Now this is what I call an afternoon well spent: A light drizzle from the gods, sweet smell of wet earth, a cuppa ginger chai, white canvas shoes and acrylics! (not to mention a happy soul with a brush in her hand and ‘Somewhere over the Rainbow’ on her lips).
What can come out of this, you ask? Well, have a look for yourself!
You like? I. Heart.
If you have a man-child at home who leaves wet bottomed glasses on wooden furniture despite several warnings; you know it’s time to have some coasters!
I have collected a few foam crates. You know the black ones that carry veggies? I thought it would be a good idea to use them as coasters. I paired these with some old book pages, hand drawn illustrations and lots of Mod Podge. As you can see, the coasters came out quite satisfying.
I will show you how I made these, but before that let me share some tips and bloopers with you.
- I recommend Mod Podge ‘Outdoor’ as it is water-resistant. I ran out of it and used the Matte Finish Mod Podge – Not a good idea.
- While pasting paper on to the surface, make sure to remove air bubbles and give it a smooth finish.
- Once you cut the foam sheets, smooth out the edges with sand paper. CAUTION: You must do this outdoors or over the sink as the tiny shavings are going to fly about and you’re not going to like it.
A quick and easy tutorial to make your own Photo Magnets!
These are easy peasy to make.
It would be nice to use ceramic or wooden tiles, but I didn’t have any so cardboard it is!
Stick the photos to the cardboard and apply generous coats of Mod Podge on it.
Remember to let the coat dry before you apply the next. Super glue magnets at the back.
Your photo magnets are ready to use!
It was a crazy month! It took me precisely two hundred and eighty eight hours to illustrate an Integrated workbook for senior kindergarten children. This is the first time I have hand drawn and digitized an entire book of over a hundred pages! Kudos to me 🙂
In the meantime, I could barely concentrate on anything else except these clay pendants and some photo magnets (coming up next). I made these for my friend Aashi, who turned 5 last week. They are made with white clay, baked and painted. Stringed together with colorful hemp threads.
I am in the process of designing an art activity book called My First Art Expression. It is researched and written by artist, art teacher and my guru Neha Asher.
Neha aunty (as I have called her all my life) has been teaching at her Art school in Pune, India for the past 20 years. She has been an inspiration to many like me. Neha aunty has taught me to love and enjoy whatever I do and I am grateful to have her as a mentor and friend.
Here is a glimpse of her paintings. Most of them find a nucleus around ‘The Woman’ and that is what I love about her style.
Read more about Neha Asher and her work on her website www.ashersartcorner.com.
Last week my young friends and I spent four lazy afternoons trying out some of the activities from her book. We sure had a blast as we learnt about coloring, making our own stamps, doodling and making paper bags!
People, I give you the brightest kids I know: Aditi, Shreya, Aashi, Succhay and Dhanvin!
The activity book will hit stands by the end of April 2013. Stay tuned!
It’s always nice to read the words ‘You have been nominated for an award!‘ and this time it is from my blogging neighbor Lili & Mum’s!! Thank you guys! Love you back! You are very kind.
As a part of the nomination I have to state 7 facts about myself. Well, there are so many things about me on the About page but I am sure I can come up with 7 more!
So here goes:
- I am a proud Indian.
- I love the sun.
- I can communicate in 4 languages (Hindi -my national language, Marathi -my state language, Gujarati – my first language and English). I understand French, trying to learn Kannada (a South Indian language) and currently hooked on to Spanish.
- I adore Audrey Hepburn. I would like to believe that there is a little bit of her in me.
- I have been wearing spectacles since eight grade. I hate them.
- I have seen more than 250 movies last year. These include Asian, European, Russian and Australian movies. I am planning to break that record this year.
- I am away from my family and I miss them dearly 😦
Here are my nominations for this special award. I didn’t have to think twice to nominate these amazing bloggers. They have given me much more than they know! Thank you for inspiring me dear bloggers and Congratulations!
In no particular order, the nominations are….(drum roll, please)
- Design by Lulu
- Building this Nest
- Corissa Nelson Art
- The Thinking Closet
- KP Design
- Foxes and Tea
- Pillows A-La-Mode
- 129 Twig and Vine
- Nice and Knit
- The Ever-Budding Bear
- Millie on her World
- The Nomadic Kitchen
- Katona ~ At Home
- Cozy Crooked Cottage
- Bear Haven Mama’s Tales
The rules for accepting a blog award are as follows:
1. Display award image on your blog page.
2. Link back to the person who nominated you.
3. State 7 facts about yourself.
4. Nominate 15 other bloggers for the award.
5. Notify the bloggers that they have been nominated and link to their posts.
I have wanted to make these for the longest time! Snow globes are easy to make and are great gifts! Always nice to have one on your desk. This is my version of a quick and simple handmade Snow Globe.
What you will need:
1. Empty, clean glass jar with a secure lid : It could be any size. I use empty honey jars.
2. Distilled water : This is better to use. Tap water would just turn yellow and do nasty things to your globe like growing bacteria!
3. A Plastic Figurine : I used one of my clay figurines to make them extra special. (The globe with the pregnant girl was a gift for my pregnant friend!)
4. Glitter/ Fake snow
5. Super Glue/Epoxy
6. Glycerine : I didn’t have one handy. But if you do I’d recommend using it. It will make your snow fall in slow-mo and make it look prettier!
1. Get all your supplies ready.
2. Pour distilled water into the jar. Don’t fill it up to the brim, leave a little breather.
3. Add glitter.
4. Super glue your figurine to the lid.
5. Slowly close the lid making sure you secure it tightly.
6. Shake ’em up and let it snow!