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

The handmade paper cover is painted with traditional Indian mehndi designs, combined with a beautiful round decorative element with gemlike bits and an intricately decorated lacy ribbon that comes from the small town of Pilani in the desert state of Rajasthan, India. It features shiny sequins and threads of various colors.

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.

I painted the cover in silvery metallic ink with a traditional mehndi design 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.

69 pages / 138 sides
5" x 7.3" (12.8 x 18.6 cm)
7.95 ounces (224g)

Orange Handmade Journal - Art Journal Notebook - Blank Book - Unique

Overview

  • Handmade item
  • Materials: handmade paper, recycled paper, silvery metallic ink, round metallic bit, lacy ribbon, threads, sequins
  • Feedback: 28 reviews
  • Ships worldwide from Dharamsala, India
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