Tropical Powertex Art Doll

Tropical Powertex Art Doll – Mixed Media project by Anne

I have never tried making an Art Doll before and I had so much fun making this Tropical Powertex Art Doll. I wanted to make her really bright and cheerful with a tropical feel – the fabulous zingy cocktail colours from The Secret Art Loft Pigments, Inks, and Acrylics range were perfect.

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Materials Used 

Extras used on the canvas: A4 canvas board, White Paper Decoration, 3D Sand and Balls, Assorted Lace Strips, dried beech nut outer shells and pine cone, small paper clay flowers, old key, gold glitter plus mix blue & green seed beads.

How to create a Tropical Powertex Art Doll

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Firstly I popped out the MDF components from the sheet and coated with Ivory or Bronze Powertex Fabric Hardener and left to dry. The box frame was constructed and hanger section attached (the Powertex acts as a glue too). I also coated one of the ‘waste pieces’ because I thought would make a great bird shape to insert into the box frame.

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Then I cut a background panel for the box frame from the FAB images on the packaging sheet. And glued in place using Easycoat decoupage medium. Using Acrylic Inks in order to add a tint of colour.

I applied Easy Structure paste through a texture stencil onto the large background panel and to sections of the frame. Then used the Art Quotes Stencil to apply text to the frame, and to random sections of text on the wings.

When dry, I used translucent inks to tint the text on the frame. Colouring the outer background panel with Lemon Meringue and Orange Marmalade acrylics. Also brushing over with some Metallic Golden Ink to highlight the texture, before sticking down the box frame.

I coloured the birdy shaped waste MDF piece with acrylic paints. And stuck down into the box in layers using Transparent Powertex. I used Ivory Powertex to coat and stick the metallic embellishment. Bronze Powertex coated the beak and eyes created with seed beads ( I drizzled Bronze Powertex into the bead hole using a cocktail stick, which created dark centres).

The fabric flowers were coated with Transparent Powertex and massaged into the aqua cotton fibres. To embed the seed beads I drizzled some around the sides. Transparent Powertex was mixed with sand to make a 3D glue paste to help hold the flower stems in place.

More acrylic paints were used to colour, and to brush over textured surfaces. Easy Varnish was used to stick down sequins, and to embed glitter which was brushed over sections for extra sparkle. Pearl Pigments in Varnish were also applied with dry brushing to add shimmer. I just love a bit of bling.

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The headdress and face were dry brushed with Pink Flamingo and Limoncello Gold Pigments mixed with Easy Varnish. Sequins and beads were also added for more texture and bling. 1mm wire was used to make a hanging loop.

The wings were coloured with Acrylic Paints and Gold Ink and …  yes I had to add some glitter sparkle too.

Fabric strips and ribbon were treated with Transparent Powertex and used to wrap sections of plastic tubing to create beads for the upper arms and legs. The upper arms were attached with 1mm wire, through the holes in the box frame, in such a way that they were held in place (i.e. not dangling). This enabled the lower arm dangles to hang each side of the body.

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I attached the upper leg sections so that they hung freely at the base giving movement. And dry brushed the lower arm and leg shapes with Varnish and Pearl Pigments, sticking beads down with Transparent Powertex. These were hung from the upper arm and leg beads using wire loops so they dangled freely. Next leaf and flower bead dangles were also added to the frame base and legs using 0.8mm wire (1mm was too thick to fit the bead holes).

The floral MDF shape was painted with acrylics, embellished with a metal filigree shapes and seed beads before gluing to the main background panel.

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My finished Art Doll just makes me so happy. I love her bright happy colours. Plenty of bling and dangles too – cannot help but smile.

Having used the provided shapes to create her I looked at the pile of waste MDF bits left behind – they inspired me to create a canvas. I never waste anything – ha ha.

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I coloured the background canvas with Bronze Powertex. Texture and the text was then applied using Easy Structure paste through the stencils. I just love this sentiment from the Art Quotes Stencil.

All the waste bits were coated with Ivory Powertex and applied down. But I tried not to think about it too much – as I can spend hours procrastinating on positioning stuff! I just wanted to be free and ‘go for it’ and see what happened.

