Monday, June 29, 2015

SUNSET AT THE BEACH - CLAY MURAL WORK

Hi friends, Welcome back to my blog!! As the post title says today's post is about sunset at the beach. As its pretty hot here we go to beaches almost every weekend. California is well known for its cliff lined beaches and beautiful lighthouses surrounded by a bed of rocks. Here during summer the sunset occurs between 8-8.30 pm. 


Two weeks back we had been to this amazing beach called "Grey whale cove" near half moon bay. We drove to the top of the hill and from there we overlooked the beach. Then we took a wooden staircase to go down to the waters. The beach was calm with a big lighthouse on top of a mountain and the different shades of blue in the water was clearly visible.An hour before the sunset the sky prepares itself by changing its colour. We can see pink, violet and yellow colour of the sky  This is the hour I love most so  tried to imbibe all of these in my creation.


The one thing that I miss in the US beaches are the beautiful coconut trees which I will find along the shores of Kerala beaches. So to fulfill my wish added two coconut trees. I wanted my painting to have a 3D effect so used air dry clay for the lighthouse and the trees. 


I recycled am old plastic plate for this project. I started off by applying a thick coat of gesso to the plate. Once its dried I sketched the outline of the painting. Then I took the sir dry clay and pasted them wherever I want. This is my first full fledged oil painting.  So I wasn't able to capture the full effect of sunset in this painting. Once the paint is dried I gave a coat of varnish. 


Submitting this to

Lulupu Challenge - " Summer splash" - I have created a beach themed mural painting.
City crafter challenge blog - " Lets get " nautical"
Allsorts challenge blog - " Blue as ocean"
Frilly and funkie challenge blog - " Summer"
Simon monday challenge blog - " Summer"
Altered eclectics- I have altered a plastic plate into a mural






Monday, June 22, 2015

GRAND PIANO BOX CARD TUTORIAL

Hello Friends, Welcome back to my blog!! Today's post is very special and nostalgic to me. It's been a long time since I played keyboard. As my in laws are here they insisted me to play and show them. When I started to play old memories queued my mind one by one. So that's the birth story  of this post.


 I remembered the first time when I played keyboard. It was a gift from my dad for my 10th birthday. He himself an admirer of music had very good collection of music albums with him. That helped me to learn new ragas and songs apart from what the teacher taught me. My dad was instrumental in shaping up my hobbies and motivated me to try something new always. Still he reads each and every post of mine and gives suggestions and ideas.


The second great person associated with this piano is my grandfather. He was my first audience and critic. He would be with me throughout my piano class and will make sure that I learn and practice the song properly. He would listen patiently to all my stories and will make me laugh by telling jokes. If he was there today I would tell him lot of stories.


As I reached my  12th standard my studies took precedence over my hobbies and over the years somehow lost interest towards the piano. It was my cousin brother who rekindled my  passion and inspired me to play by sending his recordings.We both used to play piano together during our vacation. He taught me to combine music and technology . With his help I did my first ever  recording with beats using a software. Whenever I have a problem he will always be there for me. So I would like to thank these 3 great men of my life and dedicate this post to them.


Here is the pictorial:

Materials needed:

1. Black cardstock  12*12 " ( 2 nos)
2. Vintage music notations pattern paper
3. Piano keys print out
4. Hot glue gun
5. Scissor, ruler
6. Flower embellishments

The basic template:


Take an A4 sheet and draw the design shown above. Cut this design and place it on a 12*12 card stock.


The cardstock should be double the size of the paper template which we had cut above. Mine is 6.5". So I  took a 12*12 cardstock. Trace the design onto the card stock. Flip the template to the other side and trace it.  Then cut this design. This will form the upper part of the piano .


Cut another card stock as that of the design template for the bottom portion.  To cover the sides of the piano measure the length of the side.  For me it was 6.3" or 16 cm. To measure the length of the curve, take a thread and mark the starting point with an ink. Run this thread through the curve. At the end point make another dot with the marker ( the marked points indicated using arrows in the picture). 
 Now  Stretch the thread and measure the length. This gives the length of the curve.  For covering the sides cut a strip of black card stock with the length we measured and with the breadth of 3cm. From the top and bottom measure 1 cm and make a crease. Paste one creased line on the top portion and the other line on the bottom portion of the piano.


 For covering the curved portion of the piano cut a strip of cardstock with the length we measured and with the breadth 3 cm. From the top and bottom mark 1 cm and make a crease. Cut slits as shown in the picture and glue it to the top and bottom portions of the piano. The slits make it easy to fit into the curve. 

