Art & Crafts · Sketching · Zentangles

Sketch Saturdays – Golden Zentangle

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Art & Crafts · Sketching

Sketch Sundays

Last Christmas, Santa gave me a very very thoughtful gift. I must have been good that year!!! What was the gift you ask – some pens, thick paper tiles and an apprentice instruction CD to get me start zen-doodling. This was one of the nicer gifts from Santa, so I sincerely hoped to use it well. I started learning Zentangle early this year and  have been doodling with my Sakura and Micron pens on and off the past few months. This is one of my first non-tile Zentangle sketches. Still at a very basic level, and inspired from pinterest but its definitely a start :).

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Hopefully my next Sketch Sunday post will be an even more elaborate tangle as I continue to learn more intrinsic techniques…Until then, keep doodling!

Art & Crafts · Painting

Fingerpainting fun for babies and toddlers

As a kid, I remember drawing/painting at school to be my favorite subject. Well, if you ask my parents they would definitely say painting came after Math when it came to favoritism but to tell you the truth, I outgrew Math pretty quickly. Painting still remains a favorite – though not as a subject but as something that I always look forward too just like I used to when I was a kid. Painting is also one of the first few words that my toddler learnt to speak. He points to all my glass painting around the house saying “paintin” and anything and everything that is on the walls as “paintin” even when it is not. So I decided that for mother’s day this year we were going to do our first art project together 🙂

He is too young to use crayons and a coloring book so I thought finger painting would be a great idea. Painting with babies this young can get messy so a bunch of friends decided to meet at the park and have some fun 🙂 Initially, I had decided to make edible paints since my son puts everything in his mouth and colorful paints would definitely be intriguing to a 17 month old but due to time constraints we ended up using the non-toxic ready made paint I bought along with the special finger painting glossy paper.

Finger Painting Fun
Finger Painting Fun

We picked the picnic area at the park and covered the area with packing paper so that the surface would not get stained with color. Once the colors were out on the plate the kiddos had a go at it. N was only interested in smearing the paint in the plate rather than his paper. He mixed all the colors in the plate and was having fun doing that. All I was doing was trying to hold him back so that he wouldn’t go and smear my friends and their kids paintings! But it was fun nevertheless. My friend’s daughter picked up individual colors so I am hoping when N grows up a little, we’ll make a master piece.

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After an hour of mixing up colors on plate and finger painting, we finally got the hang of it. All of us decided to just take hand prints of everyone and let it dry. After multiple unsuccessful attempts, I was happy with one where we got decent prints of M, N and me. I used the hand prints as trees and created branches and flowers later on! Here’s the final outcome of our first art project together. I am going to frame it and put it up in the nursery until we make another one!

Finger Painting Fun
Finger Painting Fun

I am sure this art work will be a great addition to N’s book of firsts. I really enjoyed every bit of it and I have a feeling N did too. Can’t wait for our next painting day together!!!

Acrylics · Art & Crafts · Painting

Paint Nite at Vino Artist in San Jose

What is one thing that that you look forward to doing when you are extremely stressed out? A night out with friends, a day of being a couch potato in front of the television and doing nothing, a date night or even a good night’s sleep in your warm cozy bed. These are all ways of bringing those stress levels down. I have one more to add to the list. Pick up a paint brush and let it talk with the canvas! I have made this statement earlier, but I’d like to state it again. Painting is my way of relieving stress. Don’t get me wrong. I don’t always paint when I am stressed out. I paint when I am extremely happy too. In fact, I don’t need a reason to pick up a paint brush and sit in front of the canvas. But off late, I do not get a lot of time to paint. With a full time job and a hyper infant at home, its like I am working two shifts with very little “me” time. So when a bunch of us friends signed up for a Groupon deal for a paint night with Vino Artist, I started looking forward to it. Only two of us eventually made it for the night out, but the 3 hours and one beautiful painting later, I felt happy and relaxed! The kind of happiness that brought my stress levels down and was a lot of fun 🙂

Vino Artist Studios in San Jose offer paint nights with wine and snacks and is a great way to hang out with friends while letting your paint brush and canvas do the talking. No experience is necessary. We arrived at the studios on a Friday night. Our instructor Erica was amazing. She was patient, allowed for plenty of time before moving on to next steps and also helped rectify your painting if you weren’t happy with a couple of those strokes. And she had a great sense of humor.

Here’s the piece that I ended up painting. I did make a few improvements once I got back home since I wanted to smooth out the branches.

Love Birds: A paint nite at Vino Artist in San Jose
Love Birds: A paint nite at Vino Artist in San Jose

And that’s us posing with our masterpieces 🙂

Paint Nite at Vino Artist
Paint Nite at Vino Artist

And one more picture of the painting in a different light! The colors look so different with yellow lighting in the background.

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If you are looking for a place to hang out with friends and come home with beautiful paintings, sign up for a paint night! I bet you will like it 🙂