Friday, July 28, 2017

Mixed Media with Texture Triangles

Hello Friends!
This is Tanvi with another brilliant product from Itsy Bitsy - the TEXTURE TRIANGLES

Texture triangle is an awesome tool to use for adding various texture effects to your mixed media projects. Creating horizontal, vertical, chequered, zigzag, fan, criss cross or other patterns of your choice is so easy with these texture triangles.

This is a three-sided tool & available in two variants. 
One triangle helps create fine lines & the other is useful for stripes & bands, each side of the triangle has different sized teeth, allowing you more variations when combing. These are surely a must have tool for mixed media artists. 

The possibilities of creating patterns with these are endless. For my experiments I mixed acrylic paint with impasto & played around with these triangles. Look at the array of pattern I created - 

I love textures & patterns and these tools are perfect for adding quick dimensions & interest to projects. I am no mixed media expert but after playing around with these tools I wanted to give it a try, sharing my attempt at this - 

This is a 4"x4" Mont Marte canvas panel. Using the texture triangle over modelling paste I created the desired base for the mixed media. I used an old brush as a flower vase, chipboard shapes, some flowers & twine to make a layout. After which the entire layout was gessoed. For the bright colors I chose Gold Alcohol Splash -  Wild Rose, Hot Pink & Marigold

To highlight the textures I lightly brushed gold at places & that popped the layout.

Just look at the awesome canvas loaded with textures!

Thank you so much for visiting & looking at my creation. I love to hear from you & truly appreciate your feedback. Have a crafty day!

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Crafter in The Spotlight 60

Hello arty-crafty folks,

Thursday is here again and it’s time for me to introduce you to yet another talented crafter. This week the limelight is on Charu Jain, who is originally from Sewagram, Maharashtra, but now, is settled in Bangalore.

Charu is a self-taught traditional artist and holds a degree in Microbiology and a diploma in Interior Designing. She has always been interested in art and craft and thinks it runs in her genes.

How did Charu 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 Charu in this interview. Don't forget to leave your comments for her.

Rashmi Closepet, MD, Itsy Bitsy: Tell us a bit about yourself & your background?
Charu Jain: Hello friends! I am Charu Jain, an explorer and a creator from an early age! I was born in a big family in Sewagram, the land of Gandhi’s ashram where he taught precious lessons of peace and non-violence. I am now based in Bangalore with my family.
I have done my graduation in Microbiology and also have diploma in Interior Designing. I am a self-taught traditional artist and I am very passionate about art. I have always been encouraged and supported by my mom and family to be more creative. I regularly create a colour-inspired, whimsical world of my own for daily practice and also for commissioned work. My work has found home in many places in the world including Canada and America.
RC: How did you get into crafting?
CJ: Frankly speaking I am into crafting since my childhood.
I remember how I used to create handmade greeting cards, gifts, dolls, wall decor with help of my mom and aunt in my childhood! I was always encouraged to do craft by my mom and family, I think it's in my genes :)
RC:  What is your favourite type of craft?
CJ:  My favourite types of craft are Mixed media, art journaling, making greeting cards and making bookmarks /tags.
RC:  What are your favourite products at Itsy Bitsy?
CJ: I just love all the products at Itsy Bitsy… it is difficult to choose just one! But I really love those yummy chalk colours, chipboards, alcohol splash and all the cute embellishments.
RC:  If you had magical powers, how would you contribute to the Crafting world?
CJ: If I had magical powers I would like to make all the crafting things and tutorials available at affordable price to all who want to learn, so that everyone can know the joy of crafting and how therapeutic it is!! Also I’ll change all the nuclear and destructible stuff into bombs of colourful graffiti!!
RC:  Your prized possession in your craft stash from Itsy Bitsy?
CJ: I just love the handmade flowers, stickers, stencils and chalk colours from Itsy Bitsy!
RC:   How would you describe your style of crafting?
CJ: I love to experiment every time I craft! As I am a watercolourist, I love to mix different techniques together.
RC:  How do you organize your time for crafting?
CJ:  I craft when my kids are not around, so generally on weekdays but if given a chance I would love to craft on almost any day but I have to balance my family and passion.
RC:  Tips for people who want to craft.
CJ: Keep experimenting, keep creating, enjoy the process,
watch YouTube tutorials, read blogs, don’t wait for the right time…. Just take out time for yourself and work hard on your dreams.
RC: Your all -time favourite quote?
CJ: Creativity is contagious. Keep Inspiring and sharing the joy of creativity! Pass it on!! - Albert Einstein

Here is a gorgeous project by Charu along with step by step procedure:

Products used: 
Mini canvas, Mini easel, 
Chalk paints : Charcoal, Snow and Frozen Ice 
Blue acrylic color

Step 1:  I have applied Charcoal or the black chalk paint on my mini 

canvas and let it dry. 

Step 2:When it dried completely I have applied Snow or the white chalk 

paint followed by Frozen Ice chalk paint.

Step 3: I also applied a circle of violet acrylic color around the chalk colors.

Step 4 :When it is still wet try to smudge the colors, but make sure you 

don't mix the colors into each other.

