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Vegetarian Vellum

April 14, 2011
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When I first discovered paper vellum it was love at first sight. I held it up to the light and was so enamored by its translucent qualities I declared it to be my new bff. I admit being best friends with an inanimate object is a bit desperate, but as they say: love is blind. Originally vellum was created using the skin of goats, cows, sheep, and camels. The finest quality was called parchment, which was made from the skin of a calf. Most of the medieval manuscripts are written on it. Today it is made of vegetable fibers, namely cotton.

This next crafty act is inspired from vellum of the vegetarian kind. Onion is a must-have in my pantry; I think I cook with it at least six days a week. I do find it a bit sad to always being throwing away its papery skin, a beauteous element in its own right. If you hold it up to the light an even greater network of veins reveals itself. In fact it is far prettier then the cellophane quality of the man-made vellum. Once again Mother Nature trumps man in the art department.

 365 Journal Challenge:
“Look in the kitchen and work with the first fruit or vegetable you spot…”

Ink stamped on onion skin.
Please don't make me cry written in ink on onion skin.
© 2011, Dana Aubrey

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Mike G permalink
    April 25, 2011 5:33 pm

    Here’s a business plan. Buy a bag of onions. Print thoughts and ideas on them. Sell them for $2 each. If people will pay $$$ for gourmet ice, they’ll pay for “thoughtful onions”.

    • drawingpins permalink
      April 25, 2011 9:41 pm

      I like it. The tag line could be something like ‘onions so thoughtful, they’ll make you cry!’ Yes? No? Maybe not so much…I think I better quit while I’m ahead.

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