Saturday, 6 August 2016

Fly High

Dear Artist Friends,
 Today, I Shalini Pahwa /artforte am feeling proud to be a part of Mudra Craft Stamp team. I am sure I would do justice to this wonderful team and learn from you.

As my first entry to this august clique of designers, I present a wall art which combines two lovely spirits – the power of “dream” and the exquisiteness and uniqueness of “hibiscus flower”.

To begin describing my creation, I am reminded of a nice verse that I read some years ago which has been my inspiration for this creation :

“Wake every morning with the same feeling…
Live up high and fly on top of the ceiling.
I just know that I'm on my way…
It doesn't matter to me if I'm chasing the clouds away.
North or South, East or West…
I live my life to the fullest.”






 In this wall art, I have used Hibiscus flower, which not only are very colorful, unique and picturesque, but also have immense medicinal properties which has been used across the world in many cultures. Inspite of being such a wonderful gift to mankind, Hibiscus flower continue to fly high without pride or fear, without arrogance or pretense – just spreading liveliness and love to one and all. This spirit is what is being captured in this Wall art.


Besides the colorful Hibiscus flower made from paper and decorated with riot of colors,stamps, glitter balls, acrylic paint and center circle panel created using distress ink with white embossing powder, I have used cut-outs humming bird cut-outs to heighten the spirit of “flying high”.

Hope you like my first entry. Please leave your comments. Would like to hear from each one of you and improve with every post of mine…
Thanks & have a great month of August.

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Monday, 1 August 2016

A Box of Love

Good Morning Everyone,

We are entering the month of August which is also significant in many ways for all of us. Besides the month marking the day of India’s independence, it also marks the beginning of the months of festivals with RakshaBandhan, Janamshtmi, Onam, Eid ul-Adha all being celebrated within a month of each other. And perhaps this is the most apt time for Papericious and Mudra stamps to also have a unique bondage this month.

Today, I present to you a unique creation symbolizing the pious love of a brother-sister. This piece of art however can be adapted in any of the festivals occurring this month. I have hence called this card which also has a box containing a mini album and memoir – “Box of Love…”


The top of this “Box of Love”captures the basic theme of the festival. I have used the new awesome Papericious Pattern Paper The Gentleman. The quotes and lovely fussy cut on the top highlight the theme of the box.






As you flip open the top, a small lovely memoir box is revealed inside. This box can house three wallets which can carry your choicest collection of photos for the occasion, along with lovely stamps of Mudra specially being released for the festive season ahead. For Raksha Bandhan (as example) you can paste old pics of yours and your brother which would symbolize the purity of your relation and strengthen your bond of love. It can also carry your special message for your brother and the love thread which would bind your brother to the spiritual love and care of all sisters…










So this festive season, prepare such a lovely gift for your loved ones, to elate and surprise them with your innovation and exclusivity of gift. Let them feel special and cared for.

I hope you all  liked my project and would love to hear your comments...

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Have A Nice Day!!!

Tuesday, 31 May 2016

“CHOCOLATE BAR BOX”

“A friend in need is a friend indeed…
… But a friend with CHOCOLATE is better.”

Dear Friends

Everyone loves Chocolate. It is perhaps one of the best and most popular gift between friends and ones you love.

But Gifting is an art and should be special. So today, I present to you a unique way of gifting a chocolate bar… I present to you an artistic “CHOCOLATE BAR BOX”.

In this lovely piece of distinctive gift box, I have used two newly launched and equally exceptional pattern paper stacks from Papericious – just apt for this lovely gift box. These stacks have been named “Happy Birthday!” and “Pretty Basics”. I have used the combination of these two exclusive pattern papers to make this one-of-its-kind chocolate bar box.








Hope now you would also make a list of all your friends and loved ones and let the rich aroma of chocolate strengthen your bond. As someone said “… A Chocolate Bar says “I Love You” so much better than words…”


Hope you all will love my work.
and would love to hear some value-able comments.
Have A Nice Day!!!

Friday, 20 May 2016

Living Life to the fullest-Mixed Media Card Tutorial


“To Live is the rarest thing in the world…
… Most people just exist.” – OSCAR WILDE

Dear Friends

Life is a boon – not to be wasted. Each day of our life presents a new opportunity to live it to the fullest. Do what makes you happy. Give love and spread laughter.

Today I am presenting a Mixed Media Card on the theme of “Living Life to the fullest”. The theme is inspired by my belief that we live only once and should be an inspiration to others to live this God’s gift each day as if this is the last day of our life.

For me life is full of colors. And that’s what I have used to create this “Lively” mixed media card. Below are the steps to create this lovely piece of art. Hope this card inspires all of you to consider Life as a one-time offer… Use it well and creatively. Broaden your perspective and Inspire others by being the mirror to reflect positive thoughts.
Tutorial on Mixed Media Card
1- Take Smooth white cardstock or canvas paper, mister, shimmer mist, dusty attics acrylicpaint.

 2- Spray water on the card-stock.

 3- Then randomly spray Cosmic Shimmer Mist-Blue Lime, Riviera Blue, Golden Fish.

 4- Then take stencil and dab with Soot Dusty Attics acrylic paint.

 5- After using stencil, use finnabair stamp with archival black ink.

 6- After stamping, fill the circle stamp with Sunshine and Jungle green dusty attics acrylic paint .

And then embellish it according to your choice. 





Hope you all will love this tutorial and
would love to hear your valuable comments.

Have A Great Day !!!

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