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Celebrating Ganesha’s Arrival with Art

Ganesha Chaturthi is around the corner. The festival of welcoming the elephant God home is celebrated in most parts of India and is especially popular among the people residing on the west coast of the Indian subcontinent.

It is a 10 day long festival, during which Lord Ganesha, the God of wisdom and prosperity, is welcomed to various households. After worshipping his idols for these 10 days, starting with Ganesha Chaturthi, the idols are immersed in water bodies, symbolic that the elephant God fills the house with happiness and prosperity, and takes away all the negativity with Him, only to come back the next year, with the same fervour and the same purpose.

As the air is imbued with the excitement around Ganapati celebrations, the media is already abuzz with articles related to the festival, the best pandal (Read: temporary shrine) in town, the best place to get modaks (Ganesha’s favourite sweet) to offer to Lord Ganesha, the new eco-friendly Ganesha statue, the best Ganesha sand art, Ganapati Goodies, and the list is endless.

While some people around the world find different ways to impress the Lord of Good beginnings and others try to take business advantage from the current buzz around Ganapati celebrations, I express my love and devotion to my favourite Lord through this simple, yet close to my heart painting.

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Being an ardent deity of Ganapati, His painting was the first that I made when I picked the paintbrush after years (may be only after the school art classes). This painting is extremely special to me and beautifies one of the walls of the Pooja (Read Prayer) room of my house.

Hope you like this!

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Art and Emotions in One Frame

A few days back, when I was busy completing yet another craft project, my mom came up to me and stretched out her hand to give me something and said, ‘Can you make something for this?’ On realizing what she was handing over to me, my eyes welled up with tears. It was mom and dad’s first photograph after marriage.

They had kept it preserved since 1965 and gleefully narrated the day they had gone to get the picture clicked at a famous studio in Connaught Place, Delhi (India). A few days after their wedding mom and dad went to get their first professionally clicked photograph as a couple. On that day, dad adorned his favorite black suit and mom wore a pretty orange sari, along with her wedding jewelry. I love this photograph of mom and dad and till date we tell mom that they made for the most charming couple we have ever seen.

After we had refurnished the house some years back, the photograph had been taken off the photo frame and kept safely in a plastic wrap to make space for new show pieces and other family photos.

Ever since we lost dad a few years back, mom had very rarely mentioned to us about dad and how much she missed her life partner. That day when mom handed me the photograph felt as if she was asking me to help her revive and relive her long forgotten moments and feel dad’s presence in her life.

I could not have let go of a chance to get some positive vibes to mom’s life and especially when she was the one keen on that. That’s when I decided to make a photo frame for the picture, rather than purchasing one.

Some online tutorials and my creativity helped me create a lovely cardboard photo frame to fit my favorite photograph. I added to its beauty by using quilling art and some Fevicryl Golden Glitter Glue to decorate it.

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I was the most satisfied when the best feedback for the picture frame came from mom when she said, ‘tune to char chand laga diye humari photo par’ (An idiom used in Hindi to tell that a thing looks prettier that before).

The Photo in its frame sits beautifully on a showcase in the living room of my house and usually gets an appreciative notice from the guests.

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Hope you like this.

First 500 Likes!

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Its just been a little under two months when I published my first post on ‘A Homemaker’s World’ and I proudly mention the first 500 likes on my blog.

Thank you all for appreciating and encouraging me with your compliments every time I post on the blog.

This means a lot to me and will definitely take my zest for writing more interesting posts and articles one step ahead.

Hugs!!

Extending My Best Wishes via Hand Painted Gift Tags

I keep taking up a lot of art and craft projects to make something new and useful for my home and loved ones and most often use handmade paper as the base. Since the paper does not get used entirely, I am left with lots of pieces of handmade paper, big and small.

Handmade paper forms a raw yet colourful and ‘no-so-plain’ background for the art piece as well as gives sturdiness to the final product, making it last longer. Broadly, it makes for a perfect base to portray my creativity with colours and the paintbrush.

My sheer adoration for the paper makes me think of new ways to creatively utilize the leftover pieces.

