Monthly Archives: December 2020

Paper cutting pattern design

Seeing a particular thing at times brings back old memories instantly. Yesterday while cleaning my cupboard I recalled the happy moments I had while creating this paper cutting project.I was in junior school in class 4th. It has been more than 30 years since i made it but it’s always a pleasure looking at these old projects.I remember how much i really enjoyed my art and craft lessons and how excited I was in folding the paper to get the unique design

Really those were brilliant days and It’s always a pleasure to go down the memory lane

Disneyland Paris

The Disneyland Park in Paris is amazing, it’s a great experience for all kind of travellers.

 The place is truly like a fairy tale and never fails to put a smile on my face! There are fantastic attractions, shows and entertainment for all ages in enchanting surroundings.
The best part is the parade in front of the castle. All cartoons perform an amazing show

If you visit Paris do not miss Disneyland. It’s highly recommended!

Basic Elements of Design

The basic elements of design are the guidelines for the artist. These guidelines help to create a not only well visually appealing design but also create a balance and help in communicating with the customer.

The Most basic elements of design are

Lines- are the most basic element of design. They can be smooth, continuous , Bold or thin. Some lines show a lot of power and energy like diagonal or bold lines. These lines try to catch the attention of the guest and lead the eye to the design.

  1. Color – color helps in creating the mood of the design. A simple monotone design in grey tone specifies the mood and the energy which the artist wants to portray. Similarly a combination of color is very challenging as well as important. All the characteristics of the color has to be taken into consideration.
  1. Shape -are formed when lines are enclosed and set by a boundary . These may include geometric shapes like squares ,circles, triangles etc Abstract shapes , These are shapes which do not exist in real and therefore are abstract. These may include logos, any symbolic design.
  1. Space – Space is the area surrounding an image. It can be Positive or Negative space. Negative space is the emptiness which the artist has created around the subject. At times the artist can draw a lot of attention to the Negative Space. Further Positive space refers wherein the main focus is on the image and not on the background.
  1. Texture – There are a lot of textures which the artist can use in the design and can make the design look three dimensional. It also builds up their visual appeal.
  1. Contrast – Is the visual difference which makes one object stand out from the other. Contrast creates attention of the guest and makes the guest notice any focal point created in the design.

These are some of the basic elements of design but there are other aspects as well like value, size, balance . To be perfect you can pick up one element at a time and work on it try working on it for eg if you take lines try making a design with different lines . Also try to see for yourself which lines are more bold and emphasizing than the other.Similarly you can work on the other elements as well like color try making a monotone drawing only focusing on the tones and hues of the color and another design in different colors trying to understand how one color reacts with another.

So all the best and have fun !

Snow and Ice Sculpture – Bruges

The Snow and Ice Sculpture in Bruges is a yearly tradition that takes place from November to January. During this festival, visitors are treated to a number of well-made and detailed sculptures. The festival is located at Station Square in Bruges, directly in front of the main station building. It is just a 5-min walk from the city center.

 Three hundred thousand kilos of ice and 500 tons of snow are shipped in, to carve more than 80 sculptures LED screens light up the sculptures and give them life.

The Snow and Ice Festival is worth a visit

Pichwai Painting

Pichwai paintings are traditional paintings that emerged in Rajasthan. These artworks are done on cloths and hang at the back of the idol of Srinathji, primarily in the sanctum sanctorum at Nathdwara. It is also found in other Krishna temples. These paintings show the various moods of Krishna

 The main character of these paintings is Lord Krishna. However, the themes vary from Lord Krishna childhood tales, Radha Krishna paintings 

 The process of creating these paintings is quite unique. Firstly, the base material (Bhumibhand) is pasted on a plain surface and burnished for smoothness. Secondly, a sketch of the composition is done using either black or red ink. The natural stone colors are filled using various dry and wet techniques. Lastly, a border is done of the painting.

True colors are the essence of Pichwai art. Natural paints made from gold, coal, silver, indigo, zinc, saffron and other minerals are used for the artwork. Artists grind the colours, take the dust and add tree gum to paint their piece. Pink lotuses, peacocks, women, cows, village scenes and nature, are some of the most common subjects of a Pichwai painting.

 Pichwai art depicted the moods of the Lord on the canvas. However, with a change in mindset towards art and aesthetics, this art form is gradually evolving incorporating the contemporary elements

Also, the subject has undergone a transformation owing to the audience’s changing demands- artists are creating contemporary renditions of this traditional art form

Cubic Houses – Rotterdam

The Yellow Cubic Houses are a curious and magnificent architectural wonder located in Rotterdam, Netherlands.

