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
Recycled Bottle Art Mixed Media with Powertex – by Anne
I simply love to recycle, upcycle and repurpose so this project using a recycled wine bottle and a set of cheap cocktail glasses from the charity shop was a perfect project for me. I also used some of my old T shirts and fabric scraps too, to create recycled bottle powertex art.
This set is now perfect for any festive or celebratory occasion. The bottle could be used either as a decanter (by using with a bottle stopper or cork) or used with a slim candle to adorn the table. Using Powertex enables items to be easily washed too.
Recycled wine bottle, set of old cocktail glasses
Recycled T shirt and cotton sheet, knitted fabric, canvas mesh and hessian (burlap) scraps
The bottle was actually a project that I started on my level 1 Powertex Tutor training. I was fairly happy with it but I had always wanted to take it a few steps further. I am definitely a ‘more is more’ type of girl and I wanted to add extra embellishments to complete it – but what? Sadly it got confined to the corner for over a year before the idea finally came to me when I came home from the charity shop with my set of cocktail glasses.
The lemon coloured glasses inspired citrus, the blue coloured glasses inspired berries – yay – off we go!
Starting with my bottle: Blue Powertex medium was used to coat recycled T shirt fabrics and hessian which was draped around the bottle to give texture. Kitchen paper was separated into single ply and blue Powertex was used to glue it around the neck of the bottle to give added texture. Blue Powertex was also used to paint and glue the plaster face.
Eeeek – I was freaking out a bit this stage as it looked awful. I will say that this was part of the training. We were given a few challenges! The blue is a gorgeous colour but not necessarily the easiest for your first ventures. If you are a beginner I would recommend starting with Bronze Powertex and colouring as I did for the blue glasses as given below; achieving a similar final result with less palpitations – tee hee.
Spritzing with Brown and Red Bister gave a nice purple muted effect which was lovely, and also blended in the darker T shirt material nicely. Powercolor and Colortricx Pigments were mixed with Easy Varnish and dry brushed over the piece to highlight textures. The dry brushing really does make so much difference! Ooooh much happier now, but as I said – it needed more work in my mind.
Now for the embellishments: With fruit embellishments in mind I mixed up some Stone Art with Ivory Powertex to make a clay and used silicone moulds to make citrus slices, nuts, leaves and berries. Once dry I used Secret Art Loft Acrylics to paint them.
When painting the fruit slices the outer ring of pith was left unpainted. Dry brushing with Ivory Powertex was used to highlight the central pith texture and make the lemon slices look more realistic.
The same with the orange slices.
The berries and nuts were also painted with Secret Art Loft Acrylics. I mixed colours to give a more naturalistic look.
Varying colour mixes and depth.
Purples, pinks, oranges and green mixes were used to colour the berries. Once coated with varnish (last steps) they looked quite realistic.
Various fruits, nuts and leaves were used to embellish the bottle. Items were stuck down using Transparent Powertex. Where needed 3D sand was mixed with Bronze Powertex in order to make a 3D glue to stick down shaped embellishments on the textural surface.
Yay – fulfilling my ‘more is more’ – ha ha.
Secret Art Loft pigments were mixed with varnish and were dry brushed over textured areas and over the berries to give extra pearlescent sheen.
Coloured Powertex is weatherproof and therefore washable. Acrylic paint layers were further protected by painting with Easy varnish to ensure that the bottle was fully washable. The varnish also enhanced the painting and gave the fruits and berries a lovely sheen. Happy bunny.
Next to decorate the glasses: I collected together varied textural fabrics. The blue background is my plastic shower curtain that I use to cover my bench – joyous messiness evident!
The glass stems and base of the bowls were painted with a coat of bronze Powertex. Any drips were removed with a damp cloth. T shirt fabric was cut into strips and stretched to make a ‘cord’ for wrapping the stems. More fabrics and T shirt strips were coated with Bronze Powertex and wrapped around the glass bowls. The T shirt cord held everything in place around the top of the glasses while drying. I applied the main 3D texture just to one face, leaving the backs flatter (otherwise they might get in the way when drinking from the glasses). The smoother stems made them easy and comfortable to hold.
The blue glasses were embellished with berries and textures enhanced with dry brushing using the blue/purple toned Secret Art Loft Pigments.
The yellow glasses were embellished with citrus slices and textures enhanced with dry brushing using the citrus and gold toned Secret Art Loft Pigments.
