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11 String Art gift ideas for Travellers

11 String Art gift ideas for Travellers

11 String Art gift ideas for Travellers

If you’re twenty-two, physically fit, hungry to learn and be better, I urge you to travel – as far and as widely as possible. Sleep on floors if you have to. Find out how other people live and eat and cook. Learn from them – wherever you go.” 

~ Anthony Bourdain

In life it’s not where you go, but who you travel with. Here’s a best thing to have in your space if you are a travel freak. It’s like a trophy that you’ve gifted to yourself. Buy your personalized hand made string art done soon! Get us your specifications and we get you the best out of your choices. String arts brighten up your space and handmade things often last longer.

1. World Travel – Pack your bags and off you go! 

Got a friend who loves travelling overseas? Get a plane designed on wood with strings with doodles around. Get us your specification details and our string artist would implement your ideas as a string art.

To travel is to live.
– Hans Christian Andersen

2. Some angels have wings, some have wheels ! 

They say that four wheels move the body, but 2 wheels move the soul. It’s true for bike lovers. Got any friend who loves travelling on a bike? This is a best thing that person would ever receive. Get us the details and we would make the best string art for your friend.

3. Let hope anchor your soul

Let the hope anchor your soul, but let there be no bounds for you to travel. String art signifies a feeling of hope. The string never gives upon the nail and the nail never gives upon the wood. Get your string art done with lots of love from Stoned Santa. We hope you’ve got hopes on handmade things. After all they last long.

4. Dream! Explore! and Discover!

Travelling is like flirting with life, it’s like saying I would stay and love you, but I have to go, this is my station! Have got a passion towards travelling? Keeping yourself motivated by getting a world map done with strings and nails. Get your handmade world done with a string art made at Stoned Santa. Always have a choice of presenting your travel friends with one. Sizes and colors could be varied according to your specification. Get your handmade string arts done soon only from Stoned Santa.

5. Dreamer – Who gets dreams to reality and flies without having bounds

Dreams have got no bounds they say. Travelers are the ones who are dreamers as well as doers. Gift your friends who love travelling and exploring with an amazing handmade string art. Let them realize that they’ve got no bounds for their passion and you encourage them with what you want them to perceive. 

If you can dream it, then you can achieve it.
– Walt Disney

6. Windmill String art

A great man once said, “Sometimes in the wings of change we find our true directions.”
Here’s a truly motivating handmade string art which a traveler or a dreamer would love to have. A windmill signifies passion. It tells us to do what we love. It gets excited and generates power when there is air. It means, we must do what excites us to get the best out of us. Get a travel oriented windmill handmade string art made with lots of love from Stoned Santa.

7. Wanderlust

One day it so happened that we got an order from a girl who wanted to gift something for her boyfriend who was a wanderlust. He loved to travel and had a great passion towards meeting new people and making memories. Every time he returned from a trip, he’s throw her a small beer party! This is what the artist prepared for him. Of course the picture says it all !

“Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore.”

                                                                                                                       – Andre Gide

8. Not all who wander are lost !

Travel! Travel and Travel ! Happiness overloaded in a single word. Travelers are the ones who find themselves in travelling and seem to be lost to the rest of the world. They are connected to nature, away from the virtual world and near to their own self.

 

9. Yacht – You can’t cross the sea merely by standing and staring at the water !

The ship is always safe in a harbor! Is it where it is meant to be? No ways. It’s meant to sail across the seas, embracing the salts and witnessing the beautiful creatures underneath. Ocean is another world, that needs to be explored. 

I am a small stream flowing across a town,
I wish I could become a river, who joins the ocean..
The ocean which I never saw, the ocean which is wild,
I dream of having a companion, who crashes on the beach with rage,
My route is questing to join, the unseen ocean, the one that roars..
One fine day, beloved, the ocean would accept me as I am,
And I would lose myself in the blues of
The Unseen Ocean..
– a traveller

10. Adventure awaits ! – Life’s an adventure, not a package tool !

Road not taken is a road that has got the most excitements waited. Why go along the tide when you could actually swim in the direction you want to?

“Two roads diverged in a wood, and I – I took the one less traveled by.”
-Robert Frost

11. “I left my heart in so many places”, says a traveller.

Fahad Al Abri, an Omani fitness coach, discovered the beauty of the handstand when he realised that it gave him a different perspective on everything around him. To him, the pose not only symbolises the physical and mental strength required to hold it but it also represents standing out of one’s comfort zone. Always one to push the boundaries, Fahad has taken on the mission of performing the iconic handstand pose in every city across the world as a way of bringing different cultures together through one common expression- that of viewing upside down.

Having covered an impressive 43 cities so far, one of his favorite views was when he did the handstand in Delhi.

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Anirudh Srinivasan – Art taught me to rise above jealousy

Anirudh Srinivasan – Art taught me to rise above jealousy

Anirudh Srinivasan – Engineer turned Artist

It took me 3 full years to curate and make sketches for my first solo art show – “Tatvik”.

~ Anirudh Srinivasan

At the age of three, Anirudh Srinivasan, picked up his first crayon and began scribbling on the walls of his home. Today at 22, the young Chennai-born sketch artist’s walls are intact, but his home is filled with art works ranging from hyper realistic sketches to topical drawings.

These works are now making regular appearances across art spaces in Chennai. One such display of his art was Anirudh’s first solo show, Tatvik, the success of which is a testament to the warmth with which his works are being received. These displays aren’t milestones, but merely the beginnings of his trajectory as a sketch artist.
Although Anirudh completed his undergraduate studies in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from the revered SRM university of Science and Technology, his formative years have been dominated by graphite and charcoal.

How would you describe your body of work? 

I have experimented with different forms of art over the years and have always enjoyed dabbling in newer forms of art. It has been only a few years since I decided to specialize in Hyper-realism, an art form that became extremely popular during the 70s. Hyper-realism is all about making paintings or sketches that resemble high definition photographs and it’s very difficult finding differences between hyper-realistic art and a photograph.

The first instance of me picking up a pencil was out of jealousy, I wanted to be better than someone else. I was such a dumbo, I still am. Jealousy taught me art and art taught to rise above jealousy.

Earliest memory of your connection with sketching?

I would have probably been just three years old when I started drawing. I remember scribbling on the walls of my room with crayons and making sketches of things around me that I found interesting. I drew a house next to a small lake, that was when I started learning how to draw basic shapes. I still happen to have a few pictures of myself making sketches when I was a kid. I have always felt the urge to invest more time in drawing as it gave me a sense of satisfaction. I really have a steep inclination towards expressing myself in a very creative way.

Anirudh Srinivasan started sketching at the age of 3.

What is art to you? (REMOVE)

(REMOVE) Anything that delivers meaning is art. There is a reason why I don’t appreciate the blur in modern art. I feel modern “art” conflicts with the very basic Nothing helps me feel better, but my expression on a canvas.

What is your creative process and how often do you sketch?

Before I begin sketching, I first decide on the kind of art that I am going to do. There are so many forms of art. Abstracts usually don’t take much time to create but I would have to spend a lot of time gathering ideas. Abstract sketches are more authentic and almost everything is drawn from memory. Hyper-realistic sketches, which are mainly hand-drawn portraits, take a lot of time to complete. Making a hyper-realistic hand-drawn portrait requires a lot of time and patience since a lot of focus on detail is required which develops over several years of solid practice.

I sketch for an hour every day. Practicing daily has helped me gain confidence and improved my work significantly.

Why do you prefer graphite and charcoal over other media? Do you experiment with other media?

