Archive for September, 2008

Emboss Painting

Emboss Painting is certainly the most charming and creative of all paintings.. it has a different feel to it .. a sense of creation .. n a pride of seeing things your way ūüôā

Emboss painting can be done on Silver Foil ( hard ) , here we will learn to do it on Cloth.
Embossing actually implied to embellish or engrave thru colors.
You need to produce a deep impression of your art , this is done thru Emboss powder which engraves
in reverse on ironing.

Materials required

1. Emboss powder required ( Will post the mixture proportion soon )
2. Velvet Cloth
3. Oil Paint / Fabric Colors with shimmer
4. Plastic Brush ( Normal brush will not be used here )

Shimmery Oil Colors / Fabric Colors with Shine

Shimmery Oil Colors / Fabric Colors with Shine

After-Ironing  the painting has risen

After-Ironing the painting has risen

Method :

1.Take the velvet Cloth and make sure there are no dust particles on it.
2.Mix the emboss powder in white paint and carve ur design on it.
3.Leave to dry.
4.After it has dried , its time for the effect.
5.Take a moiost piece of cloth ( good quantity of water should be present   in the cloth. )
6.Keep it on the back side of the velvet cloth and iron it.
7.The design should rise from the front.
8. Make sure you iron all the parts of the design .
9. You may now paint it with oil paint or shimmery  fabric paint.

Partially Colored Emboss Painting

Partially Colored Emboss Painting

For kids you dont want to do the emboss powder procedure they can try readymade kits available  in the market
All you need it to iron and paint ( Step 5 onwards )
The mixture preparation is the most important step, not getting that right shall mess up the entire painting
and it will not rise , hence all the aura of the painting shall die ūüôā

Final Painting..

Final Painting..

Final image

Final image


Stocking Flowers.

Stocking Flowers.

A stocking, sometimes referred to as hose, is a close-fitting, variously elastic  garment covering the foot. Stockings vary in color and trasparency.

Materials Required.

1. Multi Colored Stockings (Depending upon the Color of Flower you need )

2. Green colored Stocking for leaves.

3. Thin Wire for petals

4. Median Wire for Buds and Pollens

5. Green Tape

6. Thread ( color of Stockings )

7. Gauge Box

8. Cotton

Process :

We will make 8 types of Flowers that are listed in a tabular manner below .

The flowers will comprise of petals , leaves and bud/pollen.

Petal Types :

1. Simple Petal of Size 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 .

2. Top Curled Petal ( Curled on the top )

3. Curled Petal ( Curled completely)

4. Curled and Pulled ( Combination of 1 and 3 )


Here is what a gauge box looks like. You need to twirl the wire around the gauge box to take a measurement and then close the wire end by winding around each other.

Gauge Box of for Size 1 / 2 / 3 / 4

Gauge Box of for Size 1 / 2 / 3 / 4

Above its shown how the wire is rounded across the gauge box to make petals of equal size.

Creation of Buds and Pollens :

To create a Pollen or a Bud , take a median wire ( thicker than one used for petals ) and create a loop at the top ( U shaped ).

To create a Pollen , place the pollen in the loop and tie it with a thread to the wire.

To create a Bud , place some cotton over the loop and cover it with stockings ( left over from petals) and tie it with thread to the wire as shown.

Making Petals :

Take¬† a thin wire and cut out several pieces of approximately 6″ length from it. Keep it aside.
Now take one of the 6″ piece wire and fold it to get an oval shape.
Make it look like a heart shaped petal, by dipping the centre of the oval a bit and pulling on either sides with your hands.
You may create “Top Curled” by rolling the wire over median wire in the center only.
You may creadte “Curled and Pulled ” by rolling the entire wire over the median wire. Then remove the petal wire from the median wire and straigten it by pulling.
You may create “Curled ” as per the previous procedure but donot pull this time.

Creating Leaves also has the same procedure ( refer heart shaped ) you need to dip at the center this time.

Top Curled

Top Curled

Heart shaped Petal

Heart shaped Petal

Curled and Straigtened Petal

Curled and Straigtened Petal

Normal Petals Size 1 and 2

Normal Petals Size 1 and 2



Make three petals like this or as shown in the table (Refer below).

Now take the stockings and pull it over the petal tightly and tie at the end using thread. Cut off the excess stocking. Cover the three petals with the stockings similarly.

Single Petal after Covered with Stocking

Single Petal after Covered with Stocking

Covering the Petal Wire with Stocking

Covering the Petal Wire with Stocking

Attaching the petal to the bud

Attaching the petal to the bud

To attach the bud to the petal , tilt the bud a little in the opposite direction and attach the bud / pollen.

Tie with the help of thread as shown. You may attach the other petals and complete the flower.

A variety of flowers can be made using different combination of petals and bud / pollens.