The idea of making Gift Tags or Congratulatory Message Cards on Gifts popped up in my mind and I started my new craft DIY project. 🙂

Method:

  • Cut the paper into equal rectangular shapes, which forms the basic shape for the gift tag
    • You can take any shape you prefer, i.e. diamond, circular, oval or square, but make sure that there is enough space on the paper to decorate as well as write a congratulatory message 🙂
  • You can start by making a rough sketch/drawing of the design/shape you wish to put on the gift tag
    • If you are an expert artist, skip this step and straight away start making the desired design using colours, paintbrush and some marker pens
    • I prefer to draw with a pencil before starting to add colours 🙂
  • You could make occasion specific drawings/designs
    • For example, a pram for a baby shower gift tag; a bouquet for multiple occasions; conical caps, cakes and confetti for birthday gifts; and paisley prints for Indian occasions and other celebrations, Ganesha/Swastik/Lakshmi ji’s feet for Diwali gift tags

Here is a look at the first set of gift tags I painted and used these for conveying my best wishes to loved ones. There is no better feeling in the world than gifting something handmade. The recipient treasures it for a lifetime and you can’t imagine how carefully preserved your handmade gift will be kept. I have seen this in my family and always get encouraged for making more handmade stuff.

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Handmade Gift Tags/Congratulatory Message Cards for Gifts

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Ganesha Gift Tag for an Indian Celebration/Festival like Diwali/Marriage/Housewarming Gift

Alternately, just like many people use occasion based flags for inserting in cakes, I made a sort of miniature placard by pasting a toothpick at the back to make a ‘Happy Birthday Mummy’ card for placing on my mom’s birthday cake.

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Gift Tag Used as a Miniature Placard/Flag for Cake

Hope you like these 🙂

My Tryst with the Paint Brush: Radha Krishna Painting

Yes, I do have a special connection with God and this makes me the person I am. I certainly believe in the presence of a guiding power above. Even as a child when I used to paint or sketch, I sketched Gods.

Indians are born and brought up in an environment of moral, cultural and traditional values. And my parents always taught me to be conscious about the presence of the Almighty, who is not only keeping a close watch on us but guiding us at every step we take. This feeling has kept me humble, made me a good critic of myself and helped me develop a personality that makes me thank the Almighty everyday for a beautiful day.

When I hold the paint brush, it’s usually me and him, the paint brush. I am not the kind of painter, who has learnt the art, studied the subject and can paint a beautiful sketch anytime and anywhere, but yes, I do have a creative side.

People say the subject of the paintings, the use of colours and the story behind the painting exhibit’s an artist’s thoughts, frame of mind and emotional state.

I love to pick the paint brush when I am connected with my internal self, the self that I explain as pure, passionate, happy, and most importantly, satiated about how life presently treats me.  This is when I feel closest to the purest part in me, the God (as they say everyone has God deep within them, you only need to have the eyes to see the invisible).

This is one reason that when I sketch or paint, there is an angle of godliness, beauty, culture and tradition in some way.

This time, my heart said I think of Love as my subject of art. And when one connects love with godliness, the only image that comes to mind is of the ‘Yugal Sarkar’ (Young almighty couple), Lords Radha and Krishna.

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Radha Krishna

Lord Krishna is said to be so fond of Radha ji that in order to please Him, you just need to please Radhe Rani. That’s why people all over the world fondly chant ‘Radhe Radhe’.

I made this painting using handmade paper, fabric and water colours, and marker pens. A quick sketch of the Lords of Love and I got down to painting a beautiful and colourfully vibrant image.

This painting represents the Yugal Sarkar, the couple, the epitome of oneness, signifying that the universe is complete by the presence of both masculine and feminine energies. The portrait presents them in pure bliss, with Krishna playing the flute and Radha helping him hold it, this according to me, is a display of love, harmony and understanding in a relationship.

The peacock feather that Krishna adorns on his head is said to ward off negativity from the environment and the beautiful colours in the feather bring happiness and good vibes.

The yellow clothes worn by Shri Krishna symbolise his Pitaambar dhari (wearer of yellow attire, another name for various avatars of Vishnu) form that reflects His ultimate level of knowledge and godliness, while Radha Rani’s Red and Green attire portrays her as the Goddess of youth, beauty, fertility, love and happiness.

These are my musings and portrayal of the ultimate power of love and harmony through this colourful painting of Lords Radha Krishna.

Hope you like this.

Illuminating My World Through Bangle Candle Holders

Hello there!

Here’s another craft DIY by A Homemaker’s World. This time its candle holders made from glass bangles.