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I then started coating some of the embellishments and building up the scene. Sand & Balls were added into wet Powertex and then coloured with inks and by dropping in some pigment powders.

Then I built up a sort of tree on the left hand side using Paper Decoration and lace, adding the Beech nuts and pine cone to embellish.

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I then added more acrylic colour, and stuck the beads by embedding in wet Transparent Powertex. Pearl Pigments were mixed with varnish for dry brushing over some of the textures. Finally I just couldn’t help myself but had to add some gold glitter mixed into the varnish. More yummy bling.

The finished piece is fairly crazy and abstract but I was pleased with it. I thought that it looked like a foreground beach with water, sand and trees, then rising up in the background were buildings positioned up a hillside. A kind of tropical paradise I thought. You may see something completely different. That is the joy of abstract art. I had to pop in the key to ‘unlock the mystery’. I hope that you like my mad idea for using up all the scrap MDF bits.

Looking for inspiration? Find more projects on the Powertex UK Mixed Media Magazine. Please do share your makes with us in the Powertex Studio and leave and comments or questions in the section below this article.

Bye for now, Anne x.

Create a Powertex mixed media tile – Jill Cullum

Back to basics with Powertex

First of all, a Happy New Year to everybody.  Hopefully you will have lots of new Powertex goodies to play with.

For my first blog of the year I wanted to go back to basics, create a simple piece that anybody can create whether they are an experienced Powertexer (is that a word?) or someone who has bought their first bottle of Powertex and wants to get started straight away.

Whenever we talk about being creative, from cooking, interior design and gardening through to art and Powertex, we hear about layering.

I like to have at least 3 lays of texture on my Powertex creations and at least 3 shades of each colour I use.  This gives your piece of art depth, and brings out the beautiful texture that you have built up and created.

Where to start with Powertex

The first layer is your base or background layer.  This can be created using Easy Structure, kitchen roll, or some thin material.  Why not use your Easy Structure though a stencil, or use a pallet knife to create patterns.

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Some of this will be covered over, and is there purely to be in the background, not the main focal point of your piece.  However, it is still playing a part and will add to the overall effect.  Here I have covered a 6×6 tile with kitchen roll.  I like that you can see the squares of the back of the tile creating more interest.

Chose a focal point for you Powertex creation

Next we come to the focal point, the main part, the bride – not the bridesmaid

For this we can use whatever we like.  Luscious texture, embellishments, striking pieces. We still need to think about where we place these, creating further layers, over-lapping some of the pieces and weaving the materials in and out of the embellishments.  I love these gothic doors, so versatile and add a nice focal point.

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The final layer is again fine detail, adding to and not over-taking the main layer. A sprinkling of extra texture which will pop out when we add our colours.  My favorite Powertex product to use for this layer is 3D balls, but use whatever tiny embellishments you have to hand.

So now we have our piece all ready to bring to life with colour and shading.  I find this the hardest part, tending to stay within my comfort zone and use my favourite colours.

Finish your Powertex project with colour

For this sample piece I am using only one colour.  It’s a good exercise to do, even for the more experienced Powertex Addicts!  It’s good to go back to basics, hone in on those dry-brushing skills and also to use the colours that don’t get used as often as they deserve. Try it – you might find some new favourites!

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The first layer will be the darkest, so only use a tiny bit of white (or none at all).  Keep your brush dry and go over the whole piece.  Bring out the fine detail of the first layer that you did by keeping your brush flat and lightly stroking the texture.

When you are happy with this, keeping the same colour, but this time adding a touch more white, go over again.  You don’t want to cover all of the original colour, but you want to add depth, light and shade, enhancing what your already have.

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Finally, adding even more white, add the final layer of colour, highlighting edges and points of interest.  Of course, you can add more layers of shading, subtly lightening your colour with each layer.

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Practice, play, have fun and create new colours by mixing a couple together.  And don’t forget to share your results with us in the Powertex Studio.  Here are the products I used, all available from Powerex UK. See you next time Jill.

Step by step to techniques used to create a Powertex Box – Donna Mcghie

Hello and a very Happy New Year to everyone.