The Cube Houses were designed asymmetrically to resemble an abstract forest, each triangular roof representing a treetop

The Cube houses are located on Overblaak, right above the Blaak metro station. There are 38 small cubes and two so called super-cubes, all attached to each other.

Structurally, the cubes were designed to sit at 45°atop tilted on a hexagonal pole. They are made up of concrete floors, concrete pillars and wooden framing. Inside, the houses are divided into three levels accessed via a narrow staircase. The lower level is a triangular area used as the living room. The middle level houses the sleeping and bathing area, and the highest level is a spare area used either as a second bedroom or another living area. The Cube Houses have concrete walls and pillars, and a wooden frame, and each one has a living room, kitchen, two bedrooms, and a bathroom, plus some have a rooftop garden space too. Each one has an area of 100m², although only around a quarter of the space is usable due to its shape.

Living in these cube house may become quite awkward  Although each cube house contains about 1,080 square feet of floor space, only a quarter of this, approximately 270 square feet, is usable due to the sharp angles of the architecture

Visitors can also visit the show cube or the  Museum-house, and experience how exactly is it to live in a small space like this

If you plan to visit Rotterdam then definitely stopover at the Cubic Houses, you will be really mesmerized by its phenomenon structural design.

Kalighat Painting

Kalighat’s paintings were developed in the 19th century around the Kali temple, Kalighat, in Calcutta. The painting originated as a souvenir item associated with the Kali temple of Kalighat.Initially the paintings portrayed Goddess Kali and her tales of defeating the demons. Later, the paintings evolved and included other Gods and Goddesses and their tales. And much later the paintings went onto depict the daily life of the common people but the style of the painting remained the same.

According to the legend, Lord Shiva, the god of dance and destruction, got the news of the death of his wife, Sati, an avatar of the goddess Kali. Lord Shiva was unable to bear the loss of his wife and wandered for days with the body draped across his shoulders and with this inconsolable grief he threatened to ruin the earth. Lord Vishnu, the Preserver, was called upon to intervene. To relieve Shiva’s burden, he shattered Sati’s body into 51 pieces. The toe of her right foot is said to have fallen at the site of the Kalighat Temple, associating it with Goddess Kali- the ferocious form of Sati. 

The artists of the Kalighat paintings were traditionally known as patuas. They started settling around the temple area as Kolkata was an economic and religious centre.

These paintings were often a joint effort by a group of artists – usually from the same family. So some members worked on creating homemade dyes, others drew outlines of the figures, filled in the hues, or added the final touches in the form of motifs and background designs.

The distinct feature of these paintings are the big eyes of the main figures and the colors used are prominently the primary colors like red,yellow and blue. However with time other colors were also used

The paintings reached its peak between 1850 and 1890 with representations of varied styles, compositions, and colors.

As the paintings evolved two kinds of Kalighat Paintings started

1. Oriental- The Oriental Kalighat Paintings These paintings  depict the Gods and Goddesses and their stories. These include Ram and Sita, Krishna and Radha, Lakshmi, Durga, Shiv-Parvati and many more.

2. Occidental- The Occidental Kalighat Paintings These paintings depict the day-to-day chores and lives of people, the stories of the warriors and fighters during the Independence like that of Rani Lakshmi Bai.

The practice of Kalighat painting began to die out during the early decades of the 20th century following the increase in demand for cheaper, commercially produced images. Many patua families found themselves facing no option but to leave the city and head back to the rural districts where their ancestors had come from, or to look for other forms of employment.

Dubai Butterfly Park

Dubai is known for some of the best tourist attractions in the world and the Dubai Butterfly Park is a very interesting and educational tourist attraction

The Butterfly park is close to the Miracle Garden and it is a must see spot. The park is spread over 4000 square meters and housed in 3 large dome, which has climate control.

On entering it feels like you have entered the world of butterflies, you can find different color, big small and so many varieties of butterflies just hovering over you. Along with the butterflies there are lots of plant life and also has statues of deer, flamingoes, parrots, large butterflies and various other creatures. The place feels like a supernatural magical place, a world of fairies and butterflies ..

 It has almost 2600 types of Butterflies from everywhere throughout the world.

The butterflies hover over you and one can easily spend a couple of hours observing the butterflies. The visitors are allowed to hold the butterflies and at times these butterflies just came and happily sits on the visitor’s clothing or on the finger or anywhere else. Seeing all this is pure joy

There is also a small museum and souvenir shop and also  an excellent cafeteria, that serves snacks as well as cold and hot tea or coffee. 

In the end it was a great walking around, wondering from each section listening to the birds, water falling and seeing the butterflies.