Most of my black and white sketches are done using charcoal and graphite. One of the reasons as to why I prefer charcoal is that it takes lesser time as compared to oil or acrylic paintings. It is also easy to get used to such a medium. Cross-hatching is a very convenient method and I usually prefer using it for pen and ink sketches as it is not very time-consuming. When I work on bigger charcoal pieces I rely on smudging and blending. Making black and white sketches are comparatively simple. But I have always loved making paintings with watercolors and acrylic paints. I am more focused on working with a specific medium these days.

How do you choose the subject matter for your sketches?

I am quite known for making portraits of popular celebrities around the globe. I have done close to three hundred sketches since I joined college. Most of them are portraits of actors and musicians across the globe. I have drawn Clint Eastwood, Frank Sinatra, Emma Watson, Vikram, Taylor Swift, Shraddha Kapoor, Amy Jackson, Disha Patani, Parvathy Nair, Esha Gupta, Gal Gadot, and many more.
I also draw quick sketches related to current affairs, which eventually make the rounds on the internet. I once made a cartoon sketch of a person tossing an old 500 rupee note into the bin, highlighting that old currency notes would no longer be in use after demonetization.

In 2016, for the 15th Anniversary of New York City’s World Trade Center, I did an abstract sketch of the Twin towers which was a tribute to all those who lost their lives during the tragic 911 incident.

You recently held your first solo show,” Tatvik”. How did the experience help you as an artist?

I had my first solo art show, titled TATVIK, last year in Chennai, where I displayed black and white sketches, abstract paintings and a few colored sketches of celebrities and still life objects. The show was for three days and was conducted in ArtHouz India, Alwarpet. I got the opportunity to meet professional artists from whom I learnt a lot. It took me three full years to make those sketches and curate them. It really was an amazing experience for me as every single person who came to the show had something interesting to share after seeing my work. That was when I realized that each person would have a different way of interpreting art.

Who or what inspires you to sketch?

The passion to create something beautiful itself served as a major driving force for me to make more sketches and paintings. My mom and grand-dad were the ones who inspired me initially. They were both art enthusiasts and they were quite good at sketching. My fascination for art grew when I started to learn and admire the works of many classic European artists.

Being an artist, I have also been a great admirer of Pixar Animation Studios and Electronic Arts since childhood. The way they animate and bring characters that we see on the screen to life has always fascinated me. When I was young I used to make quick sketches of Pixar characters in my sketchbook. At a very young age I discovered that art was something I really loved.

What do you think about the art landscape in India? What problems do young artists like you tend to face?

From what I have observed, I can confidently say that the appreciation for art has  slowly started to grow. Things aren’t the same anymore, we now have so many platforms on the net to showcase our work and it is now a lot easier to find willing buyers in the city.
Many are not even encouraged to pursue a career in arts due to the misconception that there aren’t enough prospects. should realize that, in the future, there will be more demand for the ones who can think critically and innovatively.

How has Instagram & Facebook helped you showcase your art?

Instagram and Facebook would be brilliant platforms for any aspiring artist to showcase their works. People who are into art and music benefit the most. It helps your work get all the attention it deserves and gives you the opportunity to connect with other artists. Some of the celebrities I drew have helped me share my sketches on their Instagram page. People who follow those celebrities would be able to see my portraits and the reach is simply amazing.

 

 

What is your dream as a sketch artist? Where would you want the trajectory of your life as an artist to take you?

I do not know if becoming a full-time artist would help me put bread on the table as
classic art is slowly losing popularity in many places. We must acknowledge the fact that we live in a digital world and there is so much demand for design and animation. I would love to work on projects that combine design and technology, which indeed requires innovative thinking. My dream is to become an art director, and I hope in the years to come I learn and grow more as an artist.

Do you have any advice for young artists in the country?

Anyone who creates anything beautiful to make this world a better place to live in is an artist. I strongly believe that anyone can become a good artist. Practicing hard and loving what you do are some of the key factors that will help you become successful in any field. We must follow our heart and not let anything stop us from achieving our goal. It is important that we learn from your mistakes because making mistakes would give us the opportunity to learn something new.

