Well, Easter is upon us and this year no chocolate eggs for myself. And these eggs have no calories in them. As some of you may know I do love working with Powertex. I especially love making these baby Dragon eggs. For my article I wanted to share with you some of my baby Powertex dragon Easter eggs I’ve created. I love dragons and I love how using Powertex makes these eggs one of a kind pieces of artwork. I hand sculpt my baby dragons from Polymer clay. Depending on how these look and what colour they are depends on how my Powertex egg will evolve.
As you can see each one has their own personalities. Working with Powertex has a way of bringing these creations to life. Pop on over to POWERTEX UKh to get a bottle of Powertex and start making unique pieces of artwork.
My favorite Technique
When I create these baby Dragon eggs, I almost always reach for EASY 3D FLEX as it creates beautiful textures. It adds depth and interest to every piece I create. It also makes the most wonderful cracks, if you desire the cracked effect.
Have I left you inspired?
I hope this Powertex Dragon Easter Eggs article has you inspired and wanting to go open that bottle of Powertex. If you need more inspiration or would like to showcase your finished pieces share them in THE POWERTEX STUDIO .
Hello all, where does the time go? It is once again that time of the month to show you my latest article and this month the theme was a Powertex Triptych. I looked up the word on the internet and it states that Triptych is a work of art (usually a panel painting) that is divided into three sections or three carved panels that are hinged together or can be folded shut or displayed openly.
Where to start your Powertex Triptych
For my article, I decided to use three square canvases as I did not have any spare panels and I wanted to try an ombre effect on my completed piece. I wanted texture and depth to my final piece and I had in mind already what colours I wanted to use. So without further ado, here is how I created my finished canvas.
For this Powertex Triptych you will need
Three canvases or panels
Easy 3D Flex
Pieces of material and lace
MDF pieces and or embellishments
I painted all three canvases with IVORY POWERTEX. Laying materials and lace in place. Keeping in mind that my canvas is one body of work.
I made a paste with EASY 3D FLEX, Ivory Powertex and bit of water. And applied with a palette knife to add interest and texture.
What can I say, February is the month for love. I don’t do Valentines but I do love to create and I absolutely LOVE creating with Powertex! I’d even go so far to say I’m kinda obsessed with creating, especially with Powertex involved. It is also fair to say I find being creative a form of therapy. So for this blog, I am going to show you some of my favourite creations and give you a brief description of how I achieved them because I LOVE creating.
I have always been creative from a child and this has never left me, I am lucky enough to create in my full-time job as a Support worker as I am also their creative coordinator, which means sometimes I get to create and try and pass on my passion of creating to the young adults I work with.
A4 Art Doll Kit
A4 Art Doll Kit
The above creation was made using the newest kit from POWERTEX UK and I loved doing this. I did not stick to my usual pallet which is normally quite dark, so this is a refreshing change for me.
How I created my Art Doll
I used some Easy 3D Flex to create a background with lace and some netting, I dripped Powertex Acrylic paints and pigments down the back panel and used some bister to spray. Then assembled the piece together and added the extra bits to the frame. Next I applied some Stone art to the wings, to give them depth and coloured with the Gold pigment. Then I used some easy 3D to create a paste to go over the wording stencil on the heart. Dry brushed the whole piece with tonal colours and gold. You may have seen this piece on Hochanda.
I really could talk about how much I love to Powertex all day, every day!!
This piece above was an old rusty frying pan that I was going to throw out until I had that “light bulb” moment and thought “Ooh I can Powerex it” so I did. I used some of the STOCKINETTE and an old t-shirt and some crochet material with Bronze Powertex, added some embellishments as a focal point and dry brushed with gold, greens and blues. This piece now resides at my Daughters home as she fell in Love with it.
So another reason for me to LOVE Powertex, you can Powertex anything really, so recycling and upcycling all the way.
See you can use anything, pegs in this piece, to adorn a cheap birdhouse, I hope the photos are self-explanatory!
I think I shall leave this article here for now. I really Love working with Powertex! Did you catch my last article find it here. See you next time Jinny.
You can find all the necessary things at POWERTEXUK
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.
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.
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.
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 ~
I have also added some little pegs to give the illusion of reeds.
I added extra texture on the sun part of the old canvas with stone art clay.
I next painted the whole canvas with a thin layer of Ivory Powertex, just to give it a base for the new colour.
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.
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.
The black sticks are now going to be my bird’s legs as I cut off the ones from the bird template.
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.
You can find all the materials you need at Powertex UK
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.
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.
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…
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.
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.
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
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.