Tuesday, August 31, 2010

paint your prayers...

This post is largely inspired by Geninne Zlatkis, one of my earliest flickr and blogging friends. She is an extremely talented lady, who illustrates, draws, sketches, paints, carves stamps, crafts, cooks, home schools and also paints on pebbles!

Yes, in her beautiful homes in Mexico (designed by her architect husband) one of the ways in which she adds cheer and beauty is by painting natural motifs on collected pebbles, an interest that I share with her:-)
I always bring back pebbles and stones from our various travels.

I was inspired to try my hand in painting those lovely pebbles. I gave it an Indian twist by painting the traditional 'Kolam' or painted prayers...
Tiny Lord Krishna's feet, for Janmashtami...

Some painted prayers give company to my succulents....

Why restrict yourself to just Kolams, let your creativity flow~ Try Alpanas, Blockprint motifs or any symbol that holds a special meaning for you:-)

Do paint your prayers and see them answered in the form of cheerful corners in your home:-)
(images by Arch)

51 comments:

Sayantani said...

beautiful post! thats a very neat idea of rejoicing everything beautiful even in such small measures. love the Lakshmi feet on the pebbles.

india-inspirit said...

lovely

Gypsy Girl said...

arch! this is a lovely idea! I'm definitely going to try it! i loved the janmastami touch! Gorgeous!!!!

Anupama Puneeth said...

Absolutely superb post Arch...wonderful idea and thanks for sharing it :-)

Sudha said...

oh god! thats super adorable...cant wait to try out on a bigger stone..im sure i cant manage such a neat job on such tiny pebbles...(was looking forward to your festive themed posts for this year :-) )

Kanika Bahl said...

Beautiful pictures and a great idea!
:)

pRiyA said...

Very, very beautiful pictures ARch!

Rekha said...

simply beautiful, loved the ideas

Perfect Witch said...

Very, very serene and inspiring. Need some black pebbles... Now!!
Did you use chalk or paint?

Arch at Rang said...

Thanks all:-) Glad you liked the post:-)

Perfect Witch~ I used white Acrylic paint.

Arundhuti said...

Such a lovely innovative idea!!! loved this post and loved the laxmi feet on pebbles...:)

arundati said...

awesome idea archana

Sharon Colaco D'Souza said...

such a lovely post! brill ideas!

GB said...

This is a lovely idea!

Pallavi said...

Very original and beautiful too.

PreeOccupied said...

I cant't get enough of your painted pebbles. Love all of them, especially the tiny feet you have done. We Bengalis do a Lokkhi'r paa (Goddess Lakshmi's feet) during Lakshmi Puja and on Thursdays with rice flour.

You inspire me, Archana.


P.S. What kind of paint did you use on the pebbles? I have some acrylic, will that work?

Sanghamitra Bhattacherjee(Mukherjee) said...

Lovely post!...wonderful idea!!

Shalini said...

Hey Archana...
I have just recently started following your blog...n must say I M LOVING IT!!....Let me start by congratulating you for celebrating India in all your posts...I thought the idea of painting Kolams on pebbles is so original....Kudos to u!!!...Look forward to many more from you...Thanks!

Once Upon A Tea Time said...

That is just awesome!!

Anitha said...

ah! instant fav. Such a lovely post Archana. I too have collected some pebbles and stones during one of our trips. Will definitely try this out.

Dithi said...

Love Geninne's work, she is an inspiration, this is a rather adorable 'India'-version of pebble-painting, love what you have done. Shubh Janmashtami Arch!

Deepi's World said...

Simple yet creative...way to go!!!

Gayathri R. said...

awwwwwwwwwww!! lovely post!! Krishna's paadhams and kolams look just awesome! Your distinct ethnic style in decorating your home is commendable, Archana! :)

Eterna said...

very beautiful.. An excellent idea to place Krishna's feet during Janmashtami..mainly in places where you have a carpet! Thanks for the idea sharing..

notyet100 said...

first time here,..loved ur space,..:-)

Anonymous said...

Very Beautiful!!!!
Rgds
Mangala

blogaloorgirl said...

I love Geninne's work and love how you have 'Indianised' it. It is gorgeous!!

blogger said...

i have been a silent admirer / follower of your blog for a few months now, but i want to say that your blog has an almost therapeutic or relaxing or soothing effect... the colors may have something to do with it. simple yet so novel. well done, and write more often.. :)

PS - how big is your apartment -and where do you put away stuff like old newspapers etc - lesser mortals like me need de-cluttering and storage ideas that we could do with :) thanks!

Shankari said...

What a lovely idea. Thanks for sharing. I am definitely going to implement this at home.

Aparna said...

that is a splendid Idea!
At the risk of sounding ignorant..what do you paint with? Is that Chalk??

Sound Horn Please said...

Love the idea! The pebbles look so pretty! You've inspired me to paint a huge pebble sitting on my window sill :)

vineeta said...

Archana, how very charming & beautiful is this post! Its so you, your little kolams, your idea & your photography. Beautiful :)

Shalini said...

Hi Archana,
I have recently started following your work and let me begin by sayin that i love every little bit ot it!!
The idea of kolams on pebbles is just so original and beautiful...Thanks for sharing it..:)Waiting eagerly for your next post!!

Shalini said...

Hi Archana,
I recently started following your work and I must say that I m loving every bit of it!!....LOve d amalgamation of India, colour and ofcourse interesting ways to brighten up your home....This idea of kolams on pebbles is so original and beautiful...:)
Thanks for sharing with us!!! and keep them coming!

Anonymous said...

so wonderful ideas you have got ..how do you get them and you also take nice pictures of them ..i usally get a smile whenever i see your pictures and other ideas...

Eterna said...

Thanks Archana.. That was so helpful and it made my day.. Please take a peek when you have time.. http://eternadecors.blogspot.com/2010/09/pebble-steps.html

Shalini said...

Wonderful, simply wonderful. I'd love to spot them in unusual places.

swathi said...

hi,
I just loved this post,i can't stop myself from painting one!
Swathi
antiquityathome.blogspot.com

Anonymous said...

very nice,archana.simple but beautiful.love the feet on the pebbles.

Nay-K said...

this is so cute. the stones look beautiful!

Sruthi said...

very nice,archana.simple but beautiful.love the feet on the pebbles.
http://oorvi-sruthi.blogspot.com/

Sameera said...

I LOVE this! Will be painting stones this weekend :-)

Kamini said...

Just came back last week from our trip and am now catching up on all my blog reading....this one is fabulous! What an amazingly beautiful idea...got to give it a try!

Carrie said...

I love the tiny Lord Krishna's feet, so lovely!

Sowmya said...

This is a great idea...On the way to moving into a new home...definitely should try this

Aarthi said...

beautiful post indeed Archana!
Your creativity brings smile to my face

MM said...

Beautiful idea arch, and i did tried it and came out great:) thank you

whatsinaname said...

First time visitor and I have fallen in love with your blog. This post is mindblowing! What an idea, madam ji! Hats off. Will try it soon

Katie Chrishanthi Shipley said...

These are so beautiful! I have plenty of collected pebbles to get started on. Your blog is a lovely read

Bohemian said...

What a wonderful idea... my Grandchildren and I often collect interesting stones and this would be fun to do together, painting our Prayers upon them! Thank you for the beautiful inspiration.

Dawn... The Bohemian

sweta said...

so simple yet so elegant,loved and saved each of the pebbles design,what a wonderful way to get beauty from nature.