Lippan Work (Mirror work)

I love lippan work and always wanted to do it πŸ™‚ One day I got quick dry clay, mirrors and did it on the regular canvas πŸ™‚Β 

Lippan Work : Mud and Mirror Work (also known as Lippan Kaam) is a traditional mural craft of Kutch, Gujarat, India. Lippan or mud-washing using materials locally available in the region like mixture of clay and camel dung keeps the interiors of the houses cool.

The process takes lots of patience and precision. You need to roll the clay and keep sticking mirrors and rolled clay according to the way you like.

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In progress….Β 
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Done πŸ™‚Β 
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I used acrylic colors to paint πŸ™‚Β 

Warli Art Workshop

Conducted warli art workshop with friends in june 2019 at home.

Things needed: Acrylic colors,Β  6″X6″ canvas (12), paint brushes

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workshop setupΒ 
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During workshop
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Final outcome
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with all artists πŸ™‚

No to Plastic Bag, Spoon & Fork

I don’t like to use plastic materials for my daily usage. We all know the problems created by hazardous use of plastics. I don’t want to discuss those. But I would like to share how you can cut off your usage of plastics πŸ™‚
When I was in India, I never take plastic bags from vendors or shop keepers. When I had a vacation in my college, I used to go to each small/big stores and tried to convince shop keepers not to use plastic bags πŸ™‚ I still remember those 5 stores where I have successfully convinced shop keepers and they stopped using plastics πŸ™‚
I always feel that rather than blaming the system of our country, I should focus on doing something as a normal citizen πŸ™‚
and that’s what I did! That was my little contribution to the environment πŸ™‚
When I came to USA. I was shocked to see the usage of plastic here. I know that every product got recycled here. That’s fine! But US is spending lots of energy and money to recycle them! Again, I used my own way of fighting against it. The whole culture and people are different here. You can not go to Walmart store and convince the shop keeper! No! But yes, you can perform your tiny little steps to make your house plastic free πŸ™‚
When you go to any grocery shops at USA, you end up getting your vegetables in at least 10-12 plastic bags every week! 40 plastic bags a month and 480 plastic bags a year!
So to avoid that, I requested my mom to make cloth bags for carrying vegetables from grocery stores. I keep all the vegetables and fruits in this cloth bags, and I keep these bags directly into my refrigerator. My vegetables and fruits also stay fresh because cloth bags absorbs extra moisture.
I simply put those cloth bags in washer for cleaning. and I keep 10-12 cloth bags in my big grocery cloth bag in my car all the time. So whenever I need to go for buying grocery, My little cloth bags are always there lying in my car πŸ™‚
You can also make these bags at home. Go to Walmart or Michales and get cloth material. cut them into rectangle shape and cover 3 of it side and you are done!
Here are pictures of my cloth bags πŸ™‚
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Whenever I go to any grocery store, Cashier loves my cloth bags and always asks about it. And I explain them every time that how I am making a change and not harming our environment πŸ™‚
Another big thing which I noticed here is whenever you go to any party or at friend’s place for get to gather, they use plastic spoons and forks. It hurts me when I see that big Costco box of 500 plastic spoons at my friend’s house 😦
I used to do that before too. But I realized after some time and bought 30 steel spoons from Walmart and after that when I have a party at my home, I always use these steel spoons πŸ™‚
but If I am outside my house and still want to use steel spoon and fork then?
For that I made carry case to bring steel spoon and steel fork and I keep it in my purse all the time. Even if I am going to my friend’s place – I use my steel spoon and fork πŸ™‚
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Let me show you the steps of how I made these spoon/fork carrying case:
Step 1: Buy little thick cloth from walmart/ Michaels (They are always available in fabric section)
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Step 2: Usually they came into A4 size of a paper, so cut them into half.
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Step 3: You can use any thick string and needle to make stitches on it. I used woolen yarn and yarn needle( purchased these from Michales)
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Step 4: Insert yarn into needle. Turn half of the cloth to make a pouch to hold spoon and fork. and try toΒ stitch it from bottom and its sides. (you can use any type of stitch of your choice.)
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Step 5: To make its cover, Just close the half of the portion from top and put one long string in the middle to close the pouch.
Step 6: You don’t need to do any kind of stitches on any side of the pouch now. I did that to decorate it further. But you can skip it if you don’t want to do that.
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And here are my beautiful spoon-fork carrying pouch is ready!!!
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Can’t we avoid use of plastic from our daily routine? and replace everything by biodegradable and reusable items?
How about this?
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So are you ready to perform your part? πŸ™‚

