sparkandblossom

handmade treasures for your yoga or meditation practice

Wolfville, Canada

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Announcement    Hi. I'm Heidi Kalyani. I am an artist, musician, facilitator, guide, workshop and event designer, yogi, meditator and seeker of the more beautiful world our hearts know is possible! :)

I’m passionate about creating spaces and practices where we can hear our own hearts, and live the lives we really want to live!

I have designed and handmade each of the items in this shop to support you on your Journey into Heartfulness!

My desire is to create beautiful earth-friendly *daily practice* tools that uplift, inspire, and energize! I design, draw, hand carve, and hand print everything in my shop! It's a slow, meditative experience that is part of my daily heartfulness practice!

To learn more about my heartful offerings for yogis and meditators, please visit my *heart wide open* site: http://www.heartwideopen.ca

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Last updated on Aug 3, 2021

Hi. I'm Heidi Kalyani. I am an artist, musician, facilitator, guide, workshop and event designer, yogi, meditator and seeker of the more beautiful world our hearts know is possible! :)

I’m passionate about creating spaces and practices where we can hear our own hearts, and live the lives we really want to live!

I have designed and handmade each of the items in this shop to support you on your Journey into Heartfulness!

My desire is to create beautiful earth-friendly *daily practice* tools that uplift, inspire, and energize! I design, draw, hand carve, and hand print everything in my shop! It's a slow, meditative experience that is part of my daily heartfulness practice!

To learn more about my heartful offerings for yogis and meditators, please visit my *heart wide open* site: http://www.heartwideopen.ca

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About sparkandblossom

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Behind the Scenes at *spark and blossom*

Everything in my shop is designed, carved and hand printed by me! Here's a little peek into my studio!

Background

Block printing has its origins in ancient China, Japan and India. Although many surfaces can be printed with this technique (using a range of paint and dye inks) fabric and paper are the most commonly used. The basic process consists of drawing or sketching a design, carving it onto a block (wood, metal, clay, rubber, linoleum, etc.), inking the finished block and pressing it into paper or fabric in order to transfer the design.

My Process
The inspiration for the "world-fusion" work I create for *spark and blossom* stems from a combination of my passion for the mehndi and textile arts of India, everything on the island of Bali, and my love of the natural world.

My block prints usually begin with a hand drawn sketch which I then re-create as a vector file on my laptop using Adobe Illustrator. After I have fine-tuned the proportion, curves, and symmetry, I transfer the freshly ink-jet printed pattern to the top of my carving block with a homemade wooden tool (and a great deal of rubbing!)

Next, I carefully trace the outline of each shape or letter (all of which appear on the block in reverse) with a fine "v" parting tool, before using a larger "u" gouge to remove all of the "negative" space on the design. Every raised surface I leave on the block will collect ink and therefore transfer to paper, whereas everything I cut away will be "empty" or paper-coloured on the final print. After I have finished a rough cut, I like to clean the block and test it on a scrap sheet of paper, before fine-tuning the curves, cleaning up little missed spots etc.

After I'm fairly happy with a block, I pull out a sheet of nice recycled natural fibre paper, ink the block and make a first "real" print! This "unveiling" is one of my favourite moments in the process (even though I'm usually holding my breath)! I love the interaction between ink and paper, the uneven way it transfers (especially on a nice handmade sheet), the extra depth and texture the paper provides, and the slight angle or uncentredness my human hand-eye co-ordination ensures! I feel a spark of excitement each time I pull the block off the print (or the print off the block, depending on the project) and get a first glimpse of my finished creation!

My desire is to create beautiful earth-friendly art that uplifts, inspires, and energizes! Add some *spark and blossom* to your life! Or share some with a friend!


Learn More

Visit my pinboards at pinterest or my channel on vimeo for more behind the scenes!
www.pinterest.com/sparkandblossom
www.vimeo.com/sparkandblossom

Shop members

  • heidi kalyani

    Owner, Maker, Designer, Curator

    For me, creating is a meditation - a way to deepen my breath, focus my mind, revitalize my heart, and bathe in the beauty of the world around me. I hope you enjoy these simple offerings and that they help you to find your own moments of bliss!

Shop policies

Last updated on August 1, 2019
Welcome to my shop!

Here you will find a collection of greeting cards, art prints and meditation cards designed, carved, and printed by me (Heidi Kalyani)!

Accepted payment methods

Paypal Mastercard Visa American Express Discover Apple Pay Klarna Giftcard
Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
I gladly accept returns and exchanges
Contact me within: 14 days of delivery
Ship items back within: 30 days of delivery
I don't accept cancellations
But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.
Returns and exchange details
I hope that you will love your new *spark and blossom* items when they arrive, but if not, please send me a note and we will try to find a solution.

I accept returns within 14 days of receipt. If there are any problems with your order, please contact me as soon as possible with your reason for wanting a return. All returns must be approved before you ship them back. Return shipping is the responsibility of the buyer.
Payment
I accept payments through PayPal, Direct Checkout and Etsy Gift Cards for all transactions. (Orders placed using e-checks will ship the Monday after payment has cleared.)
Shipping
I ship all of my orders on Mondays (when I take a break from designing, carving and printing to drive into town to buy groceries, stop at the post office, meet friends at the cafe and practice with my Turko-Balkan dance band).

If you need an item particularly quickly, add a note to your order and I will do my best to make an extra trip into town to ship it right away.

The shipping prices listed with each item are for service through Canada Post and do not include insurance or tracking. If you would like to add one of these features to your order, please send me a note and I will supply you with a price quote.

International customers, please be aware that your country may add tax and duty to your order upon delivery.

I use recycled (and recyclable) packaging materials whenever possible.
Additional policies and FAQs
Natural Materials:
As each of my items is hand printed (on handmade paper), slight variations in placement of images, ink coverage and colour, as well as paper thickness, are a natural (and wonderful) part of the process. Celebrate the beauty of the non-digital world!

Longevity:
If treated carefully (and kept away from long periods of direct sunlight), your *spark and blossom* prints will last many, many years. Of course, eventually, they will - like all flowers - fade, disintegrate and return to the earth. Embrace today!

Colour:
The colours of the items you receive may vary slightly compared to the ones you see on screen, due to the light when I photograph the items and differences in monitor settings and calibration. I try hard to represent items accurately, but some variation is inevitable.

All artwork is copyright (c) Heidi Kalyani, 2019. (Copyright does not transfer with purchase.)