Tuesday, January 17, 2017


Hello friends, Welcome back !! Am happy to be back to crafting after 8 long months!!  Today am sharing with you all a mixed media monogram made using packaging cardboard. 

This post is dedicated to the new arrival of our family - my daughter Vinaya. She is 5 months old now and have started observing colors and flowers. We have planned to have a small welcome baby party for our friends. So to decorate the house I made this flowered letter/monogram/ photo frame with my daughter's name keeping in mind the bright colors she like.

Here is the pictorial of the monogram:

Draw and cut the letter V in a canvas paper. Using that as the template draw and cut the alphabet from the packaging cardboard. Paste the canvas sheet over the cardboard and prime it with thick coats of gesso. I used Artist's loft white gesso. Once its dried create textures using stencils and texture paste. I used Americana stencils and liquitex texture paste. 
Add colors using acrylic sprays or paints. I used teal color shine spray,  pink homemade shimmer spray , violet and gold pearl paint. I repeated the process till I was satisfied with the result. For attaching the frame and alphabets glue a piece of cardboard and canvas sheets on the sides as shown above.Finally embellish the monogram with flowers, glitters, pearls and sequins. All the flowers are handmade and the alphabets are written with pitt marker pen.

You can make these monogram in the name of your friends and gift them . 

I would like to thank all my followers and friends for supporting my page and blog.I will try my best to keep you posted with more craft tutorials and projects. 

See you soon with another interesting post.

Entering this project to the following challenges:

1. Alphabet challenge blog - " V for violet"
2.Country view challenges - " Anything goes"
3.love to create challenge - " Anything mixed media/creative"
4.More mixed media challenge - " Anything goes mixed media"
5.A bit more time to craft - " Anything goes"
6. Dream valley challenges - " Something new" - I created this project for my newborn baby
7.Allsorts challenge blog -  " Things with wings"

Friday, January 6, 2017


Hello friends, Wishing you all a happy and creative 2017!! Welcome to my first post of this year.. I hope you all enjoyed your holidays. Am blogging after a break as I was little busy in shifting back to US and setting up my new home. Today I would like to share a pen and ink sketch of George Stephenson inspired from a tamil daily . 

I came upon this sketch in the "pattam" supplement of dinamalar newspaper done by artist Magesh and immediately wanted to try this out. I got introduced to fountain pen sketching through his work.
George Stephenson was an English civil engineer who who built the first public inter-city railway line in the world to use steam locomotives and is known as the father of railways. 

Am slowly unpacking my craft supplies and setting up my studio. So see you with another interesting craft project soon. Have a crafty weekend!! 

See more of artist Magesh's work in his blog http://mageshd2d.blogspot.in/

Thursday, November 3, 2016


Hello everyone , Welcome back to my blog!! Today am sharing with you all my first attempt in doing a portrait sketch .I always wanted to but was afraid of drawing portrait. My wish came true after I followed the tutorial by  Like sketch.com  and learnt the basics of facial proportions and shading.

Do leave your comments and suggestions. See you soon with another interesting post. Have a nice week.

Friday, October 21, 2016


Hello everyone ,With the festival of lights around the corner am here with some easy DIY craft ideas to add sparkle and creative touch to your celebrations.

Diwali is never complete without diyas. Since earthern clays involve baking process why not try making this simple air dry clay diyas. Avoid cracks while kneading the clay as oil might leak through them.
Tutorial of DIY diyas 

Make this glittering lotus Asana to keep the idol of Lord lakshmi.
Tutorial of Lotus Asana

 Use packaging cardboard and clay to create this mural work.
Tutorial of Kalash clay mural

This one will sure catch the attention of your guests. Arrange the Diyas in this glittering and colourful diya stand made using cardboard.
Tutorial of Diya stand

An innovative T light holder by recycling old CD and pistachio shells.
Tutorial of Pistachio shells T light holder

Have little time to craft?? Then this one is perfect for you as this platter can be made in 20 min.
Tutorial of Diya platter using foam sheets

Festivals are never complete without the colorful rangoli. For a change try this playdoh or clay rangoli which will surely win appreciation from your guests.
Clay Rangoli

Use old invitation cards to make this simple shubh/labh wall hanging or stickers. You can also decorate them using kundans or rhinestone chain.

Make small flowers using glitter foam sheets and arrange them in between diyas to bring that colorful bling to your festival.

Gift your loved ones this Diwali with this chocolate flower bouquet.
Tutorial of chocolate flower bouquet

Other ideas:
Here I have compiled ideas from other websites...
1. 10 Diwali card making ideas:

2. Ideas to decorate your home:

3. Rangoli ideas and diwali kids crafts:

Wishing all my friends happy and safe Diwali... See you soon with another post..

Wednesday, October 12, 2016


Hello and welcome to my blog!! Today am sharing some simple urban sketches made using fountain pen. 

