Acrylic Painting, Zentangle and Stippling Artworks

The arts are not a way to make a living. They are a very human way of making life more bearable. Practicing an art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow, for heaven’s sake. Sing in the shower. Dance to the radio. Tell stories. Write a poem to a friend, even a lousy poem. Do it as well as you possibly can. You will get an enormous reward. You will have created something.”
― Kurt Vonnegut, A Man Without a Country

Does this quote resonate with you?  Do you feel the sheer joy of creating something that didn’t exist before? Or it is just my fantastical way of thinking 😀

Contrary to what most of my friends perceive,  I don’t spend all my waking hours drawing or doing something creative. It’s only when there’s an idea floating around in my head that I put all my energy into giving it a form. Else you will find me parked on the sofa,  drooling over male leads in Korean Drama. Creativity, fortunately, is something that cannot be forced. 

This gives way to another train of thought. Have you recently made something just for yourself? Not for the blog or social media. Not for page views or likes. But something that is often revered by friends or family who visit your home.

I know in this age of technology it is quite unimaginable to create and keep it hidden. But sometimes,  I show restraint and not post some of my artworks anywhere. They simply lie in the pages of drawing book. Maybe my grandkids would find them and post them on whatever platform that is popular at that age. For now,  my husband has to come up with all sorts of adjective to admire my art.😅

Now that I have said enough, sharing with you some of the artworks I made in the past few weeks. If you are running out of ideas for your art project, hopefully, this would help.


Do you remember my post on Can you make artworks using dots? I love Stippling. I haven’t tried anything fancy yet, just black ink and dots and dashes to illustrate a scene.

Watercolor and Acrylics aren’t something I usually dabble with. This medium is still new to me. But Youtube is an excellent source to find easy tips and tricks to indulge in some beginner level painting. I learned a new trick with salt-water and used it to create these backgrounds. Once the painting had dried, I used a thick black pen to draw few floral illustrations.

Still figuring out what to draw on the below backgrounds that were made using water droplets on a glossy cardstock.

Finishing off this list with a Zentangle Inspired Artwork – Coder Girl. I haven’t posted the complete typography yet on my blog, but you can have a look at the rest of the designs on my Instagram account – @paperandprose

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33 thoughts on “Acrylic Painting, Zentangle and Stippling Artworks

  1. Loved them all, Raj! Especially, the one made using salt water. That’s something new to me. Once the A to Z concludes, I plan on focusing on my art. And, maybe…Okay, it’s too early to talk, or even to think about what I am thinking! 😛

  2. My only creative bit besides dreaming 😉 is writing on my blog! I have this mosaic project underway since 2 years but………………….. Somehow havent gotten around to it again!! Maybe its time I pushed myself over it.

    Your artwork is just brilliant Raj – the bookmarks are yummy. If I ever meet you, I am whacking one of them for sure 😉

  3. The only creative thing that I do is baking and I dabble a bit in coloring on my phone app for some focus and peace of mind. You are incredibly talented, love that you learn new techniques and master your art. All these artworks are simply beautiful and as Kalpanaa mentioned, you must start selling them 🙂

  4. That looks fantastic. I have been doing canvas painting for sometime now but I didnt know the salt technique. Really love those hues and blends. And then those flowers above ❤️

    1. Wow you do canvas painting. That’s awesome. Please do share your works. I am so bad at picking colors… I just follow the beginner videos on YouTube. Thank you so much.

  5. You are so talented! All I can do is procrastinate off late!
    The colours really look nice and summary!
    But, I guess your winters are coming ?:)

  6. I have lost count of how many times I’ve said this, but you are so incredibly talented, Raj. The bookmarks are so pretty, and the painting too. I wish I could draw and paint like this, but I am pretty terrible at anything artistic.

    1. Now isn’t that awesome. I wish I had the talent to experiment in the kitchen 😊thank you so much.

  7. Hmmm its got me thinking… Why Havent I created/made something for myself??? And not for the blog or SM??? SIgh!!! Just cant seem to give myself a logical reason.

    Love your colour splashes 🙂

    1. Thank you so much. I like the idea of doing something which only I know of 😀 and also because I am kinda tired of “Oh I saw it on insta” 😅 Now where’s the fun in that.

  8. The colours, Rajlakshmi, they are so beautiful! Your grandchildren surely are in for a treat. And yes, I’d like to know the adjectives your husband comes up with everytime 🙂

    1. He has now managed to go beyond nice and good 😅 like seriously my husband and sister both need to learn more adjectives. I keep starinh at them until they come up with a word 😅😅thank you so much

  9. This is so pretty, Raj! You’re so talented. I haven’t really created anything of late unless you count the food where I keep creating new dishes.

    1. Your healthy recipes and dishes are so amazing. I have already tried a couple, just the simple ones and they are so good. 😀

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