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Color Me Pretty!

Wednesday, March 4th, 2020

They say that once you get your first tattoo done, it’s only matter of time before you go back for another. Turns out, even getting tattoos done can be quite addictive. The reasons behind getting them are as varied and diverse as the people who get them. From ‘being cool’ to chronicling an important aspect of their life, to getting one to commemorate a loss, or as a reminder of strength. Since the festival of colors is just around the corner, we thought we’d give you some ideas of tattoos that have a splash of color. And honestly, even if you’re not interested in getting a tattoo, scroll through them. They’re quite pretty. And who knows, maybe the bug will even bite you. The point is, tattoos with a pop of color do add an extra little something that just isn’t there in the regular black tattoo. Have a look!

 

You can get your favorite flower, your favorite animal.

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Image Source – IndiaMART

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You can get a musical tattoo too.

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Image Source – Doozy List

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Or your favorite line from your favorite poem or something symbolic.

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Or even your favorite book or fairy tale character.

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Or even this group tattoo where four friends got each piece of a jigsaw puzzle.

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Or even this latest trend that has tattoos look like embroidered designs.

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Whichever type of tattoo you do get eventually, remember to do a thourough check of the tattoo parlor you decide to use, asking around for recommendations, and check that they use single-use needles which they throw away as soon as they’re done. Also, check with your doctor first, especially if you have any pre-existing condition that could raise issues such as diabetes or anemia.

DIY of the Week – Paint Your Own Diyas

Wednesday, November 7th, 2018

Here’s wishing you all a very Happy Diwali from all of us at NSPA!!

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For this week’s DIY of the project, we’re going to be hand-painting our diyas to jazz and glam them up, right in time for tonight’s festivities. So, without further ado, let’s get started.

 

What you need:

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1. Diyas (plain ones are fine, but get self design ones if you want to go the extra mile)

2. Paintbrushes (1 thick one for painting the base, 1 thin one for designing)

3. Paints (pearl color shades will really pop as they have a metallic shine to them)

4. Gem stickers (optional)

 

What to do:

Step 1

Once you’ve bought the diyas, put them in a clean bucket and soak for a minimum of 20 minutes. This will help dislodge any dirt or loose clay, ensuring a smooth paint job.

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Step 2

Lay them out over an old newspaper to dry. You’ll get quick results by putting them in direct sunlight, but if that’s not an option, put them under the fan at full speed. If you’re really short on time, you can always use a hairdryer.

 

Step 3

Pick a color for the base, and paint the entire bottom section of the diya, leaving it upside down to dry. Repeat for all diyas.

 

Step 4

Now paint the front portions of the diya. If there is no design, you can paint them in plain colors, with maybe a contrasting color for the rims, or even create your own designs, like in the picture below.

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Step 5

This step is optional, but if you want to add some extra pizzazz to your diya, you can use colored gem stickers and stick them in a few spots coordinating with the design of the diya. This will give a bit of additional sparkle to your final design.

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Happy Diwali everyone!!

Color Me Silly

Wednesday, July 18th, 2018

When you think of the word color, what comes to mind? Do you see a big random blotch of red? Or blue, or green? Are you limited to viewing the world in just the primary and secondary colors, or have you expanded your view to include shades and variations of those very colors?

If you dabble in illustrative art, whether it be painting, drawing, or even graphic design, or in fashion or textiling, then you probably know what we’re talking about here. You understand that if one is willing to explore beyond just the basic colors, go from red to reds, as a family, you’ll open up the portal to a brand new world, where colors are never ending, and the possibilities are endless.

To those of you who don’t know what we’re talking about (we know, it’s probably sounding like fevered gibberish right about now), let’s take a small tour of just some words that can help you start your discovery.

Think of it as just dipping your toes into the pool, instead of just diving straight in.

 

Pigment

It’s all a pigment of your imagination. No, wait. Oops. Pigments are actually the substances in a paint or dye that gives it its color. It is normally a powder, that goes on to be mixed with oil, water, egg, etc.

 

Hue

Ok, this one’s probably one of the easiest to get. Why? Because it quite literally means color! In painting terms, it is the pure color, without the addition of any white or black to it. Think of the brightest version of a color.

 

Now the variations we get from here on come from the addition (in small or large parts) of white, grey, and black.

 

Tint

So now that we have our hue, if we start adding white to it, we get a tint. This lightens the color, making it softer. The more white we add, the lighter the color becomes. (Think pastel colors)

 

Shade

If we instead add black to our original hue, we get shades. This make the color darker, and more intense. The more black we keep adding, the darker the shade.

 

Tone

Instead of pure white or black, if we instead add grey to a color, we get what is called a tone. While this does make the original hue darker (like a shade), instead of keeping its original brightness, it becomes a bit more tame and subdued. 

