Crafter in the Spotlight Priyanka Bhutara

Hello arty crafty friends! The festive time of the year has arrived. Hope you all are enjoying the joyous month’s and having delightful crafting experience. Today in ‘Crafter in the Spotlight’ I bring you the story of a passionate crafter Priyanka Bhutara, who is settled in Bangalore.

Priyanka is a software engineer and an aspiring artist. Her love for arts and craft rekindled due her kids’ interest in crafts. She loves experimenting with different crafting styles and likes working with oil painting, decoupage, mixed media, altered art and more.

Priyanka’s most prized possession from Itsy Bitsy is Little Birdie’s modelling paste and chalk paints. She encourages fellow crafters to follow their passion for craft and master the art. Given some magical powers, Priyanka would like to make crafting supplies less expensive and easily accessible to all.

How did Priyanka 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 her interesting journey and catch glimpses of a step by step project by her. Don’t forget to leave your loving comments for her.

Rashmi Closepet M.D Itsy Bitsy: Tell us a bit about yourself & your background?

Priyanka Bhutara: I am Priyanka Bhutara, academically a software engineer from Maharashtra; who moved to Bangalore after marriage. Sunken were my undefined interest in ‘art’ which was given life by my children’s interest in ‘craft’. I am now a full-time homemaker and a part time artist running a small venture from home, coaching and taking orders for home decor pieces. I strongly believe that arts & craft act as a shield against the lurking chaos of the outside world. My dream is to have my own art studio one day.

RC: How did you get into crafting?

PB: I was always passionate about crafting & painting.  Up-cycling things always fascinated me. As a child I enjoyed making envelopes, cards out of old wedding cards and more.

RC: What is your favourite type of craft?

PB: I am into oil painting, decoupage, quilling, sospeso, mixed media, etc. with my current favourite being decoupage, due to its versatility.

RC: What are your favourite products at Itsy Bitsy?

PB: That’s a difficult question! Itsy Bitsy is a paradise for all the craft lovers. But, if I had to shortlist it would be chalk paints, handmade flowers and modelling paste.

RC: If you had magical powers, how would you contribute to the Crafting world?

PB: I would love to make art & craft materials easily accessible and affordable for everyone.

RC: Your prized possession in your craft stash from Itsy Bitsy?

PB: Modelling paste and chalk paints.

RC: How would you describe your style of crafting?

PB: I enjoy experimenting with different styles and having minimal elements in my projects as I feel ‘LESS IS MORE’. I absolutely love floral vintage with bright colour set up.

RC: How do you organize your time for crafting?

PB: Being a home maker, balancing and managing time is challenging. But my passion drives me to steal some valuable time.

RC: Tips for people who want to craft

PB: I would say, please follow your passion and if you are really passionate about it, nothing can stop you.Try to master the art!

RC: Your all-time favourite quote?

PB: Your only LIMIT is Your MIND.

Here is a Step by Step project by Priyanka Bhutara

Materials used:
MDF box
MDF square piece
Decoupage napkin
Decoupage paper
Little Birdie decoupage glue
Little Birdie varnish
Little Birdie chalk paints -Muted Teal and French Rose
Little Birdie silicon glue
Butterfly embellishment
Acrylic colours – pink, brown, golden

1. Apply coat of gesso on the box.

2. Apply decoupage glue on the box and a square MDF cutout and stick the paper, decoupage napkin of your choice.

3. Distress the edges of the square cutout with golden brown paint.

4. Now paint the bottom part with Muted Teal chalk paint and with the help of silicon glue, stick the square piece on the box.

5. Now do some stenciling with the chalk paint and add some shading effect on the flowers with a darker shade of pink. Then coat the entire box with Little Birdie varnish.

6. Finally stick the butterfly embellishment on the box as seen.

Here are a couple of  Priyanka’s  other awesome creations:


Many congrats  Priyanka  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!
































6. Finally stick the butterfly embellishment on the box as seen.




So the box is ready..isn’t it simple ?I hope u all enjoyed this tutorial .Happy crafting


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