Decoupage Boho Necklace By Savithri Srinivasan
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Hi All, I am Savithri. I am very happy to meet you all as a guest DT for Connect4sale.

For my first project, I am going to show you all how to create a Boho jewelry set, in easy steps, with the vast variety of materials available with connect4Sale.

I am sure all of you are aware that Boho jewelry is the fashion statement now. You can wear these pieces on your plain tunics, or trendy t shirts and make heads turn. We will learn how to make these using decoupage technique. So lets start this picture tutorial. I have chosen few MDF pendant and earring bases from the store.

I painted the base with a coat of white Gesso and let it dry completely. This will brighten the decoupage napkin.

Tip: Instead of Gesso, you can also use white acrylic paint.

Since MDF is a porous material, if we don’t give a base coat, the glue will be sucked into the surface and will become uneven. So priming the surface is important.

Its time to decoupage now. Since I am making a Boho necklace, I chose patterned decoupage napkins accordingly. Connect4Sale has many designs of decoupage tissue, in many themes to choose from.

Decoupage napkins come in 2/3 ply, meaning there will be 2/3 layers of papers. We need to remove the layers from the back and use only the top most thin layer with design. I placed the MDF base on the design I wanted and applied decoupage glue.

Tip:

  • Always apply just enough glue on the surface, neither too less nor too much. Make sure you cover the entire area with glue. If there is any area without glue, when you stick the paper it will form bubbles. If there is too much glue, the paper will tear.
  • To get wrinkle free, smooth finish on your decoupage projects, always use a plastic sheet to smoothen the surface when you glue down, and press in an outward direction to release any bubbles

After letting it dry for a while, I sealed the project by applying a generous amount of decoupage glue on the surface.

Tip:

  • This is a very important step to give life to your project, avoiding it from turning yellow over the years
  • Also, by mistake if paint splatters on the sealed surface, you can easily wipe off with a damp cloth/tissue

Once the glue dried, I cut the extra tissues around the base and used a sand paper to smoothen the edges.

The pendant bases are now ready to be decked up and given further makeover.

Boho styles mostly use tassels and hence I am going to use them for this project. Connect4Sale has varieties of tassels with many colour options.

To be able to attach tassels and beads to the bottom of the pendant and earring, I glued some eye pins in a particular pattern at the back of the base.

I laid out the eye pins in place and glued them.

I left the glue to dry overnight.

Tip:

  • You can use any strong glue for this purpose
  • Leaving it overnight to dry, makes it more secure and strong.

I then placed the tassels, beads to see how it looks. Also for the necklace cord, I used this braided cord that’s available with Connect4Sale. This cord gives the necklace a very Boho look. (This looks pretty good and bright too.)

I used jump rings to attach the tassels, beads and the necklace cord to the pendant and earring.

After attaching the tassels and beads, I finished the earrings with hooks and some lorreals to enhance the boho look. I really like how the braided cord adds to this look. Since I stuck eye pins at the back, I covered the same with a felt/foam sheet. This will give it a neat finish and will also hold the eye pins in place.

I then finished by giving a coat of varnish on the pendant and earring base. This gives a shine and is also a sealant.


Simple decoupage Boho necklace is ready. You can create your own designs by adding different things available at the Connect4Sale store.

Hope you like the tutorial. Do share your creations with us. And do not forget to check out the products available for jewelry making in the connect4sale store.

Will soon see you all with another  jewelry making tutorial.

Thanks to Connect4Sale for this wonderful opportunity to share my work with you all.

About The Artist

My name is Savithri. An art enthusiast from Chennai.  I am passionate about crafts, recycling and DIY’s and anything creative. Right through childhood, I created my own style; re designing clothes, making friendship bracelets, painting on almost anything, making unique birthday cards, moulding clay and paper mache items and so much more…

Once into college and then jobs, my hobby took a back seat. Thereafter, while setting up our new home, I again found a passion for DIY projects and creative arts to decorate around the home. And it lasted only till our home was ready and occupied. 

Many years later, when I had to quit my high flying corporate job as an Assistant Vice President of a reputed ITES company, my passion for crafts was rekindled once again. I started dressing up my infant daughter with beautiful boutique style hair accessories and clothes. Wanting to showcase some of my creations to family and friends, i decided to put them on the internet. Because why not? There’s no investment!! 

