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Blogger: Ranjana Shankar
This craft blog has moved to  URL : http://www.ranjanascraftblog.com/Please visit the new URL and subscribe , thank you.Love , laugh and live the life to the fullest,-Ranjana... Read more
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This week planning to start designing a kurta with fabric colors. I can say this as start of work , not WIP :).  Have not decided the colors. It is a white Kurta, so hoping  any combination would look good. Hope to complete it soon.White Kurat with thread work  It has thread work. Planning use the colors on thread work design itself. After many months I'm working with fabrci painting. Let us see how it will be.Closer view of thread work Two weeks back  I had posted about sospesso work on a pot as WIP. It is ready. I liked the work very much. It is really fun to work with the paper flowers. The prints on the tissue paper come alive through the art.Here is the sospesso... Read more
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Crochet is the craft which I learnt in the beginning of my journey in the world of arts and crafts. My mother taught crochet. I still have some doilies made by her 60 years ago. I love the crochet. I had made many doilies, but now I don't have those with me :(.Crochet sweaters are the best gifts to babies. I had shared about the baby sweater I had made in the post : Baby sweater- Crochet.Here is the one I made :Baby sweater- Crochet work Making similar one as a gift to another baby. This is the WIP of this week. I have chosen different colors for this sweater:Crochet sweater I'm making nowThe sospesso work I started and shared in the last week's WIP is completed. Will share in the next ... Read more
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Most of us, are familiar with Kerala Mural Art. It is originated in Kerala. These paintings represent the rich and colorful  heritage of Kerala. Earlier these were made on walls of temples, depicting many mythological stories. The colorful paintings now has taken a special place in design world. It is becoming popular in dress designing, jewels designing , interior designing etc.I have already shared about the Kerala Mural paintings made on Bamboo.Kerala Mural on BambooIn Kerala mural paintings, the bright colors  and the right combination of the colors make you awestruck. The right combination of colors, paired with fine lines with black paint and white background, beautiful and b... Read more
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About my visit to Chitrasante-2017 I have written in my previous posts.I have shared the glimpses of Chitrasante 2017 and Bhuddha paintings exhibited there. In this post sharing some unique paintings which were exhibited there. There were loads of paintings, each one was unique. I can share very few from those.The below ones  are the paintings of ghats of Kaashi. When I had visited Kaashi, I had seen many artists were painting sitting in a boat. This artist must also have painted in the same way. Such paintings require a lot of concentration.Ghats of VaranasiGhats of VaranasiThese are paintings of wildlife. These look like photos rather than paintings. Hats off to the artist for hi... Read more
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Most of the craft lovers know about sospeso art, this is also known as 3D decaupage. Already I have done many decoupaged articles. Trying sospeso on a pot. The pot is ready with basic decoupage.Pot is ready with basic decoupage I have chosen a design of bunch of small, flowers. Each flower is very small, and it is taking time to cut and give the 3D effect. Finally that work is also completed.Flowers with 3D effectNow I have to attach the flowers to the pot. Hope to complete it soon. Will share once completed with the tutorials.Until then-Love , laugh and live the life to the fullest,-Ranjana... Read more
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Chitrasante is an event which happens every year in Bangalore , organised by Chitrakala Parishad. About my last year's visit to Chitrasante, I have already written a blogpost: Chitrasante 2016 at Chitrakala Parishat- Ocean of paintings. Chitrasante is like an auspicious event to art lovers. This year there were more than 1300 artists exhibiting their paintings. One can see everywhere paintings- the magic created by artists on canvas. It is not possible to post all the photos I have clicked in one post. Let me start with paintings of Bhuddha:Peaceful face of Bhuddha:Side view of Face of BhuddhaThis is face of Bhuddha with different shades of color:Face of Bhuddha in differ... Read more
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I was aware of Rajasthan miniature paintings and Mysore miniature painting. Recently in an exhibition I came to know about another finest art of Karnataka - Surpur miniature paintings. I met an artist, who is practising painting forms , influenced by Surpur miniature.No doubt, Surpur miniature is one of the finest art contribution from Karnataka, but it is disappearing. The artists who have learnt Surpur miniature art are shifting to other forms.Government arts academy are not supporting enough to keep the art form alive.Here are some paintings which are influenced by Surpur miniature paintings. I could not collect enough information from the artist, as he was busy in attending the customers... Read more
clicks 293 View   Vote 0 Like   7:13pm 9 Dec 2016
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This week sharing about, cross stitch work, which I have started long back. This has taken too much of time. My sister is also helping me to complete this project. My mother has made same design and she gifted it to her friend. About her work I had shared in one of my posts- Inheritance . Here is the work we started:Cross stitch on 1meter X 1 meter cloth We have completed working on the main design, the two horses. Now we need to fill it with maroon threads.It won't be completed so soon, cross stitch is always time consuming and this one is nearly 1meter X 1 meter cloth.The close view of the work:Closer view of Cross stitch workHope with the help of my sister , it will be comp... Read more