One of my resolutions for 2019 is to try and catch up with the modern age by getting to grips with videos in my blogs.   As you can also see, my daughter has been very helpful in getting them onto my computer for me, hence the titles of the videos.

What you will need to create your button tin:

Step by Step Instructions and Techniques:

1) As the box I was using was plastic I covered the base section with masking tape and then painted over this with Powertex Hardener so that the material would have something to adhere to.

2) I painted the lid with white gesso

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I painted the lid with white gesso so that my art deco image would show up

3) Once the bottom section was dry enough,  I turned it upside down and proceeded to soak strips of material in the Powertex Fabric Hardener and after squeezing out thoroughly placed them over the base.  At this point I was keeping the material nice and smooth as I laid it on as I wanted a flat bottom for my tin to rest on.

4) I dried this with a hair dryer and once dry enough, turned it over and started to work on my sides.  I wanted more texture on the sides, so scrunched up my fabric and added buttons as well.

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This is  a photo of the side once it has been dry brushed

If you want to you can also do this on the inside of your box.

5) Whilst this was drying off, I started to work on my lid.  I gently tore around the image I wanted to use from the Powertex Art Nouveau Rice Papers.  Then, using a good quality brush I brushed a little of the varnish onto the dried gesso, before carefully placing my image where I wanted it to go.  I then secured this in place by brushing over with a couple of more layers of varnish.  (NB: It is worth using a good quality brush for this as you want the image to be nice and smooth, the Powertex Brushes are perfectly designed for the job).

5) Once my image was in place, I carefully built up a pattern around it.  I wanted the most texture on my lid, so have done a short video to demonstrate how I did this.

6) Once the lid was covered, I added pieces of jewellery from my junk stash.  I also liked the idea of adding a frame, so used a small mdf one, and then, in memory of my nan and her tin, added some more buttons as well.

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I couldn’t resist adding a choker to my lady

7)  I left my box to dry off completely overnight

8) The next day it was time for my favourite part, dry brushing.  I wanted to give the impression of a bronze tin, whilst also subtly incorporating some of the colours on the Art Nouveau image, so I opted to use pigments in Bronze Gold, interference Blue and Interference Red.  Dry brushing is simple once you get used to the technique which is this:

  • Dip your flat brush into a small amount of Powertex Easy Varnish
  • Then dip the same brush into a small amount of whichever Powertex Pigment you have chosen
  • Now wipe the brush off on a sheet of paper towel.  This may counter productive, but it really is worth doing as you will get the best results when the brush is quite dry and will only pick out highlights, rather than smothering your design with thick colour.
  • Now you are ready to very gently, sweep your brush over your design.  Being sure to keep it flat.  You will be amazed at how quickly your design starts to come to life.

My best tip for dry brushing would be to start off gently and gradually build up to the depth of colour you want.

9) I did this over the whole of my tin.

10) And voila!! A rather bog standard plastic chocolate box that was destined to be added to landfill is now a  beautiful button box, in memory of a lovely lady.

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My finished box

I really enjoyed making this, and obviously similar boxes can be transformed in so many different ways – to reflect the personality of whoever you are making it for, or in memory of.

I hope you enjoyed this blog (please excuse the amateur video techniques, I will get better, I promise).  If you create your own version of one of these I would love to see it, and you can post photos on the Powertex Addicts Facebook Page

If you would like to see more about what I do, and why I do it my website page is www.artandmurals.co.uk

Christmas Powertex Creativeness – Jinny Holt

Well hello and seasons greetings to you all.

I do love Christmas and my Christmas mojo usually goes into overdrive at this time of year! So for my December blog, it would be rude NOT to do a Christmas tutorial and for this, I decided to do a Powertex Christmas tree. It is done with using a very few basic pieces of material and of course a bottle of Powertex. In this case, I used BRONZE POWERTEX

For this project, I used some cardboard, from which Powertex materials were delivered in,  Powertex, and an old pillowcase and some scraps of lace and sack cloth.

