Thai Clay flower making - Part 1 ( Material needed to make thai clay flowers )

It has been a while since I have written anything for my blog . The last post was on water colours - trying to understand the medium. Very soon I will start with lessons on how to use these mediums, as a learner we face lot of challenges , on how to handle them , what are the different ways to use them to make different kinds of paintings. 

Last few days have been very busy with workshops. The latest one going on is on Thai Clay flower making . So today will share with you all how to go about making Thai Clay flowers. 

The first and foremost thing is what all material you need to make flowers using Thai Clay.

Material Needed-

1. Thai Clay

2.Tools - Ball tool (it comes in three sizes- big , medium, small ), Veining tool, Knife tool ,         Poking tool, Frilling tool , Golf tool, Square tool

3. Cutters - There are different cutters available for different flowers. The cutters come as         a set for flowers and leaves together.

4. Floral wires - The floral wires  are available in different…

Basics and skills of water colors - Part 2

A few water colour facts which one should keep in mind while using water colours are ;
1. The whites that we see in water colour are actually the white of the paper.
2. The colours dries much lighter than the colour we see when they are wet.
3. The water colours dry very fast in hot and dry conditions.
4. The colors take time to dry in humid conditions.

BRUSHES;  To start with the brushes which one needs can be--

Number 5 round brush.
Number 6 round brush.
Number 8 round brush.
Number 10 round brush.
One inch flat brush.
Number 0, Number 1 round brushes for thin lines.

Best brushes are Sables. Water color sponges are used for lifting out paints and a good alternative
to brushes for laying washes. Cotton buds are also used for lifting colors. Large flat brushes are also useful for laying washes. Mop brushes are also good for washes but are expensive like sable brushes.

Paper ; There are three types of paper; rough , medium and smooth. They all are machine made and are given names from t…

Basics and skills of watercolours - Part 1

There are two types of watercolor paints - Transparent and Opaque.
1. Water color paints are made from either natural pigments found in the earth ; clay, minerals, etc.or from synthetic pigments which have been finely grounded and then held together with a water soluble based 'gum'binder.
2. Water color paints are available in two forms: tube and pan.
Transparent and Opaque
A transparent water color allows the light to shine through to the water color paper and in turn lets the white of the paper reflect back. The colors look clean , crisp and appear to glow. Water colors falls into these two main categories with some being in between and described as semi transparent and semi-opaque.
Opaque colors block the light from coming through to the water color paper. Instead the light bounces off the pigment. This can make the colors appear to look dull.
Non staining and staining-
Non staining water colors will settle on the surface of water color paper after the water has evaporated. …

Understanding colour mediums-- What are oil Colours ?

Colour pigments are integral to our lives. They are all around us. Coming to paintings and artworks there are so many colour mediums available these days-- Water colours, Oil colours, Acrylic colours ,
Wax crayons, Pencil colours, Pastels, Pens, .....the list is endless..
Understanding of mediums, how they are made, how they behave on different base helps an artist a lot. There was a time when artists used to make colours on their own , but with technological and scientific advancements we have the luxury of ready to use colours.
OIL COLOURS;  The colour pigments are same in all. How they are bound gives them the body and types. In oil colours as the name explains itself , pigments are bound in oils and contains fillers. The fillers are used to give body to colours. There are two types of oil paints-- artist quality and less expensive ones for  students . The artist quality ones use best oils and pigments and contain more quantities of fillers. Normally filler consists of aluminium hy…

Colour Theory - Part 2

There are certain terms which we come across to while painting. Having an understanding of them helps us in making colour combinations, getting a particular hue , and so on.The different terms which I am going to talk about today are hues,value,high key , low key, tints ,shades,tones,warm colours,  and cool colours .

VALUE ;- Value is the term used to describe the relative lightness or darkness of a colour  (or of black ).

HIGH KEY or LOW KEY:- A high key drawing is filled with light values and evokes an airy, carefree feeling while a low key drawing uses mostly dark values and creates a more mysterious mood.

TINTS , SHADES and TONES :-Pure colours can be tinted with white to make them lighter ,shaded with black to make them darker , or toned with grey to make them more muted.

WARM COLOURS and COOL  COLOURS:- The colours on the red side are warm . The colours on the blue side are cool.The colours with red or yellow in them appear warmer and colours with more green or blue in them appear …

Colour Theory - Part 1

Colours are an integral part of painting. Understanding of colours , how to get a particular colour shade is very important . The first lesson which I'll start my blog with is Colour Theory. Sharing with you all my understanding of colours and how to prepare our own colour palette .

To start with - Colours can be grouped in three segments - Primary , Secondary and Tertiary colours.

PRIMARY  COLOURSare the pure colours. They cannot be made by mixing together other colours. RED, BLUE and YELLOW are the primary colours.

SECONDARY COLOURS -   When we mix two primary colours together, three secondary colours are made;

Red      +  Yellow makes  Orange .
Yellow  +   Blue makes  Green.
Blue     +  Red makes  Violet.
The resulting hue depends on which hue of red , blue and yellow we are using as primary colour.

TERTIARY COLOURS - We get tertiary colours also known as 'intermediate colours', by mixing together a primary colour with an equal amount of  the secondary colour next to it on colo…
B.A (hons) in Economics, M.B.A by profession ,I have always found peace in colors. Office job was never my cup of tea , and family is always where I find my heart in !!

The ambitions inside me were always looking for a window, and my creativity got me here.

Learning, exploring colors has been an amazing journey:)

Today running my own art studio, I am enjoying my journey as an artist, as an art teacher.

Connecting people to their creative imaginations, is deeply satisfying.

When I see my students go through the process of experimenting with the colors, brushes, I revisit, re-learn with them. Transforming from a mother to a teacher, and today to a blogger has been self rewarding.

Starting my own blog to share my understanding of colors, mediums, painting styles and techniques, and different arts and crafts