Saturday, August 31, 2013

floral pillow !


           Yesterday I added this new print in my Society 6 store... Bright and beautiful flowers with leaves and some other patterns to form a bouquet !

See you soon !

Friday, August 30, 2013

to do list !


           A 'yellow' to do list to go with this week's theme  !!!

Pretty isn't it ?

Don't you want to start writing all your pending works on this... Oh, how I want to grab this page and keep on writing !!!

See you !

Thursday, August 29, 2013

India !


            INDIA ! as I know... as I see... as, where I live... is this ! Beauty, culture, architecture... are some of the names in the long list of it's description...

I'm from Varanasi  --- the holy city of Lord Shiva. Countless  temples and mosques, sweets and 'paan', gorgeous sarees, stray cows and bulls ! Yes dear people, you'll all find these on the roads of Varanasi ( Benaras).

 Just playing with some of my old pics...   the ghats of Ganges (the topmost image).

Below is a wheel of the famous Konark temple in Orrisa.

See you soon ...

colour of the week--- yellow !

                                                   --INDIAN LOTUS--


           I thought of choosing my own colors of the week. In this way I'll be seriously doing some creative work !

So, this week I choose our own pretty color 'YELLOW'. It can be in any mood--- the sunshine yellow, mustard yellow, lemon yellow,  yummy 'custard' yellow, golden yellow..... but it will be just a yellow ! Excited ...? Yes, me too !

Have a lovely time ....

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Artist showcase-6... Yuti Shah

Hello dear readers,

 Today I would like to feature UDD- a happy textile brand... run by a lovely pair--- Yuti Shah Edward and her hubby Atul Edward !!

UDD means FREEDOM ... the nature, the sky--- no boundaries !

 Yuti is a  graphic designer by profession and an artist by heart. Their faith in each other, love for art, design, Indian Color and the ability to have all the freedom gave  birth to UDD! In their own words, '' We at Udd encourage the Bohemian Spirit and get inspired by folk -tribal art, which is then transformed into beautiful art fabrics!! ''

A small interview with Yuti , sharing a few words from her ...

Enjoy !

                                             '' ME, MYSELF, HAPPINESS ''
                                             A painting made by Yuti.

 How would you describe yourself ?
Simple- happy- free spirited!

What do you like to do when you are not designing ?

 Describe your style ?
Happy- bohemian

 What's your favorite color ?
It's hard to pick one favorite when there exists such gorgeous color palettes.

 Tell us about your first collection ( what was the idea behind that theme...) and your first show ?
UDD’S first theme was inspired by Indian mythology and Indian Gods and Goddesses. So we had goddess Durga, Shiv- Parvati, Matsya etc. of course all in the UDD style of folk art! We had our launch at Zenzi in mumbai- ( a lounge) with Black Taxi ( is a organization that hosts shows for individuals like us).

 When did you get the idea that 'designing' was the thing you love ?

Ever since I was a child I knew I wanted to do some thing creative! I have been a graphic designer by profession and I always LOVED DESIGN- be it any kind/surface! But I hate designing when it has to be commercial with too many guide lines and restrictions for a specific client and specific use. I feel it then looses the essence and character.

 Anything you want to share to your readers about setting up his/her own business ?
Just follow your heart and be courageous !

Who is your dream client ? Is there anyone 'special' for whom you would like to design ?
We feel happy just making a difference in anybody’s life. Adding that but of sunshine gives us pleasure.

 Your greatest inspiration is ?
I get inspired by everything around, be it at home or when we travel. From a photograph, to music, to art - everything stimulates me!

How would you describe your work place  ..?
Nandita- being honest- its not our dream place as yet, but we are getting there! ( fingers crossed) its hard to find and sustain reasonable and spacious places in a city like Mumbai.

Where can people contact you ?

You can see our work at or

on Facebook-

you can email us on

You can read more about Yuti And Atul here-


I love Yuti's work ! So full of  Indianness, beauty and love... If you love to 'WEAR' art with a touch of India --- UDD is the place...  Happy shopping !

See you all soon !

Monday, August 26, 2013

Vintage gift tags !


             Playing with some new texture.

Vintage-style gift tags ...

        See you all very soon......

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Blue stars !


          New pillows on Society 6 !

After sitting lazy for a few days finally I created something fresh and lovely ... Hope you all like this print on pillows, I just loved it ... The yellow colour looks perfect !

See you soon !

Monday, August 19, 2013

Artist showcase- 5... Rachana Saurabh


      Hello dear friends,

           Today I would love to feature here a very beautiful and very talented artist Rachana Saurabh, from India, now living  in Cockeysville, Maryland. 

'Rachana' means 'CREATION'..., and in her own words, '' I am full of creativity... I think painting is my inborn talent, gifted to me by God...'' !