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I cut and shaped my cardboard into a cone shape and added masking tape to help secure it to its shape. I dipped my cut strips of pillowcase into my powertex and started wrapping the strips around the tree, the more strips you use the more texture you can create. I found some bits of lace and sackcloth and soaked these in Powertex and added them to my tree shape. I am a bit of a glue gun fanatic and decided to drizzle some hot glue down my tree shape.

Next for some colour, as I was doing this tree for a friend, she wanted a green tree, I used a mixture of colours and mediums, I started with some green acrylic and then added some Powertex pigment colours.48164589_2489309981083548_8377024022231121920_n

I have used some of the Art Lofts pearly pigment powders GOLDEN OLIVE and  to highlight and dry brush and of course, I used lots of gold LIMONCELLO GOLD!! I get kind of sidetracked when I add the colours and the pigments and it never ceases to amaze me, how your piece comes alive at this stage!

I left my tree overnight to dry off and then added some Christmas bits and pieces on it to complete the look of my tree.

So next time you think about throwing away that cardboard box, think again, what could it be? A bottle of powertex, a few bits and bobs and a pinch of imagination.

For all other ideas, tips and tricks with what you can do with Powertex try…

THE POWERTEX STUDIO

POWERTEX UK 

You can also find me on Facebook at Mums Shed

Thank you for reading this blog and I hope whatever you are doing over the Christmas season be safe and be happy and keep creating.

Until next month,

~Jinny~

‘Gonzo the Great’ – A Powertex Christmas tale – Abigail Lagden

Muppet Christmas Carol by Abigail Lagden

As a Powertex Tutor, I am lucky to run a number of my workshops in a gorgeous little home & gift shop in Sedgefield, County Durham called From Loft to Loved. The shop is owned and run by Sarah and Kim, two lovely ladies who share my passion for recycling, upcycling and repurposing and this is reflected in their creative work and the ethos of the shop.

So, when they asked if I would create a bauble for their tree as part of the annual Sedgefield Christmas Tree Festival, I was only too happy to oblige (not that I need much encouragement to get creating). The overall theme for this year’s festival is ‘A Carol for Christmas’ and so the girls decided to go with the less traditional (but so much more fun) idea of ‘The Muppet Christmas Carol’.

As soon as they said this, I knew what I had to make. Whenever I think of this film I always think of The Great Gonzo as Charles Dickens, so that is what my bauble was inspired by.

I started with a polystyrene egg, some cardboard, bronze Stone Art clay and some dishcloth and muslin.

Starting Materials

First I cut a wedge out of one end of the polystyrene egg for the mouth. I then sculpted his nose using tin foil and secured it in place using masking tape.

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Next I covered the whole thing with a layer of Stone Art clay, made using bronze Powertex mixed with Stone Art. (I would have used blue Powertex but I had quite a bit of bronze clay left over from something I was making back in the summer).

I made two eyeballs from white air drying paper clay and attached them using a little Powertex before adding eyelids made from stone art clay.

Head without fur

Little pieces of dishcloth were then coated with bronze Powertex and added to the top and sides of the head for his fur.

Gonzo head

Now for the hat..

This was constructed using cardboard – a ring for the brim of the hat, a strip of card for the sides and a circle to fill in the top. This was painted using bronze Powertex and then covered using Powertex coated muslin. Some t-shirt yarn was used for the band.

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The hat was then attached to ‘Gonzo’s’ head using Powertex and the piece was left to dry for a couple of days.

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Now to bring him to life with colour…

I used ultramarine blue, red and white Powercolor pigments for the head and orange and bronze gold for the hat. The eyes were finished off using a black permanent marker to draw the pupils.

Gonzo the Great by Abigail Lagden

Gonzo on a tree - Curiously Contrary

My Gonzo inspired bauble will be appearing on From Loft to Loved’s Christmas Tree as part of the Christmas Tree Festival in St Edmund’s Church, Sedgefield from Saturday 1st – Thursday 6th December. Here is a sneaky peek at him on setting up day.

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Gonzo in St Edmunds

Hopefully ‘Gonzo’ will make a few people smile while he is there. Then after the 6th he will move into the From Loft to Loved shop just around the corner to bring more Christmas cheer from their Christmas tree.

