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Veils Collection : The Winter Scarf by Bansini
Veils Collection : The Winter Scarf
This is a part of a collection I did for my IGCSE Art mock examinations. I completed these pieces in January 2014, so they're quite old - but I quite like them and I hope you will too! :squee:

The prompt I chose was something along the lines of 'hidden'. I interpreted this as 'hiding emotions', as I could then create studies which I could later use for my IGCSE coursework. (The first 3 pictures featured below were for that) I call this collection 'Veils', as they're all observation studies of myself wearing different veils from different cultures. I don't think I've ever fully captured what I look like, but I've come quite close.

There's quite a lot of thought I put into this project. This was just the first part of my exploration of the topic, I later studied emotions on different faces; I most likely won't be posting them here as they're not as good as this collection and they show my face. I might post them on my tumblr though: (bansini.tumblr.com) . You'll get to see veils from different cultures and exploration of different media. I think this collection offers quite a glimpse into my evolution as an artist and as a person. As you can see, I'm quite attached to this collection : I hope you like it as much as I do!



Friday = #veilscollection day.
Observational Study | Watercolors | Myself veiled with a Winter Scarf
Hope you like it! Please comment, +Fav or +Watch! I will appreciate critiques on this collection.


More from my gallery:
 My First Traditional Animation by Bansini Otoyomegatari Observational Study by Bansini  Brown Curls by Bansini What a Feminist Looks Like by Bansini House of Stark - Polymer Clay by Bansini   

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Veils Collection : The Venetian Mask by Bansini
Veils Collection : The Venetian Mask
This is a part of a collection I did for my IGCSE Art mock examinations. I completed these pieces in January 2014, so they're quite old - but I quite like them and I hope you will too! :squee:

The prompt I chose was something along the lines of 'hidden'. I interpreted this as 'hiding emotions', as I could then create studies which I could later use for my IGCSE coursework. (The first 3 pictures featured below were for that) I call this collection 'Veils', as they're all observation studies of myself wearing different veils from different cultures. I don't think I've ever fully captured what I look like, but I've come quite close.

There's quite a lot of thought I put into this project. This was just the first part of my exploration of the topic, I later studied emotions on different faces; I most likely won't be posting them here as they're not as good as this collection and they show my face. I might post them on my tumblr though: (bansini.tumblr.com) . You'll get to see veils from different cultures and exploration of different media. I think this collection offers quite a glimpse into my evolution as an artist and as a person. As you can see, I'm quite attached to this collection : I hope you like it as much as I do!



Friday = #veilscollection day.
Observational Study | Water Color Pencils | Myself veiled with a Venetian Mask
Hope you like it! Please comment, +Fav or +Watch! I will appreciate critiques on this collection.


More from my gallery:
 My First Traditional Animation by Bansini Otoyomegatari Observational Study by Bansini  Brown Curls by Bansini What a Feminist Looks Like by Bansini House of Stark - Polymer Clay by Bansini   

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Artists Toolbox


I'm Bansini , and I'm going to be linking you to great tutorials that explain how to create 10 different DIY art materials. This is super useful when:

  • you need art materials fast but the store's closed,
  • the materials you need are really expensive,
  • you just want a quick trial of the medium, 
  • the material is not available in your vicinity and you'd have to order it online
  • you need something cheap, quick and easy for Halloween!

I've got a 'Halloween' section for each one, which tells you how they can be of use during the season of scares. Without further ado, here they are!




10. Sticker Gum

I've seen a lot of artists make stickers, but sticker paper can be very expensive and sometimes it doesn't last too long. Use these instructions to create your own, depending on how much you'd like them to stick!

My version: I learnt this one during KG summer camp. :)

  • First, you draw your design on either a piece of paper using color pencils, or a plastic sheet using sketch pens.
  • Then, tear off a piece of tape of a similar length and place it over the design.
  • Next, press the tape lightly over the design to transfer the design to the tape.
  • Lastly, peel the tape off, taking care not to rip off any paper along with it. Voila! :la:

MTS - Halloween Series by MVRH

Pumpkin Halloween  Pumpkin : Use this to make fun ghoulish stickers for neighborhood kids! Can also be used to convert magazine cutouts or printed pictures into scary decorations.




