Match Stick Craft

MATCH STICK is a means for generating flame under desired circumstances. It is controllable because a very undersized flame is produced at the strike of matchstick which is effective to start a blaze but is still controllable. Matchsticks are usually sold in small boxes and always in a stack. They are never sold individually.

A matchstick is a wooden stick coated with a mixture containing phosphorous on one end. It is ignited whenever stroked with any rough surface or sides of the matchbox, which is purposely made rough.

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Black Embroidery

Blackwork Embroidery is a form embroidery using black thread. Sometimes it is counted-thread embroidery which is usually stitched on even-weave fabric. Any black thread can be used, but firmly twisted threads give a better look than embroidery floss. Traditionally blackwork is stitched in silk thread on white or off-white linen or cotton fabric. Sometimes metallic threads or coloured threads are used for accents.

Scarlet work is like black work, except it is sewn with red thread.

The stitches used for counted thread black work are double running or Holbein stitch, back stitch, and sometimes stem stitch. Historically it was done on plain weave fabric. Modern stitcher’s often use even weave fabric made especially for counted thread work.


Back Stitch

Corner Stitch



Holbein Stitch




Double Cross Stitch




Algerian Stitch





Chess Board is ideal for a Black Embroidery Project . Each block on your chess board is nearly 4cm square making it easy to do. There are totally 32 decorated squares. In the coming issues we will see the
different fillings. Stay Tuned.


Arts & Crafts of India – Tanjore Painting

Tanjore Painting is a very ancient type of painting. Tanjore paintings also known as Tanjavur paintings have decorated the walls of temples, palaces and homes since the chola dynasty(17th century). Deeply rooted in tradition, Tanjore paintings depict divine Gods and Goddesses of the Hindu pantheon in rich vibrant colors.

Notable for the adornment of semi-precious stones and 22 karat gold foils, the creation of a Tanjore Paintings involves a lot of dedication and several stages of meticulous artwork.

I would suggest that you learn this art through a proper teacher. But still, for those who are interested in doing Tanjore painting the following steps can be followed. It is not necessary the outcome should be exactly the same, which is why I suggest that you find a local tutor. If you can’t find a local tutor but would still like to learn this ancient craft, you can try following the method I have given below. It takes a lot of effort and time to learn this art but it’s all worth it.

What are the materials required?
Plywood above 6 mm thickness.
White cotton cloth
Chalk power.
Flat Brush (above 3width).
Sand Paper (emery sheet).
Arabic Gum.
Coloured Jaipur Stones.
Gold foil
Poster Colors.
Rounded Brushes (000, 0, 2, 4, 6,8)
Black Pen.
Multi colours transparent ink (photo color).
Cutter, Ruler, Yellow carbon paper, pencil.
Reference art to trace

What next ?

The process is divided into:

Preparing the Canvas
Tracing the Design
Sculptural Stage
Decorating Stage
Improvise Stage

Preparing the Canvas

Step 1: Take a clean cotton cloth.(Cloth size should be wider than the plywood at least 1 inch in all the sides. If your plywood size is 14 x 18 inches then your cloth should be wider than 16 x 20 inches)
Step 2: Take the Plywood and soften the edges with sand paper.
Step 3: Now we will prepare the first paste for pasting the cloth on the Plywood.
Ratio of Water:Fevicol – 4:1
Step 4: Filter the paste by using coffee filter. Immerse the cotton cloth in it for a few minutes.
Step 5: Now lift the wet cotton cloth from the first paste and rinse the cloth gently. Hold it for a while so that the extra paste gets drained.

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Know more about Knife Painting

2067What is Knife Painting?
If you get bored painting with brushes, try a Knife instead.

Knife Painting is painting using Knives. Painting with a knife produces quite different results than a brush. Painting knives are excellent for producing textured, impasto work and sweeping areas of flat color as well as tiny shapes of color.

Difference between a Painting Knife and a Palette Knife?

There is a difference between a painting knife and a palette knife, many people use the terms interchangeably.