Scroll down to read what she has to share here --- her views about herself as an artist, and as a homemaker and mommy of a cutie daughter !


How would you describe yourself ?
A dreamer, my imaginations has made me what I am today An Artist. My most of the painting/project inspiration I get from my dreams.. My name is Rachana, means Creation in English - I love to create some-thing new. I am a self-tough artist see something and can find how it has been made.

What do you like to do when you are not designing ?
If I am not designing I am a simple housewife, I cook for my husband and play with my daughter. But every night my dreams will follow my imagination for my next subject / project.  

How would you describe your style ?
I follow Indian contemporary art, portraying Indian traditions on my canvas makes me feel like I am in India, surrounded by our costumes and traditions.

What's your favorite color ?
My favorite color, now that's a good question. I play with all different colors on canvas, but I love Black the most. Reason, if you combine all three basic colors, red, yellow, blue - it becomes black !!!

Tell us about your first painting ?
Painting was my hobby in school, taking part in art competition and winning them like other students. My husband encouraged me to continue my art and I started my blog. In beginning I was making my old school sketches in painting, but as then I focused on capturing Indian traditions. Telling about my one inspiration. I was viewing my wedding album, and missing my mom. My that thought created a beautiful painting which is so close to my heart.  -"Kanya Viday" - An emotional farewell"

When did you get the idea that 'painting and art ' was the thing you love ?
From my childhood I would say.. I was 6 years old when I won first drawing competition of my life. That was the best motivation for me that I can create and win!  

Anything you want to share to your readers about setting up his/her own business ?
Setting up my own business is something I am not able to answer. A biggest challenge as without good marketing and word-spread about your art / your things ... its hard.

Who is your dream client ?
Well,all my clients are special, I make their dreams alive...

Tell us a bit about your biggest challenge in your career, and the way you handled it ?
My biggest challenge is to get credit for my work. Niharika Sharma - A fashion designer copied and used my painting "Panihari" for her collection of "WIFW 2012". I have contacted Times of India, FDCI India, spread in media and tried to reach every-where possible, but nothing happened, though designer herself accepted that she copied my work!!

Your greatest inspiration is ?
My greatest inspiration is India.. Our culture, costumes and days I have spend in my dream-land.

How would you describe your work place?
I have created a small studio in my apartment. My work table surrounded by plants, and has a beautiful pool view. On one wall I have painting prints  and my daughter's picture on second wall...

Where can people contact you ?
You can always contact me at my e-mail address, ESSENCEOFARTS@GMAIL.COM, or visit my blog WWW.ESSENCEOFARTS.COM for all my painting updates.. These days I am making OOAK clay jewelries, and art pieces. You can check them at "Mitti Designs's FacebooKpage . Please say ''Hi'' whenever you stop by at 'My Creations' !!!


I just love the bright colours she uses in her paintings... wow... Well, you all know my weakness for colours, hmm...

See you all soon !


Sunday, August 18, 2013

Butterflies !

             Hello dear,

                Beautiful ''Butterflies in Heaven'', framed art print and stretched canvas for you homes... !
You can see more lovely products here ...

           Don't forget to check the next artist in my '' Artist/Designer Showcase'' later today ...

See you all...

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Bright art prints for you !


              Some really bright art work for your home sweet home... ! You can shop these here


              See you soon ...

Friday, August 9, 2013

KEKA cases.....


              Just to share a happy news with all of you ... I'm a proud licensed designer for KEKA case. com...

10 of my designs are available on KEKA case   as iPad cases, kindle cases, and kindle fire cases...

           Have a beautiful day !!!

my online world !



   Today I thought to post all my online links...

 Contact me through email :
Shop my designs/patterns as art prints, designer gadgets, fashion wear, foot wear, and home ware  products ...      

Society 6 :
  Zazzle :
      Bespo :
 Keka case :

Some more places to find me ...

      Facebook :
               Twitter :
          Pinterest :
            Flickr :
          Tumblr :

Have a lovely day !

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Artist showcase-4... Lorraine Stylianou


              Today I would like to introduce you all with a UK based, decorative-folk artist and a surface pattern designer, Lorraine Stylianou... She started painting properly (and seriously) after leaving a full time job in 2010. She is obsessed with old furniture and love upcycling-sprucing up boring chairs and tables and transforming them into veritable jewels... 

 In her own words...
 ''I am also a naive painter and a member of ABNA (Association of British Naive Artists), and my work has been bought by both UK and American collectors... I'm completing a surface pattern design course and getting grips with the technical challenges of Photoshop and Illustrator as this opens up another world to me in terms of where my work is seen.''

