A Winter’s Tale – Nostalgic Powertex

By Donna Mcghie

My prompt for this month’s Powertex article was A Winter’s Tale.  The festive season is fast approaching and my mind wandered back to those seemingly halcyon days of Christmas’ past.

Nostalgic Powertex Christmas tree by Donna Mcghie tells A Winter's Tale
I just love the retro look of these Christmas Rice Papers

Obviously memory plays tricks on us all, but for me, nothing beats a bit of nostalgia at Christmas. I fell in love with the retro look of the Victorian Christmas Rice Papers, the style of the images really made me smile. 

However, rather than making me think of all things Victorian, for me they conjure up memories of the early seventies.  Lots of gaudy tinsel and Slade blasting out Merry Christmas on Top of the Pops.

I decided to attempt to create a wall plaque that captured some of that seventies atmosphere. 

So grab yourself a snowball to drink, (or something non alcoholic from the soda stream if you prefer), and let’s  have a bit of festive fun with Powertex.

I deliberately chose to keep this project fairly simplistic and quick to do.  The reason being is that most of us are frantically busy on the lead up to Christmas, and don’t have much time to set aside for crafting.  Hopefully this little tree can slot in to the timescale somewhere though.

Materials List:

Step 1

Powertex nostalgic Christmas tree by Donna Mcghie - A Winter's Tale
I use a sponge to apply the colour as I find it quicker

Mix together green and white Powertex Fabric Hardener to a pale green colour. Sponge over your tree shape and allow to dry. You can use a hairdryer to speed this process.

Step 2

Nostalgic Christmas tree, Donna tells a Winter's Tale
By adding stone art we are starting to build some texture

With a flat brush apply Easy Varnish where you want to place the images. Then gently put them in position and brush over them again with the varnish to seal. Add some more hardener in various places and whilst damp gently dab on some Stone Art.

Step 3

A nostalgic WInters Tale with Powertex by Donna Mcghie
When adding the ink, protect your images with paper.

Using a small pallet knife scrape some Easy Structure downwards to give the impression of branches. Blast with a dryer, and then add some Acrylic Spray Ink.

Step 4

Powertex nostalgic A Winter's Tale by Donna Mcghie
The darker Bister adds some depth

Now add more branch shapes with Easy Structure, dry and spray with the Bister.

Step 5

If the pigment does not show up enough, you can add white fabric hardener as well

Now mix a small amount of white pigment with easy varnish, load a flat brush, wipe off on paper towel, and gently sweep over your tree segments. Gradually building up the intensity until it looks like snow.

Step 6

A Winter's Tale Powertex project by Donna Mcghie
A sprinkle of glitter, and we are done

A final flourish of glitter and we are done 🙂 I like to use a very fine bio degradable glitter as although we’re going for a seventies vibe, it’s good to use current sensibilities about sustainability.

I decided to add a simple star on the top but obviously if you decide to make one you can bling up your tree with whatever takes your fancy.

That’s my lot for 2019 folks. I have really enjoyed sharing my makes in these articles and have equally enjoyed seeing what you share with us on our Facebook page, so please do pop over and share any of your nostalgic makes.

I’ve been making lots of other festive decorations which you can see on my own Facebook page here.

The other design team members have been busy as well. I particularly love Fiona’s Christmas star from last year.

Have a wonderful Christmas everyone, and here’s hoping you get lots of Powertex goodies in those stockings 🙂

Festive Powertex decorations

If you love to make seasonal decorations then this article is for you! From tree decorations to door wreaths, we’ve got ideas for your Powertex festive decorations.

Patricia Williams Powertex Wreath
Powertex Wreath by Alex Henry Mixed Media

Supply ideas for your festive decorations

Jacqueline Frances Butler Powertex Wreath
Wreath by Isalei Craft

TOP TIP: If you’d like to create something for outside like a door wreath, use Powertex Universal Medium. Remember your makes will need 3 weeks curing time before they are weatherproof.

Michele Brewer Christmas Reindeer Powertex Decorations
Reindeer by Creative Power UK

Try MDF, card or polystyrene shapes as a base

Use Powertex Universal Medium to coat fabric and embellishments to decorate an mdf or polystyrene shape or cardboard gift boxes. Create trees, baubles, wreaths and more.

