Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Design your Washi Jewelry - Guest DT Divya N


       How have you been? It is so happening here at our store , with more new stock, pre orders, inventory reduction..etc.  Do visit our site.. we have something in store for everyone!!

Making it more interesting,we have Divya from Jewels of Sayuri, doing a blog post for us!! Yup!!!
Anyone who is into jewelry making, would know her name!! She is so popular by her blog  She is a Fashion/ Jewelry designer and lecturer at NIFT! Her artisitic and creative jewelry making skills are astounding! And the ideas are out of the world!! She would be showing how to use washi tape in jewelry. Over to her

Washi Tape Jewellery
When I think of summer jewellery, I immediately think of fun colorful pieces that are quirky and kitschy. This is the time of the year, when all you want to wear, are plain tees or simple kurtas and quirky statement jewellery is a great way to add panache to your outfits. Washi tapes are a simple and easy way to add color to your jewelry particularly to recycled and upcycled pieces that I love making. Whether you want to upcycle an existing (read old and jaded) piece or create a one product, multiple patterns, color combinations and moods can be achieved through washi tapes. Here in this post, I would like to share with you, some upcycled product designs that I have incorporated washi tapes in. 
They are easy on the wallet and lead to lesser landfill.

Upcycled Tag pendant
As a fashion designer I understand the need for branding and appreciate the skill that go into creating them, but at the end of every shopping trip
I feel very bad as I am left with a heap of tags that I have to throw away. I turned around one such wine colored tag that had a beautiful textured finish into a long pendant with some tape, rhinestone chain, fluffy yarn, and a wooden disk component
Supplies used: Victoria Washi Tape Set
Bottle Necklace
When I saw the pack of 4 washi tapes stacked one below the other on a central axis, it reminded me of my bottle necklaces. My bottle necklaces are famous for their visual narratives with a story on  each bottle but never really have I tried to explore multiple patterns on them. So I took this opportunity to recreate the tape packs as bottle necklaces. First came the casual travel necklace with the camera prints. Then came the ornamental variation. The wine patterns had a rich baroque influence with the vines and scrollwork that felt too prim and proper for the concept of the bottle necklace. So I made it quirky by adding gold acrylic beads and wire wrapped saree ribbon beads to it. I have used pewter ball chain and copper link chain respectively as necklaces for these bottles

 Supplies used: Victoria Washi Tape Set
Filigree boho necklace
This design is again a recycling project where I have recycled and yes, upcycled a left over piece of painted metal filigree to create an asymmetric necklace. Left over metal filigree bits often go unused due to their sharp edges.  I used washi tapes to seal and cover up the edges, creating a workable base. As a mixed media jewellery designer, I love incorporating textiles in my work. So I have knotted sari ribbons in pink and blue in the middle and added a sea glass bead as a pendant drop. Metal chain, looped yellow beads, and a handmade wire clasp complete the quirky and colorful filigree boho necklace.

With end we come to the end of my experiments with Washi tapes. I hope you enjoyed looking at it and I hope that you found it interesting. Do tell us in the comments if you tried making or wearing washi tape jewellery and share your experience with us. For more ideas, inspirations and tutorials please visit my blog Jewelsofsayuri and/or my Facebook page Sayuri.

Author Bio: Divya is an apparel and jewellery designer, design educator and blogger. When she is not busy discussing culture and design, she travels in search of inspiration.

Thank you so much for the post Divya! I am sure, many got inspired to create jewelry using washi tapes!!! Your ideas were so unique!!

         We have lots of washi tape designs and these Washi tape sets especially are color/design co ordinated, with various sizes. Perfect for any jewelry, scrapbooking , cardmaking or even home decor. Do give it a try,You can buy them here -

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Let's write Calligraphy - Guest DT Christina Ranjan

 Hello everyone!!  

      Greetings. I am Christina Ranjan from Christina's Art studio, Chennai. I am a Lecturer by profession and an artist and a crafter by passion.
   It gives me great pleasure to introduce you to the art of calligraphy. We are living in a fast moving world where we seldom write. In this 21st century, computers, mobile phones, tablets and other tech gadgets have killed the art of writing. This is an initiative to revive calligraphy not for the purpose of communication, but as an art form.

What is Calligraphy?
     'Calligraphy,' the art of beautiful or style writing has derived from two Greek words "Kallos" meaning beauty and "graphe" meaning writing. In early days, calligraphy was widely used. Calligraphy saw its decline phase after the invention of printing machines. This art form was later revived by Edward Johnston, the father of modern Calligraphy.

1.    Writing tool – brush or pen
2.    Ink or cartridge
3.    Paper or writing medium
4.    Hard, Flat surface
5.    Comfortable seat at correct height

Lets get to the basics.

Brush , Pen , Nib
Image from My Artists Soul

     A variety of brushes, pens and nibs are used. Dip pen nibs are of many types like pointed nibs, scroll nibs, round hand, poster nibs, italic nib, ornamental nib, brause nibs and other script nibs. These nibs should be inserted to a dip pen holder. A reservoir can be attached if required along with certain dip pen nibs. Coit pens are also used to write calligraphy.  


There are three types of inks suitable for calligraphy:
·         Fountain pen ink (only for calligraphy fountain pens)
·         Drawing/calligraphy ink (for dip pens)
·         Chinese/Japanese stick ink (for dip pens)

Waterproof pigmented calligraphy inks and metallic colour inks can be used only with dip pens, as certain pigmented inks would completely spoil the fountain pen.

     A style of writing is called a Script or hand. Each script has its own rules and an angle on how a pen will be held. The quality of ink and paper is also very important to get the desired output. Foundation hand or Bookhand is the basic style, people learn first.

Types of Calligraphy

Based on Geography, Calligraphy can be broadly classified into

Eastern Calligraphy

      Calligraphy has a very strong traditional basis and is followed in China, Japan and Korea. Eastern calligraphy follows four important components: the brush (round) - made out of rabbit hair, horse hair or other bristles, ink slab, ink stick and paper (hanji paper or rice paper). Some of the important scripts are
1.    Seal script,
2.    Clerical script,
3.    Cursive script
4.    Regular script.

Western Calligraphy

     Western calligraphy can be written with the help of calligraphy quills, bamboo pens (olden days), fountain pens, dip pens, parallel pens, calligraphy markers, brush and double pencils. Some of the important scripts are
1.    Beneventan Script (8th century)
2.    Chancery Hand (13th century)
3.    Textura Script (15th century)
4.    Antiqua Script (16th century)
5.    English Script(18th century)

    Modern calligraphy uses a pointed nib pen in order to get thick and thin strokes by applying different pressure while writing. Lots of practice is required to master this art.

Application of Calligraphy

·         Calligraphy can be used to create new fonts of different designs and decorations.
·         It is used in graphic design, logo creation, and free hand designs and pattern making.
·         It is used in writing certificates, wedding invitations, bookmarks etc
·         It can also be used in crafts for designing borders, envelopes, card making, scrapbooking etc..

Advantages of Learning
·         An exquisite art that involves patience, sensory and motor coordination aids in improving concentration.
·         Calligraphy can aid in improving the handwriting through spacing and precision of letters.
·         It can be a very simple and a relaxing activity for the day.
·         Anybody can learn calligraphy even if they don't have neat hand writing.

Hope I inspired a little to start learning Calligraphy. TheCraftShop now stocks a variety of Calligraphy supplies like pens, nibs, inks, markers at great prices!! You can purchase them here. Start shopping and learn writing!!

Thank you.

Christina Ranjan

Christina's Art studio