Saturday, September 24, 2016

LANDSCAPE PEN AND PENCIL SKETCH

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

STILL LIFE SKETCHES

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

"FLOWERS" - MIXED MEDIA MINI CANVAS

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. 

Friday, March 18, 2016

MANDALA DESIGN PAPER EARRINGS

Hello friends, Welcome to my blog!! Today I have an interesting post to share with you all.  I maintain a craft journal/ dairy where I write down the list of things that I wanted to try new.  Usually while making a project I try to incorporate something from the list. In this jewellery I have used three new techniques which was pending in my wish list for a long time. 
After seeing all the adult coloring books with Mandala designs I too wanted to draw and color a Mandala pattern. This month at earrings everyday challenge the inspiration pictures are about " arabesque art" - an intricate geometric art found on the ceiling of the Mosques. Those stunning patterns reminded me of Mandalas so I decided to make these earrings. 
For the base of the earring instead of clay I used paper ( one more thing from my wish list). I stacked 20 pieces of circular sheets to create a thick base.  I drew the design using black pen and colored using acrylics. After decorating it with the rhinestone chain I felt the earring was incomplete. A closer look at the inspiration picture gave me the idea to use clear resin which I had bought long time back but didn't use it. 
I followed the tutorial of Art'zire and did my maiden attempt in casting the resin.I wasn't satisfied with the result as a small amount of resin leaked from the edges of the rhinestone chain. I should have sealed the edges to make it non-porous. Hope to get better next time. I thank earrings everyday for their awesome inspiration which motivated me to try many new things. Hop on to their blog and have a look at the gallery of inspiration from other artists. 

Submitting to 
1. Earrings everyday - I was inspired by the colors and geometric patterns.

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

SEWING MACHINE SHAPED BOX CARD

Hello Friends, Welcome back to my blog!! Today am sharing with you all a special post made for a special person in my life. It is a beautiful journey of us together from the day I was born. She is my best friend, my source of strength and my pillar of support. Hope you would have guessed it !! Yes , this post is a small dedication to my mom for her birthday.

I was thinking for many weeks what I will gift her this year. When she told me few days back that she is altering some of my dresses I got the idea of making sewing machine shaped card for her as she loves stitching.
There are lot of cute memories associated with this sewing machine. My mom learnt sewing after I was born so that she could stitch variety of dresses for me. She used to stitch frocks with flowers and dolls of my favorite color. Later in life she got busy juggling between office and household that she didn't have time to pursue her hobby. Few months back she mentioned that she wanted to learn sewing again. I hope this card will motivate her to sew more. 
 
I used my sewing machine ( brother - xl2600 i) as a reference to create this card . For making this card I used canvas paper as they are thick and sturdy. For the base ( bobbin cover area) I have recycled an empty phone packaging box. I have used DCWV - once upon a time paper pack for covering the whole card. At the edges I have glued black lace from recollections.  


I made the stitch selector dial by using a circular piece of packaging cardboard and plastic bottle cap. For the hand wheel at the side I recycled an empty ribbon spool. The spool pin / thread spool is made up of empty tissue roll and cardboard pieces. I used push pins for the stitch length adjustment lever. 
The borders around the selection dial and thread guide are hand crocheted using i hook. For the needle I have used a toothpick colored in black. The spool storage box is made using the recollections card stock.


All the flowers are handmade using recollections punches. The leaves are hand cut from glitter foam sheet and card stock. The piece of cloth kept under the needle is the leftover from our ( mom and me) first sewing project together. Instead of a printed or stamped sentiment I decided to try my hands on calligraphy writing. These are my first attempts of calligraphy fonts using rolling ball pen ( gel pen). I followed the tutorial of  Julie Turrie .

TUTORIAL

Draw the shape of a sewing machine on a canvas paper and cut 2 pieces - for front and back. Make sure the backside is slightly bigger than front. Cut slits on the front piece for the thread guide and stitch length adjustments. Cover it with the pattern paper. 

To make the box first measure the length of the front piece. For curved portions measure the length using thread and scale method. Now cut a strip from a card stock measuring the length measured and width 2.5". Mark 0.5" up and down on the cut strip and draw a line. Make a fold on the line drawn and cut small slits as shown above. 

Glue one side of the slits to the front piece of the card. The slits make it easy to follow the curvy shape of the sewing machine.

Glue the back portion to the other side of the slits. Finally paste the whole thing upon a packaging box and decorate it of your choice.

