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Sunday, December 7, 2014

My first Clay Work

Hi Everybody, First of all I am so sorry for not posting anything in a while. Been little busy with life lately. However I will try to post frequently from now on.

I have been exploring about clay decor pieces and came across stunning Indian clay murals which triggered my interest to learn this art. I kept searching for days online looking for tutorials, there are many tutorials on youtube that help you create awesome master pieces from clay but I had several doubts on how to stick them to wooden boards and create textures on board etc., . Finally one fine day, I came across a Free online 3D mural basics art course on facebook and without a second of delay I went ahead and registered myself. My sincere thanks to Mural guru Bharat Rawal ji for teaching me the basics that I needed badly to start off on this new art.

Clay mural tutorial. Indian Clay work. Indian wall decor.


I decided to start with a small and simple art piece of god ganesha mural. And I am happy to share the procedure with you.

Materials Required:

Clay mural tutorial. Indian Clay work. Indian wall decor.

  • 9" inch round wooden board
  • Saw tooth hanger or anything similar to hang final art piece on wall
  • Air dry Clay
  • Pottery plaster or plaster of paris
  • Few disposable cups
  • Elmer's glue all (any strong white glue will work)
  • Metallic or acrylic small paint tubs
  • Paint brushes
  • X-acto Knife
  • Small comb piece
  • Your handmade clay ganesha idol OR small plastic or ceramic god idol that are available in Indian stores.
Clay mural tutorial. Indian Clay work. Indian wall decor.


1. First attach the metal hanger to the back of wooden board.

2. Mix equal parts of white glue and pottery plaster powder together into a chocolate syrup consistency. Add water if necessary.

Clay mural tutorial. Indian Clay work. Indian wall decor.

3. Spread the prepared plaster and glue paste on the wooden board evenly.

4. Create textures you want for the mural background. I used small comb piece in semi circular movements to obtain the texture shown in the picture. (This is a great tip I learnt from the online course)
Clay mural tutorial. Indian Clay work. Indian wall decor.

5. Roll air dry clay into a thin and long straw and make a circle out of it. Let it dry completely and then place on wooden board with glue. ( Since air dry clay shrinks a little we need to let the closed ring dry and then stick on to board.)

Clay mural tutorial. Indian Clay work. Indian wall decor.


6. Draw petal shape on to a cardboard piece and cut it out to use as a template.
7. Roll air dry clay into 1/4th inch thick sheet using any cylindrical rod (I used a hair spray bottle) and cut the clay with a X-acto knife using petal template. Mark lines on the petals by gently pressing with a paper or knife edge. Apply little glue on to board and stick the petal in place.
8. Repeat the step 7 to create enough petals to cover your wooden board around the clay circle we created earlier.

Clay mural tutorial. Indian Clay work. Indian wall decor.


9. Skip this step if you have a store bought god's idol.
Make a ganesh idol using air dry clay. (Very sorry for not doing a detailed tutorial on this. I did not expect it to turn out good, as this is my first clay work. )
Draw a sketch of idol you like. Put it in a plastic cover ( to prevent paper from drying your clay) and start working with clay on the sketch.  I made mine following basics from this youtube video.

Clay mural tutorial. Indian Clay work. Indian wall decor.


10. Then place the god idol in the center using glue.

Clay mural tutorial. Indian Clay work. Indian wall decor.


11. Make a little mouse and diyas. Stick them on the board with glue.

Clay mural tutorial. Indian Clay work. Indian wall decor.


12. Let your work piece dry completely. Paint the entire piece of work with black acrylic paint.

Clay mural tutorial. Indian Clay work. Indian wall decor.


13. Paint it with your choice of colors using dry brush technique so that the black color still shows out in grooves and give that 3D effect. That's it :)

If you would like to learn this art from Bharat Rawal then be sure to join his upcoming free mural course on Dec 20 and 21.

Hope this post helps you incase you are hunting for a clay mural basics tutorial.

