Pattern Journal

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Gosh, this was the hardest challenge ever! When I saw on Monday what indiajournal_page.jpgHermine picked for the WS this week – Mulberry/handmade paper – I thought OH NO … I had no clue what to do! But that’s what challenges are for. Luckily I found some sheets in a pack of natural papers I bought eons ago. Then yesterday morning I woke up and knew what to do – a journal (nope, I don’t even journal!!). But while in London last weekend I was oh so lucky to catch the beginning of an Indian festival on Regent Street. There were some handicraft stands (fabric, jewelry, painting…) and I was delighted to find a stand with wooden stamps for hand block printing and cindiajournal-top-view.jpgarvings with inlays by master carver Sardar Hussain from Pilkhuwa/India. Of course I forgot to take pictures since time was short. He was the sweetest little Indian man who even is a National Awardee and Shilp Guru and won prizes for his carving artistry. Look at my treasures, each one is so delicately carved, hard to believe it. He was so sweet to search his box for unique and single pattern like the 2 border stamps, flower prints, the other fish etc. And he explained me, that the paisleys are actually mango leaves! Just my kind of thing. And I couldn’t resist buying these 2 big ones as well, even paid for them in € since I rant out of £. hehe How lucky was I? The artists (and musicians, dancers…) all came over just for that one day, pretty amazing. Anyway, I thought I’d make a book with natural pages which I can then decorate with my NEW STAMPS, collage and indiajournal-back.jpgfurther embellish. I’m surprised how well they stamp on the uneven paper with acrylics. And the mulbery paper is strong enough for emdroidery and adding beads. It had to be colorful! It’s not bound yet, will do that once I’ve decorated the pages … *** Au Backe, das war bisher die schwierigste Herausforderung! Als ich am Montag sah, was  Hermine für die MS  ausgesucht hatte – Mulberry/handgeschöpfte Papiere – dachte ich OH NEIN … Hatte keine Ahnung, was ich machen sollte! Aber dafür sind Herausforderungen ja da. Glücklicherweise fand ich einige Bögen in einem Naturpapierepack, das ich vor Jahren gekauft habe. Bin dann gindischeholzstempel1.jpgestern morgen aufgewacht und wußte, was ich machen wollte – ein Journal (nöh, sowas führe ich eigentlich nicht!!). War letztes Wochenende in London und hatte das Glück, den Anfang eines indischen Festivals auf der Regent Street zu sehen. Es gab einige Kunsthandwerkstände (Stoff, Schmuck, Gemälde…) und ich war begeistert einen Stand mit Holzstempeln und Holzschnitzereien mit Inlays des Meisterschnitzers Sardar Hussain aus Pilkhuwa/Indien. Hab natürlich vergessen Bilder zu machen. Das war so ein lieber kleiner Mann, der bereits für sein Handwerk mit einem nationalen Preis ausgezeichnet wurde. Schau Dir meine Schätze indischeholzstempel2.jpgan, jeder einzelne ist feinste Schnitzarbeit, schwer zu glauben. Er war so lieb und hat in seiner Box nach einzelnen Motiven geschaut, wie die 2 Rahmemotive, Blumendrucke, den anderen Fisch etc. Und erklärte mir, dass die Paisleys Mangoblätter sind. Genau mein Ding. Und ich konnte nicht widerstehen, auch die beiden größeren zu kaufen. Hab sie sogar mit € bezahlt, da meine £ ausgingen. hehe Was für ein Glückspilz bin ich denn? Die Künstler (und Musiker, Tänzer…) sind alle nur für diesen einen Tag nach London gekommen, echt irre. Jedenfalls hab ich dann ein Büchlein aus diesen Naturpapieren (Mulberry, Banane und Seide) gemacht und die Seiten werden mit meinen NEUEN STEMPELN, Collage und Perlen, Sticken etc. dekoriert. Ich bin erstaunt, wie gut die Stempel mit Acryl auf dem unebenen Papier abstempeln. Und das Mulberrypapier ist prima dick für Stickereien und Perliges. Es musste natürlich bunt sein, Es ist noch nicht gebunden, werde das erst machen, wenn die Seiten mehr dekoriert sind …

40 responses to “Pattern Journal

  1. WOW you did a great job with it. Love all those different colours.

  2. Wow was für ein wunderschönes Werk.
    Ich bin geplättet, hammer.
    Die Stempel davon mag ich ja garnet reden, die sind einfach nur wunderschön.

  3. Wahnsinn!!! Ich bin begeistert!!!Die Challange diese Woche ist wirklich schwierig aber du hasteine grandiose Idee vorgelegt🙂

  4. Wow gorgeous! Love the colours you have used.

  5. Boah, wow, genial, Neid.😉 Ganz ganz toll – und ich bin erstaunt, dass du dich nur für 2 entschieden hast.😉 Wunder-wunderschön sieht das Journal schon jetzt aus, Klasse!

