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Sketch of the day no 875: Ankh. The symbol of life.

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Ankh: symbol of life

The secret of the Ankh reveals its magic to the believer.
So I’m sure you’ve realized that I love the British Museum and I had to go back again. My first trip was too rushed and my second trip was near to closing time. I feel a third trip is due at some point.
Sketch of the day is the Ankh. The symbol of life from the British museum collection. This is one of my favoirite symbols of all time and I truly believe in its magic x

Sketch of the day no 868 in my art journal: the hipster king

imageSketch of the day in my art journal is the hipster king, Tiglath Pileser from the British museum collection.

Sketch of the day no 866 in my art journal: Cow mummy from the British museum collection. 

 Good morning. Sketch of the day in my art journal is of an ancient Egyptian Cow mummy from the British museum collection. It’s quite amazing what was mummified. 

Sketch of the day no 699 in my Daler Rowney art journal: The chartered bank night safe on Beach street Penang

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the chartered bank night safe in Penang

Sketch of the day in my Daler Rowney art journal is of a vintage chartered bank night safe on Beach street Penang.

A relic from the colonial days. It is now the Standard chartered bank. The night safe is no longer in use but still on the wall preserved as part of the heritage of the past.

Sketch of the day no 692 in my Daler Rowney art journal: vintage seal embosser and modern hole punch

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Today’s sketch of the day in my Daler Rowney art journal is of a Vintage seal embosser I saw at the Penang state museum from the set of British TV series Indian Summers, and a modern single hole punch I have at home.

I thought the vintage cast iron seal embosser was a hole punch but clearly it isn’t! Learnt something new today.

You would have thought it would be clearly labelled at the museum but to be fair, the museum is in the process of moving buildings and we found an office where time stood still 🙂

Sketch of the day no 669 in my moleskine art journal: the hanging basket. From Istanbul to Penang

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hanging grocery basket

Sketch of the day no 669 in my moleskine art journal: the hanging basket. From Istanbul to Penang. I should have named it the flying basket. It would have been more appropriate!
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the grocery basket

Sketch of the day no 659 in my moleskine art journal: Alexandrian Laurel. Calophyllum inophyllum. Nature’s medicine chest

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alexandrian laurel. Calophyllum inophyllum. Penaga Laut

Sketch of the day in my moleskine art journal is of Alexandrian Laurel. Calophyllum inophyllum. Commonly know locally in Penang, Malaysia as Penaga laut. It is an evergreen tree that favours sandy coastal soil with white fragrant flowers that only last a day.
It is nature’s medicine chest. Every part of the plant can be used.

Traditional Medicinal uses:
Bark – treat diarrhoea, rheumatism and wounds
Leaves – soothe sore eyes, treat dysentry, cuts, skin rash and ulcers. Inhalation of leaves can treat migraine and vertigo
Flowers – heart tonic and essential oil from flower has anti bacterial and anti inflammatory properties
Seed oil – treat rheumatism, ulcers, boils and ringworm
Fruit oil – made into soaps and lighting fuel
Timber – hardwood to make furniture and boats

Sketch of the day no 646 in my moleskine art journal: Clove. The spice that was once worth more than Gold.

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Sketch of the day in my moleskine art journal is the Clove. The spice that was worth more than gold.
Cloves originated from Moluccas, the spice islands in Indonesia. In the 16th century, the Dutch, Portugese and the Spanish fought over control of the islands to secure a monopoly over the highly lucrative clove and nutmeg trade. The British arrived in the early 18th century focused more on Malaya.
Cloves are the aromatic flower buds that are dried and used as a spice to flavour meats, sauces and drinks. The clove can be smoked as well and is popular in Indonesia. It is called Kretek,
Cloves have medicinal properties and used in ayuverdic and Chinese medicine to aid digestion.

Sketch of the day no 645 in my moleskine art journal: Nutmeg. The spice that changed the world

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nutmeg seed and fruit botanical drawing

Sketch of the day in my moleskine art journal is the forgotten spice the Nutmeg. It was one of the spices that changed the world and sparked the age of exploration. Empires fought over lands to secure the production of nutmeg and the island of Penang, located along the straits of Malacca was secured by the East India Company, backed by the British Empire to have a safe port to repair ships and get fresh supplies of water. It eventually became such an important trading port that Penang was a British residency.
Nutmeg is the seed of the tree. Mace is the red covering of the seed and the fruit can be eaten as well. Nutmeg seed and mace is used as flavouring, has medicinal properties. The fruit is dried and sugared or pickled.

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