9. Body Paint


Cosplaying and costumery often requires body paint, but safe, non-toxic ones are hard to find when pressed for time. I know 'poster paints' work very well, but can be slightly damaging to skin and aren't as smooth for long wear.

  • Firstly, mix equal parts of Body Lotion and cornstarch in a bowl. Add some vegetable oil for smoothness.
  • After that, separate the mixture into different bowls/containers, depending on how many colors you want.
  • Next, use the mixture on it's own if you wanted the color white.
  • For other colors, mix in either old makeup, homemade vegetable dyes , use my personal tutorial or use Crayola non-toxic paints. Please make sure that they're non-toxic! I've seen tutorials which melt Crayola crayons and use them for coloring, but I haven't tested this myself. I know that would be easy to obtain, though.

 Pumpkin Halloween  Pumpkin : Use this when cosplaying a character! Works great for skeletons, I've tried and tested both methods! (Comment if you'd like a picture, I'll send you a stash link with my version)




8. Glitter


Glitter can get expensive sometimes. This really great tutorial shows how to make an 'easy clean' glitter replacement from salt! Blogger Kimberly shows us how to make kid friendly glitter here

Pumpkin Halloween  Pumpkin : Sweet Lolita / Some cartoon characters could use a lot of glitter. Try a cute twist on your favorite characters! Every character becomes more fabulous with a pinch!




7. Spray Ink - Alcohol Based


This is one of the most amazing tutorials I've seen for permanent ink. It has two different versions: a Kool-Aid one, and a Faber-Castell one. Read on for more cool stuff! 

 Pumpkin Halloween  Pumpkin : Use this for permanent, hard-to-fade coloring on some clothes items. Works amazing on paper and cardboard, so use it for signs! It creates a really cool 'blood' effect for cloth on fabric and paper, created with 'cherry' version of Kool-Aid.




6. Stencils


Stencils are hard to find, especially when you want one in that insignia from that one anime. It's also difficult to copy the same design twice, the same way. Find a $1 plastic folder, place it over a picture of your design, and cut it the way you want! This works really well for designs with more curved lines. For designs with straight lines or with watery paint, use masking tape to create your shape.

Custom Fabric Pattern Tutorial, Floral Spray Paint by Kapalaka


Pumpkin Halloween  Pumpkin : Insignias. Tattoos. Fabric Designs. Group Costumes. The possibilities are endless! Don't waste your energy trying to recreate intricate material, unless you'd like the artistic challenge, of course.




5. Paper Mache Clay 


Paper Mache is the kids dream - it allows them to create so much when so young. As artists, we can use our talents and create even more with this tool! I've seen and used amazing recipes from this site, and dA Artist FireLilyCosplay has a great tutorial for props! The basic nature of paper mache is using a base (usually cardboard), newspaper and glue to create solid, clay-like material which dries nicely.

Paper Mache Armor and Prop Tutorial by FireLilyCosplayMajora's Mask paper-mache ver. | GIFTART by MajorasMasksBear Dog-Paper Mache by ShadowKiwi


Pumpkin Halloween  Pumpkin : I've seen brilliant paper mache props created by various artists, and I've used it many times myself. It works wonderfully for headpieces, like helmets or hollow masks (Bleach). It can also be used to create decoration inside the house.




4. Air Dry Clay - Bread Based

I once came across this brilliant youtube video which showed me how to create a polymer clay substitute - from bread!


