Anything about India

This month DT twist on the challenge theme is “Anything about India”.

Being a proud Indian, I have created two DT projects for the current month.

  • Unity in diversity:

Unity in diversity means oneness despite multiplicities. India is a classic example of this motto and has thrived over several decades with this phrase as its guiding principle. India is a country where individual or social differences in physical attributes, race, religion and culture are not seen as conflict; rather, these differences are looked upon as the multiplicities that enrich the society.

The quilled earring symbolizes and reinforces this oneness amongst us, the citizens of this great democracy.

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“A nation’s culture resides in the hearts and in the soul of its people.” – Mahatma Gandhiji

  • The Peacock(National bird of India) has been a prominent feature in Indian literature as its resplendent beauty is a source of inspiration for many. It is a symbol of grace, joy, beauty and love.

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Freedom is something that money can’t buy, it was earned through the struggles of many bravehearts. Let us honour them today and always.

“You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty.” – Mahatma Gandhiji

Link your creations under IQCG#39 – Anything goes

Happy Independence Day and Enjoy quilling!

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IQCG#38 -Mixed Media

The current month challenge in IQCG is “Mixed Media”.
Create a mixed-media project with optional twist is to add something shiny (f.ex. glitter, sequins, pearl mists and so on)
Here goes my DT inspiration.
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Pls follow the guidelines/challenges rules and post your creations at
Kindly use the challenge image to post your creations.
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We  look forward to see what you make and hope you have fun with this theme.
We thank each one of you for participating in our events, for your comments and feedback.
Happy Quilling!

IQCG #37 – Blue with a splash

The current month challenge in IQCG is “Blue with a splash”.
You have to create anything with blue colour or the word blue with a splash in it with any media and add quilling to it.
Here goes my ‘Design Team’ project.
“Photo frame with quilling and marbled paper work”
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Pls follow the guidelines/challenges rules and post your creations at IQCG_Blue_with_a_splash
We  look forward to see what you make and hope you have fun with this theme.
The challenge will run till 28th June. Winner will be announced on 30th June.
We thank each one of you for participating in our events, for your comments and feedback. This is the most expensive gift we get.
One Winner and one best Topper will be awarded.
Winner will get gifts from from our below sponsors
1. Rs.500 gifts from Dimension of Crafts
2. Rs.250 worth gift from Letzcreate,
3. A handmade gift worth Rs.300 from our DT Aparna

 

Happy Quilling!

Rainbow colours

Hello folks,

This month’s theme in IQCG is “Rainbow Colours”.

The beauty of the rainbow in the sky, especially after the rain provides immense joy to everyone with its warmth of unity amongst the colours.

The radiance from the colours Violet, Indigo, Blue, Green, Yellow, Orange and Red enhance the beauty of any artefact that we create.

Here goes my ‘Design Team’ project.

“Weaved rainbow coloured paper earring”

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I used multi coloured 5mm strips and weaved together to create this beautiful earring.

The earring is light weight, water-proof coated with dimensional magic.

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We have made some changes  from this month onwards.  Create anything according to the theme with any media and add quilling to your project.
For eg: for current challenge we would like to see the rainbow colours – you can use it for background etc.there should be quilling in your project.
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Pls follow the guidelines/challenges rules and post your creations at IQCG_Rainbow_colours
We  look forward to see what you make and hope you have fun with this theme.
The challenge will run till 28th May. Winner will be announced on 31st May.
International entries are welcome. We are looking for a sponsor who could ship internationally. Till that you will receive an unique badge to display in your blog.
One Winner and one best Topper will be awarded.
Winner will get gifts from from our below sponsors
1. Rs.500 gifts from Dimension of Crafts
2. Rs.250 worth gift from Letzcreate,
3. A handmade gift worth Rs.300 from our DT Aparna

 

Happy Quilling!

IQCG BIRTHDAY BLOG HOP

Indian Quilling Challenge Group turns 3 this month and we are celebrating with a Birthday Blog Hop! There will be no quilling contest this month.

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Here goes my ‘Design Team’ project.

Birthdays would be incomplete without a cake. Cupcakes are a favourite to everyone; especially to those who have a sweet tooth and yet health conscious 🙂

How exciting would it be to have a cute smiley cupcake that wishes you a very happy birthday!!!

