Sketch of the day no 614 in my moleskine art journal: Nazar Boncugu. Eye shaped amulet made of glass to protect from the Evil Eye

Nazar Boncuglu. Evil Eye amulet

Nazar Boncuglu. Evil Eye amulet

Today’s sketch of the day in my moleskine art journal: Nazar Boncugu. Blue and white eye shaped amulet or bead made of glass to protect from the Evil Eye, a curse cast by a malevolent glare.

My mobile phone committed suicide just before the end of my trip and someone told me i should get an evil eye amulet to protect myself, so here is it. My luck should improve now and I so will yours since I am sharing this with all my friends :)

Sketch of the day no 613 in my moleskine art journal: red Tulips. Turkey’s national flower.

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Red Tulips. Turkey's national flower

Today’s sketch of the day in my moleskine art journal is a red Tulip with pointed petals. The Tulip is Turkey’s national flower and is indigenous to the country.  The flower symbolises perfection and beauty.  Considered the king of bulbs, the Ottoman’s were so in love with this flower that it was incorporated into all designs during the tulip period.  Iznik designs use a lot of tulips in their decoration.
The tulip was exported to other European countries where they have been grown to have round petals

Sketch of the day no 612 in my moleskine art journal: Ottoman Iznik pottery mug

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Today’s sketch of the day in my moleskine art journal is of an antique Ottoman Iznik pottery mug with tulips and blue bell patterns.

Sketch of the day no 611 in my moleskine art journal: Vintage Vita vegetable ghee tin inspired from Orhan Pamuk’s Museum of Innocence, istanbul

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Vintage vita tin Istanbul

Today’s sketch of the day in my moleskine art journal is of a Vintage Vita vegetable ghee tin inspired from my recent visit to Orhan Pamuk’s Museum of Innocence in Istanbul.
I have never read the novel which the museum is based on. I just finished Istanbul which is his memoirs as a child. Despite not having read the novel, I coukd still enjoy and appreciate the museum.  It can be seen as a personal nostalgic memory of a specific time in Istanbul.  All the objects displayed in little windows represent an experience or a feeling which the author curator is conveying to the audience.
Entrance to the museum is free if you bring your own copy of the novel. Otherwise it is 25 turkish lira.

Sketch of the day no 610 in my moleskine art journal: Ottoman imperial Alem. Wood and gold leaf with acanthus leaf and pineapple design. Istanbul Naval museum collection.

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Ottoman imperial Alem. Istanbul naval museum

Sketch of the day no in my moleskine art journal is another one from the istanbul naval museum of another example of Ottoman imperial Alem. Wood and gold leaf with acanthus leaf and pineapple design. Istanbul Naval museum collection.

Sketch of the day no 609 in my moleskine art journal: Ottoman imperial Alem. Wood and gold leaf with acanthus leaf and crescent moon. Istanbul Naval museum collection.

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Ottoman imperial alem. Istanbul naval museum

Sketch of the day in my moleskine art journal is from my visit to the Naval museum in Istanbul.  It is an Ottoman imperial Alem found at the front of the imperial caigues (Barge) carved from wood and gold leaf with acanthus leaf and crescent moon design.