As someone who loves to create small clay trinkets, I know it can be hard to obtain quick substitutes when you just need something to play with. This tutorial is the best solution yet! Here's some stuff I've made which could inspire you:

Darth Vader Charm - Polymer Clay by BansiniGreen Lantern Ring - Polymer Clay by BansiniHouse of Stark - Polymer Clay by Bansini


Pumpkin Halloween  Pumpkin : Use this for your wildest character needs! It works really well for jewelry and key chains (pictured above), as well as other small trinkets the character may have. Furthermore, it's pretty durable, so no worries about it breaking soon!




3. Shrink Plastic


Shrink Plastic is perfect for creating not-so-tacky jewelry! The in-store version is called 'shrink-dinks', but #6 plastic works really well. This can be used for anything from jewelry to buttons to guitar picks. Just draw on the plastic and bake at 350 degrees!

Jack's head bracelet by caithness-shop


Pumpkin Halloween  Pumpkin : For all your jewelry needs.



2. Fabric Paint - Vegan, Non-toxic, Organic Version


For this part, check out my 'Kalamkari' journal for project educate here:


I talk about a wide range of long-lasting, organic dyes!

Pumpkin Halloween  Pumpkin : Fabric painting is an integral part of many a good costume: use your art skills to their best with dyes suited towards your lifestyle!




1. Fabric Paint


I've read multiple ways of making this. One way is to mix glue with Kool-Aid or any similar food-coloring substance. Another is to mix equal parts of water and milk powder with a bit of color powder. Take a look at this tutorial before trying this out!

Fabric Dye Introduction Part 1 by MagpieLaughs





And that's it for now! Tell me what you thought of this piece.
Will you be using these media during Halloween? Leave a comment below!



Veils Collection : The Hijab by Bansini
Veils Collection : The Hijab
I feel like I haven't been submitting much lately, so I thought I'd post a set of six pieces I did for my IGCSE Art mock examinations. I completed these pieces in January 2014, so they're quite old - but I quite like them and I hope you will too! :squee:

The prompt I chose was something along the lines of 'hidden'. I interpreted this as 'hiding emotions', as I could then create studies which I could later use for my IGCSE coursework. (The first 3 pictures featured below were for that) I call this collection 'Veils', as they're all observation studies of myself wearing different veils from different cultures. I don't think I've ever fully captured what I look like, but I've come quite close.

There's quite a lot of thought I put into this project. This was just the first part of my exploration of the topic, I later studied emotions on different faces; I most likely won't be posting them here as they're not as good as this collection and they show my face. I might post them on my tumblr though: (bansini.tumblr.com) . You'll get to see veils from different cultures and exploration of different media. I think this collection offers quite a glimpse into my evolution as an artist and as a person. As you can see, I'm quite attached to this collection : I hope you like it as much as I do!



I think Friday is now #veilscollection day.
Observational Study | Pencils | Myself veiled with the Hijab
Hope you like it! Please comment, +Fav or +Watch! I will appreciate critiques on this collection.


More from my gallery:
 My First Traditional Animation by Bansini Otoyomegatari Observational Study by Bansini  Brown Curls by Bansini What a Feminist Looks Like by Bansini House of Stark - Polymer Clay by Bansini   

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Veils Collection : The Hat by Bansini
Veils Collection : The Hat
This is a part of a collection I did for my IGCSE Art mock examinations. I completed these pieces in January 2014, so they're quite old - but I quite like them and I hope you will too! :squee:

The prompt I chose was something along the lines of 'hidden'. I interpreted this as 'hiding emotions', as I could then create studies which I could later use for my IGCSE coursework. (The first 3 pictures featured below were for that) I call this collection 'Veils', as they're all observation studies of myself wearing different veils from different cultures. I don't think I've ever fully captured what I look like, but I've come quite close.

There's quite a lot of thought I put into this project. This was just the first part of my exploration of the topic, I later studied emotions on different faces; I most likely won't be posting them here as they're not as good as this collection and they show my face. I might post them on my tumblr though: (bansini.tumblr.com) . You'll get to see veils from different cultures and exploration of different media. I think this collection offers quite a glimpse into my evolution as an artist and as a person. As you can see, I'm quite attached to this collection : I hope you like it as much as I do!



