In August our product of the month is the Masai Collection. This is a collection of plaster head/busts that can be used to create stunning figurines and statues. You may have seen “Agnes” recently on our Hochanda tv shows.
The plaster pieces can be painted with Powertex Fabric Hardener and attached to a stand with foil and masking tape. Use Powertex Fabric Hardener to paint, glue and dress your statues.
Fabric sculpting with Powertex is easy on these figures because Powertex and gravity do all the work for you. The fabric will fall into beautiful folds and you can pinch and press the fabric into shape to fit the figure as you like. You can also use Transparent Powertex if you have a fabric that you love, just test a little first!
Some of our tutors have been busy creating beautiful figure sculptures for their workshops, just take a look at these.
If you would like to try your own figure sculpture you can find all you need at Powertex UK. The Masai collection are available to buy individually and the range extends to other styles so take a look at the whole range. The busts are approximately 10 cm high so they fit the wooden stands perfectly.
Anne has created a flower girl figure if this theme isn’t your style. We love to see what you create so if you have a figure to share, hop over to the Facebook group at Powertex Addicts United and join our community group, The Powertex Studio.
If you’d like to hear more about Powertex products and how to use them, follow us on Facebook at Powertex UK.
There’s a new project pack available from Powertex UK and Tracey has a tutorial for you to create this gorgeous metallic tag with a beautiful mdf letter, that’s personalised to you.
Tracey Evans, the creative director at Powertex UK uses Lead Powertex Fabric Hardener and the new Aqua acrylic ink in this tag. Use the fantastic textured fabric to create a background for your mdf letter and Powercotton for detail. Finish off your project with metallic pigments.
Get your Metallic Tag project pack
If you would like to try the Metallic Tag Project Pack, you can find all the details on the website. The pack is available with or without Powertex and you can choose the letter you wish too.
If you have some Powertex creations to share we’d love to see them in the Powertex Studio on Facebook. Join us in Powertex Addicts United for inspiration and tips for getting the most out of your Powertex products.
Easy 3D comes as a heavy powder that is mixed with Powertex Fabric Hardener to create a clay. The clay is like dough and can be applied to canvas art as well as sculpture. It’s designed to crack as it dries which can leave deep cracked textures in the surface.
If you would like to try some Easy 3D Flex for yourself you can find it at Powertex UK. Need a little help to make up the clay? Just go to the instruction sheet at the bottom.
Powertex Design Team examples
The Design Team love to use this clay. Here’s some examples of how they’ve used it in their creations.
This planet art project by Jill has a tutorial in the Magazine, click on the image to open.
Shell’s beautiful Mandala art also has a tutorial, click on the image to see her step by step blog.
This art doll kit is highly textured. You can see how Abigail puts this together in her tutorial, click on the image.
This month’s Powertex Secret Art Box was full of wonderful Venetian Carnival themes and there was so much to play with. From the gorgeous lace and MDF masks to the Venice themed rice paper and the Fleur de Lys mould from ArtyCo. I couldn’t wait to get creating my Venetian carnival canvas.
I’ve been to Venice twice and think it is a beautiful city, so wanted to recreate the beauty and also the aged feel of the buildings with my piece. An 8 inch box canvas was the perfect size to create my mini work of art.
Additional materials used:
8 inch box canvas
Powertex Easy Coat Mat
Blue and Brown Bister sprays
Powertex pigments in Violet Valentine, Clear gold and Silver
How to create your Venetian Carnival Canvas
I painted the canvas with Easy Coat Mat and stuck the paper in position making sure I painted more over the image to help it adhere and protect the surface.
A great tip is to wet around the edge of the image you want on the paper with a wet paintbrush. The paper will tear easily and give a textured edge.
Next I created more texture on the canvas by mixing the Easy 3D flex, included in this month’s box, with the white Powertex, also in this month’s box. Mix it until the clay spreads easily. Apply with a palette knife to the top and bottom corners to give the Italian stucco plaster effect.
You could allow this to dry naturally but I sped up the process with a hairdryer. This gives a lovely bubbly texture.
Using the white Powertex I painted the large mask. Dip the lace pieces in Powertex, making sure they are covered but not saturated.
I worked on the large MDF mask using the various lace pieces included in the kit, and the MDF flourish and moulded flourish. Use White Powertex to stick it to the canvas.
I created an air dry clay fleur de lys from the Artyco mould and added to the canvas.
I removed the Venice wording from the MDF carrier sheet and used the negative image on the canvas.
Ensuring it was coated in the Powertex and then adding embellishments from my own stash of paper flowers, corners and charms.
When completely dry, I sprayed it liberally with blue and brown bister. Don’t panic if you feel you’ve sprayed too much bister, you can wipe it back so it’s not so dark.
Allow this to dry thoroughly, before you highlight the piece with dry brushing.
Finally once this was dry I could use my Pearl Red Pigment, Turquoise pigment and the Plum Pudding Acrylic Paint and varnish included in the kit.
This is where the piece comes to life, as you dry brush each area of detail and see all the texture emerge.
I also used violet valentine pearl pigment, clear gold and silver pigments from my stash.
