Monday, September 21, 2015


This post has been lying around in my drafts bin for a while and today is the day it is going to see the light!

Warli art has been around for many many years. But lately I feel like its gained a lot of popularity. It is everywhere! Its on the walls of a civic building, on sarees, on dresses, on shoes - everywhere!

Obviously it is very eye catching and easy to draw too. I ended up buying may be a couple Warli adorned products and then I decided to make my own Warli.

These stick figures are so simple to draw!

For S's bday this year we went to pottery classes. It was super fun - getting hands all muddy with river bed clay. Throwing the mud on a potters wheel (This one was electric wheel) and pinching squeezing and pushing around the clay to give it many shapes was a great experience. 
Our teacher for the day was so passionate about the art and taught us well. May be that made the whole experience all the more enjoyable.

By around the same time I had also drawn a couple warli inspired drawings in my book and then I decided to paint it on to the pots that we brought home. :)

So here they are completely hand made - hand decorated, warli adorned earthen pots!

Happy birthday S! Cute looking pots to remember your 2015 bday - won't you say?! :)

Kundan rangoli

Its festival season!! Finally!

I feel like festivals bring in so much positive energy. They are a busy time, no doubt. Busy socializing, busy decorating, busy shopping, busy cooking and hence busy making memories year after year.

Living in an apartment community is not new to us. But a community that actively celebrates all festivals is a first. So, even if nothing special is happening at home on these festivals, simply going out and taking part in the community celebrations brings out the festival spirit.

I had to take a (long) break from my crafting but the festivals have rekindled the enthusiasm to decorate. I made these Kundan (rhine stones) rangoli for Ganesh Chaturthi. One for home sweet home and one more for Amma's

Simple procedure -
1. Draw your design on paper.
2. Place that paper under an OHP sheet.
3. Stick stones on the sheet with glue as per the design you can see through the sheet.
4. Give it ample time to dry and then cut out the design

Supplies Needed:

1. Kundan Stones / Rhine stones
2. Fabric Glue - this dried clear and had held the stones well on the OHP sheet.
3. OHP sheet.
4. Scissors.
5. Design of your choice on paper.

This is how the first one turned out.
The best part it is rearrangeable, so you get many deigns out of one rangoli.

Changing the background is an option too.

Here is a look at the second one.

And this is how that turned out.

This is our beloved Ganapathi this year. We went eco friendly and opted for very minimal paint on the idol. S thinks we should take it a step further and get ganapthi who will stay with us for good, instead of having to get and dispose one each year. Not a bad idea!

This is the pink rangoli in front of Amma's Ganapthi.

Glad festival season is here and gladder that my craft supplies are out!