Saturday, June 30, 2012

Indian Art: Lippan Work(Gujarat & Rajasthan Art)

Today I'm sharing with you is a decorative art form of western India. Lippan Kaam, Mud Relief Work or Mud Mirror Work is done inside huts in Kutch in Gujarat.  Lippan work is done mainly by women of Rabari community of Kutch. Women are so expert that they don't even trace or draw motif on the wall.
The mud is prepared  by mixing clay with camel dung(as a binding agent as it contains fibers) and then kneaded with water. Glue is used to stick mirrors of different sizes and shapes like triangle, diamond, round and sometimes embroidered mirrors.
Work is usually done inside the huts called bhungas. These huts are made of mud and are known to be earth quack resistant.
If you want to explore more about this art click here. It's a very informative and interesting article.

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Soon I am going to do this lippan work in my home too (lots of incomplete project in a queue though). It looks so ethnic and Indian. I totally love this work.
Have a wonderful weekend and stay creative friends!!
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Friday, June 22, 2012

When Creative Juices Flow: DIY Stained Glass Jars & Bottles

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When I moved to my new haven I carried along all the stuff that I've hoarded over the years and that I wanted to turn into treasure, like empty glass jars and bottles, cardboard boxes, cans and plastic containers :-o Then husband advised, rather ordered to give all that away to our maid and reluctantly I did it. Guess what ;-)) me being me I gave away only half of the junk and kept back rest of it for my DIY projects. 
I was pondering over at what do I do with these glass jars and bottles and googled a number of times and I found some wonderful inspirations. Then ideas started flooding in my mind and I made a lot of stained glass bottles and jars and used them in every possible way. It's a good project for Diwali also. You can make lots of lanterns for Diwali and can hang then in balcony/terrace or in your garden with LED tealight inside it. Check out some more Diwali Craft Ideas click here & here.

I used it as a Vase: It looked beautiful.

 As Lanterns: 

 It looks beautiful at night.

As a Planter: 

Grow plants like money plant or any other plant that can grow in water.

As a Pen & Brush Holder: 

Being an  artist how can you forget your brushes. They also deserve some nice place to sit in.


Now here's a step-wise tutorial for dear readers.
1. Take an empty glass jar or bottle.
2. Wash and let it dry. You can wipe it with spirit afterward to remove any trace of soap.
3. Take a glass painting color of your choice and paint outside of the bottle with a sponge brush.
4. Let it dry for 24 hrs. Though I was impatient and waited only for 3-4 hrs.
5. Use 3D outliner to make outlines and then let it dry.
6. Fill glass colors of your choice inside the 3D outlined design. Let it dry.
7. Alternatively, you can skip step 5 & 6 and can use pearl/shimmer color to directly paint on stained glass or bottle as I did in peacock feather patterned jar.

Here you go. Your Stained glass jar is ready. Imaginations and possibilities are numerous, use your creativity.

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1. If your brush strokes are visible on the glass jar and finishing is not that good, try this trick, pour a small quantity of  glass color in the bottle and swirl it inside the bottle until color spreads entirely. Keep the bottle upside down on paper/towel and let it dry. Wipe off extra color from the rim.
3. You can use acrylic color also and using mod-podge you can stick object of your choice. I stuck peacock feather (refer image 2).
2.  For glossy finish and durability apply a coat of varnish on finished product and let it dry.

Hope you enjoyed this tutorial. Let me know your views and opinion.... leave your comments.
Have a wonderful weekend and stay creative.

Monday, June 18, 2012

Garden Update

A garden update after a long time. It's flourishing, blooming and looks cheerful & colorful :-)

Dwarf Pink Ixora and Money Plant
I hung these l'il birds I bought from Dilli Haat few years back when I was in Delhi. 

One of the corner filled with colors and lil creatures.

One more flourishing beautiful corner during rains. 

I have rearranged all the pots and planters some times back and It looks better now.

All  my plants and colorful pots make me smile as I sip my cuppa looking at them.
Now waiting to add some more accessories in my garden that I already have in my mind.

Have a cheerful week ahead!!

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Rooms In Mango Yellow

I always heart rooms in mango yellow. Take a look........
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Friday, June 1, 2012

Budhha Painting Revealed

I wanted to make a Buddha painting since ages. Reason that kept me away from this was some laziness and of-course lack of confidence. I had a fear of it wouldn't turn out the way I had thought. Would I be able to give proper shade and brush strokes??? endless questions...........
So I decided to polish my hands before starting this buddha painting. I made few painting using different mediums, effects and styles. One you can see here and some I'll show you later. 

 I was afraid of using oil colors so I chose water colors. It took me 2 days (approx. 8-9 hrs)  to complete this painting. As you can see the head part of Buddha was the most difficult thing and it took 2 hrs to be completed. Making curls was very interesting and fun part and when I was done with this particular part it was wonderful feeling looking at it. 

Shaping, coloring and shading eyes was not that tough, though gradual change in shading from eyebrows to nose was a little tricky.

I am not completely satisfied with the upper lip part. It was almost spoilt but somehow I managed to correct it. 

Then I wanted a peaceful smile on Buddha's face and some shading on either sides of the lips worked wonder. Painting complete background with water color was not a good idea so I opted for soft pastels. Though I'm not very happy with the final look but it gave me great satisfaction that my own artwork will going to be hung in my living room........don't you feel the same after doing some DIY projects or after some before and after projects or after making some art-piece  with your own creative hands.

Wishing you very happy and creative weekend!!

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