Powertex Ammonite Light

Powertex Ammonite Light

Designer:  Jill Cullum

My Inspiration for an under the sea light

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.

Materials Used

I chose my materials, cardboard, and embellishments from my stash which included sea shells. I have used sand and 3d ball to create a thick texture for my ammonites, giving them an authentic look.

Building the basic form for the Powertex Ammonite Light

Step 1

Using the stand a base add tin foil to create rocks and shape, covering with masking tape.

Adding detail

Powertex Ammonite Light
Step 2

Step 2 – Added more texture using some honeycomb effect cardboard packaging. Hold in place with masking tape. Cover with fabric hardener. Creating texture for the ammonites.

Creating texture for the ammonites

Step 3

Mix black fabric hardener with sand and small 3d balls. Use this to cover the mdf ammonites. Put to one side until dry.

Bringing the ammonites to life

Powertex Ammonite Light
Step 4




Step 4 – Once dry use Secret Art Loft pigments to colour the ammonites, using the dry-brushing technique.. 

Building more structure

Step 5

Add height and detail using material dipped in green fabric hardener. Blend it over the ‘rocks’ adding height to your form.

Putting the elements together

Powertex Ammonite Light
Step 6

Before the fabric dries, add your ammonites (see top tip above). Add paper deco placed over the ammonites, using blue fabric hardener, for extra detail.

Powertex Ammonite Light

Finishing Touches

I decided to add colour to the sea-shells using Secret Art Loft acrylic paints, before dry-brushing to bring out the texture. Finally I added the fairy lights.

Why not take a look at my last article here, on how to create pastel shades with fabric hardener.

We love to see what you make, so please share your creativity here, at The Powertex Studio.

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


Mindfulness Mandala Triptych

Designer: Shell North

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.


Pema Chödrön

MATERIALS LIST

Tools

  • Various ¾ inch flat brushes,
  • Small plastic pallet knives,
  • Large pallet knife
  • Paper cutting knife,
  • Hair dryer,
  • Kichen roll/paper towels,

*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. 

Creating texture with Powertex Easy structure.

Scrape Easy structure paste through each of the positioned stencils, holding with masking tape where needed. Dry with hair dryer.

Tidy it up.

Using a paper cutting knife, cut down the seams where any stencils overlap between the triptych pieces, so the edges are tidy when separated.

Give it a base coat with Powertex liquid hardener.

Using a wide flat brush, give the wood triptych pieces a coating of Powertex liquid hardener in Ivory.

Adding colour with Bister

While the Ivory liquid hardener is still wet, spray generously with 2 colours of Bister, over lapping the colours in the middle. Dry with hairdryer immediately.

Mindfulness Mandala Triptych

Adding another 3D layer

Apply transparent medium to the backs of all embellishments and place in centre of random mandalas. If they over hang, trim with scissors.

Mindfulness Mandala Triptych

Creating 3D flex paste

Using Powertex liquid hardener blue, 3Dflex powder and yellow Bister spray liquid, mix together until a thick ‘dryish’ paste. Adding more 3Dflex if needed.

Creating more texture and interest

Spread the 3Dflex mix between mandalas using a large pallet knife. Spread in one direction to create torque within the 3Dflex paste to encourage cracks!

Getting 3Dflex to crack

Spray over the 3Dflex paste with Bister in co-ordinating colours as before, 3Dflex also needs heat to crack so dry with hairdryer closely on hot setting.

Mindfulness Mandala Triptych

Highlighting

Now everything is dry, drybrush with Powertex liquid hardener-Ivory, this will absorb some of the bister pigment so will darken after a few moments.

Mindfulness Mandala Triptych

I added the finishing touch to this triptych by dry brushing with a mix of Powertex powercolor pigment powder in white mixed with a little easy coat varnish adding the final textural layer to the piece.

Mindfulness Mandala Triptych
Finished Powertex Mindfulness Mandala triptych

Top Tips

  • Have a bowl of warm soapy water to hand to put the stencils in after use so they are easily cleaned as the structure paste dries fast.
  • If you are not getting cracks with the 3D flex, try leaving item for a few hours in a warm place such as on top of a radiator or sunny window sill on a hot day.