And so in 2013, ‘All Things Beautiful’ was officially born. Being a self-taught crafter and with a thirst to learn everything that interested me, I expanded into making and selling handcrafted home decor products, customized statement jewelry and hair accessories and several other things that I could create. I prefer making things rather than buying them off a shelf. I look at ways to recycle old things, to decorate them and beautify them. When I look at beautiful (expensive) artsy things in shops or during my travel, my creative mind starts thinking of ways to DIY!! I work on various techniques and mediums like painting on different surfaces, decoupage, mix media, resin art, bottle art, weaving, beading, terracotta and statement fabric jewelry etc to name a few. My clients come to me with unique customization and personalization requests and I love to take up those challenging assignments. 

I believe there’s nothing more special than a handmade gift made with love. The journey so far has been very satisfying. Now I spend my time crafting and creating things around the house and striking off my never-ending to-do lists. I also love to share this knowledge with other art enthusiasts through workshops. Other than crafting and creating, I love traveling, baking, home improvement, fashion & style.

Facebook: www.facebook.com/atbhome

Instagram: www.instgram.com/all_things_beautiful_atb

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Name Board with Crackle Effect and Welcome Board with Distressed Finish by Vidhu Thareja
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Hi Everyone.

I hope all of you are doing great. This is Vidhu Thareja once again back on the blog of Connect4Sale with a new project inspiration. I would like to thank team of Connect4Sale for giving me another opportunity. This time I am sharing ideas of creating décor for the exterior wall of your home. I have step wise picture tutorial for all of you. So without wasting further time, let’s start the projects…..

My first project is a Name Board. I have received plain MDF board, measuring 14 x 4 inches. Connect4Sale has recently introduced mdf boards in different sizes.


Next step is to choose a tissue for the project. Composition plays a very important role in Decoupage so always select a tissue, which will go very well with the base. First I have primed the base with two coats of gesso. After that I have done color blending with two colors of chalk paint using sponge. You can use single color also. Here I forget to click picture. Always choose colors, which will perfectly match the colors in tissue.

Here I have used pink and green shades of chalk paint. I leave it to dry. I do not want to do decoupage on the whole board so decided to use one step crackle medium. Apply dark color first and on top of that apply one step crackle medium with synthetic Bristol brush. Use dab method while applying crackle medium. Let it dry naturally on its own. Do not speed dry. It dries clear. Then apply any contrasting shade of chalk paint with brush. As soon as the colour starts drying, you will get to see beautiful cracks forming up. Here you can see beautiful cracks and dark shades of chalk paint can be seen through the cracks.

Decoupage has been done on top of the crackle effect. So here we need to use lighter print tissue so that cracks can be seen through the print. Remove the image and edges using wet brush technique and separate the plain layers and printed layers and adhere the tissue using Mod Podge. Do not apply too much of Mod Podge. Excessive Mod Podge could tear the tissue. Let it dry for atleast one hour or so and then seal the decoupaged area with Mod Podge. After one day seal the project with two coats of water based varnish. Two coats of varnish is more than sufficient. Give enough drying time in between the each coat of varnish. Top coat would be of resin. Stick the names with any strong glue and pour resin. Resin will make your name board water resistant. Resin is also available at Connect4Sale. A beautiful Name Board is ready to adorn the exterior wall of your home.

My next project is Welcome Board with Distressing. I have received another board measuring 14 x 6 inches in my Guest DT kit. Prime the base with two coats of white chalk paint and select tissue. Whenever we want to give old weathered or vintage look to any project, we use distressing technique. For that we need to use chalk paint only because acrylic color starts chipping off with sanding. Firstly I have created three palletes in three different colors of chalk paint, dividing the space in three equal portions. Apply two coats of chalk paint and let it dry completely.

Now rub candle wax on that area where you want to have distressed look. On top of that, I have applied two coats of white chalk paint because I was planning to use tissue on my project. You can use three different colors, if you are using paper or want to do some stenciling. Using a sand paper of 100 number rub down the paint where candle wax was rubbed earlier so that paint rips off giving it a beautiful distressed look.

Now you can see the distressed look and shades of colors which has merged so well giving it a vintage and weathered look. Dilute black chalk paint and using a zero number round brush, draw pallete lines and adhere the napkin using Mod Podge. Wide range of chalk paint and Mod Podge is available at Coneect4Sale.

As I have always said, use wet brush technique to remove image and edges from the tissue. Let it dry and then again seal the image with modpodge. Now its time to do some stenciling. Since it is going to be used as welcome board so I thought of using the stencil related to that which I have received in my Guest DT kit. Connect4Sale has a beautiful collection of stencils. I wanted to give a little dimension to stenciling part so instead of doing stenciling with color, I have mixed chalk paint in modelling paste and applied it through stencil with pallete knife.

