Monday, April 29, 2013

Monthly Round Up

I am glad to share with all you lovely readers that now you can read my article on Magicbricks here. Have a read and I'll wait for your genuine feedback. 

Now time to check out what all has happened here on my blog this month.
Read and know about Traditional Interiors. Find more on interiors here.

Some charming Bougainvilleas and outdoor spaces 

This month I started new series on Indian Textile on my blog. This was part 1. Stay tuned for more.

Inspiring interview of a very talented Madhubani artist Deepti Mittal. Read her complete interview here. Read few more inspiring interviews here.

DIY of this month- 'Mineral water can turned into pretty planter'. Some more easy and fun DIY here.

Online furniture store RegencyShop offering discount coupons exclusively for 3D readers. Read more about it here.

I shared about very easy painting technique. Cracked effect painting technique. You can have a look of my artwork here

New month new beginning. Lets see what this month brings to share here :) Enjoy your week!!

Friday, April 26, 2013

Cracked Effect Painting Technique

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Today I am sharing very easy and fun to do painting technique - Cracked Effect. Its easy and result is just awesome. It can be done on wood, paper, ceramic, canvas and earthenware. Colors can be acrylic or metal colors for extra shine. I chose a terracotta pot and acrylic colors.I had clicked all the pictures from start to end of the project but sadly my gadget wizard kid deleted some of them. I'll try my best to make you understand the complete process.

Object (Which you want to paint like I chose clay pot )
Acrylic/Latex Paint
Crackle Medium or all-purpose glue

Step 1: Wash terracotta pot and let it dry. Choose two contrasting colors. I chose Pink & magenta.
Step 2: I always prefer to prime the surface as it gives better results. You can skip this step though.
Primed pot

Step 3: Now paint the pot with chosen color and let it dry completely before proceeding.

Step 4: Now apply crackle medium or all-purpose glue on the pot. A thicker layer of glue will give larger crackling effect. to achieve fine cracks apply a thin layer. Apply it evenly on the surface.
Step 5: Apply top coat immediately as crackle medium dries very quickly. Apply the second chosen color lightly with a soft brush or you can spray paint to make it fast. Keep in mind here that you should not use hard brush strokes as paint can run through the glue and you can't achieve cracked effect then.
Now let it dry completely. Cracks appear as soon as it starts drying.
Night shot 

Here is my finished product. Looks cool. In the last, I applied lacquer/varnish to give a protective coating.

I potted verbena that has magenta blooms and it looks just perfect.

Happy indoor as well as..............

Similarly, I painted one more pot but with some pattern on it.

Cracked Effect Painting Technique on a Pot


My Rainbow terrace garden has few more colors now :)

Here are both the pots!!!

Wanna see my Anthropologie Inspired Planters then click here.
And here's a DIY Bonsai Planter.
Wish you all a very happy and creative weekend!! Keep creating!!

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

DIY: Mineral Water Can Planter

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How was your weekend friends. Mine was very busy and creative one. Here I am with this month's DIY project. I had this mineral water can lying unused since ages and if you know me well then you must be aware that I love hoarding junk. 
This water can had grown algae inside it and was in very bad shape. I would have thrown it in a trash but then an idea sparked and I turned it into a pretty planter. Wanna see how....lets check out...

Here is an ugly, almost gone water can.

Then I cut open its upper part. At first, I thought I should have thrown it but then I washed it thoroughly and felt like I can do something to it.

I drew some patterns on it with marker and then traced the pattern with hot glue.

The pattern on the water can looks like it is embossed. 

Here is a different view of the can. Then I painted it in green and Voila!!!!

Here it is.............. sitting  beautifully in my garden.

Then bringing it inside the home was even better. So here is its new place. Next to my dresser.

Giving it company is my Madhubani pot.  Pretty isn't it. I like it. I am glad how it turned out.

Closer look at pattern. I could have hot glued more patterns but then I became desperate to finish the project.

What do you think. Will you try this. If yes then do share your images.

Stay tuned to know about some unusual uses of things. Have a fabulous week!!
Keep creating! Keep recycling!

