Friday Art #16- I made a journal from an old book

I hated a book. I’m not going to take names here so don’t ask. I dislike other books but I hated this one. And I am too connected to books (both as a book with a story written in them and also books as in a collection of page binded together.) And so I couldn’t let the book go. I couldn’t sell it for money which was so much less than it’s actual worth. The time and effort the author took to write it.

And so I decided to just use it. Creatively.

And I decided to make a journal out of it. It is an advantage that I can paint and journal in a bounded book. No need of buying another expensive journal.

So here’s the first thing I painted after I got this idea. Wish me luck!😉

You can track my progress with this journal on my Instagram account: @vrushalipathak

HOW TO MAKE A ZINE

A zine according to Wikipedia is ” zine (/ˈzn/ ZEEN; short for magazine or fanzine) is most commonly a small-circulation self-published work of original or appropriated texts and images, usually reproduced via photocopier.”

Today I’ll teach you to make a zine. I never attempted to make a zine before but I’ll say it is the best way to tell your friends you appreciate them and they matter.

So let’s get started.

The things you’ll need:

  • An A4 sheet
  • All the crafty things you can find in your house (as simple as that)

 

STEP 1: Take the piece of sheet and spread it across a flat surface.

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Step 2: Fold the paper along the dotted lines.

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STEP 3: Cut a small slit and cut along the following dotted lines like this-

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STEP 4: Fold the paper after cutting like this-

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STEP 5: At this point you’ll get a kind of small notebook.

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STEP 6: Write the page numbers for your ease while making the pages (though you can choose not to write it not so prominently like I did!)

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STEP 7: Let your creativity flow and design it however you feel like!

I have included the zine that I had made for reference. You can paste pictures, draw or even doodle in your own zine. And don’t forget to write something for your loved ones!

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STEP 8: Now print out the whole page and there you have multiple zines ready.

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Original with the print outs

There you are! Do share if you make a zine and find this helpful!

Get to Know the Blogger: 100 Questions No One Ever Asks Tag

And here I am in the brand new year telling you about myself- a) even when you never asked for it in the first place and b) I love some self-promotion. I saw this tag on Chocolatesnwafflesblog and here’s a link to it. 

So let’s get started!