Let it dry comletely and seal the project with clear varnish. Two coats of varnish is more than enough. If you wish, you can pour resin to make it water resistant. A beautiful Welcome Board is ready to adorn the wall of your home. I hope you will find these tutorial inspirational.

All the craft supplies, used in these projects are available at Connect4Sale. Do check the website. Grab your supplies and create somethig beautiful for your home or gifting to your loved ones. Do not forget to share your awesome creations with all of us.
Happy Crafting
Vidhu Thareja

About The Artist

Vidhu Thareja is a crafter from Noida, born and brought up in Delh. She had completed her studies from Delhi. She began her career as a freelance translator and worked with many reputed publications. She has also worked in the Insurance Sector for many years.

Due to personal reasons she had to give up her job, which actually turned out to be a blessing in disguise. The turning poing came when she got the golden opportunity to work with Madura Coats Pvt. Ltd. as a Craft Consultant for their Anchor Thread Craft activities in reputed schools of Delhi/ NCR Region. Although it was not a very high paying job it gave her all the confidence and a feeling of fulfillment, which made her realize the crafter hidden in her.

Since her childhood she was very much interested in crafts. Growing up, there was not that much exposure to tv or computer and she used to do embroidery in her free time or during vacations. Her biggest inspiration was her mother who is her motivating force. At the time of conducting Anchor thread craft workshops, she started doing DIY activities and decided to learn more.

From then there was no looking back and today she is doing what she loves to do. Although every new technique and art form attracts her but Decoupage and Sospeso are the two crafts, that she enjoys the most. She never lost a chance to learn anything new because she believes that learning never stops.

She follows her fellow crafters because she feels every person teaches you something. To all upcoming crafters she has this to say “That whatever you do, do it with love and passion, follow others but make your own style statement. Be confident but never be over-confident. Share your knowledge, that is what makes you grow”.

You can follow Vidhu Thareja on her Facebook and Instagram on the below mentioned links…

Vidhu’s Crafts – Making Crafts From Heart

//www.instagram.com/vidhus_craft_noida


//www.facebook.com/Vidhus-Crafts-Making-Crafts-From-Heart-553637291368517/




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Valentine’s Theme Mixed Media Layout                           By Manasa Priya
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Hello All

Hope our are having an amazing week.
I am back on Connect4Sale blog with an interesting mixed media scrapbook layout in Valentine’s theme using Blooms and Berries Paperpack from Papericious

So I chose these beautiful blooms print and fussy cut them.

Now using Mudra Background stamp. I stamped randomly to form my base layer.

Using Mudra Vintage stencil added some texture paste to have an embossed effect.

I took another printed paper and tore it to have serrated edges. Distressed the edges using archival ink. I added this paper onto the base using foam tape.

Finally embellished the entire thing using fussy cuts, some paper cut images from element sheets and cute valentines theme Mdf  from Connect4sale along with  glitter.

Added our photo as focal element.

I hope you enjoyed looking into this project.

Here are some close-ups from the finished layout

About The Artist
Manasa Priya is an artist and crafter based out of Bangalore, India. She has completed her Masters in International Business Administration and Psychology and Parapsychology. She worked as a Banker with a corporate bank before taking up crafting as a full time career and a stay at home mom to her toddler son.

Brought up in the beach city of Andhra Padesh, Visakhapatnam, Manasa was always interested in art and craft. Constantly observing and trying out new ways to upcycle and reuse the discarded items has been her biggest hobby. She planned and invested her time in her own crafting business venture, UPCYCLED with a motto of creating lesser footprint and greater memories.

She broadened her craft spectrum to decoupaging, scrapbooking, card making, sospeso, quilling, fluid and relief painting. She always loves to have an Indo-Western touch to her projects so adopted the contemporary style. She has an immense love for pastel palette and flowers.

To know and learn more about Manasa’s work please visit the following links.
Facebook
www.facebook.com/upcycledbymanasa
YouTube
www.youtube.com/channel/UCKyJhG6xkgyyxgm_Ny84TWg
Blog
www.upcycledbymanasa.wordpress.com
Instagram
@upcycledbymanasa

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Crystal And Threaded Decoupage Technique by Manasa Priya
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Hey guys
Manasa Priya back on Connect4Sale blog with a very interesting technique – Crystal / Threaded Decoupage. Looking to make some  Valentine gifts for your loved ones? Here is one beautiful project for you to be inspired.

