SFKcreate

Original Art Inspired by India

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SFKcreate

Original Art Inspired by India

Riverdale Park, Maryland | 176 Sales

Announcement    Learn Kerala Mural Painting (a centuries-old tradition from South India) in my coloring books complete with full-color photographs and illustrated instructions. Or purchase prints and greeting cards featuring my original paintings!

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Last updated on Jun 18, 2018

Learn Kerala Mural Painting (a centuries-old tradition from South India) in my coloring books complete with full-color photographs and illustrated instructions. Or purchase prints and greeting cards featuring my original paintings!

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Susanna Fields-Kuehl

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Susanna Fields-Kuehl

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Bringing Kerala Mural Painting from India Around the World

After graduating from college in 2004, I decided to go on an adventure somewhere very different from the Maryland suburbs of my childhood. I wanted to fully immerse myself in a culture through learning a traditional art as well as contribute to the community. I found this perfect combination at the Vijnana Kala Vedi School of Traditional Art (Center for Knowledge & Arts) in the village of Aranmula in Kerala, India. I taught English to children through the language of art, song, dance, and writing. In exchange, I trained in the traditional techniques of Kerala Mural Painting.

Since the 9th century, these highly-detailed and vibrant paintings have told epic tales of Hindu gods, goddesses, demons, and animals on the walls of temples and palaces in South India, particularly in the state of Kerala (hence the name, Kerala Mural Painting).

I learned the style of Kerala Mural Painting first by producing copies of famous Hindu images onto cardstock using a mixture of acrylic and watercolor applied by brush (the same way you'll learn through my coloring books and pages!) After a few months of intense study, I began designing my own paintings on canvas and learned how to make natural paints in the traditional way, which I demonstrated at the South Indian Traditional Arts Festival. By the time I left after five months, Aranmula felt like home: full of laughter, love, creativity, music, and supportive people in my teachers, students, and fellow travelers that will always have a place in my heart.

Ever since then I've loved creating coloring pages for kids. I've always wanted to share this art form and thought coloring books would be an accessible way to do so. All of the illustrations you'll see are done with India ink and brush, no marker/pen. I actually find the brush easier to control!

Soon I'll be offering prints of my original paintings as well as coloring greeting cards!

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  • Susanna Fields-Kuehl

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Last updated on June 18, 2018
Thank you for exploring the world of Kerala Mural Painting through my coloring books, greeting cards, and prints!

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Returns and exchanges
I gladly accept exchanges
Contact me within: 7 days of delivery
Ship items back within: 14 days of delivery
I don't accept returns or cancellations
But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.
The following items can't be returned or exchanged
Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:
  • Custom or personalized orders
  • Perishable products (like food or flowers)
  • Digital downloads
  • Intimate items (for health/hygiene reasons)
Returns and exchange details
No refunds. Exchanges for digital items only.

If something happens to your printed coloring book during shipment, I will provide you with the PDF version at no cost to you.
Payment
I accept Direct Payment through Etsy.
Shipping
Please allow 1-2 days before your item is shipped. All printed coloring books are carefully trimmed, laminated (covers only), and spiral bond by yours truly.

I use a USPS Priority Padded Envelope mailer with a cardboard insert to ensure your item arrives without damage.

At this time, I do not ship internationally as the shipping costs far exceeds the purchase price. However, most of my items are available as a digital download, which I highly recommend.
Additional policies and FAQs
To protect all the hard work that went into the creation of these hand-painted illustrations, please do not reproduce (e-mail, mass print, copy, photograph, post my original PDFs online, etc.). This also would take away from donations to arts education for under-served youth through my donation of 100% of your purchase price to ArtSí Riverdale.

However, if you have completed a coloring page, I would love to see it! Please send it as an attachment to sfkcreate [!at] gmail.com or use #sfkcreate, and I’ll post your artwork on my website: www.sfkcreate.com.