Tuesday, 8 May 2012

Writing on Walls

I was four or five years old when I started scribbling on walls, I don't remember it very clearly but the wide open canvas must have been pretty hard to resist. My mother tells me that I'd use anything that I could lay my hands on - pencils, paint, sketch pens, crayons - and my favourite subjects were abstract depictions of the English alphabet, decapitated stick figures and flowers that looked like flies.

After many failed attempts of trying to introduce me to paper and colouring books she decided to let my creativity run wild, as long as it was contained in my own room. And instead of coming after me with a cane, she came after me with a can - a can of distemper (cheap whitewash that most army households are familiar with) acquired from the painter on his nth clean-up visit. When I'd finish with my hard day's work, mom would just splash some paint over it and I'd wake up to a clean slate the next morning. I'm not sure if I liked this blatant disregard for my artistic creations but I guess it was a lot better than getting whipped for writing on walls, like some of the other kids...those kids have gone on to become NASA scientists or housekeeping assistants. But look where it got me, I am still painting and writing on walls.

Just spent two whole afternoons writing and drawing on my kitchen wall. God knows what came over me, maybe it was a recent trip to a restaurant that had illustrations all over it's walls, obviously much cooler than these.


I played around with a couple of thoughts before deciding to create a graffiti with funny quotes related to food and cooking; definitely lightens my mood and keeps the guests entertained as well. I'm not quite done with the illustrations yet and will be squeezing in a few more. In case you couldn't read some of the stuff, here's a closer look at some of the lines and illustrations...



I know you're smiling reading this, just like me :)
So long!

PS - thanks mom, for never yelling at me when I scribbled on your walls.

22 comments:

  1. This is brilliant. Absolutely love it.

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  2. Hi Sahana....love it....its brilliant!!!!

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  3. I love it BIG time !!! Just super way to personalising the most creative spot in our home :)

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  4. This is absolutely stunning. Your do such inspiring things.
    This is "THE Best" idea to decorate a kitchen and ofcourse
    having a great handwriting and an illustrater helps too.

    I don't remember if I have told you before but even though
    I live in US I used to only visit west elm and not really look
    at stuff that closely to really purchase something. But your
    post on the the things you got from west elm and anthropologie
    was so inspiring that I started looking at these stores with a
    changed attitude. I too then went and purchased those oil vinegar
    bottle set and the measuring cups. It has brought me such joy ever since
    and I thought to myself how come I never thought of buying these before.

    So thank you once again for your posts on shopping which allows us to
    look at the things here in a different light.

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  5. This is absolutely amazing.... I am doing up my kitchen and have got loads of ideas.

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  6. Brilliantttttt idea and looking soooooooo good !! Please also share how you have done the same, as in what pen/paint etc have u used?

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    1. Simply wrote on the wall with charcoal...you can easily find it at any art store. Try out the pencils as they are easier to handle, and if you feel confident enough then go for the charcoal crayons. I used black and two shades of brown.

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  7. Fantastic! It gives the room so much more character and definitely makes it memorable!

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  8. Kiddin me! You really wrote directly on the wall??? Do you have a wall eraser? Kudos! This is brilliant stuff!! We have been discussing of how to trick you into doing the interiors when my apartment is ready.. and you are just luring me further :D

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    1. hahahaha! I drew some faint lines with a pencil to help me stay on track but other than that yeah, simply scribbled on the wall.

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  9. Wow! This is bloody brilliant! I am beyond impressed. Normally, I dont think twice before copying your ideas but tell you what, this one I wont.First I dont have the required skills, and even if i did, this is such a brilliantly original effort and brainwave that I am convinced there should be only one kitchen of it's kind and that should be yours- do you get what I mean?? So much effort and perseverance i must say both of which most of us lack, I do anyway! I shall enjoy many hours coming back to obsess over this post. Bravo!

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    1. Thanks Harshika, that is such a sweet compliment! But I'd be more than happy if you felt inspired to have a go at it as well :)

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  10. simply superb is all i can say!!!!!

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  11. Absolutely fun, unique, and hugely creative, very bold of you to give in to your creative burst, Love it!

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  12. Your kitchen makes me super happy! Happy to have stumbled on your blog ... can't wait to read more

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  13. you have a lovely blog :)

    -Varsha
    http://warflower-theinnerme.blogspot.in/

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  14. Unique is your idea Sahana and you've executed it so adorably :-) Lovvve this!

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  15. cool idea and looks oh so beautiful!!!! Lovely writing on the wall!!!

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