clicks 193 View   Vote 0 Like   4:36pm 7 Dec 2016
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Jammu and Kashmir, which is known for its natural beauty, is also known for many handicrafts. Who doesn't know about Kashmiri embroidery? Most of us wish to own a Kasmiri carpet. If we observe all the handicrafts of Kashmir, they are  done , using very delicate designs. Another such handicraft of India, is Papier Mache work.I could collect some pictures of papier mache work , when I visited a handicrafts exhibition.The manufacturer explained about how they make  different products using papier mache. Different products of Papier MacheThe process of making Papier Mache:Normally they use fine sheets of wood, from a kind of pine tree. And some use old papers too. These are made i... Read more
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This week was little hectic. Could not write any posts. Could not complete whatever projects I have started. Last week had shared about kutch work design , which I started, last week , is not completed. Many are giving suggestion to use cotton thread on that. So I have decided to follow same.Here is the sneak peek of this week's project- designing a saree, with Kalamkari border.Planning to complete this by next week, and share with you.Until then,Love , laugh and live the life to the fullest,-Ranjana... Read more
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My work in progress series is stepping to third week. I started this with the post of Dress design .This week sharing about the Kutchwork on a Kurta. I have shared How to trace design on stitched Kurta in my previous post. On the same Kurta I am starting to embroider Kutch work design.Here is the Kurta with design traced on it:The design tracedThere are some mistakes, I can correct those as it is a geometrical design. The Kurta is in wine color, choosing between pink and light purple for the embroidery. Normally Kutch work looks good with bright color, hope this color look good because of the combination.The threads selected- Which is better?The last week's Work in Progress- Kerala Mura... Read more
clicks 283 View   Vote 0 Like   7:48am 16 Nov 2016
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This week in WIP series, sharing about the Kerala Mural. Most of the artists and crafters now know about Kerala Murala. Though these are mural painting, now many artists paint this on canvas, terracotta pots , cloth , bamboo etc. I'm  learning Kerala Mural painting. I have already learnt painting Kerala Mural on canvas, about which I will share in future. Now learning to paint it on Bamboo. WIP of this week, three days back I started. Here it is with outlines:Kerala Mural on Bamboo-Work in ProgressThis is the progress today :Kerala Mural on Bamboo-Work in ProgressHope to share finished work in coming week.By the way,last week's work, was  designing a dress with Madhubani ... Read more
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This is the query I often get from most my readers. For embroidery projects, transferring the design on fabric is the tedious task. One method is to use charcoal powder. Another is using white carbon paper. Though this method is easy, but for large designs,even this is time consuming.Whatever the technique we use, transferring design on stitched garment is quite difficult , especially around neck area.How to transfer the design:My suggestion for embroidery on stitched fabric, avoid large or complex  designs.This is the stitched salwar top I selected for embroidery:The stitched dress I choseI chose , simple Kutchwork design . I have these two designs in Kutchwark. Kutchwork designs are g... Read more
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Starting a new series on my blog. As the title says, I will be sharing about the arts and crafts projects, on which I'm working on. It can be anything , sewing, embroidery , crochet, tatting, or paper-craft etc.Why I started this series (WIP) ?There are two reasons , why I started this series. I can get some suggestions about the work from my readers, like about color combination, technique etc. Second is, I can post the completed work as soon as possible :)Today , starting this series with a dress design. I had bought a hand-block printed Madhubani cloth from an exhibition. Madhubani is an ancient art , about which I have written in one of my posts. Also I have tried painting it on a wooden... Read more
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Deepavali celebration is going on. Today is second day of Deepavali. Hindu's celebrate this by performing Laxmi pooja(worshipping Laxmi- the Goddess of Prosperity) The other tradition like lighting the lamps and bursting crackers are going on.Deepavali means row of Deepa ( lamps). In all the houses lamps are lit. It is wonderful and colorful to see the view. I havecollection of different types of lamps. In some places there areexhibition of different kinds of lamps(Deepa). I also  prefer to gift Deepas(lamps) to my friends and loved ones. This year also continued the same tradition. I had some terracotta lamps with peacock design , which I had bought last year. Decided  to paint th... Read more
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Deepavali, the festival of lights started. All are in festive mood. Deepavali is not only festival of lights, I consider this as festival of shopping :) and festival of gifts. This year I have planned to give all handmade gifts to all. To gift, twin babies I stitched two frocks from an old silk saree.This saree was gifted to me by their grand mother, who was very talented. I have written about her works and talents in my previous posts.  The saree she gifted me is here, a beautiful blue Banaras saree with silver zari border:Many times, thought not to cut this saree, but this is the best gifts I can give to the kids. So decided stitching frocks for her grand children.How to stitch a froc... Read more