Measure the lower edge down the piano. Cut a cardstock with the length measured and breadth 2 cm. For the inside stick and 3 legs I used 4.5cm by 9cm piece of cardstock. I rolled and glued them to the piano using hot glue gun.

Stick the vintage paper inside and paste the keys as shown. Decorate the upper portion using flowers and other embellishments. The flowers used here are all handmade by me. 


For the piano chair I stacked 4 pieces of cardboard together. The design on the chair is hand drawn. The legs of the chair measures 2 cm by 8 cm. I placed a quilled doll on top of the chair . Hope you all liked this post. Please leave your valuable comments/ feedback. 


Friday, June 19, 2015

SEA SHELL JEWELLERY

Hello Friends, Welcome back!! Summer has spread its hot wings here in California , so to chill out we went to the beach last week. I have the habit of collecting sea shells so that I can use it in my craft projects. This time to my surprise I found some cute tear drop shaped shells. I love tear drop earrings so searched for the shells that are similar. Though I couldn't find the exact match there were few shells that are quite similar. So more than playing in the water I spent time collecting sea shells and was dreaming about the jewellery that I will make with them ( lol). Here is the jewellery which I made ... 


I took extreme care that they should not break during our travel. After reaching home I washed it with mild soap water and wiped using a towel. The next step was to paint. I chose silver pearl paint as I don't have much of silver coloured earrings.


After 2 coats of pearl paint to get the gloss gave a coat of varnish. I don't want to drill holes on the shells as am afraid it will break. So this is how ( below pic) I attached the eye pins to the shells. I used air dry clay and tacky glue. 



I loved the earrings very much so made a  matching chain with that!!



Now I have a sea shell jewellery set!!

Submitting this to
Earrings everyday - " June reveal"


This is the inspiration picture... I was inspired by the sea shells...

Monday, June 15, 2015

ICE CREAM CAS CARD

Hello friends, Welcome back to my blog!! Today am here to share my inspiration post for Create something catchy challenge...


 The theme for this month's challenge is to create CAS ( Clean And Simple) card based on this stylish ( below) inspiration picture....  Click here for more details...


When I saw the picture the first thing that caught my attention was the ice cream.... That's because am eating too many ice creams these days.. So I made a simple card inspired by the ice cream and colours of the picture...

Here is the pictorial on how I made this card:

 I coloured the image using distress inks.




The sentiment is a print out. Hope you all liked my card. Thanks for visiting and don,t forget to participate in our challenge. Click here to enter....

Submitting this card to the following competitions:

Crafty catz challenge blog - Clean and simple cards

Cas-ual fridays - CFC #140 -Michele's idea of summer - I have used the skin tan colour , blue colour and lots of white space.

The crafters cafe challenge blog - " Anything goes"

Papercreators crafts -" Anything goes"








Saturday, May 30, 2015

CUP CAKE COVE TAG

Hello friends, Welcome to my blog!! Today am sharing with you all a tag made by recycling packaging cardboard and pistachio shells. 



I took a piece of packaging cardboard and applied a coat of gesso to it. Then I used my dylusion sprays of yellow and green colour. Added some texture using texture paste. Made two small tags using card stock and distressed their edges. I made the cupcake using cotton roll and cup cake liners.   The cherry topping in the cupcake is made using air dry clay. You can find the tutorial of making these cute cup cakes here.


For the embellishments I adhered some old burlap pieces and handmade flowers. I have used pistachio shells for the leaves. Glued foam die cuts and a printed sentiment. 




The colour palette for this project is from unruly paper arts.Hope you all liked my tag. Thank you for stopping by.


Submitting this tag to the following competitions:

1. Unruly paper arts

I have used cupcakes and colours from the palette for my tag.

2. Lessology challenge - " Lets have a cupcake" - I have recycled packaging cardboard, cupcake liners, burlap pieces and pistachio shells.

3. Beyond grey challenges - " Make your own embellishments" - I have used handmade flowers, pistachio shells leaves and handmade cup cakes as embellishments.

4.The corrosive challenge blog - " Anything goes"

5.Dream valley challenges - " Anything goes"

6.Shopping our stash weekly challenge blog - " Play misty for me" - I have used homemade dylusion sprays of green and yellow colour for my project.






Saturday, May 16, 2015

UPCYCLED IPAD CASE

Hello friends, Welcome to my blog!! Last week when I was organizing my craft studio I found my old ipad case. I don't want to throw it away so up-cycled it into a mixed media project ( my latest craze !!)


This is my DT post for CSCC # 14  - Mixed media work. The theme is to create mixed media work inspired by the below picture. Click here to know more about this month's challenge .


This is how my old IPAD case looked like....


And this is how I transformed it....