Friday = #veilscollection day.
Observational Study | Ballpoint / Biro Pen | Myself veiled with a Hat
Hope you like it! Please comment, +Fav or +Watch! I will appreciate critiques on this collection.


More from my gallery:
 My First Traditional Animation by Bansini Otoyomegatari Observational Study by Bansini  Brown Curls by Bansini What a Feminist Looks Like by Bansini House of Stark - Polymer Clay by Bansini   

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Hi there and welcome to my page!

I'm Bansini, and I like manga styled art. However, I do other styles too!

I hope you can check out my gallery, and if you find anything you like, please comment or fav!

I love if you can help me improve! I hope you like my art!

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Artists Toolbox


I'm Bansini , and I'm going to be linking you to great tutorials that explain how to create 10 different DIY art materials. This is super useful when:

  • you need art materials fast but the store's closed,
  • the materials you need are really expensive,
  • you just want a quick trial of the medium, 
  • the material is not available in your vicinity and you'd have to order it online
  • you need something cheap, quick and easy for Halloween!

I've got a 'Halloween' section for each one, which tells you how they can be of use during the season of scares. Without further ado, here they are!




10. Sticker Gum

I've seen a lot of artists make stickers, but sticker paper can be very expensive and sometimes it doesn't last too long. Use these instructions to create your own, depending on how much you'd like them to stick!

My version: I learnt this one during KG summer camp. :)

  • First, you draw your design on either a piece of paper using color pencils, or a plastic sheet using sketch pens.
  • Then, tear off a piece of tape of a similar length and place it over the design.
  • Next, press the tape lightly over the design to transfer the design to the tape.
  • Lastly, peel the tape off, taking care not to rip off any paper along with it. Voila! :la:

MTS - Halloween Series by MVRH

Pumpkin Halloween  Pumpkin : Use this to make fun ghoulish stickers for neighborhood kids! Can also be used to convert magazine cutouts or printed pictures into scary decorations.




9. Body Paint


Cosplaying and costumery often requires body paint, but safe, non-toxic ones are hard to find when pressed for time. I know 'poster paints' work very well, but can be slightly damaging to skin and aren't as smooth for long wear.

  • Firstly, mix equal parts of Body Lotion and cornstarch in a bowl. Add some vegetable oil for smoothness.
  • After that, separate the mixture into different bowls/containers, depending on how many colors you want.
  • Next, use the mixture on it's own if you wanted the color white.
  • For other colors, mix in either old makeup, homemade vegetable dyes , use my personal tutorial or use Crayola non-toxic paints. Please make sure that they're non-toxic! I've seen tutorials which melt Crayola crayons and use them for coloring, but I haven't tested this myself. I know that would be easy to obtain, though.

 Pumpkin Halloween  Pumpkin : Use this when cosplaying a character! Works great for skeletons, I've tried and tested both methods! (Comment if you'd like a picture, I'll send you a stash link with my version)




8. Glitter


Glitter can get expensive sometimes. This really great tutorial shows how to make an 'easy clean' glitter replacement from salt! Blogger Kimberly shows us how to make kid friendly glitter here

Pumpkin Halloween  Pumpkin : Sweet Lolita / Some cartoon characters could use a lot of glitter. Try a cute twist on your favorite characters! Every character becomes more fabulous with a pinch!




7. Spray Ink - Alcohol Based


This is one of the most amazing tutorials I've seen for permanent ink. It has two different versions: a Kool-Aid one, and a Faber-Castell one. Read on for more cool stuff! 

 Pumpkin Halloween  Pumpkin : Use this for permanent, hard-to-fade coloring on some clothes items. Works amazing on paper and cardboard, so use it for signs! It creates a really cool 'blood' effect for cloth on fabric and paper, created with 'cherry' version of Kool-Aid.