Karen Hewitt Christmas Baubles Powertex
Tree baubles by Inky Escapades
Christmas tree by Jinny Holt Powertex
Christmas tree by Mums Shed
Christmas tree by LoveKnott Creations
Irene Snow globe Powertex
Snow globes by Purrfect Crafting

Festive sculptures

Donna Mcghie Three KIngs Powertex
Three kings by Donna Mcghie
Powertex clay penguins Donna Mcghie
Powertex clay penguins by Donna Mcghie
Rachel Pullen Powertex Christmas Santa Gnomes
Christmas gnomes by CraftmyDay

Crack open the Red Powertex for a bright base and use Gold pigments or inks for a festive finish.

Jinny has an article about making Christmas baubles and you can pop over to Facebook Powertex Addicts and join the group for more inspiration. Share your makes there too!

There are also two tutorials on offer, available on the website to get you started.

Enjoy making your Wintery creations.

It started with a plaque…

Annette Smyth

My journey to Powertex UK Masters certificate

This month I’d like to share my Powertex journey with you from my very first make through to my Powertex UK Masters certificate which I completed in October this year.

In early 2014 my friend had been in Australia on holiday and brought me back a craft magazine as she knew how much I loved creating. I was browsing through this when I came across some fabric sculpted figures. I instantly fell in love and knew I just had to find a class in the UK where I could learn how to do this.

Luckily for me the NEC Craft show was on the following month so I went along as usual but was a little over excited to say the least, when I came round the corner and there was Tracey Evans with a stand promoting Powertex. She must of thought I was a little bit crazy as I flew up to her wanting to know when I could do a class.

Roll forward 4 weeks and after a lot of secrets between my husband, best friend Karen and Tracey over gift vouchers for my birthday I was sitting in Tracey’s studio doing my first ever Powertex workshop.

It started with a plaque. I was instantly hooked and wanted to do more.

Powertex plaque by Annette Smyth
First ever Powertex project

Powertex training

I couldn’t believe this product could be as good as I was being told so I took the next year and completed every course possible. After that year I took all levels of tutor training and started running classes in my local area. I went on to become the Creative Team Leader for the CV postcode.

Annette Smyth Figure statue with Powertex
Powertex figure by Annette Smyth

During my journey with Powertex I have had the most amazing opportunities. I have taught workshops and provided feature exhibitions at the NEC Creative Craft Show and the Welsh assembly, written magazine articles, been on the design team for 3 years, had my work featured on Hochanda, taught workshops from 1 to 1 up to large groups, worked on the Powertex stand at Creative Craft Shows in NEC Birmingham, Exeter and Stoneleigh, Kirsty Allsops’ show at Ragley Hall and travelled to Belgium to train with Brigitte Grade the owner and creator of Powertex.

Powertex art by Annette Smyth
Echibition piece from Save our Steel at Pierhead, Cardiff
Powertex poppy exhibit by Annette Smyth
NEC Birmingham, Creative Craft Show Entrance exhibition

Earlier this year I became a Certified Powertex Training Academy where I now train new Powertex tutors in fabric sculpting/business set up and existing tutors in Stone Art and 3D Flex.

I was also invited to complete the Powertex UK Masters Certification process. In this program you have to complete 4 projects. For each piece a different theme is set by head office. For the first 3 pieces, you then develop and create your artwork at your own pace. Once finished you document the full process and submit to Powertex UK. Each one has to be assessed and approved by head office before you can move on.

The final project

For the final project, head office again set the theme however this time you create your piece in Tracey’s studio over a 2 day period. You also take along your previous 3 makes for the final assessment. Once this has all been approved you are awarded the Powertex UK Masters Certificate.

I have really enjoyed this whole process. It has pushed me out of my comfort zone and made me really think about what I was creating, working out how I could show the technical skills I had learnt in a fluid and congruent way. There was a lot of trial and error, a lot of what if’s and a lot of coffee involved!

I decided that my first 3 pieces would each show a different skill set.

Project 1 Rebirth- 3d flex on canvas

Rebirth Powertex art by Annette Smyth
Rebirth by Annette Smyth

Project 2 Tree of Life- stone art sculpting

 tree of life sculpture by Annette Smyth
Tree of life by Annette Smyth

Project 3 – Abandonment – fabric sculpting

fabric sculpture by Annette Smyth
Abandonment fabric sculpture by Annette Smyth

Project 4 – Cubism

I wanted my final piece to encompass lots of different techniques – mixed media fabric sculpting, Stone Art texture, Stone Art clay, 3d flex clay, flex cracks, imprinting, stencilling, mark making, use of inks, pigments, wax, 3D sand and balls, Bister split. I loved making this piece the most because of the variety involved.

