ISSUE 24  |  Channeling Marrakech

DIY: India Ink Paper Garlands

June 14, 2012 3:45 PM

BY Alexa Hotz

Spotted at Tail of the Yak in Berkeley: exotic party decor in the form of paper flowers, garlands, and mobiles made with antique fabric stamps. Here's how to get the look:

The resident geniuses at Tail of the Yak (Lauren and Alice) fashion these magical garlands using India ink, colored paper, gold leaf, and string. See our inspiration and sources below. Photos of Tail of the Yak by Mimi Giboin for Remodelista.

Above: Antique stamps from India at Tail of the Yak.

Above: Patterns are printed onto white paper garlands.

Above: Source J. Herbin Fountain Pen Ink (we like Rose Tendresse for a bright fuchsia); $10 each at Tail of the Yak. Also consider a set of India ink such as Dr. Ph Martin's Bombay India Ink Set for $23.97 from Amazon.

Above: Chinese calligraphy brushes are used for painting ink freehand onto paper or onto antique stamps for printing. A Calligraphy Brush Set of 10 is $24.95 from Chinese Calligraphy Store.

Above: The finished garland can be strung across a room or used as trim on wall shelves.

Above: A mobile made of colored paper, pompoms, and a hoop wire frame. We like Wausau Copy Paper in Orchid; $6.87 for 500 sheets at Amazon.