TAKING CARE OF BUSINESS WHILE TAKING CARE OF OURSELVES.

TAKING CARE OF BUSINESS WHILE TAKING CARE OF OURSELVES.

On a brand level, the kitchen collection was a step in a new direction. On an individual level, it was a step back on familiar ground.
June 27, 2021 — Vidhi Khandelwal
Father's Day Cards

Father's Day Cards

As prestigious titles go the last is the most common. A lot of men will have that honour.

June 20, 2021 — Vidhi Khandelwal
WHAT WE REALLY GOT OUT OF LOCKDOWN

WHAT WE REALLY GOT OUT OF LOCKDOWN

Everyone seems to be doing one of these nowadays. Takeaways from our time in lockdown. 
June 18, 2021 — Vidhi Khandelwal
DRAWING UP PLANS

DRAWING UP PLANS

Not just an expression with the dot grid journal.

"The best laid plans of mice and men often go awry." - Robert Burns, Poet.

"Everybody has a plan until they get punched in the face." - Mike Tyson, Boxer.

Ok so things don’t always go according to plan. But that, as another often quoted saying goes, is life. And life sometimes throws a monkey wrench into our plans. These kind of situations happen from time to time. Not all the time. All we can do is maintain objectivity and come to the realisation that the exception should never replace the rule as a guiding principle.

Just ask the Tyson opponents who did make it through the face punches to come out the other end as the victor. For every one of them, the path to victory was laid out in a plan. In fact none would have even survived the Tyson test without one.

We all have Tysons to contend with in our own lives. A monster of a challenge that demands our A game. It could be career related like a big and important project. Or a bucket list thing, like a marathon. Whatever the mammoth undertaking, there will be things to figure out. Some of it, along the way and in the act of doing. But most of it on paper. In some form of blueprint or game plan, outlining the steps towards the finish line.

For the most part, planning equals success. It’s not the only equation but it’s an important part of the success equation. And it’s no big secret or revelation either, not today in the age of productivity awareness, with so many tools and resources to increase our work rate.

In fact its something like the rhetoric of the day. To piece together a plan and put that plan in action. Self-help gurus and productivity influencers are not the first to say it. We’ve heard it throughout our lives from parents, teachers, pretty much any well intentioned authority figure.

The advice by itself is ineffective though without the tools allowing us to act. Like, in the old story about the beggar who’s taught to catch fish and so avoid going hungry. Sure, he was given a lecture about how great fishing is but he was also provided the means to fish.

We definitely need tools and fortunately for us today there are many to choose from. Apps for the tech savvy and stationery for the old souls. A relative new comer in the old school, stationery category is the dot grid journal. The dots lining the pages, horizontally and vertically, spaced 5mm apart provide a sort of open format for design. You can create any type of layout by joining the dots any way you like.

This element of creativity is unprecedented for what’s intended as a planning tool. The illustrated plans can be admired as artworks by themselves providing a measure of satisfaction that precedes the feeling of bliss to come once the job is finished.

The dotted journal has proven to be a source of DIY inspiration in other ways as well. The product’s popularity amongst the artist community has led many to share their own dot grid layouts for others to use. A sure sign of a big hit and a popular trend in the arts has always been the free flowing exchange of ideas. Which is what we’re seeing now.

 With all that’s going on in the world, design taking centre stage everywhere and in every field, it’s an exciting time to be an artist. There are plenty of platforms providing ample opportunities for showcasing work.

Now more than ever, dropping out of the 9 to 5 gig is a real possibility. The more fortunate ones get to do it right out of the college gate. Choosing instead to go into the business of being themselves, expressing themselves through art. Whatever shape and form their art might take there seems to be a market for everything these days.

But big ambitions demand big commitment. The all day, every day kind of commitment. An ever-repeating cycle of planning and executing. A process that can easily become monotonous.

Unless we find an approach that breaks up the monotony, kind of like what the dot grid journal does for planning. Making what previously may have been considered the least exciting part of the creative process altogether fun and engaging. Less of a to-do thing, more of a to-enjoy thing.

