Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Handmade Watercolor Sketchbook

July has been officially declared as the World Watercolor month and in celebration we will be sharing our watercolors through the month with the hashtag #worldwatercolormonth. Join us on FB !

I needed a new sketchbook for this event and I needed one with my favorite Arches paper. The ones that are available are spirally bound and I needed one that was stitched, so I decided to bind my own.

After I shared a picture of my sketchbook on Instagram and FB, I received a lot of how to questions about it.Instead of replying to each one separately and spamming the group with multiple pictures, I decided to share it here. These are  stepped out  pictures. I had taken these, so that I would not forget how to do it in the future,...not the very best, but hopefully it will help others who want to make their own watercolor journal.

A while back, I had seen a YouTube video on this...If I find it, I will update the post, but there are plenty of bookbinding videos pick one and get started!

The one I have used is the traditional bookbinding technique using cords and a special stand for it, but since I did not have that, I decided to improvise and used a jute cord and shelves and painters tape! It worked well!

1- tear and fold and mark ...

2-get the cords ready ..

3- Ready for binding..

4- Almost done with the stitching...

5- Add the cover using chipboard or the backing of used sketchbooks.


Nothing more satisfying than this! try it!

Now to fill'er up with watercolor illustrations! Ready for July!

Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful week!


Friday, June 24, 2016

Watercolor Maps.

South Carolina... Yellow Jessamine and Carolina Wren 

When I received a request for a state map watercolor, a couple of weeks back, I never thought it would become my current favorite subject to paint! I have been unable to get past this subject and have to paint at least one state everyday!lol!

 I receive a request for a different state and I begin to visualize the scene in it. The best part comes when I read the stories behind the requests..born and raised in a particular state, destination weddings, strong memories that a particular home in a particular state evokes and so it continues! Love the stories!

 Here are some of the latest pieces...and they can be found on Etsy.

Michigan. Robin, apple blossoms and beautiful scenic landscapes.

Florida. Juicy sweet oranges..mockingbird ..and bright blue skies. 

Over the weeks now, I have learned so much about states and birds and flowers ! I did not know that a mockingbird was just grey and white and I have read the book many times over ! lol!

NewJersey...violets..Goldfinches ..lighthouses and of course looking at NY skyline from the NJ shore!

If you need a particular state to be painted for you, leave me a comment below or contact me on Etsy

 Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful weekend!


Saturday, June 18, 2016

Scenic Maps

A quick weekend post to share some of the new state maps . I am loving this new series !  And the fact that people want to see what their state might look like helps! As soon as I am done with one, I get a request for another one!

The other day someone wanted to see how Indiana would look...and here it is...with Cardinal and peonies ..the state bird and state flower. Got to be my favorite !

And here is New York...with the yellow cab..of course!

Louisiana....old plantations, colorful French quarter, state flower..magnolia and last but not the and Beignets from Cafe Du Monde!

On Etsy.

Let me know if you want to see a different state..will paint it for you!

Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful weekend!


Thursday, June 16, 2016

State Map Art

                  Illinois-5x7 Watercolor on 100%cotton 140# Cold Press watercolor paper.

Last week,  someone asked me can you do 'state art'...and I went ..  'what art' ? I had heard of 'state of the art' but never 'state art'!
...then she explained to me that she wanted me to paint her the map of Illinois state! That, I believe, is called map art/state art...don't hold me on that not so sure! lol!

Always up for a challenge, I was super excited to attempt something new, I quickly looked up maps and drew my IL state map. Initially, I thought of just filling it in with a wash of colors, but then I thought, why not make it more interesting and add a scene to it. After spending a major part of my  morning on it,  I had the  painting ready. But the fun had just begun and I did not want to stop as I painted one more and more!

I was so excited with the way it turned out that I immediately shared it on social media and it was received with equal enthusiasm! How I wish there was a ' share ' button to my blog because I always forget to share it here !

