Crafter in the Spot light

Hello arty-crafty folks,

I love sharing stories of crafters every Thursday with you and I’m sure you must be waiting for it too. This week it’s Priyanka Mathur from Shivpuri, MP, who will be telling us all about her craft journey and what her favourites are.

Priyanka’s job as a Company Secretary has not dampened the spirit of an ardent crafter! She believes that creativity runs in her genes but apart from that, other creative people keep her motivated too.  She loves connecting with her fellow crafters at IB’s Crafter’s Café!

How did Priyanka get into crafting, what inspires her, what are her tips for fellow crafters, her favourite quote, how would she contribute to the crafting world if she had magical powers? Read answers to all these questions, discover more about her interesting journey and catch a glimpse of a step by step project by Priyanka in this interview. Don’t forget to leave your comments for her.

Let’s see how Priyanka feels about being featured in the Spotlight this week?

 I’m super excited to be featured in ‘Crafter in the Spotlight’ at Itsy Bitsy! It’s indeed a great honour for me to be here. Thank you so much Rashmi Mam’ and Anitha for this. No doubt Itsy Bitsy’s wide range of products has added wings to my crafty world. I just love all the products and the generous team is always there to guide you and provide their best services. I also love how crafters from all over India connect with each other so beautifully at Itsy Bitsy Crafters Cafe! Love to shop, learn from the blog & connect at IB’s social media platform!

 

Rashmi Closepet, MD, Itsy Bitsy: Tell us a bit about yourself & your background?

Priyanka Mathur: Hi I am Priyanka. I am from Shivpuri, Madhya Pradesh but now staying in Indore for my work. A Company Secretary by profession and a passionate crafter, I have a small family that consists of my parents and one younger brother who is a big inspiration booster and motivator for me. When he was in Delhi he bought me Itsy Bitsy supplies for the first time and I was thrilled to see such awesome art items. Later on I personally visited the store and was amazed to see all sorts of art items under one roof! Now he is in Bangalore and he still shops for me from there. Whether it’s Rakhi or my Birthday he knows that craft items will be best gift for me J After art, cooking is my next favourite hobby.

RC: How did you get into crafting?

PM: I was born a crafter and have loved it since childhood. Yes! I feel like it’s in my genes because my grandmother was a great artist, my mother used to do beautiful embroidery and home decor and I kept observing them since I was a kid. That’s where I picked up inspiration to paint, craft and decorate my home at an early age. Art was also my hobby subject in +2 where I learnt oil painting and shading with colours. I always had it in my mind that I have to do something with my art work & the day I came to know about craft blogging I was sure I was going to start one!  I picked up art as my hobby but now I am moving to raise it to a professional level.

RC:  What is your favourite type of craft?

PM: Card making, mixed media and playing with altered items. But I love to try everything!

RC:  What are your favourite products at Itsy Bitsy?

PM: It is very difficult to say because I love almost everything! Still, if I have to choose particular products; pattern papers, stamps, dies, chipboards, flowers, tiny metal embellishments are included in my all time purchase items. Newly released Chalk Paints and Alcohol Splash are something that I admire.

RC:  If you had magical powers, how would you contribute to the Crafting world?

PM: I would use my wand to open several craft stores & learning centres everywhere so that everyone can know that it’s a great sector not just for hobby but even at a professional level!  Many people don’t even know that such a wide range of awesome products are available for art & craft. It’s important to make people aware about various techniques & types of craft. May every crafter get an opportunity to learn & enjoy!

RC:  Your prized possession in your craft stash from Itsy Bitsy?

PM: Pattern papers and Dies.

RC:   How would you describe your style of crafting?

PM: Experimental and Eclectic. The moment I start with my project I have something in my mind and that changes slightly or greatly as I move on……then again something is altered with the flow of some new ideas. I get inspired with projects and then add something of my own!

RC:  How do you organize your time for crafting?

PM: Earlier, the moment I got some spare time I used to start crafting & painting but now it is something compulsory for me. I can’t live without it. I have one “To do” list always to plan what’s next! When sometimes I don’t get enough time for crafting and get really busy, I feel sad but then reading blogs and looking at Pinterest keeps me going!

RC:  Tips for people who want to craft.

PM: Go ahead with your dreams! Don’t push yourself back, don’t be afraid to try something new or wait for anyone to try first. Be an inspiration and create your new idea!

RC: Your all -time favourite quote?

PM: “Believe in Yourself & You will be Unstoppable”

Here is a gorgeous project by Priyanka & step by step procedure:

Took a piece of thick sturdy cardboard measuring 13 inches by 10 inches



Picked a pattern paper and tore the edges roughly, placed it on the board to check the size.

          Next painted the sides of the cardboard using chalk paint “Butternut Squash”. I did dry brushing with slight strokes of brush to let the background texture visible.


     Once I was done, distressed the edges of the paper and inked it using Distress Ink pad “Gathered Twigs” using foam pad and glued it to the cardboard.

     Now is the interesting step of playing with Color Splashes. I have used “Hot Pink” and “Lime Splash”. Sprayed them at the sides and then followed by a spray of water using spray bottles from the store. Then gave some splashes of Alcohol splash “Wild Rose” and “Citron Breeze”. I have used another pattern paper in green for sides to add some more color and brightness.



     Next painted these beautiful chipboards using pearl acrylic colours. 


Chipboards used are “Flourishes DES-4” and “Dream Catcher”

Then to decorate the board with flowers I have used Little Birdie Vintage flowers and “Spring Garden strawberry field” flowers along with some glass pollens to get my flowers ready. Also picked some sparkle dots in pink and blue shades to get more texture and color to the board.



          Die cut a thick white cardstock using Spellbinders Die Set “Ornate Squares”. Inked it with Versacraft ink pads and added some white glitter dust to edges. Brush some glue to the edges and sprinkle the glitter dust. Dust off the excess and let it dry.



     Next stamped some butterflies and feathers randomly using Black Archival ink pad. Stamp sets used are “Hope & Smile” and “Dress Form”. After stamping arranged chipboards, flowers to the board along with some paper dollies. Then added the sparkle dots around the flowers. Added the die cut using foam tape to add that extra dimension. Lastly stamped the sentiment “Beautiful” on a piece of vellum and adhered it to the board. And it was done!


    Here are a couple of  Priyanka’s other awesome creations:



    Many congrats Priyanka for being the CRAFTER IN THE SPOTLIGHT – ITSY BITSY!!
    You will receive Rs.500/- Itsy Bitsy gift voucher ?? & a Crafter in the Spotlight badge, which can be proudly displayed on the side bar of your blog and other platforms. Looking forward to many more creations, Happy Crafting!

















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