And I am still in a dilemma about changing the color of black border around my piece. Please let me know your color suggestions in comments below.

I love to hear your comments. Thank you for stopping by :)





Sunday, October 5, 2014

Beautify a Dollar Store Candle Holder


Beautify a plain dollar store candle holder. Diwali Decor. Home Decor. Christmas Gift Idea

I am obsessed with Candles this Festive season. So, here is another candle votive craft for you. My inspiration for this candle holder came from a google image when I was searching for Diwali Decor ideas. I fell in love with that pottery candle holder and wanted to recreate the look easy way. I like the way this candle votive turned out. Do you want to know how I did it? I love to share it with you.

Beautify a plain dollar store candle holder. Diwali Decor. Home Decor. Christmas Gift Idea

Supplies needed:
  • Glass candle holder (I got mine at dollar store)
  • Adhesive Shelf liner or duck tape sheet
  • Duck tape
  • Scissors
  • Marker
  • Spray Paint
  • Candle

Draw a pattern on a cardboard piece or cereal box carton and cut it out. (You can get creative and draw stars or hearts or anything you wish.)

Beautify a plain dollar store candle holder. Diwali Decor. Home Decor. Christmas Gift Idea

Use the cardboard piece as template and trace it using marker on the backside of adhesive sheet or liner.

Beautify a plain dollar store candle holder. Diwali Decor. Home Decor. Christmas Gift Idea

Cut out the traced pieces, peel the adhesive protective backing and stick on candle holder in whichever pattern you desire.

Beautify a plain dollar store candle holder. Diwali Decor. Home Decor. Christmas Gift Idea

Close the top opening of candle holder using duck tape from inside. (I also covered opening with a coke tin piece I had on hand, to be sure that paint doesn't get inside. You can just cover with a cardboard piece on duck tape to get the job done.)
Prepare an area for spray painting, lay some newspapers or use a big carton. Spray the entire candle holder with even and thin coats.

Beautify a plain dollar store candle holder. Diwali Decor. Home Decor. Christmas Gift Idea

 Let the paint completely dry and remove the stickers one by one. Tada!!! There you have it. A beautiful candle holder!

Beautify a plain dollar store candle holder. Diwali Decor. Home Decor. Christmas Gift Idea

Place a candle inside, light it and enjoy ;)

Beautify a plain dollar store candle holder. Diwali Decor. Home Decor. Christmas Gift Idea

Here is another pretty view for you :)

I love to hear your comments. Thank you for stopping by :)

Friday, October 3, 2014

Turn Coke tins into Beautiful Candle Votives


Turn Coke tins into beautiful Candle Votives. DIY Home Decor. Christmas or Diwali Decor.

Be it Diwali or Christmas, this is a perfect craft for the coming up holiday season. Wouldn't it make a lovely gift for friends or family? Or how about just adding a little accent decor piece to any corner in your home? All you need to do is save some soft drink tins and get started. Before I begin on how I did it, let me tell you my inspiration for this one came from these Brass Candle holders when I was searching google images for Diwali decor ideas. Let's get started.

Supplies needed:
  • 3Soft drink tins per votive
  • X-Acto knife
  • Scissors. (I used Micro Serrated Craft scissors like this one through out the process and had no problem of sharp edges in the end product)
  • Marker
  • Hot glue gun
  • Gold color Spray paint 
  • Thick rubber gloves for safety (Kitchen gloves or garden gloves will do)
 
Turn Coke tins into beautiful Candle Votives. DIY Home Decor. Christmas or Diwali Decor.

Make holes next to the top and bottom rims with X-Acto knife. Insert Scissors into the hole and cut around. Cut in middle of the cylinder vertically and make a flat sheet. Straighten any pointed edges using scissors. Save the bottom closure part of coke tin for later.
 

Turn Coke tins into beautiful Candle Votives. DIY Home Decor. Christmas or Diwali Decor.

Draw and cut a petal out of a cardboard piece or cereal box. Using the cut cardboard petal as template, trace petals on the straightened tin piece with a marker and cut them out.