  1. Do you sleep with your closet doors open or closed? I am not someone with OCD but really who sleeps with their closet doors open? I will never do that. And also after watching Conjuring, I bet anyone would do that.
  2. Do you take the shampoo or conditioner bottles from hotels? Yes! Shamelessly yes! Because they are too good to let go and when we pay for the room we pay for them, right? (I’m probably trying to convince you that I am NOT A STEALER and this is not a sin in case you wanted to try it out!)
  3. Do you sleep with your sheets tucked in? I sleep without tucking them in because I feel trapped and not at all comfortable. And I need to keep my one foot out of the sheets (weird habit).
  4. Have you ever stolen a street sign before? Not really interested in stealing street signs.
  5. Do you like to use post-it notes? I do like them but I don’t use them. That often.
  6. Do you cut out coupons but never use them? No.
  7. Would you rather be attacked by a bear or bees? Attacked by a bear. I think I may have a little chance to outrun the bear but the bees, oh no no, THEY ARE DEADLY!bear-attack
  8. Do you have freckles? No
  9. Do you always smile for pictures?  Well most of the time. I don’t want to look back at my pictures with me not smiling and just sulking around. I did that a lot when I was little. Sometimes I wouldn’t even remember I had to smile when someone takes a picture and then I look like someone scolded me just a second before running and taking my picture.. And I quote “Sometimes, it depends on who is behind the camera. Smile or not, I always look bad on pictures, so I avoid them as much as possible.” So true.                                                                             fake-smile
  10. What is your biggest pet peeve?  That I dislike people who are rude. There is enough unhappiness in this world and I don’t want anyone to be more unhappy than that. Also I don’t really like people who seem disinterested in a conversation. Like if you aren’t interested just sit in a room and lock yourself instead of listening to someone you aren’t even listening in the first place!? *rant over*angry-for-rude-people
  11. Do you ever count your steps when you walk? No I don’t. But it happens sometimes that unconsciously I count them.
  12. Have you ever peed in the woods?  Actually I have.
  13. What about pooped in the woods?   I don’t think so.
  14. Do you ever dance when there is no music playing?  Yeah sometimes (when no one’s watching) I usually know the song in my head and when I feel too bored to plug in the earphones, I dance without it. And I read a quote somewhere that goes something like this “And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who couldn’t hear the music.”                                  giphy
  15. Do you chew your pens and pencils?  Unconsciously yes, sometimes. But I stop when someone scolds me for it.
  16. How many people have you slept with? Just myself.
  17. What size is your bed? Medium, I think. I don’t know the bed sizes but I seem to fit so it’s good.
  18. What is your song of the week? If ain’t love by Jason Durulo.
  19. Is it okay for guys to wear pink? Yeah, it’s okay. I won’t ever judge a guy based on the COLOR he wears. I could judge him by his clothes no the exact color. 
  20. Do you still watch cartoons? YEAH! Cartoons are fun and cool and I will never be ashamed of watching cartoons!
  21. What’s your least favorite movie? I really have to think about it. And after thinking I’d say Girl Next Door. I tried watching it several times but the whole concept is too weird for me and the actors also seem like they don’t know how to act properly. (No offence!)
  22. Where would you bury hidden treasure if you had any? I’d spend a little and bury the rest in a SECRET SPOT. You thought I was going to tell you?
  23. What do you drink with dinner? And sometimes cold drink, when my family’s mood is good.
  24. What do you dip a chicken nugget in? Tomato sauce!
  25. What is your favorite food?  PIZZA!!!                      pizza
  26. What movies could you watch over and over again and still love?  There is probably a whole list containing a hundred movies and some of them are – any Marvel movie, Made of Honor, Eat Pray Love, Jurassic World, any Chris Evans’, Chris Pratt’s, or Chris Pines’s movie
  27. Last person you kissed/kissed you? I haven’t kissed anyone from months! I have been staying home or studying to see any cute babies!
  28. Were you ever a boy/girl scout?  Not that I wasn’t interested, but the boy/girl scout thing isn’t very popular here. (here = India)
  29. Would you ever strip or pose naked in a magazine? No way! They want to showcase my talent? Fine! I’d never do anything that doesn’t feel good to me.
  30. When was the last time you wrote a letter on paper? In March 2016, I decided to write a handwritten letter to the people that were very close to me in school and give them that as a token of my love and remembrance. So yeah that’s the thing. And another letter I wrote to myself so that I would open it and read it again after 1 year. A letter to my future self.
  31. Can you change the oil on a car? I really don’t go near a car because I always feel I’ll have an accident when I’ll try to drive it and probably damage the car. It is just stuck in my head. I mean I go near a car when I have to sit in it but I don’t drive and so that is a thing I don’t know.
  32. Ever got a speeding ticket? Not even when I drive a two-wheeler.
  33. Ever ran out of gas? Not out of gas but once I was on my two-wheeler and I was supposed to reach somewhere and I knew I was 5 minutes late and then suddenly I felt the accelerator loosen in my grip and the vehicle stopped working. And it was the first time that something like this happened to me and I was in the middle of the road, probably on the verge of crying but then I walked to the place I wanted to go and then came back later for my two-wheeler.
  34. Favorite kind of sandwich?  CHEESE SANDWICH! Anything with cheese in it. cheese
  35. Best thing to eat for breakfast? Bread and omelette. I was not a big fan of it some time back but then one day I was eating it with some cheese and tomato sauce and I saw this brilliant white light from above and I have loved it ever since. Well, it may or may not have happened that dramatically.
  36. What is your usual bedtime?  I usually got to sleep at 11 pm, and sleep comes to me at 12. And I try to wake up before 8am.
  37. Are you lazy? I AM! And often I procrastinate so much that I don’t get any work done till the last day!
  38. When you were a kid, what did you dress up as for Halloween?  We don’t really celebrate Halloween here.
  39. What is your Chinese astrological sign? I just checked. Mine is an OX. Not very pleasing. But it means I am – Loyal, reliable, thorough, strong, reasonable, steady, determined.
  40. How many languages can you speak? My first language is Marathi (a language spoken in Inida), Hindi (another language spoken here), English, a little bit of French I learnt in school.
  41. Do you have any magazine subscriptions? Unfortunately no. I can read all the magazines for free on my mobile.
  42. Which are better, LEGOs or Lincoln logs? I don’t know what Lincoln Logs are. So LEGO…
  43. Are you stubborn? Yes I am. In matters where I think I am right and I don’t hurt anyone.
  44. Which is better Leno or Letterman? I don’t know what they are.
  45. Ever watch soap operas? My mother watches and so I have to.
  46. Are you afraid of heights? No
  47. Do you sing in the car? I sing when there is no one to hear me because I’m a terrible singer to the point where you might faint hearing me singing. Don’t say I never warned you!
  48. Do you sing in the shower? Sometimes.
  49. Do you ever dance in the car? I dance and sing together.dance
  50. Ever used a gun? Fake gun? Yeah. Real gun? Are you kidding? Also if you’d like to read the remaining 50 questions, you’ll have to wait.

