A Powertex mixed media project – Heron canvas – Jinny Holt

Tranquillity at sunset

Good morning fellow creative people, my project for January was a pair of MDF birds and they look like Cranes which are very similar to Herons, well I think so, which is a bird I see on a more or less daily basis when I take our dog for a walk by the river, so my cranes have now become herons.

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I have to confess in my head I was going to do freestanding birds, not dissimilar to a fellow Design team member, so I had to rethink how I was going to bring my birds to life. Then it hit me, why not do them on canvas! So this was my train of thought. I had an old powertex canvas and decided to recycle this as the backdrop for my birds.

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 In fact, I already quite liked this canvas as a backdrop and helped me to plan a backdrop for my birds. I then added some extra texture to this canvas, using TRANSPARENT POWERTEX  to help adhere my texture to the canvas.

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I had a rummage through my stash and found these old split washers and nuts, which I overlayed over pieces of odd scraps of lace and PAPERDECORATION and a little bit of stone art paste which has added more texture to the canvas.

TOP TIP ~ when using paper decoration, spray with water before soaking in Powertex, it will react quicker and thus save creative time ~

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I have also added some little pegs to give the illusion of reeds.

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I added extra texture on the sun part of the old canvas with stone art clay.
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I next painted the whole canvas with a thin layer of Ivory Powertex, just to give it a base for the new colour.

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I then painted my canvas with pigment colours and the secret art loft paints.

TOP TIP ~ Did you know you can use your pigment colours like watercolours?

I would not use this technique if your project is to go outside, you will need the varnish for this but as my project is a canvas, this is fine.

I stuck with colours that were related to the scene, which I helped by spraying over with a water bottle as I wanted it fairly transparent in colour… DARK BLUE which I absolutely love, brown tones for the reeds and red, orange and pink tones. Now for the magical part, dry brushing … I did the dry brushing next and painted my pair of birds in BLACK POWERTEX and made some stone art clay and added this for texture to the body and neck of the birds.

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I next concentrated on the wings and made a rough shape of the wings with some wire and then covered them in lace scraps that I found which resembled a feather shape

At this point, I decided to leave it all to dry overnight.

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The black sticks are now going to be my bird’s legs as I cut off the ones from the bird template.

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I added some discs to the underside of the birds, so when it was all assembled they would have a height to them.

Once I assembled the birds to the canvas, I then decided to do some dry brushing to showcase all the texture and add some depth to them. I started off with the silver pigment and varnish and then topped it up with white pigment, which added extra highlights to the texture on the wings and bodies.

I took some close up photos so you can see all the yummy texture. I hope that I have inspired you to create with Powertex.

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Being creative is not a hobby, it’s a way of life!

Thanks for reading

Jinny 

Christmas Powertex Creativeness – Jinny Holt

Well hello and seasons greetings to you all.

I do love Christmas and my Christmas mojo usually goes into overdrive at this time of year! So for my December blog, it would be rude NOT to do a Christmas tutorial and for this, I decided to do a Powertex Christmas tree. It is done with using a very few basic pieces of material and of course a bottle of Powertex. In this case, I used BRONZE POWERTEX

For this project, I used some cardboard, from which Powertex materials were delivered in,  Powertex, and an old pillowcase and some scraps of lace and sack cloth.

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I cut and shaped my cardboard into a cone shape and added masking tape to help secure it to its shape. I dipped my cut strips of pillowcase into my powertex and started wrapping the strips around the tree, the more strips you use the more texture you can create. I found some bits of lace and sackcloth and soaked these in Powertex and added them to my tree shape. I am a bit of a glue gun fanatic and decided to drizzle some hot glue down my tree shape.

Next for some colour, as I was doing this tree for a friend, she wanted a green tree, I used a mixture of colours and mediums, I started with some green acrylic and then added some Powertex pigment colours.48164589_2489309981083548_8377024022231121920_n

I have used some of the Art Lofts pearly pigment powders GOLDEN OLIVE and  to highlight and dry brush and of course, I used lots of gold LIMONCELLO GOLD!! I get kind of sidetracked when I add the colours and the pigments and it never ceases to amaze me, how your piece comes alive at this stage!

