Hi it’s Kore, welcome to my winter blog. What better way to create a classic winter snow scene than with Powertex and Stone Art! Just take a look at the gorgeous golden glow through the church window!
Ingredients for this project are:
- Powertex in Blue, White or Ivory, Lead or Black
- Optional Terracotta Powertex
- Stone Art
- Powercolor pigments in Turquoise and Light Blue
- Bister spray in ready-mixed blue and green
- Golden Metallic Ink or Rich gold Colortricx and Easy Varnish
- Cardboard and hessian scraps
- Gothic mdf doors
Step 1 The sky and underpainting
Use Powertex to put your base colours down. I used White Powertex at the top of my canvas. Use a flat brush or piece of card to drag a tiny amount of colour pigments through the wet surface. See how I dragged the colour in curves. The lower half was covered in blue Powertex. This will mostly be covered but the blue will show through in places.
Step 2 Adding Stone Art
While the blue Powertex is still wet, use your hands to cover it with Stone Art powder and press it gently into the surface. Try to avoid any wet white Powertex at the top. Gently brush off excess powder into a spare container/plate, you can use this again. See how some of the blue Powertex shows through? These layers of Powertex and Stone Art can be repeated until you are happy with the texture.
Step 3 Cardboard buildings
Cut or tear some cardboard into building shapes. I made my pieces quite large and I wanted a church shape so made a triangular roof and spire piece. You can see the shapes I cut here. I covered them with white Powertex and stuck them onto the canvas. I build up the snow and hedgerow effect at the bottom so use a thicker layer of Powertex and pile on the Stone Art, including what I had left over. Notice how uneven it is.
Step 4 Building textures
To create the building I painted the walls and roof with Powertex Lead and Terracotta although you can use blue, black or white for the walls and roof. While the Powertex is wet, add a layer of Stone Art to create a snow effect on the roof. You could also try adding sand textures to the walls. Add more Stone Art snow where you want it, using wet Powertex and leave this to dry while you make your embellishments.
Step 5 Create the details
I’ve chosen a few details to add to the landscape. The mdf gothic door was perfect for the church, painted with Lead. Paint some white card with Golden Metallic Ink to make the light in the window. Just attach the painted card to the window with a little Powertex and trim your card when dry. Tear some cardboard squares and paint with Golden Metallic Ink for the smaller windows.
Cut Hessian scraps into tall triangles, paint gently with white Powertex and then spray with green Bister. Sprinkle a little Stone Art on the tops. The hessian threads can come apart easily so use a paint brush for this.
Step 6 Pulling it together
I used some white Powertex to paint some of my snow textures to brighten them up then added my embellishments. Use Powertex to glue the pieces in place. Add any extra snow on the tops of windows with a little white Powertex. Lastly spray blue bister in the foreground and use a little on a flat brush to paint in your pathway. You could use other colours of Bister to change the mood of your scene or paint shadows.
As a finishing touch I also added some sparkle to the snow areas using some Pearl pigment and white Powercolor with some Easy Varnish to make a paint. This makes the snow glisten in the light!
I think this scene would look fantastic with a dark night sky, maybe with some iridescent pigments. If you have a go, post a picture in The Powertex Studio, I’d love to see it!
Until then, make a little time to let your art out!