Friday, 21 May 2010

Wooden Stamps all the Way from India

Hi, sorry I haven't posted anything for a week now.  I have been very busy lately playing with paints and getting ready for my cousins wedding in July. 

Been shopping for fabric to make dresses for my mum, me and my daughter.  The colour theme is royal blue so once the dresses are ready I will be doing some beadwork and stuff  on them.  But that's another story and I will keep you posted on that one.

For today I thought I would show you my stamps I bought when I went to India nearly 5 or so years ago.  I bought them from a street seller in Mumbai and they have the traditional henna designs carved in the wood.

I also bought some ink, which has now dried out, in the colour of henna.  The stamps are supposed to be used so that you can print henna designs with the ink on your skin.  The ink is completely washable so as you can imagine I definitley had lots of fun with them while the ink lasted!!!

So I thought I could put the stamps to some good use as I do not have anymore of the lovely ink left.  I borrowed my darling husbands paints and played around a bit on fabric (still need to work on it) and paper (much better at this).

And here is the result - postcard style notecards printed with a henna design in vibrant blue

I'm going to be listing these in my Folksy shop.  But I have still to decide whether to sell them in the doily envelopes or just plain envelopes.  ?????????????????????????

Decisions, Decisions, Decisions!!!!!!


  1. They are wonderful stamps, you will be able to make some amazing designs with them.

  2. These are lovely. I've got a couple of the vintage ones that were actually used in textile production. I don't really use them for this anymore. Mostly I just use them as a background for my jewelry. But one day I think I will do a couple prints with them.

    Good luck with getting all the work on the dresses done!

  3. Wow beautiful stamps, my mom's been carving stamps out of erasers and there are sweet designs!