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This is a handmade, hand-decorated and hand-painted journal. No two pieces I create are alike.

The handmade paper cover is painted with traditional Indian mehndi designs combine with a beautiful lacy ribbon that embraces the journal from front to back – my latest discovery at an open-air market in Bombay, India. This dazzling kind of ribbon is typically used for women's high-fashion saris worn at weddings. Both the silvery metallic ink and the ribbon change with the light and sometimes really glow.

I am a classically trained Mexican illustrator and graphic designer living in a small town nestled in the Himalayas in northern India. I created this journal in my small studio which looks out upon the beautiful Dhauladhar mountain range.

The notebook itself is handmade from 70% cotton / 30% recycled paper by Tibetans who have resettled here.

The designs are like the ones Indian women paint on their hands with henna. The design was taught to me by a mehndi master in Bombay who boasted that her designs came "from God himself." I spent months seated at her side in a very traditional Indian beauty salon learning her art as we listened to Indian music.

Both the cover and the inside pages are made of handmade paper, and the journal is hand-bound. The pages are fairly thick and have a delicious texture suitable for writing, sketching and even watercolor painting. It's a nice size for carrying in your bag with you.

68 pages / 136 sides
5" x 7.3" (12.8 x 18.6 cm)
7.95 ounces (224g)

Green Handmade Journal - Mehndi Indian Design - Journal Notebook


  • Handmade item
  • Materials: handmade paper, recycled paper, silvery metallic ink, lacy ribbon
  • Ships worldwide from India
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