Well, this is what every book of mine looks like when you open it! Yes, you’ll find leaves pressed between every other page. Leaves from yesterday, from weeks back, from months and years back. And, every leaf has a story, a memory associated with it, which gets treasured along with the leaf itself.
So, no wonder, I had to capture a sight like this from one of the books. And, to compliment the art, Rumi’s poetry (from the Rubais of Rumi: Insane with Love) fitted beautifully in this book-art.
So, read some more musings, view more pics and yes – check out some resources about the best way to press your leaves and petals between book pages….
Here’s a picture of one of my books. I admit that, to read this book, one has to do some hard work of taking the leaves out and placing them carefully somewhere else. This is with almost every book. Infact, I’ve now run out of books to press my leaves. So, hey, if you can lend me one – just for the leaves – not for reading – that would be of great help. :-)
Today’s Art – I found the words of Rumi so relevant for the art today. He says:
“You are a volume in the divine book
A mirror to the power that created the universe
Whatever you want, ask it of yourself
Whatever you’re looking for can only be found
Inside of you”
I’ve started to believe more and more that each one of us – the souls that we are – is a mirror of the divine power. I AM THAT I AM. Meaning- God is within me. These days, when I pray – for my baby’s soul, for myself, my family – I pray that the power/beauty/light/kindness of the divine – within me – will make it possible – whatever it is that I want right now.
And these lines (around the leaf):
“Hear this if you can:
If you want to reach him
You have to go beyond yourself
And when you finally arrive at the land of absence
Don’t say a thing
Ecstasy, not words, is the language spoken there”
The leaf – isn’it so beautiful? But, I have some doubts about its identity. I think that it’s from the Elephant Apple Tree or the Chalta (in Hindi). It’s botanical name is – dillenia indica. But then, I’m not one hundred percent sure. So, if you have more idea, do let me know and I’ll update.
And, here are some fun and creative resources for how to press leaves and petals and what artful projects to do once you’ve pressed them.
- Techniques for Pressing Leaves/Petals – Books, Iron, Microwave
- Top Ten Flower Pressing Tips (Red Ted Art)
- Make handmade paper inlaid with leaves and petals
- Leaf Decoupage Jars Upcycled Into Candle Votives
- Make Art by Stamping Pressed Leaves
- Gorgeous Pressed Flower Bookmarks
Leaf Art from Day 1 to Day 23:
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