Introducing my Art Campus

I was working on my art & craft blog for about 2 months now. I moved it from one place to another and then finally made it as a sub-blog in Aayi’s Recipes itself. ArtCampus is a place to showcase some of my hobbies. I was never going to make it public, but few of my friends and well wishers pushed me enough to make it public.

Since my school going days, I loved any kind of crafts. If I saw a new craft, I would do anything to learn it. My aayi and pappa were greatest inspiration to me. Aayi taught me many things and Pappa would buy me any craft material I asked for. But unfortunately I could never learn anything properly. We didn’t have any kind of craft classes at my native place. I would learn from TV programs (Doordarshan used to have some craft programs in afternoons) and from my neighbors. Most of the things I started, I left half done. But whatever I finished, those items are still with my parents at my home.

When I started going to college, I could not work on any of my interests. But 2 years ago, when we moved to US, all these interests made their way on to become part of my routine. I knew I had to sit at home in an unknown country for a long time without a job. So I went to different art & craft shops in Bangalore and bought whatever I felt like – many different wool, knitting/crocheting needles, many starter kits for sand painting & cloth painting, colored pencils, many art books etc. I worked on few of them when I was at home. So I was on track again and I got the job too. But I could not stop pursuing my hobbies.

So I joined cake decorating classes in a nearby Micheals store. The classes were after office hours, so it was very convenient. V had to ask me to stop joining all different art classes there ;). So after I finished those, V and I both joined oil painting classes (which we attend every alternate Sundays).

All this time, I was struggling with my knitting/crocheting. I was planning on joining the basics of knitting/crocheting class too. But unfortunately, they don’t have these classes anymore. So, I started making whatever came to my mind. I neither could make up a new pattern nor do I have patience to follow a long instruction list without making mistakes. I can say after around 2 years, now I am a bit comfortable to follow instructions, but still lack the patience. I am sure one day will come when I will be able to do some neat work.

When all this was happening, I came to know about Sree. I can’t tell how much I adore her paintings. Her oil paintings, her pencil art and everything she posts on her blog is simply mind blowing. I get goose bumps when I see her art(I am not exaggerating a bit when I say that). Recently I have bought a colored pencil kit to follow her step by step pencil sketches. I showed her my personal art blog and as always, she encouraged me a lot.

Thanks to my friends Aruna and Purnima who are a constant support to AR and also believed that Art Campus should be part of AR.

Some two months ago, I showed my personal blog to my dear blogger friend, Manisha and she also suggested to make it public. She is the one from whom I got many good pointers about knitting/crocheting when I was struggling with it.

Then in one of our conversations, I came to know Sailu has a great talent with embroidery. I only wish I could meet her and learn it from her. May be when I go back to India, I may visit Vizag to meet her :). I am bowled over by her creativity with embroidery.

About 2 months ago, when I was blog hopping, I came across easycrafts blog. Oh my…the different crafts she has posted..its like a dream world for me. So I thought I should at least try few of the methods she has used. I made innumerable visits to art stores here to buy the tools. Because I didn’t even have a clue about some of these, I bought wrong tools most of the time and then had to go again to exchange them.

Now, the next thing I want to start is glass painting. I loved Shn’s paintings and asked her if she can help me get started with it. She sent me a detailed email with all instructions to get started. I will buy these soon and start something. Thanks Shn. Appreciate your help.

There are many more awesome people who gave me great suggestions and feedback about this. I thank them all.

So, that’s the story behind my art campus. I am hoping to get some constructive feedback & ideas from the art lovers/experts. Since I am just learning, I would love any pointers, like what kind of materials to use or anything that wold help me improve these. Again, thanks to all of you…

PS: I have moved all the comments from oil painting page on Aayi’s recipes to About of Art campus since I am closing down the page. If I have missed anything, I am sorry, it was not intentional.

24 thoughts on “Introducing my Art Campus”

  1. Hey Shilpa, Many congratulations to you on your Art Campus !! So we will get to see the other creative side of you now :)..Wish you all the best !

  2. Dear Shilpa,
    Love your creations and your new site too.
    your hardwork shows in oil paintings.

    Marzipan snow mans … nice creativity.
    I love deebas recipe for that.So,Nice of you for sharing the links.
    I wish to see more creations from you.
    Great going.

  3. Shilpa, Wishing you all the very best for new site, Art Campus! You are very creative and it shows in all aspects, be it cake decoration or cooking! Keep trying and posting AAC along with AR!