I left my tree overnight to dry off and then added some Christmas bits and pieces on it to complete the look of my tree.

So next time you think about throwing away that cardboard box, think again, what could it be? A bottle of powertex, a few bits and bobs and a pinch of imagination.

For all other ideas, tips and tricks with what you can do with Powertex try…

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You can also find me on Facebook at Mums Shed

Thank you for reading this blog and I hope whatever you are doing over the Christmas season be safe and be happy and keep creating.

Until next month,

~Jinny~

Crafting in Winter

Hello, hello

Me again with another blog for the Design team. My brief for this blog was “Winter Crafting” well this had me thinking about Christmas, as I do love Christmas, even at my age! I love, love, love making Christmas creations and would happily make Christmas creations all year round.

My first creation is a Christmas bauble and I was very inspired by a recent trip to Roslyn Chapel, if you have never been, you should visit, if in Scotland. The place is amazing and all the carvings inside the chapel are all unique, every single pillar and archways.

For this project I used…

One polystyrene egg form
Ivory Powertex
Stone art clay
Molds
Plastic bottle top

I made up some Stone art clay, brushed my moulds with some dry stone art, so as not to stick.
I then placed the moulded stone art clay to my egg form and glued them down with the Transparent Powertex. Then dried off with my hairdryer
I then painted the dried egg form with the dark brown powercolor pigment and had already decided I wanted to do an ombre effect on my Christmas bauble with brown and cream, I used Ivory Powertex as my cream colour.
I then turned my egg form upside down and glued on a plastic lid from my Grandsons discarded drinks bottles, always good to recycle and it was perfect for the topper of a bauble.
I dry brushed with some Ivory Powertex and the colortricx Rich Gold Pigment.
I glued on some gold crotchet material I had in my stash and some plastic silver bling, popped a wire through the hole in the top and secured it in with some hot glue.
Have fun creating your own decorations for Christmas. I know I did! Jinny x

 

Some bling and a skull

Halloween, don’t you just love Halloween?
I do because I can go all out spooky with the Powertex and my artwork.
So without further ado, here is my Halloween project for this month.
I have had this skull for eons and knew that at some point I would be able to use it.
I started by painting the skull with IVORY POWERTEX as I had an idea in my head.
I gathered some embellishments and bits of lace type material and started applying to the skull.
After I was happy with what I had added to the skull I painted the whole thing with some more Ivory Powertex and then added one of my favorite products from Powertex, some STONE ART.
I waited for it to dry a bit and then rubbed the stone art to add to the texture.

 

Now my finished result was not what I had in mind to create, I was going for a ivory and beige/faux bone type but this is what evolved.
I ended up getting out the new MICA POWDERS from the Secret Art Loft and added some gems, this is a bit lighter and colorful to my usual style but it is pretty… for a skull  🙂

 

The STONE ART helped the embellishments to blend in with the skull. I repainted the eye and nose sockets and added shadow to the teeth area

 

 

 

I dare say I may make some more spooky Powertex projects before Christmas gets here, oops did I say the C word, sorry!!
You can see more of my projects at Mums Shed  and if I or any of the other Powertex Design Team have inspired you, go on over to Powertex.co.uk 
You can always get inspired via POWERTEX STUDIO on Facebook
Until the next time,
LIVE
LAUGH
LOVE
~Jinny~

Beautiful Nellie

Hello, hello

It is once again that time of the month, for me to show you my latest Design Team project and what a project this one is!
This project, MDF ELEPHANT TEMPLATE had been sitting on my creative table for ages waiting for me to work some magic.
I love being part of the Design team and love all the projects I have done but this one I really, really enjoyed 🙂
So here is my process on this gorgeous project, I like to call “Beautiful Nellie”

I first started by making a plinth for Nellie to stand on and that is the beauty of Powertex, anything and everything can be used. I used a spare piece of MDF from a previous project and some kebab sticks. I had some garden wire and cut to length and posted them through the holes on Nellie.