What are your thoughts about Stoned Santa as a platform for artists and creators? 

Stoned Santa is family. It has given me the confidence that my art actually has the ability to sell. I believe it is far ahead of other such platforms because it focuses on more than just business, it focuses on creating a community of artists to make art great again. 

Editors Note - Akansha Bahl

Anirudh’s work is grounded by the observations of its cultural domain. His work is perceptive and chronicles what the young Indian watches and experiences today and is thus accessible to all those who can afford consideration.

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An upside down journey – Fahad Al Abri

An upside down journey – Fahad Al Abri

An upside down journey – Cavemangram aka Fahad Al Abri

Art should be a priority because there is nothing more valuable than humanity and art is an expression of our humanity. You can’t buy humanity with money or success.
~ Fahad Al Abri aka Cavemangram

There are many ways to look at life and this world, whether it’s through technology, art spiritualism or more. But here’s one way you might not have heard of before- upside down. That’s right, there is one happy soul out in this world who is introducing the way of the handstand!

The handstand and how it all began.

Fahad Al Abri, an Omani fitness coach, discovered the beauty of the handstand when he realised that it gave him a different perspective on everything around him. To him, the pose not only symbolises the physical and mental strength required to hold it but it also represents standing out of one’s comfort zone. Always one to push the boundaries, Fahad has taken on the mission of performing the iconic handstand pose in every city across the world as a way of bringing different cultures together through one common expression- that of viewing upside down.

Having covered an impressive 43 cities so far, one of his favourite views was when he did the handstand in Delhi.

His journey takes him not only across countries but also to some diverse terrains. But the handstand master conquers them all.
“The most difficult terrain was when I went to handstand on the highest sand dune in the world. Balancing on sand is tricky because the sand is soft, shaky and you can’t get a good grip, making it really challenging! It’s important because it helps us to understand how to stand and adjust in different environments, it’s a life lesson.”

When walking upside down became about world peace

What started as a personal journey then became a platform for international peace when Fahad faced difficulty with entering other countries on his travels. These restrictions and divides propelled him to promote world peace and harmony throughout his handstand journey. This led him to share his message on one of the world’s biggest and most inspirational platforms- TEDx. A two-time TEDx speaker, Fahad has inspired many through the symbolism of his upside down approach.

“Delhi having one of the highest populations in this world, I find it incredible that everyone and all these different religions can live together in peace. They manage to stand for what they believe in and realize that strength is in their differences.”

Art in the life of a traveling soul.

When he’s not promoting world peace on his hands, Fahad enjoys spreading musical hoy with his ukelele which he thinks of as a “happy” instrument. To him, the art of music is another way of expression in his daily life.

“Art should be a priority because there is nothing more valuable than humanity and art is an expression of our humanity. You can’t buy humanity with money or success.”

When it comes to the finer things in life, Fahad firmly believes that traditional and handmade art forms should be preserved as it is a part of our culture and a way of honoring our ancestors and our past. He enjoys gifting people with mementos on random days just to spread joy. When asked about the intimacy of personalizing a gift and how it ceases to exist today, he said:

That’s funny that you ask because my girlfriend just said that she would like to bring back the art of giving actual birthday/celebration cards to our friends and family as it makes the gesture more personal and meaningful. It shows that you spent time picking something and nothing can replace a handwritten message of love. Obviously I agree with her.

TEDx SRMNCR and Cavemangram

In fact, Fahad’s memento at the TEDxSRMNCR was a personalized String art gift that was created by the artists at Stoned Santa and he simply loved the fact that it was handmade.

“I thinks its great and I loved my gift. I loved the fact that it was handmade and personalized for me. It’s important for artists to have a platform like Stoned Santa in order to reach a wider range of people.”

