Monday, March 27, 2017

Recycled bottle with dot painting

Thanks for your lovely comments on my previous post, Weekly Market(Santhe)

I have been experimenting with Batik Design Technique on fabric for a long time, I have been successful to get the desired result in few,  and few of them were totally disastrous and unexpected. To take break from that, and to cheer myself I am exploring other crafts which are in my To-Do list.

There are few wine bottles that I have been hoarding for a long time to get them painted.  My first thought was to try dot painting with acrylics on the bottle. Before doing that, I tried dot painting with Fevicryl Liquid embroidery tubes. These are actually used for doing liquid embroidery on fabric but I have used to paint my bottle with them.

Recycled Wine Bottle with dot painting, Fevicryl 3D outliner

I got few limited colors in the shop, and the shop was selling more metallic colors. I bought orange, blue, yellow. I was looking for white color but I got pearly white which I thought was OK and still doable. Before I got started I had to remove the labels from the bottle.

How to remove the labels from bottle
There are methods to remove the labels which many swear by but this following process has most of the time worked for me.
Initially soak the bottle in hot water(not boiling) for about an hour. If the label has any paper part, it would come off with scrubbing.
To take off the tough, sticky glue, apply some oil and baking soda on the sticky label. Leave it for a while(about 10 min). Take a scrubber and scrub the label off. This should get you a sparkling bottle.

How to paint
Fevicryl 3D outliner
I have used the fine tipped pen to draw my designs on the bottle. I didn't go about drawing the entire design initially instead drew only what was necessary. . I just drew step by step, as my design demanded it.  Keep a wet cloth handy, because if you do not like what you have drawn, you can immediately wipe it.
Start with slowly squeezing the bottle. You would get tiny dots, which looks like tiny spikes.

Fevicryl 3D outliner

I tried first on the plain glass bottle, free hand without any particular design in mind. I am happy how both have turned out. Best way show them off is to have golden pothos in them.

Linking this post to Craft Schooling Sunday by Creative Jewish Mom

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Our Weekly Market(Santhe)

Have you ever visited the weekly market or the 'Santhe' that they are locally called? If you have not done it yet, you can do it here, on this post. Santhes are small local vegetable markets arranged on the outskirts of the city/village. The vegetables here are fresh, cheap, and more organic than you think. I bet once you start visiting them, you would never want to buy the vegetables and fruits from the malls and supermarkets any more.

Santhe, Village Market

How are these markets different from the farmers market in other countries? These markets sell many other things apart from fruits and vegetables. The vegetables that are sold here are either locally grown or bought bulk from the main market of the city. For e.g. I am regular at these markets and I often purchase spinach and coriander from a lady who grows them.  I buy it mainly because they look sooo FRESH!!!

During the years of transferable job, whenever we relocated to a new city my father's first lookout was to find a place to get vegetable and fruits freshly. That tradition is instilled into me.  For me it's just 10 minute drive from my house and this distance makes me more certain to visit every week.
Being a regular visitor, I am acquainted with few lady sellers, and after a small chat they offer me extra discount on already discounted price.

Santhes are indispensable of many villagers in Indian Villages. A cluster of villages say 4 or 5 will have one market. For most of the villagers living nearby, this is also one stop groceries mart. That is why you see pulses, spices, flowers,utensils etc. being sold in the same platform as the vegetables. The sellers set up make shift tents or more fortunate ones will have a reserved place under the government designated large open shed with a roof.

Santhe, Village Market

Santhe, Village Market
Homemakers, husbands, restaurant workers, villagers and people from different walk of life flock the village markets to buy their daily needs
If you go at the end of the day everything is even more cheap, as most of the sellers would be calling it a day and packing their stuff. This is also the reason the Santhes are over crowded in the evening.
Here you could buy vegetables weight wise or heap wise. The sellers divide the vegetables into small heap, the usual price of which is merely 10 Indian Rupees.

Santhe, Village Market

Santhe, Village Market

Santhe, Village Market

Santhe, Village Market

Santhe, Village Market

Apart from my usual vegetables and fruits, I have bought many plants, clay pots from the sellers here which are seasonal. Hope you enjoyed the small tour of the market.
Linking this post to Our World Tuesday