Drawing Tiny Treasures

A project of Drawing Tiny Treasures by iHanna of www.ihanna.nu

I’m calling this new project Drawing Tiny Treasures. My intention is to fill the entire book with drawings of small things from my home. Those things that I have loved for years (and probably blogged about at some point in the past). Things that I maybe am not noticing as much any more. Or things that are new around here that I’m crushing on. Also, the idea is to document the things that might, or might not, be around in 10 or 20 years from now.

But most importantly, as with any project I start, there is a need to be creative. A longing to draw, not big landscapes or portraits of people, but small objects that will not pose a challenge I can’t take on.

Lisa Larsson Coffee Cup drawn by iHanna (copyright Hanna Andersson)
A Lisa Larsson Cup. It’s where I keep the plastics straws, and a used drink umbrella.

On the left page I journaled a little about this thrifted cup, that I never use for coffee because it’s actually broken (but I can’t throw it away either because I love the illustrations).

Drawing Tiny Treasures started in January, and will be ongoing until the entire book is filled. I will let you know how it progresses. Remember how I showed you the cover of my Miss Kitten Heart Sketchbook last week? Well this is the very first two pages.

I really like them, and that is a surprise to me because I don’t think of myself as someone who draws or sketches… I don’t even think I can, but well, I might…

Do you have a specific sketchbook for drawing?

10 Responses

  1. Beautifully rendered, Hanna! I love the composition as well as the shadow underneath the mug. I just adore this idea of documenting your tiny treasures!

    • Thanks Patricia, I really enjoyed drawing that mug and writing a bit about it. You or anyone else are most welcome to do a similar project and call it Tiny Treasures, I’d love to see what your treasures look like! :-)

  2. How fun Hanna, I just started my own sketch journal. and it’s so much fun doing it. I love your mug, containing all the beautiful colored pencils or brushes. As a newbie to sketching in black pen only (no pencil and eraser) I try to sketch at least one a day, hoping to improve my skills. Good luck to you and your project.

  3. I love this! Great work Hanna finding a creative way to document the everyday surroundings and things in our lives. Can’t wait to see how you fill it up. Your old pal, tj

  4. Thanks for sharing your “Drawing Tiny Treasures” with us! Your work is fun and beautiful and makes me smile! And I love that you’ll have an entire book filled with your favorite tiny treasures! So much fun!

  5. Hi Hanna! I just started a new journal for sketching and experimenting too! I’m calling mine, “A Dabbler’s Journal.” Like you I started with illustrating a cute little salt & pepper shaker that I recently picked up. I don’t think of myself as an illustrator but I’m drawing to them when I see them in other people’s journals. My neighbor’s son saw this illustration and recognized the cute little couple. He looked at me and said, “I didn’t know you could draw.” I replied, “I didn’t either.” I look forward to following your journal posts. Have fun capturing those little things that bring you joy. {soul hugs} Kathryn

  6. I love to see drawings of everyday objects added in with writing so I am really excited to see the process of this journal, such a fun idea

  7. i love the idea of having themed journals, but i’m too scatterbrained to keep that organized, so i throw everything (drawings, sketches, collage, painting, etc.) into the same one. but i love the simplicity and size of yours! are you going to stick with watercolors for the whole book?

  8. what a marvelous idea hanna! your drawing/illustration is darling :) i am going to designate a journal for tiny treasures!!! i’m making a journal “about” my journals and wanted to add a picture of the covers and then write a little about each one-kind of like an inventory/catalog of the journals i’ve made, and be able to add to it as i finish other ones. perhaps….i will draw the covers instead ;) another journal i have is for books i’ve read. i draw the covers of the book, and write my own little book review. it helps me remember if i read that book when i’m at the library as well. so many journals and ideas for journals. thanks for yet another very inspiring post :D

  9. Great project, Hanna…I really like the frames around your pages. It should really open your eyes to some treasures all around you!

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