Editors Note – Shraddha

In today’s world of differences, it amazes me that Fahad could turn something as simple as a handstand into a window to a whole new world. Of course, if you think about it, the handstand is only simple to look at. An act that is challenging both physically and mentally, this one pose gives us so much to learn from whether it’s pushing our boundaries, stepping out of our comfort zones or being one with the world around us. It’s a beautiful language that can speak across religions, nationalities, and cultures and maybe that’s what the world needs today. Here’s to seeing Fahad upside down in more countries in the years to come!

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Monsieur Monstro – Art taught me to rise above jealousy

Monsieur Monstro – Art taught me to rise above jealousy

Monsieur Monstro – Art taught me to rise above jealousy

Art has given my life meaning. Everything I do, I do it for Art. It has given me life and a spirit to hustle.
~ Monsieur Monstro aka Rohan Dayal

Rohan Dayal aka Monsieur Monstro is a young Indian artist from Mathura with wisdom that explores more than just the textbooks prescribed to students his age. A 12th standard student Rohan is famously known by the name, Monsieur Monstro.  Stoned Santa talks with Monstro about his journey as an artist, and how he has managed to juggle between studies, art and his daily routine.
Despite the limitations of the Indian society, Monstro’s flair for expressing art is inspiring the whole artistic community to do more and be more.

How has your journey been as an artist? 

My journey as an artist started as soon as I learned to walk and talk. It has always been a part of me and will continue to be for as long as I live. Extroverts express by communicating, I express my feelings and thoughts through art – on paper, canvas using pencils, colors and more. My journey as an artist has been great and will hopefully evolve and grow with each passing day.

The first instance of me picking up a pencil was out of jealousy, I wanted to be better than someone else. I was such a dumbo, I still am. Jealousy taught me art and art taught to rise above jealousy.

Why the name Monstro?

Monstro literally means ‘Huge’. The letter T is the Roman Satanic symbol, Cross of confusion which doubts the validity of norms and religion. The letter inverted R in my name’s initial – Rohan. It is placed just beside the Cross of confusion.

 Monstro is the satanic self-image of Rohan.

What is art to you?

Anything that delivers meaning is art. There is a reason why I don’t appreciate the blur in modern art. I feel modern “art” conflicts with the very basic definition of art which is an expression that is comprehensive to the world. I feel if someone wants to visit the real forms of art, they will have to time travel to the Renaissance time period. I try my best to formulate my rough expressions into a perfect message.

Nothing helps me feel better, but my expression on a canvas.

What gave you the inspiration to not give up and to improve yourself as an artist every day?

Well, I never felt normal, always felt out of place. My parents and the crowd around me expected me to be different, ‘Normal’, if I may say. The only place I could be my true self-was with art. I could let my devils out here and there was no one to stop me. So, art is my biggest inspiration. It tells me every day that I don’t have to follow the rules that the society claims is the right way of living. The definition of "normal" set by the society doesn't resonate with mine. Art is my world where I am the ruler and I set the rules. 

How has being an artist affected your personal growth and built you as a man in character?

Art has taught me discipline. It has given my life meaning, helped me focus and shaped my personality. I’m surviving school and getting through with it only because I hope to get into a fine arts college later and be able to pursue being an artist as a full-time affair.

How do you plan your work?

I lucid dream and experiment with concepts and colors. But since I'm not a natural lucid dreamer it actually takes me months to get to lucid. But once I'm in that state of mind I come up with hundreds of ideas at once. I then organize these ideas into my journal, I believe in recording my ideas on paper. Some ideas never make it into an artwork. Some dreams are incomplete and I fuse them with other dreams so that the final artwork makes sense.
Planning is very essential. When I work on my masterpiece, I plan my work months ahead. I refer to my journal for my previous ideas. I review my ideas, arrange them and fuse them together to create hybrids. It's fun fusing my ideas to create something entirely different. This strategy has always helped me run vivid experiments to create new art masterpieces.

Are your art pieces imaginative or fictional characters?