  6. thanks!! these are all the stamps i bought, he only had 2 large ones. * dankeschön! hab all die holzstempel gekauft, leider hatte er nur 2 große

  7. Good idea to use the paper as a basis for the book, the colours are great, and how fantastic are those stamps.

  8. Absolutely amazing Belinda!!! I dont think ive even seen anything like these in australia, something wonderful for you to treasure my dear :))

  9. Beautiful journal and all those colors, great!

  10. wow what a lucky find! just beautiful! our kindy class has silk worms at the moment eating mulberry leaves and spinning cocoons, can’t wait to have a play. cheers, Carmel xx

  11. Wow, sooo klasse!

  12. belinda – these wooden stamps are stunning! i saw some large ones recently and they were called carpet stamps…pretty pricey too. you scored girl. they are so YOU.

  13. da ich deine neue schätze total klasse finde,muss ich nicht extra schreiben *g
    dein journal gefällt mir jetzt schon total gut!

    Liebe Grüße
    Sanja

  14. beautiful journal!

  15. I LOVE your journal! …and those stamps… Lucky lucky you🙂

  16. This is amazing. Such a riot of colour & texture, love it.

  17. Mama mia! This is amazing!!

  18. Belinda-this is so beautiful! The wood stamps went so appropriately with the bright beautiful paper🙂

  19. Belinda, this is sooo pretty. I love the colors and what wonderful stamps!!

  20. Ohhhhhhhh what a find!! I snuck into the old house to use the puter since the network is still up and we don’t have phone or anything in the new place yet. Of course I had to check out your stash. What a goldmine. He handcarved all this detail??? Oh my goodness!!!!!! You defintely should have taken a photo….
    Ha! I spot a journal there….. you can only resist for so long!!LOL

  21. Looks really nice

  22. Love the carved stamps Belinda!!! They look really wonderful on the journal, it’ll be a pleasure for you use I’m sure! Fantastic find… lol

  23. How lucky is that?! Lovely story and creation..By the way, did you know that mulberry (“toot” in Eastern languages) tastes very nice and sweet as a summer refreshing drink? You ought to try it sometime!

  24. This is amazing. You are so lucky to find these amazing wooden stamps.

  25. For someone who didn’t know where to start, when you saw the challenge, you did a very good job!! It’s wonderful!!

  26. Wow….. what an amazing collection of wooden stamps, lucky you coming across this lot. I love the way you’ve used them, they fit the bright Indian colours perfectly!

  27. Genial und wirlich besonders gut geeignet für ein Journal, besonders für Dich, weil das handgeschöpfte Papier in der Oberfläche eine leichte Ähnlichkeit mit der Struktur von Filz hat und was läge näher, als darüber Deine Reiseerlebnisse festzuhalten?

  28. Beautiful colors, great idea !

  29. Beautiful idea, and the stamps are lovely!🙂

  30. Belinda these stamps are amazing, such intricate designs. You were obviously meant to find this Indian man and his sari stamps… they are so perfect for your art.

  31. What a great score and what a delightful man! I am sure you will do him proud and create beautiful pieces with his stamps. : D

  32. That’s brilliant, those stamps are amazing

  33. What a brilliant idea!!!!!

  34. I can send you some when I go to Lebanon🙂. Here’s the recipe. It’s called: ShaCooking time: 20 minutes

    Mulberries and sugar

    Place fresh, fully ripe black mulberries, together with a few red ones, in a muslin bag. Wearing rubber gloves, press the juice from the mulberries through the bag and into an earthenware or enamel container.

    Measure the juice into an enamel or ceramic cooking pot and add 2 cups of sugar for every cup of juice.

    Boil the mixture vigorously, stirring with a wooden spoon until the syrup thickens. Remove from the heat, cool until tepid and pour into bottles.

    Leave until completely cool, then seal with airtight lids and store. When a bottle is unsealed for use, it should be kept in the refrigerator.

    Use as a syrup on sweets or dilute 2 tablespoons in a glass of iced water to make a cordial drink.
    Sharab El-tout (tout is mulberry, sharab means drink).

  35. Sieht ja absolut genial aus. Eine tolle Idee. Du zeigst doch dann später bestimmt das fertige Werk ?!

  36. Hi Belinda!! Jacky (above) called them sari stamps? Ooooh they are simply stunning; a real treasure to find! And I enjoyed seeing your interpretation of the mulberry challenge! – vicki xo

  37. WOW!! Absolutely WONDERFUL!

  38. anindiansummer

    Your blog is a virtual treasure trove!
    I absolutely love wooden blocks, and have a DIY idea on my blog using these wooden blocks
    :-)…yet to try the idea out, but will do it one day!

    Bhavna

  39. Those stamps are marvelous!!! It will be fun to watch you create with them.

  40. very interesting, but I don’t agree with you
    Idetrorce

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