“We eat watermelon, upcycle, recycle and relove” – Alleine Nadal Khalifa

A freelance Art Director at the Film House, a former Al Jazeera English Media Manager, wife and mother to two gorgeous little girls.

All the way from Cavite- Phillipines.  Alleine  has a BA in Mass Communications and a string of other qualifications in Fine Arts and Art Directing in Film , she moved to Qatar in 2006 to join Al Jazeera English where she remained for almost 10 years.

US: Do you come from an artistic family?

AK: Indeed I do, both my parents are equally artistic and my sibling is also in the news/film industry here in Qatar.

US: How has art impacted your life?

AK: Art has manifested in my life from as early as I can recall –  my parents have  contributed a big part of who and what I am today.

 

US: Who is your inspiration?

AK: My husband, a film director/producer Omar Khalifa is the greatest part of my inspiration. He’s my number one supporter.

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Their passion for the arts has led them to start their company Watermelon Ink.

US: Tell us a little bit about Watermelon Ink.

Why Watermelon?

AK: We love everything watermelon. And in the spirit of such a flexible fruit, we want to bring you just as many diverse, fun and appealing products, so, we eat watermelon, upcycle, recycle and relove.

Our eclectic brains are sprinkled with a passion for the arts. We paint and make films in our day jobs, which keeps us keen to be colourful and curious with our endeavours.

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We love to make things, repurposing by using salvaged chairs to side-road pallet wood, or empty baby milk cans to second-hand trinkets from the souq. The result is a varied range of carefully crafted products that will hopefully put a big watermelon smile on your face.

From our craft shop, you can find DIY projects to make your own spaces more creative, vibrant and memorable for the whole family.

One of our main objectives is to help and  collaborate, in particular, with other expats in Qatar from all walks of life. So know that the riyals you spend with Watermelon Ink go to the people who need it most.

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We welcome any collaboration opportunities here in Qatar and abroad.

For those of you who don’t know Alleine, she offers the following workshops:

 

For more information on Watermelon Ink.

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Website: alleinenadalkhalifa.com

Email: alleine.khalifa@gmail.com

IG: alleinenadalkhalifa

IG: watermelonink_qatar

FB: Watermelon ink.

 

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Paper Quilling with Anum Kamran

A mother of two beautiful little girls, turns paper quilling art into something to behold.

Anum Kamran hails from Karachi-Pakistan, holds a Masters degree in Microbiology, began her married life in Doha just a little over 5 years.

Her choice to be a stay at home mum has allowed her to pursue and develop her creativity.

June 2016, marked the beginning of something new for her, a hobby that turned into absolute passion, Paper Quilling Art, also known as paper filigree, it employs the technique of rolling, coiling, crimping, and fringing paper strips using a quilling tool, it is then glued together, creating masterpieces that make for great conversational pieces regardless of where you chose to place them

An extraordinary paper craft beneficial, to our mind, body and heart, engaging both sides of the brain, enhancing motor and cognitive skills, although time consuming, it a great stress/anxiety reliever, not to mention that it heightens your ability to focus and teaches you patience.

 

With simple materials such as Paper Quilling strips, Slotted tool, pointed needle, pointed tweezer, white craft glue, mini mold, border buddy, scissor, Stencils scale, crimper, quilling coach and comb, Anum creates one masterpiece at a time.

Anum’s favourite creation:

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Below Anum illustrates the various steps on placing the elements of an beginners design:

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Be sure to view some of her art on:

FB: http://www.facebook.com/anuka.quillart/

IG: @anum.kamren

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Actively Repurposing …

Repurposing is a great way to keep things out of the trash and give your home a little décor boost, with very little effort and time,  you too can you can repurpose trash into something useful.

This is my first DIY project post, I hope that you will enjoy it and share your own DIY projects. If we  all do our bit to keep things that can be repurposed, it will help ease the burden that we put on mother nature,

I saw these tomato boxes at the greengrocer and I took some home and repurposed them  for my outdoor showers .

I gently sanded the boxes, applied clear varnish just one coat, and attached it to the wall.

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I used the same boxes to create storage in my farmstyle kitchen.

I gently sanded it and gave it a very light coat  of paint, instead of varnish

These boxes are so versatile, from platers to storage boxes,, use your imagination and repurpose it.

The next time you visit your greengrocer , look around you and think “outside the box”

To share your DIY projects, email to : umsuhailsblog@gmail.com

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