Monday, February 20, 2012

Recycled ribbon flower


   Hi, I am back with a simple flower from recycled ribbon.. Me and my husband volunteer a lot and badges like these are plenty around our home. Yesterday my husband brought this badge home. I decided to do something with the ribbons. 

  When I removed the red colour ribbon it was heavily stapled to the base , and it had folds like this.

        I sewed the folds together with white thread so it shows well in the picture and also  because I felt too lazy to change the thread in my sewing machine. But then it does not show as you'll see.

        I cut a round base as big as the flower in want and then rolled the ribbon with the right side inside.

        Apply a good amount of glue to the paper and the ribbon and stick the ribbon to the circle.

        Spread the outer ribbon to the circular paper base. I placed a small box on top to keep the ribbon in place,not to worry the flower does not lose its ruffles .

        I made this flower for the Arathi thattu I am planning to decorate. Since the finished work is usually not saved, It is a good idea to recycle as much as we can.

     Thanks for stopping by.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

vanamahotsava chart work.

           Akhil's teacher asked to help her make a poster on Vanamahotsava , the festival of trees for his science expo. This is very much a hurried job. I had but an evening to finish this. I have two chart paper stuck together and painted the images with water colours. I have also used crayons on some places to give some extra effect. 

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Navarathri Golu -2011

     These are the steps that have scenes that tell the story of the birth of Cauvery river and stories related to Cauvery.
    The last step shows celebrations on Adi perukku , along the banks of the river Cauvery. Houses are cleaned and newly weds are given new clothes and gifts. Mulaipari is taken in procession and left in the river. Lamps are lit on mango leaves and let afloat the river. People cook food and bring to the banks and feast. Karimani(black beads), kaparusi(sweet made from rice ,jaggery and coconut) and Kadolai(earrings made of palm leaves) are offered to river Cauvery by married women for a happy married life .

            This is one of the back drops I painted for the main theme of this year that is the story of the birth of river Ganges. In this story a king loses his sixty thousand sons , who are burnt to ashes by an angry sage.This picture depicts the ashes(Not a sunny picture).
          Taking my water colour paints have made me eager to paint more . The grey ashes though are painted with acrylic colours with the help of a sponge.

Friday, September 2, 2011

Warli- Tarpa dance

              I am so fascinated by the Warli art. With my quilling and card making I hardly find time for my other hobbies. Last week I took out my paint and brush and tried to make a simple Warli. This will be my first Warli and a painting after a long time. I really enjoyed painting these happy little people . Here you can see the people in celebration ,their dance is called tarpa .

        This extremely rudimentary wall paintings use a very basic graphic vocabulary -a circle , a triangle and a square.Warli is the name of the largest tribe found on the northern outskirts of Mumbai, in western India.


Sunday, August 14, 2011

All things blue

                                                              BLUE JAY

                                              BLUE MORPHO BUTTERFLY

                                                          BLUE BELLS

                                                          BLUE WHALE

                                                         BLUE BERRIES

                                                      BLUE ASHOKA CHAKRA

      About ten years ago I made this for Abi's class teacher. She requested me to make twelve things that are blue , I researched and found twelve things that are blue and then painted them on paper ,then stuck them on cardboard and cut them out. I recently found them in a drawer and thought of sharing it in my blog. These are my six favourite ones , I remember the teacher asking me how I cut them out. I had cut them out with a pair of scissors and a blade in some places. Now I wonder how I could have done it so neatly.I have placed them on one of my favourite hand made paper to photograph.

Monday, August 8, 2011

Quotes on truthfulness .

  A teacher always guides the students to be truthful.

       These were done about seven years ago for my son Akhil's school.

      In the Thirukural we read Thiruvalluvar say that a useful lie is better than a harmful truth. These verses were given to me by Akhil's teacher .

       I have tried to make the paper cutting according to the quotes that I have written on them.

I painted the picture on paper and then stuck them on cardboard then cut them with a big scissor.

     Please click on the images to enlarge.

Friday, June 24, 2011

My first crochet

       My first crochet trial. I have been learning the basics of crocheting from the internet. I am sure I have made lot of mistakes and I don't properly understand still. But I am very interested and hope to learn more.