This month I was asked to write an article about whose art influences me. As an artist this made me think and question, am I an artist or a crafter? I have been a crafter for many years and have recently crossed the line from crafter to artist in some of my art work.
Colours and nature definitely influence my mixed media art work. I love to blend colours, create texture and experiment with different mediums and Powertex products are perfect for this.
I love the work of Maria Fondler-Grossbaum (Abyssimo). Her work has such great texture and depth to it, blending colours and creating beautiful, bright pieces of art.
People who inspire others to ‘give it a go’ inspire me along with those who have such great enthusiasm about art and craft. Kirsty Allsopp and Marta Lapkowska are people who I enjoy watching and learning from.
I would love to hear who influences you. What has led you to create pieces of art, maybe a photograph or even a piece of music?
Remember you can share your art in the Powertex Studio or have a look for more inspiration here in the magazine.
When I received the mould for the Cow Skull and Flowers I was immediately drawn to a Native American reservation. Speaking to a friend she told me it reminded her of the Navajo tribe. When I searched this I found the colours used in their art and pottery were beautifully vibrant. What better than to have a lovely wall hanging with a nod to the Navajo art culture.
Using Stone Art Clay and the Cow Skull and Flowers Mould, make a cow and several flowers. Put to one side to dry.
Add texture to 3 of the rings – 2 using Paper Decoration, Light Pink and one with string. Leave to dry.
Using 2 of the solid circles create a background texture of your choice, with Ivory Fabric Hardener.
MDF Frame and Panel
Use Stone Art Clay and Texture Paste to add interest background. For the front use Paper Decoration Natural with Ivory Fabric Hardener.
Hanger – Make a Branch
Use twisted cardboard tubing and tinfoil, adding texture with more Paperdecoration. At the same time secure string in place to use later.
Feathers and Colouring
Using Acrylic Ink, add colour to the feathers and the pre-prepared rings.
Use Brown Bister to add colour to the Cow Skull and the flowers. Also do this to the centre panel of the MDF frame and branch.
Use the Acrylic inks to add colour to the outer section of the MDF frame.
Using the solid ring from the dreamcatcher kit, fix the skull and flowers using Transparent Powertex.
Putting it all together
Attach the Skull circle to the centre panel on the mdf frame. Attach more string to the circles and the MDF panel (I used Transparent Fabric Hardener). Finally fix the feathers in place to create your beautiful Navajo Indian Wall hanging.
I really hope you enjoyed this article and it has inspired you to use the MDF, Cow Skull and Flower mould in a different way.
Show us your ‘makes’ here in the The Powertex Studio. We love to see what Powertex Addicts create. If you need more inspiration take a look at this beautiful wall art with a Venetian feel, by Gill Goldsmith.
Get making, be creative, but most of all have fun 🙂 Bye for now, Jill x
This month, for my article I was asked to do a ‘remake’ of another design team member’s step-by-step article. I love canvas work and came across this Powertex winter scene by Kore Sage, whilst searching through the vast choice of inspiration. I immediately fell in love with the effects, decision made!
As I worked through the step-by-step instructions, inspired by making the initial background of the scene, lots of other ideas were popping into my head.
I started with the landscape and although I have used Stone Art many times, I hadn’t used it with a coloured Powertex before which had brilliant results.
I didn’t have the same window as Kore had so as you can see, my piece is slightly different including an mdf tree. The snow effect is made with Ivory Fabric Hardener mixed with 3D Sand which gives a great texture.
Powertex snow scene
I love to find inspiration in other artists’ work which is exactly what doing this piece has done. I cannot wait to get started on my next canvas, possibly a field scene.
If you like the finished canvas and feel inspired to create something similar, please have a go at using the step-by-step articles on the Powertex UK Mixed Media Magazine. Be inspired by other artists and then to do your own version of it. For Kore’s full step-by-step instructions one how to make a winter scene, please see here.
Bye for now and thank you for taking a look at this month’s article. Have fun and don’t forget to share your work in the Powertex Studio. Jill x
Powertex is at it’s best when used to upcycle/recycle items we would normally pop in the bin. It is perfect for transforming everyday objects into a sculpture, either for the house or garden.
When I was asked to make a 3d animal from recycled materials, I began saving all sorts of items that would normally have been thrown out. Unfortunately when I came to start the project Karl had tidied up and thrown it all out! A visit to the loft was called for where I found an old hearth brush. Perfect for a tail – and just the job for a dog.
Animals are not something I make very often, but once started I enjoyed the process. As usual, I learnt quite a lot whilst making this project and am already looking forward to making more.
My inspiration for this article about crafting with children, came from looking for wall art for our new studio. I kept coming across a saying by Pablo Picasso – Every Child is an Artist. With summer holidays approaching, what better way to keep children occupied, than letting them loose with some art.
This also got me thinking that children are so free with their creations, but as adults we are so self critical and don’t like to make mistakes. This limits us in our art.
“Every Child is an Artist” – Pablo Picasso
Over the summer get your children to create, and at the same time go back to being a child yourself. A bottle of Powertex Fabric Hardener goes a long way and is safe for children.
