Friday, November 30, 2012

寿司 !! Sushi Anyone???


Sushi!! Have you ever tried sushi? Well, I haven’t! But I love the look of it. this is something I wanted to do for quite some time. This card doesn’t have any titles actually; the Japanese word stands for sushi actually. So I’d like to introduce this as a note card, or an all occasion card. A note card can be used to write a simple message, as a gift card or for anything at all.Inside is blank to write your note!  (thus it's called a note card!)

For chopsticks I used toothpicks. I’m hoping to do more Japanese related designs in the future. I love Japan and Japanese stuff. Hehe! I’ve never been to Japan, but it’s in top of my bucket list! All I could think about was sushi while I was designing the sushi rolls. I would certainly like to try one!
I’m hoping to do more note cards, with very simple designs like this.


Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Kandy Perahera - Wall hanger

Another wall hanger I did a long time ago!! Really! I just forgot to post bout it in here!! Hehe… As a matter of fact, this is the very first wall hanger I did, few years ago! 

The design portraits the Traditional Kandy Perahera, Ok now let me explain about it briefly.
It’s the grandest Buddhist procession in Sri Lanka, which displays the sacred Tooth relic of Buddha. IT’s a grand and elegant festival which is held in August in Kandy. The festival consists of various cultural dancers, drummers, fire throwers and very elegantly decorated elephants. It’s also called “Esala perahera(procession), Dalada Perahera”.  The Dalada perahera is believed to have begun when the Sacred tooth relic of Buddha was brought to Sri Lanka from India during the 4th century BC.  According to tradition the Tooth Relic was taken in procession to Sri Lanka by Princess Hemamala and & Prince Dhantha. This is a very old traditional procession which started centuries ago and still continues today.  The Tooth Relic is usually kept inside the most venerated Buddhist temple in Sri Lanka, The Temple of the Tooth (Dalada Maligawa) in Kandy. Over the centuries, various kings protected the sacred Tooth relic with utmost dignity and having the possession of it considered to be the symbol of the right to rule the country! 

Ok, enough with the history lesson now! Let’s get back to the perahera (procession). I used various shapes to do my design and glitter to enhance the characters.

  So the perahera actually consists of many types of dancers and unique characters, I have only shown few important ones in my design. At the forefront of the procession, are the Whip Crackers. They signify the approach of the procession. Then comes the Flag Bearers carrying the flags of different provinces and temples in single file. Next is the drummers playing an array of traditional drums and blowing traditional flutes. With the hoard of drummers the traditional kandyan dancers appears with elegant costumes.
There’s also a number elephants nicely decorated with beautiful garments also appear in the procession with Nilames. 

Well, however my design of perahera actually doesn’t include the most important and the center of attraction of the procession, the Maligawa Tusker!!! Now I wonder why!

 Anyway, the Maligawa Tusker is not just another elephant; it is treated with the utmost respect here in Sri Lanka. The Tusker of temple is robed very elegantly and steps in with the supreme grace and great pride carrying a golden casket called “Ransivige” which contains the Sacred Tooth Relic. Tusker walks on a white cloth called ‘Pavada’ and a canopy is held high over the tusker. All the spectators stand while the Maligawa tusker carrying the Sacred Tooth Relic passes them.  Then comes, the custodian of the Temple of the Tooth called, ‘diyawadana nilame’, dressed in traditional regalia of the high officials of the kings who reigned at the medieval kingdom of Kandy. 

So if anyone is interested in learning more of the history and the procession, do try this link HERE.

Kandyan Dancer


Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Red and pink with green..


Red, pink and soft green is the combo I used this time! I’m trying new color combos nowadays and this is what I ended up with! Two large flowers in the middle and with some swirls and leaves and tight rolls together made this pretty design! This is actually the largest card I’ve done so far. Half A4 size actually. So I had large space to do a design. I didn’t do a pop up this time cos I loved the red color card I used. The design was done on top of a cream color card.


Tuesday, November 13, 2012

MOM! Filled with Color!!

MOM!! I made this for My MOM!! She had to spend her 60th birthday in the hospital unfortunately few months ago.. So I wanted to give something special for her belated birthday!! He he I always forget to do my work before the actual birthday hehe ! Because her birthday was in September and I finished this recently!! The hard part was doing this without seen by my mother ! coz it was supposed to be a surprise! Luckily she went away for a funeral for 2 days and I had all the freedom!!

So Quilling typography!! I love it!! This time instead of swirls and spirals of paper stripes I used tight coils in lots of colors!! Since mom is an amazing person I believe you need to use lots of colors to represent her!! I used soft colors for this design. Tight rolls and stripes are used to fill the letters!  Making lots of tight rolls aint that easy !! took me few days to roll them.. Did them while watching my favorite TV serials !! hehe…  I also used 3 fringed flowers , too.  The size of this wall hanger is 22 by 42 cm.

  Oh and I made the White Frame myself! I had made a frame before using a different technique , which I used for THIS wall hanger..It was a bit hard and messy.  But this time , I used a much better technique which I learned from Inna ..  who is a wonderful quiller .. I get lots of my inspirations there …you can check it out HERE. It’s neat and clean!!

Isn't it amazing what these little guys could do....??

 here’s a photo of how I wrapped it! hehe quick and easy ! 

Happy Diwali Everyone!! Sorry I don’t have any cards for Diwali!

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