Monday, June 10, 2013

I Heart Warli Art!

Happiness has a new address is what my sister in law, Kajal said when we closed the deal on our brand new Home. She was so right!

It will be almost three months since we moved into our new home. With the weather getting better, I am now in the mood to decorate the home. I have always loved Warli art and Kutchi Lipan Kaam. I always wanted to incorporate them in my home decor but for some reason never did! Not any more.... the first project I tackled in my home is Warli art on my dining room wall. I had a basic idea of how to draw the shapes and just went to town after that!

We started with a our blank canvas... a huge builder grade butter yellow wall......boring!

The biggest challenge was finding the right orange color. I wanted the color to be similar to Geru.... the reddish orange color on which Warli art is done in India. Luckily Home Depot has samples which don't cost a fortune. For my size of the rectangle, two bottles of the samples were more than sufficient. It saved us from having to store half a quart of unfinished orange paint in the garage. I chose Glidden- Cinnamon Stick duo which is the paint and primer mixed in one. It is such a huge convenience to skip the primer step.

We just eye balled the rectangle and taped it using painter's blue tape. I did not want it to be too perfect.
 After a couple coats, my bright orange rectangle was ready to embrace Warli! Excuse the mess please! :)

I lightly drew the figures with chalk and then painted over it. The chalk lines were just for reference because again there was no perfection intended.

I couldn't wait to start painting... with full excitement, I began my mission armed with Martha Stewart brushes and white acrylic paint. The excitement died down instantly because the acrylic paint was not giving me good coverage. I was disappointed.... I searched high and low for the correct paint type. I asked around, sent emails, but didn't receive the answer I was looking for. Finally, I decided to use the same Glidden Duo in Swan White since it had the primer mixed in, I thought it should cover the orange better. It sure did and also went on very smoothly on the wall. I did have to do two coats on certain parts though which was not a big deal.

Finally with a loud drum roll.... I present to you my lovely Warli Art!

Soaking in the evening Sun... showing off its true colors!

Here's a final close up view... I know I know I need a better camera and I need to upload better pictures...... 

The Tarpa dance piece was what I was most nervous about, but once I started chalking there was no looking back.

I LOVE IT! I don't know how long will it stay before I get bored of it.... but until then I will enjoy it!

I missed you!

O my lovely blog... i missed you so much! It is more than a year since i posted anything on here. I was EXTREMELY busy, but who isn't? I became so engrossed in the daily grind that i forgot to enjoy the little pleasures of life like my blog....little things that bring joy.. like a comment on my blog post from a stranger whom i have never met or seen.... but that comment meant so much to me! I visited my blog everyday and sadly left as i did not have the time to post anything.

So what really kept me busy?

Well, i started working full time which was a huge leap for me as i have always worked part time. My last post was in May of 2012 because that's when i started working full time. I just finished  a year! Wow... kudos Hetal, you did it!

Along with that, I started studying for the CPA exam! The new job and the CPA review course were just three days apart. Boy.... what a crazy few months those were! I had definitely taken a bigger bite than I could chew...hence, I haven't taken any parts of the CPA exam yet. Studying for the CPA exam with  a full time job, the most supportive and co-operative hubby and the most adorable and understanding kids was more than I wanted to handle .... not that it is not doable, but I chose not to for the time being.
My family needs me more than my career!

I don't regret it one single bit because when the time is right.... things will happen effortlessly!

Moving on...what else kept me busy? We decided to buy a home! It was the longest six months we have ever lived because the home we liked was being built. Was it smooth sailing with the builder? HECK NO!!! We had our share of builder dramas and fights and exchanging nasty emails and phone conversations... but it all worked out in the end. They delivered the home as promised and we moved in in March of 2013!
What an amazing feeling it was....stepping into a brand new construction. Everything smelled so new. I did not burn candles for some time because I did not want the new construction smell to fade away..... like a new car smell you know which personally I am not fond of.   The next few weeks were again hectic because we were living out of boxes. Gradually, we started settling in unpacked boxes, ordered furniture and started making this house our HOME! The home where memories will be created!

While all this was happening, my work place added the annual audit to the mix. .. those were some long busy weeks! Phew.... I am so glad its behind me for now but it is not long before it will creep in.

But for now I am back..... not with a bang but with a gentle tap..... hopefully I will be around more!