The enjoyment factor and many benefits aren’t reserved for professional artists and aspiring pros alone. Everyone can get in on the fun. Anyone with an artistic bent really. You don’t even have to know how to draw. Just join the dots and see where that takes you and what pattern emerges.

Whatever your plans for the future, near or distant, may be, it should include making the dot grid journal a part of your daily routine today.

Use these layouts for some dotted inspiration.

June 13, 2021 — Vidhi Khandelwal
THE MORNING AFTER I BECAME AN AUTHOR

THE MORNING AFTER I BECAME AN AUTHOR

It’s a special day. It’s the morning after the day I officially announced my first book and I don't want to start the day without sharing something with you all. 

A few years back, I remember telling my friend that I want to write a book one day. She asked me what book and I said a book related to painting. I did not know what exactly I’d do back then but I knew what I loved and that one day I would be an author. 
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I have never held myself back from dreaming big because I once read that the first step to greatness is great dreams and it indeed is. 
Through the years, I worked hard towards several dreams that I had, the book being one of them. Early last year, in 2019, I picked up a chalk, and made a short list of things I wanted to achieve. It was a very concise list with just 5 things and writing a book was one of them. 
I would look at that list everyday and smile, wondering how I’d feel if it all happened. 
A couple of months later, I got a mail in my inbox. It was from my publisher and they wanted to talk about working on a book with me. Almost spooky, right ?
I was elated, obviously but also nervous because this was finally happening. The day I had a call with them, I almost couldn’t believe this was happening but it was. 
This wasn’t the first time I asked for something, and the universe made it happen. I firmly believe in the law of attraction but I also believe that its nothing without hard work and dedication. 
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One of the reasons I have never let go of my dreams and the willingness to do whatever it takes is because I also remember the time when I had nothing but dreams, to become something, do something and make my parents proud. 
Every time we would go to the parent teacher meet in school, my father would ask me if he’d be able to see my name up on the board and almost every time I would say no. I was an above average student but never smart enough to be a topper in school. My parents were always okay with it but I wasn’t.
Today, I can send them links to articles and magazines and international retailers that have my name and I am proud because I know they are proud of who I have become. When I think about it, it leaves me teary-eyed.
This book has several pieces of my heart for several reasons. For me, its not just a book, it’s a dream come true and I have many people to thank, including you. If you are reading this, you have directly or indirectly supported me and my dreams. So, thank you!
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Love,
Vidhi
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The link to the book -  Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Books-a-Million | Indiebound | Book Depository
August 30, 2020 — Vidhi Khandelwal
THE JOURNEY SO FAR

THE JOURNEY SO FAR

I have been painting since I was little and grew up spending the morning school assemblies in the art room and painting whenever I would get a chance. After my 12th, I landed up at NIFT Delhi and
April 26, 2019 — Vidhi Khandelwal
A YEAR IN THE LIFE

A YEAR IN THE LIFE

Do you think the past year just went by ? Think about it a little more. When I sit down and think, I can write endlessly about everything that happened in 2018. It was the reason I am in a new city, a new home and doing what I am doing right now.
April 26, 2019 — Vidhi Khandelwal
PAINTING A WALL MURAL

PAINTING A WALL MURAL

It’s been almost a year since my first wall mural at Fabcafe but my fascination with hand-painted walls dates back to the summer of 2014 when a senior from work and a very good friend took me to a beautifully painted cafe
April 26, 2019 — Vidhi Khandelwal
ART SUPPLIES I TRAVEL WITH

ART SUPPLIES I TRAVEL WITH

Every time I travel, more than worrying about what clothes and shoes to pack, I am always anxious about packing my art supplies right. 

I paint almost everyday when  at home and even

April 26, 2019 — Vidhi Khandelwal
INTRODUCTION TO GOUACHE

INTRODUCTION TO GOUACHE

Like many of you, I got acquainted with gouache on the internet almost a year ago and was really tempted to try this medium.  I had been using watercolors and poster colours for the
April 26, 2019 — Vidhi Khandelwal