Tuesday, July 4, 2017

'My home' "old" illustrated manuscript

I continue to be inspired by the marks left on paper by the process of eco-dyeing. This page offered a sharp 'V' in the center, and it kept looking like hills, but I didn't know where to go from there. Then I pictured a house tucked into the side, and off we went.
Many years ago I did a calligraphy commission for a friend with a quotation that began "My home is the home of peace..." I thought it might be just the thing to pair with this image so I hunted it down (thank you internet!). I only used the first few lines due to space considerations, but here is the full quotation I found:
"My home is the home of peace. My home is the home of joy and delight. My home is the home of laughter and exultation. Whosoever enters through the portals of this home, must go out with gladsome heart. This is the home of light; whosoever enters here must become illumined. This is the home of knowledge: the one who enters it must receive knowledge. This is the home of love: those who come in must learn the lessons of love; thus may they know how to love each other."  (Abdu'l-Baha)
I had a page with a slant at the top and decided to use it, do the writing on a slant, and hide part of the initial decorated capital.
Finally, the pair of pages. Each one is about 8"x5.5".

18 comments:

  1. I love this. Yet another stunning addition to your series.

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  2. So very beautiful and I love the quote, thanks for sharing!!!

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  3. This really hits to the heart, Margaret. Both the sentiment and the artwork are exceptional and they are perfect together.

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  4. Not sure about "eco dyeing" but these pages are gorgeous. I continue to be amazed at what you personally have done with "zentangle."

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  5. Two wonderful tiles! And the accidental imperfections make both tiles looking perfect.

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  6. Margaret, I have been following your posts with the eco dyed paper, and loving them all. These, though, are really something special! I love the quote so much, and the way you overlaid the text on the portion of the initial capital and the patterns. The colors are so gentle and beautiful, and the entire work really speaks about your beautiful soul. Thank you for sharing this!

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    1. Thanks so much Antonine! I'm so happy when my art connects with someone.

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  7. This is such a great post! The artwork and the sentiment are so lovely;-) Yaaaay Eco-dyeing!! Thanks again for the inspiration and your generous sharing of technique. I had so much fun with it;-)

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  8. I also am going to have to google "eco dyeing", but if the "V" left by the process is what inspired your beautiful "home" composition, it must be a good thing. :)

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    1. Sometimes the most challenging aspect of a thing turns out to be its strength.

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  9. These are wonderful apart but
    especially together. I copied the quote--it's inspirational. Thanks!

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    1. Thanks Wendy! Glad you enjoyed it all.

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  10. Very nice Margaret, I enjoyed the piece that pictures your home (in the hills and valleys). Quite nice.

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  11. Beautiful work, Margarete. Eye-candy ;-)

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  12. Beautiful work. You have such a unique eye for things. Enjoy seeing your posts.

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