I then used some kitchen foil to give Nellie some shape and definition and make the less 2D and more 3D.

When I was happy with her shape, I then taped her all over using masking tape so my Powertex would have something to adhere to.

 

 

I made a little tail out of tin foil and added this to Nellie and started adding lots and lots of layers of pretty lace type material. I thought BLACK POWERTEX  would be the order of the day for Nellie. Have to confess I got a little carried away at this stage as I forgot to take photos of the process, this quite often happens as you get so engrossed into what you are doing, I apologise, my bad!!
I draped some thin material over Nellie’s ears.
I also made up some easy 3D flex and added this to Nellie’s legs.
I continued adding layers of material until I was happy with how she was looking.
I had a look in my embellishments and decided she needed a little bit of bling and found some beaded material and added this to her head as a headdress (I knew I was saving it for something special) and I added some plastic gold bling along her back.
I let her dry for a few hours, which gave me time to think about what colour/colours
I decided on my colours
GOLDEN OLIVE, Green Parrot, Limoncello Gold and VIOLET VALENTINE  from the Secret Art Loft.
When I dry brushed the colours on, my word Nellie popped and looked beautiful.
I am very pleased with how she turned out

 

 

 

 

 

Venetian mask Powertex style

Good morning all, I can honestly say I enjoy Powertex, no that is an understatement I LOVE POWERTEX but this piece I really, really enjoyed designing.
The first photo is all the pieces with this project pack, sadly I forgot to photograph the beautiful rice papers too but you will see one of them shortly.
I had a play with placing the pieces, to see what grabbed me and I liked this idea and my mojo was really going at this stage.
I painted the mask with  BRONZE POWERTEX but wanted to give the actual mask a floating feel.
As you can see from photo underneath I stacked up some MDF discs I had to give it some height.
I wanted to incorporate some of the yummy papers and decided to add to the mask itself, which I did using the EASY COAT MATT
I found some silver tone plastic bling to add to the edges and give it a bit of pizazz

 

I then added some Paper  DECORATION to give the face some texture plus it seems to be one of my fave texture choices at the moment.
Now to think about adding some colour!! Hmmm
I first started with dry brushing white and then decided I did not like that, so I  went with the Turquoise pigment.
 I then decided to add the BRONZE PIGMENT and I found some wooden butterfly embellishments, which I painted gold and I also found a lovely plastic dove which I glued to the headpiece and did a bit of gold dry brushing to tie in the colours.
 I added some coloured gems and two metal butterflies to complete the look of my mask
I think some feathers would look really nice with this piece too, will have to get some to add.
I hope you have enjoyed seeing my process of how I came up with this design piece.
If you have not yet tried Powertex, you won’t be sorry if you do.
Until the next time
Happy creating
Jinny

Simple but effective

Hello, one and all. Me again, this time sharing with you a couple of easy, fun and elegant projects.
The first piece I want to share with you is the seahorse project pack.

 

Please excuse my  Powertex covered workspace.
( I really need to clean this )

 

 

I opened the pack and looked at all the yummy stash in the pack.
Keeping this project simple was the key and I only used some cardboard and a piece of lace, which was from an old top from my Daughter.
I firstly glued to the two pieces of seahorse together with ivory Powertex both sides and dried it using my faithful old hairdryer.
I then soaked a piece of lace in the ivory Powertex and laid it down on my seahorse and again dried it with my hairdryer, to speed up the process, as I was eager to move on.