On Etsy

After IL, I was eager to do a different state and was wondering which one to do next..and I asked on Instagram and someone suggested here it is..poppies..Golden Gate ..beautiful scenic California !

On Etsy

        California5x7 Watercolor on 100%cotton 140# Cold Press watercolor paper.

I am loving this so much, that I might end up painting all 50 states! The fun is in visualizing the scene inside the map!

 If you need  one to be painted for you..let me know and I will come up with something!

Like it? Leave me a comment below!

Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful weekend ahead!


Thursday, June 9, 2016

Abstract Floral -VIDEO

                           Watercolor on 140#Arches cold press

Am back with a video today!

A while back, I got these wonderful watercolors by Mijello- the mission gold artists watercolors and have been wanting to share a video with you..finally got some time to edit the video!

Watch the video for more! If you have any questions, just leave me a comment !

Hope you enjoyed the video!

Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend!


Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Sparrow + Etsy Promo

      "Sparrow"-5x7 watercolor on Arches 100%cotton paper.

The 100 day project is keeping me busier than I thought  and  my brushes are really working their tiny little bristles off!  For those who are new to my blog, I took up this Instagram project where I share something new everyday and I chose to share a new piece of watercolor every day #100DAYSOFSANKETIWATERCOLORS. We are officially at day 50 and  am still trying catch at day 43 ..yes I know..lagging behind..will catch up eventually!

In other news, my Etsy shop is slowly inching towards a small but eventful milestone...100 sales! I am so grateful for all the support and encouragement that  I have received in the past one year. When I opened last year in July, I never expected such an overwhelming response. It makes me feel so nice to see my little pieces of art travel across the country to brighten someones day!
.....such a humbling experience!

In gratitude......I have a promotion going on at my store..EVERY order placed this week..June 6th -June11th ..gets a FREE 4.5x6 original Zodiac Constellation painting . The promo ends June 11th 2016 midnight CST. US residents only.

This is a 5x7 piece of watercolor that I finished last week. Loved painting this one!

Watercolor on Arches CP- 5x7 . Sentiment by Papertry Ink.
a closer look..

some bookmarks...
I love the sentiment stamps by Papertrey Ink. My very favorite!

 Thanks again for stopping by and have a wonderful week ahead!


Friday, June 3, 2016


                              Watercolor 9x12 Arches Cold Pressed 140#

Thank God it's Friday!
...this week was  a short week with Monday being a holiday, but felt so long that I could not wait for it to end! Doctor appointments make them feel that way..was so tense and stressed out that I wanted Wednesday to be a Saturday and then all of this would be behind us!  Well! God has been kind and the appointments are done and it's finally Friday!

Last week, I mentioned about painting some Elephants and promised to share more are two of them .

I started with the smaller 5x7 one and once I was done with that, I was so excited that I decided to do the larger 9x12 piece. I truly enjoyed painting these, it was a different experience.

I am particularly fond of elephants and collect them  in various different forms. They remind me of the 'elephant and ant' fable, that  I had heard from my grandma when I was little. It was about how one should never underestimate the power of someone who is small not just physically but small in the grand picture of life. Today, he might 'look' to be a nobody but only time will tell how far he might go! I simply loved that story and learned a lot from that moral and even today I remember to practice it in my everyday life.

                                    Watercolor- 5x7 Arches Cold Pressed 140#

The smaller one is on Etsy.

The larger one will be available for purchase soon soon as I can decide to part with it!lol!... my husband shares my love for elephants and likes  to have large and larger paintings around the house. He  has asked me twice already.." is the larger one going on Etsy?""yes..why?" Husband....." Well, it would look great with a double mat...are you sure? "..... and .....repeat!
..These kind of cryptic question to a question kind of answers confuse me! So am waiting for clarity and more detailed answers from husband before I list it! LOL!

That's about all for today! Have a wonderful weekend everyone!

Thanks for stopping by!



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