Cubism inspired sculpture by Annette Smyth
Cubism by Annette Smyth
Annette Smyth, Powertex tutor, trainer and Master Certification
Annette Smyth

So if you’re thinking Powertex is just about plaques, it’s so so much more.

Take a look at some of my creations here in the magazine. You can also find out more about my workshops on my Facebook page or on my website.

Until next time, Happy Creative Adventures. Axx

Fabulous Frames

By Annette Smyth

Hello there,

Did you catch Tracey Evans on Hochanda on 27th September? if not click here to go to the Hochanda site and watch the shows on rewind at 11am and 3pm. If you did then you will have seen the amazing frames and panels now available from Powertex UK.

The frames are constructed from MDF and provide a beautifully stable base to apply all the lovely Powertex textures onto.

They come in 2 options.

I fell in love with these beauties when I saw them and have been creating like crazy with them. Here are a few of my makes.

Fabulous frames

Mixed Media

I created these pieces using the MDF frame and panel, they are coated in a base of Ivory Powertex and Easy Structure. Texture was added with stencils, mark making, MDF lettering, Powercotton, Paperdecoration and 3D Sand and Balls.

Secret Art Loft acrylic inks were then sprayed on to give the base colours and enhanced with the Secret Art Loft acrylic paints as the colours match perfectly. A little bit of bling was added with gems and silver leaf.

Africa themed mdf frame by Annette Smyth

It’s all about Africa

This piece was also created on the MDF Frame and Panel. This time I used Ivory Powertex along with Easy 3D Flex and 3D Sand to create the base texture.

The mdf additions – trees and letters, were all coated with Powertex Bronze and then stencilled on using Easy Structure to give texture.

The plaster torso (African Semi Prince) was also coated in Powertex Bronze.

A rice paper image was added to the central area using Easy Coat Mat before the lettering was added on top

The whole piece was then drybrushed with Powercolour pigments using Easy Varnish and the same pigments mixed with Powerwax were used to give the depth of colour on the frame area.

Cow skull Powertex art by Annette Smyth

Cow Skull Dreaming

For this piece I used the same frame but combined it with the Dreamcatcher MDF set which I stencilled onto using Easy structure. I used StoneArt clay in the new Cow Skull mould to create the focal point and added lots of extra flowers.

The base was Ivory Powertex and the additional texture is from cardboard, Powercotton, dishcloth, Paperdecoration and 3D Sand and Balls.

Again I used the Secret Art Loft acrylic inks and paints for colouring.

Powertex art by Annette Smyth

Heading East

For the Eastern themed pieces I chose to use the MDF Inset Frame and Panel. The plaster Buddha sits beautifully inside the opening with lots of room around the edges to add texture and colour and the lovely MDF symbols.

The top panel uses Black Powertex, Easy Structure, Hessian and 3D Sand and Balls. Once dry I used Easy Varnish and Rich Gold pigment to add the highlights.

The lower piece used Ivory Powertex, stencilling and texture with Easy Structure. The acrylic inks and paints provide the intense colour and Easy Varnish with Rich Gold pigment was used for the highlights.

Keep an eye out on this Powertex Magazine for some fantastic step by step articles from my design team colleagues. They will show you other amazing projects you can create using these frames.

We love to see what you create so please post your makes on our Facebook group, The Powertex Studio. Inspire others to have a go.

See more of my work or join me for a workshop at my home studio in Leamington Spa. Please take a look at my website www.annettesmyth.co.uk or contact me via my Facebook page.

Until next time Happy Creative Adventures.

Axx

Powertex Clock, fall back

Designed by – Shell North

This month the design team were challenged to follow and complete a design team members step by step from a previous article. This came with one stipulation that we did it with our own twist. There were so many I wanted to do but in the end Abigail’s bright summer canvas caught my attention, it had a clock face! After all, the clocks go back very soon! My twist was to make it a real working Powertex clock with an autumn/fall styling.

List of materials:

Canvas, clock parts from my stash, Bronze Powertex fabric  hardener, Ivory Powertex fabric hardener, Pre-mixed 3D flex paste, thin cardboard packaging, dies from my stash, die cutting machine, Bister’s in Brown, mahogany and black, Power colour powder pigments Red ochre and white, Colortrix powder pigments. Easy varnish.

