Hello Artsy Craftsy friends!
The year is coming to an end but our sessions of ‘Crafter in the Spotlight’ continue as usual. It’s so thrilling to know about the creative expeditions of our crafter friends and how they manage to squeeze out time from their busy lives to do what they love the most! We have Rashmi Panwar Rana here today, who is from the picturesque city of Dehradun, Uttarakhand, now settled in Noida.
Rashmi has been interested in art and craft since school days and likes to try out varied craft styles. She believes that learning how to craft has no age limit and given a chance, she would love to share her experience and techniques with everyone.
How did Rashmi get into crafting, what inspires her, what are her tips for fellow crafters, her favourite quote, how would she contribute to the crafting world if she had magical powers? Read answers to all these questions, discover more about her interesting journey and catch a glimpse of a step by step project by Rashmi in this interview. Don’t forget to leave your comments for her.
Rashmi Closepet M.D Itsy Bitsy: Tell us a bit about yourself & your background?
Rashmi Panwar Rana: Hello everyone, first of all I would like to thank Rashmi Maam’, Anitha and the entire Itsy Bitsy team for selecting me to be in the ‘Spotlight’.
I am from Dehradun and after marriage I am now settled in Noida. I was teaching fashion designing earlier. I have done my Masters in political science and completed my diploma in nursery teachers training. I am very passionate about art and craft. My parents always encouraged me and after marriage, my husband also supported and motivated me to continue my passion.
RC: How did you get into crafting?
RP: Since my school days I like to make handmade cards, draw cartoons, do pencil sketching. I also liked making craft projects out of waste materials.
RC: What is your favourite type of craft?
RP: I like all types of craft but mixed media, canvas painting, pencil sketching, jewellery making, card making are my favorite. I like to experiment with my craft materials and that’s what I do in my mixed media projects.
RC: What are your favourite products at Itsy Bitsy?
RP: All products are awesome at Itsy Bitsy!! If I had to name some, they would be, Little Birdie Dream Cut machine, clear stamps, chipboards, chalk paints, Alcohol Colour Splash, Tinted Metallic Paint, silicon glue, handmade flowers are my favorites. My kids are also big fans of Itsy Bitsy.
RC: If you had magical powers, how would you contribute to the Crafting world?
RP: Wow! That is a nice question. If I had magical powers, I would start my own art and craft Institute where I can share my experience and techniques with everyone. Where there would be no age limit for learning and teaching. Everyone would be free to learn all types of craft.
RC: Your prized possession in your craft stash from Itsy Bitsy?
RP: Chalk paints, clear stamps, paper packs, chipboard, tinted metallic paints, Crackle medium.
RC: How would you describe your style of crafting?
RP: I focus on my creativity. I always want to do something different and unique in my craft projects.
RC: How do you organize your time for crafting?
RP: It is very difficult to take out time for crafting with kids but I organize my time for crafting mostly when my kids are in school and at night.
RC: Tips for people who want to craft
RP: Love your work. Don’t give up, great things take time!
RC: Your all -time favourite quote?
RP: Be happy, not because everything is perfect but because you choose to focus on the perfect moment.
Here is a gorgeous project by Rashmi Rana & the step by step procedure:
Step -1 . I am going to make feathery and flowery layout. First I used a mat embossed handmade paper A5 from the store, a sheet from Pretty in Pink paper pack and a sheet, on which I stenciled with the laser cut script stencil.
Step- 2. Layered them all and used gesso .
Step- 3. Then I stuck pink flocked beads- 10 mm with Itsy Bitsy’s silicon glue.
Step -4. I used some feathers ( green and pink), Little Birdie handmade flowers, wooden tags and also gave a little touch up with my all time favourite Chalk Paints- French rose. Added some embellishments here and there to make it classy!
Here are a couple of Rashmi’s other awesome creations:
Many congrats Rashmi Rana 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!