The Secret Art Box – February

The Secret Art box, Powertex, love projects

This months article brings you inspiration and projects to create using February’s The Secret Art Box. The new craft subscription box from Powertex UK.

“The love of my life opened my heart the warmth it let loose poured into my art” by Claire Ivins

*** You may not get an exact replica of this box, but similar items will be included ***

Powertex Secret Art Box Project One

I also gathered a few more supplies, wire, paper tape, tinfoil and a larger mdf heart shape.

I used the mdf heart shape to mould another from wire.

I used tinfoil to pad it out and create the shape I wanted.

Next came the making of the arrow. This is a thicker wire as I wanted it strong and sturdy.

I covered everything in masking tape.

Then I started to play around with some of the contents in the box.

I wanted to make a recess in the polystyrene heart for the plaster heart to sit in, so I drew round it.

And using a craft knife and a small pair of scissors, I dug out the shape.

I placed the plaster heart in the hole to try it for size.

 I painted it with a coat of red Powertex. Whilst still wet I pressed Stone Art powder onto it and rubbed it in, letting the excess fall off. The Stone Art creates a stone like effect.

Then I sprayed it with red Bister. This red is more of a mahogany colour, ie a deep red.

The Secret Art box powertex

I painted the heart and arrow shapes with the red Powertex and stuck the arrow on with it too. I cut out some of the polystyrene heart so it sat on the frame. I added the gold sequins from the January box. And also used rich gold pigment from my stash over some of the heart shaped frame.

And to finish I mounted it on one of the Powertex metal stands.

      

Some more close ups.

Powertex Project Two

I did the same for my next project and started off by creating a layout. This time I wanted to show different shades of red and different textures.

I sprayed the plaster cherub with the red Bister.

I used the red ochre and varnish to create a paste and painted the wings, and did the same with the rich gold on the hair.

I painted the large heart from my stash, and from the Secret Art box, the set of four hearts (including the one out of the middle of the biggest one), the smaller starburst shape, mini hearts and the wooden love word, all in the red Powertex.

This one I added strands of Power Cotton to the wet Powertex, painted over it and added the key whilst still wet. Once dried, I dry brushed with green olive pigment, which if you were lucky enough, was in the January subs box.

This one I sprinkled some of the small Powertex sand balls into the wet Powertex and dry brushed with rich gold pigment.

And for this one I added pieces of tissue to create some texture and to dry brush I mixed some of the blueberry pie with the red velvet acrylic paint and a touch of lipstick fizz pigment (for the shimmer) to create a deep purply colour.

The Secret Art box Powertex

Next I layered everything up and put it all together. I used the Powertex as a glue once I was happy with the placement.

           

Some more close ups.

For my next project I wanted to section off parts of the sheet of rice paper included in the box.

Instead of cutting it, I like to get a rough edge as I find it blends in better and isn’t such a harsh line. If you take a wet paintbrush and mark out where you want to tear, if it’s wet enough it should just pull apart. If it rips then the paper isn’t wet enough.

It should just pull apart and creates a lovely edge.

This is what I ended up with. Don’t you think they look much nicer than straight cut edges.

I also cut a piece to size and fitted it inside one of the metal embellishments I got in my box.

Then I completely filled it with transparent Powertex and left it for several days to dry. It is cloudy when a liquid, but dries clear.

I wanted to create a pink colour to combine with the images, so I mixed red and white Powertex until I achieved the colour I wanted.

I found a suitable glass bottle and completely painted it with my new hot pink colour and left it to totally dry before the next step.

Using transparent Powertex I glued on the pieces I’d torn out. I smoothed them out and also added a layer over the top. Now this looks really messy and you might think, oh no, what have I done. But, don’t panic, stick with it, the transparent goes on cloudy, but dries brilliantly clear. I also added some of the fancy yarn I had left from my Bluebird (January) box around the top.

And this is what I ended up with once it was all dry.

The Secret Art box Powertex

I added some chain and a couple of metal charms, the hand and heart from the box. The transparent Powertex has now completely dried that I put in the heart shape, so it has now sealed the image.

And a decorated bottle makes a great candle holder. Should you wish to light the candle the dripping wax won’t be a problem when it meets the Powertex. However, don’t let a naked flame come into contact with any fabric, as Powertex is not a flame retardant. As with all naked flames, do not leave it unattended, we won’t be held responsible for your house burning down!!

The Secret Art Box Powertex

All three makes together.

I hope that you have gained some inspiration for your own, The Secret Art box, Powertex craft subscription box. I can’t wait to see what you do with it. Don’t forget to share your makes on the Powertex Studio Facebook page as we love to see what you’ve been up to.

