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Tuesday, March 7, 2017

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

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Work In Progress on Wednesday- Painting on a Kurta

This week planning to start designing a kurta with fabric colors. I can say this as start of work , not WIP :).  Have not decided the colors. It is a white Kurta, so hoping  any combination would look good. Hope to complete it soon.
Kurta
White Kurat with thread work
  It has thread work. Planning use the colors on thread work design itself. After many months I'm working with fabrci painting. Let us see how it will be.
Closer view of thread work
 Two weeks back  I had posted about sospesso work on a pot as WIP. It is ready. I liked the work very much. It is really fun to work with the paper flowers. The prints on the tissue paper come alive through the art.
Here is the sospesso work:
Sospesso
Sospesso work

Sospesso work



I have chosen very small flowers for the sospesso work. So it took many days to complete the work. I have fallen in love with this art. So planning to make many :)


-Thanks & Regards,
Ranjana Shankar

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Work In Progress - Wednesday- Crochet sweater

Crochet is the craft which I learnt in the beginning of my journey in the world of arts and crafts. My mother taught crochet. I still have some doilies made by her 60 years ago. I love the crochet. I had made many doilies, but now I don't have those with me :(.

Crochet sweaters are the best gifts to babies. I had shared about the baby sweater I had made in the post : Baby sweater- Crochet.
Here is the one I made :

crochet sweater
Baby sweater- Crochet work

 Making similar one as a gift to another baby. This is the WIP of this week. I have chosen different colors for this sweater:
crochet sweater
Crochet sweater I'm making now

The sospesso work I started and shared in the last week's WIP is completed. Will share in the next WIP post.

Until then,

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

Monday, February 6, 2017

Kerala Mural-Paintings of Gods from Gods own country

Most of us, are familiar with Kerala Mural Art. It is originated in Kerala. These paintings represent the rich and colorful  heritage of Kerala. Earlier these were made on walls of temples, depicting many mythological stories. The colorful paintings now has taken a special place in design world. It is becoming popular in dress designing, jewels designing , interior designing etc.

I have already shared about the Kerala Mural paintings made on Bamboo.
Kerala Mural on Bamboo
In Kerala mural paintings, the bright colors  and the right combination of the colors make you awestruck. The right combination of colors, paired with fine lines with black paint and white background, beautiful and big eyes of the figures and the special technique used for ornamentation of the figures are specialties of Kerala Mural painting.

Recently I tried it on canvas too. Here is the outcome:
Kerala Mural on canvas
Kerala Mural on Canvas
Kerala Mural on canvas

 Closer view:
Kerala Mural on canvas

Kerala Mural on canvas

It took many days to complete the painting. But really enjoyed while painting this.

I always suggest  learners of arts and crafts to get trained under experts or professional trainers. Still will post about a tutorial on Kerala Mural painting soon. Hope that will give you some knowledge about the techniques of making Kerala Mural.

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

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Chitrasante-2017 - some interesting paintings

About my visit to Chitrasante-2017 I have written in my previous posts.I have shared the glimpses of Chitrasante 2017 and Bhuddha paintings exhibited there. In this post sharing some unique paintings which were exhibited there. There were loads of paintings, each one was unique. I can share very few from those.

The below ones  are the paintings of ghats of Kaashi. When I had visited Kaashi, I had seen many artists were painting sitting in a boat. This artist must also have painted in the same way. Such paintings require a lot of concentration.

Chitrasante2017
Ghats of Varanasi


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Ghats of Varanasi
These are paintings of wildlife. These look like photos rather than paintings. Hats off to the artist for his perfection.

Chitrasante2017
Wildlife paintings

This is very interesting, different versions of Monalisa. The rightmost one is Indian version, wearing ethnic jewels. I could not guess about the painting in the middle. If you can guess please share your opinion.

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Different versions of Monalisa

I can't resist sharing this painting. Painting of Krishana in color and black and white. Which one looks better?
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Paintings of Krishna

These are collection of some contemporary paintings. Each one is beautiful!
Chitrasante2017
Collection of paintings

Chitrasante happens only once in a year and for one day. But in one day we can see and enjoy thousands of paintings. Every year it makes us to wait for next Chitrasante.

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


Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Work In Progress on Wednesday-Sospeso Art

Most of the craft lovers know about sospeso art, this is also known as 3D decaupage. Already I have done many decoupaged articles. Trying sospeso on a pot. The pot is ready with basic decoupage.
Sospeso Art
Pot is ready with basic decoupage
 I have chosen a design of bunch of small, flowers. Each flower is very small, and it is taking time to cut and give the 3D effect. Finally that work is also completed.
Sospeso Art
Flowers with 3D effect
Now I have to attach the flowers to the pot. Hope to complete it soon. Will share once completed with the tutorials.

Until then-

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

Monday, January 16, 2017

Visit to Chitrasanthe-2017

Chitrasante is an event which happens every year in Bangalore , organised by Chitrakala Parishad. About my last year's visit to Chitrasante, I have already written a blogpost: Chitrasante 2016 at Chitrakala Parishat- Ocean of paintings. 
Chitrasante is like an auspicious event to art lovers. This year there were more than 1300 artists exhibiting their paintings. One can see everywhere paintings- the magic created by artists on canvas. It is not possible to post all the photos I have clicked in one post. Let me start with paintings of Bhuddha:
Peaceful face of Bhuddha:
Bhudda Painting
Side view of Face of Bhuddha
This is face of Bhuddha with different shades of color:

Bhudda Painting
Face of Bhuddha in different shades

Bhudda Painting

Bhudda Painting

The below are paintings of Bhuddha in meditation:
Bhudda Painting
Bhuddha in meditation

Bhudda Painting
Bhuddha in meditation

These are just glimpses of the paintings exhibited there, like a drop from an ocean. There are thousands of paintings, in which we could see the efforts and talents of the artists. I have more to share about Chitrasante in coming posts.

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