Weekly Recollections #6

Hey everybody!

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I hope you’re having a great Sunday!

And so am I. I just ordered three books!!! And imagine my happiness when all of them came at really, really low prices!

If you read my post yesterday you’ll know that I’m beginning to be open about my life and what happened. Sometimes I think I think too much but then doesn’t everyone!?

I am currently reading Broken Jars, a fistful of dreams written by 5 different authors together. And I’ve made a schedule for studying but I’m finding it a little difficult to really follow it. I’m trying my best to follow it but I’m not just feeling like studying. And it’s bugging me because I’m a nerd and studying means a lot to me. I hope this coming week just increases my productivity and I’ll be able to study more.

I wrote these three posts this week. Do check them out if you haven’t.

How is you weekend? Any plans for the coming week?

Friday Art #14 – A rose

Hey! I’m starting to post this again.

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In other news I started to write my novel again and I plan on finishing it this time. For those of you who don’t know about it, I started writing it in July 2016 but I couldn’t figure out how to continue the story. But I’m back writing it and I’ll probably do a post about it soon.

Till then…

Have a happy Friday!

P.S. Do tell me how do you like the rose!

Weekly Recollections #6

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Hi! If you’re wondering why I returned to these weekend recap posts, I’ll tell you the truth.

But I’m going to be 100% honest and if you’re a fan of Instagram I advise you to please don’t read ahead. This is only my opinion and I’m sure you’ll have yours, different or same as me. I’ll not judge you if you don’t. And I’m not anti-Instagram-ist I’m just telling what I experienced.

I started this blog on 31 August 2015 and it has been a roller coaster ever since. I gained awesome friends to talk to, great articles to read and so much improvement in my writing and reading. And trust me when I say I’ve enjoyed every moment of blogging here. But for the past two months I neglected this blog and that to voluntarily. Because of Instagram.

And when I first saw the heaven of what I can describe as “beautiful pictures of books” I was suddenly attracted to all of it. I started clicking photos, thinking about the captions I’d give to certain images and the angles and lights in which images would look good. And then after like a month I got to 150 followers and I thought that was the best thing that happened to me. After half a month I started writing short pieces and posting them. Apparently I thought this would give a million followers like other accounts I stalked. I posted the drawings I made and before Instagram I thought I drew well enough, I was good enough but alas, Instagram reduced me the person who thought “Am I good enough?” again.

I grew to a 166 followers a few days back and I was the happiest! But then the next day I woke up and the followers shrunk back to a 160. I mean if you want to unfollow why follow in the first place?! I was upset the whole day keeping aside the fact that I’ve not been able to study properly because half the time I think of things that shouldn’t be thought while studying. Here’s a short excerpt from my brain…

Hmmm…I’ve got to solve this problem now. This brings me to what book should I read next? Ummm..The Lost Symbol..? But I don’t have any props that match the book cover.. then I should read another book… And yes that painting I made yesterday was good for Instagram if I found any good lighting it would be just great..

You see what went wrong. I’m sure you did. And I too did. And truth be told being a book lover doesn’t always mean that I know how to click beautiful of the books I own. I doesn’t mean I have to purchase things that go well with the book covers. I mean no harm to the people who love buying the bookish merch (even I do!) but sometimes not buying those holds you back in these kinds of platforms and I perfectly understand it. I believe it’s my bad luck that I couldn’t find joy in Instagram (though looking at the pictures gave me joy).