Did you catch my article last month find it here. Thanks for stopping by Sam

January craft Subscription Box – Powertex UK –

The Secret Art Box – Powertex UK craft subscription box

“We wish you bluebirds in the spring to give your heart a song to sing”

Please note *** You may not get an exact replica of this box, but similar items will be included ***

I cut a 6 cm polystyrene ball in half as I wanted to fatten the bird up and make him more 3d.

I stuck one on each side of the wooden bird shape.

Next I arranged some sort of platform for everything to sit on. I used part of the cardboard from the box as the base.

I painted the mdf birdhouses with blueberry pie acrylic paint.

I started to compile pieces to make a tag using other items from the box.

So as not to cover up all the background paper, I traced round and cut out the shape.

I placed the mdf bird shape in the cut out background space and put the cut out piece back on top of the bird shape.

I dismantled one of the paper flowers as I wanted to use it to try to represent feathers.

Next step was to cover everything with Powertex. I used the blue from the box and some bronze that I already had to paint the branch top left. The bird is covered in t-shirt fabric and I used a couple of pieces of hessian to create wings. You can easily use the paper decoration for this too.

I just wanted to show you how far the Powertex goes. I covered all of the above pieces liberally and I’ve still got half the bottle left.

And this is how I assembled everything together and coloured it up with the blue curacao and golden olive Secret Art Loft pigments.

I think they look very fitting outside in the garden in the middle of the bush.

I used the golden olive pigment on the body of the bird and on the flower feathers. I painted the leaves on the wallpaper background with blueberry pie acrylic paint.

This actually looks better in real life as the colours are more defined, but unfortunately, my camera doesn’t appear to be a fan of blue!

I hope this has given you a bit of inspiration. Don’t forget to show us what you make with the contents of your box and don’t be shy in uploading them to the Powertex Studio FaceBook page. For further inspiration, visit the free online Powertex magazine here

All Powertex, Secret Art Loft products and subscription boxes can be found here.

Halloween Candlestick Holders

Sam is back with us at the Powertex UK blog and has been kind enough to share another of her fantastic projects with us. Read on to be inspired. Do leave a comment at the bottom of the blog or share your makes with us over on Facebook in The Powertex Studio group or Powertex Addicts United page.
So here we are, all set up for another play.
I took a cardboard tube, the core of a kitchen roll, drew around the clay skull and roughly cut it out without squashing the tube.
I checked that the skull fitted in the hole, but I didn’t want it loose.
 
 
Using masking tape I created a shelf about an inch down from the tops of the tube.
I started covering them with black Powertex.
I covered the battery tea lights with cling film.
I covered both of the tubes in fabric and other embellishments. Once the fabric was on the taller tube, I pushed the skull into the hole.
Added more clay pieces, lace and wool.
Added the clay wings.
 
 
I painted everything in black Powertex and then set them outside to dry.
I brought them back inside and left them overnight to totally dry.
Once dry, I took out the tea lights which were still covered in cling film. The fabric where they’d been sat was still a bit wet, so I left them out to let the fabric fully dry.
Once totally dry, I dry brushed them with silver and turned on the tea lights.
And these are the opposite sides, ie the back.
 
Had loads of fun making these and love how they’ve come out.
 

Powertex Garden Party – Day 2

I hope your ready for part two of Sams fabulous blog. If you’ve loved seeing all we got up to at the Powertex garden party you can now book your place for next year. Tickets are selling out fast though. Book now here. If you fancy taking a look at more fabulous photos we have a video created of the weekend. See the video here. Toodles Anna xXx

So before we start todays adventure, I thought I’d start by showing you what we got in our purple bags and also what we got to drink our bubbly out of at the end of yesterday.
 
 
Close up of the glass that Tracey made for each of us. Every one was different.

 

This is what my canvas looked like this morning after being left to dry and crack over night.

 

Close up of the mucky mess corner including the balls.

 

Close up of the cracks using the 3d flex.

 

And the frame and skull.
 
Whilst I was outside, I took the opportunity to take a close up photo of the communal totem pole.
 
So then, to today’s activities. First up we needed to retrieve out brushes which had been kindly washed for us. The fairies must have done it!

 

Aprons on………
 
 
Teas and coffees on the go.
 
For about the first hour or so we got the chance to titivate and add stuffs to our horses / unicorns, which most people took advantage of.

 

 

 

 

The unicorns were put outside to dry off.
 
 
My horse found himself in a field.
 

 

 
At this point I went for a little wander around the grounds and as promised a photo of the wigwam tent with the message tree inside.
 
 
Then we made a start on our canvas’s.
 
After a quick demo from Tracey, everyone started to add some colour.

 

 

I managed to get a smile from all of our table!!
 
 
This one is Tracey’s and something like what we were going for, but in fairness, she had used hers to show people what different colours looked like.
 
 
This is how mine went, and yes, before you all start, there is pink in there!
 