It’s a Papier Mache heart shaped box  and I have decorated with Crystal and Threaded decoupage which is taking its rounds on the internet.

Crystal Decoupage is a technique of adding glass crystals over a decoupaged surface. I have used Twinklets Diamond Dust for the glaze.

Here in this tutorial, I have demonstrated how to create a Threaded surface, Decoupage on top and add crystals to it.
Enjoy the quick DIY and create some easy and fun gift boxes for your loved ones this Valentine’s Day !

Materials used :
Paper Mache Boxes, Decoupage Tissue Napkin, Twinklets Diamond Dust, Chalk Paints from Connect4sale Hope you enjoyed watching this quick technique. Until next time.. ️
Manasa Priya, Upcycled by Manasa

About The Artist
Manasa Priya is an artist and crafter based out of Bangalore, India. She has completed her Masters in International Business Administration and Psychology and Parapsychology. She worked as a Banker with a corporate bank before taking up crafting as a full time career and a stay at home mom to her toddler son.

Brought up in the beach city of Andhra Padesh, Visakhapatnam, Manasa was always interested in art and craft. Constantly observing and trying out new ways to upcycle and reuse the discarded items has been her biggest hobby. She planned and invested her time in her own crafting business venture, UPCYCLED with a motto of creating lesser footprint and greater memories.

She broadened her craft spectrum to decoupaging, scrapbooking, card making, sospeso, quilling, fluid and relief painting. She always loves to have an Indo-Western touch to her projects so adopted the contemporary style. She has an immense love for pastel palette and flowers.

To know and learn more about Manasa’s work please visit the following links.
Facebook
www.facebook.com/upcycledbymanasa
YouTube
www.youtube.com/channel/UCKyJhG6xkgyyxgm_Ny84TWg
Blog
www.upcycledbymanasa.wordpress.com
Instagram
@upcycledbymanasa



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Decoupage On Cushion Covers – Vidhu Thareja
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Hello my crafty friends. First I would like to greet everyone a very happy new year. I hope all of you had a great crafty beginning of the new year. Today I am back on the blog with a new inspiration. Here I would like to thank team of Connect4Sale for giving me another opportunity to design a new product. We all love to decorate our homes and an elegant collection can surely win hearts and if it is handmade then it adds a touch of style to our space. Generally we find it difficult to find right kind of product for our needs but now we do not need to rush from here to there because Connect4Sale has introduced plain cushion covers in white and off white colors. These cushion covers are ideal for decoupage, doodling, stenciling, embroidery, block printing so possibilities are endless and you will love the fabric. Cushion covers can be hand washed in mild detergent. What else we can ask for? So without further delay let’s start the project.

I have step wise picture tutorial to follow.

I personally like to do decoupage so I have designed two cushion covers using decoupage technique. First one is off white cushion cover, measuring 16 x 16 inches. Since the color is light off white so I did not feel any need of applying any base coat.  Next step is to choose tissue for my project. Connect4Sale has awesome collection of tissues and other craft supplies. I selected one beautiful tissue, which I have bought from the store. Since it’s a cushion so a question will arise, will we be able to wash it. The answer is yes. Fabric modpodge is available at Connect4Sale which is meant for decoupage on fabric.

Before starting your work, always keep a plastic sheet inside the cushion so that modpodge or color does not seeps through the front side to back side of the cushion. Remove the edges of tissue using wet brush technique.

 Whenever you are doing decoupage on fabric, remove the edges with wet brush because it helps to blend the tissue with texture of fabric. Do not use scissors for the purpose. Composition plays an important role in decoupage so always decide the composition before adhering the tissue. Tissues are 2 ply or 3 ply and we need only the printed layer so separate the printed layer from plain white layers.

Now it is time to adhere the tissue. Apply modpodge with synthetic hair brush. Do not apply too much of modpodge, it will tear the tissue or wrinkles will be formed. Apply modpodge and adhere the tissue and press gently. You can use any plastic to remove wrinkles or air bubbles. Let it dry for one day or so. Then apply a top coat of modpodge over the adhered tissue. Top coat will seal the tissue and prevent it from tearing and yellowing. Now is the time to do some stenciling. Use chalk paints and stencil brush for crisp impression and effect. Load the brush with minimum color and dab the brush on stencil.  I have used colors of chalk paint for stenciling that match the tissue.  A wide range to stencils and chalk paint and stencil brushes are available at Connect4Sale so do not forget to check them out.

