Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Diwali Craft Idea: Origami Lotuses

Today we have a very special guest on 3D who will be showing us how to make origami baskets.
I said special because he is a cute, charming adorable kid joining us all the way from Australia.

Dear readers, please welcome Ishaan Ganguly, a cute little boy with twinkling eyes, tons of confidence and oodles of patience. I stumbled across his Youtube channel Ishaan Tube and instantly fell in love with him and his cute little sister, who is always there to assist him. No matter how many times she interrupts in a video, Ishaan looks at her lovingly and waits patiently for her to finish. You can subscribe to his Youtube channel to check out more such lovely videos.
Over to Ishaan now,

I am Ishaan from Melbourne! I live here with my parents and my sister. I love playing with toys and also enjoy making things In crafting I like to make an envelope when it's my friend's birthday, I also love to make gifts for people I love. It is also important to recycle and reduce waste, so I make RECYCLING CRAFTS. I like to do it because it's fun!
Below is a video where Ishaan has explained very well how to make origami baskets.

My son and I tried our hands at making these origami baskets and it turned out quite well. Though we added some personal touches later and decided to use it in our Diwali decor as origami lotuses instead. I asked my son to fill the petals with glitter and this is how he did the job. I gave a second coat of glitter later.

Diwali craft Idea

Theses origami lotuses can be made in a variety of colors and can be styled in many ways too. Place a flower into it or a LED tealight to add the festive charm. We made origami lotuses in different shapes and kept smaller one inside the larger lotus to make it look more like a lotus with lots of petals. 

Origami Lotuses

We can't thank Ishaan enough for such a lovely and well-explained tutorial. It was great fun doing this Diwali craft with my son. He showed equal enthusiasm in styling and photographing the lotuses. These origami lotuses have sure added a festive bling and warmth in our living room. 

Origami Lotus

You can fill the lotuses with chocolates or nuts. These can make a unique and lovely gift for kids this festive season. 

Diwali Craft Ideas

Now below is a teaser of Diwali DIY idea that is coming up next on 3D. Yes, you can make these beautiful tealight holders at home. 

Diwali Craft Idea 

Stay tuned!!

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Diwali Decor With Brass Lamps

After the grand success of last year's "Diwali Decor Ideas" blog post,
 this year also Design Decor & Disha in association with Shalu Prasad of Templebells bring to you Diwali decor ideas and inspirations to make your Diwali decor even more special. Shalu's home tour(click here to see) has already crossed 15k views (and counting) on my blog. Now you can imagine what this passionate decorator has for you in store.

Today's post is dedicated to the festival of light- Diwali and is all about lights and lamps.

Diwali Decor Ideas

Shalu has impeccable taste in home decor. Her ever growing collection of brass oil lamps can make you weak at the knees. She is joining us today with her dramatic and spellbinding cornucopia of brass lamps. Brass lamps collected over the years in all possible sizes and delightful shapes are Shalu's proud possession. Let's take a look at her stunning collection of various brass lamps and pick up some inspiration to incorporate this gleaming metal in Diwali decor. Now you really need not worry if you don't have such beautiful brass oil lamps. I have good news for you, let this Diwali be the special one for you and your home too. Below the image of every brass lamp you can find a link that will take you to the shopping destination where you can buy exactly the same brass lamp on heavy discounted price. DIWALI BONANZA just for you dear readers.!!

Brass Hanging Lamps:
Brass has its own charm and elegance. The amazing shine and texture of this metal can easily add the much-needed drama to your decor this festive season. Hanging brass lamp when lit adds the warmth and the gleam of it is a sure thing to bring in the festive cheer.
Hanging brass lamps can be hung anywhere inside the home or even outdoors to make the place look cheerful. Hang the brass lamp, light it up and add some petals or flowers (preferably marigold or rose) for the easiest way to create a perfect festive ambiance.