Whenever I visited some of the landmark places in US  I used to see people doing quick sketches of them in their sketchbook. I too wanted to carry a small moleskine journal with me and  make sketching travelogue in future. So to start with  tried some of the urban pen sketches from the net before proceeding to sketch outdoors. 

The pen that they use for urban sketching is pigma micron pen. Since that pen was unavailable in the nearby shops I used my fountain pen to sketch these images.I love writing with fountain pen that even today I write my daily journal and dairy using them rather than ball point. The fountain pen that I used here was a gift from my husband. 

Initially I thought that urban sketches follow the same rules as normal drawings of buildings so  made all the lines with a ruler and was shading than hatching. But soon I understood that the beauty of pen sketches lies in their  loose casual strokes as they are drawn quickly mostly under 20 min. So I followed the tutorial of Alphonso Dunn on urban sketching. 

Hope you all liked my pen drawings. See you soon with another interesting post.

Tuesday, October 4, 2016


Hello friends, Welcome back...  Hope you all are enjoying Navarathri/ Dussera celebrations . After 4 years am very happy to  celebrate this festival in India with my parents. Coming to today's post am sharing with you all some of my perspective sketches.

I was always fascinated by the urban and architectural sketches and the 3D effect they convey. So decided to try them and followed the turotial of The Art maker team for understanding the concept of perspective sketching.

                                                       One point perspective sketches

This sketch was inspired from Pinterest.

I followed the tutorial of DGFSMart to draw the above sketch.

Two point perspective sketches

 This was inspired from a sketch by exit studios.

This sketch took two days for me to finish. I followed the video tutorial of circle line art school to do this sketch.

Thanks for visiting my blog!! See you soon with another post.

Saturday, September 24, 2016


Hello Friends , Welcome back to my blog!! I am sharing with you all a pen and pencil sketch of the same landscape " Kirkwall Harbour basin - Scotland." The inspiration for this sketch is from the book  - " Beautiful landscapes " by Diane Wright of drawing made easy series. 
    This is the first book which I had shopped when I was in US. Though I had used it for learning the basics I didn't try sketching an entire landscape. I bought this book along while coming from US and started sketching the outline of this landscape to recover from jet lag. 
    Later that week I had to go the lab for routine tests. Since it will take 3 hours  for the tests to complete took the sketch book and pencils with me and started shading . Many people who passed by stood there for sometime seeing me sketch. Though initially it was embarrassing slowly started enjoying the company of people around me. By the time I was out of the lab I was done with this sketch. 

After seeing the video tutorial of Devin Viele  I got interested in sketching using ball point pen so was searching for some reference images to start with . I spotted a sketch similar to the above so thought of sketching the same using ball point pen. This is my debut attempt in ball point sketch, I used Rorito 0.7mm ball point pen. 

Hope you all liked the sketches. Your feedback/ suggestions are welcome. Do tell me which one you like better. See you soon with another post. Have a crafty weekend. 

Sunday, September 18, 2016


Hello friends , feeling excited to be back to blog land after six months of maternity vacation. Happy to inform you all that now am a mother of 45 days old cute princess who keeps me busy all the time. As I had come to India for my delivery and had to vacate my house in US couldn't carry my craft supplies. Also I was busy with doctor check ups , relatives visiting me and baby shower function so read my crafty pals blog. 

To keep myself occupied and away from the pregnancy blues started to do pencil sketching. I was little hesitant to post after such a long time but it was my husband who encouraged me to post my sketches which I did during my pregnancy. 

Sharing some of my still life sketches...  All the sketches are done on 60 lb , fine tooth surface paper   using artist's loft pencils.

Thanks for visiting. See you soon with another post. 

Thursday, March 31, 2016


Hello friends, Welcome to my blog!! Today am sharing a  mixed media canvas based on the theme "Flowers". I spotted these cute mini canvases when I had been to Daiso Japan last weekend .
I applied a coat of gesso to the canvas and used acrylic paints of pink, orange and red colors with water spray. I dabbed some paints and then sprayed water upon them to get a drooling effect. Once it was dried I started making random textures using Liquitex texture paste and stencils. I had few scraps of pattern paper left over after using it for the sewing machine project. So pasted those upon the canvas. 
All the flowers are handmade using recollections punches and the lace is crocheted using i hook and wool. The black hearts are hand cut from empty cereal cartons and colored using black acrylics. The sentient is handwritten. 
Hope you all liked my canvas!! See you soon with another interesting post.

Entering this project to the following competitions:
4 crafty chicks - " Anything goes"
Lessology challenge - " Hand lettered love" - The sentiment is handwritten and the black hearts are made by recycling empty cereal cartons.
Stamplorations challenge -

We love to create challenge blog - " Anything creative/ Mixed media
Anything but cute challenge -  " Crazy for color "- I have used vibrant colors and lots of flowers in my project.