The last step is to seal the entire surface of cushion with top coat of modpodge.  This will protect the decoupage work and stenciling and makes it washable also.

I have received white cushion cover measuring 16 x 16 inches  in my guest DT kit. I just loved the fabric.

I decided to use two beautiful tissues for this project. Follow all the step mentioned in my first project.

Like I have mentioned that composition of image or design and colors has important role in decoupage so always give importance to these elements and it helps you a lot to imagine the outcome of your project. One more beautiful cushion is ready to adorn my living room.

Important Tips- Curing time of Fabric Modpodge is 72 hrs. So keep it to dry for three days or so. Curing time depends on the weather or room temperature so do not hurry to wash. In the beginning it will feel tacky but gradually that tackiness will be cured. Wash in cold water with mild detergent.

 I hope you liked the creations and found the post informative and inspiring. So what are you waiting for? Grab the awesome craft supplies from the store and create something beautiful for your home. Do not forget to share your beautiful creations with all of us.

Happy Crafting…..

Vidhu Thareja

You can follow me on Facebook and Instagram on below mentioned links…

//www.instagram.com/vidhus_craft_noida
Vidhu’s Crafts – Making Crafts From Heart

About The Artist

Vidhu Thareja is a crafter from Noida, born and brought up in Delh. She had completed her studies from Delhi. She began her career as a freelance translator and worked with many reputed publications. She has also worked in the Insurance Sector for many years.

Due to personal reasons she had to give up her job, which actually turned out to be a blessing in disguise. The turning poing came when she got the golden opportunity to work with Madura Coats Pvt. Ltd. as a Craft Consultant for their Anchor Thread Craft activities in reputed schools of Delhi/ NCR Region. Although it was not a very high paying job it gave her all the confidence and a feeling of fulfillment, which made her realize the crafter hidden in her.

Since her childhood she was very much interested in crafts. Growing up, there was not that much exposure to tv or computer and she used to do embroidery in her free time or during vacations. Her biggest inspiration was her mother who is her motivating force. At the time of conducting Anchor thread craft workshops, she started doing DIY activities and decided to learn more.

From then there was no looking back and today she is doing what she loves to do. Although every new technique and art form attracts her but Decoupage and Sospeso are the two crafts, that she enjoys the most. She never lost a chance to learn anything new because she believes that learning never stops.

She follows her fellow crafters because she feels every person teaches you something. To all upcoming crafters she has this to say “That whatever you do, do it with love and passion, follow others but make your own style statement. Be confident but never be over-confident. Share your knowledge, that is what makes you grow”.

You can follow Vidhu Thareja on her Facebook and Instagram on the below mentioned links…

Vidhu’s Crafts – Making Crafts From Heart

//www.instagram.com/vidhus_craft_handmade/

//www.facebook.com/Vidhus-Crafts-Making-Crafts-From-Heart-553637291368517/
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Image Transfer On A Tote Bag by Vidhu Thareja
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Hello my crafty friends. I hope you all are having a great crafty time because festive season has already began and we all very excited. At this time of the year we all think of gifts and there is nothing precious than handmade gifts. So keeping this thought in mind I have designed my second project of Guest DT for this month. Here I want to thank Connect4Sale for giving me this opportunity of Guest DT. Today I am sharing a beautiful project – Image Transfer on Fabric Tote Bag. Sounds interesting ! Isn’t it? So without further delay let’s start the project.

I have step wise picture tutorial to follow…I have this off white plain tote bag, measuring 13 x 12 inches, which I have received in my Guest DT kit. Connect4Sale has introduced tote bags in different size to suits all our needs. So check their website for complete range of products. On this bag I decided to use image transfer technique. Since the colour of the bag is off white so I did not feel any need of applying any base coat. We always achieve best results of image transfer on light background.

For this project I have used a very excellent product Mod Podge Photo Transfer Medium. This medium can be used on any surface for image transfer but it works best on fabric. Fabric can be hand washed with mild detergent, if you have used this medium. Curing time for this medium is 72 hrs. which means that you can wash your bag after 3 days or so.

Before starting your work always keep a plastic sheet inside the back so that glue or color should not seep through the front side of the bag. I have used laser printout on this project. You can use Image Transfer Sheets which are available at Connect4Sale. If you are using laser printout then take printout on normal paper. No special paper is required. If your image has some text on it, use mirror image. Do fussy cutting of the image, like I have done.

