hanna! The proverbs (both!) are great!

  8. Pia says:

    Love the bright colours and the different writing styles, and of course the cute easter chicken! Cheers to you!

  9. Paula says:

    Your new proverb is perfect…and one I need to apply to myself. Not for the crochet, but for oh, so many other things!

  10. Viv says:

    Great quotes and the pages are lovely!

  11. Amber L. says:

    I love the quote…great page :)

  12. April Cole says:

    Fantastic journal pages!
    Very playful colors & collage work, love it! :]

  13. TJ says:

    I LOVE saffron bun girl! That’s brilliant Hanna. xxx tj

  14. such YUMMY lettering and colors!!!! love it!

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