Thursday, 17 April 2014

Journal page- celebrate the moment!

Hi Everyone,
                 Back with one more post to link to Ms Dior's blog , probably the last one. I've entered quite a few times...keeping my fingers crossed. She is a great artist and it would be a wonderful opportunity to take a class from her.
 Sharing a  page from my art journal... I started with a few random splotches of colour on a blank page. Then drew some shapes with a liner pen..added a few details. Also added a nice, uplifting thought and voila...!

Celebrate the moment!

Wednesday, 16 April 2014


Hello friends,
                   Here I am with today's post as part of my endeavour to do at least one post everyday this week. Today I'm sharing some daffodils from my sketchbook. This one is very special as it is my very first attempt at watercolours...

I'm linking it to Ms Dion's friday sketches

Tuesday, 15 April 2014


Hello friends..Its a beautiful spring day..sunshine, flowers, butterflies, bees...What better time to paint some colourful springy flowers? Here is a quick Cosmos that I painted (from a you tube tutorial video)..

The background turned out to be a bit splotchier than I intended, but it certainly is springy and colourful...
Linking it to Ms Dion's Friday sketches

Monday, 14 April 2014


Posting one more nature study in watercolours today.

Its a couple of apricots on a branch. The book that I used as a photo reference says that apricots are best eaten fresh and warm off the branch...isn't that a great idea? I have eaten some fruits straight off the branch  and it is a lot of fun....I've had grapes, mulberries, guavas, apples and mangoes..(yum!), but not apricots. I wonder what part of the world apricots grow in..
Linking it to Ms Dion Dior's Friday sketches   my facebook page also linked..see here

Lily of the Valley

I did this sketch  a few days ago using a picture as a reference....did not know the name of the flower at that time. Since then, I've discovered that it is called 'Lily of the Valley'. Here it is

Normally, I'm a bit lazy in posting my work to my blog ... but this week, Ms Dion Dior has provided a fine incentive in the form of a chance to win a spot in one of her classes..So, as far as possible, I will try and upload one sketch everyday to her Friday Sketches  I have also shared this sketch on my facebook page here

Sunday, 13 April 2014

Bird on a branch

Bird on a branch in watercolours...

I think I will add a sentiment below it and make a special card for someone.
Linking it to Ms Dion Dior's  Friday Sketches

Friday, 11 April 2014

sketchbook page

A random page in my sketchbook. Linking it to Dion Dior's Friday sketches here.

The Iris is sketched in pencil with a watercolour wash behind it. The bird of paradise is done entirely in watercolour pencils. Ms Dior is giving away a free spot in her upcoming online class in watercolour pencils and it is my dream to take that class. Keeping my fingers and toes all crossed... Best of luck to me!

Friday, 14 March 2014

Day Lilies

Sharing a page from my journal cum sketchbook. Inspired by Dion Dior's beautiful painting of pink day lilies on her blog, I decided on a different coloured lily...Did the background in shimmery watercolours..

Have a good day...dasvidaniya!

Wednesday, 5 March 2014

Home made stamp

Hello people....How are you all? I am a little stressed out as I have to pack my things yet again and move. To take my mind off things, I tried to do something that I had never done before...and so I carved a stamp! Showing you all my home made stamp process.

This is an eraser on which I drew a simple petal/leaf shape. I will use a cutter to cut it out as I don't have any special carving tools.

Here is one half of the stamp cut away. Now to cut the rest of it.

So here I've carved out the entire stamp and now I have to find a way to ink it. As I don't have any inking pads at hand, I'm going to use one of my son's markers as a cheap alternative.

I inked it up and tested it. The stamp looks fine..and now I can have some fun with it..

Here's the beginning of a flower..

added more petals and two leaves with green ink (again with a marker)

Now, I added some embellishments to the petals and leaves with a black pen..

It looked good but I added a border there, also with a black pen..

and stuck it on top of a blue card...and I have a home made card. Also wrote a sentiment in one corner. Now I want to see if I can make something else with this stamp...

When I started stamping, the shape suggested a peacock ...

So, here's the little fella...Actually, my son would love to make this li'l peacock using the stamp. And one could also make a whole page of these peacocks in different colours, to use in craft projects. 

The third thing that I made today with this stamp is a patterned use in some other craft project later. So these are the various ways I used my stamp. What use would you put it to? Would love to hear more ideas...

Sunday, 2 March 2014

Doodle page

Sharing a page of doodles today. It has some adorable monster thingies and doodly eatables. Ihad a lot of fun drawing all the monster characters. Hope you like it..

This page of monster doodles was inspired by watching PicCandle's video on Youtube. Find it here 

Saturday, 1 March 2014

Hand lettering

Hello I went and bought some of Sakura's Moonlight gelly roll pens. These are awesome gel pens that show up on dark background as well as light background. So I had to play around with my new toys and created this hand lettered page.

You are just my cup of tea!
Let me know how you like it!

Tuesday, 25 February 2014


Dear Friends, I apologize for the looong absence. After the Europe trip that I mentioned in the last post, there were some serious unavoidable circumstances(dad being hospitalized), that prevented me from creating anything or updating the blog. Even afterwards, for a long time, I was just not in the right frame of mind.
    In the meantime, while trying to bounce back, I discovered many new forms of art that I like very much and have been experimenting with them...including card making, art journaling and water colours. I also started a facebook page mysecretnest ... which you guys can check out!
                                                                                                     I am going to share the travelogue that I promised last time. Here is the first page...

This is Saint Andrews church in Kiev. I attempted to paint it with inktense pencils and I am quite satisfied with the result. In the picture, the golden dots on the dome are not very visible.
          It is a beautiful building and a beautiful area. The St Andrew's Descent is a street where all artists in Kiev put up stalls to display their wares. It is practically an open air art gallery...lots of inspiration for creative people and loads of fun just wandering through the street, looking at beautiful hand crafted things...Its my favourite place in Kiev. Be sure to visit it if you are ever here..cheers!