Jun 28, 2012

Art Journal - Painting Poems

A Haathi Chaap scrapbook for an art journal, Potli wooden blocks from Kadam, multi-hued watercolors, a black pigment liner, and a few words waiting to be strung together - were my tools of the trade.
I'm sure most of you know of Haathi Chaap, the folks who celebrate Elephant Dung paper. With that they create organic stationery, which sport the coolest of logos, and I like the post script on their homepage ... "No, it doesn't smell of poo. Really!" :-)

Incidentally, here's a fun picture I caught at the Singapore zoo.
And so,
my Haathi Chaap scrapbook flaunting the mammal's behind, and tied together with a ribbon, was waiting for the right inspiration. So were the hugely popular wooden blocks from Kadam.

I penned down two small poems.
One, of a tree calling out to his feathered friends. 

And another of a parrot's song 

And did I have fun splashing color on these beautifully textured pages!


Am linking on to the weekly story @Colours Dekor.

33 comments:

  1. Looks like I am the first one to comment these days. :)
    Loved the poems and the splash of colours. Couldn't read the 2nd one fully though.
    Will go through it sometime when I come over.
    Keep writing and creating...
    If there is no place at home to stuff them, my table has still some place left.. ;-)

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  2. On my last visit to India, I met the the creator of Haathi chaap. It was quite a meeting! Bought a clock and books and lots of items then.

    You penned some lovely lines there!

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  3. Gorgeous work. So pretty. I love that tree.

    (What's a pigment liner? - just curious!)

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  4. Your posts are always a treat to read. The journal and your art look lovely :)

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  5. Very beautiful, Ambika! Pure art! Your work it's very interesting and inspiring!

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  6. Thanks much everyone!

    @Chryselle, pigment liner is the black ink pen. Pigment ink is waterproof ink, so its suited for drawing on watercolor paintings.

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  7. So beautiful and creative. Loved it.

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  8. amazing colours, words, textures!! you are in one word - awesome! :)

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  9. Oh my gosh.. What stunning colours.. textuers... wow.. wow! Loved how this looks.. Its totally stunning!!

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  10. I have seen their stationery at the Dastakar Mela in Delhi. Their stall was a hit!

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  11. lovely words n canvas... adding color to life!

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  12. Work of Art!! Inspiring!!

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  16. Ambika, first time here. You have a really beautiful space. Loved your art book and the pigment liner looks interesting for outlining paintings - guess it will work well for madhubani and warli works.

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  17. Ohhh! Just inspires me to attempt keeping a scrapbook! Absolutely love it :)

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  18. Where can you get these papers from, The texture of the paper is fabulous and I think it would be perfect for a scrap book.

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  19. Thank you all!
    Rupertt, you can buy these from Haathi Chaap. Do check out their website I've linked to above.
    Auroville outlets also have these rustic handmade papers.

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  22. Dropping by your old posts to let you know that your refreshing takes on life are being sorely missed. When are you going to post something next :|

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  23. I really enjoy your blog. I love your paintings and all those handcraft ideas. It´s a beautiful place to live. I´m just starting with my own blog, and i would like you visit it sometime!

    :-)

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  24. Pretty block print art... and cute poetry. Your creativity is so beautiful, and the haathi chaap textured paper makes it even more beautiful.

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  25. Such lovely images, and beautiful words. Love this blog. Do post more.

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  26. This is so very pretty! Thank you for visiting my blog and leaving a comment there, coz I'm SO glad I found your blog - it's so lovely and happy! I hope you resume posting soon :)

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  27. This is so beautiful and interesting. I didn't know what a Haathi Chaap was, so I learned something new! Thanks for sharing!
    Jillian @ Epic Thread

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  28. Thanks much for the wonderful comments fellow bloggers!

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  29. your journal looks lovely...color goes so well together. and pic of poop is fun :)

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  30. nice job mam ..lovely places....

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  31. What a lovely blog you have it here,your scrap book and the mehndi blocks used was really clever and has turned out really
    beautiful.Thanks for dropping at my space.I am your newest follower.

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  32. The pages just look so beautiful, thanks for sharing these gorgeous creations with us!

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