I hope that you like my celebratory table set. I really enjoy making these – and using now them – special glasses seem to make the contents more special too.
Do join us over in the Powertex Studio over on Facebook and share with us your recycled bottle powertex art. Happy crafting, Anne x.
In this article I will be showing you how to create a Mindfulness Mandala Triptych. I wanted to incorporate one item as my focal point, the product of the month Easy structure paste. Wood was chosen to work on as this is something I haven’t done for a while. Easy structure works well on any flat surface that’s a natural element such as wood, metal, fabrics. This technique would also look great on an artist’s canvas, a sheet or grey board or wooden box. Even a sheet of metal, a glass pane and so much more could be used.
While looking for inspiration, mandalas came to mind. Mandala is a Sanskrit word, meaning circle. They can be used to focus attention and create a state of mindfulness. A universal symbol of wholeness and unity. The circle mirrors the universe, the movement of the stars, creation, cycle of life and the passage of time.
Mindfulness is often used as a therapeutic technique. It is being present in that moment, but being accepting of our feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations and our senses. Often what brings us into our senses is doing something, but in a mindful way.
I often find myself in a state of mindfulness while creating.
Each person’s life is like a mandala – a vast, limitless circle. We stand in the center of our own circle, and everything we see, hear and think forms the mandala of our life.
*Because Bister spray can stain, make sure the area you work on is covered and protected.*
Step by Step
I selected a series of Mandala stencils from my personal stash and played around with the composition on my Triptych. I decided to add texture around them and a few embellishments to add depth to the piece.
Pastel colours can be mixed with Powertex universal medium to create soft effects for your projects. Pastel Powertex is perfect for Spring projects, florals and even Mother’s Day gifts. I’m Kore and I want to show you how I mix pastel colours and highlight the textures. I’ll be transforming small glass drink bottles into floral Spring vases.
Powertex Universal Medium colours are all mixable and with the exception of Transparent, will be weatherproof when cured. Pastel colours can be mixed using Ivory or White although I used Ivory for my project.
I recommend you experiment with tiny amounts of your colours to find your favourite combinations. I’m using my favourite pale blue. I add small amounts of blue Powertex to Ivory (or White) until I have a shade I like.
It is possible to mix more than two colours together. For example Blue and Yellow Ochre to make green then mix with Ivory for a lighter shade.
Flower and butterfly embellishments such as in a Treasure Box
Prepare the fabric
Cut strips of light fabric approximately 1-2 inches wide, pieces of string 2 – 4 inches long and choose embellishments.
Mix pastel Powertex
Pour your Ivory Powertex onto a plate or dish and add a tiny amount of Blue Powertex. Add a little until you have a pastel shade.
Wrap the bottle
Coat fabric strips with the Powertex mix and wrap around the bottle until it’s covered. Wrap loosely in spirals.
Add string and floral embellishments. I created spiral shapes with string and coated embellishments with Powertex and adhered them to the bottle.
Mix dry paint
Mix a dry paint with white Powercolor and Easy Varnish
Use a dry brushing technique to highlight the textures of the fabric and the enbellishments. Keep your brush flat and in the same direction.
Pastel Powertex bottle
These Spring vases use simple techniques to create textured vases that can be made in your favourite colours. They look lovely in groups with your favourite single stem flowers.
Please do leave me a comment if you would like to try Powertex in pastels. Or hop over to this article where Abigail is mixing purple for her mixed media project. Like our Facebook page where you can join the private group and share your own makes.
I hope you make some time to let your art out. Find more of my work at Kore Sage Art, until next time, Kore x
Hello all, where does the time go? It is once again that time of the month to show you my latest article and this month the theme was a Powertex Triptych. I looked up the word on the internet and it states that Triptych is a work of art (usually a panel painting) that is divided into three sections or three carved panels that are hinged together or can be folded shut or displayed openly.
Where to start your Powertex Triptych
For my article, I decided to use three square canvases as I did not have any spare panels and I wanted to try an ombre effect on my completed piece. I wanted texture and depth to my final piece and I had in mind already what colours I wanted to use. So without further ado, here is how I created my finished canvas.
For this Powertex Triptych you will need
Three canvases or panels
Easy 3D Flex
Pieces of material and lace
MDF pieces and or embellishments
I painted all three canvases with IVORY POWERTEX. Laying materials and lace in place. Keeping in mind that my canvas is one body of work.
I made a paste with EASY 3D FLEX, Ivory Powertex and bit of water. And applied with a palette knife to add interest and texture.
