I love all things about Ancient Egypt so was thrilled when Powertex UK bought out the Tutankhamun mould. I have always been fascinated with pyramids and ancient symbolism. This canvas is very easy to create but so effective.
The canvas measured 20 x 20 centimetres. Magical numbers interest me too and I wanted this creation to mean something. The polystyrene bases from Pizzas are thin and easy to cut using scissors. The 3 small pyramids measure 9 x 9 x 9 centimetres each. I cut out some shapes of corrugated cardboard so I had a selection to choose from. The wooden bits come with the canvas and are really handy embellishments. I decided later not to use the jute but like to have lots bits cut out ready before I begin. 2. I placed 2 pyramids on the canvas and drew a line.
I used Blue, Red and Ochre Powertex Hardener.
I also used Stone Art, Easy 3D Flex and some Sand and Balls. Not shown here, but I also used Brown Bister
which is a water based stain available from www.powertex.co.uk
I used a casting powder in the mould
Using my line as a guide I applied a coat of Red and Ochre Powertex Hardener
I am going to have to describe the next stage as it isn’t easy photographing and working on it at the same time. I sprinkled some of the Stone Art all over the wet canvas then using the palm of my hand pressed down all over so that a layer of it stuck. I brushed off the excess, added a few more blobs of Powertex then applied another sprinkling of the powder. This was again worked in and the excess removed. I was aiming at an aged look so sprayed Brown Bister around the edges.
7. At this stage I was becoming really excited so placed some of cut outs on the canvas to see what it looked like. As you will notice with the end result I changed my mind about the positioning. Next it was time to apply a border that looked like cracked stonework. 8. For this I used Easy 3d Flex mixed with the Ochre Powertex.
9. For more of an aged look I sprayed a little more Brown Bister around the edges. 10. Using the Ochre Powertex I stuck the bottom 2 pyramids down. These I had painted Brown. 10. For the top pyramid I used the Blue Powertex. Whilst the Powertex was still wet I added some of the Sand and Balls.
I got so carried away with it, that I forgot to photograph adding the little bits of wood and the half moon at the top. I used a water based wet wipe to wipe away the Bister on the surface of the Easy 3d Flex and dry brushed over the surface with Ivory Powertex. Then came a touch of gold. You can use Gold Powertex Pigments for that or a gilding wax.
I really hope you have enjoyed this little project. Check out the Powertex website for your supplies and a certified tutor in your area. www.powertex.co.uk.
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