Hello arty-crafty folks, this week we have Ranjitha Sathya, a Bangalore crafter sharing her arty-crafty story with us in ‘Crafter in the Spotlight’.
Ranjitha took up serious crafting about five years back. Ranjitha believes kids are more imaginative than anyone else and wants to start a crafting platform where kids and adults can craft together. She believes that crafting is a great stress buster and urges enthusiasts to explore new craft forms without hesitating.
Read along to find out Ranjitha’s favourite craft forms, her arty-crafty wish, how she describes her style of crafting, what she enjoys most besides crafting and more. Also, catch glimpses of a step by step project by Ranjitha. Don’t forget to leave your loving comments for her.
Rashmi Closepet: What are your favourite craft forms?
Ranjitha Sathya: Card making, decoupage and sewing
RC: If you are granted an arty-crafty wish, what would you ask for?
RS: I aspire to start a place where kids and adults can craft together. I would like to introduce crafting to kids from a very young age as I believe Kids are more imaginative than any of us.
RC: How did you come to know about Itsy Bitsy?
RS: years ago, I walked into the Banshankari store just to buy some stationery…ever since then Itsy Bitsy has been in my monthly shopping list!
RC: Tell us about your most exciting shopping experience at Itsy Bitsy.
RS. Last year there was a factory clearance sale at Itsy Bitsy… that was the most unimaginably biggest loot ever.
RC: What craft products attract you the most?
RS: Stencils, dies and stamps.
RC: What is your ideal crafting time in a day?
RS: The moment my daughter sleeps I rush into my craft room… mostly its late-night crafting!
RC: What are your ‘Can’t live without’ craft essentials?
RS: My stamps and dies
RC: How long have you been crafting?
RS: I used to sketch a lot as a kid, pencil shading portraits etc. But I took up crafting professionally 5 years ago.
RC: Which 3 words describe your crafting style the best?
RS: Simple, bright and colourful!
RC: Any inspirational tips for newbies and craft enthusiasts
RS: Start with what you have. Crafting is a great stress buster. You don’t require any special skills to make something beautiful. And don’t hesitate to explore new craft forms.
RC: Any tips for fellow crafters to help them organize their workspace better.
RS: Crafting and organizing go hand in hand…. Always keep your craft place organized and clutter free. You need to know what you have and where you have it to make crafting easier.
RC: What inspired you the most in your creative journey?
RS: My little daughter… most of my crafting skills started while doing something for her…and then the creativity just grew.
RC: According to you what’s the best way to overcome a creative block?
RS: Believe in yourself… and continue creating!
RC: Why do you think people should continue with ‘Handmade
RS: I believe in ‘Handmade’ because…
No one displays an email on the mantel or shows off a Tweet on the refrigerator or saves a Facebook post in a box of treasures. So, buy ‘Handmade’ or gift ‘Handmade’.
RC: Other than crafting what do you enjoy the most?
RS: I do a lot of sewing if it’s not paper crafting.
RC: Which are the product categories you check out most often for new arrivals?
RS: Chalk paints, new paint mediums, stamps and dies.
Here is a step by step project by Ranjitha
You would have hard about decoupage on textile. But today I would like to show you textile- like effect using chalk paints. Among the various textile patterns, Ikkat patterns are one of my favorite. So, today I will be trying to mimic Ikkat like patterns on my coasters.
I started by priming the square coasters with gesso and then gave them a coat of metallic paint.
For all the coasters I’m using only two shades of chalk paints.
For the first design I am held my brush vertically and made a stroked valley pattern and diamonds and then filled the spaces with black
For this one, I started with painting triangular peaks with black and then smaller peaks with red chalk paint and continued with the pattern all over the coaster.
Here, I started with painting diamond shapes all over the coaster with red chalk paint. Then I gave a black border with similar vertical strokes to mimic the Ikkat pattern.
For this one, I first drew a grid with diagonal lines. Then I painted some lines with vertical strokes. And then filled them with red.
You can see the finished pattern here.
Here are the four coasters I have completed painting using these products…
- Tinted Metallic Paint (Silver Oak)
- Chalk Paint (Charcoal)
- Chalk Paint (Salsa Red)
I have given them a coat of varnish and now they are ready to be used.
Thank you so much Itsy Bitsy for the recognition and giving me this opportunity. I hope you liked my post and will definitely give it a try.
Here are a couple of Ranjitha ‘s other awesome creations:
Many congrats Ranjitha Sathya 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.