6. Stencils


Stencils are hard to find, especially when you want one in that insignia from that one anime. It's also difficult to copy the same design twice, the same way. Find a $1 plastic folder, place it over a picture of your design, and cut it the way you want! This works really well for designs with more curved lines. For designs with straight lines or with watery paint, use masking tape to create your shape.

Custom Fabric Pattern Tutorial, Floral Spray Paint by Kapalaka


Pumpkin Halloween  Pumpkin : Insignias. Tattoos. Fabric Designs. Group Costumes. The possibilities are endless! Don't waste your energy trying to recreate intricate material, unless you'd like the artistic challenge, of course.




5. Paper Mache Clay 


Paper Mache is the kids dream - it allows them to create so much when so young. As artists, we can use our talents and create even more with this tool! I've seen and used amazing recipes from this site, and dA Artist FireLilyCosplay has a great tutorial for props! The basic nature of paper mache is using a base (usually cardboard), newspaper and glue to create solid, clay-like material which dries nicely.

Paper Mache Armor and Prop Tutorial by FireLilyCosplayMajora's Mask paper-mache ver. | GIFTART by MajorasMasksBear Dog-Paper Mache by ShadowKiwi


Pumpkin Halloween  Pumpkin : I've seen brilliant paper mache props created by various artists, and I've used it many times myself. It works wonderfully for headpieces, like helmets or hollow masks (Bleach). It can also be used to create decoration inside the house.




4. Air Dry Clay - Bread Based

I once came across this brilliant youtube video which showed me how to create a polymer clay substitute - from bread!


As someone who loves to create small clay trinkets, I know it can be hard to obtain quick substitutes when you just need something to play with. This tutorial is the best solution yet! Here's some stuff I've made which could inspire you:

Darth Vader Charm - Polymer Clay by BansiniGreen Lantern Ring - Polymer Clay by BansiniHouse of Stark - Polymer Clay by Bansini


Pumpkin Halloween  Pumpkin : Use this for your wildest character needs! It works really well for jewelry and key chains (pictured above), as well as other small trinkets the character may have. Furthermore, it's pretty durable, so no worries about it breaking soon!




3. Shrink Plastic


Shrink Plastic is perfect for creating not-so-tacky jewelry! The in-store version is called 'shrink-dinks', but #6 plastic works really well. This can be used for anything from jewelry to buttons to guitar picks. Just draw on the plastic and bake at 350 degrees!

Jack's head bracelet by caithness-shop


Pumpkin Halloween  Pumpkin : For all your jewelry needs.



2. Fabric Paint - Vegan, Non-toxic, Organic Version


For this part, check out my 'Kalamkari' journal for project educate here:


I talk about a wide range of long-lasting, organic dyes!

Pumpkin Halloween  Pumpkin : Fabric painting is an integral part of many a good costume: use your art skills to their best with dyes suited towards your lifestyle!




1. Fabric Paint


I've read multiple ways of making this. One way is to mix glue with Kool-Aid or any similar food-coloring substance. Another is to mix equal parts of water and milk powder with a bit of color powder. Take a look at this tutorial before trying this out!

Fabric Dye Introduction Part 1 by MagpieLaughs





And that's it for now! Tell me what you thought of this piece.
Will you be using these media during Halloween? Leave a comment below!



PE: Kalamkari - An Indian Art Style

Sat Jun 28, 2014, 8:00 AM


Hi! I'm Bansini, and I'm going to be introducing you to the Indian art style :  Kalamkari. La la la la 

Kalamkari - a Traditional Fabric of India by vininfashion 
by vininfashion

Not many people know about this style of art, and this includes Indians. Wink/Razz 
Kalamkari, which literally means 'pen work', are paintings done on cotton textile with vegetable or natural dyes.

For information on the history of Kalamkari, click here. For it's technical aspects, click here.


