I used to have a notion that canvas was always meant for great artists like Picasso, Rembrandt.. and in general, people who are good at painting. But my view totally changed after my first attempt on this heavy piece of fabric. I value sentiments a lot and thought of portraying the same in my first attempt. After doing some research on the net I narrowed down on some paintings and tried to sketch my version of the same. The first one depicts a mother and child relationship and I am sure everyone would agree that this wonderful bond is one of the strongest connections in nature. The second one talks about the father-daughter relationship wherein the father bonds with his daughter in simple moments of fun
“Friends are flowers in the garden of life”. They brighten up each day with their vibrant colours and enticing fragrance. So, why not fix them permanently with this cute project without letting them fade. This is super easy even for the kids. All you need are a few ice-cream sticks(popsicle), a plastic bottle and some colorful paints .I have used a plastic bottle and a coconut shell to make the base that holds the popsicle flowers. You may also use styrofoam to insert the popsicle flowers and make them stand upright.
Recently I had been to a Crazy Mohan drama called “Chocolate Krishna” which hilariously portrayed our belief in God Krishna and a crazy connectivity with the lord. I was then wondering as to why Crazy Mohan would have chosen Krishna and not any other God. Is it because Krishna had helped the Pandavas win over the kauravas or is it because he looks more liberal?
Well, for my first sketch of some God I obviously chose Krishna as I felt he is more forgiving and would not get annoyed even if the sketch did not come out well
Both the paintings have been made using crayons borrowed from Akshara.
M Seal is used by plumbers to seal leaks. But we do get something called white m seal which can be used for craft work. Here is my first experiment with this epoxy compound.
I was trying to cleanup Akshara’s room when I caught hold of a cardboard template from one of her arithmetic games (which Akshara had outgrown). I felt that it would be perfect for a nice photo frame. My next step was to decide on the design .When u ask an Indian to draw a picture you will be surprised to see that 90% of them would probably sketch a scenery with mountains, sun, river ,coconut tree etc. So I too started with something similar in mind but then graduated to add some birds
M Seal can be moulded into whatever shape you need just like you shape clay dough. One important point to note is that mseal dries up very quickly. So,always be quick and work with small portions.
Finally , don’t forget to add a nice family pic that will activate the 12 muscles required to smile
When it comes to flowers, the rose is one of my favourite and it definitely brings a smile on my face when I see it on my table This is how I started with this simple project of “button roses on a twig”, not the fresh ones though. I got hold of some soft foam-like wrapping material which comes in the packaging of almost all electronic gadgets. This was the main raw material.
Upon pondering, I felt that quilling would be the best way to get the shape of a rose and within some time I was done with a bunch of them. I had also painted the sheet PINK before proceeding with the quilling to give it a rosy effect. You may also refer to Art Platter to get ideas on how to quill a rose. So next time U see any electronic item wrapped in sheets that I have referred to here, do look out for a hidden Rose in them
Every Golu (during Navratri), I make some dolls to be kept along with the idols. This year (2013), when i was rummaging through our “art-attic”, i found some coloured shuttlecocks. I have heard about shuttlecock dolls from my aunt but never had the chance to make them …so this was the right time to give it a try. This post is a special dedication to my Sugandha periamma who always had a passion for art.
They are very simple and easy to make. The shuttlecock acts as the main structure. I have then adorned them with some muffin paper cups which makes the dress, jelly pouches for the hat , earbuds for the hands, woollen thread for the hair and so on ..Feel free to craft it in anyway your imagination takes you
Well last year too I had made some dolls out of waste yakult bottles. My MIL who is super artistic gave me some ideas and we came up with a museum of dolls
My original idea was to make dolls representing each state in India but ended up making similar ones.
The same yakult bottles can be crafted in a different manner depending on the occasion. My MIL was sweet enough to come up with this beautiful angel which we had made for my friend’s babyshower.The gown was made of simple white crepe paper(pleated) with some glitter on it. A little care needs to be taken when the facial expression is drawn to bring out the subtle smile and the warmth in the eyes. The wings and the wand made them truly magical and adorable
Having been in Cyprus for so many years, the festive spirit of Christmas is so ingrained in us that a Christmas tree is very much a part of our annual to-do list. Last year, we got a DIY Christmas tree kit which required assembling of the individual branches. This year, i got a pre-built one and concentrated more on the decorations adoring it.
A snowman is very common, but why isn’t a snowman accompanied by a snow-woman? So, i made a snow-couple. Of course, they need a house too, with cotton used for the snow on the roof. The guy next to the couple is an elf, the body of which is a pine-cone found all over the Cyprus mountains.
Snowman: The body is an inverted paper cup. The head is a regular white plastic ball. The ball was glued to the bottom ofof the cup. The hat was made out of a small plastic cup. The muffler and the nose have been cut out of felt paper. The base of the hat is a circular piece of chart paper.