An antique brass lamp in a company of folk art of India or any beautiful artwork with India inspired theme for that matter makes an unparalleled combination of grace and beauty. 

Whether lit or not brass lamps are the sure shot way to add the vintage charm. These lamps are used for ornamental purpose too for their attractive appearance and hence can be hung outdoors without even lighting them up. Mix them up with terracotta and clay hangings for a sophisticated and elegant look.

Diwali Decor Ideas

Hang them in an entryway, patio or garden and pair them with some greens for an appealing to the eye display.

Diwali Decor Ideas

If you have brass lamps/diyas that can be hung on the wall then possibilities of styling them are endless. You can place flowers, petals, colored powder, pearls, pebbles or tealights. Seen in below image Shalu has styled her Lakshmi brass lamp with a single bright red rose. Red and gold have always been a perfect color combination for festive decor.

Diwali Decor Ideas

Traditional Brass  Lamps:
Traditional brass lamps encompass a rich south Indian culture and have been used as a decor accentuating element for ages. Brass along with bronze is an unusual but aesthetically appealing combination. See yourself how these two exquisite metals are creating a pleasing vignette and wall behind in warm color is setting a perfect background.

  Diwali Decor Ideas
Click here to buy standing lady brass lamp
or here

The mystical bronze diya/lamp below is called Esha lamp and is considered very sacred. Shalu is absolutely lucky to possess one as it is very unusual and rare bronze lamp. It has Shiva and Sheshnaga and along with diya it also has a pot to fill holy water. 
I am a big admirer of Shalu's sense of styling. She has styled this sacred Esha lamp with her handmade coaster (which is actually a framed kolam hand drawn by her) and a brass Ganesha idol. A brass pot filled with pothos and peach rose is making the vignette lively. To complete the look of the whole set-up a canvas in warm colors is placed in the background. 

Diwali Decor Ideas
I couldn't find the Esha lamp anywhere on the internet but I have something similar for you to buy.
Click here to buy bronze parrot lamp.

Niche in a wall in Shalu's home has given her the opportunity to not only showcase her proud possession of brass lamps but also to style it differently on various occasions. She followed a simple rule of 'less is more' here. 
A bunch of flowers in a brass pot can be placed along with the brass lamp to make the vignette more cheerful.

Diwali Decor Ideas

The brass lamp in below image is called Annapakshi sakhi lamp. In Indian mythology, Annapakshi/Annam/Hamsa is a bird which is described as pure, divine, eat pearls, can separate milk from water from a mixture of both and said to possess the knowledge of brahmin. Owing to its purity Annapakshi has acquired a special space in brass and bronze lamps hence it is considered auspicious to light such lamps on festivals and celebrations. 
The lamp itself is so magnificent and pure beauty that it needs no other objects to enhance the beauty of it. 

Diwali Decor Ideas
This Annapakshi Sakhi lamp is also a lucky find but something similar you can buy here

In below image, the three sakhis(friends) have been replaced with a mystical pattern but the lamp is quite rare and can't be found easily. Shalu has paired this lamp beautifully with a lovely combination of bougainvillea and Amaltas (golden shower) flowers. 

Diwali Decor Ideas

A dancing Ganesha brass lamp with parrots in below image is surrounded by colorful glass tealights and lanterns for a warm and pleasing display. Rajnigandha or tuberose flowers placed here are making the display uncontrived. 

Diwali Decor Ideas
Click here to buy this exquisite dancing Ganesha brass lamp

Traditional brass lamps are clubbed together with brass pots and a peacock wood carving in the backdrop is making this display an eye pleasing one. Shalu has filled all the brass pots with flowers and greens. A framed kolam art is serving as a beautiful stage. 

Diwali Decor Ideas
Click here to buy left most Annapakshi brass oil lamp for Diwali
Click here to buy right most brass oil lamp

A collection of traditional silver oil lamps (silver lamps are a thoughtful gift to Shalu by her mom) and brass tealights with chrysanthemum and marigold strings in below picture is creating an apt display for the festive season. 

