Dec 7, 2011

Tips & Tricks for Making Floating Candle

I learnt a few things while making my first floating candle. I would like to share the same with my readers. 

  • First of all I would like to tell my readers that making their own floating candle is not at all time consuming. You need to follow few steps. Read my previous article on How to Make Floating Candle-DIY to learn the basics of making your own floating candle. Why to buy a expensive floating candle when you can have your own?
  • Melt the wax on slow flame, otherwise there’s a risk of breaking a fire. Better option is to use Double Boiler. (Fill the lower pan with water, place the wax contained bowl over it, heat it till the wax is melt.)
  • For making Scented Candle, you have to look into your kitchen for rose, vanilla, strawberry essence. You can also use aromatic oil in melted wax. Remember not to over do it. Add drop by drop by continuously mixing it.
  • Different kind of moulds (cast/pattern) can be used for making floating candle. Be a little creative here and you can find a few molds at your home itself.
    • Nowadays various shapes of readymade moulds (mold: US English) are easily available in art and craft shop.
    • Fused blub can be used, but remember to break the blub carefully while removing the candle out of it, otherwise there’s a risk of injuring your hand.
    • Muffin tray are used for making candles, remember to apply oil on the base of each cup, to avoid sticking wax at the base. Keep it aside to cool. Once the wax is cool just twist and turn the tray to remove the wax.
  • The best use of old crayons can be done by making candle out of it.
  • Use this scented candle during festivals (Diwali etc), birthday parties or during your anniversary.

Nov 7, 2011

Diwali - How to Make Floating Candle - DIY

Diwali – The festival of light, sweets, crackers, happiness and Decoration. This Diwali I thought to make my own floating candles instead of buying.
Material Required for Making Floating Candle
  • Wax
  • Thread
  • Pencil
  • Match Box
  • Container. 
Procedure for Making Floating Candle
  • Take a paper cup (easily available in market, Generally used in tea stall for serving tea.)
  • Take wax in a container and heat it on a slow flame. [You can melt a few half used candles]
  • Mean while take a thick thread tie it with pencil. Be careful to place the candle exactly at the centre as shown below. 
Floating candle 001
  • Pour the melted wax in a paper cup.
  • Keep it aside for cooling.
  • After 15 minutes, once the wax is settled; gradually pull off the pencil.
  • Now hold the cup and tear the paper cup as shown below.
 Floating candle 009
  • Cut the protruding thread, if any.
  • Here you are ready with your homemade floating candle.
Floating candle 015

Material Required  for Floating Candle in a Bowl
  • Crystal Bowl
  • Flower petals
  • Vermilion
Procedure for Decorating the Floating Candle
  • Take a crystal bowl add some water and a spoon full of vermilion (Sindoor) in it.
  • Add flower petals( you can use Rose and Marigold flower )
  • Place a candle carefully in the bowl .
  • Lit it with match stick.
Have a  look at my floating candle.  The pleasure of making my own floating candle at Diwali was wonderful :-)

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 Note: Vermilion is mixed in water to give a contrast effect of red and yellow(fire). You can also use plain water. Did you like it? Spread the word about it… +1, Like or Tweet it.

Oct 20, 2011

Coffee Painting: OM-GANESH Pattern

Here’s my attempt for an eco-friendly painting. I’ve selected OM-GANESHA pattern but with a little variation. God Ganesha Crown is made out of Bread dough, to give 3D look to the painting. To know basic on Coffee Painting(CP) like what are material used and procedure, you can refer to my previous posts

In this post I am sharing how to make Bread Dough. Below is the pattern of my OM-GANESHA Coffee Painting & material and procedure for making Bread dough.  

Coffee Painting Om-Ganesha

Material used for making Bread dough:-

  • Bread Slice
  • White Adhesive (Fevicol)
  • Moisturizing lotion

Procedure for making bread dough:-

  • Crush 2 small size bread slices in a container.
  • Add 2tbsp of white adhesive (Fevicol)
  • Apply some lotion to your palm and fingers, to avoid sticking it to your hands.
  • Mix the bread and fevicol until it turns in soft dough.
  • Immediately apply it on the area you want to highlight.
  • Before it get dry, I have used Ball pen refill to make design on crown.
  • Color it with coffee liquid.
  • let it dry.
  • lastly apply varnish and let it dry for at least 2 days.  