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
It’s lovely to start seeing the signs of spring outside, so this month I have been inspired to share a nice pretty piece inspired by flowers, with a touch of belated Valentine’s romance. So you will know how to make your own pretty Powertex hanging heart.
It is a nice a simple project, using basic techniques, that I hope anyone will feel they can attempt.
I started by mixing the different coloured Powertex together.
I wanted a pale purple so I mixed the red and blue together first and then
slowly added some white to lighten it. You can achieve almost any colour by
mixing the different colours – just make sure you mix enough for your project
as it can be difficult to get the exact same colour twice. You can also store
any leftovers in an airtight container to use on another project. Also remember
that it will always dry a shade or two darker than it appears when wet.
I then drew around the heart onto some wallpaper embossed
with leaves and cut it out. I used my purple Powertex like a glue to attach the
cut out wallpaper heart to the MDF heart, before painting it over the front of
I coated some pieces of cotton lace with the purple Powertex
and added them to the heart. I always recommend cutting the lace longer than
you need as it has a habit of shrinking when it gets coated. The ends can then
be trimmed off with scissors.
I coated a piece of t-shirt fabric and some ruffled lace and arranged them down one side of the heart before coating and arranging various metal filigree embellishments down the other side. Finally I added metal leaves and three mulberry paper flowers onto the fabric, all coated with my purple Powertex.
This little project didn’t use very much purple Powertex at all, maybe just 50ml total. So I have plenty left over and another perfect project in mind already.
The heart was left to dry before dry brushing with lilac, orange, yellow and white powercolor pigments mixed with varnish. Once coloured I finished it off with a piece of lilac ribbon through the holes to hang it from.
I hope you have enjoyed this simple little project and that it may just inspire you to crack open your bottle of Powertex. We’d love to see what you create so please do share your makes in our Powertex Studio facebook group.
If I am completely honest, when I first opened my new Powertex Art Doll MDF Template I was a little bit daunted. I had never even heard of the term Art Doll before. And was a little bit worried that I would not be able to do it justice.
I got in touch with Tracey Evans at Powertex HQ. And asked her if there are any rules I should be adhering to when it comes to creating an Art Doll. Nope, she relied, no rules whatsoever.
Well, that was music to my ears. No rules meant that I could absolutely go to town with my rather bonkers imagination right? Right Tracey confirmed. Within no time at all, my reservations morphed into excitement.
This was going to be fun!
Art Deco Theme for inspiration
I started off by gently removing all mdf cut outs from the template. And having a bit of a play around with them.
I had some gorgeous turquoise feathers that I had picked up some time ago. As soon as I played around with placing these on my design, a vague concept started to form in my mind. I was going to go Art Deco. I wanted my Art Doll to look like something you would stumble across whilst rummaging through an old attic.
How to start your Art Doll
Using the turquoise as a base for my colour scheme, I painted all my mdf pieces with white Powertex. I then took my oblong backdrop and poured small amounts of blue Powertex and yellow in dribbles onto it. Whilst this was still wet I then sprayed with blue bister and blasted with a hair dryer. This created an interesting texture on which to base my design.
I used the same technique for the frame for the face. However, I left the inside of this white so that I could stick on my face and it would show up nicely. (I didn’t want the face to look too pristine. So when I was dry brushing at the end I purposely added a bit of white to age the photo slightly.)
I added the same face but smaller to the mdf shape, then adhered to the top of the oblong template. Next I added a shabby halo made of a scrap of gold coloured metal. To adhere everything I used Powertex Transparent Hardener. I wanted to add some interest to the wing shapes at the top. So I used the negative shapes from the template I had taken them from. This formed a stencil which I could spray some bister through.
I left all my mdf pieces overnight to dry and ensure they were securely adhered in place.
The next day I dry brushed using pearl white, white and copper powertex pigments to add to the ageing process.
My final step was to add on some of my beloved bling. Especially those gorgeous turquoise feathers which had been the inspiration for the Art Deco look.
I honestly cannot say how much I enjoyed making this. Once I had put my fears to one side and embraced the freedom of just going for it.
If you would like to share your own creations, the Powertex team would love to have a look over at our facebook page The Powertex Studio.
Need more inspiration for your Art doll kit, take a look at some of the other articles from Design Team members to spark your imagination here is Abigail’s and Anne’s interpretation.
