Art Journal Pages #1 

I’ll be sharing some of my art journal pages in a book. You can find my post explaining it here.

You can also see my other art journal pages on my Instagram account @vrushalipathak. I update there more frequently. 

I made this without any printed material. And that’s a kind of challenge I’m accepting – not using any kind of printed paper or image. I’ll be drawing and painting everything by myself. And so far I’ve been very honest to this challenge. Let’s hope I keep it tgat way in the future. 

The color combination in this page is soothing to the eyes. Nothing bright. Just neutral and soft. I like the girl and the camera illustration. The girl I drew myself without any reference and the camera I referenced from Pinterest. 

Friday Art #17 – Lord Ganesha 

Lord Ganesha is a elephant-faced Indian God and my favorite. Although I don’t play any favorites but He’s the one that listens to me when I talk to Him. It’s true. I close my eyes and simply pray to Him. And I ask Him a favor which is usually about people I know and (you can choose not to believe it but it’s true) almost every time I get my wish. Well, not every time. Just mostly. 

And now for those who think “Why didn’t you wish for a million dollars kind-of-thing?” God answers the prayers which are free of selfishness. I’m not praying about me. I had my exams and I never prayed that He should pass me. I orayed that he should pass me if only I did good. And I’m not the most religious person you’ll meet but you need someone, right? Just don’t be selfish for a second when you pray to God. 

And here’s a painting I did 3 years before and gifted to a friend. 

Friday Art #15- Life and Oil Paints 

I just started learning how to use oil paints. They were a bit difficult at first, just like life was. There is absolutely no handbook or guide to use paints and to live life. I read many articles online in a bid to figure out just what I was missing. I couldn’t find a single article or video to teach me everything, from the start. I guess it doesn’t happen that way. You have to figure out everything yourself. Just like living life.

I lost hope and stopped searching for the answers (at this point I don’t even know what I’m talking about, painting or life!) Then I had a savior. One person solved my problems. She painted the most beautiful oil paintings and helped me to just do it. And same goes with life. There is a person, who can be anyone from your relatives to your friend to your lover. It doesn’t matter. What matters is that you find the way with them. It doesn’t necessarily have to be the ‘right’ way. Just the ‘right’ way for you. Either you’ll learn from lessons or gain something. And aren’t you gaining either way? And sometimes you wonder if they came in your life just to make you stronger or make you learn the lessons.

I almost started hating oil paints because I had to learn to apply two layers of paint. And the amount of drying time they took irritated me. I mean why couldn’t it take a little less time? But I forgot that oil paints were connected to our life. They are like the relationships we have. They are difficult and they require ‘time’. They require time to bloom, time to trust and time to really be.

And most of all I learnt that you have to let everything go. You can’t hold everything and expect to gain more. Just let it all go.

And I also learnt that both life and oil painting isn’t easy. You just have to practice and live it. No short cuts.
And I learnt how oil paints and life were similar.

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

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!

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.

 

DAY 28 #World Water Colour Month

 

This is Day 28 of the World Water Colour Month and I again drew a pair of eyes! And a nose and two ears too!

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I’ve been painting a pair of eyes since three days and I decided to take it up a notch and practice painting three-fourth of a face. It made me confident enough to make a full face without any reluctance.

But I still don’t know why I decided to draw this three-fourth of a face when I could invest some more time and made a full face today! Haha I didn’t think about it when I started sketching this!

This face, today, looks a little old than what I thought it would look but no complaints because I did a little mistake and for correcting that I had to introduce some more wrinkles!

 

DAY 27 #World Water Colour Month

 

This is Day 27 of the World Water Colour Month and I drew another pair of woman’s eyes!

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It looks like I’m on an ‘eye-painting’ frenzy and I’m loved it. It’s an absolute joy to paint something interesting, like a feature of a face and painting this is making me want to paint a full portrait but currently I don’t have time to paint it all in one setting. I’ll do that on a Sunday or any other day when I get time but I’ll definitely do this.