The eco-friendly OM-GANESHA Coffee Painting with Bread Dough 3-D Crown is ready to decor the wall.  DIY and feel free to get in touch for any query. Did you like it? Please spread the word via Facebook, Twitter or +1 :-) Happy Painting…

Sep 18, 2011

FAQs – Glass, Sand, Pot & Murals Painting

Generally beginners wants to know what are the tools or material used for different type of paintings, before they concentrate on the procedure. In this article I have mentioned about the materials used for different sort of paintings like Glass, Sand, Pot, Murals, Photo Frames, Foil-Paper Art, Coffee Painting, Duplex paper Flower. For detailed procedure refer my previous articles or simply follow the links.

What are the material and tools used for Glass Painting?

  • Glass for painting (Glass, Glass bottle or jar, Glass plate etc).
  • Glass outliner (readily available or one can make at home).
  • Colors for painting (Glass colors, Fabric colors etc).
  • Paint Brush (Size: According to requirement)
  • Glass cleaning solution (Thinner or Nail polish remover).
  • Sponge (to create texture look).
  • Cotton Buds (to clean excess color).
  • Design/Pattern.

For detail steps and procedure, click How to start Glass Painting - A Beginners Tutorial

What are the material and tools used for Sand Painting?

  • Wood board
  • Sand
  • Fevicol (any adhesive which can stick sand on board)
  • Outliner or thick black thread
  • Color
  • Pattern traced on butter paper

For detail steps and procedure, click Sand Painting Tutorial for Beginners

What are the basic materials used for Photo frame?

  • Cardboard
  • Asian Paint (Black color)
  • Fabric color (Desired color)
  • Fevicol(White adhesive)
  • Brush for applying Fevicol/Fabric color
  • Outliner (Desired color)

For detail steps and procedure, click Photo Frame - DIY

What are the materials used for Foil Paper art?

  • Piece of plywood with frame.
  • Asian Paint (Black color)
  • Silver Foil (Which is generally used to wrap food)
  • Golden Foil (optional)
  • Camlin Painting brush.

For detail steps and procedure, click Creative Hobby Ideas - Paint Foil Paper

What are the materials used for Mural?

  • Wooden Piece (Desired size).
  • White cement.
  • Fevicol (Adhesive).
  • Faber Castle Metallic Color (Gold, Copper, Bronze color).
  • Camel Copper color outliner (optional).
  • Ganesh idol (You can choose any idol or you can make your own).
  • Camlin Painting brush.

For detail steps and procedure, click Painting Tutorial - Ceramic Mural - DIY

What are the materials used for Coffee Painting?

  • Coffee Powder
  • Canvas Board
  • Outliner (Gold and Black color)
  • Varnish
  • Paint brush

For detail steps and procedure, click Coffee Painting - Egyptian Queen Pattern

What are the basic materials used for Pot Painting?

  • Pot (Desired size)
  • Outliner
  • Camel/ Pedilite Fabric color/oil based color
  • Painting brush
  • Asian Black oil paint
  • Primer or varnish

For detail steps and procedure, click Pot Painting Tutorial for Beginners

What are the basic materials used for making Duplex Paper Flower?

  • Duplex Paper (Desired color)
  • Aluminium wire
  • Thread
  • Fevicol (White Adhesive)
  • Green Crape paper
  • Scissor

For detail steps and procedure, click Duplex Paper Flower Tutorial – DIY

Feel free to get in touch via comments.

Aug 25, 2011

Shade Art - Omar Khayyam Pattern - DIY

Omar Khayyam was a well known scholar, poet as well as a mathematician and a person with many more qualities. I was amazed with the result of my previous Shade Art so I thought to make a pair of it.

For materials required and procedure you can refer my previous post Shade Art Ram-Sita - DIY

Do try the pattern below. For any query do mail me.

Shade Art Omar Khayyam

Appreciate your feedback in form of comments.

Jul 31, 2011

Shade Art Ram-Sita - DIY

One day while purchasing some art material at my nearest art and craft store, my eyes stuck on a very interesting pattern of Ram-Sita. I decided to do something different with it. Instead of coloring it I tried shading it, and the final result was awesome.

Here is the pattern, material required and detailed procedure – DIY - for making this Shade Art of Ram-Sita.


Material required for Shade Art:

  • Wooden Board.
  • Pattern on felt (Black cotton) cloth.
  • White Fabric color.
  • Silver Fabric Color.
  • Paint Brush (Size 000).

Procedure of Shade Art:

  • Outline the whole pattern with white fabric color and let it dry.
  • Start shading the pattern with silver color and use very fine painting brush to get better strokes.
  • Just in two easy steps your Shade Art is ready to decor your lifeless wall.

P.S. : If you are a beginner in shading, first practice it on paper or some rough cloth so that you don’t spoil the original pattern.

