Orissa Art - Papyrus cutwork Ganesha


Dear Readers,

Today I am sharing one of the Indian Artworks. I can't remember the traditional Indian name of this craft. I purchased this art piece from Handicraft Exhibition in Pune, India in 2006.

The design is hand drawn on the papyrus with natural dye. Then the cut work is done. The first layer of papyrus is cutout delicately to create 2 dimensions. The design is then shaded and coloured with natural inks and dyes. The design is then divided in to even strips of papyrus and tied with thread. This makes it easy to fold the design for storage. 

Have you seen any variations of this art? Do let me know the name of this art ... 

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1st Anniversary of our BLOG

It's been a great experience blogging for the past whole year.  We started this blog to gives us impetus to take more craft projects and keep us inspired. 
Blogging certainly inspired us to take new projects and learn new skills. We are grateful for the love and support from our 30 readers  and 14000 unique visitors over the last year. It even gave us the confidence of opening our new online craft venture "The Craft Gallery" to sell craft supplies and handmade gifts. 

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Greeting Cards- Pencil Colours

Dear Readers,

Today I am sharing some of my Diwali card designs. 


 















Since childhood I always loved making seasonal cards and gifting to relatives and friends. Now I don't make cards so often and in past few years I have even stopped sharing it with friends.... so these are few of my cards which I never shared.                    
I saved these card with me because I have written few favorites quotes and tried my calligraphy skills too.


















Do let me know you favorite design.Do you make handmade cards for festive seasons?

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Hand Embroidered Saree - Grandma's Creation

Dear readers,
Today I would like to share a beautiful handmade gift which is very precious for me . My grandma embroidered this Saree and gifted me for my first Diwali after our wedding. So it has a very special for me.


My Grandma learnt special embroidery stitch "Kantha work" and she immediately tried it on this Saree. she also adorned all the flowers with kundan (artificial rhinestones). I love the small even stitches across the design. 
The embroidery is on the skirting of the Saree and pallu. I like the small flower motif is used on pallu and rest of the Saree is left plain. This gives it a very delicate look. 


She even embroidered the blouse sleeves for me. 

I will share many more Saree embroidered my grandma in coming months.. Do let me know your views, suggestions


Happy Crafting....!!!


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Handmade Jewellery - Grandma's Creation

Hello crafters, 
I am very happy to share these beautiful handmade necklaces made by my Grandma. She recently learnt how to make the beads and join them to make a necklace. So obviously she made the first one for her greatgranddaughter and granddaughter (me) as a Diwali Gift :) All of them are chokker style and made from imitation jewellery pieces.
Bright red and white necklace for little S


Black beads necklace for me. As alternative Mangalsutra

Closer look of the black beads necklace

Red and White Beads Necklace

Bollywood style fancy Chokker Necklace

Closer look of the Chokker Necklace


I prefer wearing the black necklace more than the other chokker neckpiece. Drop a comment to pick your favorite one

Happy crafting 



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Ceramic Painting - Key Holder

 This post was published on Craftziners on 29th August 2012.
Hello Crafters,


Today I am sharing some clay art which I created in 2001. Its a key ring holder. 

 Materials: 
  1. Ceramic Powder
  2. Acrylic colours
  3. pre cut ply - key holder shape
  4. Water Based Glue 
  5. Water
  6. Resin
Process: 
  1.  Apply primer to the ply board and paint with metallic colour. I chose golden colour
  2. Make a soft dough of porcelain clay (use small quantity), water and glue. Its should not be sticky and should be firm enough to hold its shape
  3. Prepare various shapes and press it on the painted ply. 
  4. Use remaining porcelain clay and glue to make dough. its should be bit more runny which can be piped through a piping bag.
  5. Fill zip lock bag with the dough paste and snip off one of the corner to make a cone for piping the paste. 
  6. Draw small items like twigs, leaves and small flowers, outlines using this method.
  7. Let it dry overnight and paint with your favourite acrylic colours
  8. Once the colours are dry apply thin coat of resin on all the design. This makes it look shiny and makes it easy to maintain.  
Tips: Lay the ply flat at all times. 

Time: 4-5 Days inclusive of the drying time.

Happy Crafting 




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