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I have many designs on papers, like embroidery designs, dress designs etc. I had kept those in a normal paper folder. Artist in me was not satisfied with the plain paper folder. To make it interesting , I thought of decorating the folder to keep all the designs. I haven't used any special technique, just went on doing whatever came in my mind. :) It is a folder made of cardboard, I stuck cloth all over the folder. On the cloth, glues some wet tissue.Folder with wet tissue glued on itOnce the tissue dried applied , light blue and dark blue paint on it.After application of paintOn the front attached wooden embellishment and painted it with golden color:With wooden embellishment Back ... Read more
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In my previous post I have already shared about judging the Gombehabba competition . I visited 10 houses to judge the competition. In each house , the arrangement of dolls was amazing. In some houses the themes were very attractive, and in some the creativity was dominating and in some houses I could see wonderful collection of dolls, which were bought from different parts of the world. Sharing about some of the unique dolls I saw.Let me start with the Buddha doll meditating in a garden:Buddha in a gardenIn another house, a plastic doll was decorated as Kittoora Rani Chennamma:A doll made as Kittur Rani ChennammaHere is a model of Mysuru Palace. Here you can see the creativity of the la... Read more
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Gombe habba is a cute tradition which is celebrated in some parts of South India. I have already written about this tradition in my previous posts. This year there was no sign , that any would invite me. I was little disappointed. But a surprise was waiting for me. A Kannada News daily Vijaya Karnataka conducts competition about gombe habba. I was invited to judge the competition. every year I used to visit one or two houses to see Gombe habba. Because of Vijaya Karnataka , I visited 10 houses to see gombe habbaHere are some glimpses of the Gombe habba , we visited , published in news paper:The day we visited 10 houses. In each house the arrangements of dolls was wonderful. I could see every... Read more
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I need not write anything about Kerala Kasavu sarees. Most of the saree loving women , own at least one Kerala Kasavu saree in their collection. This is also known as "Mundum Neriyathum". This is traditional saree of Kerala.Fine cotton handwoven sarees produced by weavers of Balarampuram near Tiruvantharam.It has two pieces, Mundum  and Neriyattum, which is in white color or very light cream color.This has combination with Kasav( silk thread covered with gold or silver plated threads). In Raja Ravi Verma's paintings, the women he painted are mostly wearing Mundum Neriyattum.Raja - Ravi Verma's painting- Woman wearing Kerala Kasavu sareeImage Courtesy-PininterestVariations in Kerala Kasa... Read more
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Dasara celebration is going on. I have already shared about Gombe habba celebrations in my earlier posts. Gombe habba is a lovely tradition of Dasara, celebrated in Bangalore and Mysore (of Karnataka, India). This is the tradition, celebrated enthusiastically,among all , kids and adults. In fact celebrating Gombehabba, an adult becomes a kid, while arranging the colorful dolls. :-)I don't know the origin of celebration of Gombehabba. My guess is, it might have started to exhibit the talents of women, who had very less exposure those days. But nowadays we have several opportunities to showcase talents and skills. Here is one such opportunity showcase the dolls arrangements made by you. A well... Read more
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Dastakar is an NGO which supports crafts people, to promote and sell their products. To support the craft people , Dastkar organizes many events , including exhibitions and sales of handicrafts. This time it was organized in the month of August , in Bangalore. I always try not to miss Dastkar exhibitions, as we get to see and buy  variety of handicrafts and hand-looms.As  every time , this year also many crafts-people from all over India had exhibited their products. I forgot to take my camera :-( . so sharing about the handmade items I bought from Dastkar. It is really amazing to see the handcrafted unique products there.Some of the handcrafted items I bought:1. Phad painting from... Read more
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 I was supposed to post about handmade Rakhee, before Raksha Bandhan.It got delayed because I was attending a workshop to learn a different craft. Raksha Bandhan is festival in India to celebrate bondage between brother and sister. All the Indians know about this.Lots of Rakhis are available in market , I prefer to send handmade Rakhis, but everytime due to lack of time , end up sending Rakhis which are bought from market. Few years ago I had made Rakhis using quilling strips.  Those were liked by all my brothers. This year learnt another craft, polymer clay jewellery making. Thought of making , Rakhis using polymer clay. I'm just learning this craft, so these have not co... Read more
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I never get contended with collecting and designing with  traditional paintings of India. Kalmakari is one such art. I have kalmkari patches, kalamkari borders, kalamkari duppata, kalamkari saree , kalamkari hand block printed clothes etc. Still whenever I see clothes with kalamkari art, I end up buying that. :-). I have designed 3-4 sarees using kalamkari patches. First one was with Paisley designs , and recently designed some sarees with Kalamkari borderfor my customers.Another saree with blue silk material and Kalamkari border was designed with a zari border. If I use zari border and cloth with zari motifs, I can't wear it on casual day. So this time designed Kalamkari saree without ... Read more
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