Saturday, July 26, 2014

Sunday Sketch-capades


Today is a great day for me. I have been super worried about some health issues for the past few weeks and I have been drowning myself in self pity. Today I got a clean chit from the doctor  and wow that was such a relief! On top of that, I learnt that I am one of the spotlight designers (spot lit designer?) on Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge for the SECOND time. Yayyyyy (Yeah ,I forgot to mention the previous one which was for this project)! So ,needless to say, I am doing a happy dance!( There is some confusion about the entry number, so maybe I have not been spot lit , but never mind, I am still happy) :-)

Now that all the showing off has been done, let's move on to the actual topic of this post. I had mentioned in one of my previous posts, that I am trying to improve on my drawing skills.My plan was to sketch daily. Well, that didn't happen.

I have not given up though and am motivated to start again. I plan to start small and am committing myself to creating at least one sketch a week, hence the super clever (according to me ) title.

Okay, so once that decision is taken, the next step is to decide what to sketch. For a newbie like me, it's very difficult to sketch just from imagination, so the next best thing is to pick up subjects from around me and try and sketch those. One of the things that I am passionate about is reading and a lot of books have some cool illustrations, so I figured that will be the best way to combine two of my interests. I will try all kinds of subjects of course, but for starters this is what I did.

In my sketchbook

Okay, the water colouring is not so great, but I am thrilled that the sketch is not too bad. Here's the pic with the book.

My first ever attempt to copy from a book was this

This was just on copy paper and I coloured it using some orange Gelatos. I didn't take too much care with the colouring ,to be honest.

How do you like it? Do you have any tips or advice on how I can improve? I would love to know.

See you soon.


Linking to Dion Dior's Friday Sketches Link up - Week 21
Paint Party Friday
Creativeeveryday Check in -July 21 to 27


Sunday, July 20, 2014

Image Transfer : An experiment


I have been meaning to try image transfers for a while. I did try it once, a long time back and it was not a total fail, but this time I wanted to try a technique called Splash and Image transfer as shown by Andy Skinner. I love his work and am saving up money to take his classes. Love how he plays with paint and medium and makes such awesome projects.

For this project, I tried to follow his instructions to the letter. Of course, I did not have everything that he used, so I had to make do with what I did have. The image is also very generously provided by him and can be found on his site.

Mixed media and image transfer

I did not take a step by step picture, since I wasn't sure if this attempt would be successful.:-) . I was also worried about the image transfer part since I do not own a laser printer, but it was not too bad. Sorry about the not so great pictures. It's dark and gloomy here.

Once the transfer was done ,I added some bling to her hair. I also used Versamark and Lindy's Poinsettia Red gold magicals on her shawl to give it some interest. A little bit of stamping and some shading with charcoal all around the image and my main work was done.

I could not leave it alone though, since I wanted to try out crackle on the canvas ,so I used Clear rock candy crackle all over it. Once the crackle was dry ,I glazed it with watered down brown paint.

I hope you like this project. I am thrilled that the inkjet transfer worked. Well it does not look as good and clear as Andy's, but I am not too disappointed with mine either.

If you would like to see a step by step for this kind of project, let me know or you can just take a look at the video link and try it out. It's very well explained.

Thanks for visiting


Submitting for Simon Says Monday Challenge : About a Face
The Artists Play room #115

Friday, June 20, 2014

Texture Magic


I am back with a mixed media project.I try and do all kinds of crafts but creating and working with textures is my favourite thing to do.This is one such project and one of the very few where the end result matched perfectly with the vision I had in my mind.

I altered an MDF pencil box from Craftslane. I had recently cut some foam letters and numbers for people at work and had some of them lying around. I also glued down some paper napkins for added texture and used various shades of Lindy's sprays for colours.

Here are some more views of the gorgeous texture.I love it.

I did some random stamping with archival ink to add some more dimension. Here is a look at the sides. Love how that turned out too.

I hope you like this project. Life has been busy these last few months. I took up a job again and had some orders to work on, leaving me no time to make new projects. Things are not as busy anymore ,so hopefully I will be more active with my blog.

See you soon!


Submitting for Simon Says Stamps Monday challenge : Anything goes
Our Creative Corner Challenge : Flaming June (I have used tons of orange, so I hope this qualifies)

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Oh Mariposa!


I have a confession to make. My name is Pallavi and I am a hoarder, more specifically, a paper hoarder. You need to come to my place to see how badly afflicted I am.:-)

To remedy that, I finally busted out one of my hoarded stacks and altered a box. Since this is for a dear friend and fellow crafter  I am just glad that it will go to a good home.:-)

The paper that I am talking about is DCWV's Mariposa.I love the butterflies, glitter and rich colours in this stack.

Here's how my altered box looks.

I used the beautiful glittered champagne sheet for the base and added some fussy cut elements from the paper and some flowers and flourishes. The flowers were custom coloured using Lindy's sprays and some other sprays that I had in my stash.

Since ,I have nothing more to say,I will leave you with some more pictures.

