Book Title – Quillography

I got the opportunity to work on a book cover after the author Destination Infinity saw my work on this blog. I have only seen book covers designed by Yulia.

I was super excited to work on it. How many times do you get the opportunity to work on a book cover and that too a quilled one. This was the first time I was designing for a book cover. I had to start from scratch. From coming up with a concept basis the story, to adhering to client requirements. It was super exciting! My entire dialogue with the author was on email, the briefing, the 1st design, the final design images…everything. And might I say, it went on very smoothly. This is an A3 sized design and took me around 30 hours to complete. Getting the shading right was extremely challenging…completely drained me out! But the final outcome was worth the effort.

So this is the final sketch of the title which was approved.

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The color scheme which we opted for this design was shades of purple.I wanted to give this a complete gradient feel which I guess I was successful with. So here are the pictures of the design.  The design is still being made, but my quilling is done 🙂 It was an exciting project for me. Did you like it? Will share the final design once it is ready. This is my 3rd entry for Pratvam Progs contest as well.

This is how the final cover looks like and you could buy the book from Amazon.in using this link.

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Prespective view

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Quilled Paper Jewelry

I love making paper jewelry, but haven’t made anything for months now. A couple of friends checked my FB page and loved the earlier earring designs. However, one of them wanted me to make something different, something which was only for her. So I sketched a couple of designs and converted them into paper jewelry using quilling.

So these are the initial sketch designs:Image

 

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Sorry for the bad quality pictures. My phone camera just messed these up completely 😦 The final product are wee bit different from the final design, but that’s the process of creation.

For the final pictures I borrowed my friend Unmesh’s phone and they turned out very well. Have a look:

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Paper jewelry making is a lot of fun. None of the people who saw these designs could believe they were made of paper 🙂 My friend loved both the design and asked me to make them in different colors for her as well. Have five more requests of similar designs to be finished this weekend and am super excited about that.

Btw, I’m entering it for the Pratvam progs 1000 likes contest as well. Hope to win! 🙂

Happy Quilling!

MOM is the word

Yesterday was Mother’s day and I had to do something special for my mom. I can’t describe in words what she means to me or what she has done for me. I guess this applies to all of us, no?
 
So this is what I made for her, a card with the word ‘Mom’ quilled. The card took me around 6 hours to complete. I used my mom’s favorite colors in the design just to make it more personal 🙂
 
So here is the sketch as well and the final design. Let me know what you think!
The sketch:
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The design:
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This is my entry for Pratvam Progs contest.
Also, Happy Mother’s day to all the mommies reading my blog.​ 

‘Love’ – Cutting

While browsing Facebook , I randomly came across an art form called as ‘paper cutting’. The work which I saw was from the super talented  Papercut artist Louise Firchau who is better known as Paper Panda. I was astonished at the details she gets into her work. Some pieces are oh so tiny that its difficult to believe that they are paper cuts.

I without fail check her FB page every day to see what new things she come up with. And trust me there isn’t a day where she has failed to surprise me. She sells her design templates on her online store as well. So I had to make something special for ‘the husband’ and decided to give paper cutting a try. I bought the template with the word ‘love’ written it  from her store and when I opened the PDF template I freaked out! The design was so intricate and delicate that I gave up on seeing the design.

However, I gathered the courage after a day to look at the template again and decided to give it a shot. So came my knife and mat to give me some support. I started very slowly. This section took me around 2 hours. But I started getting better with the cuts. I finished the design in total of 3 sittings…around 7 hours. I know that’s a lot of time…but remember I’m a beginner?

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Here is the final design! Gosh! I can’t believe I made this. So delicate and fragile…and yet to be framed. The husband loved it. 😀 And you?

Now I will be making more of these for sure. But remember one thing, paper cutting is very unforgiving. I wrong move and everything gone 😦

Will you give paper cutting a try?

Dad – Typography quilled card

It was Father’s day yesterday and I wanted to make something special for my dad. He is the best father in the world. Given me things even before I have asked for, stood by me always, made me understand my mistakes patiently and most importantly made me the person that I’m today.

I decided to make a card with the word ‘Dad’ for him. I used a patterned paper for the background and then sketched the alphabets on it. Selecting colors for the card was a challenge though. I decided to go ahead with shades of blue, green and yellow to make the card look nice and fresh. 🙂 I just had a day to finish the card and hence I decided to use tight coils and quillography to make a quick but good looking card. So here are some pics of the design and the card. Dad loved the card and has already displayed it in his showcase. Btw, this is also my entry for the Indian Quilling Guild Challenge # 1 🙂 What do you think? Did you like the design? Do share your feedback 🙂   Dad - card Dad 2Dad 3

Think White

So, Adidas presented a challenge recently via its poster contest ‘Think White’ for their uber elegant Stan Smith shoes endorsed by the legendary tennis champ Stan Smith.