My work is a fusion of imagination and characters I observe around. Drawing fictional characters is pretty helpful, it helps you be more imaginative. I usually paint fictional characters to improve my skillsets. Creating master art pieces is the blend of imagination, skills and hard work. 

Technology has taken over the lives of humans today. How has technology influenced art, artists and their process of creating art? 

That’s true. Technology does play a major role in all aspects of society these days. Although, there’s one thing technology cannot achieve, It’s developing artistic skills and ideas in people. That’s where raw talent comes into the picture. From a bigger perspective, technology hasn’t made a huge difference in the art world. But it has helped a lot of artists showcase their talent and work to a wider audience using social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr, Pinterest etc. Technology has made it possible for us artists to make our art reach out to more people.

What do you feel about the monetory outlook of art these days? Should art be commercialized?  

Art is the most expensive thing in the world. Art is a part of an artist, what price can you place on it? It is a shame that some people ran out of their respect for art. I feel good about organizations like Stoned Santa, the forum is reviving the artistic community with respect.

Thoughts on the "Art Market"

Art market is a SCAM perpetuated by the rich to launder money. I know a hell lot of Lazy unartistic unskilled brats who create pretentious art for ELITISTS who buy it in an attempt to show how sophisticated, deep and artistic they are.
For instance a canvas by Robert Ryman fetched $15 million at auction creating a milestone in the history of white-on-white painting. In a record month for New York art auctions, one standout was an all-white work that sold for $15 million. Simply put, a blank canvas was sold by the holy art market for  $15 million.
They call it art, I call it BULLSHIT.

Criticism and Monstro?

I’m sure every human, be it a doctor, an artist or a sportsperson gets good and bad reviews. I don't give a FUCK about them. I am what I am and I try to be the best version of Monsieur Monstro. 

I love Stoned Santa, it has given me the confidence that my art actually has the ability to sell. I believe it is far ahead of other such art platforms because it focuses on more than just business. It focuses on the creator and the artist. More power to Stoned Santa.

What’s your most important artist tool? Something indispensable.
Graphite – The very first medium I was introduced to. A pencil, though a simple object is most necessary.

Who is your favorite artist and artwork?
I believe in myself the most. I am my favorite artist and my art pieces are my favorite.

How do you relieve stress?
I turn to other forms of art. Music, sculpting,
and poetry. It helps me focus and get back on track. 

What's your advice to the upcoming artists of the generation?
Work harder than anyone. There’s no other alternative or shortcuts.

What are your thoughts about Stoned Santa and how has your experience been working with us?
Stoned Santa is family. It has given me the confidence that my art actually has the ability to sell. I believe it is far ahead of other such platforms because it focuses on more than just business, it focuses on creating a community of artists to make art great again. 

Editors Note - Prathiksha Ravishankar

It’s always hard to balance out between things. Being a student and working as an artist might be hard to balance and prioritize. But a class 12 student, Rohan Dayal, a.k.a Monsieur Monstro, makes it seem like a cake walk! He seeks inspiration from within himself and has a profound sense of discipline. Kudos to many more years of Monsieur Monstro spinning the pallet around.

Monstro has been working with Stoned Santa for over a year and has made personalized art for over 30 people. We are glad to have him work with us and we hope to achieve great artistic feats together. 

 

 

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Mother’s day portrait giveaway

Mother’s day portrait giveaway

Mother’s Day Giveaway

Winners Announced! 

Every mother is unique

Our mothers are our first teachers, our best friends, our mentors, our “Go to person”, moms mean the world and more to us. Stoned Santa celebrates mothers and this Mother’s day, we are offering Personalized art to 5 lucky winners.

Winners Announced

1st Prize: 1 Colored Portrait – Gaurav Gupta.
2nd Prize: 1 “Super Mom” String art. – Manav Kapasi
3rd Prize: 1 Black & White Portrait – Mansi Khandelwal
4th & 5th Prize: Shalini Moorthy & Smriti Jain.

Congratulations Winners! 

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