Embellishments, scraps of card, shells, twigs, pine cones, clay pieces
Scraps of material
Old costume jewellery
Ideas for children’s Powertex crafts
On your days out, collect mementos. A trip to the woods, park or beach are great places to start. Twigs, pine cones and shells are easy to find. Use them to decorate a small journal cover. Old costume jewellery doesn’t need to be thrown out and we all have a bag of jumble that can be used.
Teach children about textures, let them feel pieces of bark, different shells or broken crockery. Buy a colour wheel and play around with mixing your own colours. The Powercolor pigments can be used with Easy Varnish, but also as a watercolour by just adding water.
These jigsaw necklaces are so easy to make and what is not to love about them? They can also be made into fridge magnets, a decorated journal cover (which can then be used to record your summer adventures), a small canvas or a door plaque.
Crafting with children
Art doesn’t need to be expensive but being creative does need to be fun. No rules, no criticism, and no such thing as making mistakes – happy accidents are often the best pieces we create.
So look forward to the summer holidays and I can’t wait to see what everybody creates. Please share your art work over on the Powertex Studio.
If you need any further inspiration check out all the lovely ideas and step-by-step guides here on the Powertex UK Mixed Media Magazine. Annette also has a family Powertex project tutorial, with an underwater theme. Take a look over at Purple Meadow Arts & Crafts Facebook page for details of our Junior Art Club.
Have a great crafty summer with your little ones, and release your own inner child.
For my planet in the night sky, inspiration came from warm summer nights, sat in the garden, looking out for shooting stars. I decided to try and replicate one of the planets. Hmmm, once started though, my imagination overtook and the finished article became much more magical.
Easy 3d flex makes beautiful cracks and texture. Experiment using different mediums to add colours. Here I have used layers of inks and acrylics, with a final layer of wax.
As you will see from the photographs, things changed along the way. This is what I love about mixed media. Some layers get covered, some peak through. It’s all part of the journey of creating what you love. Just go with it!
The Secret Art Loft acrylics and inks work wonderfully for layering up. Their translucent quality makes blending easy, and the metallic inks look like molten metal.
I find it is really important with mixed media, to let each layer dry thoroughly before moving onto the next. Not an easy one for me, as I am an impatient crafter. However, your layers will become muddy if they aren’t dry.
Pour Powertex liquid colour onto the canvas. Spray with Bister of a different colour then dry with a hairdryer, to create the crackle effect.
Add texture by creating a heavy crackle effect
Mix Easy 3d flex with Ivory Powertex to create a clay. Layer over half of the canvas. Dry with hair-dryer spraying lightly with blue bister during the process.
Creating further texture
Using material, coated in Ivory Powertex and small ‘craters’ made from the 3d flex clay, build the layers of your planet.
Start by adding green ink to the deep cracked area and violet acrylic to the green side of the planet.
Using greens, pinks and purples, layer the craters, blending as you go. Paint the material section with black acrylic, then add layers of metallic acrylic.
On the side created by 3d flex, add a layer of Powerwax, mixed with pigment. Once dry, wipe with a damp sponge to add interest.
I decided my fantasy planet needed a touch more ‘bling’ so I added a few beads, blending in with the colours I had chosen along the way. The joys of creating a fantasy planet are that you can really be free with your choice of colours and the texture that you create. It’s nice not to be too rigid in your planning, as planets evolve, then so should a piece of art.
Planet in the night sky
I am looking forward to seeing lots of new planets, so feel free to share them in the Powertex Studio.
If you would like further planet inspiration take a look at this blog from Annette Smyth. Or why not join me for a workshop to create your own planet. Bye for now, Jill x
I was so excited to receive my first ‘Secret Art Box’, and I was not disappointed when I opened it. Full of possibilities to create this article with. It’s a challenge of being given a box of ‘goodies’ and then creating out of my comfort zone.
Inside the art box was a cute fish. I was in my element as my last article was based around my love of the beach. I wanted a different style this time, so with several possibilities in mind, I chose a canvas as my base.
The secret art box fish
Not content with one super cute fish, I wanted two! With a sharp knife and careful cutting, I sliced the fish in half. Using the reverse of the canvas I covered the top half with the nautical paper, using Easycoat Matt. The bottom half cried out for some stone art and brown Bister.
The sea bed was created by adding texture with stone balls, material and clay pieces. The adorable mini ammonite moulds as well as the shell mould in the ‘Secret Art Box’ made the clay shapes. The fish needed lots of lovely texture, you can really go to town with this, especially when adding colour. Terragreen pigment works a treat for this theme.
I love the way things develop as your creative piece comes together and I didn’t really have a picture of the finished piece in mind. It just happened along the way. I hope you like it and feel inspired to create your own ‘home in the sea’.
For more sea themed inspiration take a look at my last blog here.
I am looking forward to seeing your pieces of art, using the May ‘Secret Art Box’. Please share them at The Powertex Studio on Facebook.
A little teaser of my next blog, which will take us from the sea, into the sky! Bye for now, Jill x
This article is very much influenced by my love of the beach. I spent several years with the beach on my doorstep, where I regularly enjoyed early morning walks. And was the inspiration for my Powertex Ammonite Light.