Her mission in life is to take the fear out of painting and to encourage everyone that they can paint. ''I'm a champion for the self-taught artist and love to mentor creatives interested in starting an art business.I can help them gain a level of visibility many formally trained artists never achieve... ''

Here is a small interview with her, where she reveals her views about her life and her work ...Enjoy your read...

How would you describe yourself ?
That's always a tricky question!  I would say I've always had an equally strong left and right brain - at school I was equally good at arts/literature subjects as I was in sciences and maths.  When I worked full time as an administrator in Higher Education few people knew about my creative side so they would often describe me as scatty! In honesty I guess that's fairly accurate (even though I knew where everything was).  My mind can race from one thing to the next in seconds so I have to keep "To Do" lists to remind me of all the tasks I started and have to finish.  I appear disorganised, and cluttered but I have a very strong work ethic, and strong business/entrepreneurial skills.  People might find me a bit aloof at times, but I'm a natural networker and can chat to anybody.

What do you like to do when you are not painting? 
I like doing things with the family like taking country walks, travelling frequently by train to different parts of the UK, and researching great places to eat.

Describe your style.
 My style is quite a strong, folk art style with bright colours and lots of detail.  I've never been able to master the very floaty, gentle style that many of my contemporaries use - mine is more bold and primitive.

What's your favorite color?
 I guess it is blue although you couldn't tell by my clothing - which is mostly black.  I have a wardrobe with every variant of black long sleeved T-shirt, trousers, jackets etc which I brighten up with my colourful scarves and earrings.(collecting scarves is a bit of an obsession with me - I literally have two oversized suitcases full of them).

Tell us about your first collection, and your first show ?
 The subject of my paintings are fairly random - I paint subjects I'm inspired to paint so I've never actually done a collection (yet!) - but I'm disciplining myself to think like that and am working on a collection of bird paintings on long canvases.  Although this doesn't directly answer your question the first painting I sold in a gallery was of Russian Dolls.  It went to the USA.  The symbol of the Russian Doll has become incredibly powerful in my life .....I discovered only a few months ago this year that I have a full blood sister given up for adoption 10 years before my birth that I never knew about (My dear Mother and Father kept it a secret all their lives).  I'm now trying to find her - and feel it is time to paint some more Russian doll paintings - in a collection of course!  

When did you get the idea that 'painting/art' was the thing you love?
 I've always loved art and foolishly didn't pursue it to "A" level at school, choosing to take History instead.  My art teacher pleaded with me to continue art but I disappointed her.  It was only when I gave up working in a "job" that I decided I'd paint regularly which was fairly recently (January 2011).  Surprisingly I like painting historical figures so I guess I've managed to marry both subjects (see "Owl Elizabeth" attached).

Anything you want to share to your readers about setting up his/her own business?
I think the best advice is to just get the work done.  Whether it is painting or surface pattern design keep creating a steady stream of work.  Put aside time every day to sketch and paint - once you've the basic designs you can edit, crop, repeat on your computer but the body of work is what matters. Even if you are not an expert at Photoshop/Illustrator you can outsource your brief to someone who is.

Who is your dream client ? Is there anyone 'special' for whom you would like to create ?
My dream client is "Liberty of London" as they understand "bespoke" in furniture, painted items, eclectic goods.  They also run entrepreneurial events for creatives.  Interiors magazine is also a big favourite - having your designs appear on the front cover would be the icing on the cake... it will be the highest tribute to anyone with a love of design, interiors and style !

Tell us a bit about your biggest challenge in your career, and the way you handled it.
Keeping a blog going is probably one of the things I'm worst at - which a blogging strategy would easily solve - but scatty, creatives like me find it a struggle.  I've lots of friends who outsource their blog schedule - you have to choose to either do it yourself or delegate it to someone else if it is going to be done. I've not managed to do either of those yet (smile)...

Your greatest inspiration is....?
At the moment I'm inspired by aboriginal art - it is so powerful.  I love it's strong visual appeal, the colour ranges, the pattern formations, the spiritual message behind it and its strength...and of course all those dots!

How would you describe your work place  ..?
I don't have the space for a dedicated art studio at home so for now I have to use the kitchen table when it's not in use.  Because I travel a lot, I often secretly paint in my hotel room, making sure the "Do not disturb" sign is on my door.  What would the cleaner think if they saw me washing paint brushes in the bathroom sink!!  It always makes me laugh when I see other artists on Facebook posting photos of them secretly painting in their hotels as well.  Just keep your newspaper handy to cover the nice carpet against spills.

Where can people contact you?
My website is and my colouring books are for sale on Amazon.


Hmmm... I want, want, want that fab decorative table for my home...!
Thanks so much Lorraine for sharing such beautiful paintings with us...

See you soon.