Adding Colour To Everything Around

    • Sneha Bhattacharjee
    • Publish Date: Sep 15 2016 5:23PM
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    • Updated Date: Sep 16 2016 11:16AM
Adding Colour To Everything Around
(Credit: Art By Subadra)

These Artists And DIY Enthusiasts Are Turning Everyday Utility Items Into Colourful Home Decor Products...

Colours add vibrance to our lives. Many of you would've surely enjoyed painting as a hobby be it during vacations or even otherwise. What if you were told, you don't really need a sketchbook to paint? You could possibly take even a small little pen, a paper stand or even a glass, add some paints and turn it into a beautiful showpiece or a personalised gift. Colours have the ability to transform a boring, dull thing into something quirky and intrinsic. These three artists are doing something on those lines. Read on


Somu Padmanabhan, a D-I-Y enthusiast
I have never attempted woodworking all my life until a need to make my own center table came about. Ever since I have been a self taught DIY enthusiast. I love making just about everything I can make for my home. Clocks, baby fences, shelves, cabinets, to photo frames, mobiles stands and more. My love for lampshades led to opening my own online shop where I sell unique handmade table and floor lamps. Woodooz, my DIY,woodworking blog was a result of wanting to share my creative outcomes and also the how to's associated with it.

Here’s a simple photo stand that you can attempt making at home. This was inspired by menu holders that I have seen in many restaurants.
 

What you need:
1. Wooden Reapers from "ANY" plywood store. I have used two reapers of different sizes here. One is 1cm (Wide) x 1cm (Thick) while the other is 2cm x 1cm. 
2. A Hacksaw blade available for anywhere between Rs.3-Rs.5 in "ANY" local hardware store
3. A synthetic resin glue 
 
The procedure
I- Cut the wooden reapers using the hacksaw blade. This is not a herculean task and if you are used to using a knife in your every day chore, this should be just as easy. The length can be as big as you want it to be. I cut them to a length of about 6 inches.
II- Reaper 1 would be the base while 2 and 3 should be glued on to of the base. Apply glue generously on both the base on the top sticks.
III- Glue stick 2 first and hold it in place for a while until the glue bond strengthens.
IV- Glue the reaper 3 next to reaper 2 with a teeny tiny gap (About 2mm) between them. The photo or card will be sliding into this gap. The gap should be small enough to grip the photo and big enough to allow the card to slide through.

 
Subadra Kalyanaraman, an artist
I started painting everyday utility products. So, it was a pen stand, terracota jug, pebbles, kettles - almost anything that I found interesting and that could be turned into something beautiful using colours. The best part about these products is that you don't have to try hard to source the material. They can be found easily at home or even outside. 

Here is a DIY for a pebble 
 
 
I- Wash the pebble thoroughly and scrub it to remove unevenness
II- Cover the surface of the pebble with an acrylic primer. This will again ensure that the surface is smooth to paint on, and will also prevent the paint from peeling. 
III- Paint the base coat with acrylic/fabric paints using the colour of your choice. Apply one more coat after the first coat dries.
IV- Draw the outline for the art work of your choice (for instance a fish, an elephant, mandala art and so on) using a size 00 paint brush. If you are not comfortable using a paint brush, you may use a water-proof black pen to draw the outline. 
V- Fill the colours inside the outline using colours of your choice to make the art work vibrant.
VI- Re-do the outline to give the piece a neat finish.

You can follow the same process to paint other items like pen stands, wooden coasters and so on.


Aarti Shivaramakrishnan, art entrepreneur
I was interested in arts right from the beginning. This fuelled my desire to start an arts firm after a successful stint as an HR professional. I think we should always find time to pursue our hobbies or passion. You never know where it can take you. I recently started The Colour Company that specializes in making customized, personalized home décor products and gifting solutions. Our most sought after product is the painted bottle, where used glass bottles are upcycled into works of art, with quirky paintings and messages. 

Here is a DIY for painting a used/un-used container


 
I- Clean container
II- Apply primer on surface of container
III- Allow it to dry
IV- Apply your choice of acrylic paint and allow to dry
V- Use glue to stick pictures of themes of your choice
VI- Complete with varnish or mod podge


Our Youth Reporters Tell Us About That One Thing That They Would Transform With Vibrant Colours

I would colour the refridgerator at home with different shades. It will not just look beautiful but also be different from what others have.
Aditi Bhattacharya, class IX, DAV Shresta Vihar, Delhi

I think I will colour the pens that we use at school with different colours. I will also gift such a thing to my friends as that would be a prized possession.
Adhiraaj Roy, class IX, Chinmaya Vidyalaya, Delhi

I would prefer colourful uniforms. It will motivate the children too, and who knows they would have some creative inspiration. 
Ankitha Ramaiyer, class IX, NPS Koramangala, Bengaluru
 
 

I think I would paint the Taj Mahal with different colours as it would not just be unique but also draw a lot of visitors thereby boosting our tourism industry.
Aditya Lote, class X, Somalwar school, Nagpur

I would transform sand with may be purple. How elegant would it look in contrast to the sunset and in rhythm with the ocean. It will be easier to find sea shells too.
Ayera Choudhary, class XI, Bhavan Vidyalaya, Panchkula
 
Night sky’s beauty would multiply manifold, if the stars are colourful, giving a look of led light placed in the sky. Neon yellow, dark green bright orange, red, purple, magenta, all possible colours will make it a beautiful spread.
Viraj Shah, class XII, Rachana School, Ahmedabad

I would choose my favourite novel and paint the stories around my room. It would be so fascinating to literally live with the characters around. 
Shruti Chakravarty, class XI, Sushila Birla Gilrls' School, Kolkata

I will colour my hair a soft blue as it would be trendy and make me look as pretty as a unicorn. I wouldn't mind a rainbow pavement or sidewalk, who doesn't like a colourful-looking street? 
Hitanshi Thakkar, class IX, New Horizon Public School, Mumbai
 

I would colour my class notebooks as using the same black or blue pen in all the notebooks and records is so boring. I would rather use colourful pens to write on them. 
Rajathariga S P, class XI, AECS Magnolia Maaruti Public School, Bengaluru

I would like to transform my study table into a beautiful and vibrant desk. That would be make me more interested towards studying there. 
Harini M S, class XI, Nagarjuna Vidyaniketan, Bengaluru

 
If you were given a thing to transform with colours, what would that be? Share with us in the comments below...

Comments

harshitha k AMRITA VIDYALAYAM SR SEC SCH

i would like to have my boring school notebooks full of colours with funky decorations.

Himanshi Dhawan Saffron Public School

I would like to transform the sky and make it full of different hand-made shapes. One will get dazzled at that sight.

VIDYA GAKHAR GD GOENKA PUBLIC SCHOOL A2 PASCHIM VIHAR

I would paint the earth green as it will look pleasant and we will have a clean and green environment full of beautiful things of different shades of green... ��

Meghna dutta Auxilium convent

I would like to fill the dark corners of my heart and also that of others with a riot of colours besides covering all my school books and story books with colourful papers.

Divya Mahesh Sawant DON BOSCO ENG. SCHL (BADALAPUR)

I would like to add colours to our mirror edges so that every morning will be vibrant,colourful and energetic.

Aditi Sahi D C MODEL SCH PKL-SEC-7

If I was given a thing to transform with colors, that would be all the pebbles near a river bank,just imagine such a colorful scenery.

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