Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Been doodling..

Thank you for looking at the pictures :) The doodles are personal. Please let me know if you wish to use them anywhere :)

Friday, April 12, 2013

They were framed

I have the patience of a two year old.

The art of framing has managed to highlight that yesterday.

But my love for framed art far supercedes my frustration of an imperfect job

So I toiled...

Found these lovely  paper serviettes at a stationery shop ( in Singapore!! - Indian design is indeed in!)

Dont they make a gorgeous backdrop for my Batik lady?

My doodled fish finds a sea of lotuses and marigold to swim in :)

Remnants of a Patchwork bedsheet for my new art

Can u guess what this is...

Yes! A paper plate to border my tribal man and woman
And yes you observant one, they are earrings!

This piece has been a butt of a good number of jokes from family referencing my love for Indian jewelley designs

I am not deterred

A simple frame renders the humble Kalamkari into a piece of art

And another..

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Bathroom reveal

The idea was to give my daughter's bathroom an ethnic colourful update as I was quite bored with the previous white and gray minimalist look.

The initial plan of painting the tile in Jewel tones was eschewed after finding out how laborious tile painting could be and how ephemeral.

But I was itching to cover up the bland white tiles greeting me everytime I sat on the throne.

Meet my 2 dollar a pack of 12 rectangular wood blocks.

Just a spray of metallic gold and voila!

I had bought some pretty fabric from Spotlight the previous day.

This was cut and decoupaged onto the face of the blocks.


 My pretty pretty blocks!

Now Something about the decoupage glue. I actually used modpodge as the first coat,  followed by a home made version.

Tapioca starch and water boiled together! ( I remember my mother getting her lovely cotton sarees starched and sundried on the terrace)


This viscous goo actually does a good job of decoupage but on certain surfaces , u still need to use a basecoat of modpodge as its not sticky enough once it dries

I then cut out pieces of the same fabric to cover up the blue tiles around the mirror. Starch did the  job here



The decoupaged rectangles were stuck to the wall using - sorry I forget the name- Its a powdery tooth paste like glue- could be epoxy.

Lined the mirror with a decorative 'Zari' border

The towel holder was promptly changed

Even the wooden cow I got from the UK got a Desi update ;)

The toilet roll holder wasnt spared either

Borrowed my daughter's glitter glue to face lift an old starburst

My decoupaged lotus on cork board found a place on the vanity shelf door ....

....and the decoupaged tray for the toiletries

Table runner used as a curtain, just for my indulgence :)

Lastly I changed the lighting from incandescent white to a warm yellow.

Im unable to get a good pic of the overall makeover but I have managed to satisfy a very important client - my daughter :)

Thank you +Patricia Torres  Patricia  for the link party :)

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Lit up!

I love how the craft of lighting up a place has progressed so wonderfully over the years.

LED lighting has brought about a definite advancement in this department.

Its simple to instal, long lasting not to mention energy friendly.

Even better if Solar powered!

Just wooden cut outs with lights under

During the day...

Isnt this gorgeous!

Who wouldnt want to own a jewel like this?

Simple lighting brings a sea change

This Solar powered cutie can light up any corner

What do you think..

Monday, April 1, 2013

All in a day's work

This is what I do during my lunch hour and in between :)
Ssshhh! Dont tell the boss.


Being a Gemini entails I have a flavour of the month every 2 days! Its currently decoupage for me despite many failed first attempts.

But this time I persisted and bought myself a pricey bottle of modpodge and set out to pursue this seemingly arduous activity.

Having tucked my daughter into bed, I sat cross legged on my bamboo mat with dogged determination. I was going to get to the bottom of this.

A quick trip ( Its never quick) to the 2 dollar store the previous day had me fully equipped. Beautiful squares of japanese craft paper in various colours and patterns were acquired. Any fabric remotely Indian looking was grabbed and brought home. There was no looking back !

Not bad for a beginner eh ?!


My first attempt at Madhubani