Money doesn’t excite me – my ideas excite me.
Walt Disney

I got myself a few Little Art Things, the kind that are pretty and that keeps on giving as you can create with or in them for a long time.

iHanna's new little art things for inspiration in the studio

New things for creating always excite me and inspire me. It doesn’t always have to be something big or expensive that makes my heart flutter with anticipation. It can be a few stickers, a roll of washi tape found on sale – or of course my favorite thing: new pens or paints.

I get especially happy when it’s time to get a notebook or journal – especially if it already has a special purpose, like painting…


Watercolor Album Notebook MOLESKINE artist Book large

For example, I recently got myself my first Moleskine notebook with watercolor papers (it’s called Watercolor Album Notebook), and it’s 5.25 by 8.25″ (13 x 21 cm). The one I got has 60 pages 200 gram (gsm), cold-pressed, acid-free watercolor paper. Yum!

This Moleskine Album is a new format and size for me, but I must say it has been a joy to work in it! Finding a bound, sturdy book with actual watercolor paper has been rare in the past around here, so I’ve mostly made my own mixed paper art journals. But finding one that is already made and slim enough to bring out and about, was great. I’ll be back with more of the pages inside it soon.

I’m also in love with the hedgehog and tree scrapbook papers I bought. And an extremely cheep set of watercolor paints that I bought mostly because of the vintage looking packaging. It’s so very kawaii, right?

Little art things that inspires me, like scrapbook paper and inexpensive paint - photo by @ihanna

I love working in my notebooks, filling them with anything happy and cute. Stickers, paint and washi tape are staples around here – I don’t think I’ll ever get enough, though I try to not buy too much. I’d rather buy one or two thing at a time than fill a whole basket and then feel guilty for not using what I bought. Also, I want to enjoy the things I have, and use what I already own.

These Little Art Things will be featured in upcoming blog posts about book binding, decorating notebooks and more.

What was the latest purchase you made to fuel your own creativity? I’d love to know.