A boat in a lake-Acrylic painting

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The beauty of Nature is limitless. I, who love making portraits, have found interest in Nature paintings too when I first painted one of this kind. My horizons are opened. I feel I am not just not demonstrating or giving tutorials and lessons, rather I am learning every single day. I’m becoming more and more observant everyday.

My above painting is my latest Acrylic painting which I made to present someone who not only motivated me but also made me realize what I’m capable of.

This painting is dedicated to my friend Tanu Paliwal.

Paints used –

  • Crimson Red
  • Lamp black
  • Cobalt Black
  • Burnt Sienna
  • Orange
  • Titanium White
  • Sap Green
  • Nectarine
  • Dark yellow

Brushes used 

  • 3/8 Angle brush -Artist Loft
  • 1/8 Angle brush -(Daler Rowney)
  • 2 Flat brush-(Artist loft)
  • 6 Flat brush-(Daler Rowney)
  • 3/4 Flat brush -(Yangzhou China)
  • 0 Thin brush -(Artist Loft)
  • An old brush -( brand name erased)

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Ladder to success

20170820_143651When you grow, there are always a few who would try to trim you.

When you improve ,you would find a few counting your lacunae.

When you start becoming stronger , people will scare you for sure.

When you move on the right path, for many that chosen path would be wrong, you might be pulled back.

Never get bothered because there is always someone among many who would love to see you growing , improving and becoming strong. Catch a hold of him/her and continue you journey.

Rose never stops blooming because of Thorns been pricked.

Not everyone has the power to be a rose .

Bloom and spread your fragrance.

****Even the best people have haters.****

 © 2017 Prachi Chaturvedi
 All copy rights reserved

 

Picture frame using Felt sheets

We all believe in making memories which help us to cherish the time we had spent, the we we once had. We all take pictures but sometimes we think of buying pictures frames not anymore from the shop

So , I had decided to make a picture frame using few things at home.

 

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Things we require:

  • Felt sheets ( any print you like)
  • Carton box
  • Picture (of your choice)
  • 3 twigs
  • floral tape (green)
  • glue
  • Colored paper ( of your choice)
  • Cotton

Let’s get started

  1. Take a carton box .Cut 2 rectangular pieces approximately the A4 size. Now cut the size of the picture you selected in the center of one of the pieces from the carton(see the picture below).

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2. Take the card board piece with the cut out from the center. To give my frame a puffy and nice look, I took the pieces of while felt sheets with cotton filled as sandwich . You do not need glue for fixing the cotton, but you need to fix the white felt sheet with glue on the card board sheet. Do the same for all the four sides.(Look at the picture for reference)

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3. Take the card board piece with the cut out from the center. Put it on the white side of the printed felt sheet. This is the side which is just behind the side which which has cotton. In short keep it upside down. The part of the felt sheet, which is visible in the center of the card board, cut it in the shape of ‘X’. Now fold all the four sides up and glue them.(Look at the picture for reference)

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4. In the fourth step , you need to take the other rectangular piece and white A4 sheets pasted on both the sides. Now keep this piece on the other piece with the cutout in the center, the picture you see in the 3rd step, exactly on that side . photo 288 13-15-18

 

5. Now paste only the 3 sides of the felt sheet . Remaining one side will be pasted between these two rectangular pieces, so that you can insert the photograph and change whenever you like.

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Now comes the decoration part.

Flower making step by step

  • Take 3 twigs , cover them with floral tape.

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  • Take colored papers, fold the strips from one corner and cut them as I have cut in the picture below.

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  • If you have folded the strips in upward direction, start curling each and every thin strips in inward direction with the help of twigs. Now keep it upside down , glue the folded corner and start wrapping around the twigs. See the picture below

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  • Cut a few cut outs for leaves and stick them in the same way you did for the upper part.

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Flowers are ready. Paste them on the bottom of the frame.

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Felt decoration

Take white felt sheet. Cut two pieces of white clouds and a yellow circle for the Sun. Paste these pieces on the top corner of your frame .

 

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And …here it is

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Insert any picture inside. You can decorate vertically too if you want a portrait size picture frame.

 

 

How to use charcoal to make a sketch

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My first attraction towards Art and Painting started with sketching portraits . I have always loved it. This time I have tried using charcoal for the first time. And the above picture is the outcome of that .

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A quiet evening -Easy watercolor landscape painting

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Its a very easy watercolor painting with just a few colors.

In this painting I have used artist’s tape as a border on my sheet. This gives my painting a neat white frame.

Brushes used

  • 1″ flat brush
  • 0 brush
  • 6 flat brush

Watercolors used

  • Lamp black
  • Violet
  • Cobalt blue
  • Lemon yellow
  • Yellow ochre
  • Chinese white

Paper used

Cold compressed watercolor paper

First of all I make a pencil sketch of the hill and the people.Its wet on wet technique. So wetted the desired area with water this the process of painting started. be little careful while layering the colors .

Note:

  1. Don’t use excess of water. Like I don’t prefer wetting the whole sheet in one go because ,the water will dry quickly if i could not reach all the parts of my paper, and when I need more water to wet that area again , the sheet will become wobbly and uneven.
  2. Don’t make the sketch dark otherwise it will spoil the light watercolor shade of yellow.

 

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An evening on Eid

 

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The idea of this painting pricked in my mind when I was watching a movie in the recent days.

In this painting I have used artist masking fluid ,thinking without it I might ruin my painting by painting the mosque orange, as I had planned to color it just black . I some how forgot that the pencil outline would not get brushed off and I could trace that later in black .

I have never been to any art school. My mistakes helped me to learn new tricks and styles . My mistakes helped me to find easier ways . Like in this painting too , I had realized that the use of masking fluid could be avoided.

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The Morning Tea

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The idea of this painting came in mind when I saw a couple drinking tea. Well before I didn’t get this idea as my husband doesn’t drink it especially in the morning.

In the above painting , before I dipped my brush in the paint I wet the paper .

Be careful while defining the outline of the cups and saucers.

I have also used the salt technique in this painting. It gave my painting, to be accurate my table a very unique look. I had sprinkled some salt near the cookie plate, where you see yellow and and the blend of other blue shades and violet.

Watch the video for a better idea.

Paints Required: ( Artist’s Loft-Watercolors)

  • Lemon yellow
  • Lamp black
  • Yellow ochre
  • Chinese white
  • Cobalt blue
  • Violet
  • Burnt Sienna
  • Burnt Umber