The making of my Autumnal clock

Step 1

Measure the center point of the canvas, mark and then make a hole big enough for the clock part.

Step 2

Paint with bronze Powertex fabric hardener. Dry, spread 3D flex in one direction, spray bister pigments. Followed by drying with hair dryer to create cracks.

Step 3

Using the cardboard die cut your shapes and arrange on canvas. Make sure the numbers fit over the top of any die cuts.

Step 4

Mix bronze and ivory Powertex to lighter brown, coat backs of shapes, attach to canvas followed by painting over them. While wet spray with Bisters.

Step 5

Dry with hair dryer thoroughly or leave over night, drying with a hair dryer thoroughly may create smaller cracks for extra texture.

Step 6

Dry brush with red ochre, adding a little white on second layer, finishing with bronze gold and terragreen colourtrix pigments mixed with easy varnish.

TIP: Do not dry brush if canvas is wet or even damp in anyway.

Finishing touches

To finish the piece add your clock mechanism.

Powertex clock with working mechanism in mixed media. Powertex clock by Shell North.

I hope you enjoyed my article in this months magazine, don’t forget to check out the other design teams blogs for further ideas. Additionally you can follow me on my website The Crafty Little Corner.

Ever thought about becoming a tutor yourself? As a creative team leader, I’m always looking to grow my team in Dorset. If you’ve ever considered it, read this article for inspiration.

Anyway that’s all from me this month, don’t forget to put your clocks back on 27th Oct this year!

Peace, love and autumnal wishes,

Shell

Becoming a Powertex tutor

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be a Powertex tutor? Our tutors come from different backgrounds and have built creative businesses that suit them, from weekend crafty meet-ups to full time, social entrepreneur. Read their stories and if you think you have what it takes to be a Powertex tutor, get in touch.

Tutor retreat Abyssimo workshop Powertex UK
Powertex UK with Abyssimo Workshop 2019

Building a dream

Abigail Lagden Powertex tutor
Abigail Lagden from Curiously Contrary

Abigail from Curiously Contrary says “Being made redundant was the push that I needed to properly consider developing my part time creative practice into a business. It has been a lot of hard work and a steep learning curve but it has also been fantastic fun and infinitely rewarding. I still have to pinch myself to make sure it isn’t all a dream and I have absolutely no plans to go back to having a ‘real job’ any time soon!”

Does this sound like your dream come true? Find out more about becoming a Powertex tutor by emailing Michele at Powertex UK.

Tutor Training

Training in the different products and techniques is available and you can succeed with hard work and supported by Powertex UK and fellow tutors. Every tutor runs their own unique workshops, allowing them to be creative with the products and offer something personal. There are now Powertex Academies across England offering tutor training too.

Supporting and encouraging others

Jaxs from Vintage Crafts by Jaxs says “I discovered Powertex and loved it straight away and I’ve been a tutor just over a year. I’m also a Slimming world consultant and a Zumba instructor. My Saturdays are free so that’s usually when I’m doing workshops. I’d say to anyone thinking about becoming a tutor, Go for it!!!! It’s that moment when your students see the finished item and their face is saying wow, it makes me think yep, I’m glad I did this.”

Do you love watching others create and succeed like Jaxs? Take a look at Powertex UK on Facebook to see what we’re about.

Giving back to the community

Donna Mcghie Powertex workshop with Donna Mcghie Art and Murals
Donna Mcghie Art and Murals

Donna from Art and Murals says “I love running Powertex workshops because they enable me to make a contribution to the Royal Papworth Hospital Charity. I call my workshops Art 4 A Heart Workshops and a part of my profits gets donated to the hospital as my way of saying thank you for giving me back my husband when he had his heart transplant.

I get the freedom of running my business as an independent business woman, with the added bonus of the support and advice from my fellow tutors and the guys at headquarters if I need it. Win win really.”

Would you like to run a socially minded creative business like Donna?

Sharing experience

Dawn Culver Powertex Tutor
Powertex tutor Dawn Culver

Dawn from Daybreak Crafts says “I have crafted for a number of years, right back to the 1980’s when I used to create cross stitched items to sell at craft fairs. One of my friends owned a well known craft company and offered me a job. Whilst I was working on a stand at the NEC, I met Tracey Evans and loved what she was demoing. I mentioned to Tracey I would be interested in becoming a tutor and did my training. I am currently in the process of selling off all my ‘clean’ crafting items as I have concluded I am not a clean crafter and much prefer mixed media type crafting.”

