Thursday, December 25, 2008


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Saturday, December 13, 2008






• Egg shell
• Cotton
• Foundation or Rose powder
• Red Varnish paper
• Black and red sticking Bindi
• Glue (Fevicol) or zello tape
• Take the eggshell carefully without breaking, by making a small hole at one end and remove the contents.
• Apply rose powder or foundation to the egg shell to give it a rosy look. Then take cotton and cut it in the shape of a beard, one narrow strip (pressed in the middle) for the moustache and two small narrow strips for eyebrows. Stick them in place using glue and some cotton for hair at the sides.
• For cap- Take a piece of red varnish paper and make a cone out of it, stick this over the egg shell with glue or by sticking tape at the back. For eyes use stick small black round papers or bindis and for nose a small round or oval red varnish paper.
• Make two small holes at the back of the cap on top, pass a string through the holes for hanging. You can hang the Santa on Christmas trees.

Dancing Girls

Paper, scissors,thread
Take a square paper and fold it into half to make it into a triangle
• Now fold along the dotted lines
• Turn over and again fold along the dotted lines
• Now fold it into half . This is the basic shape and u can draw anything and cut out to get different shapes of snowflakes
• Cut along the lines with the help of a scissor.
• These can be hung on the Christmas tree or the window.







Colour papers, Scissors, Cardboard, Thread
Porcupine balls are a decorative technique which originated in Poland. These balls made in different colours were traditionally used to decorate the Christmas tree. Tissue paper, cut in round shapes can be assembled to make porcupine balls and they can be hung as such from Christmas trees or can also be hung in a mobile, or tissue paper can be cut in graduated sizes and assembled into a Christmas tree.
Cut out circles from different colour papers
Make eight cuttings from the edges of each circle.
Make a small cone from a thicker paper or cardboard. Cover the cone with clear plastic adhesive (cello tape) to prevent the tissue paper from sticking on to it.
Wrap each of the eight flaps of the rounds over the tip of the cone and apply glue with a brush to secure the flaps.
Take the cone out and continue with the next flap. We will get star like shapes. These star shapes can be used to assemble porcupine balls
Make a hole in the center of the star shapes, pass a thread or a flexible thin metal wire through the hole of the shapes and also through a small round piece of cardboard to prevent tearing.
Pull and tie the thread or the metal wire ends firmly and the pointed end will spread naturally into a ball.
Colour paper can be cut in graduated sizes and assembled into a Christmas tree.
We need a rod fixed with a base to assemble the Christmas tree.
Length of the rod can depend on the height of the Christmas tree you are planning to make.
Make a hole in the center of the star shapes and stick on gummed reinforcements to strengthen the center.
Insert the shapes one by one, with the wider diameters first and then the smaller ones until the tree gets the required shape
Insert a gold or silver ball at the top. Glue in coloured or silver or gold small balls to the tips of the shapes as decorations


Pencil, Paper, Scissors, Poster paint, tape, glue, glitter, thread
Apply paste in the corners and make the paper into cylindrical shape (A tube)
Draw an inch-wide band around the center of the paper tube
Draw six evenly spaced lines from each end of the tube to the band, then cut along them
If you want paint the paper in white colour both inside and outside
Tape the ends of the strips from one side of the band to those from the other side
Snip triangles from the edges of the strips. Add glue and glitter spots or beads for decoration. Use thread to hang up the snowflake
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Make a simple 3-dimensional Christmas tree from construction paper. These trees look great sitting on the mantle or on a windowsill
• Green construction paper
• Crayons, markers, glitter glue, or tempera paint
• Scissors
• Clear tape
• Optional: Other colors of construction paper, glue, hole punch, stickers
• Fold a piece of green construction paper in half, then cut it in half.
• Put the two pieces together, and fold them in half again.Draw half a Christmas tree opposite the fold
• Cut along the line - you should get two identical trees.
• Fold the trees in half, just barely creasing the center line (this is to mark the center of the tree).
• Cut a slit along the bottom half of the center of one tree and along the top half of the center of the other tree.
• Slip the two trees together along the slits.
• Using clear tape, tape the bottoms and tops together (pieces of tape on the bottom and at the top make the tree stand up well and stop the slit ends from flopping over).
• Decorate your tree with crayons, markers, glitter glue, or tempera paint. Or you can glue on tiny construction paper decorations or use star stickers. You can cut out tiny paper balls using a hole punch.
• Now you have a really nice 3-dimensional Christmas decoration.
• Optional: cut out a small construction paper star and cut a tiny slit in it. Put the star on the top of the tree (and secure it with some tape).
For a bigger tree: Start with two pieces of green construction paper, and fold them so they make a long, thin rectangle. Draw a tree opposite the fold. The rest of the instructions are the same


