Sunday, 26 June 2016

mixed media canvas on a fun sun-day!

today was spent on yet another mixed media session! using some different techniques from the mixed media session i did earlier this year, today i made it on a canvas. 
take your blank canvas and paint it over with a thin layer of Gesso. this is to give you a smooth surface for the next steps. the thickness of Gesso varies with the purpose you want to solve with it. for example, if you want to create a base for your inks and paints, paint a thin layer and if you want to create texture use a thicker layer.

dry out the canvas using a hair dryer or heat tool. when using a dryer, be careful not to go really close to the canvas as it may cause bubbles in the Gesso, which would kind of defeat the purpose of creating a smooth surface. if you have the time and patience to let it dry in the sun, then go for it too. the canvas should be warm to touch, that's how you would know its completely dry.

just trying to see how i would want to arrange my focal point items. as you progress with your piece however, you will keep changing these positions and the end result could be different. but in this piece, the second texture could only be created in a straight line, so i could not arrange my flowers this way. 

the nest step was to use texture paste and stencil. this particular texture paste when dried gives the look of cracked paint. the beauty of mixed media is that there is no right or wrong way to do it (excepts the basics of course). use your imagination and apply the materials or techniques any which way you like. the only requirement is to keep practicing and keep experimenting.
so here i used my stencil to create a polka dot appearance.

Sunday, 19 June 2016

golden sequins design on a white T-shirt

Using the very simple technique of applying sequins, i started working on this design today. it's a symbol in Sikhism that stands for sovereignty and integrity.
i had made a design on similar sequined embroidery technique a while ago, that too was something related to Sikhism. well the reason behind this preference is that CraftWings along with Teri Oat is planning to launch a series of T-shirts with these designs and all profits from these T-shirts would go to charity. not any particular charity, but a different one everytime we launch a new design.
we would request you to please go to the Teri Oat page and be a part of this endeavour. all our new designs shall be uploaded on their Facebook page. sign up for the newsletter and you shall get an alert everytime a new design is launched.

here's a little tutorial on how i proceeded with the design, slowly and patiently, one sequin at a time and doing it only during the day as it takes a lot of eye work!😁
first off i copied the design on to my t-shirt using a black carbon paper. i had printed out the design on an a4 sheet.

Sunday, 12 June 2016

sunday photography at Cubbon Park, Bengaluru

keeping in line with doing a creative thing every sunday, i finally took a more concrete step towards my another love, photography! armed with my Nikon Coolpix L120 (yes, i wanted to start small) i set out for Cubbon Park early today morning. amidst a game of hide and seek by clouds and the sun, it was the perfect weather for a place like Cubbon Park.

before i begin, a slight warning especially for mosquito magnets like me, please cloth yourself well and apply a generous amount of mosquito repellent as the place is swarming with them. that said, it is still a beautiful place to go to on a lazy sunday and just observe each and everything. 

  i started off from the gate, facing the Central State Library and walked down the bamboo lined pathway. it almost seemed like walking in a jungle; a bit scary, a bit adventurous...

Sunday, 5 June 2016

baby girl scrapbook

a multi-paged scrapbook completely handmade for a sweet little baby girl. everything from the binding and interactive pages is handmade.

Sunday, 17 April 2016

baby album for a baby boy

we love handmade! as if that wasn't clear from this blog, here's one more baby album for a cute little guy. a loving aunt wanted to gift her nephew something adorable that the mom could use to save her memories of the little one. 

the album is made using lots of colors. now i know its not a written rule that anything related to kids has to be colorful, but for this particular item we were asked to include as many colors as possible. personally i too am a fan of colors and we had a blast making this album. 

read on for more images..