Don’t forget to make all of us smile and get us in the festive mood by sharing your own makes in The Powertex Studio facebook group.

If you’d like to see what else I’m getting up to over the festive season, you can check out my Curiously Contrary facebook page and my website.

Until next year, Merry Christmas

Abs xx

Powertex Christmas ornament

It’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas

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Create a Powertex Christmas ornament

I always joke in January, it will be Christmas soon. Well this is no joke we are knocking on the door of December and it will be Christmas soon! I love me a bit of Christmas, don’t you? Not all the buying presents kind. Most get hand made from me anyway. But the smells of cinnamon, orange and clove, decorating the house and being with the family. Without further ado I am going to explain how to make your own Powertex Christmas ornament.

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I remember when we were little we would get out all the Christmas cards from previous years. We would cut around the pictures with pinking shears to make Christmas tags for all the presents. Then out came the felt! We’d glue and sew little stockings and baubles with openings at the back for the chocolate coins to hide in. I’m unsure the chocolate survived until Christmas day though.

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I hope you find inspiration for crafting with the young people in your life or just for yourself. Making Christmas decorations has come a long way. Especially when you have a bottle of Powertex to hand.

I found some plastic baubles in my stash. But you could use Styrofoam balls or up cycle an old bauble. Stone art seems to just fit this time of year perfectly.

I wrapped masking tape flush with the bauble, then used bronze Powertex  liberally over the surface. Next I gently rubbed and layered Stone Art into the surface in order to build texture. And dry brushed with red ocher powercolor.

Then I made up some stone art clay and rolled out roughly. Laid this over the top of the bauble so it would sit unevenly. I dry brushed with titanium white powercolor. Then hand cut some holly leaves out of clay and stamped into them to give them a pattern. Rolled a little clay for the berry and used Powertex on the back to stick down.

Then dusted the whole pudding with some of my favourite in the Secret Art loft range Limoncello Gold. And a dash of Lipstick fizz on the berry for an extra sparkle.

Powertex Reindeer

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Then I thought it would be rather fun to make ruddolf! Create in exactly the same way but with added clay antlers and nose. I used stockinette on the ears and buttons for the eyes. Then dry brushed with the same colours.

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20181129_153419.jpgNext I decided it wouldn’t be right to miss out a robin and so created this little guy in the same way but just used some paper dec for the wings.

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Do put some creative time aside this Christmas and be inspired to create some Christmas decorations for yourself. Do join us over in the Powertex Studio and share your work. We are a lovely friendly bunch and helpful too. So if you are stuck on a project just pop in and someone will be able to help. More from me here.

Happy holidays. Toodles Anna xXx Catch me over on Facebook at Rosehart Studio.

Unicorn Blessings (by Anne)

 

Hi all, today I am sharing one of my projects created during the Powertex Garden Party in July. It was an amazing weekend and I went along with my ex’s lovely daughter Marie. Living far apart we rarely get the chance to be together – so it was extra special to have a whole weekend creating together.

Others also came along with friends or family but many came along on their own. Some were familiar with Powertex and some, like Marie, were completely new to the medium. Whether experienced or not, travelling with friends or alone, the Team at Powertex were wonderfully inviting and everyone soon felt relaxed and eager to get started. Tracey gave us all fabulous instructions to help us along the way. It was a wonderfully relaxed weekend and we made many new friends.

One of the projects was to create a Unicorn (or pony if preferred). We were taken through the process and instructed on the appropriate media to create a fully weatherproof piece that could be used as a garden ornament.

 

We were all give a Metal Base with attached MDF Unicorn Template which had already been wrapped with masking tape ready for working.

 

The first step was to paint the whole with a base layer of Bronze Powertex. Then layers of Powertex clay (created with Powertex and Stone Art) were built onto the surface and texturised using wooden print blocks and various tools. The Team had kindly mixed up the clay ready for us to use.

 

We then had a choice of floral silicone moulds to use to make pretty clay embellishments. I chose the lovely Daisy Moulds.

 

Next we treated Powercottonfibres with Powertex to create the mane and tail. Pigment colours were used to add colour. I chose to blend a mix of Ultramarineand Titanium White, plus Burgundyand Titanium White Powercolors, mixed with Easy Varnish and a little water to create a blended colour wash.

