Stephanie's Pocket of Quotes book is already bursting at the spine! Just about everyone that has gone before me has created a pocket and filled it with quotes for her book. I wanted to do something just a little bit different...
I am not a big quote collector, but I did recall having seen the Dalai Lama's Instructions for Life not too long ago. Those were sort of quotes, right? And there were 20 of them. How to create a pocket for the Dalai Lama's instructions? Does his robe have a pocket? And if so, what would it look like?
Then it hit me. I had seen prayer flags. I dug out the ones I had picked up at a local thrift shop to study how they were made. To my surprise, these were hand made in Tibet. Perfect! I needed to create my own set of prayer flags that would be big enough to display all 20 Instructions for Life.
I used handmade mulberry paper cut into 3" x 3.5" squares. I printed out the 20 instructions onto red tissue paper using the freezer paper technique (that was a whole other story in itself!) and then affixed 4 instructions per flag. I attached the 5 flags to a piece of string. Now what?
Next I found a beautiful illustration of his Holiness and decided to cut out the outline of his body and use that as a "pocket" to house the 5 prayer flags containing the Instructions for Life. The only thing left to be done was to figure out a background. When I saw a picture of the Tibetan flag (see a theme here?) I knew I could re-create the flag using red, blue and yellow markers. This is how my spread in Stephanie's book came out.
I have to thank my husband who affectionately titled to my page as "Hello Dalai!"