    Shilpa: Thanks Purnima. You were one of those who gave me enough support in this.

  4. Shilpa, Wishing you good luck. You have awesome talents to manage all this very well with work.
    I always thought that your other site (displaying all your talents)should be a part of Better late than never. ALL THE BEST !!!!

    Shilpa: Aruna, Thanks for all your support. You have done a lot for AR in last two years and I am grateful to you.

  5. Shilpa, congratulations on Artcampus!

    I really admire you for all your creativity and zeal! I am simply bowled over by your beautiful arts/crafts even though you’ve had hardly any help. I have a lot to learn from you. Please do visit Vizag, your most welcome.:)

    Wishing you all the best and hope to see many many more gorgeous creations in 2008!

    Shilpa: Thanks Sailu. I am gonnu come down to Vizag for sure πŸ™‚

  6. WOW! I checked out your creations @ Art campus and loved your crochet works and quilling ..that butterfly there is very pretty πŸ™‚

    I am so happy to meet such talented and down-to earth people like you on the web! I wish I had half the enthusiasm you have!

    All the best with art Campus πŸ™‚


    Shilpa: Thanks Shn for all the instructions you have sent to me.

  7. Shilpa, Congratulations on your ArtCampus and I wish you Goodluck!!

    I love all your creative work.Even i am trying to learn knitting/crochetting from books and internet for almost an year now but have not been successful till now. Do you recommend any books or sites for learning this?
    Please visit my blog which I started onl a few days back.

    Shilpa: Sandhya, The book I have is not very good. It was very complex and I could not follow it :(. So usually when I get stuck, I just search in google. I liked these videos for getting started with crochet.

  8. You did it! You did it!! Congrats, Shilpa! You are very talented and I am proud to have you as my friend!

    Shilpa: I got scared by your threatenings ;), just kidding. Whenever I feel I am loosing the touch, all I have to do is go to your blog and check out Medha’s different interests. That brings it back :D. Thanks Manisha for all the support.

  9. Shilpa, I cannot decide which group of skills your hands are more adept at producing beautiful things: making food or art/craft-work. So, I am glad you have designated a spot just for this. But where will you be placing those gorgeous cakes?!

    Shilpa: Thanks Pel. They will still be in Aayi’s recipes because they are food related :D. What do you say?

  10. Hello Shilpa,

    In the last few months, you may remember receiving an email invitation to become a part of the Foodbuzz Featured Publisher Program. With all the recipe-writing and food photography to be completed, we know emails can easily get lost in the shuffle, so Foodbuzz would like to re-extend our offer of inviting you to be a part of our food blogger network. I would love to send you more details about the program, so if you are interested, please email me at [email protected].


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    Editorial Assistant,
    [email protected]

  11. Hi Shilpa,
    Awesome creations,Congratulations on this one too.I didnt know that besides painting you do crocheting etc.
    Really happy to have known you.
    Wish you good luck with the Art Campus and hope you have great success with this one like you had with Aayis Recipes.

  12. shilpa dear, thank u for letting us to see ur creativity through art campus. u r one talented lady and i am amazed at the way u manage everything πŸ™‚ congrats and all the very best for ur art campus πŸ™‚

  13. Hi there,

    I really like your website. I’ve been scanning through many of recipes and trying few of them this weekend. Would you by any chance know how to make the Maharashtrian ‘Thaali Pit’? Its a roti-type dish made of 4-7 types of flours like bajra, jowar wheat etc. It is something like the ‘akki rotti’ we make in Karnataka. Any idea about this? I bake quite a bit…I’ll share some of my recipes with you soon.


    Shilpa: Thalipeeth recipe

  14. Can you share some more of your art works? I paint too and would would your feedback. Take a look at my website.

  15. Hi,i recently started reading ur site.i deeply appriciate ur efforts.i live in Brunei,and now as a housewife get free time,ur comments helped me to try different things. i have two kids. i want to ask u have kids? if yes…how do u manage all these things?can u give some healthy juice recipies?thanks

    Shilpa – No Shital, I don’t have kids yet. I am just managing this blog along with a fulltime job. Please put your recipe requests in “recipe request page”.

  16. Hi shilpa your hand craft are so amazing .congratulations ,i really love to watch your website.keep doing u will get good result what u wanted.thanks for posting and sharing with us.

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