 

Next we dry brushed more colour over the surface to pick up and emphasise the texture. I used Colortricx in Silver.

 

When I got home I added a bit more colouring by dry brushing with Rich Gold Colortricx and Interference Violet (Secret Art Loft Pigment).

 

If you know me you will know that I cannot resist a bit of bling. I just had to try adding glitter to the varnish and painted this onto the tail and mane. I used a holographic silvery glitter designed to be added to household paint. In theory it should be weatherproof when embedded in the Easy Varnish (will see how it holds up after she is installed in the garden). Oooooh I love her.
Note: There is a Unicorn Dreams Project Pack available which contains everything needed to create your own magical Unicorn – includes metal base, MDF Unicorn, Powertex, Art Stone, Flower Mould, Pigments, Varnish and instructions.
I also decided to add a little more texture to the base. I added a rough layer of clay and pressed in a crackle textured rubber stamp. I also added 3D Sand and Balls. Finally I treated a few stiff hessian threads with Powertex and pushed them into the clay to create grassy fronds. Various colours were dry brushed over the surface to blend in the base colours with the rest of the project.
Here is Marie’s amazing Unicorn. Truly fantastic.
We all had so much fun and between us created an amazing array of very different takes on this theme. All wonderful.
Sending Unicorn Blessings, Anne x.

 

Simple step by step to a cute Powertex Penguin

For this month’s Powertex Blog we were given the theme of winter crafting.

As we are getting towards the end of the year, and I have obviously got lots of lovely new Powertex goodies on my Christmas list (and I have been a fairly good girl) I thought it was a good opportunity to also use up some spare bits I had from previously in the year.

Meet Quentin

Quentin (made using bronze powertex)

Priscilla

Priscilla (made using grey powertex)

and Paulio

Paulio (made using black powertex)

What I used:
Small amount of Powertex Stone Art 
Small amount of Powertex Fabric Hardener
Powertex Colour Pigments
Small amount of Powertex Easy Varnish
Small scraps of fabric
Small Polystyrene Eggs

How I made my Powertex Penguins:

I had a few small polystyrene Easter eggs left over from Easter crafting workshops and projects, and when I looked at these, the image of a cute little penguin appeared in my mind.

Having just finished a unicorn workshop I had a small amount of stone art clay left over, (which was made using bronze powertex) which was just perfect for covering the egg to create a penguin shape.

I had my stone art clay already mixed left over from my previous workshop (if kept in an airtight container it will last for quite some time once mixed up).  But if you are mixing it fresh it is very easy to do (it always reminds me of making pastry)

Simply pour a small amount of your hardener into a tub, and gradually add stone art, little by little, mixing with a pallet knife until a dough like subtance forms.  Roll it into a ball, and keep kneading and rolling until it comes away cleanly from your hands.

I made up three small balls, as I find it easier to work in this way

mix up small balls of stone art clay using Powertex Fabric Hardener and stone art

From here I simply rolled small bits out and covered my egg shape with the clay. I like to create textures in the clay so I used a small stamp to do this as I went.  Be sure to make the base of the egg quite flat so that your penguin is able to stand steadily.

I rolled a smaller ball to create a head shape, then added small rolls flattened out to indicate the wings, and molded a beak which I added to the head.  For eyes you can use any small round beads.  I was making it up as I went along, and had some Powertex sand balls handy so used these, painted black which worked just as well.

Starting to look vaguely penguinesque

It is when you add the colour that the penguins start to come to life.  I used black, white, tequila sunrise and silver, but basically you can use any colour that takes your fancy.  These are fantasy penquins, so use your imagination.

I was quite pleased with Quentin, but something was missing.  My daughter had the solution.  ‘He needs a little scarf’ she told me, and she was right, he did.  So I simply cut up an old scarf from my stash of material, soaked in transparent powertex and wrapped it round him to keep him nice and snug.  The final touch, and purely optional was some frosty glitter.

