Monday, October 25, 2010

Beads

Beads are in vogue again. From necklace to earings, bracelets to anklets, pins to brooches everything in beads are available in lot of styles and patterns. Here are some patterns for you ladies to drool over.
Beaded necklace

http://www.beadage.net/
 Name of artist is Peter Sewell and you can find more of his creations on the mentioned website. Also I found work by very talented lady Kathy.
http://www.kathykingjewelry.com/
She is very talented and own a alluring collection of beaded jewelry.
Earings specially those chandelier like ones are in fashion for quite long time now. Grab this one from Kathy's collection as this will be a great pick for this festive season.


http://www.kathykingjewelry.com/
And this one is also in queue
http://www.beadage.net/
The artist is Anthea Rose find her collection on mentioned url.

Bracelets are the things girls can't live without specially fashionable girls.


http://www.kathykingjewelry.com/
 This one is again from Kathy.

http://www.beadage.net/
This bracelet can never go wrong with any kind of outfit. The artist of this bracelet is Sally Adamson. She as lot more to show just click on link above(in pic) and have a look.

Ankelets are also in. And one can team it up with Indian as well as western outfit.
http://www.beadage.net/
Heather Donhue is the artist of this beautiful ankelet. All this and more you can find on Emma's website http://www.beadage.net/ .
If anyone who wants to make jewelry by their own then  just let me know and I'll post the step by step DIY project.

What is Decor

Decor is an act or process of enhancing the beauty of a place or thing. Decoration beautifies our surrounding and it can be done by addorning the place or thing with combination of elments like art, craft, fabric, mirror or any other thing that fits aestheticaly.
Here you can see how a living room can be transformed from dull place to exquisite, warm and welcoming area.
Decor is something that involves lot of creativity. There is no need to spend a lot of money for decorating your space you can make your own decorating items.Below is an example of such a room.  
                                     
Using simple things can add drama to your space.You can find everything on my blog so keep an eye on my post. I will post how you can make different decorative items your own. So just wait and watch....

Image Courtesy: Interior-design-book.blogspot.com

What is Craft

Craft is about objects, the artists who make them and the people who use them. It is created by creative person by using his/her imaginations, skills, different elements and processes. Craft is a skill that involves practical art. It can be Glass, Wood, Jute, Paper, Bead, Clay, Metal or Textile.
Craft is an expression of idea to creat decorative or functional object.

Meaning of craft according to persons from craft world:

Edmund de Waal
Practitioner

'Craft is a starting place, a set of possibilities.
It avoids absolutes, certainties, over-robust definitions, solace.
It offers places, interstices, where objects and people meet.
It is unstable, contingent.
It is about experience. It is about desire.
It can be beautiful.'

Mark Jones
Director, Victoria & Albert Museum

Craft is remembering that art is seen, felt and heard as well as understood, knowing that not all ideas start with words, thinking with hands as well as head.

Rosy Greenlees
Director, Crafts Council

'Contemporary craft is about making things.  It is an intellectual and physical activity where the maker explores the infinite possibilities of materials and processes to produce unique objects. To see craft is to enter a world of wonderful things which can be challenging, beautiful, sometimes useful, tactile, extraordinary; and to understand and enjoy the energy and care which has gone into their making.'

If still you want to explore more about craft then you can go through links below :

Your comments encourage me.......so keep commenting!

What is Art

Art has no satisfactory defination. Though I tried my best and it is my endeavour to make you understand what art is.
In old days art is considered as something that is beautiful, that pleases your eyes and that represents something. Now defination of art has changed a lot. Art is a medium of expression where the individual and culture come together. It is a process of arranging elements in such a way that it affects and influences senses, emotions and intellect. It has been defined as a vehicle for the expression or communication of emotions and ideas. It is a superior skill that you can learn by study, practice and observation.

Britanica online defines art as "the use of skill and imagination in the creation of aesthetic objects, environments, or experiences that can be shared with others."



Art is consist of Form and Genre or Content.
An art Form is the specific shape, elements of art, material or quality an artistic expression takes for example canvas texture, color, shape of brush, oil paint etc.
Whereas Content is idea based. It is a set of conventions and style. It generally means what artist meant to portray or the ways in which the work was influenced like nature, religion or spirituality.



With all that, I think you must have understand lot about art. So why to wait go and get your art elements and awake artist in you.
Your comments encourage me.......so keep commenting!

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Crafty Karwachauth

Karwachauth is the most romantic festival celebrated mainly in North India, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh , Himachal Pradesh and Gujrat. These days it is celebrated almost in every state of India and even in Pakistan and other countries too. One day fast is observed by women from sunrise to moonrise for the safety and longevity of their husbands.
Women gear up for this festival few weeks in advance. Here are some handcrafted beautiful things that you would like to add this karwachauth. That's why I called it crafty karwachauth. First comes the pooja calender and karwa .... This is very tradition one that women used to draw on wall by rice paste. In present days very decorative and beautiful calenders are available in markets.


This special one is hand crafted brass karwa for special you. You need one clay karwa also ...here it is

Now comes the thali for pooja. You can decorate one by your own. Its very easy just get some Bandhni print cloth, golden laces, sequins, beads or mirror and glue. try your hand on it and will come out like this


After pooja its a great idea to gift your beloved ones with hamper of 'suhaag'. This is just awesome...