Share your comments below and qualify to be a lucky winner.

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Exciting prizes from our sponsors will be given to one winner selected from the comments across all the blogs in the hop.
The other blog details are mentioned below and they have posted their creations as per the scheduled dates.
5th April – Aparna
9th April – Daniela
15th April – Priya
19th April – Priyanka
22nd April – Shweta
26th April – Sriranjini
28th April – shylaashree
Winner will get gifts from from our below sponsors
1. Rs.500 gifts from Dimension of Crafts
2. Rs.250 worth gift from Letzcreate,
3. A handmade gift worth Rs.300 from our DT Aparna
4.  GV for Rs.250 from Ranibow Kraftkari Store

One random winner will be chosen by our DTs and they will get a special goodie bag from us.

All you have to do is

– Follow IQCG blog if you are not a follower
– Copy & paste the following birthday hop picture on your blog and spread the news on social media
– Visit all our DTs blog and leave some comments
-Commenting on this post is also a must
– Anyone with Indian Postal address can join

 

Enjoy quilling!!

 

Celebrate Women

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With Women’s day round the corner,the march theme at IQCG is “Celebrate Women”.iqcg-challenge35

The challenge details are available at: IQCG#35 – Celebrate Women. Kindly participate and showcase your creativity. Here is my DT post for this theme. sriranjini_celebrate_women

Inspired by the Tree of Life and dedicated to all the Women out there – Mother, Friend, Wife, Grandmother, Sister and Daughter.

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This quilled canvas is a mark of appreciation to women who have been the reason for our birth, growth, success and survival on planet earth.
As the saying goes, Beauty is only skin deep – so respect and love women for who they are and not for how they look.
True unbiased affection, respecting her for who she is and nurturing her as needed are key to capturing her heart. Jewellery can help win her heart too 🙂 Jewellery be it any material attracts women’s attention next to cloth shopping.

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Happy Women’s day.

Love is..

Dedicating my first post as part of the design team @ IQCG 2017. February is the month of love and the theme is all about Love, what does it mean to you?

The challenge details are available at: IQCG #34 – Love isiqcg-challenge34

To me, love is cherishing the art of creativity within ourselves: Creativity through adding colors and vibrance to enhance the beauty to last for years to come.valentines_day_ranjini

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Some inspiring quotes on love from

“It is easy to love the people far away. It is not always easy to love those close to us. It is easier to give a cup of rice to relieve hunger than to relieve the loneliness and pain of someone unloved in our own home. Bring love into your home for this is where our love for each other must start.”

“Love is not love, which alters when it alteration finds,

Or bends with the remover to remove.

Oh, no! it is an ever-fixed mark

That looks on tempests.. and is never shaken. ”

Hope to meet you all every month with my inspiring creations.

Share your thoughts..

With love,

Sriranjini

 

 

 

Butterfly, the flying flower

The English poet William Wordsworth (1770-1850) wrote at least two poems titled “The Butterfly.” In one of these, which begins with the line “I’ve watched you now a full half-hour,” the speaker describes his contemplation of a butterfly that sits quietly on a yellow flower in a garden. The speaker welcomes the butterfly as a reminder of his joyous youth.

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The above quilled art reminds me of that poem. Here are a few lines from the poem.

          I've watched you now a full half-hour;
          Self-poised upon that yellow flower
          And, little Butterfly! indeed
          I know not if you sleep or feed.
          How motionless!--not frozen seas
          More motionless! and then
          What joy awaits you, when the breeze
          Hath found you out among the trees,
          And calls you forth again!

 

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Cheers,

Sriranjini

Tribute to Sun God for a glorious summer

This year has been quite a warm and scorching summer(March-May) especially down South of India. Even Bangalore, which enjoys mild summers traditionally, has seen spikes upwards of 40 degree Celsius.
So, I decided to put together a quilled art work in dedication of the Sun god 🙂
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In Hindu mythology, Surya aka the sun god, represents the visible form of the divine, one that you can plainly see every day. Depicted as a red man with bright eyes and four arms, the deity is believed to heal the sick and to bring good fortune. The Sun thus represents the soul, vitality, courage, willpower, authority, royalty and so on. He is often associated with reds, coppers and metallic colors.

