Blog: Creatively Operating

December 14, 2016

Holiday Coloring Pages

I made four holiday coloring pages! Check them out right here, or on the Coloring Pages master page. Decorated tree ornaments, crazy overlapping pointsettias, a yummy gingerbread house, and a simpler little Merry Christmas one.

The pointsettias is definitely the most complex coloring page I’ve drawn yet.

Christmas Tree Ornaments - Happy Holidays - Free Printable Coloring Page for Adults and Kids, by Pointsettia Flowers - Happy Holidays - Free Printable Coloring Page for Adults and Kids, by Decorated Candy Gingerbread House - Happy Holidays - Free Printable Coloring Page for Adults and Kids, by Merry Christmas Wreath and Holly - Happy Holidays - Free Printable Coloring Page for Adults and Kids, by

I had a lot of fun drawing these, and might even make more holiday-themed ones if the mood strikes. First I’ll probably spend some time coloring these. Yes, I like to color my own pages :)

A few other things I’ve been loving this holiday season…

Holiday Netflix envelopes

The lettering on these is so fun.

Painted pumpkins

My little mini pumpkins from Halloween/Thanksgiving weren’t mushy yet, so I painted them white and red to look Christmas-y and stuck them under our tree.

Our little tree

My husband and I live in a studio apartment, so we don’t have (or want) a ton of space for holiday decorations. Instead, we set aside the shelf by our tv and set up our mini Christmas tree and lights there.

Other holiday vibes

  • Vlogmas videos from bybun
  • IKEA Vinter 2016 collection. Loving the Scandinavian red & white holiday motifs!
  • peppermint tea (I’m drinking Adagio)

Holiday Coloring Pages ⇒ Creatively Operating,, @oleiah

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November 7, 2016

Moodboard Monday: Magic Study in the Fall

Oh, look.

I love fall. Even gloriously-sunny fall mornings :) The cooler air, the colors of autumn leaves, the magic surrounding Halloween… It’s my favorite time of year.

But really, I love all seasons and how they change from one to the next. I get excited about the look & feel of each new season of the year. Warm orange autumn, red & white snowy Christmas, sparkly New Years, fresh floral spring, late night summers… It’s a never-ending wheel that offers something new every couple of months, alongside tradition of years past.

Every season I find myself adding to my pinterest boards and also collecting images for my own personal screensaver on my computer.

Here’s mine for this fall:

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This Magic Study in the Fall screensaver/moodboard is inspired by a mixture of the autumn season + back-to-school learning + magick. Think: the first scenes of ‘Hocus Pocus’ in Salem. Think Hogwarts. It’s that feeling of waking up for the first days of school on a cool September day. Pulling on a jacket as you sling your textbooks over your shoulder, walking through the crunchy leaves to school or university. Reading and studying in the morning, watching the golden light shift through the window of the library, surrounded by that wonderful musty smell of old books. Walking home in the late afternoon with a warm breeze making way for dark clouds and showers moving in. Getting home just in time for the rain, pouring yourself a cup of hot tea, lighting a few candles and clearing time for reading something a little darker and spookier.

I like to always display my “moodboard” screensavers in the Shifting Tiles configuration on OS X. It creates an orderly layout of the images I’ve saved into a folder, making the perfect shifting moodboard.

Happy autumn!


Moodboard Monday: Magic Study in the Fall ⇒ Creatively Operating,, @oleiah

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November 3, 2016

100 Days of Drawing the Internet

The 100 Day Project is hosted by The Great Discontent. The official project dates this year were from April 19 - July 24. The idea is to choose a theme and then create 1 thing per day based on your topic.

I wanted to choose something all-encompassing that gave me a lot of wiggle room, so I chose #100daysofdrawingtheinternet.

I completed 86 of 100 drawings.

First of all, I got behind. I went on vacation. Got really behind, couldn’t catch up. Then I kept thinking I’d finish the last several drawings so I could say I finished 100 days. I gave myself lots of time, but never got around to it. Now it’s November. I’m posting and I’m calling this project dead done.

Turns out “drawing the internet” was way too open for me. I need more constraints! A lot of days, I just couldn’t choose what to draw. There was too much self-imposed pressure to pick the “right” thing. Sometimes I literally (I’m not lying when I say literally here) spent an hour or more, browsing pinterest to find the perfect image. I created a whole board of images I was interested in drawing, so I would have a queue, but I would still browse daily.

It was horrible, actually.

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Last year I did #100daysofletteringbyleiah and that went well. With lettering, I think it helped that I wasn’t referencing anything - I was just drawing words and phrases from my head. But this year, referencing images from online was too much. I always felt like I had to make it look like the original. It was stifling. So that’s why I didn’t finish.

And I ain’t even mad. I love a lot of the drawings I did during this 100 day project. I loved the feedback on instagram. But I seriously felt like I put myself in the worst situation and I just couldn’t shake that feeling of picking the right image to draw. I was dreading doing my drawing each day because I knew it would involve me sitting for hours on my ipad, scrolling pinterest until something “felt right.” Yikes. Never again!

Next time I’d choose something a lot more specific. Like 100 days of drawing endangered tree frogs. 100 days of drawing 90s toys I used to play with. Or choose a theme where I’m not even referencing anything, like I did with lettering. 100 days of absolute nonsensical doodles. 100 days of drawing the exact same house plant over and over. Those I could live with.


100 Days of Drawing the Internet ⇒ Creatively Operating,, @oleiah

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Leiah Jansen

artist, graphic designer for vegan. washington, dc. magic, intuition, creativity, curiosity, intentional living.

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