Thanks for reading this long post patiently.Hope you all liked my card!! Come back soon for another interesting project. Do post your comments/suggestions.

Submitting this project to

1.Lulupu challenge blog - 4th birthday celebration - I made a birthday card and used the elements of  C2- buttons, pattern paper , glitter foam sheets and flowers.
2.Lessology challenge - "Hand lettered love" - All the sentiments here are hand written. I have recycled packaging carton , empty ribbon spool , plastic cap , tissue paper roll etc.
3. Country view challenge - " Industrial" - I have made a crafty sewing machine.
4.Dream valley challenges - " All about birthdays" - I made a sewing machine shaped card for my mom's birthday.
5.The craft place challenge blog - " Anything goes"

Monday, February 1, 2016

FAIRY TALE LAND

Hello friends, Welcome to my blog!! Am posting after a short break as I was busy learning still life sketching and painting. Will post the pictures soon. Today am sharing with you all "Fairy tale land" project made by recycling bottle.  As the title says this project has a big tale behind it.  Let me try to make it short ( LOL).


For this year Christmas holidays we preferred "Staycation " as it was raining outside due to  the Elnino effect". So to spend our time we went to library and book shop. One day I came across a book called "Amazing facts about Walt Disney and Disney World". As my husband had promised a trip to Disneyland for the second time in the near future I was curious to know more about it.As I read the read I was amazed by the creativity and perfection which goes behind in making each of the  rides and attractions. The quote of Walt Disney " When you're curious you ind lots of interesting things to do" gave me the inspiration to create something different. 


The second book which I read that day was about " Polymer clay works" by famous artists. The book had some amazing jewelry designs, 3D sculpting etc. The one project that caught my attention was polymer clay sculpting on a glass bottle - Altered art on a bottle using polymer clay. Both these books influenced my thoughts and inspired me to create this "Fairy tale land".

Once the theme is set I decided to make a castle by altering a glass bottle. I used tissue paper rolls to finish my castle. I took the reference of the castle from Disneyworld's Cinderella castle. 




I used empty castor oil bottle and air dry clay for the center of the castle. The design, flowers and the bricks was inspired by this video. I pasted the clay upon the bottle using tacky glue. Once the clay got dried I applied thick coats of gesso and then painted using acrylics.  For the top of the castle I rolled out a cardstock into the shape of a cone. 



For the base I have used styrofoam sheet and covered the sides of the  base with a layer of green playdoh. For the center of the garden I applied brown acrylics. Then I began to stick the foliage. The leaves are hand cut and the small trees are store bought. The mushrooms , flowers and bench are made using playdoh.  I used sea shells to make a path for the castle. The welcome board is made using packaging cardboard, pattern paper and toothpicks. 


I fee that everybody's life is a fairy tale where there are a lot of magical moments to cherish. The one thing that we should follow from Walt disney's life is - lets make a beautiful and happy world around us so that others who enter our world can also experience that happiness and joy like we do when we visit Disney World. I wish that 2016 will bring a lot of magical moments in your life that you've got a tale to write at the end of this year!!!

Submitting to

1. Country view challenge - "Be inspired by bottles"
2.Shopping our stash challenge - "Inspired by a book" - I was inspired by the book " Amazing facts about Walt Disney and Disney World"
3.Rhedd's creative spirit
4.Altered eclectics
5.4 crafty chicks - " Anything but a card"



Thursday, December 24, 2015

DIY MINI CHRISTMAS WREATH

Hello Friends, Welcome back to my blog!! Today am sharing with you all a Christmas wreath made using craft foam sheet. I also have a step by step pictorial for the same.

Materials needed:

1. Foam sheet
2. Scissors
3. Artificial leaves or grass
4. Golden balls
5. Christmas ornaments
6. Glitter ribbon and twine
6. Merry Christmas chipboard
7. Hot glue gun


Cut a circular piece from green foam sheet. Draw another circle inside the cut sheet using compass. Fold it into half and cut along the line drawn. The base of the wreath is ready. I got these plastic leaves  strip from dollar store .


Start gluing the leaves to the base using hot glue gun. Stick as many layers you want to till you are satisfied with the result.

 Draw and cut the template of poinsettia flower on a cardboard. Here I have cut three sized flowers. Using the template on the red foam sheet draw using a toothpick  To shape the flowers expose it to candle flame. Be careful as the flowers may become black. Exposing it to flame makes the flower soft and easier to shape. Glue the flowers together and stick a golden bead at the center.