Okay! So before I jump in into how Kalamkari is done here, I'll gloss over why you should try it out atleast once in your life.
  1. You'll start this piece from scratch. And by scratch, I don't just mean your own designs; the dyes and the pen are both made by the artist. You'll be hard pressed to find anything here ready-made! This has two benefits: you'll be practicing one of the harder, more intricate crafts, and you'll be able to learn the traditional ways in which crafts were made, allowing you to appreciate the skill it take.
  2. The dyes are vegan-friendly, non-chemical, and they last longer than any others. They also don't fade and leave blotchy marks when exposed to sunlight. Enough said. oooh, stars 
  3. Completing one kalamkari piece will allow you to improve your artwork greatly. It helps you to learn how to stabalise your hand, and you'll see the difference when you draw again. 
  4. It has great amounts of potential. You can draw traditional designs, but that isn't all! Try comic art styles like manga, or draw butterflies or realistic faces onto your cloth. The things you can do are infinite. I have examples below!
  5. Not very many people know about this art style. It hasn't been used to it's full potential, and Kalamkari motifs are very beautiful. Use them to inspire your own artisan crafts! Or use them to make clothes for your OCs! This art style can be used to make anything unique. :happy: 



I'll jump right into the procedure now! 

Cloth Preparation:
The cloth used is usually cotton.  The kind I used wasn't whitened, but made to look glossy. This effect was acheived by soaking dried Myrobalam seeds in water, then flitering the mixture and mixing it with milk. The cloth was soaked in this mixture for an hour, and then left in the sun to dry. Myrobalam is the name given to fruits like Amla and Cherry Plum, you can get these at any supermarket or your nearest Indian food store. 
Bansini's super tip: You won't need to follow these few steps unless you really want to do it the traditional way. Cotton cloth bought from stores will work fine without these steps, just make sure to wash them really well. :funnydance: 


Kalam (pen) Preparation:
The kalam is made using bamboo sticks. They are sharpened and made thin using a cutter. The tip is made extremely thin and pointy. If required, a woolen cloth barrel is attached to the bamboo to act as a reservior, by using absorbent cloth and some string. It looks like this:
Untitled Drawing by Bansini
Bansini's super tip: If you don't want to be extremely traditional, but still want to improve your hand stability, fill the ink you've made into an ink pen. You can also use a toothpick for extremely detailed parts or smaller cloth pieces. A thin brush will work fine if you don't want to improve your hand stability, but it will require frequent refilling. Jammin' 


Initial Sketch:
This part is easy. Just cut out a piece of paper the same size as your cloth and draw out your design!
Img-20130908-01980 by Bansini
You don't have to use traditional motifs. I went semi-realistic. My friend drew comic book characters. Do what you want to do!
Next, you'll have to poke holes over your important lines to transfer it over to the cloth.
Img-20130908-01993 by Bansini
Place this over your cloth, and rub a stick of charcoal over it to transfer the design, like so:
Img-20130908-01995 by Bansini

Img-20130908-01996 by Bansini
Untitled Drawing by Bansini
It'll look a bit like this when it's done!


Dyeing,  (and dying):
You'll be doing the Lineart before you start anything else. To make it, you boil together a mixture of Jaggery and Salt water, and let it cool. It should yield a black color. It's raw ingredients can be found in most supermarkets.
It looks like this:
Img-20130908-01976 by Bansini
Dip your Kalam into it for an initial 10 minutes. After this you can start drawing immediately!
Img-20130908-01999 by Bansini
Here's one my friend made without an initial sketch on paper in comic book style:
Image (1) by Bansini

Red:
The mordant for this is called Alum. You can find it online or in herbal stores. It's quite readily available. You'll be painting this on right after you're done with the black color lineart. Areas to be colored orange or purple should be dyed red too. The mordant needs to be applied, then left alone for a day. After this, you need to place your cloth in a vessel of boiling water for it's first wash. Here's my design below:
Img-20130910-02080 by Bansini
Img-20130910-02086 by Bansini

Blue:
Now it's time for the application of the blue and purple colors! All the parts you wanted purple should have been colored red. All the parts you want green should be dyed blue in this step. The dye being used here is indigo. You literally just need to paint it blue using the Kalam. That's it! I am a dummy!  Let your cloth dry before you do the next step. Here's mine laying in the grass:
Untitled Drawing by Bansini
I'm not very fond of the last face, but otherwise I think it's pretty! As you can see, there are a few spots in the cloth. These can be removed by scrubbing as long as the cloth hasn't dried. 

