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Happy Holidays!

Layout created by Connla Freyjason, using papers and elements from Jolly Holiday, available this holiday season in our shop by clicking this image (link opens in new tab).

As the song says, it’s the most wonderful time of the year! And part of what makes it wonderful is it is one of the longest vacations I take all year long!

That being said, all of us here at Iaconagraphy wish you and yours a blessed and bright Holiday Season, whether you and yours are celebrating the birth of the Son, or the birth of the Sun, or both! (Or even something else entirely!)  We also hope that you will enjoy our extended Black Friday sale, happening from November 24th through December 1st, 2017.  We may be on blog and design hiatus, but don’t worry, you can still find us on social media at, and you can look forward to tons of great art, inspiration, and Heidhrinn musings beginning January 15, 2018!

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Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: Based On A Book

Bookmarks created with Iaconagraphy Printables: Winterfell Bookmarks; click to get yours now!

It has been quite some time since I last entered a Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge, but when this week’s was “Based On A Book”, I knew precisely what I needed to do!  I am so proud of these new printable bookmarks we’re offering. I mean, they’re beautiful “in the raw” (simply printed on a good grade cardstock), but with a little imagination, and a bit of glitter glue, feathers, and other embellishment, they can become something extra-special!

I started with three of my favorite bookmarks from our Winterfell Bookmarks Printable, because of course, I am obsessed with Game of Thrones: A Song of Ice and Fire, and pretty much all things George R.R. Martin.  I printed the PDF on white cardstock, and then backed that with Kraft cardstock (by gluing the two sheets together using Glossy Accents from Ranger), to give them a bit of extra body.  I then cut out all of them, using a Fiskar’s paper cutter.

Each bookmark then received it’s own special treatment.  For my “Wolves of Winter” bookmark, I first highlighted the swirling George R.R. Martin quote with opalescent glitter glue. While that was drying, I took a scrap of the doubled cardstock left over from the ends of the bookmarks, Kraft-side up, and created a torn paper effect, which I then offset with my Tim Holtz Tonic Paper Distresser (one of the best craft investments I’ve ever made!).  I took a bit of teal washi tape and centered it in the middle of the torn Kraft, so that it wrapped around, for a cleaner outside edge.  I then decorated that with three “snowball”-like Sugar Dots from Love Nicole.  Finally, I took some craft pheasant feathers that I had on hand, and washi taped them to the other end of the bookmark.

For my “Winter Is Coming” bookmark, I began by highlighting the sword with opalescent glitter glue.  I then edged the bottom and bottom right corner with washi tape that I had on hand.  Finally, I accented the top left corner with more of the craft pheasant feathers, washi taped onto the bookmark.

Two of my very favorite characters from the books and TV show have been Tyrian and Hodor, so of course, I *had* to make a bookmark to celebrate both of them!  I began by distressing the edges with my Tim Holtz Tonic Paper Distresser. Once the edges were as ragged as I wanted them, I used a simple hole punch to punch two holes just below Tyrian’s quote. Using yet more craft pheasant feathers, I created a cluster, which I tied together with jute. I then threaded more jute through the holes in the bookmark, and tied the cluster onto the bookmark. So simple, but such a great effect!

I would like to thank the folks at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge for lighting a fire in me, and encouraging me to show off the hybrid crafting possibilities for these PDF Printable Bookmarks!  It was definitely something that I needed to do, and you gave me a fantastic “excuse” to actually buckle down and get it done!








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ArtLife: Thinking In Color

Digital background paper, spirals, string cluster, and photo mask from Imramma by Connla and Duncan (upcoming). Lone hawk feather from Taliesin’s January Gathering: Winter Wonder: A Winter’s Tale, currently available.