Snow-woman: The body is an old ceramic candle stand. The head is a newspaper ball covered with cotton. The highlighted smile is with coloured pieces of thermocol (polystyrene) balls.
i also tried to make a snow-kid, but turned out to look like thumbelina! A piece from an egg carton was used for the skirt. The head is a cotton ball. The strands of hair are regular woollen threads.
A Christmas three isn’t complete without the stars. I decided to go the origami way and use coloured wrapping paper to make stars of different sizes.I followed the simple tutorial given on Artplatter
To decorate other parts of the tree, i added pieces of cotton to resemble loose snow. I used chocolates of different shapes with colored wrappers along with some cute snowman clips.
Yes, Santa is missing. But then, Christmas is still a few days away. More than us, Akshara is eagerly awaiting Santa with the promise of a gift from him!
With the Diwali effect still settling down, we had the karthigai festival. In the south, this is actually the festival of lights (much more than Diwali). Lamps are lit all over the house and just outside. I reused all the lamps made during diwali and also made a diya-styled Rangoli.
As always with our festivals, it just isn’t complete without an array of sweets and savouries. But, karthigai has its special kind, the pori urundai (Puffed Rice Balls!!) and the Paal Poli (Milk Poli)
A quick recipe for the Pori urundai that i made:
- Four cups of puffed rice (called pori in Tamil) to be lightly roasted.
- One cup of jaggery to be heated with little water until it starts boiling to a sticky lava-like consistency.
- A quarter cup of sugar is to be heated in a separate pan. As it just liquifies, add it to the boiling jaggery mixture.
- Add dry ginger (Sukku in Tamil), cardamom powder and bits of coconut to the mixture
- Continue boiling it until it thickens a bit and you get the required consistency (a small ball should form when a spoon of this mixture is poured into a bowl of water)
- Once this consistency is reached, take it off heating. Start rolling it into balls and that’s it, the pori urundai is ready.
As part of the diwali week celebrations at work, we had organised a Rangoli event on one of the days. But, as part of the rules, we asked the teams not to use the traditional rangoli colour powders as a) we dont do anything different b) we would get into trouble with the office operations guys for dirtying the place. So, the teams had to make Rangolis out of any other item and on any topic. What resulted was an amazing display of innovation in the items used and the themes chosen.
Above each picture, i have given a link to the higher resolution picture so that you can zoom in and see the exact components of the Rangoli.
A traditional design, made of flower petals and various dals. Higher resolution picture here.
A design, made of flower petals, various coloured dals, cadbury gems and the best part, ladysfingers for the branches of the coconut tree!. Higher resolution picture here.
A simple, yet very innovative idea. Each of the boards carry the message “Happy Diwali” in a different language. Higher resolution picture here.
This was my contribution , the most efficient Rangoli as it took just under 2 minutes to create. These books were from the Mythology Collection of Amar Chitra Katha. Some of the books were placed according to their approximate location within India i.e. Karthikeya/Ayyappan in the south, Ganesha in Maharashtra, Ramayana at Ayodhya and so on. In case you didn’t realise, the books are placed to form the shape of India! Higher resolution picture here.
Yet Another beautiful mix of flowers and many hand crafted items. The four corners of the top rectangle have flower pots, made out of paper plates and colour paper. The origami kites are at the bottom. Higher resolution picture here.
This one was in just for the idea. It shows one of the screens of our product complete with the loading toolbar and other social networking features (enhanced version just for the rangoli event). You can even try a facebook page rangoli fro your home! Higher resolution picture here.
Made entirely of different coloured dals, this looked as good as any real fort, depicting Shivaji’s Shivneri fort. Higher resolution picture here.
This one was cool, a mickey mouse design made almost entirely out of board pins and paper clips with flower petals adding to the face. Higher resolution picture here.
Probably the one with the most colours, this was a very neat design done with so many different kinds of coloured items. Higher resolution picture here.
Made entirely of leaves and flower petals, this rangoli was very elegant in terms of colour choices and the type of arrangement. Easy to assemble, but requires lot of creativity to design! Higher resolution picture here.
Diwali is the season of Diyas. Diyas of all colours flood the marketplace. This year, i decided to make my own. So, i got some plain brown ones (the mud ones with no paint on them) and decided to decorate them myself. Any of the shops which sell diyas usually have these plain ones too.
You can use acrylic colours for painting on the plain diyas. Acrylic mettalic colours can used for the shine and glitter glue for pseudo 3d effect. I got my colours from Hobby Ideas.
I got around a dozen of these and tried various colour combinations. I also coloured an old camel diya set which i have used earlier in kholus.
Job well done Indistinguishable from the ones you get from the shop!