Warli painting on cabinet

Me and my childhood art friend (Keta) loved warli paintings and we had done lots of art projects together πŸ™‚
We painted shoe rack cabinet in January 2009, and found that photo in my hard drive today πŸ™‚
Sharing you the final photos :
Material used:
Oil Paint : Dark brown color
Oil Paint: white color
Brushes

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AndΒ panoramic photo,

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Canvas wall art

My friend Miti and I decided to make something for her home. We went to our favorite store ‘Michael’s’ and purchases canvas boards, some acrylic paints and stencils.
We chose 3 colors (blue, yellow and white) and prepared beautiful wall art. and here is the final result! πŸ™‚
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One more,

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Henna Painting

Henna is a dye prepared from the plant also known as hina(mahendi) which is applied on the wedding day, the bride wears a traditional dress and has henna painted on her hands and feet. Henna is filled in a cone and then applied to body with beautiful small designs.
I bought a wooden box from Michaels to put my hairpins and then decided to decorate it. So I painted the box with dark purple acrylic color and then used my creativity and applied henna designs on it with the help of acrylic tube colors.
If you can’t find tube colors then you can make cone out of plastic sheets and fill thick acrylic colors and use it.
So, here is my henna painted box πŸ˜‰

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Tried on soap dispenser.

Dot Painting

One of my friend shared a post on facebook of dot painting workshop. All the colorful dots drawn my attraction and then I started researching about it on pinterest and I got lots of ideas. On the next day, I went to my favorite store, Michaels and bought canvas. I bought their special brushes and tried on second day. I did it on small canvas but honestly, I was not satisfied with the result. I wanted it to be more neat and clean. After some day I found a solution, rather than using brushes I used cotton swabs(cotton buds – which we use to clean our ears) and it worked out very well.
No one has ever thought that cotton buds will be used for painting. haha
And here is my first neat dot paiting πŸ˜‰

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How beautiful does that look? right? πŸ™‚

About Dot painting: Dot painting is made up of small dots of paint colors like yellow (representing the sun), brown (the soil), red (desert sand) and white (the clouds and the sky). These are traditional Aboriginal colors. Dot paintings can be painted on anything, including on rocks, in caves, etc.

Materials Used:Β 
6 in x 6 in canvas (Painted it with black acrylic color)
Acrylic colors of your choice
Water
Cotton swabs

Method:Β 
You can download any image from internet and follow the pattern on canvas. Just make sure that you allow every dot to dry out completely before applying new one.

Crochet Experiments

I like to play with yarns of different colors! Crocheting is difficult compared to other craft and art stuff, but once you understand; it is very exciting and relaxing πŸ™‚ Some of my experiments!

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Coasters
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Name plate
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Flower Chair motif
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Kindle Cover

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Made these little cute babies for my sister-in-laws baby basket πŸ™‚ I made them using newborn socks πŸ™‚
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I made these for my cute little nephew on his First month birthday πŸ™‚

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We moved to San francisco and I started commuting in a bus to office everyday. In the evening, while coming back home – I either read or do crocheting. Some of the crocheting experiments done on bus.

Ear warmer for winter πŸ™‚

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Key holder πŸ™‚
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Love to see my colorful yarn collection!Β 

One more baby winter cap for Vidhan πŸ™‚
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