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.
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.
The Secret Art Box – August 2019
Designer – Gill Goldsmith
The August Secret Art Box arrived and I was excited to unpack it and see what was inside this month. Again I wasn’t disappointed with the amount of contents…gorgeous papers, stamps, a bundle of letters, fabric textures, MDF tags, blue bister granules, aqua acrylic ink, Lead Powertex (which we haven’t had before) and the most gorgeous MDF Initial (everyone got one specially cut for them) so mine was a G. I use mine to create an Initial Star Plaque.
I wanted to showcase the big letter G, as well as some of the other products and so decided to use a star canvas panel I had as a start.
I used the manuscript paper, which I tore into strips and attached to the canvas using Easycoat Mat, which is a glue and sealant.
Next I added random areas of text with the stencil and Easy Structure applied with a palette knife. Allow this to dry.
Add Stone Art clay
I had some black Powertex left over from another project. Using Stone Art I made up some stone art clay and applied it in just two areas.
To create more texture I used the word stamp included in the box and imprinted this into the clay whilst it was still soft.
Paint with Powertex Lead
I painted in all the areas I wanted to be covered in the Lead Powertex and you can see that I left some areas, where the script paper had been applied, free from colour.
Add fabric and mdf
Now to start playing with all the lovely textures including in the Box. I added some mesh, hessian and stockinette across the centre of the piece, which was the perfect place to sit my MDF Initial G.
I also added the cherub and the ART letters to the bottom right point of the star. All of the material and MDF is covered in Lead Powertex and then allowed to dry thoroughly.
Now for the fun bit… spray the canvas with the blue bister. Mix up the granules with water in the empty spray bottle, which gives the perfect consistency.
The more you spray the more detail will be brought out in the dry brushing stage, so don’t be shy. Allow this to dry.
Acrylic ink spray
This month to complete the colour scheme we are working with Aqua, a gorgeous blue colour. Again don’t be shy, spray liberally, but again you will see I have left some of the script clear. This is sealed with the Easycoat mat. I didn’t want too much colour on these parts, so if you do cover it my accident you can wipe it back with kitchen roll.
Here is my final piece. Mix a small amount of your favourite metallic pigment with Easy varnish and then wipe the excess onto kitchen roll. Stroke your brush across the surface of your work to catch the colour on the highlights.
This piece is now hanging in my home studio and is a really unique and personal piece of art. I have lots more items left in my Secret Art Box that I haven’t used, so keep an eye on the subscribers Facebook page for another project in the next few weeks. My last Secret Art Box project was a Venetian Mask Canvas which is also here in the Magazine.
I hope this initial star plaque has inspired you to create with your Initial this month. Please don’t be shy and share your makes on the Secret Art Box subscribers Facebook page, we love to see what you create.
You can find me on Facebook at The Powertex Port. Until next month, Happy Powertexing..
Every now and then I have to grudgingly accept that a brush has gone past it’s usable life as a brush. The clue is usually when only the top 2mm of the bristles bend! However, I hate to throw things away, so I have almost three years worth of dud brushes hoarded away, awaiting a purpose. Well, that purpose has finally arrived and here is Leo the Lion to give a few of them a new life.
Leo the Lion
One of my favourite animals has to be the beautiful and majestic lion. Not really very surprising as my star sign is Leo. So when I was asked to create an animal sculpture using recycled materials, it just had to be a lion using my dud brushes.
For my July article we are delving into ancient Rome and looking at incorporating Medusa and Stone Art. The Romans were renowned for their love of wine, both producing it and drinking it. So a wine Medusa jug is what I will teach you to make this time.
Medusa was a Gorgon and one of the most frequently repeated motifs in Greek and later, in Roman antiquities. The Legend has it that if you were to gaze into her eyes you would turn to stone. Or in our case…Stone art!
Large glass bottle (I used an empty cordial bottle)
TOP TIP To get even coverage with stone art, why not use a pasta machine to roll out your clay all in one equally level sheet. I have found many cheap second hand ones for £5 in charity shops! Just make sure your clay is not sticky before rolling through.
Did you see Kore’s planet canvas recently? I was hugely inspired by it so if you missed it, find it here and you too may find inspiration.
Hope you enjoyed this article? If so please comment below or share your inspiration on the Facebook Powertex Studio page.
Well that’s all for me this month,
Peace, love and a little splash of wine from my jug 😉
Hi this is Kore and this month I got my hands on my first Powertex Secret Art Box! I was really surprised how much was packed into the box and the sample sizes of Powertex products are perfect. It was full of gorgeous things and I used just a few of the items to make this Venetian mask.
I loved the colours chosen for this box, Plum acrylic paint, Turquoise and Berry pigments which look beautiful together. There is lots left for future creations too. I think this would be a great way to try Powertex Fabric Hardener for the first time or build up your supplies. The themed box is a great starting point if you’re stuck for an idea.
I worked on the large mdf mask in the box to create a wall art. I’ll make the second mask to hang with it too.
As the theme for this month is the Roman Empire, for this article my thoughts turned to all those wonderful columns. They are quite majestic as they tower above us reaching for the sky. Before I started work on my project, I researched styles so I could get a feel for where I was heading.
I started by rolling my corrugated cardboard to size. Use a former underneath if you wish. The centre of a large tin foil would do to give it a bit of strength. Glue firmly together using Powertex Fabrc Hardener and leave to dry.
