Wednesday, August 15, 2018

WINNER -Altenew Watercolour 36 Pan Set Blog Hop


Thanks to everyone who participated in the blog hop and for all the lovely comments !

The winner is..



Wow! Your tile-influenced piece is gorgeous! The colors are so vibrant.Your other painting is beautiful as well. I love the people and the the touches of gold foil. You do amazing work!
 Please email Altenew at 
winner@altenew.com 
by 8/25/2018 
with the subject line "Altenew Watercolor Pan Set Release Blog Hop Winner from SANKETI's Blog" to claim your prize.
Enjoy!
 Thanks for stopping by! Have a great week ahead!



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Thursday, August 9, 2018

Altenew Watercolor 36 Pan Set Release Blog Hop + Giveaway





Hello everyone!

Am so excited to be a part of a blog hop after so many years!

Time flies and it's been 3 years since I stepped down from design teams and  started my own art business which took me away from this lovely stamping community.

When May from Altenew mentioned that Altenew was introducing a watercolor set and wanted me to be  a part of their  watercolor release blog hop, it took me a couple of minutes to remember what a blog hop actually meant! I was rusty to say the least!




When I was ready to start working on my piece, I went looking for a stamp set to get me started and the minute I saw the Arabesque Medallion stamp set, I knew right then that it would be perfect for my project!



A recent vacation to Spain had left me mesmerized and I was eager to  paint the lovely tile work that I saw all over Seville, Spain, especially at the Plaza De Espana and Alcazar, Seville . The Altenew stamp set reminded me of those tiles and their Moorish influence. I thought the large medallion stamp  would be a perfect jumping off point for my tile art.

Here are some of my pictures from Spain and the source of my inspiration.

Can you spot the missing dot of color in the picture below?



I tried to incorporate that little bit of inconsistency in my painting too!

 The tile collection at the museum..
...I,.much to my husbands chagrin, spent most of my time here, !


Here you can see them on a bench.....dare I sit on it!



And then, I spotted this lovely shop which was selling old tiles, some restored and  some antique from torn down buildings. I wanted to get some, before my husband drilled some sense in me and warned about luggage! Seville was our first stop on a long list of places to see, and we were yet to drag our luggage through the rest of Spain!
..sigh!
....now I gaze at these pictures instead of the real tiles! still wish I had got some! .... at lease one!

 Pictures taken with due permission

Aren't these stunning!

 Pictures taken with due permission

And now here is my version ..


                                                             "The Tiles Of Seville"
                                                          Watercolor on Paper- 20"x20"



I have used the brand new Altenew watercolors for this piece. I loved them! The colors are so vivid and bright and were perfect for this piece.


I tried my best to make subtle value changes to give it that look of old tiles. I might give it a wash of diluted tea and stain it a bit. 





Here is another piece that I painted using just the watercolors minus the stamps. I embellished it with some gold foil .


Painted on handmade paper-rough



Here is a little bit of info about these watercolors...

Altenew Watercolors



Product Description:
This beautiful set of 36 vibrant watercolor half-pans coordinates perfectly with our line of ink. They are intensely pigmented, fade minimally when drying, and some colors have lovely granulating effects. They are stored in a convenient plastic case, designed with space for your brush (included) and a palette in the lid for mixing. Some of the case lids snap off upon opening and can easily snap back on after you are finished creating so you can store your mixed paints with the rest of the pan colors.


The set contains

  • 36 Watercolor Half-Pans
  • Plastic Case
  • Water Brush


Pink Diamond     Forest Glades         Evergreen            Paper Bag
Puffy Heart          Frayed Leaf            Mountain Mist      Mocha
Purple Wine        Bamboo                  Lagoon                 Espresso
Cosmic Berry      Citrus Burst             Emerald               Industrial Diamond
Cotton Candy      Fresh Lemon          Ocean Waves      Moon Rock
Coral Berry          Warm Sunshine      Dusk                    Jet Black
Rubellite              Sunkissed               Desert Night        Lavender Fields
Grapevine           Orange Cream        Caribbean Sky     Deep Iris
Crimson               Autumn Blaze         Persian Blue        Midnight Violet



Prizes:

To celebrate this release, Altenew is giving away a $50 gift certificate to SIX lucky winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog and Altenew Scrapbook Blog by 8/15/2018 for a chance to win. Six winners will be announced on the Altenew blogs on 8/19/2018.

Promotion:
Limited time offer! Receive a FREE watercolor pan case(value $5.99) with the purchase of the Watercolor 36 Pan Set for a limited time. The free gift will be added to cart automatically.

Additional Giveaway:
Leave a comment on this post and I will draw a winner to receive a $30 gift certificate. I will announce the winner on my blog by 8/15/2018


Blog Hop Order
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I hope you have enjoyed the hop so far....
..your next stop is Sandra Dietrich

Thanks for stopping by!








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Sunday, April 29, 2018

Watercolor Month of The Year Collection



Excited to share my new collection-

 "The Watercolor Month of the Year collection'.

I love how this collection actually came about! I was asked by a friend if I could pair my loose and expressive floral art with the month of June since it was her moms first name and birthday, which then led to another one with April and May, since I had already done three, I decided to go ahead and complete all 12, since I definitely needed a December for myself! lol!

So here we go..a quick look at the entire collection..
These are available in my shop on ETSY













Which one is your favorite?


Thanks for stopping by and have a great week ahead!





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Saturday, April 14, 2018

Bits and Bobs


 I was missing my blog and remembering those days when I would share a post almost everyday!. Now months go by before I can write a post!

So, today I thought I will give you a quick update of what's going on in my neck of the woods!

