Hello arty crafty friends! The month of October has set in and today, in the first ‘Crafter in the Spotlight’ of the month I bring you the story of another passionate crafter, Medha Sharma from Bangalore.
Medha has completed her degree in animation & interior designing. She is an enthusiastic crafter and an entrepreneur. Her love for crafting started with pottery. She loves experimenting with different styles and likes various craft forms like mixed media, decoupage and more.
Medha’s most prized possessions from Itsy Bitsy are Little Birdie’s Mixed Media Paste and Chalk Paints. She encourages fellow crafters to enjoy and cherish the experience of crafting. Given some magical powers, Medha would like to create unlimited crafting supplies which would be easily accessible to all.
How did Medha get into crafting, what inspires her, what are her favorite products from Itsy Bitsy, and what is her style of crafting? Read along to find answers to all these questions and discover more about Medha’s interesting journey and catch glimpses of a step by step project by her. Don’t forget to leave your loving comments for her.
Rashmi Closepet M.D Itsy Bitsy: Tell us a bit about yourself & your background?
Medha Sharma: Hello everybody, I am Medha Sharma. I was born and raised in New Delhi and currently reside in Bangalore. I have completed a degree in animation & interior designing. Now I’m an entrepreneur and an enthusiastic crafter. My favorite crafts are pottery, decoupage and mixed media. I am always keen on learning new techniques. Besides crafting, my interests include photography, movies, cooking and travelling.
RC: How did you get into crafting?
MS: I was introduced to pottery as a teenager by my parents which continue to remain one of my favorite activities. My fascination for pottery encouraged me to explore other forms of crafts. Family support was an added advantage.
RC: What is your favourite type of craft?
MS: Pottery was my first crafting love and these days I am enjoying decoupage. I am slowly trying my hand at mixed media.
RC: What are your favourite products at Itsy Bitsy?
MS: My all-time favorites include chalk paints, Decoupage Glue, Decor Varnish, Mixed Media paste, Crackle Medium and so on. This list is endless!!
RC: If you had magical powers, how would you contribute to the Crafting world?
MS: If I had magical powers, I would create an endless supply of crafting materials in the world to allow everyone an opportunity to explore their creative side and experience the joy of crafting! And of course, add more time to everyone’s life so that they could use the endless products.
RC: Your prized possession in your craft stash from Itsy Bitsy?
MS: That is hard to decide as there are so many awesome products. If I had to choose, it would be the Chalk Paints and the Mixed Media Paste.
RC: How would you describe your style of crafting?
MS: Innovative yet simple and unique, I love to up-cycle things.
RC: How do you organize your time for crafting?
MS: I generally craft in the evenings and at night so that I can continuously craft for few hours at a stretch.
RC: Tips for people who want to craft
MS: The most important thing is to craft for yourself. Enjoy and cherish the experience of crafting.
RC: Your all -time favourite quote?
MS: As my grandfather used to say, “Be happy and make others happy”.
Here is a Step by Step project by Medha Sharma
Today I’ll be sharing a mixed media project with you all.
- Canvas Panel
- White Gesso
- Chipboards: – Clock, Honeycomb and Gear
- Embellishments: – Straws, Wooden rings, Wooden button, Bottle cap and Metal spacers
- Heavy Matt Gel Medium
- Mixed Media Paste
- Chalk Paints: – Orange Splash, Frozen Ice and Charcoal
- Golden Acrylic Paint
- Spray bottles
Step 1: I took a canvas panel 5”x7” and gave it a coat
of white gesso.
After the gesso dried, I took some clock, honeycomb and gear chipboard, straws, wooden rings and other embellishments from my Itsy Bitsy stash and randomly started placing them on the canvas.
Once everything was arranged, I used Little Birdie Heavy Matt Gel medium to stick all the embellishments.
Then. I diluted Mixed Media Paste (absolutely love this product) with little water and applied it on the entire project.
Step 5: Now comes the time to paint, so I decided to use Orange Splash, Frozen Ice and Charcoal chalk paints in some areas and watered them down with help of a spray bottle and also diluted the chalk paints in water and sprayed here and there. I gave few splashes of white gesso to go with it.
For finishing touches I took little golden acrylic paint on my finger and started applying on the embellishments gently.
Lastly, I added a quote to complete my project.
Hope you guys enjoyed this project as much as I enjoyed making it…cheers!!
Here are a couple of Medha’s other awesome creations:
Many congrats Medha 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!