Week 3 – Notebook

Well, all week there were different notebook homework which should have resulted in many notebooks : one from scratch, one focusing on golden ratio design, one learning binding technique and using stab binding, one starting from paper selection ..and finally some art on this created notebook. Assignment also included visiting store to understand different types of notebooks.

I didn’t do all – we did visit stores, but created one book from scratch, followed golden ratio and stab-bind’ed this book.

Can’t see the stab-binding but here it is: (front and back of the notebook)


I loved the quotes based notebook in store:
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Day 9 – T-shirt



First I planned to prepare a small T-shirt out of the beautiful fall leaves or from the cabbage. Then the assignment was to prepare new shirt out of existing one or prepare entirely new one and of my size. Before reading the assignment itself I prepared one gown from the leaves and couldn’t take a picture of it.

Then I took my old black T-shirt and designed it with the things which currently represent me ๐Ÿ˜‰

I took some pumpkin seeds and created the flower design and Ravi gave an idea of smiley face ย and we did not have banana for smile so I thought why can’t we design with the existing vegetables or fruits. So here come the smile with green pepper and eyes out of lemon and with red tomato nose ๐Ÿ˜‰

Day 8 – Visual recipe

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I prepared apple pie. Though I did not explain visually here I would like to explain in writing.

8 apples – peeled & sliced
2 tablespoons unsalted butter โ€“ chilled and sliced
1 1/4 cup sugar
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
3 tablespoons flour

2 1/2 cups All Purpose flour
1 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon salt
2 sticks of butter, cold & cubed
1/4 – 1/2 cup ice water
Cinnamon sugar for dusting
Preheat oven to 400ยบF
Combine the flour, salt, sugar. Add in the butter and slowly gradually add the ice water.Mix until dough just comes together.ย  Donโ€™t overwork the dough or it will make a tough crust.

Cut into two equal sections. Pat sections into discs and wrap in plastic wrap and place into refrigerator. Chill for 1 hour.ย  (can be frozen for future use)

In a small mixing bowl, combine cinnamon, sugar & flour, set aside.ย  In a large mixing bowl, add the peeled and sliced apples.ย  Sprinkle spice and flour mixture over apples.ย  Toss to coat.

Remove one chilled disc of dough from the refrigerator and roll out on a lightly floured surface, large enough to cover your pie pan.ย  Shape to fit, cutting off any excess.

Pour apple mixture into pie pan and add your sliced butter to the top of the mixture. Remove second dough disk from refrigerator and roll out large enough to fit the top of your pie with an overhang. Place pie dough on top of apple mixture and crimp edges to seal. With a knife, add four slits to your piecrust. Sprinkle liberally with cinnamon sugar.
Place onto a baking tray into preheated oven for approximately 50 minutes or until golden brown & bubbly. Allow pie to rest until cool before slicing. Refrigerate any uneaten portions.

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Pizza Dough
Whisk 3 3/4 cups flour and 1 1/2 teaspoons salt. Make a well and add 1 1/3 cups warm water, 1 tablespoon sugar and 1 packet yeast. When foamy, mix in 3 tablespoons olive oil; knead until smooth, 5 minutes. Brush with olive oil, cover in a bowl and let rise until doubled, about 1 hour 30 minutes
Spread the dough into desired size and spread the tomato sauce onto it. Then put the toppings of your like say tomato, green and red peppers, spinach, olive slices and mushroom.

Keep the pizza in pizza pan and bake until the cheese melts or till golden brown, about 35 minutes.

Day 7 – Paper world

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I did not understand when Ravi told about the paper world. I just imagined the collage work representing our lives. But when we saw the assignments uploaded by some of classmates I got an rough idea about it. I visualized myself in this country between the skyscrapers and Ravi leading me in his car. I like the street-lights, so I didn’t want to miss it ๐Ÿ˜‰


Day 6 – Portrait

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Portrait of Ravi, drew first time and it is nice ๐Ÿ™‚ I don’t say I have drawn nicely but it was nice try for the first timer. But the self portrait was bad. I cannot draw myself and have to take some classes !09-2013-11-10 18.45.59

I need to work on the facial drawing more ๐Ÿ˜‰


Day 6 – Paper world

Assignment was to create our own world in paper.

I had no idea how I would do anything for this assignment. But was kind of happy with what I ended up doing. Of course I have to add, wife was a great help ..and looking at others’ assignments also helped a lot.

Paper art is hard. Just like all other arts ๐Ÿ™‚

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Our living room pretty much looks like that..with some more stuff.

I had good fun while creating collage too ๐Ÿ™‚


Day 5 – Sketches

The assignment was to have a sketch of myself drawn by me and one by my friend. First time ever sketching, I still used an old photograph as reference. I look so angry ! I wanted to use the newly bought crayons and used them. This is the assignment I submitted.11-2013-11-10 15.37.24

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And according to the assignment, my friend (wife !) drew this of me ๐Ÿ™‚ ย Actually our assignments are little bit cheating. Design is about people and the class requires us to approach new people or to ask a friend..we conveniently drew each other.

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And finally, for wife’s assignment, here is what I drew (I referenced a caricature drawn by an artist).. I liked to color and am fairly happy with my work.

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I am not adding another attempt that went too bad.ย Oh boy, it is so hard to make people laugh/smile in a sketch !





Day 4 – Food

Assignment was to cook our favorite recipe and submit a picture.

Day 4 - Food

Bisibelebath is one of the popular dishes from Karnataka. Something easy to make and helped me battle hunger during my bachelor days at school.

I followed recipe on the cover of MTR Bisibelebath powder package, however here is a simpler one: