Thursday, November 24, 2016

Acrylic Paintings on Canvas - Maruti Swift and Royal Enfield !


I am so psyched with this project that I had to share them here. If you follow me on instagram (@ujjwal.handmadewithlove), you might have already seen them there.

One of my regular clients wanted something very unique and customised for a person who loves his bike and car and so we decided to paint the two on canvas with the actual number of the number plate.

She sent me the following photo references (Picture Credit Google) and asked to create something on these lines.

So I started with a basic sketch of the bike and the car. These were drawn free hand with a regular graphite pencil.

And then I first started with the bike filling in the mostly the black color. I had no plan as such as to how I will go about it.

After the black, I did the background first

 And then I went with the greys and the whites to bring out all the details to make it look as close to the real thing as possible. Sorry about the difference in colors in the photos. The photos were taken on my phone and then tons of instagram filters happened because I couldn't resist :D

The one below are the true colors of the canvas!

I also added the actual number plate of the bike that the recipient of this canvas has. I removed it for privacy here.

The car turned out to be far more tricky than the bike, mostly because I didn't get the sketch right. My angles and proportions were off in the pencil sketch and I ended up paying for it by doing and redoing the whole thing.

So after a lot of changes, I managed to make it look somewhat like the original but there is so much room for improvement.

It was hard work but I loved working on them as painting is my first love. I might even go as far and say I'm a little bit proud of myself for painting these :D

I would love to hear what you think of them! Until next time :)

Stretched Canvas 12"X 14"

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Friday, November 18, 2016

Easy Watercolor Backgrounds & Textures | Video Tutorial


Today I am sharing some very quick and easy watercolor techniques to create textures. These would make perfect backgrounds for cards, tags and layouts!

Tecnique #1 : SALT

Salt absorbs water. So when we sprinkle salt on wet watercolors, it takes away some of the color and leaves a really cool texture behind.  This works perfectly for galaxy effects and even for far away trees.

Tecnique #2 : TISSUE

Crumple a tisse paper and dab gently on the wet watercolor surface. This will again lift some of the color and leave a wonderful texture behind. This would be perfect to create clouds.

Tecnique #3 : Wax

Wax acts as a resist for the watercolors. You can use a candle or even a wax crayon to draw any pattern and the watercolor won't go into those areas, creating a wonderful, fun pattern.

Tecnique #4 : RICE

Just like salt, rice absorbs water. So when sprinkled onto wet watercolor surface, it will absorb watercolor and leave a very cool pattern behind which would be perfect to give an effect of fallen leaves.

Tecnique #5 : PLASTIC WRAP

When we cover a wet watercolor surface with a cling/plastic wrap, it traps the color in between the creases and leaves a wonderful abstract pattern when dry. This is great for backdrops of watercolor paintings.

Tecnique #6 : CLOTH

I used a cheese cloth and the effect was very subtle. I couldn't even capture it on camera. But experiment with other texture cloth material like denim to see some cool results. Cloth will absorb water and leave a pattern behind.

Watch the video here,

I hope you enjoy experimenting and creating your own watercolor textures and backgrounds. Don't forget to tag me on social media if you get inspired and give it a try :)

Thank you for stopping by today!


Canson Montval 300 GSM A5 Pack of 20 Fine Grain Sheets 

Camel Student Water Color Tube - 5ml tubes, 14 Shades

Color Mixing Palette

Friday, November 11, 2016

Heat Embossing: 3 cards with 1 Stamp Set (Feat. Doodled Elements Stamp Set) | Video Tutorial


I am so so excited that you are here today because I am sharing cards with a stamp set that "I" designed. That's right! I DESIGNED this stamp set. How cool is that? I had never in my dreams thought that this day will ever come, but here it is!

I hand drew all the designs except the sentiments of course. I hope you love it as much as I loved drawing it.

To inspire you, I have a video over at the Mudra blog with introduction to the stamp set and 3 card ideas from start to finish and I have another video here with 3 more ideas.

Watch the video here

Thank you for joining me today! If you create with this stamp set, I would love to see. Don't forget to tag me in your posts on social media when posting your creations with this stamp set :)

Card 1
Distress Inks - Dusty Concord, Faded Jeans, Salty Ocean, Twisted Citron, Mustard Seed, Spiced Marmalade, Abandoned Coral
Mudra Doodled Elements Stamp Set
Versamark Embossing Ink
Zing Embossing Powder - Butter
EKSuccess Powder Tool
Rangers Heat Gun
Acrylic Block

Card 2
Distress Inks - Twisted Citron, Spiced Marmalade, Abandoned Coral
Mudra Doodled Elements Stamp Set
Versamark Embossing Ink
Zing Embossing Powder - Butter
EKSuccess Powder Tool
Rangers Heat Gun
Acrylic Block

Card 3
Distress Inks - Salty Ocean, Shaded Lilac, Dusty Concord, Twisted Citron, Cracked Pistachio
Mudra Doodled Elements Stamp Set
Mudra Doodled Cluster Stencil
Versamark Embossing Ink
Zing Embossing Powder - Rose
EKSuccess Powder Tool
Rangers Heat Gun
Papericious Blending tool
Sponge Dauber
Acrylic Block

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

6 Ways To Use Stencils | Video Tutorial | Guest Designing at Craft Adda Blog!


I am guest designing over at Craft Adda blog today using their fabulous range of stencils from the CrafTangle Brand. These stencils are made in India and are absolutely fabulous.

Hope on over to the Craft Adda blog to check out each card in detail.

Here's video on how I used the stencils in 6 different ways

I hope you enjoy watching the video!
Entering the cards in the November Challenge with DCAM which is to use stencils and the following color palette.

 Have a great day!

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Decoupaged Circular Tray Tutorial!


Sorry for the long absence! I got sucked up in the festivities - decorating the house, welcoming family and friends, making and of course eating yummy food :)

Hopefully, I will be sharing projects here regularly now. Today, I have a tutorial on the Papericious Blog on how I decoupaged this circular tray. Here's a sneak peek for you.

So hop on over, check it out and don't forget to leave me a comment there :)