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This is a one-of-a-kind, handmade, hand-painted journal. No two pieces I create are alike. The handmade-paper cover is painted with a traditional Indian mehndi design combined with some bindis, those decorations that Indian women place on their forehead, that I picked up at an open market in the Kangra region.

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 recently resettled here.

I painted the cover in golden 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. The ink-paint changes with the light and sometimes really glows.

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.

70 pages / 140 sides

5 x 7.44 inches
(12.7 cm x 18.9 cm)

Weight: 8.25 oz. (248g)

Handmade Journal, Journal Notebook, Recycled Paper Journal, Blank Notebook, Green, OOAK


  • Handmade item
  • Materials: handmade paper, recycled paper, golden metallic ink, bindis
  • Ships worldwide from India
  • Feedback: 28 reviews
  • Favorited by: 4 people