A bouquet can be created in the end. You should cover the stem wires with green tape in the end.

Given below are different petals :

Curled and Pulled

Curled and Pulled

Heart shaped

Heart shaped

Plain Petals

Plain Petals



Velvet Paintings…

Velvet is a type of tufted fabric in which the cut threads are very evenly distributed, with a short dense pile, giving it a distinct feel.Velvet can be made from many different kinds of fibers. It is woven on a special loom that weaves two pieces of velvet at the same time. The two pieces are then cut apart and the two lengths of fabric are wound on separate take-up rolls.

Velvet is a soft fabric, such as silk, rayon, or nylon, having a smooth, dense pile and a plain underside. It has a very silky and soft-to-touch look and is used as a base for exclusive decorative paintingsVelvet’s knitted counterpart is velour. Velvet was very expensive and was considered to be among the luxury goods together with silk. Corduroy and velveteen were considered the “poor man’s velvet” when they were first produced.

Velvet is difficult to clean, but in modern times, dry cleaning is used.

Panne is a type of finish for velvet which gives it a special shiny look, similar to many velours.

Velvet is made, ideally, from silk. Cotton can also be used, though this often results in a slightly less luxurious fabric. More recently, synthetic velvets have been developed, mostly polyester, nylon, viscose, acetate and mixtures of different synthetics, or synthetics and natural fibres (eg. viscose and silk). Velvet can also be made from fibres such as linen, mohair and wool. A cloth made by the Kuba people of the Democratic Republic of Congo from raffia is often referred to as “Kuba velvet”.

A small percentage of lycra is used sometimes to give stretch.

Materials Required :

1. Velvet Cloth

2. Fabric Colors

3. Carbon Sheet ( Brown Color ) ( Contrast to the Velvet Cloth color )

4. Pencil / Pen

5. Bush  ( Size 000 and 001 )

6. Sparkles Tube or Silver / Golden Paint ( depending on your choice )

7. Thick Board to place underneath the cloth

8. White Fabric color

Instructions :

Acquire the right kind of paint for your velvet. You need to use professional grade acrylic paint designed for use on fabric.

Know that velvet is a very difficult medium to paint on.

Conduct a test on a small piece of the fabric to make sure the paint is compatible with your technique.

All fabric absorbs paint differently, and this can determine the way that color spreads on it.

Be aware that a loose fabric weave will allow maximum penetration of color into the fibers.

Be sure to protect the fabric and the work surface by inserting a piece of plastic, cardboard or parchment under the material while you paint.

This will ensure that the fabric does not accidentally stick to the surface you are working on.

Process :Step 1 : Clean the velvet

Pre-wash new fabric. This will ensure that you eliminate any problems with sizing, which can cause the paint to loosen.

If this happens, the paint will not hold firmly to the fabric.

Check if there are any hair or dust particles settled, this will hinder when you paint.

Step 2 : Trace the Design / Pattern

This is a very interesting way to draw on the velvet.

Step : 2.1 : Draw the design on a A4 ( size as per your wish ) with a black pencil.

Step : 2.2:  Trace the design on a Tracing paper ( Translucent Sheet ) ( Optional )

Step : 2.3 :  Place the tracing paper on the velvet cloth with the carbon sheet in between

Order :

Step : 2.4 : Trace the entire design on the velvet cloth

Step : 2.5 : Remove the tracing paper , carbon and now you have the design on the cloth

Its time for you to paint.

Step 3 : Coloring

Step : 3.1 : Velvet being a highly absorbent material, any color that you apply will be soaked by the fabric.

One should therefore apply a base of white paint to the cloth before you start to paint.

Apply thick coat of white paint on areas which you want to color.

Leave the remaining ones as it is.

Step :  3.2 : When done as shown above. Allow it to dry. Now color as you want to.

When it has dried use the sparkles / Silver / Golden color to draw the borders.


Everyone has diminished ..talent within..perhaps a jerk , persuasion or startle is needed to begin..very true.. I always had the wish to paint , draw ….and thus be on the creative edge.. but certainly always took it as a hobby. Something I could take up in my free time.. but after a lot of persuasion I have began to learn it formally :)) Thanks to the “”.. a real inspiration for this small but powerful beginning.. all of these posts and content here.. is for my .. the inspiration the radiant awakening… ..

My first post

After going through weeks of classes on painting on pretty much everything – from glass to paper to plastic – it came to my mind that why not blog about it.

They are not jaw-dropping I know but I aspire to improve.This is something which I always wanted to do in life but never got the time and motivation. Taking out time out of a busy schedule is sometimes taxing… but you gotto do what you gotto do.

So here I am. Painting my world with all the colors I can. And that’s the beauty of painting which arrests me like a charm everytime I think of it.

Hope you like it.

– Jyoti