Jun 23, 2011

Sand Painting- Radha Krishna Pattern

I am back with one more sand painting pattern. First have a look on the pattern.


  • The outline is made with the help of black thick thread.
  • The jewelry and costume detailing is done with M-seal, then I have applied Golden color to highlight detailing.
  • I have made small balls of M-Seal and let it dry.
  • Then I had stuck it on the pattern with help of adhesive.
  • Here the color used is Fabric color.
  • For rest of the procedure you can refer my previous post Sand Painting for Beginners

Hope you liked the pattern. For any procedure related issue feel free to contact through comments…

May 11, 2011

Art Craft Mural & Glass Painting FAQs

I received a good response for Glass Painting FAQs & Tips for Beginners. A few more FAQs on Mural, Art & Craft:

What are the brands for glass color and from where I can get?

In Indian market two brand of glass colors are found - Camel and Pedilite. I generally use Camel glass color and it is easily available from any stationary shop.

Is it necessary to use ceramic powder in outliner?

Sometimes ceramic powder is not easily available in hardware shop, so I have tried using plaster of paris and whitening powder instead of ceramic powder while making outliner cone. But the proportion should be appropriate.

What are the steps in making outliner without ceramic powder

Material required for outliner:

  • Plastic Sheet (to make cone)
  • Plaster of paris (easily available in hardware shop)
  • Whitening powder (easily available in hardware shop)
  • Fevicol (to mix with ceramic)
  • Color (any shade as per requirement)
  • Small plastic container and spoon (for mixing)
  • Cello tape and scissor.

Steps for making outliner:

  • Make a cone (required size) out of plastic sheet and fix it with cello tape.
  • Mix plaster of paris, whitening powder, Fevicol and fabric color in a plastic container.
  • No lumps should be left.
  • Pour the paste in the cone and fix it with lot of cello tape to avoid any leakage.
  • Cut the tip of cone (as per required thickness) with scissor.
  • And here is your outliner ready with using Plaster of Paris, whitening powder and Fevicol (adhesive).

Why whitening powder and plaster of paris are used in making Mural dough or outliner.

Using Plaster of Paris in Mural dough will make dough hard, which results in unfinished shape. Whitening powder gives a very nice finish to the shape made out of dough and also dough can remain for longer period of time, if kept properly in air tight container.

How to make dough for murals or ceramic pot?

  • I use three easy ways for making dough for murals or ceramic pot:
  • One is to simply use ceramic powder and Fevicol; thickness can be based on the requirement.
  • Second is to make the dough out of white cement and Fevicol, but in this case you need to be little expert to handle the dough.
  • Third way is to mix plaster of paris, whitening powder and Fevicol.

How to make texture for mural art

Mix white cement and Fevicol and make a thick paste and apply it on required portion on which you have to give texture. Let it dry for only 5-10 minutes and make some desired texture with the help of pen/pencil, any thick stick or bottle cap.

Which surface is used for sand painting?

Generally wooden board is used for Sand painting.

What is Duplex Paper?

A sheet of paper, on which both the sides have different color. It is easily available in stationary shop.

What are murals?

Wikipedia defines Murals as a piece of artwork painted or applied directly on a wall, ceiling or other large permanent surface.

Stay tuned for FAQ part - 3

Apr 14, 2011

Rimjhim Painting Tutorial for Beginners - DIY

Rimjhim Painting is a creative way of using glass color in a different way. Instead of glass sheet a canvas cloth is used for the painting. It is called Rimjhim Painting as White Sparkle/Glitter Powder is used, which gives very shining look to the painting. I am sharing step by step procedure of Rimjhim Painting so that you can also have your own.

Basic Materials Required:

  • A piece of Canvas cloth
  • Pattern on Butter paper
  • Marker pen
  • White sparkle powder/ White glitter powder
  • Glass painting color
  • Fevicol(White Glue)
  • Brush

Step by Step Procedure for Rimjhim Painting

1. Take a canvas cloth and trace a pattern with the help of a thin pointed Marker pen.


2. Apply white glue (Favicol) all over the canvas cloth with help of brush and before drying it evenly sprinkle white glitter powder.


3. Now apply Glass color on the pattern and let it dry.

4. Frame it and hang it on wall



  • Keep some rough cloth below canvas cloth before applying white glue and color otherwise it will spoil the surface.
  • Apply only glass color so that Rimjhim (Sparkle powder) effect is more visualized.
  • Apply only white sparkle/glitter powder; do not use multi color sparkle powder.

