Learning curves and picture wiring tutorial

I'm just that sort of person who works well with dead lines. I think I secretly enjoy the panic and stress that comes with it, but it also pushes me to work more. So after baby 'Z' was born and I was back to working on my art, I thought the next step should be taking part in Art fair.  The sammamish art FAir seemed like the perfect next step.... So I got my application form ready to send to the jury and then waited very impatiently to hear back! 

Almost immediately after getting my acceptance e-mail, panic mode hit! I've never done something like this, I don't know what all I'm supposed to do? I don't know how to make my work hang? How do I put it up? What will it hang on? Am I supposed to get it? Will they provide it???? Aaaaahh!!!! So the coming week I decided to go over to artEast (did I mention previously that I became a member of this community?!). I figured someone over there would be able to help me out, answers the trillion questions and guide me a bit in this new adventure! And boy was I right!! I met ..... Over there who was SUPER helpful, she even told me in which aisle of which shop to find which screw that would work best for my pieces!!!! And yes I was a complete dork asking the most ridiculous questions!  

Sooo! A few weeks later with paintings finished and ready to be hung I sat down to wire them, get them ready for hanging! So here's a small tutorial for doing the wiring and a list of materials I used.  

things you need:  

1. D hooks with screw 

2. Screwdriver  

3. Pliers  


5. Super soft strand (I used No. 4 )  

6. Pencil  

7. Ruler  

How to: 

1. Flip your canvas over, so the back is facing you. Make sure to have it the right way around you don't want to do the whole wiring only to find out that'll it'll hang upside down!  

2. With your ruler measure the canvas height, if for example the height is 10 inches I'm going to put a mark on the side panels at about 2.5 inches. This is to mark where you screws are going to go, so make sure to measure properly.  

3. Once you've got your markings down, get your D hook, screw and screw driver, line up the hook hole to the mark, place your screw and with the screwdriver, screw it in nice and tight. I used the screw driver to just get it into the wood a bit and then used my drill, so much easier! It can be done by hand but if you have a faster easier option, why not?! 

4. Once you've got put your hooks in place. It's time to get your wire out. So I put the wire in from the front of the hook not the back, got it through both the hooks and then a little extra to wrap, I kept this almost the same length as the full front wire.... Just a little bit less, so when I cut it and held the wire taunt they were just a little short from meeting in the middle.  

5. The knotting of the wire was really easy because of the great instructions that came with the wire! 

So here are some little drawings to show you how to do it with instructions too, because if your like me, you need visuals!!  

A Karachi sorta day.

I've started working on panel boards and i absolutely loveeeee them! 

I've started working on panel boards and i absolutely loveeeee them! 

Living in Seattle, rain is really not a big deal, you become used to it… you even stop noticing it! No it does not actually rain ALL the time like they show in Greys Anatomy! But it does rain quite a lot. 

But for last two months we've been having a dry spell with little to no rain... And temperatures reaching a Seattle record high. By this point we’re all desperate for rain!

Yesterday morning when I woke up it was a dark and cloudy morning, with a cool breeze and just that feeling of right before a storm. It reminded me Karachi monsoons, one of my favorite times of the year in Karachi. Of course, over here your street doesn't turn into a two day river! But I found myself suddenly feeling so nostalgic, missing that rain smell and just the pure joy that a monsoon rain brings. The break from the heat, the chai, the impromptu Pakoras or Halwa Poori.... Going up to the roof to soak in the rain.  

Rain in Karachi is so different, for a few short hours the whole city seems to come alive, people's moods are lifted, Offices and schools close! Yes, it comes with a lot of negatives too, but I still have always loved the rain in Karachi and how the city is transformed.

We were once stuck in traffic in the middle of a monsoon shower, cars had broken down and even the traffic signal had stopped working.... No one was going anywhere. And smack in the middle of all that suddenly there was a bunch of men dancing in the middle of the street!.... No, that's not going to happen in Seattle! 

Transferring my pattern. 

Transferring my pattern. 

Sitting with 'A' this morning listening to the clouds grumble, I kept sharing my excitement with him about the rain..... He really couldn't careless! And I realised then, it's not a big deal to him.... He only knows the common- not a big deal –Seattle rain.... He doesn't know, and probably will never know Karachi monsoons. 




The final piece.

The final piece.