Now apply a generous coat of medium on printed side, not on the plain side. Make sure that the whole image is properly covered with mod podge.

Now slowly lift your image and adhere it on fabric, face down. Slowly press the image from inward to outward direction. Make sure that there would be no air bubble. Now leave it to dry and wait for at least 24 hrs or so.

Here patience is the key. Now wet your fingers with water and start removing the layers of paper from image, till the time the final image gets visible. Start with one corner and rotate your wet fingers in circular motion. If at any point of time you feel that paper has become wet, then leave it to dry for some time and start again. When you are satisfied with transferred image, clean it with damp cloth. Here no need to seal the image, no varnish is required. After image transfer, my bag looks like this. This the magic of this medium that we get so much clarity in transferred image and it looks like a painting. Isn’t it amazing.

Here I have decided to do some stencilling and stamping. For stenciling I have used chalk paints, CrafTreat stencils and stencil brush. Use dry stencil brush and load very small amount of chalk paint in brush. Just dab the color on stencil. This way you always get crisp impression. First I have created some light background and on top of that used red color chalk paint to enhance the beauty of the bag. After the stenciling is done, I have done some stamping using script stamp and Rangers Black Archival Ink Pad. In the end I decided to use a pretty lace so I dabbed some red and green color chalk paint on white lace and let it dry. Then I have used fabric glue to paste the lace. A beautiful bag is ready to flaunt.

All the craft supplies used in this tutorial, are available on Connect4Sale. So make your own customized gifts for your loved ones and spread happiness with handmade gifts. I hope you will enjoy this tutorial and feel inspired. Do not forget to share your beautiful creations with all of us.
Vidhu Thareja.

About The Artist

Vidhu Thareja is a crafter from Noida, born and brought up in Delh. She had completed her studies from Delhi. She began her career as a freelance translator and worked with many reputed publications. She has also worked in the Insurance Sector for many years.

Due to personal reasons she had to give up her job, which actually turned out to be a blessing in disguise. The turning poing came when she got the golden opportunity to work with Madura Coats Pvt. Ltd. as a Craft Consultant for their Anchor Thread Craft activities in reputed schools of Delhi/ NCR Region. Although it was not a very high paying job it gave her all the confidence and a feeling of fulfillment, which made her realize the crafter hidden in her.

Since her childhood she was very much interested in crafts. Growing up, there was not that much exposure to tv or computer and she used to do embroidery in her free time or during vacations. Her biggest inspiration was her mother who is her motivating force. At the time of conducting Anchor thread craft workshops, she started doing DIY activities and decided to learn more.

From then there was no looking back and today she is doing what she loves to do. Although every new technique and art form attracts her but Decoupage and Sospeso are the two crafts, that she enjoys the most. She never lost a chance to learn anything new because she believes that learning never stops.

She follows her fellow crafters because she feels every person teaches you something. To all upcoming crafters she has this to say “That whatever you do, do it with love and passion, follow others but make your own style statement. Be confident but never be over-confident. Share your knowledge, that is what makes you grow”.

You can follow Vidhu Thareja on her Facebook and Instagram on the below mentioned links…

Vidhu’s Crafts – Making Crafts From Heart

//www.instagram.com/vidhus_craft_handmade/

//www.facebook.com/Vidhus-Crafts-Making-Crafts-From-Heart-553637291368517/

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Mixed Media On Key Holder by Tulika Saha
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October is here and it is Festival time in India. Am sure you are all busy planning for the festivities for your near and dear ones. Along these lines, we are so happy to be presenting a step by step video tutorial by the talented artist Tulika Dey Saha on creating Mixed Media Home Décor Products. She has shown how to alter a Key Holder into a Home Décor piece. Hope you all enjoy her video and get project ideas for this Festival Season.

Hello friends,

Today I am sharing a mixed media project on a key holder base which I got from ‘Connect4Sale’. I must say the products are in excellent quality and I thank Connect4Sale for pampering me with all these goodies. I used chalk paints and few emblishments from my stash and rest all from the store. So, without wasting much time let’s jump on the project I did for their Blog this month.

Hope you enjoy it and thank you for stopping by
Love,
Tulika .

