Colors of India

Colors of India

Posted by DecoArt on Oct 18th 2017

I recently returned from a trip to India, feeling so inspired by the array of vibrant, rich colors I saw everywhere, that I wanted to create my own “patchwork” of colors. I had a wonderful adventure, delving into the arts and crafts of Jaipur, Rajasthan. The fabrics and textiles are especially beautiful, and I learned how to do Kantha embroidery, and have added that detail onto my canvas, as well as the glitter of gold and gems. I was blessed to travel to this wonderful land of contrasts and beauty, and meet so many special people...my karma must be good! 

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Sketch shapes with pencil onto canvas to create a “patchwork” design. Fill in each block with bright colors using the Americana Premium acrylics. 

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Create the next layer with stencils and Fluid Acrylics. Dab paint on with sponge to create a tone on tone effect.

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Stamp designs with archival ink into the color block areas, varying the designs. The idea is to make it look like different pieces of fabric. 

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Add gold highlights. Use Metallic Gold paint and a brayer to roll the paint on to a piece of bubblewrap. Press the bubble wrap over the entire canvas. Also, apply gold paint to the henna stamps to add another layer of gold into some of the sections. 

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Add a glittery gold frame to the canvas using Metallic Lustre, Gilding Flakes and Glamour Dust. 

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Apply colorful ribbons and gems around each color block using adhesive. Finally, apply the braid around the entire canvas. 

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Add faux stitching to a few sections to represent the traditional Kantha embroidery, using a white Neocolor II crayon.  

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Color brings me joy, and this definitely drew me to India! I am so happy to share my first art interpretation of my trip with you!