A Valentine For You

Hi there. How are you?

I've got a gift for you today, and a multi-purpose one at that. It's my way of saying thank you for supporting me and my artistic endeavors.

This coloring page is my gift to you! Click to download.

This coloring page is my gift to you! Click to download.

A Free Download for You!

Just in time for Valentine's Day, I've created this heart themed coloring page for you to download and print. I hope you enjoy coloring just as much as I enjoyed making it.

The coloring page can also double a wrapping paper.

The coloring page can also double a wrapping paper.

Use it as Wrapping Paper

The coloring page can also double a wrapping paper. I decided to forego coloring on my packages, but it would look great colored as well!

Included in the download are 2 files, one sized to print on standard letter size paper (8.5 x 11), and the other is sized for 11 x 17 paper. The smaller sized paper works perfectly for wrapping a jewelry sized box. The larger can wrap a tie sized box I suppose??? (I actually wrapped up two 5 x 7 canvases in my sample package.)

Click HERE to download the 8.5" x 11" file.

Click HERE to download the 11"x17 file.

*Please note, these printables are for your personal use only. Thanks.


Share your Work

If you do print and use my wrapping paper/coloring page, I'd love to see it in action! If you would, please snap a pic and email it to me. Or if you're an Instagrammer, post a pic and tag me at @jenniferjohansson. Thanks much!

Ciao, Jen

Gone Viral

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This image has gone totally viral on Pinterest!

This image has gone totally viral on Pinterest!

This image went viral on Pinterest.

In the last two weeks, it's been pinned over 47,000 times on Pinterest. That's plain crazy! If you're new around here, there's a good chance that this pin brought you here. (Click HERE to read the post where I originally shared and discussed these sketchbook drawings.

I've had a ton a new followers on all of my social media platforms, a tremendous amount of traffic to my blog, and loads of new email subscribers.

If this is your first time here, welcome! Why not stay a while and have a look around?

Would you like to go behind the scenes and watch me draw this piece from start to finish? Click through to join the email list.

Would you like to go behind the scenes and watch me draw this piece from start to finish? Click through to join the email list.

A process video was born.

Since going viral, I've been overwhelmed with requests to go behind the scenes. Fans want to know how I make these drawings. Now, I'm not going to give away all of my secrets, but I did record the entire drawing process from start to finish on my newest piece.

There are parts of this video that were recorded at regular speed, so you can see and understand how I build up my marks, and the rest was recorded in hyperlapse. In just under 5 minutes, you can see the how this drawing was created.

Want to see the video?

Join my email list!

You'll be directed to the video after confirming your email address. Expect emails from me about once a month with more behind the scenes content.  You'll also be first to know about about new work and exclusive sales. It's a party. Trust me!

The drawing that I created during filming is for sale in my shop. Click through to purchase.

The drawing that I created during filming is for sale in my shop. Click through to purchase.

The original drawing is for sale!

If you appreciate my work, please consider patronizing my shop. The drawing that I created during filming is for sale in my shop. It's cute and tiny and will add a punch of color to your wall, mantle or bookshelf.

That's all for now. More next week. Ciao!

More New Tea Towels!

Hi there. How are you?

I'm excited to share my new expanded tea towel line with you. I've added 2 new designs that I'm very proud of.

New screen printed tea towels are here! Click to purchase.

New screen printed tea towels are here! Click to purchase.

Filling out the dala horse line

As my long time patrons know, this is not my first foray into Dala horses. I did this initial illustration back in 2012 and it went over big in my very Swedish hometown. After making and selling at least 3 originals, I put this dala on cards, prints, pillows, and pins. Even after almost 5 years, my dala products are consistently top sellers.

For the past 5 years, my dala products have been top sellers.

For the past 5 years, my dala products have been top sellers.

This is that dala horse that sits our living room. Matt and I got it as a wedding present (I think?)

This is that dala horse that sits our living room. Matt and I got it as a wedding present (I think?)

I've got a thing for hearts too

Hearts have shown up in my work for years. Back in 2011, I had my first solo gallery show at JR Kortman Galleryright around Valentines Day. I made a series of small collages with a heart motif to sprinkle in among my chair pieces. They were a big hit. See my name in there? I wasn't even married yet!

Mixed media heart art I made back in 2011. All have since been sold.

Mixed media heart art I made back in 2011. All have since been sold.

"Recycled" hearts

The hearts I used for my tea towel began their life life as a coloring page. I gave it away as a freebie to my mailing list last year.

I first used this pattern as a freebie for my mailing list. Want to join the fun? Click the photo and join. You'll get a whole bundle of coloring pages!

I first used this pattern as a freebie for my mailing list. Want to join the fun? Click the photo and join. You'll get a whole bundle of coloring pages!

My new hand printed "hearted" tea towel is now for sale. Click through to purchase.

My new hand printed "hearted" tea towel is now for sale. Click through to purchase.

Now, it's a darn cute tea towel that I'm proud to add to my existing line. I've now got 6 different tea towel designs all in stock. You really should buy one of each, don't you think? :-)

Click here to see all of my tea towel designs.

My newest hand printed tea towel designs feature a dala horse and hearts. Click through to purchase!

My newest hand printed tea towel designs feature a dala horse and hearts. Click through to purchase!

Well, that's all for this week.

I'll be back next week with a sale. Ciao.

P.S. If you enjoy the work that I make, please share this post with your pals. Thanks!

Better Together

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I've always had a lot of luck selling Valentines. Probably the best selling item I've ever had on Etsy was this Beatles inspired design that I made way back in 2008.

My now retired valentine card featuring a line from a classic Beatles tune.

My now retired valentine card featuring a line from a classic Beatles tune.

Put a Bird on it

I've happened upon another winning valentine design this year. This time, it features birds.

My newest valentine features two adorable fairy wrens. Click to purchase!

My newest valentine features two adorable fairy wrens. Click to purchase!

Second time's the charm

I illustrated these adorable fairy wrens in 2014. It's certainly one of my favorite bird pieces. They're damn cute. Don't you agree?

These two lover birds have always seemed destined for a valentine, but it took a while to get it right. Two years ago, I made another iteration of this card. You can read more about that HERE.

Right before the SIU craft sale this year, I decided to rework this card. It hadn't sold in its previous form and I wasn't satisfied with it as is.  I changed the text to "Better Together", added the border and it sold like hotcakes! It was the best selling item of the weekend.

Though initially intended as a valentine, I could also see using this as an anniversary card. Really, you could even give it to your bestie!

The backside of all my cards feature my sweet little cardinal.

The backside of all my cards feature my sweet little cardinal.

Getting Krafty

As seen here, all of my cards now come with kraft paper envelopes. I really like the way they set off the white cards. I don't know why I waited so long to do this. I love the look!

Shop Small

This cutie and a couple of other valentines are now available in my shop.

Shop small and shop often my friends.

Until next week. Ciao.