Here is the my Mixed Media Keyholder YouTube Tutorial

About The Artist

Tulika Saha is a passionate crafter from The City of Joy- Kolkata. She did her Master’s Degree in Geography. Worked almost 15 years as a teacher in different reputed schools in Kolkata and Howrah, before taking up crafting as a full time career and being a stay at home mom with her son. She always had a keen interest for art and craft from childhood. She was constantly trying out new ways to upcycle things. So, she decided to invest her time to start her own venture C4Craft in crafting business after leaving her school job in 2016.

Papers always attracted her in some way or the other and this love for paper crafting became one of the main reasons for her to take up paper crafting and to turn any product into useful home decor through decoupage, scrapbook layout or mixed media! She takes orders for handmade home decors and gift items and spends her free hours by taking up decoupage & mixed media workshops in different places in Kolkata & Howrah.

Her biggest inspirations are from nature and industries and those reflect on her work too. She says “But whatever project I do, I put my soul into it and they are very close to my heart”.

Please check her social media pages and blog to follow her work and tutorials.

BLOG LINK : //c4craftkolkata.blogspot.com/
FACEBOOK : //www.facebook.com/c4craft/
INSTAGRAM : //www.instagram.com/c4craft/
PINTEREST : //in.pinterest.com/tulikadeysaha/
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Decoupage on Canvas Tote Bag by Vidhu Thareja
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Hello my creative friends. I hope all of you are having a great crafty time. Vidhu Thareja here today….

I am excited to be on the blog once again with a new project. First of all I would like to thank Connect4Sale for giving me another opportunity to design a Guest DT Project.
Today I am sharing Fabric Decoupage project with all of you. Connect4Sale has recently introduced fabric bags in different sizes to suit all your needs. Although decoupaged projects could not be washed but you can wash decoupaged bags. This is something exciting. Isn’t it? I have a step wise tutorial for you. So without wasting time, let’s start the tutorial….I have this plain tote bag from Connect4Sale, measuring 16 inch*14 inch. Since color of the bag is cream, I did not feel the need of any base coat. All of you must be aware that all the napkins including dark color printed napkins, looks great on light color base. If you are using bag in dark color, do apply base coat of white chalk paint with the help of sponge. Before starting any work on bag, place a plastic inside the bag so that color and glue will not seep through from the front side of the bag to the bag inside.

Next step is to choose the napkin for the project. I have received a few beautiful tissues in my Guest DT kit from Connect4Sale.

I wanted to do some stenciling also so I decided to use only half of the tissue, instead of pasting the whole tissue on the bag. Before starting the project, always see the placement of the tissue and mark the area, where you want to adhere the tissue. While working on surface like fabric, faux leather, glass, always tear the part of tissue, which you want to use. You can use wet brush technique also. Scissor gives crisp edges. Hand torn napkin blend easily with the surface. Here I have used wet brush technique to remove edges. Then I removed the two plain layers from printed tissue, as all of you must be aware that we use only top printed layer.

I have started with the stenciling part. I am having this CrafTreat stencil in my stash, which I had bought from Connect4Sale. I have used stencil brush and chalk paint. Use dry stencil brush and do not add water in paint and load very little paint in brush to avoid smudging. I waited for some time to get it dry. A wide range of stencils are available with them so don’t forget to check.

Then I adhered the tissue. Here the important part of this project comes. A question generally comes into our mind, when we talk about fabric decoupage and that is, how to make it washable. I have used Fabric Modpodge availabe in the website. Adhere the tissue using fabric modpodge and wait for few hours and then seal the tissue with the same. This medium is good enough to make it washable and decoupaged area does not loose it’s softness even after washing. No need to use any type of varnish. Here I would like to mention that before sealing the decoupaged area, place a plastic on the area and press it firmly from inward to outward direction to ensure that there would be no wrinkle or air bubble.

At this stage my bag looks like this. On the remaining part I decided to do some stenciling. Here I have used layered stencil by iCraft, which I had bought from Connect4Sale. Again I have used chalk paint and stencil brush. I have done random stenciling. I am having a pretty cotton lace so decided to use that also. I dabbed some chalk paint on lace with the help of sponge and waited it to dry. I have used fabric glue to paste it so that it will not come out while washing. My handmade beautiful bag is ready to flaunt. I hope you liked my tutorial and would love to try your hand on Fabric Decoupage. All the craft supplies used in this tutorial are available on the website of Connect4Sale. So order now and flaunt your creations among your loved ones. Do not forget to share your creations with us.

About The Artist

Vidhu Thareja is a crafter from Noida, born and brought up in Delh. She had completed her studies from Delhi. She began her career as a freelance translator and worked with many reputed publications. She has also worked in the Insurance Sector for many years.

