Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Design your Washi Jewelry - Guest DT Divya N


       How have you been? It is so happening here at our store , with more new stock, pre orders, inventory reduction..etc.  Do visit our site.. we have something in store for everyone!!

Making it more interesting,we have Divya from Jewels of Sayuri, doing a blog post for us!! Yup!!!
Anyone who is into jewelry making, would know her name!! She is so popular by her blog  She is a Fashion/ Jewelry designer and lecturer at NIFT! Her artisitic and creative jewelry making skills are astounding! And the ideas are out of the world!! She would be showing how to use washi tape in jewelry. Over to her

Washi Tape Jewellery
When I think of summer jewellery, I immediately think of fun colorful pieces that are quirky and kitschy. This is the time of the year, when all you want to wear, are plain tees or simple kurtas and quirky statement jewellery is a great way to add panache to your outfits. Washi tapes are a simple and easy way to add color to your jewelry particularly to recycled and upcycled pieces that I love making. Whether you want to upcycle an existing (read old and jaded) piece or create a one product, multiple patterns, color combinations and moods can be achieved through washi tapes. Here in this post, I would like to share with you, some upcycled product designs that I have incorporated washi tapes in. 
They are easy on the wallet and lead to lesser landfill.

Upcycled Tag pendant
As a fashion designer I understand the need for branding and appreciate the skill that go into creating them, but at the end of every shopping trip
I feel very bad as I am left with a heap of tags that I have to throw away. I turned around one such wine colored tag that had a beautiful textured finish into a long pendant with some tape, rhinestone chain, fluffy yarn, and a wooden disk component
Supplies used: Victoria Washi Tape Set
Bottle Necklace
When I saw the pack of 4 washi tapes stacked one below the other on a central axis, it reminded me of my bottle necklaces. My bottle necklaces are famous for their visual narratives with a story on  each bottle but never really have I tried to explore multiple patterns on them. So I took this opportunity to recreate the tape packs as bottle necklaces. First came the casual travel necklace with the camera prints. Then came the ornamental variation. The wine patterns had a rich baroque influence with the vines and scrollwork that felt too prim and proper for the concept of the bottle necklace. So I made it quirky by adding gold acrylic beads and wire wrapped saree ribbon beads to it. I have used pewter ball chain and copper link chain respectively as necklaces for these bottles

 Supplies used: Victoria Washi Tape Set
Filigree boho necklace
This design is again a recycling project where I have recycled and yes, upcycled a left over piece of painted metal filigree to create an asymmetric necklace. Left over metal filigree bits often go unused due to their sharp edges.  I used washi tapes to seal and cover up the edges, creating a workable base. As a mixed media jewellery designer, I love incorporating textiles in my work. So I have knotted sari ribbons in pink and blue in the middle and added a sea glass bead as a pendant drop. Metal chain, looped yellow beads, and a handmade wire clasp complete the quirky and colorful filigree boho necklace.

With end we come to the end of my experiments with Washi tapes. I hope you enjoyed looking at it and I hope that you found it interesting. Do tell us in the comments if you tried making or wearing washi tape jewellery and share your experience with us. For more ideas, inspirations and tutorials please visit my blog Jewelsofsayuri and/or my Facebook page Sayuri.

Author Bio: Divya is an apparel and jewellery designer, design educator and blogger. When she is not busy discussing culture and design, she travels in search of inspiration.

Thank you so much for the post Divya! I am sure, many got inspired to create jewelry using washi tapes!!! Your ideas were so unique!!

         We have lots of washi tape designs and these Washi tape sets especially are color/design co ordinated, with various sizes. Perfect for any jewelry, scrapbooking , cardmaking or even home decor. Do give it a try,You can buy them here -

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Let's write calligraphy - Guest DT Christina Ranjan

 Hello everyone!!  

      Greetings. I am Christina Ranjan from Christina's Art studio, Chennai. I am a Lecturer by profession and an artist and a crafter by passion.
   It gives me great pleasure to introduce you to the art of calligraphy. We are living in a fast moving world where we seldom write. In this 21st century, computers, mobile phones, tablets and other tech gadgets have killed the art of writing. This is an initiative to revive calligraphy not for the purpose of communication, but as an art form.

