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Flaming Sun Cool Art

This project is a part of my Inspiration Series.

One picture posted on Pinterest by Crystal really caught my eye!  Crystal saw this project on Pinterest and then tried to do it her own way.  Her project inspired me and I found my way of expression.  I hope you take the turn now!

So now you know what I’ve been busy with 🙂  This is such a beautiful and simple project!   It took me probably a couple of days to complete it from start to end.

I took 3 canvasses and decided to make a Triptych.

This triptych will mould to my theme to a summer beach idea.  I chose the colors that depicted the cool California beaches- the blues, the turquoises, the hint of flaming hot sun, and the green trees.

Here is a method to my summer fun.

1. Buy a value pack of the canvases.  Color all the three canvases at the same time.  I chose black acrylic color and mixed it with equal parts of acrylic silver to give a shimmer.


2. Choose your color palette.  Decide your scrapbook pages according to your color scheme.  I wanted the beach colors with a predominance of blue.

I folded the 12 x 12 scrapbook paper in a half and then again in a quarter.  Cut out several sizes of flames/leaves quite snug to each other.  I followed the curves of the previously cut flames/leaves -to not waste paper.  And that’s why I did not use any template.  And that’s why all the shapes and sizes are different.

3.  This was the decision making point of design.  I wanted to make this frame look like flames from sun or leaves bursting out.  So I decided to arrange the flames/leaves bursting from a corner- the smallest flames/leaves closest to the focus of canvas.

4. Then comes the hardest task of gluing the flames/leaves.  Well, its not so hard.  It took me about a couple of hours to finish the gluing process for all three pieces.  Take your time to enjoy this process.  I keep Mod Podge very handy as its a great glue!  I like to use it a lot as it is thicker, unlike the Elmer’s glue.  It also gives a shine to the finished product.  With Modpodge, I can avoid the use of laquer for some projects.

Play around a little:  My Little Handsome Boy thought this looked like a heart.  I thought it looks like a carnival mask.  My mother thought it looks like a peacock.  My dear hubby thought it was NBC  icon ha.haa.. haaa 🙂

5. I was a little indecisive while choosing the focus pieces.  I tried most of trinkets, the blue butterflies, etc and finally came down to the soda can sun flowers.

6.  After trying out which size of sun flowers work and how thin the cuts should be, I made three of the same size.  Its hard to keep the same size and shape.  So try to be consistent right from the beginning.  Then I embellished my sun flowers.  Make sure you embellish it before gluing it on the canvas.

7.  The last step: Using a hot glue gun, fix the Suns to the respective frames.

And here is the final display!  The triptych is ready!

I loved the relaxation it gave me.  I hope you can try this inspirational product.  Share your pictures and your comments.  I certainly love to hear these!




Drinking soda is good for Art :) A green tutorial!

This project is a part of my Inspiration Series.

I’ve been thinking of some projects that can be green and can come from recycling everyday products.

For as far as my memory goes, in my mother’s boutique, from the leftover tailoring stash, my mother used to give me some scraps of fabric, beads or left over ribbon ends and we used to make something creative out of it.  My mother and I love to recycle from the smallest part- not much goes to the trash.  Now, I am amazed to find when people cut out fabric or paper from templates and so much goes to waste. I think planning how to fit these cutouts in the smallest piece will save quite a lot!  Its exactly like packaging works: smallest sized box comes out full of  treasures!

On the other hand there are several people who recycle and make wonderful things out of recycled stuff.  For e.g:  Michele Made Me creates wonderful items from all sorts of recycled materials.  I also came across a fantastic artist called Michelle BrandCheck out her creations here. These are fantastic!!!!  I am absolutely thrilled to be inspired by both Micheles!

I decided to make my own art.

I chose Cans- Soda Cans

I am not a big fan of soda.  So obviously, I dont drink as much soda.  However, with my new addiction to create green art, I not only have started collecting different soda cans, but also had fun trying new beverages- Oh you know…just to get the various sizes and colors 🙂 Some drinks are truly fantastic and I wondered why havent I tried these in the past!  And some other drinks- esp the beer cans are huge and tempting, but outright disgusting for my palette.  I asked several friends to save the empty soda cans for me after their parties were done.  Ridiculous isnt it!  But Fun for me 🙂

In any case, after trying this idea, I have been going crazy about the places where I could use my scissors.  Watch out!

I loved making patio lanterns, flower bouquets, Pinwheels, SunBursts etc out of these cans.  I hope to post the pictures soon!

Here is the tutorial that I promised.  This project is not for young children.  I have got many scrapes and cuts from the cans.  Wear heavy duty gloves to protect your hands.

1. Get an empty soda can and scissors.

2. Wash the can thoroughly – leftover drops are quite sticky!

3. Cut off the rim to get the top off- about 1/2 -1″ an inch.

4. Cut again to get a smooth line.

5.  Start cutting the can at an angle from top to bottom.  I stopped cutting at the edge of the bottom rim. I liked it as I thought it will show the center of a flower.

6. Cut parallel lines. Cut as thin as possible.

7. Tada!!!

8. The thinner the cut, the twirly the petal is going to be.

Thin, Thinner Thinnest

9. I used these flowers in several art pieces – Pinwheels, Reaching for Flowers, Sunbursts, etc.

Hope you give it a try and post some pictures!



Love Me, Myself, and My Art

I work with my little 5 and 6 year old students to make wonderful projects on something they love.

My working philosophy is to build their finger muscles (Psst.. you cannot tell them this ok…).   I have found over the years that many children do not like to work with crayons.  “It is such a hard work to do this coloring Mama,” says My Little Handsome Boy.   “It hurts my fingers.”

My Little Handsome Boy has been my biggest inspiration.  I always wanted to solve the puzzle: what happens to boys who have great, vivid imagination and at the same time they are stuck at reflection.   What would you do when you see a child who has bright eyes full of stories and characters floating in front of him/her and when it comes down to a sketch, its not the same.  Oh, no!!!

The more I researched, I read that the gross motor movement* is greatly developed in boys and can take 6 months more to develop the fine motor skill** for that age group.  Sometimes I have seen children in tears over the drawings they create.   It makes them feel awful when they are supposed to feel proud of themselves for trying so hard.

So here I was determined to make a change.  I wanted children to have fun and solve the problem of developing those darn finger muscles.  Now its up to me how to get the job done.

Lets solve this problem ArtAstically!

*You may already know these terms; for those who do not know:

*Gross motor movements involve those bodily actions that involve the large muscles of the body, e.g.: walking, running, playing with ball, jumping, etc.

** Fine motor movements involve eye hand coordination for small fine tuned finger muscles for functions such as writing, sewing, painting, beading, etc.

It takes tremendous practice and patience to have a complete control over both of these movements to become skills.  Imagine a small baby learning to move its head, rolling, flat on tummy, pushing up, crawling, standing, etc.. Think about the attitude to “never give up” instilled in instinct at such a young age!!!

A Big Hello to my ArtastiK Creators!!

Welcome to ArtastiK Creations!!

This is my first page and my first time to be this nervous and happy anxious about a blog in the whole wide world!!!

You will find a lot of arts and craft ideas to do with your children on this blog.   Once in a while I will throw in some blogs that are meant for kids above the age of 25.

I love to draw/paint/craft with unusual mediums, like Henna, Sand, Flour, Threads in the long list.

So here’s my quote of the day:

Inspire and be inspired



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