Hidden talents

Last night we were invited to the parents of a good friend for dinner. This was quite an occasion and an honour for us as we don’t have many German friends, since we still don’t speak the language very well, and all of our international friends are like us, with families scattered around the world. So invitations from the families of German friends are very rare indeed! We had a lovely evening with Nuri and Özden who cooked us delicious Turkish food, as they originally came from Turkey, and regaled us with many stories of their memories of growing up there and coming to Germany. The best part of the evening was a guided visit of their “museum” home as it housed many artefacts, some of which are unique pieces hundreds of years old, along with self made paintings and wood sculptures by Nuri, a 75 year old retired social worker. His wood carvings are exceptional and I just had to share a few of them with you, with his permission of course.


Did you recognise Albert Einstein in the first one? He carves all his sculptures from wood he finds on his travels around the world. And here is a picture of the artist himself, Nuri Koeksal.


I would love to promote his work so if you are interested in seeing more, please let me know!

I made them a thank you note (which now pales in comparison with what they have in their house).

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I entered this card in:

STAMPlorations CASEplorations challenge where you have to use the inspiration image to create something.donna m graphic

The minute I saw the image I knew I had to use my new peacock feather stamp by Newstamps called “Pfauenfeder 02” and multicolour it with Tim Holtz’s distress inks and Momento’s dewdrops by inking the stamps before I stamped them. The side bars were done with painters masking tape which I had pressed into ink I had previously put on an acrylic mount. This was my first time using masking tape so I haven’t mastered the technique yet but I’m going to be using it quite often I think as I love the effect it gives! 

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20 thoughts on “Hidden talents

  1. Wonderful CASE! I like your multicolored feathers! Wonderful artwork you are showing us – so cool! Thanks for playing along with us at CASEplorations! – BTW, I am originally from Germany , now living in the US….


  2. A very artsy take on Donna’s feather card. I love your feather stamp. And I bet your host will love your handmade card. I’m an American, been living near Frankfurt for over 20 years! Small world, eh? Nice to see you at CASEplorations. Please join us again.


    1. Thanks for stopping by Maria! Do you sell any products on behalf of Stamplorations, because i would like to order in Germany to get my products faster! Can you also recommend any German online stores thats sell dies and stamps? Danke!


  3. What a lovely colourful card, we still like to see some of the all important white space, but it’s a super simple design!
    Thanks so much
    “Less is More


    1. Thanks for stopping by Chrissie and I agree with you. I hadn’t originally planned on putting the “halos” around the feather heads but I accidentally smudged it with some ink with my little finger an it was a way to cover it up, lol!


  4. Fabulous card, love those wood carvings and yes I can see Albert Einstein my mother in law has a few wood carving like this not the same artist though, my farther in law was a wood turner he did some brilliant stuff but sadly no longer with us Debbs x


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