And this was what I ended up with once I’d decided I was finished.
 
Everyone just adding their finishing touches before we broke off for lunch.
 
 
Lunch today was a jacket potato with a choice of various lush fillings, I just had cheese.
 
Another wander around the garden and some close ups of the fab sculptures made by David and Patricia Williams who are Powertex tutors. Patricia has given me permission to show you these close ups so please enjoy the next few photos.

 

 

 

 

 

Then back inside and into the shop area where there are lots more beautiful pieces. I’ve just selected a few of my favourites.

 

 

 

 

I put my finished canvas outside just to see if the pigments shimmered in the lovely sun.

 

And Tracey just happened to be walking past when Kerry was taking a photo of me and my canvas.
 
So after lunch we went back to our horses / unicorns as they needed some colour. 

 

People down at the front choosing their colours.

 

This is Shelagh. We had a great laugh and loads of good old fashioned banter was had on our table.

 

Kerry went for a rich red, Shelagh a denim blue and Yvonne a lovely green.

 

Michelle and Gary having a leisurely walk through the tent to see what everyone had been up to.
 
I went for a purpley colour with silver and gold hi-lights.

 

And then on the other side, I went for an orangey colour with copper and gold hi-lights.

 

And this is what he looks like from the front! Split personality!
 
Throughout the day I was in and out of the dressing up booth, so when I come across the photos, I will add them to the bottom of this post.
 
***Here’s the first one – in disguise!
 
Me, Janice (from Hochanda), Amanda (chocolate maker) and Anna (powertex tutor).

Powertex Garden Party – Day 1

Here is a glimpse from one of our attendees to the garden party Powertex UK held recently at Tracey’s studio at the Secret Art Loft. Everyone had an amazing time and it was such as success we are doing it all again next year. Book your place now, as spaces are filling up fast! Thank you Sam for such beautiful words and photos and for letting us share them here with everyone. Sam has a fab blog should you wish to follow her directly. Part 2 coming soon. Toodles Anna xXx

When we arrived there was a goodie bag on every chair. There was a number on one side of the bag and two raffle tickets on the other side of the bag. Inside the bag were loads of goodies.
Here we all are delving into the goodies for our first project and opening the canvas and bag of bits that went with it.
Tracey explaining what we were going to be doing.
Anna on hand to help out.
The sides of the tent came off as it was sooooo warm.
Tea, coffee and water available as and when you wanted it.
I went for a walk around the gardens and came across this fabulous pair made by Patricia and David Williams, Powertex tutors. They’ve made them for an exhibition, but ‘lent’ them to Tracey for the garden party. I’ve seen photos of them, but they are so much better in the flesh.
More makes by other Powertex tutors dotted all around the grounds.
I just love this dog, he may be my next project!!
This piece was taken to shows for people to add bits to.
She has the most fabulous eyes!!!
This was the eating area set up next to the house, but with yet more exhibits scattered around for us to see.
I love this table, and I’ve just made some fossils out of moulds!!
Now remember the number that was on our bags, well we had to find everyone else with the same number and then go into the dressing up booth and have a photo taken. I did do it but haven’t got a photo of it yet!! I think Michelle took one though.
 
 
Found it, here we go. This one is actually of our table!
Back to the tent and to the canvas to add 3d flex to get some crackles going on.
Tracey giving us a demo of what to do with it after creating our mucky mess and slapping that on the canvas too, along with some clay made with sand.
There was also Hayley who was giving fabulous hand massages. This is Jan having one, I had one later in the afternoon after we’d been reviving clay!
There was also a hammock swing attached to a tree.
And this is inside the wigwam tent. I’ll get a photo of the outside of it tomorrow.
There is also a totem type pole for everyone who visits to add something too. When it’s all covered and finished Tracey said they would possibly donate it to a local school. So of course, I added my pieces to that too.
Here we are just helping the 3d flex to start to crack by using the hairdryer on them.
After they’d started to crack we left them outside in the sun whilst we all went off for a lovely buffet lunch and sat in the area next to the house that I showed you earlier with the blue marquee.
After lunch our project was a horse. We covered it in clay over the masking tape and stamped into it as we were going along.
Making clay shapes from the moulds to put on the horses. Unfortunately they were all flower related apart from the small fossil, so mine ended up quite bare compared to everyone elses!!
This one is mine, and now having seen the photo I have realised that I’ve put his eyes way too high, but hey ho, it’s too late now, they will be rock solid by tomorrow morning!!
These are the creations of the ladies on the table opposite us.
This is Tracey’s finished one which we should end up with tomorrow, once its been dry brushed.
After we’d finished we all went back down to the house for a glass of bubbly served in our very own unique handmade glass. 
Anyone for another……………..
 
And then back to the hotel, for a shower and evening meal.