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I would like to take this opportunity to extend a special Thank You to everyone who has stopped by to check out the postings over the year.

I have come across lots of beautiful quilling designs on net/ exhibitions etc and every time I used to think this is a very difficult craft and takes lots of time. One day finally on insistence of my mother I picked up the quilling materials from Hobby Idea.  I started working on the quilling project. To my surprise I found the quilling was not at all difficult as I thought. It needs lots of patience and good imagination.

Quilling on CD

Since being my first try on the craft, I have used very simple design and very less colours. Used only 2-3 colours. I have used recycled CD. Glued the handmade paper on the CD and used it as the base. 

Quilling on Handmade paper

I will be doing more work on quilling, till then bye.

Happy Quilling!!!

Here I go with another art or craft that is quite environmental friendly called as – PAPIER MACHE. The art of Papier Mache, like many other art forms, is an individual expression and there is no right or wrong ways to do things.

History of Papier Mâché
Despite the French sounding name, Papier Mâché was not made in France until the mid 17th century. However, they were the first country in Europe to do so. 
Papier mache actually originates from China; the inventors of paper itself. They used papier mache to make helmets of all things, which they toughened by many layers of lacquer. 
From China, the interest in papier mache spread to Japan and Persia, where it was used in mask making and festival activities. Eventually it spread across the world. Large imports of papier mache objects swamped European markets. This in turn led France to start making its own wares, and England followed suit in the 1670s. There was only a half-hearted interest until the late 1700s and into the 1800s, when it became widely used. 
Papier Mache (French for “chewed paper”) is believed to have got its name from French workers in London papier mache shops who did just that! Whether this is actually true or not we shall probably never know. The manufacturers didn’t seem to mind this idea being put about - possibly because it gave them the chance to hide their true methods and recipes, some of which little is known about even today.

These days we have different by-products to recycle, but a much more serious reason for using them. With landfill sites are filling up and forests becoming bare of trees, the more we can do to prevent further damage to our planet the better.

Now a day’s am always lookout for throwaway items like newspapers, papers, magazines, useless CDs which I can use in my work.

I have created these bowls using newspapers.  These can be kept on dressing tables for keeping ear-rings, rings and other accessories.

Recycling not only saves money, but it also keeps our environment friendlier. 

Happy Recycling!!!
Glass bottles recycled for eye-catching art.

Since we all are aware of the menace of waste bottles, it’s essential that individually we all come up with innovative and practical ideas to recycle, and reuse them. I have tried to GO GREEN by reusing the wasted glass bottles which can be used for flower vase or just eye catching decoration. I have mixed Water based Scumling Medium with metallic acrylic colors and outlined by 3D outliner. I have outlined with Zentangle style.  I am going to leave it here and let the images speak for themselves…..


Enlisting this post for -
Wishing all a Happy Diwali!!!

Diwali is one of my favourite festivals.  Diwali means lights, crackers, sweets, rangoli, shopping...
Diwali also known as Deepawali is the festival of light and sweetness. It is basically a symbol of the victory of good over evil, brightness over darkness.
Diwali celebrations are incomplete and graceless without the use of Diwali diyas. There is no doubt, diyas were, are, and will remain a significant part of the Diwali festival.

The word, ‘Deepavali’ means rows of lamps. This explains why Diyas are an integral part of the festival. The traditional Diwali Diyas or lamps have witnessed a makeover in past few years. Erstwhile they were the sole creation of the potter’s wheel but today they are being handled by creative designers and craftsman who paint and turn diyas in innovative shapes and pattern. These days one can find a variety of ready to gift Diyas sets in the market.

I love creating my own diyas every diwali and gifting them to friends and family.
Here are some of the diyas created this year......


Rangoli is a colourful pattern made near the entrance to a house to welcome guests. The term Rangoli is derived from words: rang (colour) and aavalli (row) so rangoli is row of colours. Rangoli is made during Diwali in attractive designs.
Rangoli has different names in every region of India.  In Maharashtra, rangoli is made by using powder colours.
I have made rangoli using powder colours as well as flowers....