When I saw the ad for this contest, I knew I had to participate. However, the thought gave me jitters as I knew that my work will be competing with the best minds in the creative field. Just to give you a background, although I’m creatively inclined, I work as a Client servicing manager and am still learning the basics of AI and Photoshop hence I asked my friend cum colleague Unmesh to help me with the layout.

So this is my entry: Every sports shoe brand focuses on the strength and performance of the shoes and very less importance is given to its beauty in any communication. So when I came across the shoes, the only thought that came to my mind was, ‘Wow, this is so beautiful, so elegant’. And hence I decided to focus on the beauty aspect of the shoes. As the brief was ‘Think white’, I decided to have a unique take on it. I personified the shoes so as to say that, ‘shoes so beautiful that it inspires nature’. Since the shoes were launched in 1973, I added that bit to the communication as well. I showed a beautiful white quilled butterfly emerging from the shoes. This butterfly took me around 5-6 hours and was completed over-night. I added green tinge to it to show that it is inspired by the shoes.

The final poster:

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The sketch:

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The final design:

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Close up of the work:

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I’m not sure whether I would win, but I was more than happy about participating in this challenge. I’m also putting this as my entry for the Pratvam Progs contest. Hope I win at least one 😉

Would be very happy to hear from you about my work. Do share your feedback 🙂

I got featured!

I got featured!

I was interviewed recently by Firstpost.com for their Life Beyond Advertising section. I was super anxious and nervous however, the interview turned out quite well. Have a read 🙂 and let me know how it was.

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Home Sweet Home

It’s been few months since we moved into our new house and I am still coming up with ideas to decorate it. The husband is nice and let’s me do whatever I want and that just make things better for me:D

So, I came across some cute ‘home sweet home’ wall art on pinterest and I was oh so inspired. So this is what I created using canvas, acrylic paint, mdf alphabet cut-outs and glue.

I made the first design basis the decor of my living room. The tree is a wall decal from kwikdeko (they have some awesome and affordable wall decal options. Do check the out!) but the birds and and the bird house are painted by me.

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So this is Version 1:

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My friends and family loved this so much that I decided to come up with another version. This was a gift for my parents 🙂 My dad is very fond of owls and hence I decided to paint that on their piece.

This is how version 2 looks like:

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These are the 2 versions 🙂 Which one is your favorite? Do share your feedback! Happy Crafting!!!

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DIY Moroccan t-light holder

So I made this Moroccan t-light holder and posted on my FB page. It was loved by many and hence I decided to come up with a tutorial which will help everyone up-cycle + have this beauty in their own house.

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Supplies needed: Empty Jam jar/pickle jar, solvent based glass colors, brush, glass liner (That’s it!)

Step 1: Clean the glass bottles nicely and remove all the labels.

Tip: You could soak the jars in warm water to expedite the process 🙂 Use the jar only when it is completely dry and clean.

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Step 2: Use solvent based glass colors to color the inside of the jar. All you would need to do it is pour the colors and swirl it till all the inside surface is coated. Use a brush only to touch up the missed areas. Let it dry for an hour at least before you touch them.

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Tip: Invert the jar and use the lid of the jar to drain off the excess color

The jars drying after the initial coat. I have used single coat only as I wanted to make them translucent. Too many coats will make the jar opaque and hence affect the brightness when you light a candle.

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Step 3: Post that use a glass liner to draw some fine intricate designs. Moroccan lamps are generally very colorful and have designs in golden or black. So you could use either of those 2 colors for making the designs.

Tip: If your freehand drawing is not good, then you could take a henna design and and stick it with tape on the inside of the jar. Then you could trace the design from outside with the glass liner. Remove the tape once done.

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Step 4: After your design is done, let it air dry for 2-3 hours. Do not touch the jar till then.

Tip: Use a forcep (chimta) to put the t-light inside the jar.

This is how the jars look finally with the t-light inside 🙂

This jars are now an integral part of my living room decor. Do leave your comments if you liked the work 🙂

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Quilled Typography

A special project for a special friend. This is quilled name board for a friend’s niece. He gave me the color scheme (purple and pink), the theme (floral) and the fonts and asked me to play around it. I made multiple sketches before freezing on this design. The final outcome was bright, clean and colorful. The frame was shipped to the US and currently rests in Zara’s room.

Was a fun project for me and a thoughtful gift from an uncle to his niece.

This is the final project:

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The close up view:

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Let me know if you liked it 🙂

 

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