There was this big box of old yet colorful and glittery bangles lying around my home for quite some time. In Indian traditions we consider broken bangles inauspicious for any further use. The bangles I had were a mix of broken and unbroken, yet old ones. So i carefully pulled out the whole ones and disposed off the broken ones.

I really wished to make something bright and colorful with these bangles, so decided to make a few candle holders.

I started by placing 12-15 bangles in a beautiful sequence as is usually worn on hands, a mix of 2-3 colors of bangles and a few glittery ones. I cut a round shaped cardboard to make the base of the candle holders. Next, I started gluing the bangles one on top of another in the sequence I had initially arranged the bangles in.  Finally, placed a golden ribbon (Gota Patti) around the base of the holders to enhance its beauty. I let glue of the candle holders dry overnight. And the next morning, the candle holders were ready to be used.

Below are a few images of the candle holders, there illuminating effect, how they enhance the decor of my living room, and there alternative use as well. Take a look!

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Colorful and Glittery Glass Bangles Candle Holders

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Colorful and Glittery Glass Bangles Candle Holders

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Candle Holder with Candle/Wax Diya

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Lit Up Candle Creating the Beautiful Illuminating Effect

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Beautiful Decor for Living Rooms or Side Tables

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Beautiful Decor for Living Rooms or Side Tables

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Beautiful Decor for Living Rooms or Side Tables

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Alternate Use of Glass Bangles Holder – Multi-Purpose 🙂

I loved making these holders as they are being used not only as candle holders, but as multi-purpose article holders in my home. They look beautiful kept as center pieces and on side tables, and go perfectly with the traditional Indian decor of my home.

These can be made using old or new bangles. I am planning to make few more for my home, especially around the Diwali time when diyas and candles take center stage at Indian homes. Therefore, to avoid the mess of oil and wax spills , these beautiful candle/diya holders will work just fine.

🙂

My Ballerina Dances to the Tunes of Quilling

Quilling is the art of paper rolling I happened to come across while browsing some pins over Pinterest. Since that day I have come to adore and appreciate this art form in a big big way. Mind you, this art form requires patience to take the shape of the final product you wish to make, but the final product is always worth it.

Through this post I wish to share with you a beautiful ballerina wall hanging that I made for my home.

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Ballerina Wall Hanging Using Quilling

Requirements:

  1. For the quilled ballerina you would need a basic quilling kit, which includes a quilling pin, quilling strips and glue. There are other advanced quilling kits, but this DIY project requires just the basic kit.
  2. For the wall hanging, all you need is a cardboard, a chart paper or handmade paper, a base for the wall hanging (in my case, I used a beautiful cane mat to make the wall hanging).  So lets get started.

Steps to make the quilling ballerina wall hanging:

  1. Take a cardboard and cut it to a piece measuring approximately 6” X 8”.
  2. Cut an 8” X 10” piece of chart paper or handmade paper to cover the cardboard base. I would suggest using a stiff paper like a handmade paper to give a sturdy base to paste the quills. Also, use lighter shades of handmade paper as lighter shades will bring out the colours used for making the quilled ballerina.
  3. Make fine slits at the corners of the paper so as to allow the edges of the paper to be turned and pasted on the reverse of the cardboard. Finesse in pasting the paper will make the background of the artwork look neat and professionally done.
  4. Now we start making the quills. In case you are a beginner the following YouTube video by AV Visuals link will help you make the basic quills easily: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wULr0mYYr8c
  5. Take the picture provided for reference to make the quills step by step and arrange them neatly on the cardboard.
  6. Once, the shape, size and placement look perfect; take a small portion of glue to paste all the quills to make the ballerina come to its final shape.
  7. Stick this cardboard of the cane mat being used as the base for wall hanging. Alternately, you could use another cardboard and make a hole at the top and insert a thick golden/colourful thread to make the wall hanging.
  8. Keep the wall hanging aside for the glue to dry. Let it dry overnight if possible.
  9. The Beautiful ballerina wall hanging using quilling is ready.

P.S.: You can also make a card or a table showpiece instead of a wall hanging.

I came across this ballerina just as a Pin on Pinterest, loved it and instantly decided to make it. However, there were no instructions on how make this. Therefore, I decided to make it easier for my followers by providing these steps to make this wall hanging.

Hope you like this. Please share your views on this.

Happy Quilling! 🙂

Sources: Pinterest and YouTube