I did wonder when those lovely people at Powertex HQ told me I was being given ‘We Three Kings’ as my December theme, if they were indulging my love of bling.
I do tend to throw a bit of bling into most things I create, so my mind was buzzing with ideas for this one.
I had picked up some artist dolls in a sale a while ago, who were just perfect for this project.
I have to admit that I was surprised just how much I had forgotten about who these kings were. So I used the site www.whychristmas.com to help me out.
Balthazar was the first king I worked on:
I painted his face and hands with Black Powertex Fabric Hardener.
I then soaked some natural material in the same hardener, thoroughly wrung out and draped over his body.
I used Powercotton soaked in Powertex for his beard and hair.
Apparently he wears a purple cloak. This got me excited because I know how wonderful the new violet valentine pigment shows up on black.
I soaked a lovely piece of silky fabric with tassles in the Black Hardener, wrung it out thoroughly and draped this over him to create his cloak.
I wanted to give the impression of Balthazar walking through a windy desert, so to get some movement in his cloak I stuck it onto a plastic bottle to dry overnight. (I knew I was safe to do this as Powertex won’t stick permanently to plastic).
The next morning I peeled it off and it was staying in that position which was exactly what I wanted.
The next king on my list was Melchior
I went through the same process with Melchior, only this time using Lead Powertex. Melchoir apparently had long white hair and a white beard. I used some tassle for this that I found in a charity shop.
Melchior wears a gold cloak, so once dry I used the gorgeous Rich Gold Pigment for dry brushing.
Last but not least, was Caspar
Caspar has brown hair and a brown beard, so I used Terracotta Powertex Hardener mixed in with a little black as well for the first stages.
For Caspar’s beard and hair I used some synthetic fur I had got from a Scrap Store. (I knew these figures were’nt for outside use so I decided to try the synthetic fur, and it worked ok).
His crown is simply a small piece I also picked up in the scrap store. I think with imagination a lot of things can be made into crowns.
Caspar’s cloak is green which once dry would give me the chance to use another gorgeous, fairly new addition of Golden Olive Pigment
Before each king was left overnight, I added some bling to their coats.
I used small boxes wrapped in fabric as their gifts, and also placed the kings on small tiles to give them stability.
I left them all to dry overnight, and the next morning went to down on dry brushing using a variety of gloriously royal pigments from Powertex UK
And behold, my finished Three Kings.
There are so many Christmas themed projects you can make using Powertex. I would love to see your creations over on Powertex Addicts United page.
Wishing everyone a very Happy and Peaceful Christmas, and look forward to seeing you in the New Year. Donna x