Something fishy by Gill Goldsmith

Powertex UK Secret Art 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.

May 2019 Secret Art Box from Powertex UK

Something fishy

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.

Create the fish shape

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.

Create the fins and 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.

Leaving pieces to dry

Dry brushing

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. 

Something Fishy Powertex project by Gill Goldsmith

Final touches

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.

Something fishy by Gill Goldsmith

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.

Certified Powertex Workshop

What’s in a Powertex Workshop?

Have you thought about going to a Powertex workshop but haven’t yet, because you’re not sure what to expect? Well come with me and let me give you an insight in what’s in a Powertex workshop.

Powertex workshop

3d Flex Texture Powertex Workshop Samples

I was invited to a Powertex workshop earlier this month by Jill Cullum, of Purple Meadow Arts & Crafts. She is the Certified Powertex Tutor for the area where I live. Jill has been on all her training, so this means that she is qualified to teach and use all the Powertex products in her Powertex workshop.

Jill explaining the samples and what she did.

Where to begin in a Powertex Workshop

Everyone getting stuck in covering their canvas’s. Janet, top left wanted to do the technique but on journal covers, so Jill brought along a journal for her to work on instead. So if you know what you would like to do, contact your tutor before hand. They are very flexible and happy to oblige where possible.

Jill demo’d the next couple of steps and then went round checking everyone was okay and understood what they were doing.

Close up of Janet’s journal covers.

Whilst the canvas’s were in the drying box Jill demonstrated how to mix up the 3d flex. She showed what the right consistency with the 3d flex was to aim for. 

Then showed how to apply the paste onto the canvas.

Then it was their turn, with guidance from Jill.

Getting ready for the next stage

Whilst the makes were back in the drying box, we all sat down and had a natter with a cuppa and some chockie biscuits. I took this opportunity to ask them what they thought of the workshop so far.

One said that it was so different to what they normally do and it was good to come without any expectations.

Another said that they have learnt so many new techniques already and we haven’t finished yet.

Another said that is was nice to do something different.

After the coffee break, all the pieces came out of the drier. Look at those amazing cracks on Anita’s canvas.

Now the fun begins, adding the colour. The hardest part seemed to be choosing which colours to use from this huge selection. Everyone was encouraged to move out of their comfort zone.

Jill chose purple and green, these aren’t her normal ‘go to’ colours.

Jill demoing on her canvas, how to use the wax with the pigments and acrylics and how to built up the layers and blend the colours.

Everyone well under way with their colours.

Really coming along now.

Fabulous blending.

Anita was building up layers to replicate the colours she had in a photo on her phone.

Finishing touches

Once everyone was happy with their canvas’s, the last thing to do was to touch up the sides to make them black again. The black just seems to make the colours pop.

And here are the proud owners with their finished pieces.

This Powertex workshop took around two and a half hours from start to finish. Just look what you could do with the right guidance. All these ladies really enjoyed themselves today.

How many of you have a bottle of Powertex sat on your craft desk but haven’t opened it yet. A workshop is a great way to get started. 

Find your local tutor

There are over 100 Certified Tutors dotted all around the UK. To find the one nearest to you, click on this link which will take you to the Powertex Tutors directory. Login and find your nearest tutor who will be happy to help you with a workshop. They cater for everyone, groups, one on one, two on one, a group of friends or join a scheduled workshop and meet like minded people, the possibilities are endless.

I hope this has given you an insight into how a workshop runs. I hope that it’s nowhere near as scary as what you thought it might be, just go along. You will be made to feel very welcome and you’ll love it so much, you’ll want to go back. Most of the tutors have their own FaceBook pages and list their planned workshops under events. So if you see something you fancy, get it touch. Nothing is out of reach with the right guidance.

Would you like to become a Powertex tutor? Be inspired by an article from Jan a Powertex UK certified tutor and find out how here.

February Secret Art Box

Newly trained certified Tutor Gill Goldsmith from Chatham, Kent just can’t get enough of Powertex! She was feeling the love this month with her The Secret Art Box, the new craft subscription box from Powertex UK. Here are some of the wonderful works of art she created with hers. Want to subscribe to The Secret Art Box? Find all the different options on offer by following the link here.

We love Powertex!

I was really excited to create with all the gorgeous things that arrived in this month’s Secret Art Box. February’s theme was LOVE and included red Powertex and hearts and cherubs.

I decided to make a frame, draped in fabric using all the gorgeous embellishments. So I started with the back of the frame and added texture with a stencil and Easy Structure. Easy Structure is a lovely thick paste by Powertex UK. It goes smoothly through stencils and leaves a really raised finish.

I then went on to drape the frame 6 x 6 inch frame with some old cardigan material that was quite lacy. And added the embellishments of hearts, corners, fabric and the cherub and then allowed this to dry thoroughly.

Next I worked more on the back ground of the frame, colouring with the Powertex, adding embellishments and the gorgeous plaster heart to the centre. Once everything was dry, the next day, I started on the colouring process.

Red Powertex before distressing
Red Powertex after distressing

Having a limited colour palette, I worked with dark green pigment and a brown spray paint to bring out the definition in the piece. I also used the same colouring on the frame.

Then highlighted, drybrushing, with the red lipstick pearl pigment and red acrylic paint included in the kit. I also added metallic highlights with gold pigment. I was very pleased with the final result.

Finished piece

I hope you have found some inspiration in my piece and have a go for yourself! Please do share your makes over on Facebook in The Powertex Studio. Take a look at another article using this months The Secret Art box here.

Join me!

You can follow my adventures on my new Facebook page The Powertex Port. I will be running my first workshops soon at St.Mary’s Island Community Centre, Chatham. Send me a message via my Facebook page for details. I would love you to come join me. Happy crafting Gill. x