Monthly Archives: August 2010

T-shirt card

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So the summer term is coming to an end, and except for me, all the co-ops in my department are leaving this week. One of the co-op students really bonded with my sister and myself, and we shared more inside jokes than we could keep track of. We decided to make her a “professional card” to remind her why we need to remain friends (Which we undoubtedly will). This card symbolizes the “professional on the outside, jokes on the inside” friendship that made this summer such a memorable one.

As the odd quote on the back of the card says- “Can you believe that four months have passed, since four months ago?”

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A cynical villager

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A long time ago, June 2007 actually, I drew a villager. I was trying to get a pleasant expression but ended up with this cynical smile which surprisingly, I kind of liked. She’s not the village lady who just goes about her daily chores. She’s the one with the personality!

It’s easy to see that I drew this picture prior to my kneadable eraser and tortillon days.

The wall

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For a long time I’ve been meaning to frame and display some of the pictures in my room. When I moved back home in April, I bought frames from Walmart, and put a few up. Four months later, I finally got around to filling in the frames with pictures. Since all my personal drawings weren’t the right size (They were mostly too big), I used my Sony Cybershot to take pictures of my drawings, so I could resize them to fit the smaller frames.

Here is the symmetrical abstract arrangement on my (extremely happy) yellow wall.

Sri takes lessons!

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On my 21st birthday a few months ago, my very good friend got me this amazing drawing kit, with more pencils than I ever knew existed. I have never actually learnt how to draw before, so regrettably I still haven’t gotten around to using most of this kit. This coming September,  I have registered for a course at OCAD, the Ontario College of Arts & Design. I will be taking an introductory drawing course, and I am really excited about learning about some real technique! I am hoping it will be a really fun elective, considering classes are 6 hours a week!


Throughout this past month, I have been getting permissions from my university & OCAD, going through quite a registration process. From September onwards, hopefully you will start to see some real art! Has anyone ever taken a course in drawing? Do you have any tips?

Jewelry Making

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Recently a friend introduced me to jewelry making and it’s quite an addictive hobby. It takes very little to get started, and it requires very little skill to put it together. The benefit is, that for a couple of hours worth of work, you can really get jewelry made the way YOU want it, to specifically match outfits. It’s also a lot cheaper!

Last week I made this set for my mom. She’s into slightly chunky jewelry, and wanted something like this to wear with her jeans and simple salvars. The stone I used was “Chrysocorra”, the gemstone of peace. This stone is great for health problems, relationship issues, and is used to treat diabetes, arthritis and more! Interesting isn’t it? It’s a really pretty stone, and every single bead is different, so it adds character to the necklace.  (Read more here). I shopped at Arton Beads in Toronto, honestly an amazing place. The string of  chrysocorra beads cost me $6.00 (On sale), and the round silver beads cost me only $2.50 a pack ($5 in total). I got all the wire previously and I’ve already used it for many jewelry pieces.

At the same time, I also made a set for my friend’s birthday. I made earrings, a long necklace, and a bracelet. I used fresh water pearls and amethyst. The string of fresh water pearls were $8.00, and I got two strings of amethysts for $6.00 each. See what I mean by affordable? For only $20.00 (plus a little extra for wires etc), I was able to make a customized and personal gift.

Here’s the intro to jewelry making :) I’ve made a lot more so stay tuned for more picture uploads.

Edited to add: Both these pieces are now for sale on srisarts.etsy.com ! Check it out :)