Hello dear arty crafty friends!
Hope you all have started your New Year on a great note! For this year’s very first ‘Crafter in the Spotlight’ I have Megha Tainwala, a young, enthusiastic and passionate crafter, sharing her story with us.
Born and raised in Bangalore, Megha carries work experience with the corporate sector as a finance and business management graduate. She delightfully gives all credit for her art and craft inspiration to her parents. Having grown up with paints and colorful embroidery around her, Megha is inclined towards wood work, journaling, card and tag making. Megha’s unstoppable dedication for art and craft led her to start a small venture, which opened up new avenues to her escape land of curiosity and various art forms.
Let’s find out more about her journey, her favorite Itsy Bitsy offerings and what she would like to do, if given some magical powers. Don’t forget to send your best wishes to Megha in the comment section below.
Rashmi Closepet M.D Itsy Bitsy: Tell us a bit about yourself & your background?
Megha Tainwala: Hello to All! I’m Megha, born and bought up in Bangalore, but my roots trace back to Rajasthan. I am a finance and business management graduate and worked for payment teams with large corporates. I love listening to music and enjoy travelling. Art and Craft is my escape place.
RC: How did you get into crafting?
MT: Since school times, I have always taken part in competitions and summer camps and found my interest in colors and different mediums. My father is very good at painting and my mother is very neat with embroidery and needle work. I drew my initial inspiration from there and then the curiosity of how thought could be put in the form of art grew on me. I got into a habit of journaling my thoughts and added to my skills with mixed media. This eventually resulted in a small venture that I started a year back and that is how I now connect back with art.
RC: What is your favourite type of craft?
MT: I love art in all its forms. Mixed media, paper crafting, paints, wood work, up-cycling, journaling, card and tag making are some of my favourites. I believe creativity is endless!!
RC: What are your favourite products at Itsy Bitsy?
MT: Itsy Bitsy has a huge collection. If I had to pick favourites, I would pick decoupage glue, chalk paints, handmade flowers, dies, and my beloved Dream Cut machine.
RC: If you had magical powers, how would you contribute to the Crafting world?
MT: I never have enough space. With a swish of a wand that would be easy.
RC: Your prized possession in your craft stash from Itsy Bitsy?
MT: Definitely, it has to be Chalk Paints and Decoupage Glue.
RC: How would you describe your style of crafting?
MT: Detailing! I love adding small and noticeable details to projects through colors and elements to give them a personal touch.
RC: How do you organize your time for crafting?
MT: Crafting takes up major part of my day. I enjoy the freedom to plan my other responsibilities around it.
RC: Tips for people who want to craft
MT: One must always be curious and that’s how you will discover, learn and grow your love for crafting. Don’t be afraid to add a personal touch to everything you do. Create! Even the mistakes will be happy little accidents!
RC: Your all -time favourite quote?
MT: We are all a little broken. But the last time I checked, Broken Crayons still Color the same!
Here is a gorgeous project by Megha & the step by step procedure:
- Camlin white gesso
- Little Birdie Stencils
- Little Birdie Chalk paints
- Little Birdie Stamps, Inks
- Little Birdie Classy Chick burlap
- Mont Marte Modelling Paste
- Pattern paper
- Ranger Distress inks
- Itsy Bitsy Flowers, Butterflies
- Pearls from Itsy Bitsy, Paper Cord
- Itsy Bitsy Washi Tape, Gem Alphabets Black
- Little Birdie Sparkling Dotties
- strong adhesive/glue gun
- Sponge Dabbers/Brushes
Step 1-2: Clean the file of any dust. Primer it with white gesso, both inside out, Leave it to dry. (Optional)
Step 3: I’ve applied Fortune Cookie Chalk Paint on the complete folder with a sponge dabber, this gives complete coverage and a good texture as well.
Step 4-6: Using a stencil, I applied Sailing Sky chalk paint to create a shabby chick pattern. I’ve done this at the back and front of the folder.
Step 7-8: To add some more texture I chose this burlap, removed some twines from the edges to give it a more distressed look. Then with the script stencil added some modelling paste.
Step 9 : I adhered the burlap and a piece of pattern paper to match the theme, distressing the edges and applying some vintage ink.
Step 10: Now the part where you can put in your personal touch, Itsy Bitsy has a huge collection of flowers to choose from… I used flowers, leaves, butterflies to add to the front. To enhance it and personalize further, adhered few fudge sparkling dotties, a blue pebble, paper cord, pearls, gem alphabets to the folder.
Step 11: We need to now work on the inside and make it usable, I added some vertical and horizontal pockets on each of the sides, for storage purpose. Stamped on them and lastly added Washi tape. The folder is now ready to use.
Here are a couple of Megha’s other awesome creations:
Many congrats Megha 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!