What is Calligraphy?
     'Calligraphy,' the art of beautiful or style writing has derived from two Greek words "Kallos" meaning beauty and "graphe" meaning writing. In early days, calligraphy was widely used. Calligraphy saw its decline phase after the invention of printing machines. This art form was later revived by Edward Johnston, the father of modern Calligraphy.

1.    Writing tool – brush or pen
2.    Ink or cartridge
3.    Paper or writing medium
4.    Hard, Flat surface
5.    Comfortable seat at correct height

Lets get to the basics.

Brush , Pen , Nib
Image from My Artists Soul

     A variety of brushes, pens and nibs are used. Dip pen nibs are of many types like pointed nibs, scroll nibs, round hand, poster nibs, italic nib, ornamental nib, brause nibs and other script nibs. These nibs should be inserted to a dip pen holder. A reservoir can be attached if required along with certain dip pen nibs. Coit pens are also used to write calligraphy.  


There are three types of inks suitable for calligraphy:
·         Fountain pen ink (only for calligraphy fountain pens)
·         Drawing/calligraphy ink (for dip pens)
·         Chinese/Japanese stick ink (for dip pens)

Waterproof pigmented calligraphy inks and metallic colour inks can be used only with dip pens, as certain pigmented inks would completely spoil the fountain pen.

     A style of writing is called a Script or hand. Each script has its own rules and an angle on how a pen will be held. The quality of ink and paper is also very important to get the desired output. Foundation hand or Bookhand is the basic style, people learn first.

Types of Calligraphy

Based on Geography, Calligraphy can be broadly classified into

Eastern Calligraphy

      Calligraphy has a very strong traditional basis and is followed in China, Japan and Korea. Eastern calligraphy follows four important components: the brush (round) - made out of rabbit hair, horse hair or other bristles, ink slab, ink stick and paper (hanji paper or rice paper). Some of the important scripts are
1.    Seal script,
2.    Clerical script,
3.    Cursive script
4.    Regular script.

Western Calligraphy

     Western calligraphy can be written with the help of calligraphy quills, bamboo pens (olden days), fountain pens, dip pens, parallel pens, calligraphy markers, brush and double pencils. Some of the important scripts are
1.    Beneventan Script (8th century)
2.    Chancery Hand (13th century)
3.    Textura Script (15th century)
4.    Antiqua Script (16th century)
5.    English Script(18th century)

    Modern calligraphy uses a pointed nib pen in order to get thick and thin strokes by applying different pressure while writing. Lots of practice is required to master this art.

Application of Calligraphy

·         Calligraphy can be used to create new fonts of different designs and decorations.
·         It is used in graphic design, logo creation, and free hand designs and pattern making.
·         It is used in writing certificates, wedding invitations, bookmarks etc
·         It can also be used in crafts for designing borders, envelopes, card making, scrapbooking etc..

Advantages of Learning
·         An exquisite art that involves patience, sensory and motor coordination aids in improving concentration.
·         Calligraphy can aid in improving the handwriting through spacing and precision of letters.
·         It can be a very simple and a relaxing activity for the day.
·         Anybody can learn calligraphy even if they don't have neat hand writing.

Hope I inspired a little to start learning Calligraphy. TheCraftShop now stocks a variety of Calligraphy supplies like pens, nibs, inks, markers at great prices!! You can purchase them here. Start shopping and learn writing!!

Thank you.

Christina Ranjan

Christina's Art studio

Friday, May 20, 2016

MUDRA Stamps April Release Showcase - Guest DT UJJWAL


       How have you been doing? Summer is hotter then ever and so we are bringing some cool ideas and inspirations for you!!!

We have started selling Indian made stamps from MUDRA. These are high quality Photo polymer stamps which are machine cut for perfect finish. Comes in great packaging and GREAT VALUE for money!! If you have nt tried their designs, I would urge you to do so, coz they are awesome - both in quality and designs!! 