Are you looking to share your crafting experience like Dawn?

Getting creative and making friends

Bridget Griffiths Magic Garden Lyddle Folk, Powertex Tutor
Bridget from Magic Garden – Lyddle Folk

Bridget from Magic Garden – Lyddle Folk says “During the week I’m a meticulously tidy, organised accounts assistant. At the weekend I’m up to my elbows in Powertex letting my imagination run free and helping others to do the same. I do the workshops in my dining room with groups of 3-4 or one to ones. I’m able to do one or two a month, with the odd commission thrown in.

Most of my customers just want the chance to get out, have fun and meet others. The fact that they are so delighted by what they achieve is a bonus. Whether I do a whole day or just a half day, the workshops are always something I look forward to.”

Do you want to get creative and connect with other like minded people like Bridget?

Find out more about becoming a tutor

If you’re passionate about Powertex and would love to share it with others through your own creative business, we’d love to hear from you. Email Michele at Powertex UK if you think being a Certified Powertex Tutor is for you. You can also find us on Facebook. We’re looking forward to hearing from you.

If you’d like to see what some of our tutors are creating, browse the Design Team articles on the Powertex UK Mixed Media Magazine.

Powertex Ghoul Shoulder Accessory

Designer – Donna Mcghie

For this month’s articles the Powertex Design Team were asked to look back over the archives and put our own spin on a previous creation by one of our colleagues. What an inspiration it was going back over past Powertex sculptures and creations.  I was spoilt for choice.  However, the one creation that stopped me in my tracks was the Powertex Halloween Ghoul from October 2018, by the very talented Anna Emelia Howlett, of Rosehart Designs. 

Powertex ghoul for Halloween
A spooky little Powertex Ghoul shoulder buddy for Halloween by Donna Mcghie

I have to admit to have never having watched a Harry Potter film in my life. I was unsure what a dementor was, but I liked the challenge of doing something so outside of my comfort zone.

However, this was not to be an exact copy of Anna’s brilliant design.  My take on it was to create a smaller one, who could be worn on the shoulder to watch over me as Halloween approaches.  Whether he is friend or foe remains to be seen.

“Where there is no imagination there is no horror” So says Sherlock Holmes in Arthur Conan Doyle’s book  A Study in Scarlet.

Anyone who has ever watched a horror film with me will testify that I have a very vivid imagination.  It was still great fun creating this little Powertex dementor though

Materials List

How to make a Powertex Halloween Ghoul

Step 1

Skeleton base for Powertex skull
In Anna’s original she adapted her skull to have an open mouth. Mine was too small to do this.

I  poked some wire in the base of my skull for a neck, and then built shoulders using wire, foil and masking tape.

Step 2

powertex skull base sitting on shoulder
I placed my ghoul on the jacket shoulder to check it fitted

I added on long bony fingers with some extra wire.

Step 3

Powertex ghoul stage 4
I propped him up on a plastic container so I could work on him without it sticking

I painted him in black Powertex and added kitchen roll for texture.

Step 4

Black Powertex adds texture to the halloween ghoul
As well as material I added texture with Paperdec and string

I soaked thin cloth in Black Powertex Fabric Hardener for his cloak.

Step 5

Powertex Skull Head
Scary Face!!

I decided to enlarge his mouth and eyes by making holes with scissors.

Step 6

Final dry brushing of the Powertex ghoul
Dry brushing brings out all that texture

Finishing touches

Once my ghoul had dried I added the final touches of dry brushing, using Anna’s choice of pigments.

Getting it to sit upright on my jacket was a challenge. Initially I had planned to use velcro, but decided I didn’t want his company on a permanent basis, only on spooky nights.

I compromised by using big safety pins. As I had only used thin material I was able to push pins through his cloak, and also hook them over his bony hands. This ensured my ghoul stayed in place and looks over my shoulder as long as I want him to.

Powertex Halloween Ghoul by Donna Mcghie

I hope you have enjoyed my take on Anna’s Powertex ghoul. Any comments you wish to leave would be greatly appreciated. You can see the original ghoul over on Anna’s blog here. We’d love to see your take on a Powertex Ghoul, over on our Facebook page The Powertex Studio.