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Inspiring Eminent Blogger: Deepti Mittal

Any guesses who is going to join us today. Well well well.....let me introduce you all enthusiastic readers out there. Joining us today is Deepti Mittal an Indian Folk Fusion artist who is painting Madhubani for more than 20 years now and is currently residing in USA.

Welcome Deepti, it feels so proud to have you here on Design Decor & Disha. Please let us know little more about you.
Thank you Disha for having me here.
I am an MBA Finance Gold Medalist from Christ College, Bangalore. I started as an analyst with CB
Richard Ellis in Bangalore in the year 2008 where I worked for 2 years. After getting married in Nov
2010, I moved to USA where I am residing currently.

Meet the artist Deepti Mittal

That's very impressive Deepti. You are an amazing Madhubani artist I have ever come across. When and how you realized your passion about Madhubani .
I was born and raised in Bihar where this art finds its origins. My mom played pivotal role in
introducing me to Madhubani Painting when I was just seven years old. Ever since then, practicing
this form of art has been a parallel routine. I started with making greeting cards for Birthdays and
Anniversaries as my mom insisted that we give hand-made cards to family on occasions. From there
on, I slowly moved on to even painting sarees, kurtas, etc. The vibrant, rustic patterns of this style
have always thrilled me and I take creative liberty in tweaking its innate styles to create new ones.

Artwork by Deepti Mittal

Great you started painting Madhubani at the tender age of seven. You have come long way.
You have a Google site also. Can you talk about what prompted you to start the
site. In what ways has it affected your passion for art.
Actually I fortuitously happened to create a Google site which now I am quite glad about. When I
started painting after coming to USA, I wasn’t sure I wanted to take it up professionally. My husband
helped me create this Google site which was meant for sharing my art work with our families. Later,
when someone asked for my site at exhibitions, this is what I referred them to and it consequently
became my official art site. Although I am planning to register a domain pretty soon.

I am excited to see all your amazing stuff on your own website. Wish you good luck for that.
What are the tools and mediums you have used so far for your paintings.
Brush is the primary tool that I use for all my paintings. Even though line-work (kachani) dominates
in this art, purists don’t use pens/markers which is what creates its beautiful imperfections. Other
than brush, there is a special type of nib that is available in India (mostly in Bihar) which a lot of
artists use for painting on fabric.

A very beautiful creation by Deepti
I have practiced this art in every possible medium such as oil, enamel, water color, acrylic, etc and
have extensively painted on walls, floors, clay pots, fabrics, canvases and now on wood, cardboard,
etc. Owing to its versatility, acrylic remains my favorite medium.

My favorite one. Beautiful painting with some good message by Deepti
Though it's not easy to pick but of all your art pieces which one is your favorite and why.
That’s a tough one as I get obsessed with every piece I paint. I can sit and stare at them for hours
together. It’s funny I know but I do that.
I think, of the lot, the first stool that I painted in 2011 is so far my favorite work. It was a very
complicated project and painting its legs took a lot of effort and time but I was very pleased with the
final result.

Done by Deepti in her own unique style

You represented Madhubani art - an age old art in a very trendy fashion, how did
the idea spark.
I would say following the policy of “Normal is Boring” led to this trendy style as it wasn't a conscious
or deliberate effort.
I was very bored of painting the same styles over and over again. Since I have been doing this art
for 20 years now, you can imagine how mundane it gets to paint the same types of motifs in every
next project. Probably this is why, I started experimenting and have created my own genres which I
call ‘Modern Madhubani’ and ‘Folk Fusion’.

Modern Madhubani by Deepti Mittal

Although looking back, I remember when I was in school, I had painted a couple of earthen pots
which were the left overs from Diwali Pooja. It was appreciated as Madhubani Painting on three
dimensional objects wasn’t very popular then. Also, when I was in college, I had made clay earrings
and painted them in Madhubani style which the veteran artists loved and appreciated. So I guess I
always liked to paint different from the set and popular trends.