Submitting for Simon Says Monday Challenge : Botanicals



Monday, May 19, 2014

Sketchy Aspirations


How is everybody? Life has been busy and it's been super hot, leading to lethargy and lassitude. Well, more than usual in my case.:-)

I have been creating, but it feels like too much effort taking pictures and posting them. I however, have been meaning to post something new that I tried, for the longest time. The time has come. Cue dramatic music.:-)

You see, I have these huge artsy aspirations. Shh.. don't tell anybody.I have big dreams of being a real painter, to be able to paint pretty pictures, realistic or abstract and fun and beautiful. Only problem is that I do not have the talent or the skill to do so at this moment. What a bummer!Lol

I am not giving up though. I am taking baby steps and trying my hand at sketching and what better way to force encourage yourself to do so by participating in some fun challenges.

I have been following some great artist blogs and one of them, Dion Dior hosts a weekly sketch party .

I sketched and painted these birds a few months back when husband and I had gone to a bird sanctuary. My plan was to sketch all the birds that we saw, but I am done with just three.Be kind though. This is the very first time that I have attempted sketching and watercolours.

These are coloured with Inktense pencils. Love the vivid colours.

P.S :Doesn't the dove look funny and cartoonish. It just makes me laugh.

I hope to get better soon and post more sketchbook updates. Wish me luck!

Submitting to Dion Dior's Friday Sketches (These are not recent ,so not too sure if they qualify)


Thursday, April 10, 2014

I learnt something new!

Hello ,

First of all happy Friday! I love the end of the week and Fridays are my favourite.:-)

Today I want to show you something which has been on my pinterest to-do items for a while but I could not find a decent enough tutorial. I am talking about Dream Catchers. I love those things. Finally, I found a tutorial on youtube and gave it a go. Here's how it looks

Of course, the actual dream catchers are not made of yarn. They are actually made of willow hoops and sinew and beads. The story behind the dreamcatchers is very interesting. They are actually supposed to get rid of bad dreams and all the components of a dream catcher have some significance. The nightmares pass through the holes and the good dreams get caught in the web and slide down to the sleeper through the feathers. How fascinating is that! If you are interested, read about it here

I don't think my dream catcher would do any of this.:-)I used an embroidery hoop and white yarn. The centre embellishment is  a snowflake from Craftslane and  I used MDF letters to spell out dream. Here are some closeups. I kept it super simple. Just wanted a red white and gold colour scheme.

Hope you like this and give it a go. It's super easy to make, I promise. Here's a link to a tutorial.

Happy weekend and see you soon!



Tuesday, April 8, 2014

An affirmation for myself and mini tutorial (Pic heavy)

Hello everybody,

First of all a million thanks for your comments and feedback here and on facebook. I am truly grateful for all of you who take the time out to comment and encourage.

Today's project is entirely for myself and I have been meaning to do it for the longest time. I am a big scaredy-cat and have long periods of self doubt and often question my capabilities ,so I decided that I needed something to motivate me and reaffirm the faith I should have in myself ( heavy stuff,heh heh ).This is why I made this.

You might not know that even though most of my projects are in the shabby chic, overly embellished style, my first love is mixed media and I have a fascination for textures. I am not a painter and not very good at sketching, so mixed media gives me the opportunity of playing with paints and mediums.

As I had mentioned in my last post, today I have a tutorial for you. I don't know how many of you who read this blog, actually like mixed media, so I am kind of nervous about sharing the tutorial. Then again, my project today is a sort of positive affirmation for myself, so I figured to just go ahead and share it anyway.

Enough rambling and on to the tutorial.

Here is how I altered them.(Apologies for the not so great pictures. It was very late at night and my craft space does not have enough light)

Step 1 : The first step I always follow before painting any object, especially wood, is to prime it with Gesso. Gesso provides some tooth to the surface for the paint to stick on to and you also end up using less paint, since it does not get absorbed by your substrate.

Step 2: I tore out some pattern paper sheets and stuck them down randomly on the letters .I used Matt medium, but you can use glue or mod podge or watered down PVA glue. Remember, random is key. There's no plan or precision required. This should be fun and not a practice in being a perfectionist. (What a relief for all you cardmakers, eh )

Step 3. I wanted colour on my pieces but I also wanted the black and white designs to show through, so I took some stencils and sprayed randomly through them. Not too much, just a teeny bit to add shades of blue .

Step 4.I also used some stencils to add some texture using modelling paste. If you do not have modelling paste, you can use a thick layer of gesso or just use acrylic paint through the stencils. It's all about playing and experimenting, so make do with what you have.

Step 5. The last step I did was just pick up some red and yellow acrylic paints with my fingers and dab them randomly all over the letters. At some places, I focused on the stencilled areas to highlight them. Like I said, totally random. If you don't like what you did ,use a baby wipe to rub off the colour. If you do it quickly enough, you can get rid of the paint.

My next step is generally stamping, but in this case since the base layer has touches of black in it, I didn't bother to do it. I did go in with bubble wrap and some Gesso and stamped with it to tone down some of the very bright areas which were bothering me.
The last step was to sand the edges , distress all the sides of the letters with black ink and seal it with Matte medium. You can use mod-podge or watered down PVA glue.

And that's it. You are done.

Phew, that was a long post. I hope you had the patience to read all of it. I would love to know if you found this helpful or does it look like just a random hodge podge of paint and mess to you.:-).It's difficult to be objective with your own projects, isn't it?

Submitting for
Color Conceptions Challenge # 10-Anything but cards
Altered Eclectics April challenge

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