Wednesday, July 30, 2014


Walls can act as a blank canvas,  ready to be painted upon and that is what has happened with me. One of the walls in our balcony has a wooden shelf, in which I have kept earthen knick-knacks. Around it, I wanted to paint. Something, perhaps that can go well with the general setting in a balcony like Plants, pots, greenery etc;

So one afternoon with hubby out of town and kids at school, I started  the painting on the wall.

First I painted, little birds in some of the boxes inside the wooden shelf. Then came the tree, its branches and some more birds.

The interpretation of the final picture is something like this. An  old tree with new branches and stems springing out of it, giving shelter to many birds.

I really enjoyed the whole process and also the outcome. I can spend the entire afternoon and evenings in my terrace-balcony. Nature has the ability to soothe and calm your senses. So true, isn't it?

Also, I would like to share with all of you, a paint job that I have done on an old cabinet. This cabinet has been with us for more than 5 years now. Right from day 1,that it came to our home I intended to paint on it.

Earlier had thought of doing up Warli figures on it. Somehow by the time I actually came to doing it, lost interest on Warli.

Finally have painted tribal, folk motifs on it. And the interesting part is I took inspiration of the motifs from normal, regular stuff used at home like the elephants had been embroidered on one of my tapestry, the flower motif on the lowest drawer was weaved in my kancheepuram saree.

How has it shaped up? After these two projects I really want to focus on something other than painting..

Tried my hands at Quillling too. Thanks to my daughter who had a jewellery making kit and that's how it started and progressed to  making frames.Will share it with you all soon.

 Paper crafts is also something else that my hands are itching to do...So much to do and so little time...

 See you all soon..

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Tanjore painting on Pooja Mandapam

As you all now know that we have recently shifted into our new home.This time around ,one thing that was in my mind was creating a pooja manadapam . Also wanted to highlight the mandapam using some special Indian art  form.

Tanjore painting and glass painting were the two options considered. what I had in my mind was to get either of these painting done or bought and get it fixed on the manadapam. The choice of Gods was another aspect.(since we Hindus have an endless list to choose from). Finally we narrowed down on THE VIGHNAHARTA-LORD GANESHA.

Though both glass painting and Tanjore painting were on my mind, felt Tanjore painting with the gold embossing will give the necessary highlight to the mandapam.

The size of the painting could not be very big as there was this size restriction. Somehow smaller sizes of Tanjore painting is not easily available in the market.Scouting for the required size was the best part as this gave me an opportunity to visit so many of the art emporiums...I know my hubby would not have been so pleased... Finally I found a lady in my neighborhood who has learnt the art and she agreed to take up this project.Though she takes up such orders and customizes them,I feel she needs  more practice as I am not too pleased with the finishing part.

Anyway,since the Ganesha painting is fixed in the mandapam inside a glass casing,the flaws are not too prominent.
Let me  first give you a glimpse of the painting.

The image below is how the manadapam turned out to be.We fixed the Tanjore painting inside the glass frame after providing a backdrop with orange coloured handmade paper. I think the orange and blue combination works well.what is your opinion?


And now for the final image with the deities placed inside.

It's placing in  our home is also such that when I wake up in the morning, to enter the kitchen, I can  first take blessings  and then begin my daily routine.

Am happy with the final outcome.what is your take on it? Let me know.Share your experiences of doing up your home.Would love to hear from you.

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