A palette knife is a long, straight blade or spatula that is used for mixing paints and scraping a palette clean, not for applying paint onto a canvas. A palette knife can be made from metal, plastic, or wood and will either be completely straight or have a slightly cranked (bent) handle.
Whereas a painting knife is most commonly made from metal with a wood handle, and has a large crank or bends in the handle, which takes your hand away from the painting surface and helps keep your knuckles out of the wet paint you’ve just applied. Painting knives come in numerous shapes (for example pear-, diamond-, or trowel-shaped) and are used for painting instead of a brush. There is, of course, nothing stopping you from using a painting knife for mixing paint on your palette.
What are the types of Painting Knifes available?

2031  M    M   Different shaped painting knives obviously produce different effects. For example, a short blade produces angular strokes while a long blade makes it easy to put down sweeps of color. A painting knife with a rounded blade means you’re unlikely to ever accidentally scrape a hole into a canvas, but a you won’t be able to scratch into the paint as effectively for sgraffito effects.

What Paints can be used?


A painting knife can be used with any paint (including watercolor!), but is particularly effective with paint that’s got a relatively stiff consistency to it, that retains its form and the marks you’re making with the knife. If you’re using acrylics, you can add texture paste to thicken up the paint.

How to clean your Painting Knife?
Its very easy, just wipe any excess paint off with a cloth and then wipe with a clean cloth. Usually that’s all needed to clean a painting knife.
How to go about Painting using Palette Knife?
Things you need?
A Palette Knife
Oil/ Acrylic Paints with medium

Hold your knife the same way you should hold a painting brush.
Hold the knife so it rests atop the inside of all four fingers – not like a pencil.
Glob the paint on the pre treated canvas and star pushing it around.
Get a feel for what the different surfaces including the edges of the paint knife can do.
Simply wipe your knives clean with a good, lint-free rag.
Allow sometime for the paint to dry completely. Then varnish the painting.


Meet Kavitha of Kalalayaa Art Store

kavitha1Visit her online studio at http://kalalayaa-artclub.blogspot.in/

Where were you born and raised?

I am born and brought up in Chennai

Tells us more about your family?

I am the only daughter of my parents,My dad is in the television industry and mom is a house wife.

Describe your business and website?

Well,I actually started with an art school where I teach all types of arts and crafts.Now I am into more of paper crafting. I sell my cards and card-making supplies through my blog:




How did you get started in your business?

To be frank,it was just an accident.After my college I joined a hobby art class where the teach different kind of art works. Inspired by that I thought of starting my own classes,at the same time a house in my flat got vacated, and I immediately took that for rent and started my classes. All thanks to my dad who believed in me,and invested so much for me:)

How did you decide on a business name?

Again it’s my father’s decision,it was just spontaneous,but it has a meaning called temple of art, so I said ok :).

Do you have any future plans for your business?

Definitely. I am planning (dreaming) of having my own art gallery either online or as a physical store.

What craft mediums do you work with and what are your most favorites?

I work with almost all mediums likes oils, fabric, glass, clay etc. My favorite is murals and paper crafts.


What or who inspires you?

Colors inspires me lot than designs,i decide a project based on a color scheme n of course internet is a great inspiration ever for any form of art.


Do you have a work room or studio?

Yes, I have a small work room. Having a well organized studio is a dream :).

Where do you sell your work or designs?

It’s the most toughest thing, especially in India, but now with the help of internet and Facebook it’s easy to publicize yourself. I try to sell my works through online exhibitions, etc.


Do you participate in any shows or special events?

Yes, I do.


Thank you for your valuable time, we know our readers will be so pleased to meet you.

Thanks to every one who read this interview and special thanks to Madhavi for this opportunity :).

Welcome to CZS Magazine

1712“Inspiration behind CZS Magazine”
We are excited to bring you the first issue of CZS Magazine and hope
all the members will find it interesting and inspiring.
I am Madhavi Sachin of Craftziners and co- editor of CZS magazine.
Our goal here is to bring together all the talented artists and articles
regarding art & craft. You will also find patterns in each issue that
you can print and start working on.
I would like to extend a big thank you to Muskaan and Sachin for their hardwork
in co-editing and producing a wonderful layout. I have really enjoyed
reading , “hope you will too”
Madhavi Sachin