Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Decoupage table- to make a table look new

This year I have worked on many decoupage projects. Decoupage table for my craft room, then a decoupage shelf for the same. I feel decoupage is a simple craft which gives great results. The object gets transformed to look new. The simple wooden basket is made to look antique with miniature painting, by using some papers and glue.

Decoupage table this time: 

My son, who was observing me working on decoupage was astonished to see the results. His table was looking old, so he got an idea to make it new by using decoupage.He told me to make it new with decoupage. His old table looks new now with floral design on it:
Ok , before decoupage, how was it looking? Here it is:

What a transformation using decoupage!!!  And it is simple too.
I always use fevicol for decoupage if the size of the object is big. Here also I used paper with floral prints and fevicol. Made broad strips of the paper and glued it with fevicol.
Then applies glue on top of it also to give a shiny look.
 My son is very happy with the look now, though he wanted animal print paper for it. I could not get animal prints paper, at that moment.

Now  I have few decoupage papers with animal prints, planning to make some more projects using those.

Love , laugh and live the life to the fullest,
-Ranjana

Friday, May 20, 2016

Clay dolls from West Bengal

Doll making is an ancient craft . In India this must have started with making of terracotta dolls  , and then with wood and other available materials. Dolls making is very fascinating craft which attracts all the age range. I had recently shared about the clay doll I made.

Different kinds of dolls in India:

In India, many kinds of traditional doll making is in practise. It differs from area to area. Etikoppa , Kondapalli toys from Andhra Pradesh, Channpattana toys , and Kinnahala dolls of Karnataka  . 
Karnataka also has the tradition of celebrating Gombe Habba, festival of dolls
Similarly, clay dolls of Krishnanagar (West Bengal). These dolls though made of clay, and decorated with cloth to look realistic.



Craftsmen use clay and Plaster of Paris moulds to make the different parts of the figurine. The parts are joined with the support of a metal wire. Then painted and decorated with cloth and accessories. The craftsmen replete most of the professions and figure, by showing all the minute details.
Clay dolls
Dolls of Mahatma Gandhiji

Clay dolls
Dolls depicting some profession

Clay dolls
Some  more cute dolls
 I got an opportunity to talk to a craftsman in an exhibition in my city. He explained me  the process of making of clay dolls,in detail. I wish to visit these craftsmen to know how they make the dolls!

Love , laugh and live the life to the fullest,
-Ranjana

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Kalamakari border- on Chanderi silk

Often this happens with me. Once I pick up one craft or art, I will make 3-4 projects in that particular craft/ art continuously. Like if I pick up decoupage, for 4-5 days I will be making projects in decoupage etc. One way it is good, I can complete the many projects , but cons are I cannot practise other kinds of arts and crafts in that time. This is what happening, designed 2 sarees one after the other , that too with Kalamkari border :)
Last week I had posted saree designed for myself with Kalamkari border

Here is the saree I have designed for a customer:
Kalamkari border
Chanderi silk with Kalamkari border
 This is an order from one of my customers. She wanted Kalamkari border on pink color saree. The choice of cloth and the border she had left to me. I chose Chanderi Silk in pink,
Kalamkari border
The Chanderi silk cotton I have chosen
and  Kalamkari print border, in peacock design.
Kalamkari border
The Kalamkari print border
  Attached the border on sides of the saree, using sewing machine.
Kalamkari border
Sewing Kalamkari Border
Just attaching the border on saree is very easy and takes very less time. She didn't want any zari or extra border for the saree, it took hardly 1 hour to complete this saree.
To design a blouse I picked up raw silk with stripes on it, in contrast color.Hope it looks good with the blouse I have chosen:
Kalamkari border
With Matching blouse in Raw silk
The customer is very happy with this. Please share your opinions too.

Working on some Kutch work designs for saree as well as Kurtis. Will share more about those in coming posts.

Love , laugh and live the life to the fullest,
-Ranjana
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