Coffee Art on Canvas

“A home runs on love, laughter and lots of strong coffee.” The smell of coffee reminds people of home!! Hello everyone,  Shanta here and today I will take you through a painting tutorial with an offbeat medium....Yes coffee, it is!! Coffee art developed accidentally when,  an artist unintentionally spilt some coffee on a canvas. It was then that the artist realized, it would be a great medium to work with. A popular beverage with intoxicating aroma which is a stimulant in itself, Read more...

Quick Paintings with Acrylic

Its the season of gifting!! And what better way than to make wonderful miniature paintings quickly to give away as gifts!! Here's a short video on how you can quickly paint using Acrylic Paints!! https://youtu.be/AzXAZTpU_mQ I hope you enjoyed watching the quick video and would love to try out the method shown, to make a painting similar to this one: I picked up a piece of chalk board on which I applied a layer of the Mixed Media Paste: White. This would add some texture to my painting. After Read more...

Quick Christmas Decor with Crackle Medium

Christmas is round the corner and its that time of the year when you sit indoors in the comfort and the warmth of your home and wonder what all you can get down to do. Here are two Christmas projects using Little Birdie's Crackle Medium, which can be done in a jiffy!! Little Birdie's Crackle Medium is a transparent medium which causes the paint that is applied on top of it to crack while drying. This gives the painted surface a cracked or aged or distressed appearance. To start off with, Read more...

Painted Ceramic Mug by Shantha Prabhu

I have this fascination for painting silhouettes and here's another of my favorite one that depicts a cold winter night but this time on a mug, using ceramic paints!! HOW I PAINTED A MUG USING CERAMIC PAINTS: Before I started painting the mug, I made sure that the surface was dry and clean. I checked the size of a card stock to go perfectly around the mug. I then sketched a random design using a pencil. Following which, I cut out the sketched shape. I used this as a stencil for Read more...

COLOURFUL PROJECTS WITH OIL PASTELS

Hello arty crafty folks!! I am totally in love with the utterly- butterly soft and smooth oil pastels from Mont Marte and can't seem to stop my series of small projects with it. Mont Marte Oil Pastels are rich drawing mediums that have a soft, buttery texture. Owing to its beautiful blending property, these are perfect for making beautiful pieces of art. I decided to put together a small video tutorial where I have made a simple scenery. https://youtu.be/m2j7hq7JEIY A couple of points Read more...

Halloween Cards with Oil Pastels

Hi everyone, Shantha here!! 'Halloween is round the corner and here is a set of cards that can be made as a quick DIY activity by using mess free Oil Pastels. Mont Marte Oil Pastels are rich drawing mediums that have a soft, buttery texture. Oil pastels are great for making interesting designs and patterns by scratching or scraping into built up layers with a sharp tool, a technique which is known as 'sgraffito'. I started off with just 2 things for the Sgraffito Technique: Card Stock Read more...

Display Easel with the ‘Dream Cut’

Creating miniature pieces of art using the Dream Cut is something that I enjoy doing of late. It's wonderful how the Dream Cut makes it so easy to make ready shapes that you can just paste, paint and assemble together to create a piece of art. I started working with this wooden piece which already has a coat of black on it. If you are working with a miniature canvas or  a piece of MDF, you can give it a base coat using Chalk Paints of your choice from the new range that has just been introduced Read more...

Simple Canvas Art using the Dream Cut

Hello Everyone!! I love Silhouette paintings. The gradual blending of colors in the background with black shadows of objects in the foreground always catches my fancy. For this project, I decided to create a painting with silhouettes and chose to use the Dream Cut machine to make the silhouettes for my canvas. There are a variety of shapes that can be cut using various dies in the Dream Cut. Assembling everything together on canvas is quick and easy!! I picked up a plain canvas and used colour Read more...

A Wall Art on Canvas Using Gilding

Hello Everyone!! I am Shantha and I am here today to share another Gilding technique which can be done on canvas. I have made a small piece which can be put up to adorn any wall. This project uses stenciling, gilding and the Dream Cut .... all together!! It’s great fun to use everything possible to make a piece. Here’s how I made this canvas: I started off by applying a base paint. Since the designer leaves come in metallic colours and I will be using Gold and Silver Designer leaves Read more...

TRINKET BOX WITH RELIEF WORK

Hello everyone!! This is Shantha here! The festive season is approaching and so I am here today with a tutorial of a quick DIY decorative box to pep up the festive mood. I have used simple techniques of Relief work and Gilding to decorate a wooden trinket box. Relief work involves creating an embossed design onto a surface using any sort of material that gives a 3D finish. Gilding/ Gold Leaf Decoupage involves covering a surface using faux gold leaf. METHOD: I picked up a small Read more...