Papier Theatre is a miniature form of theatre. Back in the 19th century, parents used to make small stages and puppets out of paper and put up a show for their kids. Recently, I went to a workshop for Papier Theatre conducted by Frederic Simon, a french puppeteer. I learned how to make the whole stage and backdrop from a cardboard box, I and my group, we painted different backgrounds, made puppets and our props from wires, paper and cardboard. Simultaneously, Frederic sir showed us how we can make puppets from things lying around your house. Things like scrap paper, cloth, your fingers, and he put up mini examples for us which left us in rapture! It seemed as the puppets in his hand had come alive. With all the puppets and the theatre we made, we put up a show in the end. It was named The Golden Bird. The other groups had put up spectacular shows too. It was a wonderful experience! Here are a few pictures from the workshop:
Bharat Mata ki Jai!
I was getting into an artsy mood which is the best kind of mood to be in, as it gets my creative juices flowing, I sat down on the table and just started making something abstract. I took the colours green and purple and a little bit of blue and made lines and free flowing brush strokes going the opposite way and mixing all those colours, turning them into kind of grey. I broke from my artsy mood and asked myself, now look what you have gone and done, the painting is ruined! Now what to do? I shook my head a few times and took a deep breath and told myself it isn’t ruined just think of something creative and it will turn this into a masterpiece. I remind myself time to time of what mako said in her video of mandala; Makoccino is a YouTube channel that has painting and Diy tutorials.
This is what she said: We often stress ourselves over the end result of our painting or any work, not enjoying the process of the painting and ruining it in that process. We should not stress on the end result but the process of making it. It doesn’t have to be a masterpiece it is a work of mind and creativity. And the most important thing is you enjoy what you are doing. (I changed her words when I tell myself but the thought is the same). Anyway, I let my painting dry and then took a marker and started drawing a half mandala. I didn’t made it to be exact and it was a little crooked on one side. But I didn’t care and then went ahead and created some spirals and doodled in them and created this painting. I loved it and told myself: didn’t I tell you? Don’t, I repeat don’t care about anything and let your creative juices flow.
Ps: In case you are wondering, this is exactly what mako said:
‘That we shouldn’t focus too much on the end result, but instead, we should focus on the process. Similar to life, we should just enjoy it and live to the fullest instead of worrying and overthinking every time. Instead of worrying it will mess up or the end result will look ugly, that people won’t like it, why don’t we just focus on the process of creating.’
You should check out her channel on YouTube if you love art like me.
It seems that I’m on a quilling spree!
Quilling is an art that involves rolling long strips of paper to form different shapes and patterns.
I loved quilling and used to make lots of coils and make flowers and butterflies but I did not finish making anything as it took a lot of time to roll all the long strips so my mother bought me an automated quilling machine that quills all our coils in a jiffy! It is called the super quiller. She bought it from a website named Quill On. And then, as soon as I got my hands on the super quiller, I could not keep it down! I made a pink hair band on the first day and wore it when I went to play. All my friends admired it and I thought of making another one. This time, I made it entirely with shades of green. My friends loved it and the next day 3 of my friends came at my home with their quilling strips and hair bands! We all sat and made those together. One of my friends made a rainbow themed hair band and another made a food themed one! One of them asked me to make it and I’m still working on that. One auntie asked me make one for her almost two year old girl and one friend is still asking me to make a pair of quilling earrings for her. I am so happy and want to go on for forever!
I love to paint a lot! So much, that I can paint everything around me, from vases to boxes to phone covers and walls! So, why can’t I paint my shoes? And that set me of and I was seen armed with brushes and tubs of paint and then I set to work. I painted them with acrylic colors to make them water proof and used warm shades, but you can use any shade you like, then I outlined them with a permanent marker to give a finished look. Lo and behold! Some boring, plain white shoes turned into colorful ones in just a few hours! You can try this too. Just put on your thinking cap, and get to work!
Good morning Mr. Sun, the day has just begun.
Good evening lady Moon, its good to see you soon!……….
Hello friends, Do you want to know how its made? You know I got these pots from home delivery of food from a restaurant… isn’t it interesting?… you can buy it from the market too.
I washed the pot thoroughly and then painted it black. With M seal I made the the Sun, its rays, the Moon & its stars. You can make whatever you want..you must leave it to dry completely.
I painted it & gave it a shining effect….
There you are ! You have made a set of magical Sun-Moon pots.
One had a geometrical design & the other was leaf shaped with my mother’s name’s starting letter ‘S’ on it.
I will show you how to make it, so that you can also make it for your mother.
First apply talc powder on your hands & then take white M-seal and start making the base shape that you want. Then to put it in the chain you need a hole, so with clay or M-seal make a round loop & attach it to the pendant.
If you want to engrave lines or designs in your pendant you must do this before it dries.
Tick, tock, tick, tock. Let it dry for a day or two. After it dries, take up your brush young artist & paint it with your favorite colors.
There we are. The pendant for your mother is ready!
I am going to tell you how to make a M-seal leaf shaped plate.
Take a bowl & turn it upside down, put a leaf on top of it.
- Apply M-seal on it.
- For the base you can use a jar’s cap.
- Then set another leaf on top.
- After it is dry take both of the leaves off.
- Decorate it.
- Make sure your leaf is large enough to make your plate. I made this in autumn with dry leaves.
I am going to tell you how to make a quilling photo frame.
- Take a piece of cardboard.
- Cut a sheet of paper of the same size as the cardboard.
- Apply glue on three sides of the cardboard.
- Paste the sheet on it.
- Make sure the opening of the frame is big enough to fit your photo in.
- Make everything that you want to make with quilling and glue it on your photo frame.
- Your quilling photo frame is ready!
It was my friend’ s birthday yesterday & I gave her a bag painted by me, I also gave her a poem , written by me on friendship.
I painted the bag & decorated it with glitter & wrote “best friends forever” under the painting.
What ever you do, the thing which is important is you made it.
If somebody would give me a gift made by self, even if it is not so perfect, I would be very happy.
I also made an envelope in which I put the poem.
I think, our feelings are more important than the gift.
Tell me which is more important ? A very luxurious gift given with no love or a simple gift given with lots of love? Of course you know the answer.
So what are you waiting for? Go & make gifts for your friends with a smile & you will be showered with even more smiles.