hamsas as a blessing

collection of hand painted clay hamsa to ward off the evil eye and attract good luck
collection of hand painted clay hamsa to ward off the evil eye and attract good luck

Hamsa means five in Arabic, relating to the five virtues; charity, faith, prayer, pilgrimage and fasting. A Hamsa is also known as the Hand of Fatima in Islamic culture. A Hamsa may be painted with symbols such as the eye to ward off the evil eye, or fish to symbolize prosperity. Often seen hanging in homes throughout the Middle East and North Africa in particular, yet also found worldwide as an icon or blessing.

I cut these four inch hamsas from clay and hand painted them with acrylic paints in detailed designs. My designs are inspired by henna artistry, as well as textiles and color palettes found in Morocco. Each one will quite likely never be the same, inspiration can strike with new ideas at a moments notice. You may find them in my etsy shop, please stop in and explore, share or pin my artworks.

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Vining lotus painted pebbles

Slim and tiny creek pebbles draped in white acrylic paint in lotus and vine motifs.
Slim and tiny creek pebbles draped in white acrylic paint in lotus and vine motifs.

Vining lotus in miniature a study in purity and devotion. The lotus is thought to represent purity as the lotus flower rises from the mud to reach the sun. Vines are thought to represent devotion as they climb ever upward toward the sun. And the marvelously slim pebbles were carefully gathered on the banks of Stoney Creek in far northern California. The creek bank is now under water. But these pebbles are in my etsy shop.

Charming and small, slim and tiny, tactile and palm sized. Natural treasures enhanced for your lifestyle aesthetic.

small and slim painted pebbles

I can trace my pebble fascination to my childhood years living in the countryside. Shoe boxes of quartz, obsidian and the magic golden and brick red ‘chalk rocks’ as well as other lesser known minerals tucked onto shelves. Nature is the most inspiring…I think I’ll go commune with the clouds.

Hamsa, Hand Of Fatima

Hand painted turquoise hamsa in geometric designs from Our Folk Life.
Hand painted turquoise hamsa in geometric designs from Our Folk Life.

The Hamsa or Hand of Fatima is a protective amulet used widely in North Africa and the Middle East. A rather ancient symbol in a stylized shape showing an open right hand is thought to carry protection from the evil eye. The evil eye refers to thoughts of envy and jealousy causing bad luck to the unfortunate. You may wear the hamsa as jewelry, hang as wall art, some people even have a hamsa tattooed onto their skin. A hamsa is sure to bring a feeling of baraka to the reciever as well as the giver.

This hamsa was made using air dry clay and hand painted in geometirc designs with brightly colored paints. We will be stocking our etsy shop shortly with a variety of hamsas. Please stay tuned and join us in our folk life.