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Neighborly donations lead to Mansi Makes acrylic art


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Artist Mansi Bhatia’s acrylic creations include decorative pumpkins for the fall, left, and painted wooden panels, above. Her business, Mansi Makes, traces its origins to a request for spare tiles from her neighbors.

It all started with a social media post.

“I had reached out to our neighbors through Nextdoor asking if anyone had tiles laying around that they wouldn’t mind donating to me for practicing a new form of art that I had been enamored with for a while,” said Mansi Bhatia of Los Altos. “Suddenly, my garage was stocked with over 150 tiles of all sizes. I started experimenting with fluid acrylics – a medium I had never worked in before.”

From that neighborly donation, Mansi Makes was born.

Bhatia has since expanded from ceramic tiles to more home decor pieces such as coasters and wood panels, all of which can be made to order.

And, just in time for Halloween, she has created a batch of entry-door pumpkins.

In addition to the usual orange, Bhatia makes teal-colored pumpkins. Not just a stylish addition for those who prefer cooler tones or are fans of the San Jose Sharks, the teal pumpkins are used to denote homes handing out treats that are food-allergy- friendly.

For more information, visit mansimakes.com.

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