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India's best art, craft and decor blogs

Updated: November 2020

Art and craft blogs by Indians are hard to come by, nor are there more than a couple cartoon blogs. Many artists or art lovers create a blog but either leave them mid-way or become very irregular. Only a few are worth mentioning and we bring them to you here.

Art blogging

There are thousands of blogs on the web on visual arts including drawing and painting, design, decor and craft. Some of them are well-established and earn handsomely. If you type "top art blogs" on Google, you get numerous listings, some with corporate websites and buy-sell platforms but also some outstanding blogs by individuals and institutions.

Artists, being highly creative in their field and immersed in their work, often lose sight of how blogging can help them in many ways. Some artists, however, have discovered how blogging can support their artistic activities. There also are art lovers, art critics and others who write blogs on arts. 

In this comprehensive post I have talked about the variety of art blogs present on the web, how to create and maintain an art blog, discussion on different aspects of art blogging and also useful art resources on the web: All you want to know about art blogging If you are an art blogger or art lover, you will certainly like the post.

Art blogs in India

Since performing arts is a big genre, we are concentrating here only on visual arts - painting, drawing, cartooning, etc.

Though there are thousands of artists generating art work and trying to showcase that, art sells but only when the artist has established himself. Artists mainly use real-world ways (galleries, etc) for promoting themselvs and selling their creations. In recent years, a large number of online outlets have opened for artists and art lovers. Yet, art blogging has not prospered and it remains a very narrow niche, especially in India.

Craft blogs in India

Unlike blogs on fashion and travel, the activity in the field of crafts is very subdued in quantity as well as pitch. So, the bloggers have to keep digging into the historical and cultural aspects of crafts. They also have to have close linkages with craftspersons. In most cases, the craftspersons are not tech savvy or outspoken and they do not have the wherewithals to promote themselves. The traditional, unorganized, craftspersons also tend to be poor. Craft blogs cannot generate money for the bloggers the way some other blogging niches can.  That explains why craft blogs are very few. Still we find some committed crafts bloggers in India.

Crafts include DIY or do-it-yourself as a hobby. Though India has a tradition of doing things oneself and on the spot rather than using machine-created elements and modular work - and it ranges from cooking food to making furniture, masonry and house painting, plumbing, repair and so on. Yet the culture of creating pieces of art as a hobby is not there. That perhaps explains why there are hardly any good DIY blogs in India.

Indian decor blogs

We could find even fewer blogs on decor as compared to other forms of art and craft we are dealing with in this post. However, the ones that are there are professionally managed. We reckon that the blogs are rewarding them with good earnings.

art and craft blogs India
Art, craft, decor blogs: a collage / courtesy: Pixabay

(Blogs are arranged alphabetically.)
artbyaarohiblog - art by arohi
A professionally maintained art blog by Aarohi Singh, a painter who has mastery over many mediums.

arun-bohemianwanderer - Bohemian Wanderer
A cartoon blog by Arun Ramkumar, with over a thousand comic art resources.

designdecoranddisha - Design Décor and Disha
Disha Mishra Dubey writes on art and craft but her focus in the blog is on home decor with an Indian touch.  

indiandiy - The Indian DIY & Woodworker
You don't find many DIY and woodwork blogs by Indians. Out of those shortlisted by us, we didn't find anyone matching this blog by Indranil. 

jayesh-sivan - Jayesh Sivan - Illustrations
Illustrator and designer Jayesh Sivan, the man behind the blog, has the talent to make live stories out of his illustrations. 

plumage - Plumage
Uma Nair, an art critique and curator, maintains this blog on TOI platform. She has been writing on art for the last 30 years!

ranjanascraftblog - Ranjana's Craft Blog
You talk about an Indian craft, especially from ladies' perspective, and it is here! Ranjana Shankar writes on a range of subjects that include clay art, crochet, jewellery, painting and quilt making. 

thekeybunch - The Key Bunch
A professionally managed decor blog by Sharon, it has very refreshing ideas about sprucing up homes. 

When compiled first in 2017, this list contained 15 blogs. Over the years, the list has become shorter as many good blogs have gone out of service. 

We acknowledge that there also are some good art, craft and decor blogs/ websites maintained by firms. Going by our policy of promoting blogging by individuals rather than commercial interests, we are constrained to omit such blogs from this list. 

If you come across any fantastic blog on art, do let us know - we'd like to add our little muscle to promote their endeavor.

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