Thursday, March 29, 2012

DIY Decorative Table Centerpiece

Hi and welcome.....
Today I would like to tell you how I made a Decorative Table Centerpiece......
I am a big fan of Recycling.....Its amazing how a little effort on our side can make a huge
 difference in saving our planet.....
I made the flower in this picture using the bottom of a water gallon....
I used acrylic colors for painting this flower.......

Recycled Flower
But the lonely flower did not serve any purpose, so I decided to make something useful from it....

Decorative Table Centerpiece
I had a decorative plate with me, which I used as the base.....
To it, I added a few glass fillers in the center.......
And then, I placed the flower in the center of the fillers......

Recycled Flower Centerpiece
To add to the glamor, I added a LED candle in the center of the flower......


My Centerpiece was thus completed, and now it sits on my dining table, casting a soft 
glow of happiness :)


 I hope you liked the Tutorial ......Have fun trying it yourself !!
You can also view my post on DIY Flower Light here.....
 And remember........Please Recycle :)





Wednesday, March 28, 2012

M-Seal/ Epoxy Ganesha

M-Seal / Epoxy Ganesha


Hello and welcome to my post on M-Seal Ganesha.......
They say "Necessity is the mother of invention".....and I so totally agree !!!
This Ganesha was made when I couldn't find one to keep in our car......
I used m-seal / epoxy to mould the figure of the idol.......and left it to dry for around 6 hours.....
It is made of an air- drying material, so it did not need any baking....Which means it speeded up the next process i.e. coloring!!
I used Acrylic colors-yellow and vermilion for painting the body surface.....
The details were done with acrylic color- black.......
Last but not the least, I gave it two coats of spray varnish to protect the colors....
And voila, the next thing I know, this sweet Ganesha was sitting in our car with that cute look on his face :)

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

DIY Art on a Bottle

Old Bottle
Hello again.....
You must be wondering what this bottle is doing here, looking so sad and lonely......
I thought so too, and after giving it some thought, I decided to dress it up a little!!!
I used acrylic color as the base and covered up the whole bottle.......
Then I used a 3d outliner- gold to make small circles and the twirls.......
After it dried, I added tiny red rhinestones inside the circles........

Upcycled Bottle

And to make it a little more cute, i replaced the bottle lid with a crystal Hibiscus flower !!!



The Upcycling gave the bottle a very dainty appearance.......
Everytime I look at the bottle, it just makes me Smile :)
Hope you keep smiling too......

Art on a Bottle

Here, I have also added a small video tutorial for this project.......Have Fun :)


video


Monday, March 26, 2012

Greeting Cards

Hi there.....
Welcome to my post on greeting cards.......
I had made some cards with my son,  for his school party, which I would like to share with you....
These are cute little cards, and me and my son had lots of fun making them....
We used construction paper, foam sheets, glitter foam sheets, felt, 3d glitter, sequins, rhinestones etc and played around with scissors and different types of punches....
My sons classmates just loved these cards......
Hope you loved them too :))









Thursday, March 22, 2012

Kalamkari on Wood

Kalamkari on Wood
Kalamkari is a persian word formed by 'Kalam' (pen) and 'Kari'(drawing) which means drawing with a pen....Kalamkari is a traditional Indian art form originating in Andhra Pradesh.....Traditionally the drawings were done with a bamboo pen on cloth using natural dyes.....The pictures drawn in Kalamkari usually consisted of  Gods and Godessess, drawn in very intricate patterns.....
I have used a traditional design on a square wooden tray, which i painted using brushes and acrylic colors instead of a bamboo pen....
The deity forms in the center are traditional designs but the framework temple pattern around the deities is my own design!!
This painting took quite some time to make because of the intricacy of the design.....The most difficult part was the fine detailing which took a lot of time and effort....but the fruit of my labour made me forget my fatigue :)
After finishing the painting inside I finished the borders of the tray using acrylic color- gold to give it a framed look......Last but not the least I gave it two coats of varnish to protect the colors and the wood.....Now it doubles up as a wall- art frame and a serving tray too !!!
Hope you like it as much as I do :))

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

One Stroke Painting on Envelopes

Hi there....
Welcome to my post on one stroke painting.....

One-Stroke Painting on Envelopes
One Stroke Painting involves loading your brush with two or more colors simultaneously, and completing a part of a design in a single stroke......Though it looks simple, it takes a lot of practice to get those strokes correct!!
This art is quite popular nowadays and has stalwarts like Donna Dewberry and Luz Angela making it more famous each passing day.....
I wanted to work on a small scale with mini one strokes, so I chose these pretty envelopes made out of handmade paper......They look classy and are great for gifting during Diwali or weddings....
I have made use of acrylic colors here....
Each envelope has a different flower design, which means that all the strokes are different....
I loved the way they turned out....hope you like them too... :)
Presenting the set of 6 that i completed today.......
You can also visit my post on "One Stroke Painting on Totes" for more designs!!!



Canvas Painting- Tulips

Tulips- Acrylic on Canvas 16x20



Hi and welcome again.....
It took me a few days to put up something new....but as you can see I was working on this!!!
A few days back, i was browsing through some photographs on the internet when i came across this gorgeous photograph of Tulips....They just captured my attention.....I knew i had to do something for them!!!
The credit here goes to the photographer who took this mesmerizing picture, don't you agree??

