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Photography Instincts:That Broken Twig!

One day while crossing the road of a local market, I came across this broken twig from a nearby tree. My eyes instantly fell on it and I was intrigued by the sheer beauty of its symmetry, each of the six leaves half dried and half green lay lifeless on the road.

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That Broken Twig

Was it a picture of the onset of autumn, when the leaves or twigs, like many others, are destined to drop from its branch one day or was it the twig’s tough luck that a pair of quarreling crows on the branch forced it to part ways from its companions, still flourishing and lush green up there?

I guess the latter was true. Its half green and half dried state signified its once lush green appearance and how its leaves were gradually drying out at the edges. The day was approaching when it would completely dry out and crumble into pieces to become a part of mother earth, which had once nourished it to life.

So much said, at that hour I only had my mobile phone handy. And since I never miss a chance to capture Mother Nature’s sheer beauty, I captured this one in my phone and my memory.

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.

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

Its just the beginning

Hi there, all you homemakers, glad to have you here!

So here I am; after all these years of running around for studies, corporate life, challenges of the personal life; taking an altogether different route to connect back with my long lost friends, family, make new friends and share loads of stuff that forms an integral part of a homemaker’s life.

This is a platform for all the working/non-working, married/single women to share their thoughts, experiences, expertise and hobbies, speak their hearts out, share their daily challenges and their ways of dealing with them.

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