Monday, September 30, 2019

World Space Week 2019

Hello Friends,

We are celebrating World Space Week (WSW), an international celebration of science and technology, and their contribution to the betterment of the human condition. The UN declared in 1999 that WSW will be held each year from October 4 – 10.

 Find out more on the official WSW page. (

The theme of WSW 2019 is: " The Moon: Gateway to the Stars."

This blog hop is a part of WSW 2019 celebration and is listed as an event on an official WSW 2019 event list (event no 27855).

I made a card to celebrate Indian scientist's efforts for their latest unmanned lunar mission Chandrayan-2 developed by Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) . 

Chandrayaan-2 mission was a highly complex mission, which comprised an Orbiter, Lander and Rover to explore the unexplored South Pole of the Moon. The mission was designed to expand the lunar scientific knowledge through detailed study of topography, seismography, mineral identification and distribution, surface chemical composition, thermo-physical characteristics of top soil and composition of the tenuous lunar atmosphere, leading to a new understanding of the origin and evolution of the Moon.

However, the lander deviated from its intended trajectory  and had lost communication when touchdown confirmation was expected, the orbiter, part of the mission with eight scientific instruments, remains operational and is expected to continue its seven-year mission to study the Moon.

The destination is not the only thing that matters but the journey and efforts teach us many things as well! Our dreams are bigger than any successes or failures. 

I love the quote "Success is not final, failure is not fatal; it is the courage to continue that counts." . I have designed my card using that quote to give tribute to all the efforts and hard work put by scientists of ISRO! We are proud of them!

Now, back to blog hop....

We have few generous sponsors supporting our blog hop.

Gerda Steiner Designs, $15 Gift Certificate to the Store

Jane’s Doodles: two stamp sets of winner's choice

Lawn Fawn: $25 Gift Certificate to the Store

Newton's Nook Designs: $20 Store Credit

Your Next Stamp: $15 YNS e-Gift card

5 prizes will be given away to 5 winners.

For your chance to win, hop along blogs of the participating designers and leave comment on each blog hop stop. After commenting, return back to Milka’s blog and add your name to Inlinkz, but prior you do, please read Giveaway terms, rules and privacy policy which are shared in Milka's blog post below Inlinkz.

Inlinkz closes on October 10th 2019, 11:59 PM CEST. Winners’ names will be announced on Milka’s blog on October 14th 2019 during the day.

Following is the blog hop order:


Neha Bhatt (you are here)

Milka Gubo  (Inlinkz)

I hope you liked my card and motive behind it...:) ! Please leave some love on this and all other designer's posts. Thank you so much for being here.


Saturday, September 7, 2019

CrafTangles water colour paper review

 Hello Friends,

I am back with my experiments with HNDMD water colour paper. It is 300 gsm, thick and heavily textured paper. Honestly, when I started, I wasn’t sure what to do with it as I am more comfortable with smoother papers. As a cardmaker, I need smoother paper to capture details of stamps and coloring small images are easier if there is not much of a texture. So I experimented with more of loose water colours on it and to my surprise, it turned out pretty good!

The flower is painted using Craftangles liquid water colors . I learnt that you need lots of liquid in your brush to glide it smoothly on heavy texture. Paper stay went for a while so you have a small window to drop new colors for wet on wet blending. Please check the close up to see the details. Even a solid color patch shows lots of variation as the pigment seeps deeper into the fibres of rough paper. Their incredible absorbency can deliver some amazing washes and effects for your final piece. It is also the most absorbent and allows pigments to settle into its deeper valleys. It is good to achieve  a textured look without fine details.

I have a tiny video on how i paint loose flowers. Unfortunately, I misplaced the one I am painting in the video but you will have idea on how the colors and brush move on rough paper.

You can create mind boggling texture on this paper.

Because of the texture, you can not draw outlines so you have to work directly with the brush.

The heavy texture and higher weight of the paper makes it highly suitable for mixed media applications.

I have used mix of acrylic inks, acrylics, oil pastels and gold and while markers for details.

Check the amazing textures I got with dry brushing. 

For next one, I tried water color gouache. I love the solid coverage they give. 

Last one is inspired by my recent trip to Switzerland. It is one of the mountains of the Alps, Matterhorn! It’s very typical, pyramidal shape is hard to forget. The painting is 9" x 12".

I have used water colors for the sky and acrylics for the rest of the painting. I used palate knife instead of brush to get the texture of mountain & snow. I love the outcome. 

The acrylics actually shine like snow when sunlight hit it.
I hope you will like the efforts i put in to bring out the unique characters of this product. Please try it for mixed media projects too. I am sure you will love them.

Thank you, Khyati for always trusting me with your products. 

Thank you so much for being here.