Wooden boxes, Photo frames and dresser....list goes on.
I really love your unique style of  'Folk Fusion'. 
What other then painting you love to do in your spare time.
I make videos for my online classes which are very useful in spreading the word about this art
breaking all geographical barriers. I read quite a bit, both related and unrelated to art. I also write,
although have been on a sabbatical for sometime now and I love watching movies.
Also, when not doing serious painting, I do small craft projects which include little DIY crafts, upcycle
art, quilling etc. Of them, upcycle art is what I like the best – its so cool to make beautiful things out
of garbage.

Clay earrings: Deepti's creation 
Please share the links where we can find your Art work and where my blog
readers can get connected with you.
The best place to connect is:
Facebook page :
Website :
Email :

Which blogs inspire you and you love to visit them regularly.
I do a lot of reading about art online and keep stumbling over some exuberantly creative material
almost every day. Its overwhelming to see the amount of creative brilliance out there.
However, I have bookmarked the following for regular access
We Lived Happily Ever After
Art Instruction Blog
Darlene Design

Last but not the least, as everyone dreams of being something in life, what you
have dreamed of.
My aim at this point of time is to create art of substance and to keep this fire of insane passion for
art ignited all along…
Thank You Disha!

Thanks a lot Deepti for joining us. We wish you good luck and successful life ahead.
Now as always I get inspired by all the artists I feature on my blog and can't resist to create my own art piece, this time also I tried to paint Madhubani for the first time. Here's my creation all thanks to Deepti for inspiring me.
My first Madhubani Painting on pot and envelope.

See y'all until the next time. Enjoy your weekend and in case you have missed earlier interviews here the links are:

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Indian Textile: Part 1 (East & North Indian textile)

I am so happy to know that lot of my blog readers from different countries love to read and know about Indian Art and its culture on my blog. Some of them sent me mails to appreciate my efforts and they wanted to explore more about my country. So here I am with more about a country that is very rich in culture, traditions and heritage 'INDIA'.

Today I am sharing about exquisite Indian textile. Textiles from different parts of the India that is famous across the globe.

Cashmere From Kashmir: 
Cashmere is soft fabric made of wool that is obtained from Kashmir goats Capra Hircus. These goats have double fleece and Cashmere is obtained from the soft undercoat specially from the neck and belly region of the goat that is considered as best quality cashmere. Cashmere fabric is very strong, soft and light weight and is used to make different kind of clothing. This fabric is also known as Pashmina (Pashm is Persian/Urdu word for wool). Due to painstaking process of collecting fibers and weaving yarns, cashmere garments are very expensive. Most popular are Jamavar Shawls with famous paisley pattern.

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Banarasi Brocade:
Banaras or Varanasi is famous for its brocade. This city is one of the rich weaving center in India. Brocade is a shuttle woven fabric. Banarasi brocade is completely distinct where patterns are created in weaving by transfixing the patterned thread (specially gold and silver thread) between warp that is mainly colored silk. If gold and silver thread is weaved so densely that the ground is almost invisible then this kind of fabric is called kinkhab and it becomes very heavy is only suitable for furnishing and upholstery.  Thus brocade pattern that is scattered all over the silk is suitable for clothing and is called true brocade.

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Muslin Of Bengal:
Muslin is fine cotton textile of Bengal. Bengal handloom industry is renowned for its cotton textile. Muslin is loosely woven cotton fabric and known as 'woven-air' due to its finer quality. It is an unbleached white cotton cloth. Hand woven muslin of Dacca was the most famous one but weavers migrated from Dacca to India practiced and mastered the technique in Bengal. Because muslin is very light and airy it is suitable for hot and dry climate.
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This post is a short introduction of few famous Indian textiles. I will elaborate on each one later.
I love all of them do you?

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Bougainvillea And Outdoors

Bougainvillea definitely increases the charm of outdoor spaces. It's vibrant and rich color certainly grabs the attention. Lets take a tour how colors can add drama to any space.

Combination of hot pink and blue is all time favorite.

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Soft pink goes well with tints and shades of pink.

And this combination of red and baby pink is looking pleasant against burnt orange wall.

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Wish you a very happy and relaxed weekend!!

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