Yellow:
The last dye color is yellow. It's made from those Myrobalam fruits we talked about earlier. They're bought dried. They're then crushed and made into a poweder, which is then added to a hot water vessel for about 15-60 minutes. (depends on the size of the cloth.)
The cloth is then stirred and then left to dry on a clothesline.
Img-20130910-02090 by Bansini
Img-20130911-02163 by Bansini
Img-20130910-02075 by Bansini

And that's it! :love: 
Your final piece should be brightly colored when you're done.  I can't find pictures of mine, but here's one of my friend's without any adjustments:
Image by Bansini
Seeing as we're all 15-16 year old teens doing our first attempts at kalamkari, we'd say it was quite the learning experience! It really is interesting to do, and the amount we learnt about art from making these pieces was insane. It's great for any artist wishing to hone their skills, and it's also a very interesting artisan crafts/traditional art medium! If you ever have to write an assignment on an art medium, I'd reccommend this one. I hope you try out kalamkari, or atleast get inspired by it's motifs in your own artwork! It makes excellent, long-lasting prints and can be used to create water-color effects too. I hope you enjoyed learning about it! :excited: 


Discussion points:
1) Does Kalamkari feel like an attractive medium as opposed to other printing mediums to you?
2) Would you ever be tempted to use Kalamkari style motifs in your artwork, or even dye using this method?
3) Do Indian art styles strike your fancy?
It'd be great to know what you guys thought of this article. It's my first, and I really enjoyed writing it! Leave a comment or critique below!Love 


History and Other  Technical Information
The word 'kalamkari' literally means 'pen art'. Kalam means pen, and kari means craftmanship in Hindi. It is pronounced Kuh-luhm-kah-ri, with not too much stress on the 'h' sound.
Kalamkari has two main strains. One is the Srikalahasti style, which is narrative of Hindu mythology. The second is the Machilipatnam style. (Long words, I know. They're pronounced 'Shri-kaa-laa-hus-ti' and 'Much-elee-put-num', both with a soft 't', like in 'Butterfly'.) Both these names are those of cities in the Indian state Andra Pradesh, which contains many craftsmen specialising in this style of art. Some Indian women wear saris and other traditional dresses with kalamkari style designs on them, as do men. It is often combined with contemporary fashion to provide new looks.
If you wish to find inspiration for your kalamkari-inspired work, go here for a collection of pictures.
To know more about these styles, click here. For more on the history, click here.
 

Art Feature! Cheerleader 
Send me your kalamkari artwork and I'll add it here! Heart 
Kalamkari - Hand painted fabric with natural dye by vininfashion Kalamkari - a Traditional Fabric of India by vininfashion

 Kalamkari style peacock by Muzungita

kalamkari from India by mammaWcards kalamkari from India by mammaWcards
 
Black Colored Kalamkari Designer Saree by richasoni Blue Colored Kalamkari Designer Saree by richasoni

Kalamkari Goddess by jayainthesky






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DamaiMikaz Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for adding Why I still draw manga to your collections. I'm happy that you like it :la:
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Bansini Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I share the sentiment. :)
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IrrevocableFate Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2014   Writer
Thank you for the favorite! :heart:
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Bansini Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You're very welcome!
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IrrevocableFate Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2014   Writer
Thank you again! :love:
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IrrevocableFate Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2014   Writer
:hug:
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Beltaneh Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2014
You're most welcome, and thank you for the fave and the information :)
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Bansini Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Anytime. :)
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joe-wright Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2014   General Artist
Whoops! Didn't mean to ignore you in chat just now, I was being harrassed by my kitten!
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Bansini Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Ah, don't worry about it! I figured you would be busy. No offense taken! :)
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