We are so happy to have versatile Crafter Ujjwal, who mesmerizes us with her fabulous projects!!  She is here to show us some inspirations for MUDRA April release! Over to her!!

Hello, This is Ujjwal here...So happy to Guest design today at TheCraftshop.  I am bringing you some fresh inspiration and ideas using the mini stamps from the April release. April release has some gorgeous stamp sets but my favorite undoubtedly, are the mini stamps. They are beautiful and versatile and such great value for money.

For the first card I used the very beautiful "Special day" mini stamp, stamped it with Black Archival Ink four times on Fabriano Card Stock, colored the images using watercolors and then fussy cut. I, then arranged the fussy cut images to form a wreath and stamped the sentiment in the center. I love the simplicity and dimension that I was able to achieve in this card.

For the second card, I used another beautiful mini stamp called "Rose love". I always struggle with solid stamps but I was very clear about what I wanted to do with this one. I stamped the flowers using different shades of distress inks and then went over the stamped images with my waterbrush to create the watercolor effect. I did a video using the same technique a while back and you can check it here.
The sentiment is from another newly released set called "Farewell" and it has some wonderful sentiments to go on the cards.

I saved my favorite for the last. For this card, I used the awesome "Hibiscus" stamp set and attempted no-line watercoloring and even though it's no where near perfect, I absolutely enjoyed the process of coloring the whole panel with watercolors. I also added some splatters in black and then added the sentiment from the "Farewell" stamp set. 

I hope you enjoyed the post today and will share your take on the stamps soon. Mudra stamps are now available at out favorite craft store -, where you can shop for some amazing craft supplies and the service is impeccable.

Stamps Used:

Some Projects Highlights using other releases of Mudra stamps by Mudra CTs :)







Thank You so much, Priya Sivaraj for this awesome opportunity to showcase Mudra stamps and its Card inspirations by our Creative Teamies.

Happy Stamping Guys!

Woah!! What an awesome array of cards to inspire you!! Definitely give a try!! I am sure you would be impressed..Another icing on the cake is they are so affordable!! So place your orders now!!

Thanks for stopping by

Friday, April 29, 2016

How To Photograph and Edit Your Craft Projects - Part 2

Hello friends,

I am here today continuing my previous post. Today I shall share some tips on editing your captured photos using a professional photo editing software - Adobe Photoshop. The tips that I am sharing are easy and you can easily do it even if you don't know anything about Photoshop or image editing.

      Once you are done with photography, the final step is to edit the photos in a image editing program. There are any free software available, you can use them. I use Adobe Photoshop and will be sharing few basic things about post processing your projects. Here are few tips I am sharing to edit photos. I am keeping things simple so that even a layman can understand and edit using Photoshop.

(a)    Cropping - It means keeping only the desired part of the image and discard the remaining. Here are the steps you can do in Photoshop.

Step 1: Open your photo in Photoshop.

 Step 2: Pick the crop tool from tool box

Step 3: Cropping marks will appear on image. Drag them inside to crop the image. This is the area which will be left after cropping. Adjust the crop area and press enter to finish it. While cropping, do leave some room around your project.

Image after cropping -

(b)    Adjusting Levels - Levels tool can move and stretch the brightness levels of an image. It has the power to adjust brightness, contrast, and tonal range by specifying the location of complete black, complete white, and midtones in a histogram. I use it when I want pure white background.
Open Image Menu -> Adjustments ->Levels or simply press Ctrl + L

You will find three eye dropper icons - black, grey and white. Pick the white dropper. The one which is encircled in red in picture below-

Click the area of the image which is close to light. You can always experiment with this. Press ok to finish. If your image is intense, drag the middle slider. This is my image before and after adjusting levels.

Image before adjusting levels-

Image after adjusting levels-

See the difference in both the pictures !! Isn't it a simple way to correct images.

(c)    Adjusting Curves - The Curves command can adjust image's tonal range and the brightness of certain color tones. This command alone can correct your image. Curves is all about taking that straight diagonal line running through the grid and reshaping it into a curve!
Open Image Menu -> Adjustments ->Curves or simply press Ctrl + M

At first, the line is straight because we haven’t yet made any changes. As we bend the line to create a curve (or curves), we make adjustments to the various brightness levels in the image. Move the curve line upward and see brightness changes in image.