If you are worried about sharp edges in end product prefer a blunt edge petal template instead of sharp one like mine.

Turn Coke tins into beautiful Candle Votives. DIY Home Decor. Christmas or Diwali Decor. 

Place the Petal template on the tin petals, use a blunt ball pen and run through once to curl the petal a little. It might not look great at this point but it sure adds details to the petals once we are done painting them.

Turn Coke tins into beautiful Candle Votives. DIY Home Decor. Christmas or Diwali Decor.

Use hot glue gun and stick the petals to the bottom part of coke tin. You can stick petals in as many layers as you like. I stuck 6 petals per layer and did 3 layers. Doesn't it look beautiful already?

Turn Coke tins into beautiful Candle Votives. DIY Home Decor. Christmas or Diwali Decor.


Use a old carton or newspapers and prepare the area to spray paint. Spray the coke tin flower with your choice of color all the way around. (Its always better to use spray paints outdoor.)

Turn Coke tins into beautiful Candle Votives. DIY Home Decor. Christmas or Diwali Decor.

Here are few clicks to show you how mine turned out.


Turn Coke tins into beautiful Candle Votives. DIY Home Decor. Christmas or Diwali Decor.

Here is a lovely shot at night :)

I love to hear your comments. Thank you for stopping by.

 

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Have a Romantic Dinner At Home

Make that special Meal an Unforgettable Memory for just $4

DIY romantic dinner at home. Make that special Meal an Unforgettable Memory for just $4

 

We all cook favorite dishes for our spouses on special occasions like birthdays, anniversaries and such. But after a few months do any of you really remember or cherish it? Just adding a romantic presentation to your delicious dinner can make it memorable. Trust me on this, you just need $4 or 5 to make it happen. Hey!!! It worked for me, may be you can give a shot too :)

DIY romantic dinner at home. Make that special Meal an Unforgettable Memory for just $4


 Before buying our dining table, we had this simple table (from walmart) which served as both dining table and study table for many months. Since I was planning this dinner in our patio, the table worked perfectly for it.

DIY romantic dinner at home. Make that special Meal an Unforgettable Memory for just $4

I bought 2 plastic table covers (1 Red and 1 White) and Heart Shaped Candle Votives from Dollar Store. I had Red Paper crepe roll and a dozen tea light candles on hand. (You could buy them at dollar store too, so that is a total of $5.)

Let's get to the process. 


DIY romantic dinner at home. Make that special Meal an Unforgettable Memory for just $4

The table covers from dollar store are so long that I had to fold into half and then cover my table.  
For the chairs, I cut the white table cover into half and used each half to cover a chair.
I laid the table cover on the chair, adjusted the front and back, folded back the sides and stapled them in middle. (Adjust the front and staple near chair legs, if you feel its necessary.)

As I didn't have red ribbon at home, I used red paper crepe to tie around chairs. I tried tying bow like how we do on a ribbon but the paper crepe ended up wrinkled and looked ugly. So, I just wrapped it around and stapled leaving 2 tails. Then I made a bow separately and stapled it to the wrap.

DIY romantic dinner at home. Make that special Meal an Unforgettable Memory for just $4

Tada! I added few candles I already had at home and a floral plant. As the plant pot was looking too dull, I wrapped it with a scrapbook paper I had on hand. ( I assumed you would anyway buy flowers for your spouse on a special occasion, which is why I dint add it in the total. )
 I got that Birdie little Lantern for $3 long back in Michales, just in case you want to know :)

DIY romantic dinner at home. Make that special Meal an Unforgettable Memory for just $4

And here is a pic of delicious Indian dinner served :) I made an Onion Lotus and Tomato Rose for Garnishing :) The Tiramisu is store bought, I just added Birthday message to it like they do in restaurants ;) 

I hope you will give it a try and enjoy the romantic date with your spouse just staying home :)

I love to read your comments. Thank you for stopping by :)