“Creativity is not about painting a picture or producing an object; it is about wrestling with demons and angels in the depths of our psyche and daring to name them, to put them where they can breathe and have space and we can look at them….Art as meditation becomes our basic prayer form.” –Matthew Fox

Somewhere along the way, most of us get convinced that we are not artists: we start to suffer from I-can’t-even-draw-a-straight-line-syndrome, courtesy of a teacher, a parent, or some other mentor (or even the world-at-large) who told us we “lacked talent”.  But ultimately, being an artist has absolutely nothing to do with “talent”, and everything to do with our willingness to name and claim what makes us us.  When we think of prayer, whether coming from a Christian or Pagan/Heathen background, we don’t tend to think of that as something that requires “talent”; it’s simply a dialogue, between you and Deity; no “talent” required.  Prayer is also a process of naming and claiming what makes us us:  we send up our praise, our gratitude, our deepest petitions, and trust that they will be heard/received; possibly even answered.  Art–true art–requires that same level of trust; it does not require “talent”.

Certainly, “talent” or ability helps, but it’s not an absolute requirement to be an artist: We are all born into this world as artists, and if you require physical proof of that, simply watch the average three year old at play with a pack of crayons and a coloring book.  They see absolutely no need to stay within the lines. Instead, they see an image that they like, and then they think in color: the color becomes what defines the image for them, not the outlines that make up the image.  Lines which make up a drawing–which define a space as this or that “thing” that has been drawn–that may take a certain amount of “talent” to create, but color?  Our world positively blooms with it in unabashed array, everywhere you look, with no rulesno judgments, and nothing to contain it!  You thought in color once, too, though you may have to dig pretty far back in the recesses of your mind to even call up a scant memory of that time.  I’m very blessed that I never let the world stop me from thinking that way–from thinking in color.  That’s why I’m able to sit here and write this blog, and create all of these wonderful assets for you to use as you rediscover your artist within (and likewise for the rest of the artists here at Iaconagraphy).  Today, I want to help you return to thinking in color, too, so that we can start reclaiming your artist within.

To begin that process, we’re going to start with a coloring page (please click the image below to download):


Now, print out your free coloring page and go color it. Seriously, I’ll wait….

Oh, you’re back? Great!

So how did that feel? Did you stay within the lines, or did you find yourself going all over the place? Did you criticize yourself when you didn’t manage to stay within the lines? What colors did you use to bring this image to life? What do those colors mean to you? What significance do they have in your life?

Realizing what those colors mean in your life is the first step to thinking in color!  The second step, of course, is to stop criticizing yourself when you color outside the lines!

For example, I use a lot of olive green in my work here for Iaconagraphy and in my own artist journaling–all different shades of it:

Background paper, journaler, and photo mask from January Gathering: Winter Wonder: Winterfell by Daniel for Iaconagraphy; other elements created specifically for this project.

All elements from Samsara by Connla, currently available.

To me, olive means growth and prosperity. A little online color correspondence research results in the following meanings for olive:

olive green: space, wisdom, feminine leadership qualities, peace through compassion for humanity, new hope, acceptance, understanding, celebrating individuality, compassionate empowerment, a bridge between the will and the heart, balanced duality, health, youth, good luck, money

When I put my personal meanings for olive together with the meanings I discovered in my color correspondence research I arrive at “in order to grow and prosper, I need to balance my own duality when it comes to my more feminine leadership qualities, while at the same time practicing compassionate empowerment of myself and others.” See what I did there? Now you try it with one of the colors you used on your coloring page. Neat, huh?  You just unlocked the first doorway to your artist within.

Want to unlock some more of your doors?  Stay tuned for details on our upcoming ecourse, ArtLife, which we hope to launch at the end of March! In the meantime, you can explore more of your personal artistry through art journaling with Samsara, which is currently available. Maybe start with this prompt:

I think in full color!

If you do go out on a limb and create an AJ page with Samsara, we’d love to see it! Come on over to our Facebook Page and share! (If you patently do not Facebook, you can either attempt to add yours below, or email your art to us at; please put ATTN: Connla in the subject line!)