 Image before adjusting curves-

Image after adjusting curves –

(d)   Image Size - Since digital images are large in size making it difficult to upload on internet sites.  You can change image size and resolution using image command of Photoshop. You can find it under Image Menu. I usually decrease the width or height keeping the "Constrain Proportion" on.

(d)   Adding Borders- You can add finishing touch to your image by adding borders to it. Though there are many ways to add borders but here I am sharing a step by step tutorial for adding soft border around image.

Step 1: Pick the "Rectangular Marquee Tool" from toolbox.

Step 2: Set value of feather to 200px (max. is 250). This will soften the selection edges.
Step 3: Do View Menu -> Show -> Grid command to appear the gridline.
Step 4: Make a selection around image leaving space for border. Use gridlines for equal width border

Step 5: Do Select Menu -> Inverse command to invert the selection.
Step 6: Turn off the grid. Again do View Menu -> Show -> Grid command for this.
Step 7: Press D from keyboard and flip the colors to get white as foreground color.

Step 8: Choose "Paint Bucket Tool" or press G. Fill white color in border.

Step 9: Press Ctrl+d to deselect. Save your image in the format you want.

Image after adding border

So this is all for today's post. If you have any query do drop a comment.

Till Then
Happy Crafting

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Thai Clay Flower Tutorial - LILY

Good day!! Priya here , bringing you Thai Clay flower tutorial!!! Yes you heard it right, thats me!! I was introduced to this art from sometime back by the very talented flower , doll clay artist Priya Nanthakumar. I had learnt a few flowers from her. But had no time to try again or practice. Our Birthday blog posts gave that much needed motivation to make flowers and you ppl have to tell me if I did a decent job!! . Feel free to write to me if you find any corrections.

Why Thai Clay?
           Thai Clay is an air dry clay imported from Thailand, its birthplace.It is made from a type of corn starch and does not break or crack after drying.Thai Clay is extremely flexible, shape able and dries in light transulcent finish, which is an indispensible property for making flowers. Coz an opaque drying clay cannot give a realistic flower effect. It is non toxic , so children can use them too.

Materials used

Cutter for Lily
Frill tool
Pasta Machine
Cold cream
Plastic sheets
Brush, Scissors, Glue

Tips Before Starting

1. Always clean your hands before you begin.
2. Always keep the clay wrapped in cling film and in air tight box once you open it.
3. Use a Foam pad below, when you are cutting petals and leaves. This makes the pressure even and gives a neat cut.


1. Open the thai clay packet and take out the required amount. Put a small dot of colours as shown and mix well pulling and stretching the clay between the fingers till the colours are evenly mixed. You can also use the green pigmented clay from our store, to save time and get that perfect color you need.

2. This is how it should look.

3. Grease the plastic sheet very lightly with cold cream.

4. Press the white clay between two plastic sheet and pass it through  the pasta machine , Keeping the setting at 3. In some pasta machines, this may be a little thinner or thicker. So you need to adjust the number based on your preference.

5. This is how it should look.

6. Open the plastic sheet and cut out petals with cutter-3 big and 3 small as shown.

After you cut, remove the extra clay and keep it in plastic wrap in air tight box .

7. Now press the petal on the petal veiner to get the impression. At this stage, keep the petals covered , till you give shape to the petals or it will dry.

8. Hold the back of the petal edges firmly on your left hand and move the frill tool to and fro gently with your right hand. This gives a slight curl to the edges and so natural look.


9.Add a thin layer of clay around the wires to hide it and adhere it at the back with glue.Wires are used to hold the petals in place and bending when needed.Now allow the petals to dry on an apple tray, so that it gets the natural bend while drying.

9. Colour the petals and add dots in the centre. Following similar steps,make the leaves and buds with green clay

11.Add stamens and pollens to the centre.Alternate the big petals and small petal and stick all the wires together using green tape.

Add some green clay around the wires and attach the leaves and buds.. Your Lily flower is ready!!