Stone Art Clay Birds of Powertex Paradise by Shell North
In December my first Design team blog goodie box arrived! I was so excited!!! I was given the theme of a pair of birds and these are some of the items I received to create something with stone art clay to hopefully inspire others. (eggs, molds and dies are my own)
I did some research for birds in the style of these new MDF bases. I’m usually quite inspired by nature but nothing I found tickled my imagination. So decided to create something whimsical and a little different. Something from my imagination that may represent a bird of paradise. Because sometimes we need thoughts of warmer places of tropical paradise in these colder month in the UK….
Powertex uk’s favourite product of the month is Stone Art, I decided I was going to use stone art as a clay to cover this piece. I also pulled out my bottle of Blue Powertex liquid art medium. Although I love this colour, I just don’t use it enough! Mixing equal parts of Blue Powertex to stone art powder until I couldn’t stir it anymore. I kneaded it like dough until the stone art granules could not be seen. This was wrapped in cling film and left for a few hours while I prepped everything else.
First step was to create the bird shape was cut two polystyrene eggs in half long ways and attach them to the breast areas of the MDF bases with masking tape. Molding the 3D shape of the birds with foil and covering in masking tape. Keeping the holes in the MDF bases open for the wire wings by piercing through the eggs with wooden skewers. Then threading some wire through the bottom holes, I created a wing shape. Inserting the ends of the wires back in through the top holes on both birds, covering in foil and masking tape again. I built up the rest of the birds bodies as before with foil and masking tape.
Now the birds were fully covered in tape I pushed them onto the 2 pin metal base and molded legs for the birds with foil and tape as before to secure them.
The clay I had made earlier was now ready to use, so I warmed it slightly by kneading. I took clumps and rolled it out into sheets about 5mm thick. Wet the underneath with a little water and smoothed onto the birds piece by piece. To blend the areas as one, I again used a little water my finger tips and a small pallet knife. I also made some feather molds from the clay and added to the tail area of the birds.
For the wings I used one of my favorite texture products…. paper decor, available in a variety of colours. Today I used pink because the blue Powertex is quite dark the colour of the paper decor won’t show through. I cut feather shapes out of it and worked blue Powertex liquid hardener into each piece before smoothing on both sides of the wings.
Next I took Bronze (brown) stone art clay. Made with stone art and bronze brown Powertex art medium from a recent workshop. Rolled a long thin sausage shape and molded the beak shapes smoothing them into place. I covered the legs using stone art clay with my finger tips, a little water and small pallet knife.
I created a small repetitive feather texture all over the birds body on the still wet clay. By pressing the silicone texture pad against areas I needed texture. I wanted to create webbed feet, using left over wire from the wings I shaped bird feet. And covered in masking tape before paining them black with black Powertex universal medium.
I decided to add wire crests to the birds to give extra interest. By pushing thin wire through the clay and curling them at the ends. I chose some green glass eyes and pushed them into the clay. I decided to be a little quirky with the colour of the legs, as I’m creating whimsical birds. So I painted the legs stripy using licorice twist and clotted cream acrylics.
Well the finished piece can be seen below…..Thanks for reading my first blog as part of the Powertex UK Design team. I hope you all enjoyed what I created this time. Do join me again next month when I’m back with another article.
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The Secret Art Box – Powertex UK Subscription craft box – by Anna Emelia Howlett
Inspiration for The Secret Art box January Powertex projects
Which lucky crafters got their hands on Januarys The Secret Art box?( The Powertex UK craft subscription box). Me I did!! I squeed a little and did a little dance when I saw the contents. If you don’t want to miss out on further boxes sign up here. I promised myself I would make some quick projects for you this time. So you are able to scratch that creative itch when you haven’t got as much time to spare.
“We wish you bluebirds in the spring, to give your heart a song to sing”
So my mind was racing with all sorts of ideas and I am going to share a few with you. You can get so much out of The Secret Art Box project wise. And here is the first I came up with.
Powertex mixed media box frame
Now I know what you are thinking hey that frame didn’t come in the kit. Whether you are an avid Powertex addict or you are just getting started. I’m sure you will have some sort of frame in your stash. If not use the layout and free hang it or create on a canvas. It really doesn’t matter what you do. There are no set rules with Powertex. But there is on thing you must have, that’s right FUN!!! This is supposed to be a time for letting go and relaxing. Setting some time aside for yourself to do what you love, crafting! And not having to do too much thinking!