 Lord Ganesha

After trying few Zen-tagles with black pen/ pencil, was very much eager to do something with colouring the tangles. I always enjoy playing with colours. The time that I most appreciate creating art is when I just want to colour.
One may wonder how to start doodling. The simplest answer I can offer is to just begin and then you will be surprised what you have created.
Put your pen to paper and see where your hand takes you. There are no rules except for the ones you make for yourself.  There is more to it than filling a page with circles and swirls.
While creating Zentangles  I was wondering why Zentangles are called as Zen-tangle. Must be to do with ZEN. I knew ZEN is a Buddhist philosophy. Checked Wikipedia for the real meaning of Zen...Wikipedia meaning of Zen is “The Japanese word Zen is derived from the Chinese word Chán, which in turn is derived from the Sanskrit word dhyāna, which means "meditation" or "meditative state."
Zentangle is nothing less than meditation. It helps focussing, relaxation, relieve stress, improve eye/hand co-ordination.
Am just getting started. When I sit down to Tangle I go into the ‘zone’ and don’t think much at all…just doodle. Gets the creative juice flowing.




While surfing net, i came across a very interesting art form known as ZENTANGLES.  Zentangle is method of creating images with repetitive pattern. At a glance, zentangle looks very complicated but once you start creating it you realises its not as difficult as it looks. What I liked about Zentangle is that it helps in focus and is a good stress buster.  Zentangle is simple to understand and easy to enjoy — even if you are convinced you are not an artist. You never get bored because with Zentangle, you can always explore new areas of experience and understanding.
After checking few sites, i decided to create my own tangle. All I needed was a good black pen.  Luckily, I got hold of black pen and immediately started creating Zen tangles.

This is my first Zentagle. Created 16 blocks and this is what came out.

This is my second Zen-tangle. 

Our country is rich in creativity and each region had its own art form. We see the example of phulkari in Punjab, warli in Gujarat, chikan embroidery in Lucknow, weaving in the North-east, kantha in Bengal, miniature paintings in the state of Rajasthan, kethari, sujani and of course mithila paintings in the Mithila region of Bihar.
Madhubani painting also known as Mithila painting is an art form originated from Bihar. The women decorates their homes with this art form on walls, floors, canvas. They normally use natural and vegetable colours.
Vegetable colors are used making use of natural resources. For eg
  • Black – By blending soot and cow dung
  • Yellow - From turmeric, pollen, lime, milk of banyan leaves,
  • Blue -Indigo
  • Red - Kusam flower juice or red sandalwood
  • Green - wood apple tree leaves
  • White - Rice powder
  • Orange - Palasha flowers
Madhubani paintings add a dash of vibrancy in the room and enhance its appeal when used as home décor item.
I want to learn / try all the art forms of our country. This painting is created on handmade paper (one of the things to learn is to make handmade paper) and water colours.   

Attended the Kala Ghoda festival in town. There were some amazing stuff. Canvas painting, Phad painting, glass paintaing..... The highlight was the Madhubani Painting. The surprising thing was that the Madhubani paintings were made by the non professional, uneducated people from Bihar. Wonder why do we go for brands even in  paintings like M F Husssain etc etc, when the beautiful paintings are made by uneducated people.

Loved some home made chocklates with 3 flovours - the best was the mint flavour. Again it was about branding. 

Think I will have to learn how to brand a product.  If I can do that I can have my stall next year at Kala Khoda Festival 2011. 

Wishful Thinking......

I wanted to create a   Funky Abstract Style, writhing and wriggling with bold colours, bright shapes and intricate designs! The shape was created spontenouly.I then painted in various shapes, one color at a time. For instance, first I painted in all the yellow shapes. Then all the orange shapes, then dark pink, light pink, etc.
I strive to create a balanced variety of shapes and colors. The idea is that the different shapes and placement of colors will cause the viewer's eyes to bounce around the canvas. In this way I seek to create a sense of movement and energy in these funky artworks. So I continue painting in these shapes until the white canvas is entirely covered.
The repetitive designs start to form funky, sometimes intricate patterns. Creating a pattern is one element you can use to make an abstract work of art. 
There are many different shapes and colors, but there is an overall feeling of balance and harmony.

Work In progress

In his first incarnation, Vishnu has the lower part of the body like that of the fish (Matsaya) and the upper part like that of a man. He has four arms; with two he holds a conch shell & a wheel. While the other two are holding a lotus or a mace or are in the protection and boon giving modes.

I have always been facinated with nature. Have gone for lots of Botany excursion in college.  So when I saw these bunch of flower, I could not hold myslef and clicked the photos from the  mobile on the roadside and some of the pics are from garden.

Isnt it beautiful.