 

The easiest way to understand how all this works? Take out your old school paint kit (and if you’re lucky the paint hasn’t dried), try mixing white, and grey, and black in varying degrees to your favorite colors. And of course that’s our idea, since you know that we’re big fans of digging our hands straight into creativity, so you might as well try it.

Still don’t get what it all means? Try this chart!

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And that’s how you get introduced to the various families of the various colors. Each color can be softened, subdued, or darkened to create an endless array of new colors. And then they get fancy names like Chartreuse, or Ocher, or Aquamarine.

We hope you totally enjoyed this itty bitty lesson, and feel that niggling feeling at the back of your mind, coaxing you to take out some colors and have fun with it. Don’t forget, it doesn’t matter if you’re “good”or “bad” at art. It just matters that you create something!

So, go on then. Make some hue and cry about your favorite colors! (LOL, see what we did there?)

‘Art’ your worries away

Wednesday, June 6th, 2018

Fear, anxiety, worries, apprehension, nervousness, stress, these aren’t mere words on paper any more. With fast lifestyles, heavy workloads, long commutes, and overall stress, everyone feels the pinch sometimes, some more than others. And we’re constantly on the lookout for ways to help alleviate that stress. But how can a small change to your daily life help ease those 10-12 hours of “go-go-go!”? The answer – art, or rather, art therapy.

Art therapy is basically you taking a few moments at the end of each day to de-stress with the help of paints, sketch books, coloring books, and the like. And the reason why it works so well is because it creates a safe place free from judgement to express your inner emotions through the art you pursue. And no, the aim is NOT to create beautiful pieces of art, but rather just to create, with no expectations. This allows you to make things more freely, and as you do, you can disconnect from the world, as you lose yourself in the calm, almost meditative strokes of your paintbrush, pencil, or even the smooth roll of the potter’s wheel.

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While people who are considered “good” at art keep in touch with their artistic pursuits, some even going ahead to make it their career choice, most people tend to let go of art once those mandatory school classes finish off. The reason for this is most often the fact that they weren’t good enough according to their art teacher, parents, and/or peers. But the thing is, keeping in touch with your creative side (even if you don’t have a “skill” for it) helps alleviate stress, boost creativity, leads to positive feelings, and also helps you process and deal with negative emotions better. Basically, it’s something everyone needs.

Think of your body as a glass. It has a certain capacity, beyond which it cannot hold things. Now, as you fill this glass with water, the available space left to take in more, lessens. Once it’s full, it’s full. Anything you attempt to put in after this point will result in an overflow, and well, a mess. Your emotions are like that water. They need an outlet so that you have space for more. Art gives you a safe, harmless way to sort through and expend emotions that you probably don’t even think you need to deal with.

And you don’t need to be at your wit’s end to consider this. This is ideal for every one, at any age. It doesn’t restrict itself in any way.

So, here are some ideas that you can try out, until you find the type of project(s) that suit you best.

 

1. Sketching or Doodling

Remember how you used to fill up the back of your school notebooks with endless doodles, signs, and random lines drawn? Well, the kid version of you really knew what they were doing. Just 15 minutes of random doodling at the end of the day can slowly start to help alleviate stress. It’s not only one of the easiest methods to apply, it’s also the most cost effective if you’re on a budget, because you can easily find paper and a pen/pencil around the house.

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2. Adult Coloring Books

The importance of bringing a bit of color back in your life is so understood now that several companies have launched coloring books aimed specifically at their adult clientele. From complex mandalas, to fill-in classic artworks, the design ranges are large and varied. You can also find designs online, and just print them out. But you needn’t worry, if you can’t find any, any old children’s coloring book works fine too. So time to dust off those old coloring pencil and sketch pen sets!

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3. Bullet Journaling or Homemade Planners

Have a very busy schedule, and need to create an endless amount of to-do lists? Why not make a customized planner for yourself? With how-to guides readily available on all online platforms, find yourself an idea that suits you, and just create your own. You can make it as simple or as elaborate as suits you. From checklists, to mood meters, and calendars, you can use this method to take your work, and your commitments, and turn them into something pretty. Just make sure to add some color at the end of the day, once you’ve filled in all your data and appointments.

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4. Hobby classes

This is, thankfully, pretty easy to do nowadays, as popularity of such classes is off the charts. As since the demand is high, so is the supply. Try your hand at different types of art, through any number of seminars, workshops or classes that are help in and around your neighbourhood. You can easily find listings online, or through social media. Just hit search. Activities can range from pottery classes, to embroidery workshops, to even a dance class or tw0!

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Know the age old dialogue “I wish I was a kid again”. Well, for a little while every day, you now can be. So hit pause on your worries, and pick up that pencil, pen, paintbrush, and get your art on! You might not necessarily be creating “beautiful” work, but you’ll certainly be working towards a happier, calmer, and more beautiful you.