Let me begin with all the hand lettering that I have been doing lately, I joined the #The100dayproject on Instagram and decided that 100 days was a good way to practice my lettering . If you are on instagram, you can find my work using the hashtag #100daysofsanketilettering .

Also, I decided to put my sketchbooks to better use and fill each one of them on a regular basis and am taking part in an event called 'The sketchbook revival ' you can find this too on IG.

I have been working feverishly on getting my Etsy shop stocked with 'Mother's Day' cards and prints. Lat year I had lots of originals, but this year I have introduced a new print collection in 2 styles , one with just handlettered 'mom' and another set with "Happy Mothers Day' .


And now for a little bit on my attempts to make short timelapse videos for IG and YT. I finally got around to getting some equipment to hold my phone and filmed a couple of timelapse videos. After a couple of trials and many more errors, I was able to get one decent video! not bad for a day's worth of filming!! lol!

Here its is! I filmed it in nice bright natural light, yet the final result looks like ..oh well!


Here are some of the other cards from the ' Mother's Day' collection








I guess that will be all for now and I sincerely hope to post more often!

Have a great weekend!







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Thursday, December 7, 2017

Modern Calligraphy




Here are the motivational hand lettered pieces that I mentioned about in my last post.

I have been practicing and honing my lettering skills for over 2 years now with the sole intention of being able to letter some quotes for my gallery wall at home. I love cursive writing and the era I grew up in, that was the only way to write..I know I sound old, but its a fact!

Cursive writing and fountain pen was the only way we could write and if we forgot our pen/inks, then no writing in class! Ball point pen was just not allowed . I remember my teacher stressing on posture and angles, Even today that cursive writing notebook brings back fond memories, it was my favorite class and it was always after the  dreaded math class, so I would get through the math dreaming of beautiful lettered words and a sharp elegant nib just about touching the lines and all the oh! so lovely flourishes! and before I knew it, math class would be over with not a number  having entered my brain! But it would be time to write and that's all that mattered!lol!

So with good handwriting already mastered, I thought calligraphy would be a breeze and I am not talking about Spencerian or copperplate script, no way ..that's a skill that has to have years of learning and practice, I would have been happy if I could simply get the thick and thin lines and that beautiful bounce with modern calligraphy. My first attempt was a huge reality check! It was way more complicated than I had thought. This was an old fashioned dip pen that I was learning with and not a fountain pen which has continuous ink flow, so just as I was about to finish a word, the ink would run out and so would I ...of patience! Sometimes, it would not start at all or it would dump a huge blob of ink at the first touch to paper! Oh well!

Disappointed but not demoralized, I decided to take up the challenge and read and watched and read some more and watched even more until it dawned on me that perhaps it was the nib which was at fault not my writing and remember I had tried quite a few nibs by then. So after 2 years of struggling to get it right, I got myself a totally different nib! And as luck would have it, it worked!

So if you are reading this and are in the same place as I was, try the Hunt 101, it works !

So once that hurdle  was out of the way, I got to do what I have always wanted to do..hand letter quotes! Talking about quotes, I have this huge journal filled with my favorites, and they are all just regular words spoken by me or my family which have been thought provoking to me. So I wrote some and wondered if this could inspire someone or motivate them in anyway, so I got them ready to print and are now available in my Etsy shop. 

For now I have them all on one wall and when I look at them I am  glad that I persevered. It feels good to be surrounded by positivity but words can be really powerful and its always wise to use it with care and caution!












Got some cards done too...always nice to send someone a card to motivate them or offer a simple encouragement.







That's it for now and hope to be back soon with some Chicago sketches, until then..

Happy Holidays!

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Sunday, November 19, 2017

Watercolor Quilt Blocks



Time flies and before I know it, its been 4 months since I have posted anything on this blog! I wish I was able to do more in a day, but for now this is all I can and between making new art for my shop and working on custom orders, there is hardly any time left for much else! I try to squeeze in a bit of Instagram into that mix but then that is it!

With the holidays almost here, I have been a busy beaver  trying to finish some commissioned art and  keeping my shop stocked up on art prints and cards .  Talking about custom art, I received a very unique request, the other day and it was to illustrate quilt blocks!  Quilting is very close to my heart, I used to quilt a lot before I had to choose to focus on one medium and I decided to go with watercolors rather than fiber arts.  I have many finished quilts and many more quilt blocks from my sewing days but painting one seemed like the perfect way to relive those memories! So I got to work and I must say it has been quite an interesting and fun series. I will soon be having a king size quilt without sewing a stitch! lol!

I thought these would make a perfect piece of wall art for a seamstress or a quilter and decided to make these available as art prints. Imagine having these in a quilters studio!

Watercolor Quilt blocks

ETSY SHOP




 I have also been working on adding some motivational hand lettered pieces to my shop as art prints and cards in the modern calligraphy style. Will make a separate post on that soon!





I think I will keep this post short and be sure to be back with another post soon!

Happy Holidays!

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Saturday, July 22, 2017

Portraits

                                                       "Weimy Goes home"

The last couple of weeks have been extremely busy here in the studio. I had taken up quite a few commissions and knew that these were subjects that needed complete attention. I rarely ever do portraits unless I get a special request for them. But when I saw the picture of the pet dog that the client sent me, I knew I  had to paint her, those eyes could not be ignored!

It took me quite a few hours to paint her, but I think I have never been as happy about any project as much as I have been of this one. It was so exciting to see her come to life on paper.




and here is the 8x10 print that finally went home to California!



Also, I worked on this house portrait which was equally challenging with the angles and straight lines, but it's done!



 I think this is just the beginning of a new phase in my art career, I never thought I would love working on such detailed subjects where staying inside the lines was crucial.

That's it for now, will be back with the desserts that I talked about in my previous post.

Have a nice weekend!

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