And so I’ve made an October resolution (if that’s a thing) that I would not live for followers. I was never that girl to care about the people who were reading what I was writing. Take this blog for example I never would have thought in dream, forget reality that I would get so many people reading what I write. And I became that person, if you know what I mean.

I became this different person who was…jealous of others who had more followers than me. I was mad at myself for not being good enough. Uggghh..I am sounding as such a bad person right now. I can’t believe I’m telling you all this.

But this had to be said. Because I don’t want any person to go through the things I did. From now on I’ll be myself.

Huh. It felt way better than I expected it would.

So after this honest confession I am linking the only post I did this week.

Discussion #2 – What is the secret of successful writing?

Signing off with the promise of returning back really soon with many posts.

Have a nice day!

August Book Haul and my Blogiversary!

Hey everybody!

I completed one year of blogging and I would thank you all for staying and reading what I write. I wouldn’t have believed for even one second that I would’ve got more than 400 followers here and so many friends!

And WordPress was great enough to send a little notification.

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“Sometimes I think I have too many books.

But then I remember there’s no such thing!”

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I have a huge haul to share! I got 10 books! I’ll be linking their GoodReads page and you can access that by clicking on their title.

The first two books I got were I got physical copies and an ebook from the author.

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  1. Xan and Ink by Zak Zyz
  2. Hart Broken by Annie Arcane
  3. The Last Burning of New London by Danielle Myers

The next 3 books I won in a GoodReads giveaway! Looks like I was very lucky this month!

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  1. Here be Dragons by Mohit Uppal
  2. Horsemen of Old by Krishnarjun Bhattacharya
  3. Indiot by Ana Spoke

The next 4 I borrowed from my cousin and so technicallt they’ll be with me for quite some time.

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  1. The Complete Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  2. The Black Tattoo by Sam Enthoven
  3. The Somnambulist by Essie Fox
  4. Break no Bone by Kathy Reichs

So these were the list of books that I got this month and seeing these I don’t think I’ll be so lucky every month.

 

DAY 31 #World Water Colour Month

 

This is the last day of the World Water Colour Month and I’m feeling very sad. I’ve been blogging continuously for the last 31 days and I had formed a great habit of posting and I don’t want to change that.

There are many things that I learnt while painting with water colours this month. I want to share them with you.

  • I learnt that you have to patient to achieve something. Many times I was in such a hurry that I spoilt the things that did before and the painting suffered because of it. Now I learned that I should wait but not much, just enough to get what I want.
  • I learnt that sometimes you’ll have to make time than to curse that you don’t have any. Ever wondered that even if everyone has 24 hours with them every day, why some do more than you? Simple! They utilize it better than you do. They plan better than you do. And if they can do it, so can you!
  • I learnt that there are some things that you have no control over. Some things don’t require your control. They require your support. You just support them and they’ll know what to do, rather then you commanding them. Sometimes when I think of painting something with a particular picture in my mind, I know that it won’t turn out the way I think it would. But sometimes the enjoyment is not knowing what is going to happen and still doing it anyway.
  • I learnt that practice make you better. No matter how bad of a painter you think you are, you can always become better by practising. Same is true for all the matters. You want to be a better person? Then practice being one. Slowly, and effectively enough, you will start to become one.
  • And I also learnt that you will be happy when you do the things you love. If you love painting, I’m sure you’ll want to dedicate more time doing it. And if you try to love the things you do, you be even happier. So, do what you love and love what you do.

And for today, I made a still life of Olive oil, mushrooms and plum tomatoes. Aren’t they looking yummy? I’m sure they’ll taste even yummier if you use them for making a Traditional Pasta!

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DAY 30 #World Water Colour Month

 

This is Day 30 of the World Water Colour Month and I made this monument.

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I can’t believe that this is the second last day of this challenge and now I’m so used to it, to blogging every day that I’m going to miss it.

 

DAY 29 #World Water Colour Month

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This is Day 29 of the World Water Colour Month and I drew a full face. I saw a video on painting a face with water colours and the artist drew this futuristic face with different colours and shades and I wanted to take that as an idea and when I completed this it looked  little bit funny. I don’t know why exactly but I think that has something to do with her blue eye shadow.

It being something funny, I still decided to post this. This being my first step in making an abstract kind of portrait, I’ll compare this with the next ones I try.