Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Creativity in New Year

So far, January 2017 has been very productive for me. I have been doing good amount of art and craft. I have been a tad slow in sharing them here but hope to make it up in this post.

The top photo is a sketchbook doodle I did consisting of only spirals drawn using just dots. It was a good exercise to perk ones spirits up. I finished it off with a semi camouflaged word. Can you spot it? I am linking this to this week's Moo-Mania.

The one below is a cigar box that I altered using a coat of black chalk paint and Martha Stewart's copper foil. The gilding was done using a woodburning tool since I did not foiling adhesive. I like the soft effect this technique has produced. Linked to Try it on Tuesday's Anything but Square.

The one below was inspired by museum piece at Victoria and Albert museum. As a kid I used to love drawing Indian jewelry. I thought I had outgrown that. Obviously not! This is an 18th century turban jewel made of gold and encrusted with rubies, diamonds, emeralds and sapphires. Sketched and colored on black vinyl cloth using Prism Nupastels.

Linked to Paint Party Friday. Thanks to Eva and Kristen for hosting.

The pillows below are made from the end piece (called pallu) of old saris. Indian saris have three parts: border, body and end piece. It is on the border and the end piece that the designers and the weavers unleash their creativity and which end up being work of art in and of themselves. Long after the body of the sari is worn out, the end piece invites to be displayed in new ways. 

Thanks for stopping by. 


  1. Incredible stunning art Indira! I love your spiral dotted drawing linkend to Moo Mania & More! Thanks a lot !!!This cigar box is so beautiful - how interesting to read that you used a wood burning tool instead of glue! Great outcome! And last not least those pillows are fantastic, how wise saris are produced! Fantastic!
    Have a great rest of the week and thanks a lot for joining Moo Mania & More as well as Try It On Tuesday with your inspiring post!
    Much appreciated!
    Greetings from

  2. So nice and very special are your artworks,wow. I like much what you did.

  3. Wonderful creative projects. Thank you for sharing the awesome altered box with us at TioT's this time.

  4. Love all your projects...super doodles

  5. Gorgeous art. I love the Indian turban jewel. A great idea to make pillows with old saries. Thanks for the wonderful post.
    Happy PPF xx

  6. Succsessful works!
    Very creative.
    this is my
    Greetings from Germany

  7. Hello Indira, it was so inspiring to see your treasure trove of delightful artworks.
    I can understand how the doodle would have been enjoyable to do. I Love it.
    The cigar box makes me want to try something similar, it looks so special.
    You must never grow out of drawing your jewels!! Brilliant!
    The weaving of the sari end pieces are so bold in their design - creative indeed. A very nice way to re-purpose them too. Happy PPF :D)

  8. Little wooden boxes are my favorite things and your cigar box is fabulous!

  9. such gorgeous art Indira!! I especially love your altered box and those pillows. Happy PPF!

  10. Really beautiful. Each piece so full and rich, however the pillows are my favorite. Well done.

  11. lovely boxes and cushions and art

  12. So beautiful!! I especially like the"bubbles" piece!!

  13. That turban jewelry piece that you painted is stunning. The colors are amazing. Blessings!

  14. Luv the sari recycles; have a happy and creative week

    much love...

  15. I love your pastel jewelry piece and what a great idea to make beautiful and useful items with the remains of worn out sari.

  16. Oh what a wonderful post so full of LOVE!! The pillows the art, wow just a wonderful variety! I live in a very diverse city and the saris are absolutely stunning during large celebrations.. I just love the fabric used for them!! Thanks for sharing!

    Hugs Giggles

  17. Wow! What a fabulous post! I love how you made the decoration on your box! The sari cushions are beautiful and your jewel is wonderful! So pleased you joined us at Try It On Tuesday! Chrisx

  18. Oh, Yes, I see the word after a bit of squinting. Lovely art. Such patience to create this delicate and beautiful art. Happy PPF!
    ~~ Irene

  19. Beautiful art! I especially love the sari cushions!