Crafter in the Spotlight Priya Mishra

 Hello arty crafty folks! You must be waiting eagerly to hear from another talented crafter this week in “Crafter in the Spotlight”! This time, I have brought you the story of Priyadarshini  Mishra, a passionate crafter from Mumbai.

Priyadarshini hails from Odisha and now lives in Thane with her family. She is  a full-time homemaker and loves paper crafting and altered art. Her passion for crafts started with Quilling, when she unintentionally discovered this particular craft form on the web and instantly fell in love with it! Recently, Priyadarshini has started admiring mixed media too and she loves the new range of Little Birdies mixed media products.

Priyadarshini loves experimenting with her creations and believes that there is no set formula in craft. Following ones heart is the best one can do!

Read further to find out what are her favorite craft forms, about her crafting style, her favorite Itsy Bitsy’s offerings and catch glimpses of a step-by-step project by Priyadarshini. Don’t forget to shower some love and leave your best wishes for her in the comments section.

Rashmi Closepet M.D Itsy Bitsy: Tell us a bit about yourself & your background?

Priya Mishra: Hi All! I am Priyadarshini Mishra. I hail from Odisha, the state running along the eastern coast of India, with beautiful beaches and awesome handicrafts. Post marriage, I moved to Mumbai and I currently live in Thane with my husband and my six-year-old son. I have done my Masters in Life Science and MBA in Human Resources. Besides crafting, I love to read, travel, and write poems.

RC: How did you get into crafting?

 PM: According to the trend those days, all bright students were expected to study science and so did I!! But today, when I look back, I deeply regret not studying Arts. That is the one thing I wanted to do the most! I could never enroll for art and craft classes too because of my father’s transferrable job. However, ‘whatever happens, happens for the best’. I came across paper Quilling while searching for something on the web and instantly fell in love with it. I started mixed media just about a year back but I think it’s simply wonderful.

RC: What is your favourite type of craft?

PM: I love Paper crafts and Altered art. I am enjoying Mixed Media a lot these days.

 RC: What are your favourite products at Itsy Bitsy?

PM: Itsy Bitsy has recently launched a variety of products which are so tempting. I love the flowers the most. In India, Little Birdie is only brand that provides a huge range of handmade flowers at such affordable prices. I also love the 2 in 1 Texture Paste, Grainy Texture Paste, Chalk Paints and Chipboards. The newly launched Paper Pack- Vintage Reflections carries such a beautiful compilation…. everyone should try these products!!

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

PM: I would like to give a revenue generating platform to talented crafters, so that it could become their fulltime profession. I would love to spread awareness among public about crafting and these passionate crafters.

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

PM: Little Birdie Flowers and Chalk Paints.

RC: How would you describe your style of crafting?

PM: I would say experimental. I don’t follow a formula; there is no formula.

RC: How do you organise your time for crafting?

PM: I generally craft late in the night.

RC: Tips for people who want to craft

PM: Don’t overthink. Just follow your heart when you are crafting and never give any of your art work for free.

RC: Your all -time favourite quote?

PM: “A Champion is someone who gets up when he can’t” – Jack Dempsey

Here is a step-by-step project by  Priya

Mixed Media Canvas

Step 1:
I took a stretched canvas for this project and gave it a coat
of Mont marte white Gesso all over.
Step 2:
After the gesso dried completely, for which I used my Little
Birdie heat tool, I created some texture using Little Birdie 2 in 1 Mixed Media
paste, stencil and a spatula. I just love this Mixed Media Paste. It dries so
quickly and is very smooth.

 

Step 3:
Then I arranged some negative chipboard on the area I wanted
to create a lot of textures and stuck them with Little Birdie Soft Matt Gel medium. This is a beautiful product to stick all your embellishments on a project. Really smooth and quick to dry. Then I arranged some more chipboard cutouts to create more texture on the project. Then I used some gear chipboards on them and arranged the way I wanted on my final project. I gave a coat of black gesso after each layer. It is important so that no blank space is left in between the layers.
Step 4:
Thereafter,  I also applied a coat of gesso on the wings chipboard
from Itsy Bitsy and the resin frame. On the cute little glass bottle, I sprinkled some sparkle and put a small key inside it. These will be my topmost and final layer in the project.  At places I also glued some metal brads. After gluing the resin frame on the canvas I started coloring.

 

Step 5:

Initially I wanted to use turquoise blue, copper and gold metallic paints but as I progressed, I also added blue and purple metallic paints to the project. I started with turquoise blue and added a bit of mist to let the color penetrate to the bottom layer also. For rest of the project, I only did dry brushing. This is how the final project looks!! Hope you like it.

 Some more pictures of the project

 

This is wonderful platform to bring forward crafters from all corners and let them showcase their handcrafted projects to the world and I
would like to Thank Rashmi Ma’am and Anitha for this opportunity. I had a great time creating this project.
Supplies Used:
Canvas
White Gesso
Black Gesso
2 in 1 Texture Paste
Soft Matt Gel
Heat Tool
Chipboard
Glass Bottle
Stencil
Metallic Paints
Here are a couple of  Priya’s  other awesome creations:

 

 

 

 

Many congrats  Priya Mishra  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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