To start your frame
I took a plain pine square box frame with the glass removed. I then sprayed it with mahogany and brown bister. The bister is a walnut stain spray that you can get from Powertex UK. So it will dye or stain the area you have used it on. It is a great addition to your stash. So if you haven’t got any definitely pop it on your wish list.
With some Ivory Powertex I mixed in a bit of the blue Powertex in the kit approx a teaspoon of each. Then dry brushed the frame all the way round leaving some of the stained wood peaking through. Next I mixed more blue and Ivory Powertex but a lighter shade and repeated the process. I also sanded back the frame a little because this helps some of the stained wood to show through. Then Taking the blueberry pie from the kit I dry brushed a little around the frame.
I took the blue paperdec (in the kit) and cut around the bird shape. I had some music paper in my stash that I wanted on the other bird. Using the music sheet paper was quiet apt due to the song bird type theme. I coated and stuck down the paper dec onto the mdf bird with the blue Powertex. With some Easy coat matt (another product I would recommend adding to your stash) I stuck the music paper onto the mdf shape.
Mixing bister granules and varnish together to make a brown stain to then apply and age the paper. You could spray it to give the same effect. Currently the bister comes in granules and spray form. So that you can make your own or have it premade in a spray bottle.
How to add the song sheet bird wing
I cut a shape out of music paper and glued on to the back of a cereal packet with Easy coat matt. To raise it off the bird I used the MDF mis-shapes they make great bumper pads. And will add depth instantly to projects.
For the backing board, I used some of the lace and scrim in the kit. To create texture I added some Easy structure. Liberally scrapped across the board with a palette knife and through the super cute stencil that comes with the kit. And then coated with the blue Powertex. Dry brushed with the blueberry pie acrylic and blue curacao pigment and varnish from the kit. (I didn’t prime it, just went straight on with Powertex, but you can if you wish).
Taking the branch I dabbed a little of the easy structure and 3d balls on the leaves. I coated the leaves with Blue Powertex and dry brushed with golden olive pigment from the kit. Sprayed the branch with brown and mahogony bister and varnished once dry. The bird house was sprayed with bister and dry brushed with Ivory Powertex. And the heart sing was created with items in my stash using the Powertex alphabet coated in blue Powertex and dry brushed in olive pigment.
I have to say I am really impressed with the new size bottle and the nozzle. It allows you to easily apply the Powertex. Also making it really easy to use a little at a time. (Powertex cures with the air, so you can’t put it back into the bottle once it’s poured out).
In the past I’ve had to pour out the Powertex onto my palette. But the nozzle controls the flow and I simply applied the Powertex straight onto pieces of my project leaving no waste. I used this handy bottle with nozzle like a glue to stick everything in place. The transparent in this handy sized bottle makes everything even easier to stick down. In case you have any seeping through the sides, as it dries clear.
How to create Powertex mixed media bird
With the cute wooden free standing bird I wanted to create a really simple, quick but effective project. I laid the bird shape on the textured paper, drew around it and cut it out. Then I stuck the paper down using the Blue Powertex.
Top Tip: Leave to dry and take a sanding block around the edges to take off any overhang.
Then coat the whole project with the Blue Powertex. It will act as a primer, glue and paint all in one. I chose some of the feather embellishments for the tail with a paper rose. The eye is a wooden embellishment with a diamond eye all stuck down with the Powertex nothing else. Just leave to dry. Then paint with blueberry pie acrylic. To finish I mixed a bit of the olive green pigment into the acrylic and dry brushed to finish.
LOVE BIRD JOURNAL
How to create a Powertex Journal
I wouldn’t be me if I didn’t create a journal. I happen to have some mini books in my stash, waiting to be turned into journals. The left over textured paper was placed on the front and back cover at the bottom of the book. Material from my stash went at the top and the lace in the kit through the middle of the book. Some of the wavy yarn on the spine of the book.
The Plaster heart made a great feature/center piece. All coated and stuck with the Blue Powertex. Dry brushed with the blueberry pie, blue caracao and olive pearl pigment. After all these projects I had over half of my bottle of Powertex, acrylics and pigments. All left over for other projects! Awesome right?
With all the little embellishments left over I just couldn’t leave them out. So decided to make some paperclip banners for the journal. I have created a video here as a walkthrough. I hope you have enjoyed seeing these ideas.
Do share your makes if you have been inspired in the Powertex Studio. You can find me at Rosehart Studio or subscribe to my You Tube channel and look out for more videos. Toddles Anna xXx