Due to personal reasons she had to give up her job, which actually turned out to be a blessing in disguise. The turning poing came when she got the golden opportunity to work with Madura Coats Pvt. Ltd. as a Craft Consultant for their Anchor Thread Craft activities in reputed schools of Delhi/ NCR Region. Although it was not a very high paying job it gave her all the confidence and a feeling of fulfillment, which made her realize the crafter hidden in her.

Since her childhood she was very much interested in crafts. Growing up, there was not that much exposure to tv or computer and she used to do embroidery in her free time or during vacations. Her biggest inspiration was her mother who is her motivating force. At the time of conducting Anchor thread craft workshops, she started doing DIY activities and decided to learn more.

From then there was no looking back and today she is doing what she loves to do. Although every new technique and art form attracts her but Decoupage and Sospeso are the two crafts, that she enjoys the most. She never lost a chance to learn anything new because she believes that learning never stops.

She follows her fellow crafters because she feels every person teaches you something. To all upcoming crafters she has this to say “That whatever you do, do it with love and passion, follow others but make your own style statement. Be confident but never be over-confident. Share your knowledge, that is what makes you grow”.

You can follow Vidhu Thareja on her Facebook and Instagram on the below mentioned links…

Vidhu’s Crafts – Making Crafts From Heart

//www.instagram.com/vidhus_craft_handmade/

//www.facebook.com/Vidhus-Crafts-Making-Crafts-From-Heart-553637291368517/

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Altering Ceramic Tiles Into Home Décor by Tulika Saha
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Are you all gearing up for the upcoming festive season? Keeping this in mind, Connect4Sale will be coming up with many handmade projects for this festive season by talented artists and crafters from across India for ideas, inspiration, DIY, gifting solutions and make your space stand out with your own art and craft work.

We are super excited to kick start with a video tutorial by the very talented Tulika Saha. She has altered ceramic tiles for home décor in a very different way. Please check out the video below where Tulika Saha shows us how to alter the ceramic tiles.

About The Artist

Tulika Saha is a passionate crafter from The City of Joy- Kolkata. She did her Master’s Degree in Geography. Worked almost 15 years as a teacher in different reputed schools in Kolkata and Howrah, before taking up crafting as a full time career and being a stay at home mom with her son. She always had a keen interest for art and craft from childhood. She was constantly trying out new ways to upcycle things. So, she decided to invest her time to start her own venture C4Craft in crafting business after leaving her school job in 2016.

Papers always attracted her in some way or the other and this love for paper crafting became one of the main reasons for her to take up paper crafting and to turn any product into useful home decor through decoupage, scrapbook layout or mixed media! She takes orders for handmade home decors and gift items and spends her free hours by taking up decoupage & mixed media workshops in different places in Kolkata & Howrah.

Her biggest inspirations are from nature and industries and those reflect on her work too. She says “But whatever project I do, I put my soul into it and they are very close to my heart”.

Please check her social media pages and blog to follow her work and tutorials.

BLOG LINK : //c4craftkolkata.blogspot.com/
FACEBOOK : //www.facebook.com/c4craft/
INSTAGRAM : //www.instagram.com/c4craft/
PINTEREST : //in.pinterest.com/tulikadeysaha/
YOUTUBE : //www.youtube.com/channel/UCHLhs7ISHewwJKC8RfYoIBQ/featured?view_as=subscriber




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Altered Box Through Mixed Media by Ana Creationz
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Hello,

We are happy to be presenting a video tutorial by Ana Creationz on how to alter or upcycle a heart shaped box through mixed media into a home décor piece. Hope this video inspires you with ideas and thoughts on how to recycle and upcycle materials found around your home into a unique and one of its kind décor piece to adorn your living space.

Mixed Media On A Box by Ana Creationz

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This tutorial is a contributed by Ana’s Creationz a small venture founded 4 years back. Today Ana’s Creationz has over 700 followers and their only mantra is work hard and make the world more creative. Ana’s Creationz conducts workshop in Delhi and Chandigarh and loves to bring that satisfactory smile on every artist’s face. It is also taking customized orders from people and strives to make their life more creative. It all started with painting a terrace wall and today Ana’s creationz is trying to bring that joyful smile on every customer’s face. Please do visit their Facebook page Ana’s Creationz to see and learn more of their products and YouTube Channel where they periodically bring out Tutorials In Different Craft Projects.

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