Diwali Decor Ideas
Click here to buy the lamp in the middle
Click here to buy small lamps

If you have kids in your home then you should not be lighting these brass oil lamps inside your home. What to do with them then. Well, you can club them together just like Shalu did and fill them with colorful petals. A perfect festive vignette in no time is ready to please the guests. 

Diwali Decor Ideas
Click here to buy left most peacock brass lamp
Click here to buy the right most brass Kerala Lamp

Stone, Terracotta And Moroccan Lamps:
Not only brass and bronze, Shalu has a stupendous collection of stone, terracotta and Moroccan lamps. The soapstone lamp in below image is mostly found in south India and is quite unique. It has a dual purpose of floating flowers and lighting lamp too.
Draw a beautiful kolam or rangoli and place this lamp on it. You can place some terracotta lamps around it.

Moroccan lamps are paired with some greens and figurines. Colorful Moroccan lamps never fail to add a style quotient to your decor.

Diwali Decor Ideas
A terracotta peacock diya in below image is painted and decorated by Shalu. She has styled it beautifully by lighting it up and placing flowers alternately. A mat below in color that coordinates with the color of flowers is creating a cohesive look. 

Diwali Decor Ideas
You can buy beautiful terracotta diyas here

In the last, we have a collection of the images that show how beautifully Shalu has styled her proud possession of brass, terracotta and Moroccan lamps. To pick her style sense you need to give attention to the platform also on which you will be displaying your lamps. Shalu has used numerous objects as a stage to showcase her knick-knacks like a tree trunk slice, carved wood, wooden box, mat, framed artwork, beautiful table runner and many such eye-pleasing things.  Once the platform has been chosen, place the lamps and pair them with stylish vases filled with fresh flowers or greens. Place a figurine that creates a pulled together look. 

Diwali Decor Ideas

I am utterly thankful and grateful to Shalu for sending such cheerful and spellbinding images of her lovely(need I say enviable) collection of lamps. 
Dear readers! I hope you were able to pick some Diwali decor inspirations from this blog post which is a joint effort by Shalu and Design Decor & Disha. Keep watching this space for Diwali craft idea and Diwali DIY. Also, my Indian art gallery wall is almost ready. Will be sharing the complete details shortly. Thank you for being patient!
Happy Decorating!!

P.S: All the images are provided by Shalu Prasad and subject to copyright. Please seek her permission before using them!!

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Happy Vijayadashmi

Design Decor & Disha wishes all the design, decor, gardening, art & craft enthusiasts a very Happy Vijayadashmi!!

This is the day that symbolizes the victory of good over evil, light over darkness and knowledge over ignorance. And that's what we all should strive for. 

Indian Festive Decor

Dussehra vignette in my home is displaying the same emotion. 

Indian Festive Decor

Indian Festive Decor

Now let's talk about what will come next on my blog. Next, we have a blog on Diwali decor inspirations and ideas. And after that a blog on Diwali craft idea and Diwali DIY. 

Indian Festive Decor

Colourful paper baskets you see here in below and above image are made by my son and he is so glad that I am actually using them in decor. These paper baskets can be used in many ways, put flowers inside or place a tealight, fill them with nuts or chocolates and gift them to kids.

Indian Festive Decor  

Hope you all are having a wonderful time celebrating the festival with family and friends
Happy Dussera once again dear readers!!

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Indian Art Gallery Wall: Pattachitra Painting

My Pattachitra painting is ready and I could not believe my eyes when I saw the completed painting. Let me first tell you all that this painting was the most difficult one among all that I painted for my Indian Art Gallery Wall

Pattachitra is a famous art form of Odisha, India. Traditional Pattachitra is made on Patta or cloth/canvas and chitra means painting hence the painting got its name Pattachitra.

