Since young, I have always been obsessed with the designs on bed spreads and cushion covers etc. I remember tracing the pattern with one hand and holding onto ma’s little finger as I fell asleep. This went on for many years and even to this day I like to look at the prints on fabric or just about anything. Sometimes when I travel, my mind conjures patterns but I always forget them later.

I have always been obsessed with kilim. While I cant make those beauties, I thought I’d try painting them. So, I googled and found a pattern I thought was easy and I liked and replicated it on the elephant poo-paper I got from Sri Lanka. Β I did not use a pencil and painted directly. You can see what that resulted in πŸ˜›


I haven’t used water colours for ages now. Somehow, I prefer micro tips, pencils and crayons. I love hoarding paints but never really use them much unless am painting them on glass pebbles or any non-paper medium. Yesterday I bought another set of water colours and thought, “Why not?”.

The edges are rough and I haven’t even given the finishing touches yet. Β Also, poo-paper is tricky when we use water paints. It sucks up the paint like crazy and refuses to be evened out later. But the joy of painting on poo-paper is unparalleled.

Painting gives an all-time high. When I paint, I am flooded with thoughts and tend to find metaphors. When I loved painting on the poo-paper, I couldn’t help but reflect on how we need to appreciate the beauty of a canvas. It lets you do anything with it! And if you find it beautiful, you will be inspired to make it even more so. So much like our lives, no? And then, the way colours mix and create newer ones. The process is amazing! Sometimes you least expect it to happen and then it does. Β Sounds familiar?

And then, I made a lot of “mistakes”. I could have crumpled it or postponed for later. But instead I Β just went ahead, trying to make up for the asymmetry and trying to make the asymmetry as pretty as I could. Β Sometimes it worked out, sometimes it did not. Ah well! I enjoyed doing it anyways. There are a lot of imperfections but I loved this. Will I do it again? Heaven, yes!

Heavy-duty philosophy on a Sunday evening, I know.

Oh, by the way, K did a couple of strokes. He always does whenever am doing something. When I ask him why, he says he does it so that we can say “WE did it together.” And he always wants to paint the “main” part it seems. If I cleverly ask him to outline, he blatantly refuses to do it accusing me of giving unwanted work – my eyes are rolling 360 degrees now-

Back to the main point – Have you fallen in love with Kilim?

Happy monday! Make a blessed week, folks! πŸ™‚


  1. Destination Infinity · July 28, 2013

    You’ve got a lot of patience. The last time I touched a painting brush was during 10th Standard, because of the mandatory art class. However, I am impressed with the modern computer technology which allows us to create one line/one stroke and replicate it all across the (digital) canvas with minimum efforts. We can even randomize it, if we want. Ah, the pleasures of technology πŸ™‚

    Destination Infinity

    • kismitoffeebar · July 28, 2013

      Hi DI!

      He he – yeah am sure technology does all that and more. But to me, starting from scratch and doing is enjoyable and very fulfilling. I doubt if technology can give me that sort of process though it does give a great end product. Personal takes as always πŸ™‚ But I want to learn illustrator πŸ™‚

  2. greenboochi · July 28, 2013

    Loving the colors! Loving the pattern! Loving the asymmetry! Loving the fact that you used poo-paper! I am so glad I looked at WP now, the evening looks so bright! Infact I am so inspired that I would love painting something right away πŸ™‚

    I so get with whatever you said about painting!! It makes me so high πŸ˜€ And you know S does the same here? He gives me completely unnecessary suggestions all the way I am doing it.. sometimes even takes the brush from my hands and does something πŸ™„ πŸ™„ πŸ™„ and guess what he tells me, when the painting is done – “Thank God I was there to save it” πŸ˜›

    • kismitoffeebar · July 28, 2013

      Thanks so much GB! Coming from you, I know what it means πŸ™‚

      He he. Guys I guess are pretty similar πŸ˜› My guy doesn’t offer suggestions but looks down on whatever little I am willing to allow him to do. He wants to do the major part it seems. Yea sure, with cricket on laptop and NDTV on the phone, major part indeed!

      Did you create something? Show me show me! πŸ™‚

  3. Swaram · July 28, 2013

    Nange ishta aythu πŸ™‚ Super-agide!

    • kismitoffeebar · July 29, 2013

      Thankoo Swaram! πŸ™‚ Nimma maatu keLi nange tumba khushi aythu πŸ™‚

  4. The Girl Next Door · July 29, 2013

    Loved it, Kismi. It is beautiful, asymmetry and all. πŸ™‚ You loved painting this, that is all that matters, ultimately. πŸ™‚

    • kismitoffeebar · July 29, 2013

      Thanks so much TGND ! πŸ™‚ Yea, that is probably all that matters.

  5. Smita · July 29, 2013

    This is so bright vibrant & beautiful!

  6. Arch · July 29, 2013

    Love the pattern and the colors! It’s beautiful!

  7. Jas · July 29, 2013

    it is so colorful. I loved the formations and the emotions it evokes. Hope to see more stuff painted by you πŸ™‚

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  9. onehonestwriter · July 29, 2013

    This is so beautiful…colorful…vibrant. I never knew that kind of weaving is called Kilim. Replicating it through painting seems such a refreshing idea. I loved the pattern too. And you and GB together are making me to take out my painting brushes as well.

  10. Visha · July 30, 2013

    You and GB should totally open an art gallery πŸ˜€

    • kismitoffeebar · July 31, 2013

      he he am sure that’d be fun though am not sure if I am that good yet. Maybe someday! πŸ™‚
      Thanks for the faith Visha! πŸ˜› GB, are you seeing this?

  11. Roshni · July 30, 2013

    IT’s very pretty!!, Kismi! And, it is nice to do things together! πŸ™‚

  12. pixie · August 1, 2013

    you did that?!! :O
    Wow! I knew you were talented Kismi – but this like hitting it out of the ballpark! wow!!
    I love cheerful bedspreads too! πŸ™‚

    • kismitoffeebar · August 1, 2013

      he he. I did that πŸ™‚ You are too generous Pixie ! Me three – I love cheerful bedspreads! πŸ™‚

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