Monthly Archives: February 2013

Surface Treatment Workshop Book Review

Number of Pages -144

Written by – Sandra Duran Wilson

Darlene Olivia McElroy

The book provides the reader with multiple surface treatments with which he/she  can work. And with the help of these techniques the reader, artist will add, a new depth and texture to the artwork.

It includes 45 techniques like Pulled Paper, Gauze, Crackle Paste and many others

Some of my favorite treatments covered in the book are

  1. Gesso – Gesso is great for textures.  The Method includes<
    • Apply Gesso to the Surface using brush and knife add texture to the wet gesso and let it dry
  2. Plastic Wrap – Adds linear and abstract lines to the surface. The method of application is as provided below<
    • Add paint to the surface
    • While the paint is wet lay the plastic wrap over the paint and stretch it in various patterns.
    • After drying peel the plastic wrap
  3.  Salt – Gives a speckled effect to an area. The method of application includes
    • Paint the surface with paint diluted with water
    • On the top of the wet paint sprinkle different sizes of salt
    • After the paint is dry, use a tower to brush off the salt

All those who want to experiment with different surfaces, should try this book

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My experience at the art sandhai

Art Sandhai 2013, the one day art mela of art and artists by the Art and Soul Gallery was a day to be remembered. The event was a joint effort by Shylaja Chettur and Nina Reddy.

It was a great experience. The function was inaugurated by the senior eminent artist Shri A.V.IIango. It was followed by a lecture and demo by the artist. There were around 60 stalls and all showed art in its various forms. It included paintings in various mediums like Oils, Acrylics, Watercolour and pastels and also featured drawings and ink work. And included all types of paintings like landscapes,Still Life, Figurative, Abstracts  In the evening there was Folk Art Performance.

The Artists came from all over India to participate in the Sandhai. Some of the states included Tamil Nadu, Bangalore, Kerala, Assam and there were many other Some of the artists who participated in the sandhai included N.Shunmugam, Jeeva, Thara Ganesan,G. Latha and many more

It was a great opportunity to put up my work and have a wider audience to view it.


Book Review – Big Book Of Acrylic Painting

Title – Big Book Of Acrylic Painting
Published by – North Light Books
Written By – Lee Hammond- Artist
Pages -192

Introduction – The book is an excellent source for those who love to paint. The artist gives tips on working with acrylics and painting all kinds of subjects
The book provides clear steps and demonstration and instruction for painting. The book includes all the subjects

Still Life:- The artist teaches how to get proper proportions using some easy tips like graphing technique
Landscapes:- under this section the artist teaches how to bring realism in the subjects
Animals:- Under this section the artist provides step by step method in painting the animals. The artist further focus on eyes, noses fur and the other details
People:- The artist in this section provides easy and basic steps for painting people of all kind and also creating realistic eye, color ,hair, and the other details
I would strongly recommend this book to all artists especially those who work with acrylic


Hello, I am Bhavna Yadav. I am originally from Delhi and presently I am based in chennai. Since Childhood i like to paint. I like to experiment with different colours and textures.I had my first solo painting exhibition at Cholamandal Artists Village and i am having my next show in March from 16th – 31st 2013 at Ambassador pallava hotel , chennai. In my blog I would like to share all my experience with colours,artworks,techniques.

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