Hello arty crafty friends! It’s almost time to bid farewell to February, in the last ‘Crafter in the Spotlight’ for this month, I bring you the story of Priya Chajjed, a passionate crafter hailing from Rajasthan.
Born and raised in the ‘Land of kings’, Rajasthan, Priya now resides in Ahmadabad with her family. She initially started crafting, to keep herself engaged. But with time, that developed into passion and now she is a full-time crafter. All along her journey, her family has encouraged and supported her to follow her dreams. Her favorites are scrapbooking and mixed media but she loves exploring other craft forms.
Read further to find out how did Priya get into crafting, what inspires her, how she wishes to encourage fellow crafters to follow their passion for crafting, her favourite quote, and how would she contribute to the crafting world if she had magical powers? Read further, to know about her favorites at Itsy Bitsy and get inspired by her step by step project. Don’t forget to shower some love on her in the comments section.
Rashmi Closepet M.D Itsy Bitsy: Tell us a bit about yourself & your background?
Priya Chajjed: Hi All! I am Priya Chajjed. Born and raised in Rajasthan, I have been residing in Ahmedabad for 7 years now.
RC: How did you get into crafting?
PC: I had never imagined I would be a crafter someday! It all started when I moved to Ahmedabad. Initially, I had no friends and family here and it became difficult for me to pass time in a new city. Not having much to do, I started crafting which slowly turned into my passion. My loved ones strongly believed in me and with their support and encouragement, I stepped out of my comfort zone and started my craft venture. My younger sister has always helped me out and I now can proudly say that she is a crafter too.
RC: What is your favourite type of craft?
PC: My favorites are scrapbooking and mixed media. I love to learn and try out different art forms all the time.
RC: What are your favourite products at Itsy Bitsy?
PC: This is the most difficult question! I love every product of Itsy Bitsy. The store has an amazing range of variety. If I had to pick favorites, I would go for Chalk Paints, Chipboards and Handmade flowers.
RC: If you had magical powers, how would you contribute to the Crafting world?
PC: I believe I already have magical powers in my hands and that is why I am able to make such beautiful creations! I wish to continue creating more wonders and fill happiness into this world.
RC: Your prized possession in your craft stash from Itsy Bitsy?
PC: Little Birdie flowers, Chalk paints and Chipboards
RC: How would you describe your style of crafting?
PC: I just love making albums which are a store-house of memories. I also enjoy trying my hands on new things and making exciting projects.
Mixed media layouts are my current favorite!
RC: How do you organise your time for crafting?
PC: Crafting is my first love and priority. I manage all other things around crafting.
RC: Tips for people who want to craft
PC: Don’t hold yourself back. Just go for it! Remember no one is perfect, and this itself is a beautiful art! Crafting gives so much happiness.
RC: Your all -time favourite quote?
PC: ‘You can’t use up creativity, the more you use, the more you have it!
Here is a gorgeous project by & the step by step procedure:
Step 1: Let’s gather all the materials! You will require Gesso, Modeling paste, Stencil, Thermocol balls, Thread, Color Splash, Metallic color (bronze), Hearty Melange and Craft glue.
I am using an old frame from my stash for this mixed media project.
Step 2: Apply gesso on the frame and let it air dry or use a heat gun.
Step 3: Apply a coat of One Step Crackle Medium and let it dry. Take a stencil and cover it entirely with modeling paste!
Step 4: Arrange and stick small thermacol balls and pieces of thread, both on the stencil and around the rim of the frame using Itsy Bitsy Craft glue.
Step 5: Now make embellishments of any shape and size of your choice for your project. I made this embellishment with hot glue gun.
Step 6: Place the frame over the backing and glue it. Place your embellishments inside the frame as you wish. Now colour the entire arrangement. I chose to paint the entire project with black acrylic paint. Once the paint dries, you can see the crackled effect clearly.
Step 7: Let’s add some more color to the creation! You can randomly color certain parts with Color Splash spray and apply a coat of tinted metallic paint too.
Select thermocol shapes of your choice and cover it with glitter. I have taken a heart shaped thermocol piece and covered it with red glitter.
Step 8: Add the thermocol embellishment to your frame. Decorate the frame with Hearty-Melange sparkle element to give it a fancy look.
Hope you guys enjoyed this simple mixed media tutorial.
Here are a couple of Priya’s other awesome creations:
Many congrats Priya 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!