Attach the flowers to the base of the wreath and start decorating them. I made a bow out of pink ribbon and attached a bell to it. The merry Christmas sentiment and pink Christmas ornaments are store bought.  Finally glued a twine at the top and my wreath is ready to decorate the front door.




This wreath is very simple and easy to make. Its very cost effective too. Hope you all liked this project. Wishing you all a Merry Christmas and happy holidays!!!

Sunday, December 6, 2015

MIXED MEDIA TAGS

Hello friends, Welcome to my blog!! Today am sharing with you all three mixed media tags made using different techniques. 





I wanted to create an unconventional shaped tag so made this in circular shape. I gave a thick coat of gesso to my canvas paper and then applied texture paste over heart shaped stencil. Then sprayed blue and pink acrylic paints. The colors were soft so to get a brighter tone I loosely applied blue and violet pearl paints with brush. I added some white twine and pasted the flowers upon it. The flowers are handmade using punches.Finally glued a white lace at the bottom and stamped the sentiment. 



For this tag I took a piece of canvas paper and applied orange , brown and yellow distress inks and blended it using a blending sponge. Then I used Americana stencil over texture paste to get circular textures. Once dried I applied golden color to the textures using brush. Then I used Kaisercraft clear stamps and black archival inks and stamped at the top and middle of the tag. I made a loop using a black rope and glued it to the tag using glue gun. Pasted some handmade flowers. To add more interest I have added the golden ball chain. The trail I went to hike this weekend had lots of berry tree branches fallen on the road. So collected a few of them and used  here. The sentiment is handwritten.



This is my favorite of all the three tags. Its because I have used lots of items that are left over in my stash. For creating this tag I took inspiration from Lynn Kopas april tag. I started off by giving thick coat of white gesso to my canvas paper. Adhered the flowers, terracotta beads, glass beads, tooth picks , a piece of burlap cloth , piece of tree branch,buttons, iron on letters etc using tack glue. The flowers are all handmade. These terracotta beads cannot be stringed into a necklace as they got cracked while baking or the holes are not big enough to slide through the wire. I had many beads like that. So this tag gave me an opportunity to use all those beads and the toothpicks used for creating them. Once everything is glued properly I gave  2 thick coats of white gesso. Then used homemade majenta acrylic spray ( acrylic paint + rubbing alcohol+ water) . To make it a little darker dabbed red color randomly using brush. The sentiment is stamped using black archival ink.



Hope you all liked my tags. Keep visiting my blog.

Submitting to

City crafter challenge blog - " Tag" 

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

LET IT SNOW MIXED MEDIA LAYOUT

Hello Friends, Welcome to my blog!! Today am sharing a mixed media canvas layout with you all. 

Winter has dawned in US and there is snowfall in many states though we don't get any here in California. Every year during the Christmas week my husband gets a week off in his office . So we visit some nearby hill stations to see the snow and play with them. The tall snow covered Christmas trees and the breathtaking snow clad peaks reminds me of my friends words. When we were in college she used to tell me that we at least once in lifetime we should celebrate Christmas in the snow. When I visit places like these I feel like am living her dream and how nice it would be if she was with me then.With these memories flashing in my mind I created a mixed media canvas layout with the theme " Let it snow". 

I adhered strips of white paper to my canvas and gave a coat of gesso. Then created random textures using different stencils and texture paste. Once its dried I sprayed the color shine turquoise blue and dabbed dark blue acrylic paints. I found it to be very dark so gave a thick coat of gesso to tone it down. 

Then glued the image ( print out) which is matted on a white card stock and added all the embellishments. The flowers are handmade using recollections punches. The bird and the tiny rose flowers are made using playdoh.  I used white glitter foam sheets for the leaves. I made small white dots to give the canvas a snowfall effect. The sentiment is handwritten. 




Hope you all liked my layout... Happy thanksgiving to all of you!!

Submitting this to the following challenges:

1.Country view challenges - " Color blue"
2.City crafter challenge blog - " The snow queen" - I was inspired by the colors and the snow
3.The craft place challenge blog - "Anything goes Mixed media"
4.We love to create challenge blog - " Anything inky/creative"
5. Crafty catz challenge blog - " Shades of blue"
6.Alphabet challenge blog - "Tis the season" - I have created a mixed media layout based on the snowy Christmas theme.
7.The mirror crack'd challenge blog - " Water" - I have created this layout based on the theme " Let it snow"