So, finally i decided that canvas painting could do them the maximum justice......
I like working with acrylic paints, so i have used them for this painting......And.....It turned out pretty well......
I am quite glad i took up this project, as i am very happy with the results.....
Now I have put up this painting in my kitchen and it just brightens up the place :)



( No copyright infringement intended)

Sunday, March 11, 2012

DIY Denim Painting

Denim Painting


Hi...Today i would like to show you the pair of jeans that i painted for my niece.....
My cute little niece is a tomboy who loves flowers, so while thinking of a gift for her, i narrowed down to painting flowers on her jeans!! :)



I grabbed my bottles of fabric colors, armed myself with brushes and got down to work......I started working freehand directly on the jeans.....The flowers bloomed first followed by the branches and then those teensy- weeny leaves........Then came out my 3d outliners......I am so in love with 3d outliners that they feature in most of my works!! The tiny blue flowers and the floral definitions were done last with the outliners....
The whole piece turned out cuter than i expected.....and the best part of it.....my niece totally adored it!!
Hope you like it too :)

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Bride on a Box !!!

Bride on a Box


Hi and welcome again....
Today i would like to share with you how i made this bride on a jewellery box ....
Actually this was a wooden perfume box that i upscaled into a jewellery box and gifted it to my sister during her wedding...this was part of her "Rukhwat" or the bridal display of gifts from the mother's side....
The theme blended quite well with her wedding.....
First i sanded the box to make it smooth and then painted it all over with acrylic color- black....Then i got out my pack of air drying clay and started moulding the bride part by part over the box itself...When she was complete, i left her to dry for a day......I was too tired after all the effort, so while she rested i rested too!!
Next day, with renewed zeal i got back to work on the bride again.....I wanted the bride to look happy, so i chose all the bright acrylic colors for her clothes.....I painted her part by part and let her dry for a few hours....Then i took out my 3d outliners and gave detailing to her outfit....Finally i painted her face, hands and feet and gave facial features for that smiling bridal face.....This coy and dressed up bride sure made my sis smile!!!
Last but not the least i put a satin lining inside the box to make soft interiors....After all the box was meant to store jewelry!!


Thursday, March 8, 2012

3D Decoupage

3D Decoupage
Hi....
Read this post to see how 3d decoupage can transform a simple photograph into a 3d wonder......
As you can see, this method actually brings the focal picture to the fore!!
Here i have used 2 layers over the original photograph....
Each petal was individually cut and pasted on the base picture with 3d glue to give it that raised effect.....
Once the whole flower was completed, i added a second layer in a similar fashion.......
Though the whole process was intricate and time costuming, the effect was really awesome..... 
I just love to see how the flower actually springs to life!!
Why don't you try it and have some fun!! Enjoy!!


Wednesday, March 7, 2012

DIY 3D Symbolic Saraswati

3D Saraswati


3D Saraswati
Saraswati is the Indian goddess of knowledge. She is specially worshipped on the hindu festival of Dussehra...
Traditionally this picture i.e the symbolic form of Saraswati, was drawn on slate or paper and then worshipped....Thus a new picture was drawn every year....I have made the same one in a permanent form and added it to a frame....
I have made the linework with 3d glitter- gold(puffy paint ) and then added rhinestones to give it a more embellished look....The leaf at the bottom is symbolic of actual gold which i have painted in a contrasting green...........
Some final work with the border and my 3d saraswati was ready :)
Hope you liked it....you can leave a comment below to let me know you did....
Thanks for visiting....See you again soon :)



Wishing everyone a very joyous and colorful holi.....
May the festival of colors bring happiness in your life...
HOLI HAI !!!

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

DIY Gond painting on a T-shirt

T-Shirt painting
Gond Painting
Welcome to my latest work.
Recently i bought this gorgeous denim-blue colored t-shirt which was plain on the front.




I didn't want to wear it plain, so i decided to spruce it up with some artwork...
I had come across this beautiful gond painting design on the net sometime back and was itching to use it somewhere, so i decided to put this Indian folk art on my tee for everyone to see....hey that rhymed ;)
Anyways, i pulled out my fabric paints and fine brushes and got down to it.
Made a few tweaks to the original intricate pattern....and used a little 3d outliner (puffy paints) for the finishing touches.....
I love to add something of my own to anything that i make....and there it was!!
 My cute little peacock pair on my favorite tee!!!
Hope you like it as much as i do :)
Let me know you were here by leaving a comment below.....
Thanks for visiting and come back soon :)





DIY Artsy Mixed Media - Deer Family

Mixed Media
Hi, today i'll show you the artwork i created for a friend, for her housewarming. 
This is mixed media on a wooden ply 6 inches by 6 inches in a wooden frame.


Deer Family
 I started by painting the wooden frame with acrylic color- black and kept it to dry.......
In the meanwhile, i sanded the base and painted it with acrylic colors- blue and black.
I made the tree with 3D outliner- gold and the leaves with rhinestones .
Last i painted the deer silhouettes with acrylic color- gold.
The last step was to assemble the base in the frame and voila!! a beautiful piece was ready to gift....
I just loved the way it turned out and my friend loved it too!!!
You can leave a comment below to let me know if you liked it too.....
I can also make this for a custom order....
Email me at amber.art2012@gmail.com if you want one :)
Thanks for visiting and come back soon for more!!!


Welcome!!!



Hello and a warm welcome to my blog.
My blog is a platform to showcase all the little things i create from my heart. My creations make me happy....They are varied forms of art including different types of paintings and a whole lot of crafts!! I love to experiment with a variety of materials including paper, fabric, epoxy, clay and of course colors!!
Hope you have fun reading my blog and be inspired to create something of your own...
All items are my own creations, unless otherwise specified and copying them would be hurtful :(
Enjoy!!!