Designer: Abigail Lagden
Whenever I think of the open sea and what might be underneath, it always conjures up stories of pirates, shipwrecks and treasure. So for this month’s article I wanted to share a project to create a Pirate’s Powertex Treasure Chest, bursting with gold, coins and jewels. To give it a personal touch and a bit of bling, I used ‘jewels’ rescued from some broken jewellery which I think gives it some extra sparkle.
- Small wooden box
- Fabrics, die cut shapes, 1p coins, abalone shell pieces and jewels
- Small and medium 3D balls
- Bronze Powertex Universal Medium
- Ivory Powertex Universal Medium
- Transparent Powertex Universal Medium
- Blue Bister Spray
- Colortricx pigments – Bronze Gold, Rich Gold, Terragreen, Silver
- Secret Art Loft pearl pigments – Green Ginger, Pink Flamingo, Violet Valentine, Sherbet Dip
How to create a Pirate’s Powertex Treasure Chest
Step 1: Paint the wooden box all over with bronze Powertex. Add some details using die cut shapes and metal embellishments and some straps using fabric.
Step 2: Before adding the contents, scrunch up a piece tin foil to use to fill about two thirds of the chest. Covered with a piece of fabric coated in bronze Powertex. Add a piece of netting over the corner of the box.
Top tip: Work on a plastic surface. Powertex will not stick to plastic, I worked on a piece of laminated paper so that I could peel the finished piece off to add it cleanly to the base.
Step 3: I filled my treasure chest by coating 1p coins and medium 3D balls with bronze Powertex and placing them over the fabric. Fragments of abalone shell were added for magical iridescence.
Step 4: Dry brush chest with bronze gold colortricx pigment. Rich gold colortricx pigment to colour the contents. To give some iridescence, I also added touches of the following pearl pigments to the contents – violet valentine, green ginger, sherbet dip and pink flamingo.
Step 5: Once all of the pigments had been applied, I then used transparent Powertex to stick the ‘jewels’ into the chest.
Step 6: Create an interesting base by coating a wooden disc with a good layer of ivory Powertex. Sprinkle on some small 3D balls and whilst wet, spray with blue bister. Use a hairdryer over the top to create a cracked effect.
The last thing to do was to affix the treasure chest the base using transparent universal medium.
I hope you’ve enjoyed my article and have been inspired to get creating a Pirate’s Powertex Treasure Chest. Don’t forget to share your makes with us all in the Powertex Studio Facebook group.
If you missed my last article on how to make a bright canvas full of textures, you can find it here.
Until next time, Abs xx