I particularly loved the changing moods of the sea, the smells and a chance to blow away the cobwebs. I’ve chosen fabrics and materials which resemble netting and rocks. Paper deco works very well here.
I have also used some shells which I have added extra colour to. You can always leave these natural though. The Powertex stand gave the finished piece some weight, as well as structure and height.
TOP TIP – Have a hair-dryer ready when adding the Ammonites. You will need them to stay in place so that they have space to poke the lights through. This also gives more 3 dimension to your piece.
I hope you have enjoyed this article and that it inspires you to create your own nightlight. A garden theme using wings and flower embellishments would work well too. Looking forward to seeing your own take on how to use fairy lights, bye for now, Jill x
I love Spring – the promise of lighter nights and the garden coming to life with colour. I also love a pretty vase of flowers on my dining table. With this in mind I decided to use Powertex in a different way for my latest article. By creating some pastel Powertex flowers.
Did you know that by mixing Ivory Powertex with other colours, you can create some very pretty pastel shades? This article shows you how to create a vase of pastel flowers, bringing a touch of Spring into your home, all year round.
Buttons, beads, bottle tops, garden canes, lace – all from own stash
Raid your stash
From my stash I found a variety of embellishments, wooden beads, bottle tops and small egg shaped beads to use for the centres. I added small 3D Balls to give the centre of the flowers some interest. Adding delicate lace for the main petals and garden cane for the stalks. I also used some pipe cleaners for the stalks which worked well. Not weatherproof but hardened enough to hold up the flower head, giving great texture.
Bring your pastel Powertex flowers to life
Working on smaller pieces is sometimes more fiddly. With this in mind it is a good idea to have the hairdryer at hand. A piece of polystyrene is also useful, so that you can stand your stems in to dry rather than laying them down – helping to keep the shape.
I have mixed Ivory with blue, red and yellow fabric hardener to create the pastel shades. For the stems I mixed Ivory with Green Powertex, one of my favourite colours I mixed for this article.
To finish the flowers I brought out the texture with dry-brushing in a lighter shade of the same pastel flower colour, adding a further layer of white pigment.
I hope this has inspired you to grow your own Powertex flowers. Please share them with us in The Powertex Studio.
Please be inspired by more of my work in my last article. Find it here. If you like what you see press the star or leave a message in the comment box below.
Well for now I am going to wait for Spring and plan my next article. In the meantime you can find me at Purple Meadow Arts & Crafts. Bye for now. Jill x
What a wonderful kit this is and full of possibilities. And I am about to bring you my Powertex Art Doll Inspiration in this article. The kit comes with a choice of embellishments, wings and faces. I chose to use the skull and go over to the ‘dark side’ – a little out of my comfort zone, but loving the challenge.
How to start your Art Doll
In preparation I have covered the sides of the box and the wings with Terracotta Powertex. So I then left these to dry, so that they were ready to use later on.
Firstly, I began by coating the back of the small box with Ivory Powertex. Then I spread the Easy structure which is a texture paste, through the stencil. Once the Easy structure was dry I sprayed with red bister, which is a walnut stain spray. Then I wiped away some of the colour on the raised sections of the Easy structure.
Next I used Powertex to assemble the box, adding the edges, but at this point keeping the top edging off.
Using Powertex attach the box to the base of your Art Doll Clock. By lining it up with the hole for the clock movement to be added later.
To add more detail I have used material with Terracotta Powertex. And placing the wings in the material so that they stand out. Putting the skull in the middle of the wings gives a great 3D effect to your ghoul. I have added texture with some corrugated cardboard around the sides of the frame and more material underneath.
Where there is space on the corners of the clock base (not covered with material) I have created a crackle effect. To do this you paint a liberal coat of Ivory Powertex onto the board. Then you spray with black bister (whilst the Powertex is still wet). By using a hairdryer to speed the drying of the Powertex crackles will start to appear.
I also added this effect to the top of the box frame.
Now for some colour. I dry-brushed the material with Turquoise Powercolour and Mojito Lime Pearl Powder pigment from the Secret Art Loft collection.
For the wings I started painting them with Mojito Lime. I then went over this with Lemon meringue acrylic, adding Colortricx Gold around the edges for extra depth. As these acrylics are beautifully translucent the Mojito Lime shows through creating a gorgeous shimmer.
I decided to use some of the Lemon Meringue to go over the ‘crackle effect’ I created earlier with the Ivory powertex and black bister.
Now for the addition of some accessories, the final layer of detail. I had a look through my ‘stash’ of embellishments, which I am sure most crafters have! And I found some great little bottles which I thought would create the apothecary theme, along with some skulls, twigs and a piece of gauze.
I added these using the Transparent 100g Powertex which comes with a nozzle, perfect for precision use. The scrolls I made from scraps of paper, glued in place with the Transparent Powertex. However, I wanted the gauze to be fluid so it was placed again with the Transparent Powertex.
I hope you have found some Powertex Art Doll Inspiration in this article. Do share your makes with us over on Facebook in The Powertex Studio. You can find my last blog here. Catch you next time Jill.