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…

Stop looking outside for scraps of pleasure of fulfillment, for validation, security, or love – you have a treasure within that is infinitely greater than anything the world can offer.
Eckhart Tolle

Painted selfie in my Art Journal
Can you see it?

And there is the sadness that sometimes comes out on the page, reflections of what I have lost and what I am afraid to reach for. It stops me in my tracks, but it sometimes is released through the paint brush.

A Love Mandala for the Love of Art Journaling and doodling

I’m a sucker for the art journal as a metaphor for life, for all the layers of emotions and memories that we carry with us every day. As artists we get to put those feelings out into the world, onto paper. In an art journal, as a safe place – or a as a place of growth when we get to share it online. Or plastered on the walls, for all to see…

In this art journal peek I’m sharing a Love Mandala of many Hearts, and a rather sad looking selfie in acrylic paint. Here is the full spread:

Art journal spread by iHanna: a love mandala and me @ihanna

I am feeling a bit tender today, I hope that is okay with you. Thanks for joining me on this journey of self-expression.