 

Agriculture has been the primary means of occupation and livelihood of the Madhubani community in Bihar. They worship the sun for a good harvest and they have created several pieces of art themed around the Sun god.

 

Inspired by the Madhubani paintings (Mithila painting – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mithila_Art), that is characterized by eye-catching geometric patterns and bright colors, I have attempted to recreate the essence of Madhubani paintings in the form of a quilled Sun god. Painted at the center of the canvas to denote that the Sun is the center of the universe; the big bulging eyes signify the divine and ever-vigilant nature of the sun.

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Submitting this Quilled Sun God, the embodiment of summer as my entry for

  1. IQCG#26 – Hello to Summer

IQCG Challenge#26

http://indianquillingchallenge.blogspot.in/2016/05/iqcg26-hello-to-summer.html

Update as on 12th Jun: I am very glad to share the news that my Madhubani quilled sun-god won the first prize in the Indian Quilling summer challenge.
2. Yayyyyy it is May!

 

Cheers,
Sriranjini

 

Do you want to build a snowflake?

December is the month of fun and holidays. Kids throughout the world eagerly wait to celebrate christmas especially for the gifts. My kids are so well-behaved during this month hoping to receive something nice by the end of the year even though we do not celebrate Christmas 🙂

I thought of making an artefact to go with Christmas and what better than a snowflake to remind everyone of the fun and holidays.

Rolling the paper strips into loose/tight coils and creating various shapes out of that is my favourite technique. Snowflakes can bring out your best of creativity.

I have put together instructables for this at http://www.instructables.com/id/Do-You-Want-to-Build-a-Snowflake/

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Quilled snowflakes may seem easy to make but takes lots of effort to assemble the tiny pieces together to create this wonderful pattern.

This snowflake glitters during the day and it glows in the dark with the radio-luminescent paint.

Submitting this snowflakes as my entry for this year end December 2016 challenge

IQCG#33 – Quilling Technique

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Happy New year folks..

Birthday gifts

Birthdays for kids have become an high-end affair for the parents.  I feel that the birthday party day is hectic for the parents running around to decorate the place, prepare or order snacks and hunt for return gifts. These days the kids do not leave the birthday party without return gifts handed over to them. Is that necessary?  Return gifts turn out to be more  expensive than the actual gifts that the child receives.

We as grownups may be setting a bad example by teaching kids to expect  return gifts or gifts for all occasions. This thought should slowly change and the concept of homemade handicrafts should be encouraged; such as greeting cards, quilled crafts, baked items, loom bands, origami etc.

For my daughter’s 8th birthday, we had invited her close friends and I had requested them to gift her a simple surprise card – A card that talks about the qualities they liked in my daughter. This concept would not only boost their self-confidence but also help them sustain such skills.

Personalised handmade gifts are really appreciated and cherished. I have been gifting my quilled jewellery and encourage my kids to create cards for  special occasions.

Kids are very creative these days and they refer to the Internet to design lots of crafts and jewellery.

Kindle your child’s creativity 🙂

 

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Samples of quilled jewellery that I gifted..

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Decorative Diyas(Lamp holders) for festive occasions

Festivals in India are marked by bright lights. Festivals like Dusshera and Diwali  spiritually signify the victory of light over darkness.  Here are a few quilled Diya (Lamp holders) that I put together.

These quilled Diyas can be used to light up your houses during festivals, can adorn your puja or may be gifted to loved ones for special occasions.

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Beauty of flowers in quilling

In continuation to my post on Wings of creativity here comes my other creation with vibrant colours of yellow and blue. The flower is quilled with comb technique and is decorated using glitters and crystals.

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There is a fusion of metal, paper and crystals to add beauty to this piece.The jewelry can be created in many forms depending on the interest of the creator. The earring has a mixture of petal and a tiny dome shaped jhumka with a  dazzling dewdrop crystal.

When I took a break from my regular job, I was wondering what I should do next to keep me occupied. I enjoy life and look for avenues that inspire me. I love my creations and with that dedication the least I can expect is recognition for my creativity 🙂

Thanks for your support and motivation. Please mail your feedback to indulge.creativity@gmail.com