Hello arty crafty folks! It feels so good to bring you unique stories of talented crafters every week. The passion, dedication, and creativity that these creative individuals reflect are so inspiring. Today, I bring you the story of Semonti Roy, a crafter from Howrah, West Bengal.
Semonti was born and raised in the historical town of Serampore, in Hooghly district, West Bengal. She was interested in art & crafts since childhood and enjoyed creating decorative pieces for her home and greeting cards for friends and teachers. Her mother has been her greatest inspiration. Only a few years ago, she realized that crafting is her calling and that’s when she turned her passion into her profession. Today, she is a full-time, zealous crafter.
Semonti is in love with the world of decoupage and mixed media. She loves Little Birdie’s chalk paints, handmade flowers and chipboard shapes. She believes if someone is genuinely passionate about something, and pour out their heart in what they do, then the end result is bound to be beautiful.
How did Semonti 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 along to find answers to all these questions and discover more about Semonti’s interesting journey and catch glimpses of a step by step project by her.
Rashmi Closepet M.D Itsy Bitsy: Tell us a bit about yourself & your background?
Semonti Roy: Hi everyone, this is Semonti from Howrah, West Bengal. I grew up in a small town named Serampore, a famous historical city in West Bengal and then moved to Howrah for my studies and job. I have completed my graduation and diploma in multimedia. I have been crafting for the last few years and now I am really passionate about it. Today, my hobby has turned into a full-time career.
RC: How did you get into crafting?
SR: Since childhood, I have always been crazy about making handmade cards, drawing and painting clay pots. My mother always encouraged me to make simple home décor pieces to decorate our house. She is my biggest inspiration. She was excellent in sewing, knitting and crocheting. A few years ago, I came across the art of decoupage and fell in love with it. It was then; I made crafting my full-time passion and career.
RC: What is your favourite type of craft?
SR: I am fond of all craft forms, but my favorite is decoupage and mixed media.
RC: What are your favourite products at Itsy Bitsy?
SR: I love Itsy Bitsy for its versatile product range. My list is too big and it is difficult to choose my favorite products from the store. I love the chalk paints and handmade flowers.
RC: If you had magical powers, how would you contribute to the crafting world?
SR: If I had any magical powers, then I would want to do two things. Firstly, I would want to make craft supplies easily or instantly available to all crafters, at any point in time. The second thing, I would do something for uplifting the health and education of orphans.
RC: Your prized possession in your craft stash from Itsy Bitsy?
SR: I love the fact that Itsy Bitsy products are of awesome quality and available at very reasonable prices. I’m just obsessed with Little Birdie’s chalk paints. None of my projects are complete without the yummilicious paints and handmade paper flowers. I love the chipboard shapes too.
RC: How would you describe your style of crafting?
SR: If there is genuine love for any work you do, then it is bound to be beautiful and this is how my crafting is.
RC: How do you organise your time for crafting?
SR: I craft whenever I find some time between my home and outside chores. It is difficult to find time every single day to craft.
RC: Tips for people who want to craft
SR: Get started. Pour out your imagination in whatever you like. Love your work. And most importantly, have faith in yourself.
RC: Your all-time favourite quote?
SR: LIVE. LOVE. LAUGH.
Here is a Step by Step project by Semonti
Step 1: Firstly, I primed all the parts of the nameplate and a plastic container with gesso. Then, I mixed modeling paste and Little Birdie Texture Sand and applied the mixture all over the base of the nameplate and created some designs on it with a palette knife. I also added some textures on the other parts of the nameplate with Little Birdie Fiber Paste.
Step 2: Now I colored all the parts with my favorite Little Birdie chalk paints. I chose Drift Wood and Lemon Chiffon. As the base color, I used deep brown acrylic color for highlighting the textures.
Step 3: As for the vase, I decided to decoupage on it. I chose a bird motif tissue for that. After I completed the decoupage, I colored the blank part with chalk paints. For the vase, I chose Lemon Chiffon, Sailing Sky, Wild Moss and Wild Wasabi. After they were dry, I stamped over it.
Here are some images after I completed varnishing the vase.
Step 4: Now it was time for assembling all the parts of the nameplate. Fixed all the parts with wood glue.
Step 5: Attached the vase with the nameplate with the help of a jute twine and finished the project. Here are some images of the finished project.
Here are a couple of Semonti’s other awesome creations:
Many congrats Semonti 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!