Wednesday, 19 March 2014

"Jugalbandhi "...Art Fusion!

Hello Crafters,

Trash to Treasure, again today with another up cycled item! This time it's a stone ware water jug which served me many a dinner and retired "hurt"a few years ago with lots of scratches and some chipped edges!
Am sure you are also wondering about the title...The term Jugalbandi is popularly used in Indian Classical Music to mean a fusion or a beautiful mix and in this project I have mixed decoupage style art with paper crafting! You will see soon...

Firstly, I sealed all the cracks with a locally available sealant and gave the jug 2 coats of gesso.
 The picture is a classic of "RAJA RAVI VARMA PAINTINGS" and here is a link about the great Indian Artist.
This is a humble tribute to the legend.

I was lucky that the picture from the vintage calendar was just the perfect size for this project and so I adhered it to the body of the jug using modge  podge. I re did the background with acrylic colors and then gave another coat of modge podge. The rest of the jug, I gave another coat of gesso and once that dried, I sponged in Vintage photo, distress inks.
Coming back to the picture, I was just in awe of this beautiful lady and went ahead and enhanced her jewellery using Tanjore stones(semi -precious stones). I then sealed the entire jug and gave it 2 coats of varnish bcos I intend using this as a planter in my living room!
Yes, there is a small plastic container inside with water which holds this lovely foliage!
Now that the jug was ready for handling, I went around finishing the embellishments.
 A few flowers and a closer look at them...can you spot the wooden clothespin???
Yes, the wooden peg is all dressed up as a beautiful butterfly adding the much needed color and life to this scenic beauty! I the butterfly is made with die cuts from TH Tattered florals, CL daisy die and cutie and some washi tape to cover the peg ! How do you like it?
I have decorated the corner with some metal charms, remains from a broken pendant and some coconut shell buttons which fits perfectly in this vintage theme.
the vintage lace trim with tiny beads hanging is also a gift from a friend and have used it to frame the lady and also a casually twisted it around the handle!
The entire jug has been randomly stamped with  music notes and a couple of die cuts also denoting the "Jugalbandhi".
I am really happy with the outcome of this project, but am not sure about the picture quality as my camera is not functioning. I have taken this from my phone and apologize for the poor quality.
Thank you so much for stopping by and would love to hear what you have to say about this fusion.
Am linking this to.....

Until then,
happy Crafting and re cycling.


  1. Fantastic makeover! Love how you have made this. Thanks for joining us at TIOT this time! Valerie

  2. Soooo creative! Looks, like, one THOUSAND % better than when it started! And wow! Clever use of the peg as a butterfly, too!! Thanks for joining us at LESSology, as always!!!

  3. amazing! Superb art work as always!!

  4. amazing! Superb art work as always!!

  5. amazing! Superb art work as always!!

  6. Wow. This is gorgeous! I love how you've given the jug a new lease of something so functional and beautiful!

    Thank you so much for joining us at LESSology!

  7. Hey Rupa..I am a BIG Fan of RAJA Ravi Verma's paintings..and was delighted to see you use one of it ! Loved the jugalbandi :D !! Fab up-cycling !

  8. This is so unusual and so beautiful.

    Love Chrissie x

  9. What a beautiful makeover!! Love the addition of Tanjore stones:)

  10. What a fabulous altered jug, love all the details.
    Thanks for sharing with us at TioT

  11. A fantastic alteration, great details. thank you for joining us at TioT's this time.

  12. Gorgeous project! Thanks for joining us at Top Tip Tuesday. Hugs

  13. Stunning, thanks for sharing with us at LESSology!

  14. fabulous project looks amazing, Thank for joining us at OMCF & good luck Pam DT xx

  15. Thats so beautiful !
    Love it totally
    Thanks for playing with us at BGC this fortnight !

  16. Fabulous artwork and design!

  17. Beautiful!! Thanks for playing along at BGC!

  18. Gorgeous creation!!! What a fantastic way to up cycle!!! And your creation is amazing!!! Thanks so much for playing along with us at Open-Minded Crafting Fun Challenges!!! Good Luck! I hope we see you again!!

    - Susan, Co-Owner @ Open-Minded Crafting Fun Challenges
    {Scrap A Thousand Words}

  19. that's is very clever recycling! what luck that it fit exactly!!! Love the great details you have added to this.

    Thanks for joining our fortnightly challenge here at Open Minded Crafting Fun Challenge. Hope you will join us next time co-owner Crafting Vicky.

  20. Beautiful project! Love all the details. Thank you so much for joining us at BGC :)

  21. Gorgeous creation, love how you incorporated the buttons.
    Thanks so much for playing along with us at Open-Minded Crafting Fun Challenges!!! Good Luck! I hope we see you again!!

  22. What a beautiful creation, really well altered and a great new use x Thank you for joining us over at Top Tip Tuesday. Good luck, Hugs Samantha K x

  23. Wonderful transformation Rupa!! love the tanjore stones and the clothspin butterfly !!

  24. Wow!! Absolutely stunning!! Thanks so much for playing along with LESSology!!