You can also go for jewellery boxes that comes in loads of varieties. You can even use them to beautify your place.                                                                                                                                               

This yellow glass case jewelry box is must have. It has beautifully carved metal rim that gives it elegance.
This one is to adorn your place. It is gold plated and lot of meenakari work all around and crystal top.
Now its time for some jewelery shopping. look at these elegant yet stylish pieces. These are all handcrafted jewelery. you too can try hands on it if you are that creative.your

This jhumkas are just beautiful thing to add in your collection.
No festival is complete without flowers and specially when the festival is exclusively for husband and wife. Try to gift such a beautiful bunch of flower to your beloved one and make his/her day.
These multicolor Gerberas are just perfect for that special day and for that special one.
Everything is perfect now and you can enjoy this very romantic festival your own style. Best wishes.....

All images from http://karwachauth.indiangiftsportal.com/



Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Add Gold!

As great Indian festival Diwali is around the corner all of you might be thinking of decorating your space in a unique way. Here are some tips to add glitter of festive season to your home. Gold is in....be it your jwellery, cloths or decor you can use lot of gold everywhere. Throw gold color cushions and see how it can transform the place.


http://www.indiaexotics.com/
 Mirror can make your room look spacious and beautify the place as well. Gold is the color that rules during this festive season.

http://www.goldencrafty.com/

http://www.goldencrafty.com/
Curtains covers the larger area as compare to any other element in your room. So pay attention and use color that can add warmth to your place and gold is always a good option.

http://www.touchofclass.com/

Diwali is incomplete without candles and diyas. Use golden candle holder that will enhance the overall beauty of your decor.
 

http://www.thefind.com/
candle holder by Tom Dixon
Diwali is something about light and fragrance. So don't forget to add some gold vase containing nice bunch of flowers.
http://www.infibean.com/
http://www.infibean.com/
Bedspread and rugs in gold looks just awesome and completely transform your place to palace (and you as a Queen ;-)
http://www.touchofclass.com/

http://www.wikio.com/
The last and most important decor.....table decor where you can add variety of items at single place. Be little creative and all your friends and neighbours will admire your decoration.
http://www.prontohome.com/
http://www.zcater.com/
So ladies Good Luck to all of you. Clebrate this Diwali your own style.

Wall of fame!

Wall isn't just a wall it is your own canvas, blank canvas. If you consider that the simplicity is the best policy in case of wall, then rethink because having a cold blank wall shows your dull personality.  Everyone wishes to have a beautiful home. You can add drama to your space and for that you have to be little creative.
I have lots of ideas to share with you.  
First of all select the wall that is focal point of your place. Now you can adorn your wall with number of elements like...

Wallpaper
Using wallpaper is the easiest way to give a texture to the wall. Choose light colors if you have small rooms. If you want to create an accent wall then wallpaper on just one wall can create that perfect look.



Wall Cladding
Another idea of having a textured wall is wall cladding. Cladding is use of  material like wood, fabric and metal on wall, right from the floor to the ceiling. Wood is elegant and classic cladding material. Other cladding materials are fabric, metal, coconut husk or anything interesting around you.

Shelves
Shelves not only change the look but can solve purpose of storing some stuff or showcasing your accessories too. Shelve enhances the beauty of wall dramatically. 




Wall Hanging
You can use fabric, quilt, tapestry or any other cloth that is no longer in use but you just can't throw it away because of its beauty. You just need to be bit creative while using all these.



Framed Art                                                                                                                                              Use framed art work in interesting way to give your wall a warm and pleasing look. You can use single art piece or can create a gallery wall. Pictures can be your family photographs or art work done by any artist or your little one.

                                                                                                                                                                               
Wall Painting/Murals      
This can be a great fun for you. Add charm to your walls by painting either floral motifs or any other kind of art forms. It can be free hand or stenciled but outcome will definitely be rewarding.



Metal Work/Mirrors
Be it wooden, iron, brass or copper panels, you can use any kind of metal work according to your room's theme your taste. Mirrors are latest trend to give you an illusion of bigger space. 



Wall Decals
Wall decal is a cheapest and quickest way to add some drama to your walls. Decals come in myriad variety and can be chosen according to the room, for kids room some colourful and funky decals are available while for living room there are decals with some lovely quotes that says a lot about love & family. 

Last but not the least, lighting also plays an important role to add warmth and to illuminate the area.
Adding few of elements from these given ideas can transform your place from dull to elegant, pleasing and wonderful.
Hope you find these tips useful. 


Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Keep Learning!!

This blog is not only for novice artists, crafters and decor enthusiasts but also for maven in these fields. Learning is an endless process. This blog is my earnest attempt to share more about different kind of Indian art forms, showcase various artists and beautiful homes from around the world, DIY, recycle whatever I can and lots of gardening projects too, all at one place. I am collecting data from various sources, from masters to learners.
You can learn as well as share your unique talent here on my blog. As I believe that everybody has got something unique and is gifted. So why sit idle and quiet. Go ahead and show the world your hidden potential.
So this is going to be a great journey. Follow my blog and keep learning!!




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