Eco-Friendly Ganesha

Ganesha made with newspaper:

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Newspaper and clay are eco-friendly ways to create the idol for Ganesha Chaturthi.

Let us pledge to keep our environment and surroundings free from pollution.

Here’s to a healthy, eco-friendly and happy Ganesha Chaturthi from the Paperolles.

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P.S.: I dissolve the clay Ganesha at home and use them for gardening.

Quilling workshop at Snehadhara foundation

The workshop was fun-filled and packed with loads of creativity among the kids and adults. The newspaper quilled craft was introduced to the group. The session started with warm-up songs and introducing newspaper as the main medium for the craft.

The kids with special needs understood the concept of rolling the paper and tried rolling the newspaper to strips. It was wonderful to see the excitement and the focus that they exhibited while learning the technique. It was not easy for them to do on their own initially but with support they were able to roll the newspaper into strips. 

When the rolled strips were handed over to them and were asked of them to shape into coils, some were able to do it on their own while the others accomplished it with some support. The creativity that the support group and rest of the regular children showed was mind-blowing. These kids were asked to roll out different shapes from the newspaper strips and glue together to form an artefact. Hairband, necklace, anklet, binocular, spectacles, table coasters,  face, kumkum holder, chariot etc. were created out of newspaper quilling.

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The group was so fascinated about their own creations and with regular practice their motor skills will improve further and they will be able to create different artefacts by combining different shaped quilled coils.  

 

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..

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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Beautiful Quilling

I developed a penchant for quilled jewellery and learnt several ideas from this wonderful book – “Beautiful Quilling”(Step-by-Step) by Diane Boden-Crane (Author), Judy Cardinal (Author), Jane Jenkins (Author), Janet Wilson(Author), Diane Crane (Author). My heartfelt thanks to them 🙂

The patterns are very good and lots of pictures that clearly explain the concept. The templates for the patterns are very helpful and come in handy when we have to make the cards in short notice.

I make birthday cards to be handed over by my kids when they attend their friends’ birthday parties. I quill these cards based on their friends’ interests and my kids write a few lines about their friends. This makes my children feel good when giving and for their friends when receiving.

 

Happy Diwali

Diwali or Deepavali is the Hindu festival of lights. Diwali is traditionally celebrated by lighting diyas and candles, praying to Goddess Lakshmi and Lord Ganesha, bursting crackers and meeting friends and family to exchange Diwali greetings and gifts.

The quilling of the candle light holder, the bird shaped holder and the Ganesha were completed using newspaper/magazines.

Newspaper quilled candle holder:

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Newspaper quilled bird shaped holder:

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Jewellery adds beauty to the festivities and hence the quilled Jhumka.

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Here’s hoping that the divine lights of Diwali bring peace, prosperity and good health.

Happy Diwali !!!

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The current month theme in IQCG is Festive/Holiday. I have posted the above creations for your inspiration.

IQCG Challenge#41

Create anything with Festive/ Holiday theme – it may be colours or anything that fits the theme and add quilling to your project.
Pls follow the guidelines/challenges rules as mentioned in the link.
Happy Quilling!

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!

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!