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Galaxy Journals Wrapped in Batik Art Capture the Glittering Beauty of the Cosmos

Batik Art Journals

In a world that’s becoming increasingly digitized, taking time to write or draw in a notebook is a fantastic way to unwind from screens. Patrycja Odzimkowska of the shop Patiak has created a beautiful way to record your thoughts and observations with her handmade batik painting journals. Using the ancient technique, she’s created a collection called Cosmos, which features the swirling patterns and moons that encase hundreds of antiqued pages.

So, what is batik art? It’s a wax-resist approach that’s been around since at least the 4th century BC, where it was used to wrap mummies in Egypt. There, linen was soaked in wax and scratched away with a stylus. This idea evolved as way to imbue fabric with a variety of designs. First, wax is painted on selected areas to stop any dye from seeping through. Afterwards, the rest of the fabric is colored and the wax melted off. The areas with the wax applied remain free from any dye.

Batik art is just one component of Odzimkowska’s journals. In addition, she dyes the paper by hand to “look older,” and the pages appear yellowed with age. Despite their apparent fragility, they handle all writing utensils and work as a sketchbook for dry media.

The entire Cosmos collection is now available in the Patiak Etsy shop.

Patrycja Odzimkowska uses batik painting to decorate the cover of journals like the swirling cosmos.

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h/t: [So Super Awesome]

All images via Patrycja Odzimkowska.

Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met, Manager of My Modern Met Store, and co-host of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. As an illustrator and writer living in Seattle, she chronicles illustration, embroidery, and beyond through her blog Brown Paper Bag and Instagram @brwnpaperbag. She wrote a book about embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning titled 'Embroidered Life' that was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2008 and MFA in Illustration Practice in 2013.
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