 

I found some different lace and thought it would make a good fin shape. I also added the same lace to the top part of the seahorse, after adding some cardboard, as this was my original thought process but decided that the lace effect looked way better.
Now for the best part, the colour transformation. I chose my  POWERCOLOUR and my general idea was to try an do an “ombre” effect but as you will see, sometimes the Powertex has other ideas!
BUT that is the beauty of this product, you can paint it whatever colour you like and if you get bored of it or it does not go with your colour scheme, then you can just change it!
(I really, really, must clean my workspace)

 

I added the yummy bits from the project pack and again glued with Powertex and decided to highlight in the RICH GOLD pigment and also WHITE the two colours of which I do love to highlight.
I titivated a bit more with pigments and varnish until I was happy with how she looked.
So here she is, all done and using just the project pack and a little bit of lace.
I think she turned out rather well myself.
Oh, and I added a small black bead on the eye area. A brilliant project if you are new to Powertex and not much other materials used to create this (I think ) beautiful Seahorse.
Thank you for reading and I hope I have inspired you to get some Powertex and give it a whirl, you won’t be disappointed.
Till next time
Jinny

 

Teatime in wonderland, wearing my best hat!

Hello lovely people.
I hope you enjoyed the show on Hochanda and it has got your creative juices flowing.
I was lucky enough to try out the project packs before the show and I have to say I really enjoyed doing them.
I created the hat first as my muse was screaming at me to do that one.
Sadly I did not do step by step photos as I was way too excited to crack on and play.
I had a piece of quite chunky crochet material I wanted to use and this was just the job.
I first laid out all the parts of the kit and decided how I was going to display them, before getting out the Powertex and going for it.
My muse already knew what colour theme I was going to do, so first I painted the top hat in the BLUEBERRY PIE and MOJITO LIME
Paint and Powertexed my crochet material and laid it on the hat.
I used the green and did a bit of blending with the blueberry and dry brushed with the white pigment to highlight.
I added the rice papers to the playing cards and added texture in the form of sand balls to the top part of the cards.
I took the feather and added texture to that using stone art and Powertex and used a pokey tool to make it look like a feather, dry brushed with black.
I used more of the crochet material to the bottom part of the hat and then measured and soaked some material to give it a more 3D effect to the middle part of the hat.
I used easy 3D FLEX on the tag and gave it a crackle effect using some brown bister and added the MDF numbers and painted them with easy varnish mixed with black pigment.
And my mad hatter’s hat I felt was completed.
The next kit I found more of a creative challenge and my muse was stumped on how to go about this one, I think as the rice papers are so pretty, it kind of threw me a little, as this is not more normal style!
 I sat and played around with combinations for a while until I decided upon a design my muse liked but once I started, I did not stop until it was done.
Firstly I wet ripped the rice paper, by this I mean if you dunk a fine paintbrush in water and run it around the part of the rice paper/tissue paper you want to use, it comes away quite easy and looks a better finish when laid down on a structure.
I then added lace to other parts of the teapot and cups and saucers and decoratively painted the flowers and flamingo and the little mouse on the top. I added a piece of string dipped in transparent Powertex. I painted the MDF wording in the blue paint and stuck down using Powertex as my glue.
I forgot the mention I added a few lace butterflies as well.
It turned out very pretty (for me) and I loved incorporating the rice papers into my design.
I hope all the design team blogs on this theme have inspired you all.
Until my next blog …. Go be creative
Jinny x

Easter time and I think of eggs

But not the chocolate kind but the Powertex kind, plus Powertex eggs have no calories!
I had some medium sized Polystyrene egg shapes and was thinking about what I could do with them.
I love fantasy and whimsy stuff and decided to make a dragon egg.

 

To create the texture I used Ivory Powertex and started by adding Powertex PAPER DECORATION This makes a perfect texture for the egg of a dragon.
I also mixed up some Powertex with some STONE ART to make a clay, to add extra texture and give a little more height my egg.
Some texture using the Powertex clay technique, when it was almost dry I sculpted it with a pokey tool.
This is a side view of my Dragon egg
Aha, it would not be a dragon’s egg without a newborn baby dragon.
I made the baby dragon out of Polymer clay, my other passion and scraped out some of the centre of the egg and glued in my baby dragon using the TRANSPARENT powertex.
Front view, I added some real crystal chips and some glass glitter to make it sparkle.
So Dragon eggs really do exist, well they do in my shed.
I enjoyed making this one so much I made a couple more

 

 

I now have a lovely selection of Baby Dragon eggs on my mantlepiece.