Thursday, August 30, 2012

Wall Makeover : Wall With Personal Touch

You must have read the post on "Awesome Entryways" on my blog earlier.
On a quest to make my home's entryway interesting and awesome, I did a simple makeover. This is the very first makeover of my place lot more will follow soon. Let's first have a look at before and after images of the entrance to my home.

A plain, dull and stark wall on the left and a bright, beautiful, inviting and welcoming wall on the right. Don't you agree?


What a wonderful difference. I am totally digging it. Images are not doing justice though :-(
Now the story of this wall transformation goes like this.........


I always strive to add some personal touches in my home. I am on a mission to fill colors in my home (my blank canvas) and I started it from the foyer. First, I thought of stenciling the wall and one more idea was to draw a free hand design and then paint it. So just for a rough idea, I came up with these two designs. Sent these images to my sister and she loved the idea of the freehand design .


I wanted the wall in a bright colour as the entrance to my home is little cozy and dark. After a lot of brain-wracking, I zeroed in on this mango yellow colour. My Lil one was ready to lend his helping hand for sanding, priming, painting and designing the wall. 4 Yr old and did the job so well that I was just amazed to see everything he has done. Kids these days are very smart :)


Then I drew a freehand design on the wall and started filling brown color in it. 


Though it was a freehand design I wanted to give it a look of a stencil. For Lotus, I was confused between white and red color. Then decided to go with white.


Steps involve in making leaves..........


Here's a look after filling color but my hands were itching to do more. 


I filled gold acrylic color in leaves' veins and it looked perfect. It shines when light falls on it and make it look more interesting.

 Here is the completed wall ....looking bright and beautiful.......but still something is missing......

Sorry for bad image quality (Picture clicked with mobile phone)

Here comes the complete look. Look that gave me full satisfaction. It turned out far better than my imagination. And here I wanted to let all my friends know that this sunburst mirror is also my creation and I created it in only 3hrs because I was in a hurry to complete this wall as soon as possible (Sometimes I become so impatient).


It feels great, wonderful, amazing when you see your own creations everywhere around your dwelling.


This wall has transformed the look and feel of the place dramatically. Stamped with my personality, this wall describes me well. Sometimes I just sit in my living room and keep admiring the beauty of this wall....crazy me ;)


Let me know your views and ideas about this wall. Click the link below for Sunburst mirror tutorial:
Sunburst Mirror Tutorial

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Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Let The Picture Do Talking

Let the tranquility speak......................


Buddha 2

 For stained glass jar DIY : Click here

Buddha 3

To know more about this Buddha : Click here

Buddha 4

A very special post on wall transformation is coming this weekend ........
so stay tuned.

Monday, August 13, 2012

Sunny Day

Its sunny bright day and all the plants in my garden looked so happy after few cloudy and rainy days. There was magic in air, birds were chirping and twittering. Weather was perfect to sit and enjoy on terrace and to click all the beautiful, colorful blooms in my garden.

Allamanda is full of blooms. I just love the color :-)

 Blooms those are in shade have slightly different color.

Dwarf pink Ixora with bunch of buds ready to bloom in a day or two.

Happy Gazania seems enjoying sunlight at its fullest. Love this miniature of sunflower and its veins are just wow.

Gerberas  trying to twine around with each other.

Pentas and some greenery in backdrop.

Even 'Touch me not' Plant has lot of flowers

Pentas enjoying breeze and some warmth.

Gerberas again :-)

Lovely Marigold. Love the color of petals

 All this is happening in my part of the world. How you all are doing.

Friday, August 10, 2012

Happy Janmashtmi!!

Wishing all my lovely blog readers a very Happy Janmashtmi.

Have a lovely weekend ahead and stay creative friends!!!

P.S: All images are mine please do not copy or reuse them without my permission.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Indian Art: Kalamkari (South Indian Art)

Here is an update. Some of my dear blog readers requested me to elaborate more on different arts I publish under "Indian Art" series on my blog. So from now on posts on different art forms will cover every possible detail. Thanks to all my blog readers for their feedback and lovely comments. Today's spotlight is on Kalamkari

As the name suggests kalamkari is an art done on fabric mainly cotton & silk using a pen (kalam) and kari means craftsmanship. Kalamkari is an exquisite art of hand painted and hand printed fabric.

It evolved in two villages in Andhra Pradesh, Srikalahsti and Masulipatnam/MachilipatnamIn Masulipatnam, the weavers took to this art so they used block to print the fabric, while at Srikalalahasti, the Balojas (a caste involved in making bangles) took to this art and it is characterized by freehand drawing using the kalam
Kalamkari is a popular art form in the Mithila region of Bihar in India, where women in mostly rural areas paint mythological characters and depict stories in their paintings. These range from flowers, birds and animals to Indian god and goddesses, including Rama, Krishna as well as Buddha.

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Under the influence of Muslim ruler, the Masulipatnam Kalamkari was influenced by Persian motifs & designs,catering to the Islamic aesthetics widely adapted to suit their taste.It involves both printing and painting.This style is characterized by an intricate plethora of motifs and forms including the tree of life, creepers and animal figures. Use of flora and fauna were common in this style.

Masulipatnam Style
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Srikalahasti, on the other hand, owing to Hindu rulers, flourished under Hindu temple patronage, and exclusively drew inspiration from mythological figures. Characteristics of this style are excess use of colors like Green, Red, Black, Yellow and Blue, figures of God's like Krishna, Brahma, Ganesha, Durga, Kiratavinyaarjuna, Lakshmi, Rama, Shiva and Parvathi, round faces, long and big eyes, stout figures, motifs with no shading.

Srikalahasti Style
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The artists use a bamboo or date palm stick pointed at one end with a bundle of fine hair attached to this pointed end to serve as the brush or pen.  
The dyes are obtained by extracting colors from parts of plants - roots, leaves along with mineral salts of iron, tin, copper, alum, etc., which are used as mordants.

The production process for both the styles of Kalamkari painting is similar to a large extent and is very time-consuming. The technique consists of a painstaking process of resist–dyeing and hand printing.  It involves 17 meticulous steps for the Srikalahasti style and 12 laborious steps for the Masulipatnam one.
The fabric is first treated in goat or cow dung to be whitened. Milk is mixed with the solution called Myrobalan to inhibit the color to spread to the next step. The iron acetate solution is filled in for solid spaces or as outlines using brush/kalam in Srikalahasti style and using a block in Masulipatnam style, and all the areas intended to be red are tinted or printed over with the alum solution as a mordant.
The cloth is kept in the same manner for a day and excessive alum is then washed off the cloth under flowing water.
After this, the areas on the cloth that are not meant to be blue are covered with wax and then the waxed cloth is immersed in the indigo solution. In Srikalahasti, the blue is painted with the kalam. The wax is then removed by boiling the cloth in water.
The yellow is dyed on to create the yellow and green motifs.Yellow and green colors are the last ones to be painted on the cloth. After each treatment, the fabric is washed. The piece of Kalamkari undergoes at least 15-20 washes before the final colors become apparent. A complex piece can take up to 9 months to be completed. 
The dyes are obtained by natural resources like extracting colors from parts of plants - roots, leaves along with mineral salts of iron, tin, copper, alum, etc., which are used as mordants.

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These days lots of variations can be seen in kalamkari. Artists are mixing this art to various other arts to form a masterpiece. 
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Though Kalamkari in its simplest version (i.e only outlined figure/motif on fabric) is a masterpiece.

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Leave your comment and let me know what do you think about this art and hope my blog readers will be satisfied with the more elaborated and detailed post on Indian Art.

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