Paper cup, Scissors, A balloon stick or anyother stick, Pencil, Rubberband
• Measure 0.5cm from the rim of the cup and draw around it
• Increase the measurement of the other cups by 0.5cm, that is the second cup will be 1cm, 3rd will be 1.5cm and so on.
• Lable the cups with the tallest as 1 and the shortest as 1.
• Cut the cups into srips and don’t worry about the thickness. Irregular thickness looks nicer.
• Curl the strips with the help of a pencil. Use smaller objects to have thin full curls. Do this to all the cups
• Now pierce all the cups in the center. Now insert the cups one by one into the balloon stick
• Tie a rubber band around the stick as stopper so that the cups wont slip
• Pierce the top of the stick through the cup with the base facing outwards, starting from no.10, leaving a bit of space inbetween 2 cups.
• Now pierce a paper cup and insert the stick on to the cup, which serves a base for the tree to stand
• Now the Christmas tree is ready for decoration.

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Friday, December 12, 2008


The first picture i tried on glass was a cartoon....I was very much attached to this cartoon that i always tried it with new materials i come across. I first did it with water colour on paper when i was in my 6th grade, then in chart paper with poster colours when i was in my 10th grade and i tried on glass during my college days...
It was my best friend’s birthday and I wanted to give her a valuable gift, I painted a girl with pot and then radha krishna images...

Outline of a drawing, glass, oil colour, glass colour, aluminium foil, brush, varnish, gold powder

Place the glass on the outline of the drawing. Make sure that the glass is of the same size as the drawing
Using black oil colour draw the outline of the drawing on to the glass. Use thinner to wipe when it goes wrong.
Allow it to dry for 24 hours. Once dried its hard to wipe, yu can only scratch which leaves a mark on the glass.
Once the outline is dry its easy to work
Colour the drawing with glass colours or oil colours. Glass colours are transparent.
Mix the gold powder in varnish and use the gold colour for jewels, to create a real effect of jewellery.
Glass colour dries quickly but oil colour takes more time. Once dried aluminium foil can be crushed and placed behind the glass colours. This brightens up the drawing.
When everything is over it may look clumpsy, but turn over and your finished drawing is ready to be framed.
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Monday, December 1, 2008


Soap carving can be simple and inexpensive.
• A large bar of soap –
• A knife
• Pencil and paper for sketching
• Optional – Large tray to hold soap chips from carving
Unwrap the soap and let it dry for a day. Scrape off the lettering and any raised edges before beginning.
Begin with a simple design. Start with solid, basic shapes with simple cuts or extensions. Sketch your idea on paper first.
Place the design on your prepared bar of soap and trace it onto the soap using carbon paper or a sharp pencil.
With a little practice you’ll soon be ready to create designs of your own!
The actual carvings begin with rough cuts that remove the large parts of the soap not necessary for your design.
Place the soap on the table or tray.
Leave about 1/4" margin beyond your outlined sketch to allow for mistakes and more detailed work later.
Cut clear through the bar, removing excess soap all the way around.
Always cut away only small pieces or slices. Soap often breaks if cut in big chunks
After the first cuts, you may find it more comfortable to use the knife as if peeling a potato. Continue to stay 1/8" to 1/4" away from your sketch guidelines to allow for finer work later.
As you work, keep turning the soap, always keeping the shape of the piece in mind. Step back from time to time to look at the entire piece.
Watch your high points -- those that jut out farthest from the surface -- and your low points -- those farthest in.
Carve gradually from the high points toward the deepest cuts. Your knife point is useful for this.
Don't try to finish any one part in detail before another.
When the piece is almost finished, smooth rough edges with the knife’s edge and mark in details like eyes or ears with the knife tip.
If u like 2 colour ur work, use food colours rather than any other colour...It gives a very gud effect...
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Friday, November 21, 2008


