A contemporary twist

Artistic transition

A contemporary twist

Ever since she was a kid, she has swum in a pool of creativity. According to Shelna​, she never lacked an artistic side and crafting came just as easily. What started out as a youngster sitting in art class in school has turned into a passion and hobby that takes up most of her time.

“I have been painting since I was young but now, I’m giving crafting a chance. I specialise in glass painting, ceramic works and decoupage,” she says. Ask her why she made this shift, and she adds, “Paintings take a lot of time to finish and are expensive to buy. People wanted something that is more reasonably priced so I started crafting. When it comes to decoupage, although I’m not painting it myself, it takes effort and the end result is beautiful. And it’s not as expensive so anyone can buy it.”

In between school and now, she had stopped painting and crafting because of work. “But when I got married, I had more time to craft. Two years ago I learnt decoupage and started painting on glass.” On why she likes glass as her canvas, she says, “The shine attracted me to it!” Shelna has also made another shift — from drawing traditional designs to abstract work. “When I was in Chennai, I came across Tanjore paintings which were beautiful so I learnt the technique. But now, I am designing more contemporary designs because they are colourful.” She doesn’t like to repeat designs so abstract art is perfect for her. And as it gives room for interpretation, she has more space as an artist. “The first abstract work I did was a horse on glass,” she says.

While ceramic art is something she is good at, she doesn’t let it dominate her time. “Ceramic art takes a lot of time. I have to make sure there are no cracks on the item so that I can give it a three-dimensional effect. Everything put together, it takes six months to finish one ceramic product. This is why I don’t do it very often.”

A self-taught artist, she learnt most of her techniques on YouTube. “After watching YouTube videos I perfected my decoupage work; I learnt how to keep the air bubbles away. The decoupage sheets are pretty thick so one has to make sure they don’t allow air bubbles to form.” She makes decoupage trays, coasters, tissue boxes and mixed media photo frames.

Shelna has named her brand ‘Purple Hue Creations’ because, “People assume every girl loves pink but my favourite colour is blue. When you put the two together, you get purple, which I’ve come to love as well.”


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