Add Stone Art
I gave my column a good covering of Ivory Powertex Fabric Hardener and rubbed in a generous layer of Stone Art. I left it to settle while doing the same for the top and bottom of my Column. Repeating this stage a second time made sure it was well covered.
Spray with Bister
I finished by spraying generously with Brown Bister. This did give it a lovely look of worn stone. I left it all to dry overnight.
The Finishing Touches
I started to work on my decoration, I made scrolls from the corrugated cardboard I had used for the main structure, this worked well and added that extra touch. I used the same technique of coating with Powertex and rubbing in Stone Art, attaching these to the column with a dab of Ivory Powertex.
Happy with that it was now onto dry brushing, I decided to keep it simple and dry brush with Yellow Ochre and Ivory Powertex.
I am pleased with the result, what do you think? Would look great just standing in a corner of the garden or as a plinth for another one of your Powertex creations, its nice to elevate pieces of work to create layers and depths to a display.
I would love to see some of your makes so why not show them on The Powertex Studio. Also, if you would like to see more of my work pop over to Alex Henry on FB. I work in a wide variety of styles.
There are also lots of other fabulous articles on the Powertex Magazine, be sure to check them out they make very good reading and fill you with inspiration.
Thank you for reading I will be back again with more articles,
Our theme for this month was Roman Empire/Julius Caesar. I wanted to do a lot from this theme but I decided to make a Powertex Roman chalice.
I searched online for some ideas and already had a large brandy type glass, that I knew would be perfect for this article.
Did you know…
July is the seventh month of the year and the fourth of seven months to have a length of 31 days. It was named by the Roman Senate in honour of Roman general Julius Caesar, it being the month of his birth. Prior to that, it was called Quintilis, being the fifth month of the 10-month calendar.
I started by using masking tape to cover the glass.
TOP TIP This is the best way to prepare the surface when using glass or plastic items.
Add fabric and clay
I dipped lace and material into IVORY POWERTEX Fabric Hardener and added to my glass. I used air dry clay to make mouldings as they reminded me of Roman shapes.
TIP… You could always mix Powertex Fabric Hardener with STONE ART to make your own clay.
Coat the surface
Next I coated the whole piece with Ivory Powertex and rubbed in the Stone Art and let dry.
Remove the excess
I rubbed off any excess Stone Art with my hands.
Paint the surface
I painted the whole thing with BLACK POWERCOLOR mixed with Easy Varnish and let it dry.
Mix a dry paint with Easy Varnish and SILVER Colortricx powder pigment and dry brush to add highlights.
Here’s a close up of my Roman Chalice.
I hope you have enjoyed seeing how I accomplished this project. If you have been inspired by mine or any of my fellow design team members, you could always come and say hello on the THE POWERTEX STUDIO. Don’t be shy to upload any photos of projects you have created too.
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.
Tags are really popular in the crafting world at the moment. For my stormy sea tag, I’m using the A5 tag from Powertex UK. They are great quality to work with, whatever your style of crafting.
Don’t you just love the fact that we all have our own individual style? Obviously style evolves as we experiment and learn new techniques. My own style I would describe as rather haphazard. I’ve never been one for over thinking a project.
Once many years ago an art tutor declared my work to be very ‘organic’. Initially I wasn’t quite sure how to take this, but I think I know what she was getting at. As an artist I like to allow my paint, Powertex, or whatever medium I’m using to have a life of it’s own. You could say I’m a ‘go with the flow’ kind of a girl.
Go With The Flow
What do I mean by ‘go with the flow?’ Well, according to the artist Jenny Holzer “Going with the flow is soothing but risky.” I find it soothing to allow Powertex to take on a life of it’s own. I also love the sense of risk, the excitement of never quite knowing what I will end up with.
That could be why I love stormy seascapes. How wonderful that everyone’s storm will end up slightly different.
Sponge Powertex White over MDF pieces and set aside to dry.
2: Blue Bister
Spray Powertex Ready Mixed Blue Bister on the top third of the tag. Use a damp sponge wipe away spaces for the clouds.
3: Adding fabric strips
Soak denim strips in transparent hardener to for sections of the lighthouse and paint the top. A blast of ready mixed black bister gives a rugged effect.
4: Pouring Powertex
Fun Time! Pour blue fabric hardener with smidgeon of white for the wave. Whilst still wet spray with green bister and blast with dryer for movement and crackles.
5: Place the lighthouse
Place the lighthouse into position. Almost there now, just a couple of final touches and your picture will be complete.
6: Adding texture
Steel grey pigment with some easy structure paste create a rock for the lighthouse to stand on, and 3D Sand with Yellow Ochre Powertex form a shoreline. If you wish to add a few more wild white touches with a pallet knife, go for it.
Although this is only A5 in size, I think it packs a punch. As I stated above, this was very much a ‘go with the flow’ project.
Of course does help to have a rough idea of composition to keep the image interesting. Being a fan of the so called rule of thirds so, I placed my focal point (the lighthouse) to the left of the scene.
I also roughly directed the white foam on the wave to guide the eye up towards my focal point.
Please do post photos of your own stormy sea tags over on the Powertex Facebook Page, we love seeing what you create. Also feel free to leave any comments on here.
I’m the Powertex tutor for Southampton, so if you are interested in a workshop please pop over to my website where details can be found on the blog section. More info on Jenny Holzer can be found here.
That’s all from me for now folks. Keep on going with the flow and see you next month.