After working on these "Gollu Bommai" wooden dolls, I was super inspired to do more! These teeny 2.5 inch dolls were custom painted to match the outfit we wore at our Wedding Reception. Even though these cake toppers themselves are so small, they really do take hours to complete, and I loved every minute of it. Contact me if you would like to order your own :)
I absolutely LOVE how meditative drawing Mandala designs are for me! Check out this sped up video of this gorgeous Mandala / Henna -like design, and try one for yourself. Don't forget to share your designs with me :)
I had an amazing time getting creative with Indian Wooden Stamps, Acrylic Paint, Beads, Gel Roller Pens and Kraft and Black Cards from Michaels! We have so many weddings & events this year, and there is nothing more special than a handmade personalized card.
This DIY video walks through the process so you can do it too! I can't wait to see your DIY cards!
My grandmother in Mumbai is definitely my creative inspiration. At 75 she is always learning, continues to teach, and keeps herself motivated! She is a beautiful singer, an ex dancer, she does crochet, doll making, quilling, and many more. When she last visited she got me a box full of beads, plastic and art supplies to make my own Rangoli designs, and this was my attempt :)
I had such an amazing time transforming these wooden shapes from Michaels into a traditional South Indian Chettiar doll set, which we often dsiplay over Navrathri. I used e6000 glue to secure the large and small balls, and to secure the lentils and beans to the "pots". The dolls are less than 10 CM high, with the pots standing at just about 2cm.
This past weekend I created two pieces of art for a Charity Auction in the office. The float frame I got for the elephant was totally worth it and it really brought out the art.
The bell was my second dabble in what I had earlier called "Lace overlay". The sound of the bell in a temple or church creates a beautiful deep intricate sound that fills the air around it, which is what I was trying to depict with this painting.
This 3D pen drawing is an interpretation of a Lotus in Water.
As most of you do know, I am a Bharatanatyam Dancer. I absolutely love the art, and it is something that I share with my mom, who runs a huge dance academy in Mississauga. This is actually a very small doodle (I left my pen there as a size reference) of my mom.
It is customary in South Indian culture to draw little feet leading up to an Idol or Photo of Krishna on Krishna Jayanthi (Lord Krishna's Birthday), to represent baby Krishna entering the home. We live in a really small condo and I really wanted Krishna Jayanthi Decor that we could easily store and use every year.
I decided to paint little 3.5 inch feet (I know they look a lot bigger!) and decorate them with a henna like motif. I also painted a gorgeous colourful Henna Mandala Kolam for our little Krishna Figurine. I tied the whole thing together with a 5x7 print of an old Krishna and Radha drawing and some home made Kesari.
I hope everyone is enjoying their Navrathri!
This year I am missing all 10 days of Navrathri as I am away on a work trip! Here is my little way of celebrating. I wish all of you a very happy Navrathri! :)
I keep a notebook with me at all times and when I am bored, I doodle. When I was in Bahamas for a recent work trip I drew this eye, which really represents the creativity with which I see the world.
For as long as i've known my husband, he has wanted an Arjuna inspired tattoo but he was never able to pin point the design or style he wanted. As a surprise anniversary present, I designed a tattoo based on everything I knew about him and his style. Design in hand, I took him for his first official Tattoo consultation. Not only was my husband EXTREMELY surprised, but he loved the design right off the bat! A few weeks and a few tweaks later, we were back at the tattoo parlour to get inked.
It was the most nerve wracking experience to know that there was no going back! It was also so humbling to watch someone love my work enough to put it on their body forever.