Hey, time for another massive inspirational post! Please note that not all links are about creating creative kids by letting your kids create or being creative together with them – but let’s start there and then get into crafts, art journaling, book recommendation of the day and more…

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I am posting an epic and awesome monthly link love post in the beginning of each month to keep us, you as well as me, inspired for the entire month. Bookmark this post and go through it all if you want to, there is a lot of inspiration, knowledge and ideas that I think are worth sharing here. With the monthly post Inspiration en masseI bring you a lot in just one post, so if you get anything out of it I’d love to know. Or if you go visit, tell ’em iHanna sent you.

Creating Creative Kids

So, creating with kids in tow… Is it possible? I don’t have kids of my own, but I love borrowing some and creating with them. I don’t know anything that is as tiring and as inspiring at the same time. I do think it’s super sad that not all mom’s have the chance, time or courage to create with their kids daily. I know a mom who constantly criticizes her self when sitting down to color or draw with her kids. It’s sad and heart-wrenching to see, especiallywhen you starthearing the same things coming out of the kids mouth…

So here are some advice to get you going…

iHanna Loves this Creating with a kid – by artist Alisa Burke, who has the best and most freeing way ever to allow her kid to find her own style and becoming an artist (or whatever she wants to become) using paints and even clay

iHanna Loves this The three C’s – creativity, crafting and kids – we should learn from the kids, not the other way!

iHanna Loves thisWhat do two kids do when they can’t afford Pokmon cards? They draw their own. – What do you do when you don’t have much money growing-up, but love Pokmon? If you’re brothers Richard and Henry, you create your own decks of cards. At about ages 10 and 12 respectively, they started the project.

iHanna thinks this is pretty creative! Video: Beyond the Lines – a short film on youtube by Monica Mazel, a fun movie that has a very important message: be yourself!

And if you’re thinking that you can’t, start here:

iHanna thinks this is pretty creative! How to Raise a Creative Child. Step One: Back Off!

Inspiration Mosaic - January & February 2016

Inspiration Mosaic of images collected by iHanna from Flickr in January & February 2016.
Click the image to see original sources or you can view this mosaic big. Inspiring isn’t it?

Inspiration en masse

iHanna Loves this Layer Cake Art Journal Tutorial – I love Tammy’s videos sooo much! Here’s a tutorial for creating grungy wicked texture on your art journal page using acrylics and fiber paste.

iHanna Loves thisA Magic Box Tutorial – make someone you like a tiny message in a matchbox, and send out some love (because it’s not only for Valentines Day)

iHanna Loves thisInterview with embroidery artist Liz Payne – She is one of my favorite embroidery artist, here asked: How Did You Do That? Her vibrantworks are hand-painted textiles with embellishments like beading, intricate stitches, and sequins. Theyre a feast for the eyesa collision of color, textures, and shapes.

iHanna thinks this is pretty creative! Displaying and hanging textile art – yummy images and some great info for showing of your textile art as wall hangings

iHanna Loves this Make your own DIY mini paint palette – I really want one of these, just because it’s SO cute.

iHanna thinks this is pretty creative! 6 ways to make your own diamonds – in wood, paper and other materials. If you’re into the diamond trend that is…

iHanna thinks this is pretty creative! Sew a gem zipper – free pattern for a cute pouch

iHanna Loves thisKickstarteris really cool, especially when you find the projects that really spark something within you. I just “found” it and I amvery close to backing theSpirit Cats Inspirational Card Deck for a cat loving friend of mine, or something like The modular notebook or a unicorn poop scarf (!!) for me to try out – but it’s all kind of expensive and with shipping to Sweden… Gasp! Can’t do itright now. But I thought maybe you’dwant to check ’em out?

Social media stuff

iHanna Loves thisHow Facebook Makes Us Dumber – Why does misinformation spread so quickly on the social media? Why doesnt it get corrected? When the truth is so easy to find, why do people accept falsehoods? Confirmation bias turns out to play a pivotal role in the creation of online echo chambers.

iHanna Loves this The Noobs Guide to Using Snapchat – reading this helped me get started. I’ve been obsessed with posting little video snippets of my day over there the past month or so, but I’m not sure I’ll keep it up. If you’re on there I’d love to know you. And if you want to snap with me, let me know. My username is my domain name without the dot:ihannanu

Sign up for my Newsletter – in March I’m giving away two spots in the art journal class I’m teaching to my subscribers, so this is a good time to sign up. Just sayin… And since I’m reading stuff like this it might be better than it has been:

iHanna Loves this13 Steps to Launch an Email Newsletter: Here youll find out how a newsletter can be more effective than social media at getting you clients and building your expertise, how to format, design, and plan your newsletter, tips for what to write wand more…

My Book Recommendation

I’ve been reading Hugh Howey’s Silo Saga Wool and Shift and I can totally recommend them if you too are into dystopian sci-fi! I’ve started the last book in the series, Dust, and I’m so excited to read more this weekend. Whare are you reading?

…and I’ve been watching these

Inspiration Videos

Sit back and sip some coffee.

I don’t feel I need the book but I love the promo-video, so cute:

iHanna Loves this How to be a Wildflower Book Trailer from Gabriel James on Vimeo [found via the blog Dispatch from LA]

iHanna thinks this is pretty creative! I’m not into electronic music at all, but my brother told me about Pogo on YouTube and I think it’s kind of cool. A mix of sounds and clips from an animated movie turns music:

Wishery | Pogo on YouTube

iHanna thinks this is pretty creative! A beautiful watercolor journal flip through by Wei Taillandier on YouTube:

iHanna Loves this Listening through the list of 16 Songs That Have Helped People Through Depression and found this fight song that I’m loving right now:

Fight Song (Official Video on YouTube) by Rachel Platten

iHanna Loves this Even more cool videos and links in previous Inspiration en Masse-posts! Check out November’s Big Magic, December was all about Setting Goals, January was titled A Year of Making and last month was all about Self-Love and Self-Compassion Ideas.

iHanna Loves this Also feel free to like and follow Studio iHanna on Facebook for even more inspiration there – all year long. And I’m iHanna on Pinterest too.

Wishing you a all the best in March! I’ll be here, blogging.