I covered the case with DCWV pattern paper and sewed the white lace to it. This is the first time am using my sewing machine  for scrapbooking. I applied a coat of gesso . The next step is to work on the background.  For that I have used plaid stencil pack and liquitex modeling paste and created random textures.I decided that my project should be centered around two colours - Red and gold. So I  applied golden pearl paint upon the raised portions of the textures. Next I randomly sprayed red color shine  and did stamping  using black acrylics.

The Eiffel tower is a chipboard painted with a mixture of antique gold and black colour.


The flowers are handmade using punches. I used pearls and golden beads as embellishments. The sentiment is hand-painted using white acrylic paint. 



For the inside of the case I have used pattern paper from recollection floral collections. I have made small pockets using brown cardstock for storing some of my important documents like credit cards, license, insurance details , travel pass etc that I usually forget when I go out. I also have pockets to store some cash and my shopping lists. My case also holds a handy notepad and a pen . Now I need not worry, whether I took all my documents. I just need to slide this case inside my handbag and am all set to go.


This case can also be altered as a travel jewellery pouch/make up pouch that can store eye pencils, chains, bindhi packets and some bands. Hope this gives you a little inspiration . Hop on to the CSCC blog for more inspiration.



Submitting to the following competitions:

Altered eclectics- " Altered an ipad case"
Try it on Tuesdays - " Sewing and buttons" - I have  sewed the white lace to the pattern paper.
Country view challenges - I have created a scene - Spring in Paris...
Beyond grey challenges - " Make your own embellishments" - All the flower embellishments are handmade.
 






Thursday, April 30, 2015

MIXED MEDIA ART JOURNAL

Hello Friends, Welcome back!! Today I have an art journal page to share with you all. This is my first attempt in making a mixed media journal page. I would like to thank Shilpa Nagaonkar of neon diary for introducing me to this amazing world of mixed media as well as guiding me about the supplies used.


I made this journal based on the very famous poem "April showers bring may flowers".


Initially I started off by applying a coat of gesso to my page . I randomly created textures using liquitex modeling paste and plaid stencil pack. Then I used blue,yellow and pink sprays respectively.


The next step was to stamp and stencil. I have used tim holtz visual artistry stamp set and Americana alphabet stencils. I dabbed white acrylic paint with my finger. Distressed the edges of the journal using black archival ink.


The umbrella and the butterfly are hand cut from the pattern paper. The flowers are made using recollections six petal punch. I used the first four lines of the poem as quote for my journal.



Hope you all like my project....

Submitting to the following competitions:
The artistic stamper blog - "Journaling your heart out"  - I have created a mixed media journal .
Mixed media monthly challenge blog -" April showers"
Mixed media world challenge blog - " Use bright colours"
Frilly and funkie challenge blog - " Stencil mania"
Inspiration journal - " Everything goes"
The craft place challenge blog - " No cards"






Saturday, April 25, 2015

DIY LOTUS AGARBATHI STAND

Hello Friends, Welcome to my blog.... Today's post is very special to me as its my 100th post!!! Its been like yesterday since I started blogging. Days are moving very fast!! Thank you friends for patiently reading all my posts and giving your valuable suggestions and comments.
     Today am back again with a clay craft. I was looking for an agarbathi stand here in US but I wasn't able to find a good one. That's when my father suggested me to make one clay. Since I always love making different kinds of clay crafts I was curious to try it out. 



I feel the presence of the lotus flower at the feet of the god looks very beautiful and gives the feeling of "fulfillment". So I wanted to create the same feel for my puja room by making a clay lotus agarbathi stand.

MATERIALS NEEDED:

1. Air dry clay
2. Carving tools
3. Circular lid
4. Strong glue
5. Acrylic paints
6. Varnish

THE MAKING:


I have used crayola air dry  clay of terracotta colour ( not terracotta clay).
Take a small amount of clay and flatten it by using a cylindrical object. Using a circular lid cut it into a round shape. This is the base of the stand, so make sure its thick enough to hold the lotus flower.


Make a small round at the center. Using carving tools draw sector lines as shown in the picture 6. Then using V shaped carving tool cut off the edges . Join the two edges with the fingers ( pic 8).

Make small sized balls and glue them to the pointed edges. The base is ready. Now for the petals make six medium sized balls. Roll the balls into petal shape.


Flatten them and stick to the base as shown. Now for the center bud take a medium size ball and roll it into a petal shape and glue it to the base.


Make small holes in the bud using the back of agarbathi sticks. Allow it to dry completely and paint them using acrylics. Finally add a coat of varnish .



Hope you all liked my project. Like my facebook page  Kriyative Kaleidoscope - Facebook page for more craft tutorials and ideas. Thanks for stopping by.