Mar 31, 2011

Foil Paper Art – Krishna Pattern - A Tutorial

In my Puja room (home temple) I have kept almost every Gods idol/frame but Krishnaji was missing. So instead of buying it I decided to make my own. Check the brief tutorial of Foil Paper Art – Krishna Pattern:

Basic Material Used for Foil Paper Art:

  • Krishna Pattern on Butter paper or chart paper
  • Piece of glass with frame
  • Aluminium Foil paper(Gold or Silver whichever is available)
  • Black Asian oil paint
  • Black outliner
  • Brush

Procedure for Foil Paper Art:

  • Place Pattern below the Glass Sheet and draw the pattern on glass with the help of outliner from above.
  • Paint the background with black color and let it dry. 
  • For Krishna-No need to color just take aluminium foil paper (almost the size of your glass frame), fold it  carefully and slightly crush it then again open it carefully.
  • Place the crush foil paper sheet on glass on the same side where  you have painted black color .
  • Fix the foil paper on glass with solo tape.
  • on the other side you will get the result that is the below picture.
  • Frame it and hang it on puja room.

Have a look at my Foil Paper Art: Krishna Pattern


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Mar 27, 2011

DIY Tutorial - Stroke Painting

I have again come up with my new painting which I can say is best out of waste. It’s best out of waste because I’ve used a left-over plywood sheet. If you are not lucky enough to have a spare one at home you can easily buy one, of required dimension, from your neighborhood store.

Basic Material required for Stroke Painting

  • Wooden board (Preferred size).
  • Pattern of your choice
  • Asian Black Paint
  • Camlin Paint Brush (Size: 00, 3/4)
  • Camel Metallic Bronze color
  • Camel Metallic Copper color

Steps for Stroke Painting

  • Color the wooden board with black Asian paint. Let it dry.
  • Start painting the pattern with the help of 3/4 size paint brush and Camel Metallic Copper color. (If you are not comfortable in directly using color on board then draw the pattern with pencil first and then color it). Let it dry
  • Outline the pattern with Camel Metallic Bronze color (Use Camlin Paint Brush size 00 for outline) and if needed apply shading.
  • Frame it and hang it.

Here is the pattern of my Stroke painting. Did you like this?


Feb 28, 2011

Glass Painting FAQs & Tips for Beginners

HobbyPaint A few of my readers have landed at my blog searching about some specific beginner’s level query about Painting, Glass Painting & type of Painting Brushes etc. To do justice with these readers I have compiled a few queries for this post to specifically address the beginners concern about painting. Hope this helps.

What should be the thickness of glass for glass painting?

  • Use 2mm glass sheet for best possible clarity or transparency (but handle it with utmost care while framing & transporting. It is brittle)
  • Use 3 mm glass sheet if you require durability & a fair degree of transparency.

For best results a 3mm glass sheet is recommended.

Also refer - Glass Painting Tips and Tricks

What are the types of painting brush?

  • Pony Brush
  • Fan Brush
  • Hog Brush
  • Flat brush
  • Round Brush
  • Filbert brush

Depending on your choice you can opt for Natural or Synthetic bristles. Every time after use it is essential to clean the brush properly otherwise the paint dries on it making the brush useless. Bristles can be quickly cleaned by washing it with warm water and mild soap or dipping it in thinner.

How to remove stain from glass before doing glass painting?

The first step for starting any Glass Painting is to clean your Glass Sheet with soap water and wipe it with the help of some tissue sheet by holding the glass sheet from its corner. Sometimes soap water is not enough to remove stubborn stain like grease, in such case using thinner or alcohol on cotton swab is helpful.

How to get 3D effect for sand painting?

For getting 3D effect for sand painting thick outliner or thick black thread can be used. Trace the pattern on a wooden board. Apply adhesive on outline with help of nozzle (or paint brush) and stick thick black thread. Apply desired color on the thread.


Trace the pattern on wooden board. Simply apply thick outliner. For more refer Sand Painting Tutorial for Beginners

Which type of color should be used for Glass painting?

Any type of color which glass hold’s can be used. For glass painting specially glass color are available in different shades, sometimes Artist’s call it as transparent color. Fabric color can also be used in painting Glass, which is also refer to as opaque color.

For details refer Glass Painting Tutorial for Beginners beginners tutorial

What are the uses of Outliner?

Outliner can be used for multiple forms of painting - Glass Painting, Canvas Painting, Murals, and Name Plates etc.

How to avoid air bubbles while using glass color (transparent color) while painting glass surface/sheet?

  • Never shake the bottle of glass color.
  • If the bubbles appear, then immediately pierce it with pin/needle or remove it with paint brush.