I was so pleased with him, and with how easy it was to make, that I made up some more stone art clay using some black powertex that had been lingering in the bottom of a bottle, and also some grey and made him a mum and a dad, so now I have my own cute little Powertex Penguin Family

Quentin, Priscilla and Paulio – keeping as snug as possible against that cold wind

These were genuinely quick and easy to make – and a great way to use up any last bits of stone art clay or powertex that you have lying around.

If you decide to make a Powertex Penguin we would love to see your photos over at the facebook page  Powertex Addicts United

You can see more of my makes on my website www.artandmurals.co.ukwww.artandmurals.co.uk 

Seasonal Autumn Wreath

Hi It’s Kore here with my autumn blog. The Autumn Equinox is on the 23rd September in the Northern Hemisphere, when day and night are equal. I love to celebrate the seasons and autumn is beautiful even when there is a storm blowing hard outside! While some of us are sad to see the summer pass for another year, the autumn brings the harvest, glorious sunsets and the changing trees.

I’ve created an autumn wreath, a simple project with lots of texture that comes alive when it’s dry brushed. It can be made any size and adapted for whatever supplies you have. It can also be easily made for any seasonal wreath, perfect for your front door, studio or home decor.

Ingredients

 

Bronze Powertex
Powercolor pigments in autumn colours
Easy Varnish
Flat brush
Fabric strips and lengths of t-shirt yarn, ric rac, twine etc
Leaf shapes in various materials, clay, fabric, card
3d balls in small and medium

Optional supplies

Stone art
Daisy leaf mould
Small fabric flowers

Step 1 Create your frame

 

You can use a pre made base for your wreath, or a piece of tubing even. I chose to make mine from a piece of t-shirt yarn.

I massaged in Bronze Powertex so the fabric would set in the shape of my frame. Once it was all coated I laid it out in a circle on a non stick mat to dry. Notice I overlapped the ends to create a loop at the top for hanging.

Step 2 Create your embellishments

 

I created a pile of embellishments to use while my frame was drying off. I chose some wooden pieces too but decided not to use them in my final project. I die cut and hand cut leaves in card and hessian fabric. I also had some small clay leaves made using the Daisy leaf mould. These leaves have a lovely spiky shape that looks amazing when painted. You can use Stone Art clay but it will need time to dry thoroughly. Coat all card leaves with Powertex and sprinkle on some Stone Art powder for texture. Brush off any excess. Coat the leaves with Powertex when you apply them to wreath.

I also made a tiny cornucopia or horn of plenty. These are a symbol of abundance and thanksgiving and they are easy to make and look so cute!

Coat a small triangle of hessian with Powertex and roll into a cone shape and press the end together. Coat a few small and medium balls with Powertex and fill the cone. Coat tiny fabric flowers with Powertex and trim the stems short enough to tuck into the cone. Leave to dry.

Step 3 Wrap the frame

 

Wrap strips of fabric around the frame in spirals. Ensure your strips are well coated with Powertex, especially if you want to display your wreath outside. I started with strips of hessian about 1- 1.5 inches wide and wrapped them loosely around the set frame. Then I wrapped more t-shirt yarn, raffia, twine and rick rak until I was happy I had plenty of texture. Don’t wrap your last layers too tight. We’re going to use them to secure the leaves.

Step 4 Add the embellishments

 

Apply your leaves starting with the largest first and work around the whole wreath. Tuck one end into the wrapped spirals on the frame and press them into place. Keep adding leaves until you’re happy. Varying the sizes makes it more interesting to look at. Add small details to create more interest, such as the small cornucopia, and groups of small balls for berries. Leave to dry.

Step 5 Adding colour

Choose your autumn pigment colours and use Easy Varnish to create a dry paint. I used Burnt Sienna, Red Ochre, Yellow Ochre and some Orange and White for mixing. Use a flat brush to mix your pigment with Easy Varnish and start with darker colours first, add highlights last using your palest colour. Wipe excess paint onto kitchen paper first and then keep your brush flat as you paint over the textures.

Use the loop at the top to string or hang your wreath. After 3 weeks it’s weatherproof and safe to hang on your front door. I’m already planning my seasonal winter wreath!