Use a tiny amount of varnish, about the size of a 5p, and dip your brush into the varnish then lightly into your pigment. Work this on your brush and then take the excess of colour off on a cloth or kitchen paper before lightly stroking the brush across your work. The art of dry brushing is a dry brush, light strokes and build up the colour.
We’re really looking forward to the 2019 Powertex Garden Party. The marquee will go up for another two days of crafting, laughing and relaxing in great company. In just a few weeks we will put on our aprons and gloves and get stuck into some great new projects.
These photos were taken by Sam Butler last year so we can share just a little of our creations and the experience. The Secret Art Loft studio at Powertex UK HQ is in a stunning countryside location, with beautiful gardens and woodland areas.
The event is well equipped and the main studio displays wonderful artworks and an opportunity to stock up on products. The gardens were also full of fantastic sculptures.
Even larger projects are fun and manageable with tutors close by to offer advice or support. Beginners don’t need to worry.
The hand massage went down well for busy hands.
Shelagh wrote us a lovely review of her weekend too.
“Thanks for the Garden Party! I had a wonderful weekend. Of course now I’m buzzing to do arty stuff! It’s nice to have some positivity to turn to in memories and art form.”
There’s time for a glass of something before we go our separate ways. Cheers!
There’s still time to book the last available tickets for this year’s 2019 Powertex Garden Party. If you’d like to join us for this special two day event, you can find all the details here. We’d love to see you but be quick.
This month at Powertex UK we are celebrating the joy of The Secret Art Box!
The Secret Art Box is a monthly subscription box from Powertex UK. Boxes are packed full of inspirational items with different themes and variations each month.
In each box, you will find a selection of Powertex products, embellishments, fabric, plaster pieces, papers and so much more. Some new items are included exclusively and for the first time in The Secret Art Boxes.
Secret Art Box creations
Let’s take a look at what some Powertex Addicts have been making with their Secret Art Boxes!
Do you see how the same contents can create such different projects too!
You’ll have plenty left over from your project too. Use left over products from each box to add to your mixed media art or crafts. These gorgeous tags are by Powertex HQ’s Tracey Evans.
How do I get one?
There are three subscription options are available, one, three or six months, although there are savings if you subscribe for longer. Each box is full of wonderful surprises, such as this one below!
When you subscribe you are invited to join our exclusive Facebook group. Here you can share your makes but also get early access to Design Team tutorials and tips for the month’s box!
Gill is demonstrating the May Secret Art Box and it’s got a watery theme! She’s diving in to the contents and using the unique and mystical Terragreen pigment to create something fishy! Read on for the details.
So I opened the May Secret Art Box from Powertex and WOW! Look at all the goodies that I received and in my perfect theme… nautical.
My first make had to be using the fish and I had the idea of making him with a fish bowl. (I’d seen the clear plastic bowls in a well known shop where everything is £1!) So I first covered the fish in black gesso and extended his fins, tail and mouth with air dry clay. I used the ammonite mould, included in the kit, to create his eyes.
Tail and fins
Next I covered him in fabric, using the black Powertex in the kit to give the effect of scales and fins and added fringing to his tail.
Seaweed and shells
I created some rocks for the base of the fish bowl, recycling old gloves that I had used to Powertex in. I created texture with the balls in the kit and made shells with the cutter from air dry clay. Then I used fabric to create the seaweed and left it drying on tin foil. These create movement in the finished pieces. I also used a piece of wire covered in fabric to attach Mr Fish to the bowl.
When all my pieces were dry I’m ready for the exciting bit. The dry brushing with the pearl pigment included in the kit (this month was Terragreen) and some Interference Blue from my stash. I placed the seaweed and rocks into the fish bowl and secured them with Easy Coat Mat, which is a great varnish and strong glue.
Mr Fish was dry brushed in Terragreen and Gold pigments. I used the fabric covered wire to attach him to the bowl and brushed this with Curacao Blue. He was also attached to the bowl with Easy Coat Mat varnish. The final touch was using the tiny message from the glass bottle in the kit, which read “Make it Happen” to the top inside of the bowl and this project was complete.
Mr Fish Secret Art Box Project by Gill Goldsmith. Gill is a Powertex tutor at The Powertex Port in Chatham in Kent. You can see other Secret Art Box projects here and here. If you’d like receive a Secret Art Box, full of Powertex and mixed media goodies, you can subscribe here at Powertex UK.
In May the Product of the Month is silicon moulds. Powertex UK have a range of highly detailed silicon moulds for adding dimension to your mixed media art and crafts. Use with a Powertex and Stone Art mix for easy air drying clay. From tiny ammonite fossils, to flowers and leaves to extra large egyptian heads, take a look at the full range here. Don’t forget, when used with Powertex or Easy Varnish your pieces are also weatherproof and suitable for outdoor projects!
The Design Team using Powertex Moulds
Here are some examples of work using Powertex UK moulds by the design team.
Using moulds is a lovely way to use embellishments in your project. Because you have the mould you can make as few or as many pieces as you need and you can apply them while soft to curve around your surface like on Jinny’s bottle. You can also change the colour easily and Stone Art clay is very easy to work with.
If you like the look of the flower moulds you might want to take a look at this beautiful flower girl project by Anne. You can find the whole range of Powertex UK moulds here. Don’t forget to pick up some Stone Art while your there!