Stay tuned for more FAQs…

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Feb 8, 2011

Duplex Paper Flower Tutorial - DIY

Don’t you think decorating a pot and keeping it without flowers is just incomplete. You can make flower at home by following some simple steps. Required material and procedure are as below.
Required Materials for making Duplex Paper Flower
  • Duplex Paper (Desired color)
  • Aluminum wire
  • Thread
  • Fevicol (White Adhesive)
  • Green Crape paper
  • Scissor

Note: Duplex paper is easily available in the stationary shop. On a single sheet you will find two shades of color on each side. Here I have used Duplex paper having white at one side and orange color at the other side.

Procedure for making Duplex Paper Flower:
  • Draw a petal shape with pencil behind the duplex paper so you can cut it properly using scissor, Call it `Petal A’. (Desired size)
  • Draw another petal shape, smaller than the before petal. Cut it and keep it aside, Call it `Petal B’.
  • Similarly for one flower cut 5 petals A and 5 petals B. Stick one from each as shown below.
  • Roll crape paper to place it in center of flower so it looks more attractive.
  • Now take Aluminium wire and tie crape paper roll
  • Then one by one tie petals with help of thread.

    Here is your first duplex paper flower … ready to cheer your senses!

Jan 28, 2011

Ceramic Pot Painting Tutorial - DIY

After  Ceramic Mural I have come up with Ceramic Pot Painting. I made a very simple pattern for my readers, here are the basic material and step by step procedure:

Basic Material for Ceramic Pot Painting

  • Pot (Desired size and shape)
  • Brown Fabric Color
  • Metallic Gold Color
  • Whitening Powder
  • Plaster of Paris
  • Fevicol (glue)
  • Varnish
  • Feviquick (adhesive)

Before going to procedure have a look at my finished Ceramic Pot Painting


Step by Step Procedure for Ceramic Pot Painting:

  • Mix 4 table-spoon of whitening powder, 1 table-spoon of plaster of paris to Fevicol and make a dough out of it.
  • Make flower from dough.
  • Let it dry for at least for 12 hours. Meanwhile paint the pot with brown color and let it dry.
  • Now stick the petals with help of Feviquick and color it with Golden Color.
  • Spread some Golden Color on rest of the pot to give antique look.
  • Lastly apply varnish over the pot and let it dry.

Quick Tip:

Instead of Whitening powder and plaster of paris you can also use ceramic powder, but it may not be easily available.

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Jan 17, 2011

Pot Painting Tutorial for Beginners

According to FENG-SHUI, it is said that to avoid negative rays at home, earthen pot should be kept. So why not decorate it and make it attractive and keep it.

Basic Material for Pot Painting

  • Pot (Desired size)
  • Outliner
  • Fabric color
  • Painting brush
  • Black oil paint
  • Primer or varnish

Step by Step - Procedure for Pot Painting

  • Wash the pot and let it dry in sunlight
  • Apply first coat of primer so that pot does not absorb too much color and let it dry.
  • Apply Black oil paint as your second coat and allow it to dry at least for 24 hours.
  • Then you can do one stroke painting with paint brush and color.


  • Repeat first two steps as above.
  • Instead of applying black oil paint after primer, draw some design with the help of pencil.
  • Outline the design with Camel Black Outliner.
  • Fill the best suited color in design.
  • Apply Black oil paint in rest of the area and let it dry.
  • Arrange some artificial flower (easily available in market or learn in my next post).
  • Your pot is ready to decorate your interior.

Keep reading to learn about Step by Step Procedure for Ceramic pot painting in my next post.

Jan 1, 2011

Happy New Year 2011 - Rangoli Designs

Wish you a Smiling New Year 2011 ahead. Enjoy some beautiful Rangoli Designs & unique Patterns from the streets of Hyderabad.
Rangoli on Road :-)
Optional Info: Though India is a multi-culture country with a lot of diversity yet a few things are common through out the nation. Rangoli being one of them. Whether it’s Diwali, Sankranti, Ugadi or New Year you’ll find Indian homes decorated with beautiful Rangoli Designs.
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Share your Rangoli Pics upload it here
Good entries will be duly acknowledged & published with name, city & emailId in our upcoming post
You can also check a few more awesome New Year Rangoli Designs 2012 from streets of Hyderabad

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These Rangoli Designs are drawn on the ground, inside or even outside the home (on the street), by women throughout India during different festivals such as Diwali, Ugadi, Sankranti & New Year etc. I am writing a post on how to draw these beautiful Rangolis.
Stay tuned…
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