Tuesday, 9 December 2014

Sandstone Love

I love sandstones... And it is difficult for me to resist a string of those lovely stones, whenever I go out shopping for beads, even if I do have a supply of those at home..

Now these ones I bought were in lovely cube shapes, with the holes going diagonal !! which is such a treat .. ! I love things unique..it does not necessarily have to be rare, and yet... ! While cube shaped beads are now all too common, they are usually drilled 'squarely' (pun intended.. !) - through the middle.. The diagonal holes were a treat and I jumped at them...

One of my friends placed an order for his wife's birthday... and as he is prone to do, let me choose the designs and everything.. it absolutely thrills me when someone does that, and I do try my best not to let down that kind of trust..

Since I know the lovely lady , it was a treat to design these special sandstones for her.

 And I had these gold plated German Silver accents with a square motif engraved on them and looked perfect, with the cube shaped stones.

The earrings are small drops to suit the birthday. girl's taste.

Once I sent the pics of the finished necklace and earrings, her husband asked me if I could make a bracelet to make the set complete. But cubes are bulky , and not easy to drape on a wrist. But , in keeping with the 'shape' theme, I found flat , diamond shaped sandstones , which I wire wrapped , with the same accent pieces... and also a cute butterfly charm .

The 'S' shaped hook is hand-made . I added a tiny chain of links, just in case the length needs any adjustment. 

Wednesday, 3 December 2014

Watercolour Painting After Years

Since September 2013, I have been working as an Art instructor at an Art studio here in Chennai. While I had been painting on and off, and also experimenting in various techniques with acrylics, colour pencils and other mediums, for use on my cold porcelain works, it had been a while since I had painted for the sheer pleasure of it..

I have not had any kind of professional training, when it comes to drawing or art ..but learnt through a lot of trial and error, reading books and recently, by watching a videos.

For me, the way to instruct my students is to make the process of creating a piece of art as simple and effective as I can make it. And I always leave it t the students themselves , to finish a picture as they see fit.

So demonstrating techniques, lines and other aspects of drawing and colouring, it just made me want to get back to painting again. Watercolour is something that I had not done for a while . but I decided to try out my rusty skills and finish up a picture for a change.

So here it is .. !

Material used : 130 gsm Artist's paper : A4 size

Camel watercolour cakes : palette of 24 shades. 

Brushes : No:6 and No:0

Schneider topliner 967 for the outline.

Monday, 1 December 2014

Silver All The Way ...

I have been collecting jewellery since I was about 15 . And now , I make my own !! Of course, this has not, in any way diminished my love for sourcing pieces from different places, or treasuring the ones I get as gifts. I have also bought a few pieces from other designers and have a few more on my wish list . Anyway... that is topic for another post . !!

While I can make matching jewellery for all my outfits, if I chose to do so, - and my younger self used to be excited about finding  colors, designs or patterns matching new clothes . But these days, I find that , Having a few pieces that I can mix and match regularly, and owning a few statement pieces, is more my style.

I recently , made myself this silver, choker length necklace which I could easily team with hoops, jhumkas, danglers or even colored earrings accented with some bit of silver.

Another favourite necklace of mine is a simple one, of gun metal beads. I just love that necklace and wear it on any normal day with a simple pair of hoops or studs, and dress it up with more elaborate earrings according to the occasion.

So what does your jewellery collection look like? Care to share?