You can see more of what I get up to over on my website or my facebook page. That’s all from me for this month. Until September take care, keep on creating, and may all your ghouls be friendly ones 🙂

Christmas Powertex bauble

Designer: Jinny Holt

For this months article, we were asked to follow another design team member’s tutorial. Brilliant idea but having to decide which one to follow was no easy task, I spent ages looking through the last couple of years and finally decided that I would follow Anna’s Christmas Powertex bauble blog. You can find that HERE.

Materials list

Powertex supplies for a Christ mas bauble
Ingredients to create bauble

Mixing texture paste

Mixing Powertex fabric hardener with textures
Mixing up

I started by mixing Easy 3d Flex and some 3D balls and 3D sand with some Ivory Powertex. I also added a few drops of water.

TIP: I changed from what Anna used, she used Easy structure and I wanted to use the 3D flex as it I love using it.

Adding fabric

Draping fabric around the ball
Looking good

I immersed some thin strips of stockinette into my mixture making sure the material got a good coating. I then painted a layer of the mixture, leaving off the balls, all over my polystyrene ball. This gives the material a key to adhere to. I then draped the mixed material around the ball.

Covering the bauble

Coating the bauble with Powertex textures.
Material and mixture added

I added the rest of the mixture with a plastic palette knife to fill all the left over gaps and left to dry.

TIP: Like Anna, I also used a jewellery finding. I wrapped a bit of wire around the finding and stuck it in my ball for a loop.

Spray with Bister

Hmm I did not take a photo of this step as I must have got a tad excited with what I was doing. I sprayed the dried Polystyrene ball with the blue and brown bister sprays. Then I wiped it back with a baby wipe and let that dry.

TOP TIP: You can speed up the drying time with a hairdryer, if you don’t want to wait. When I use Easy 3D flex I prefer to let it dry naturally as you get amazing cracks.

Dry brushing

Dry brush the textures with Limoncello Gold pigment and Easy Varnish
Bottom of bauble

I now dry brushed with the Easy Varnish using the Limoncello gold this step makes your piece pop and really stand out.

Adding the star

Adding the star to the Powertex bauble
Adding the star

For the star I used up all the left over mixture from step one and added it to the wooden star to give it a new look. I had some course sand in my stash and mixed in that to give it a different texture. Transparent Powertex is used to adhere it down to my bauble.

Finishing touches

As it is a Christmas bauble, I felt mine needed a bit of sparkle for when the Christmas lights hit it. I used some glass gems and bling in coordinating colours.

Adding some pieces of metallic foil to the star and stockinette gave that bit of extra bling. I find sometimes that it is knowing when to stop adding!

Powertex Christmas bauble by Jinny Holt
Powertex Christmas Bauble by Jinny Holt

So Anna, thank you for inspiring me to recreate this article.

 If you would like more Powertex inspiration, you can find loads of eye candy on…

PINTEREST

THE POWERTEX STUDIO

POWERTEX ADDICTS

And you can find me at MUMS SHED 

I look forward to seeing your creations. It would be lovely if you could leave a comment and maybe even share but most of all be inspired and have fun creating.

~LIVE~LOVE~LAUGH~CREATE~

Jinny

Powertex Creature Comforts

Designer – Shell North

What inspires me?

As a tutor I’m often asked how I come up with all my ideas and what Inspires me. My first answer is everything. I’m sure we all know a Powertex crafter that is inspired by everything around them and has a list longer than their arms of inspirations.

Creature Comforts

Creature comforts Powertex by Shell North
Creature Comforts by Shell North

Are you like me, someone who hoards every Powertex-able thing in sight from recyclables to a plethora of textures? The thing is all these inspirations form ideas and grow into creations. Could it be an inanimate item in a charity shop you imagine as something else. Could it be a feeling or connection in a place, maybe a vision or inspiration from another artists work?

Whatever your inspiration is, there’s usually a theme. My theme is often nature and animals or a bit of fantasy. In this month article I’m going to show and briefly talk about a few of the animals and creatures I’ve created since finding Powertex.

In the early days with Powertex fabric hardener

One of the first animals I created was this Frog. Now I thought he was ugly, even for a frog! But someone at an event fell in love and begged for me to sell her him a few days after creation, she adored him.