Indian Art Gallery Wall

The theme of this painting style is inspired by Hindu mythology like many other Indian art forms. I chose Dashavatar (ten incarnations of god) for my Pattachitra painting theme. Earlier I had attended a Pattachitra painting workshop and I had made a small Pattachitra bookmark on dried banana leaf. You can check out the tutorial and my first Pattachitra painting here.
I stuck the same bookmark in the center of the drawing sheet to start the painting and then drew Dashavatar around it. 

Indian Art Gallery Wall

Only main figures and bigger motifs are drawn using pencil/pen and rest of the detailing like filling gaps and border with patterns are done using a paint brush. Figures in Pattachitra are always well defined and motifs are quite detailed. 
Main colors used in Pattachitra paintings are yellow, red, blue, green, white and black. While filling colors, choose complementary color scheme as you go from the center towards the edge of the painting and choose analogous color scheme or tints & shades of the color to fill the patterns in a particular design. This practice makes the painting look vibrant and detailed. 

Indian Art Gallery Wall

Intricate patterns are filled in every figure and motif. Fine details like features of gods, goddesses, animals and birds and detailing on clothes are done meticulously using a fine paint brush. It took me three days to complete this painting and I was in awe once it was done. 

Indian Art Gallery Wall

Dashavatar you see in the above painting are Matsya, Kurma, Varaha, Narasimha, Vamana, Parashurama, Ram, Balram, Krishna (sometimes replaced by Buddha) and Kalki from the top left to bottom right respectively.  
My family and lots of my friends and readers are thoroughly enjoying this Indian Art Gallery wall series. Sometimes I receive emails and messages from my lovely readers saying how they are inspired to create one such wall in their homes too and how they keep checking my Instagram feed and blog just to check whether I have posted my next painting in this series. And some of them are so sweet that they even sent me some beautiful Indian folk paintings to complete the gallery wall. I will be posting about it in my next blog and that's not all, I have a big news to share with you all too. So...........
Stay tuned!!

UPDATE: Embedded a video of Pattachitra painting tutorial below. 

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Indian Art Gallery Wall: Warli Painting

I am so happy that my "Indian Art Gallery Wall" is taking shape beautifully. You have already seen four different Indian folk paintings that I have painted for the gallery wall. Here is the fifth one, Warli painting of Maharashtra. 

I love and admire all Indian art forms but warli is the one that gave me lots of opportunities to enhance my skills, to interact with different creative and intellectual people and to excel in the creative field.

Indian Art

I had made this Warli painting three years ago. After I published the images of my First Warli Painting, one of my readers from the USA found a certain part of the painting so moving that he wanted me to paint and sell that painting to him. I painted the same and sent him happily. Below is the image of that painting. 

Indian Art form

After that, I received another request from one of my blog readers to paint warli painting on her balcony walls and that was quite an interesting, adventurous and fun project. You can check out the complete project of Warli wall painting here. Below is the image of that warli wall painting. 

Indian Art

Warli is the simplest and beautiful Indian art form. It is Introduced by warli tribe of northern Maharashtra. Warli means "a piece of land" and this art is inspired by nature. Style of the painting is very simple. Only geometrical shapes are drawn to make figures, like circles for head, triangles for body and lines for limbs.  

Indian Art

The theme of warli painting unlike rest of the Indian art forms isn't based on mythology. Instead, it depicts day to day life and celebrations. I chose marriage celebration in a village as the theme of my warli painting. 

Indian Art Gallery Wall

Warli isn't complete without some birds, huts, trees, carts and villagers performing everyday tasks like farming, pottery, getting water from the well, feeding chickens, cooking, grinding grains in grinding stone and kids playing around, a complete village scene that gives this art its true essence. 

Indian Art

My collection of various Indian folk paintings is growing fast and I am getting lovely messages, words of praise and encouragement from my dear readers. Thanks to you all for your love and encouragement. 
Keep watching this space for more!!
Have a lovely Sunday!

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