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.