Frog sculpture in Powertex by Shell North
Ugly frog. Made from an inflated balloon base and Powertex coated cotton scraps.
Moon gazey hare bunny sculpture by Shell North
Moon gazey ‘bunny’ By Shell North. Made using Wire amateur, foil, masking tape and Powertexed hessian scraps

Inspired by moon gazey hares now, but wanting to try a stronger base to work on. I studied images to try get the shape right, without a 3D model it can be tricky to get anatomical correctness. This little guy however turned out more bunny sized than hare. I loved it all the same, as above, the beauty is in the eye of the beholder!

Practice pays off

As time has gone on I learnt from ‘happy accidents’. They give you a learning curve, room for growth. I’ve also learnt that I do prefer to sculpt with the stone art clay as a first go to material. I find it easier for me to manipulate and build up the shape more naturally. These black bird and octopus are sculptures I’ve made with Stone art clay.

Black bird Powertex sculpture
Black bird, by Shell North. Made from Powertex stone art clay on polystyrene egg base.
Powertex octopus by Shell North
Powertex Octopus by Shell North. Made using wire armature, foil, Powertex stone art clay and Powertexed fabric
(Find Octopus tutorial here)

Getting a little quirky

Ginger cat Powertex by Shell North
Ginger quirky cat by Shell North. Made using bottle base, Powertex ivory stone art clay mix and red bister.
Black cat sculpture in Powertex by Shell North
Black quirky cat by Shell North. Made using bottle base, lead grey Powertex stone art clay mix and black bister.

Adding a twist of fantasy

The exciting thing about fantasy animals is that you can work on inspirations of nature’s animals and add a fantasy touch to it. Let’s face it, when you see some of natures wacky designs on many animals, birds and creatures, it does make you wonder if unicorns and dragons were actually real?! My first blog for the Powertex team was just this kind of unique style (see here).

Blue bird of paradise sculpture Powertex by Shell North
Powertex birds of paradise by Shell North. Made using mdf bird template, foil masking tape and blue stone art clay.

Final fantasy animal

My last piece of inspiration is to finish with one of my all-time favorite makes, my ‘wicker basket’ dragon. Another piece that spoke to me of it’s purpose at the tutor retreat challenge.

Dragon Powertex by Shell North
Dishy the dragon by Shell North. Made using a wicker plant basket, foil, masking tape, Powertexed dish cloths and Powertex stone art clay.

Inspiration isn’t always easy, sometimes we need to be shown an idea through tutorials or going to a workshop. Still needing inspiration? Find your nearest tutor in the tutor directory here.

Fancy making an animal sculpture with me? Find me here at The Crafty Little Corner.

Well that’s all from me this month, I hope I have left you with plenty of animal and creature inspiration.

Peace, love and creature comforts,

Shell x

Powertex Dog from recycled items

Designer – Jill Cullum

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.

Powertex 3d animal dog from recycling
Powertex dog by Jill Cullum

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.

Materials List

Let’s Create a Dog

Gather your items to make the shape

Materials for a powertex dog
Step 1

After I took the photograph of all my pieces ready to upcycle, I added some old table stands which were ideal to use for legs.

Building the main body structure

building the dog structure from recycling
Step 2

Using masking tape, secure the legs to the hearth brush. Add the pie dishes over the side, using paper/bubble wrap to pad them out.

Adding detail

corrugated card ears
Step 3

Cut some ear shapes and feet, out of corrugated cardboard. Put these to one side.

Eyes

eyes from jar lids
Step 4

Cover the jar lids with masking tape, forming texture as you do this by crumpling it as you press it down.

Putting him all together

Step 5

Secure the eyes and ears to the main body. Cover the whole animal in masking tape. Leaving the ‘tail’ untouched.

Adding the fur

decorating the recycled items with powertex
Step 6

Using Powertex and material of your choice, cover the structure, creating texture for the coat of the dog. Using Powercolour dry-brush your dog.

Finishing touches

I also just had to add some googly eyes to give him some character. He still didn’t look finished so added a piece of lace using red Powertex, to create a tongue.

I hope you have enjoyed this article and it has inspired you to create your own animals. It is good to recycle and as crafters we have lots of items we can use.

Abigail Lagden has a great blog on how to use up old paint brushes to create a lion sculpture.

Let us see what you make by posting them over on the Powertex Studio. Bye for now. Jill x