P.S- I’m sorry about the missing steps in the work pics, in a moment of panic where my phone was out of memory I managed to delete a whole bunch of pics I actually needed :S uggghhhhh! 

So this is the artist panel i used for this painting:

But i've started using these ones instead:

20 years....

For the last year, the term ’twenty years’ keeps ringing in my head; those two small words seem to bring such a heavy feeling.

It's very strange to think about how long its been, when you think of '20 years' it feels like such a long, long.... long time ago. Two decades. So much that has happened, so much that has changed. The greater part of my life is those 20 years... but it doesn't feel like it was as long ago as it sounds. 

The memories of 20 years ago are so fresh in my head, each one carefully woven inside and double knotted in place. 

I created this piece in my first year of college at IVSAA, for my 'Abba' (father) who passed away 20 years ago today. I did it by first creating transparencies of old pictures of him, birthday and postcards that he had given to my sisters and I. I then layered the transparencies, working directly on them with soft chalk pastels and acrylic paint. I also scratched away some areas, with a steel edge scale... perhaps there is an easier way to remove the ink but at that time that’s what I had!

It's always been one of my favorite pieces that is very close to my heart, may not be the most successful, but this piece wasn't about that. Making it was kind of a journey that I needed to take, and a tribute that was long over due.

20 years can be a really long time, or it can just be yesterday.... 


Art Snacks June Review

The Art Snacks June box is here! And that too just at the perfect time when A’s summer camp has just started! Which means…. I was able to open my box toddler free (thus all the pics!) and my little candy snack is still sitting on my desk! Woohoo!

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To new beginnings...

This past year has been a really eventful one for my family and me. It started off with us packing up our house in Karachi, Pakistan and moving across the globe to Seattle, Washington. While living at my mum's place, job hunting and being surrounded by 7 unpacked suitcases we also found out we were expecting baby number 2! It was a tough year of really not knowing what’s happening with your life, but here i am a year later sitting in our own apartment... 7 suitcases unpacked, art work hanging up on the walls (well mostly!), Mr.O (lets just call him that, I’m not a fan of the word 'hubby')  at work and kids in their room playing (one of those rare moments!). I can now comfortably say that we have finally settled into our new lives! 

 It was hard to work during the last year between having life as we knew it turned upside down, moving, packing, unpacking, being pregnant, house hunting, job hunting, etc. etc.!!! My head just wasn’t in the right place to work so I pretty much took a yearlong break... it wasn’t really intentional but just happened. A month after having baby Z, life finally seemed to have settled down again and I just wanted to get back to my work! But here’s the thing, when you work for your self, its hard to make your self get up and work. When you have a job, you have a day that your maternity leave ends, there are deadlines and work hours that you have to stick to. But when you work for your self; once you get a break from the house and the kids... whose goanna stop you from collapsing on the couch in front of some good Ol' mindless TV!? 

Working late into the night with Baby Z sleeping on the side :)

Working late into the night with Baby Z sleeping on the side :)

After moving here I joined some artist communities, and groups, one of which was ArtEast; so far I’ve found it really useful. During this slump of mine, there was an artist call through ArtEast for artwork for a book cover. I don’t want to name the title of the book since its still in the publishing stages, but it was a compilation of short stories about women, running away from their lives (in short!).  The book spoke to me and immediately I had some ideas for it, and I thought it was the perfect thing to get me back into my work. Best part was I had a deadline! So finally I got the TV off and back into work! And I lovedddd it! I remembered all the reasons I love working and all the reasons why I need to make time for my art. Even if it meant staying up late in the night and working with a small desk lamp in a corner of your room while the rest of the house is sleeping, it is worth it, because you know what, it makes me a happier, nicer person!!! 

At the end, my sketch for the book cover wasn't chosen, and it was disappointing; as this field can sometimes be! Every piece of art you make, its a piece of you that you put out there to be judged and scrutinized, and it can be hard sometimes, but also so rewarding! 

Love this quote and how Jenny over at Coo & Co has beautifully designed it! 

Love this quote and how Jenny over at Coo & Co has beautifully designed it! 

“Don’t think about making art, just get it done. Let everyone else decide if it’s good or bad, whether they love it or hate it.  While they are deciding, make even more art.” - Andy Warhol

The finished piece! 

The finished piece! 

Done using Sakura ink pen set and winston newton inks.