Step 5: I added a little darker tone of the colors into the moon to give it 

some dimensional effect, otherwise it looks too flat.

Step 6: For the final step, I drew some silhouettes on the moon when it 

was completely dry. It can be anything of your choice; an owl or a howling fox, love birds, cat.

TADA! Now the cute little painting with chalk paints is ready! Its an easy project and you can use it to decorate any corner of your house.
Hope you like my creativity!
Here are a couple of  Charu's other awesome creations:

Many congrats Charu for being the CRAFTER IN THE SPOTLIGHT – 

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!

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Paper Crafting Medley- A Crafter's Delight

Hello Crafty folks,

 I received the Paper Medley- Olivia from Itsy Bitsy. I was pleasantly surprised, thank you team IB for the same. This is my first Guest DT post ever. I would like to thank Rashmi  and Anitha for the opportunity.  

My creations with Paper Crafting Medley - Olivia

I have seen a lot of posts using chalk paint, but wondered  how it would work as a wash. Took a small amount of Sailing Sky and watered it down. As you can see, the background which is a Monte Marte canvas has been given a color wash.

Made a tentative layout before actually gluing things down. I didn't want to use all the elements for a single project. I cut down the burlap doily and used a quarter.

Next,I changed the color of  few leaves in the set. I dabbed some Tattered Lace chalk paint with an ink blending foam and voila! the leaves looked so different. Sorry I have no pictures of the leaves. I used the same technique to dab a stamp and stamped randomly. The brick stencil was used to stencil one corner.The chipboard was altered with the same color.

Now time to assemble. Used IB silicon glue to glue everything. Hope you like the final outcome.

Now coming  to the rest of the elements . These are a couple of ideas just to show how versatile the collection is and different ways in which it can be used. You can make a small canvas magnet and add a quote to personalize it. Decorate a mason jar and fill it with homemade preserve and gift it to your new neighbor.  Notice I used the half piece of burlap  Doily and tied it using Naturals . I die cut a piece from the burlap sheets set from my stash to add to the lid.

Thank you for stopping by. Please leave your feedback it would make me happy :) . 

Supplies used 

Paper Crafting Medley - Olivia 24pcs

Home Decor Chalk Paint - Sailing Sky


              Stencil - Brick


Monday, July 24, 2017

Layouts with itsy bitsy handmade flowers

Hello! Crafty friends,

Today I am posting two layouts as a GDT post for Itsy Bitsy....but before that, first I want to say 'Thank You' to Rashmi and Anitha of Itsy Bitsy for sending me beautiful flower kits. When I saw those flower kits.. I immediately thought of using them in here I am.. I have made two layouts keeping in for my daughter and one for my son.

Layout for my daughter:

Closeup view of the flowers.

Clear crackle texture effect 

Closer view

#1. For the base of the layout I have used 12"x12"thick MDF.

#2. Then I have covered the MDF with scrapbooking paper.

#3. I have used clear crackle texture paste and stencil to add texture on three corners.

#4. For my main layout base, I have used MS punch boarder, cream cardstock in 6.75" x 8.50". I again layered that with pattern papers in different styles with distress edges and distressed with vintage photo distress ink. Used doily cut in half and used them on side and top with distressed edges.

#5. In the centre I have used square chipboard frame which I have covered with cosmic glitter shimmers. I have used vintage photo of a little girl in the middle of the frame.

#6 . To decorate my layout I have used Little Birdie's Paper Crafting Medley, linen paper, handmade roses from Itsy Bitsy. I love these flower kits as they come as a complete pack for embellishing projects. Each one includes different combination of flowers, doilies, chipboard shapes, leaves, wire pollen and more.

#7. Finally decorated using laces, pearls, glass charms, metal charms, resin Angels, stamped butterflies and stamped sentiments from my stash.

#8. For 'Smile' I have used 4 layers of  black diecuts which I have stuck together to give a thick MDF look.

Layout for my son:

Closer view

#1. I have used 12"x12" thick chipboard for my base. Then covered that with a retro series pattern paper.

#2. I have used two layers of pattern papers one light at the base and dark one on top...did little distressing in few places.

#3. Then I have used texture paste with stencil to give texture looks on three sides.

#4. In the left-hand side, I have used lace and pattern paper from top to bottom.

#5. For the centre layout I have used pattern paper with distress edges and distressed with vintage photo distress ink. Used chipboard shape included in the flower kit after heat embossing with white glitter embossing powder and used a vintage photo of a boy.

#6. To decorate my layout I have used doily diecuts, flowers from Little Birdie's Paper Crafting Medley, stamped and glittered butterflies, pearls, metal charms, chipboard shapes, stamped and layered sentiments.

#7. For all the chipboards used in this layout I have heat embossed using white glitter embossing powder.

Hope you liked the project..I really enjoyed doing these. Thank you.

Love n hugs


Supplies used: flowers from Itsy bitsy

Paper Crafting Medley - Bryony 7pcs

Angel Rose - Coral Blend 8pcs


Curly Rose - Pink 30mm, 12pcs