I really wonder when we visit the shops in the sea shores….Have seen so many intricately designed shells…I wonder the effort of people…But I could visit kanyakumari a couple of times and never been to any sea shores then…It was after my marriage we went to Poovar in Trivandrum. I was much excited to see the beach…The waves welcoming me with a thunderous applause. I played, went for a catamaran ride, We collected shells. When I returned home I wanted to preserve the memories of that moment….How can u better preserve your memory than through ART. We were discussing to prepare a wind chime or some animal look alikes and finally we did this wall hanger….It is one of my treasured arts to be cherished forever……
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Saturday, November 1, 2008





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Wednesday, October 22, 2008



This is an exercise to stimulate youngster's mind. It helps the cells in the brain grow, 'talk' to one another and enhance the development and functioning of the brain, raising the youngster's intelligence and IQ level.
These pictures shown here are all made of twelve straight lines and one dot, neither more nor less.
It is far more difficult to draw something if we are confined to a few lines than if we can put in as many lines as we like.
Take up and see if you can make similar new drawings.Have fun and share this with ur friends.

Tangram is an ancient Chinese puzzle. This activity is sometimes called "seven pieces of cleverness." The object of the puzzle is to rearrange the pieces of a square (the puzzle pieces) to form figures (like a picture of a cat) using the tangram pieces
Materials Required:
• Paper (cardstock or other thick paper works well)
• Scissors
• Ruler and Pencil or a Printer
• Start by making a square piece of paper.
• Fold the square piece of paper in half, then in half again (making a square that is divided into quarters). Repeat this step (resulting in a square divided into sixteenths).
• Unfold the paper.
• You will now have seven pieces: a small square, two small isosceles triangles, a medium-sized isosceles triangle, two large isosceles triangles, and a parallelogram.
• {An isosceles triangle has two equal angles and two equal sides. A parallelogram is a four-sided figure with each side parallel to the opposite side.}
• You can arrange these seven pieces into an incredible number of shapes, making animals, people, everyday objects, etc. See how many you can make - invent new ones









The art of making figures out of paper by cutting is called kirigami in Japan. Try cutting snow flakes, flowers, butterfly or dolls in paper…
Materials Required
Colour papers, scissors, pencil


Use fingers and colours to create varied shapes like birds, flowers, house etc...


Materials Required
Papers, ink or water colour
Take a paper and spill few drops of ink on it
Now fold and crease the paper
Open it to find the patterns made with the ink.
Every time u get new patterns and kids love to do this
Colours can be used to create variations and sometimes kids wil imagine some figures in the pattern.
Don’t worry if the dress and the table gets messy just enjoy.


Materials Required
Paper, marker, wax and a drop of ink or colour
Draw lines which may be the road for the car
Don’t draw too many curves, kids may find it difficult
Now apply wax in the roads (For a smooth ride). Max sure that the roads are slippery
Now add a drop of ink or colour. This is ur formula-1 car
The ink or colour will not stick to the paper due to wax and it starts sliding
Now encourage the kid to turn the paper according to the roads drawn and drive the car safely to the finish.
This is an interesting game and it improves the concentration power too.
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Thursday, October 9, 2008



Materials Required
Paper or chart, pencil, ruler, scissors, eraser, colour pens, poster colours
•Take a piece of paper (Longer than a sheet)and use a pencil and ruler to draw two lines, equal distance apart, going across the paper lengthways.
•Fold the paper in half so that the lines are on the outside
•Fold down again, towards the first fold in the middle.
•Flip the paper around, and do the same again on that side.
•You should have a concertina which has four parts.
Put it down so that it forms a "W" shape, with the lines facing upwards.
•Flatten it a bit, then use your pencil to follow the bottom line along to the first fold.
•Now, draw a line up the first fold, and then along to the middle fold, and up again. It should look like steps going up the page.
Carefully cut out the top corner.
You should be left with two steps and two whole sections on the right.
•Fold up the paper again so the small step is at the front. This will be the foreground of your picture
•The middle chunk will be your middle ground. The other full paper will be your background layer
•If you open out the paper, the back piece will be sky
•Now you can start designing your picture.
Draw some sky on the back section..
•Fold the whole thing over to draw the background of your picture in front of the sky.
It will be covering where the sky was, but don't worry about that
•Fold the picture over the other way.
•Now draw the middle ground.
The top of the background picture will be sticking out at the top of your drawing.
•When you've done that, fold the last bit over, and in front of the middle ground draw the foreground
•Neatly cut along the top of all the skyline detail, so the whole picture really jumps out at you when you open it out.
•Colour the whole thing in, and your completed scene should look like this.

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