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Indian festivals and decor : Painting Diyas

The festival of lights- Diwali is there. Back to back festivals make me dizzy sometimes. Festivals come with hectic schedule. One has to shop for puja things, decoration items and ingredients for cooking savouries for the festival. Lot of guests come over and you have to tidy up your house making it presentable for the festival. In chennai, local people do not celebrate diwali like us- the north indians. I had a hard time locating shop where I could get the idols of Ganesh and Lakshmi. Finally I could get one along with other puja things at a shop here. I have not yet made any sweets. I am planning to make gulab jamuns and some salty savouries.

I have loads of things going in my mind. I have to make rangolis too for the entrance.I started painting these diyas yesterday. Today I have completed the ones which I will be using for puja. Here are some of them:
Important tips :
You must soak diyas in water and let them dry completely before you paint them. I used regular acrylic colors. You…

Craft ideas for small canvas

These days you can find cute small canvas in craft stores. It is an excellent base for mixed media projects. Here I have used acrylic paints, small twig, clay, paper-flower and stickers from itsy-bitsy. Making bird with clay is very easy. I forgot to take video this time. However I will post the step-by-step video tutorial seperately soon.You can find lots of videos on youtube as well. I pasted the stickers and then used sponge to create the dotted effect on canvas. The small twig is glued on the surface using hot-glue along with the tiny paper flower and bird. Hope you liked it :)

How to draw Mandala designs ?

Mandala is an intricate art form. The usual patterns of mandala are drawn in a circle along with some motifs likes lotus petals and leaves. It is a Sanskrit word which means 'circle'. Mandala is an ancient art which has been used throughout various cultures as a method of self-expression. Its main purpose is to promote self-growth along with spiritual transformation. Mandala Art finds its utmost significance in Buddhism. It has been used in this religion since thousands of years for spiritual transformation and healing. Mandala is an excellent form of meditative art in present time as well. This art can be learnt by anyone who has little interest in drawing. However, even if you are not comfortable with drawing, you can buy drawing books which contain mandala patterns. You can practice these patterns and slowly you will be able to draw few patterns yourself.

I have tried to use the geometric and organic patterns in my Mandala Art. The supplies are black ball-point pen and few…

Diwali : Greetings, cards, DIY

Diwali- the festival of lights- is round the corner. This time its been a long time away from home. You can know how am I feeling :( It is the second time when I am not there at my place. I am really missing my home- making rangoli, lighting diyas and preparing for the festivities with my friends and family. While I am away, I don't want them to miss me either! I decided to paint some cards so that I can send my greetings to them. Isn't it exciting ? It is actually!




You just need a coloring pencils, sketch pens or whatever you like. Here I have used mixed media: acrylic paints, water color pencils and sketch pens.Draw any pattern which you like; I have taken patterns from the internet. Style your cards in any way you want.

Sending a hand-painted greeting card is the perfect way of saying hello to your dear ones and telling them how much you miss them :).

Happy Painting guys!