I hope you have a go at making a wreath of your own. If you do have a go, why not share your make in The Powertex Studio on facebook or on Instagram with hashtag #powertex.

If you would like to see more of my Powertex projects you can find me at koresageart.com

Until next time, I hope you find a little time to let your art out.
Kore x

Who Let The Powertex Out?

 Meet Englebert, the naughty Powertex Afghan Hound

 

I love dogs – so was delighted to open up my Powertex Design Team package this month and find this handsome chap waiting for me.

Also included was a handy stand so that my finished sculpture can be displayed as a standing feature anywhere in the house.

I love using Powertex Powercotton in my sculptures, so decided to change him into an Afghan Hound, named Englebert (as you do).

After a quick google search I discovered that as well as having all that gorgeous hair, Afghan Hounds are quite different in their build.  They have completely different shaped back legs, and a different shaped nose and stomach as well.  Luckily this not a problem with powertex, I simply molded some good old tin foil over the parts I wanted to change, and then covered with masking tape. Once I had done this I painted the whole thing in Bronze Powertex universal medium.

As you can see, I also used masking tape to adhere my dog to the stand.

I love the effect of the crackles that form in Easy 3D Flex so decided to use this on the nose, mixing it with my bronze Powertex until it formed a clay and then shaping this around my template.   I used some wooden balls as eyes.  I was working in the garden on a hot sunny day, so I left it for the afternoon so that the heat would really start to bring out the textures and crackles in my clay.

I like the weight Powertex stone art can give to sculptures, so I then made up some stone art clay (by mixing powertex and stoneart to form a clay again), to cover the rest of my dog.  If you don’t have any stone art clay no worries – the whole body gets covered anyway so you could just as easily cover it using material soaked in powertex.

Once this was dry enough, it was onto the part I had most been looking forward to – using the powercotton to create Englebert’s coat.  I am a notoriously messy worker, so my one tip when using powercotton would be to cut it up into manageable segments and lay it out in small batches so that you can pick them up easily.  If I don’t do this I end up with a whole bunch of powertexed powercotton from my messy hands before I am ready to use it.

I started off with smaller batches of powercotton by his feet, and then layered up with longer and longer batches.  Finishing off with really long sections for his gorgeous flowing ears.  I used a small strip of thin rope as his collar.

I think Englebert is beautiful, but also rather naughty. I like to imagine that he had jumped into a river to cool down, so is not quite up to Crufts standard of blow dry.  He also loves smelling flowers, so on the base I used an old tumble dry sheet soaked in Powertex (you can also obviously use a strip of material, but I am trying to recycle as much as possible), and some material flowers.

Once he was dry, it was time to pick out all the highlights using Powertex colours and dry brushing.

To dry brush you simply dip a flat brush into a small amount of Powertex Varnish, and then into the powder colour of your choice.  Wipe the brush off on a sheet of paper towel, and then, keeping the brush very flat, gently glide it over your sculpture, building up the colour as you go.

I used bronze colortrix for Engelbert’s coat, and a small amount of black shaded in for his nose.  I wanted the collar to stand out so opted for one of the gorgeous new Secret Art Loft powders of Green Parrot.  I also used this colour for the leaves of the flowers.  For the grass I used Golden Olive, and     for the roses Berry Sour, before also giving these a very light covering of the bronze powder to tie the whole thing in.

Here is my finished Engelbert.  I hope you like him, and would love to see what you make with any of the wonderful templates available from Powertex UK

Don’t forget you can post your makes at our facebook page Powertex Addicts United.  We love to see what you come up with.  If you’re interested you can check out more of my makes on my website www.artandmurals.co.uk and my facebook page www.facebook.com/artmuralsbydonnamcghie 

Thanks for reading and see you next month 🙂

Products used are as follows:

Powertex Dog MDF Template
Powertex 2 Pin Base
Powertex Bronze Hardener
Powertex 3D Flex
Powertex Stone Art
Bronze Gold Colortrix
Secret Art Loft Pigment Powder Green Parrot
Secret Art Loft Pigment Powder Golden Olive 
Secret Art Loft Pigment Powder Berry Sour
Powertex Easy Varnish