Feeling inspired by this Mindfulness Mandala Triptych? Why not try this at home and post your creations on the Facebook Powertex Studio page?
Powertex studio

If you would like to come and learn this workshop find more details to future Triptych workshops here. Or send me a message at The Crafty Little Corner.

We love to hear your feedback so please leave a comment below. Did you catch my last blog? Find it here.

Well that’s all from me for now,

Peace, love and mandala’s Shell x

Powertex Triptych

Powertex tryptic

Designer~Jinny Holt

Powertex Triptych

What is a Triptych?

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
  • Ivory Powertex
  • 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 left these to dry overnight.

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.


These are the colours I used for the three canvases that were now dried.

I started with the darkest colour first, being the lovely DARK BLUE PIGMENT

Powertex Triptych

Then went up the canvases getting lighter with the colours, until I reached the top canvas which was a mix of the Green and the WHITE PIGMENT.

Powertex Triptych
I added a touch of true gold colortricx and varnish to pick out the texture. I do love bling, so added some matching gems with transparent Powertex.

Feeling Inspired?

Hopefully this article has left you inspired. We would love to see any of your finished Powertex pieces over at THE POWERTEX STUDIO

If you would like to see more of my Powertex creations you can find me at MUMS SHED

It would be lovely to hear from you, if you would like to leave a comment.

Thank you for reading my article for this month. Did you catch my article from last month. Click here to be inspired and see why I love Powertex!

Live~Love~Laugh~Create

Jinny

Pastel Powertex Flowers

Pastel Powertex flowers

Powertex Flowers – Pastel Shades

Designer – Jill Cullum

Spring is on the way!

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.

Materials list:

Pastel Powertex flowers

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.


Designer Tip – Pour your Ivory Powertex out first, then add very small amounts of coloured Powertex. You only need a little colour to create a pastel shade. You can always add more if needed.

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.

Pastel Powertex flowers

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

A Powertex Love Story

A Powertex Love Story – February The Month of Love – Like The Pieces of a Jigsaw

It’s that time of year when thoughts of love fill the air and we think of that certain someone special. So here I am to share a Powertex love story with you. Now I don’t know about you but I love flowers. Unfortunately this is the time prices in the shops rise. Those beautiful flowers you have paid so much for, are short-lived and their beauty fades all too quickly.

Use Powertex to upcycle

I am also a bit excited by recycling. I had a lovely basket of flowers for Christmas. When they were over I decided to put that basket to good use. How about giving someone special in your life flowers that are going to last much longer than a few days

Prepare your materials

I stared by gathering up my Materials. Choosing traditional colours for my project red, green and gold. I knew these would look perfect against the bold black of the basket.

Valentine Basket Like the Pieces Of a Jigzaw

I used: Red Powertex, Black Powertex, Green Powertex, Limoncello Gold Pigment, garden wire, masking tape and an assortment of MDF pieces. The MDF pieces can be anything you want. I chose hearts and jigsaw pieces. These represent love and two people fitting together like a jigsaw to create a beautiful life.

Valentine Basket Like the Pieces Of a Jigzaw 2

Where to start your Powertex love story project

I first painted the basket using Black universal medium. Then created my Roses by cutting up pieces of T-Shirt cotton in a rough petal shape. You don’t need to be to fussy about this. I cut a length of garden wire, wrapped a small piece of masking tape around it to help the petals grip. Then started adding the fabric that I had massaged in the red Powertex,  until I was happy with the shape. I used the same technique with the cuts offs from the petals and green Powertex to make a foliage shaped stem. I gave my MDF pieces a coat of red or green with added texture of Medium 3D Balls, before leaving it all to dry off over night.

When it was all nicely hardened off I dry brushed the edges of my Roses and MDF pieces. Using Limoncello Gold pigment to add that touch of class. Then the exciting part, arranging it all in my basket. Now wouldn’t you just love to receive this knowing it was going to last a lot longer than a few days

A Powertex love story

Ladies & Gents I give you ‘Like The Pieces Of a Jigsaw’ The everlasting Basket of flowers For the special person in your life.


A Powertex love story

You can find me as Alex Henry Mixed Media on Facebook. There you will see others styles I work in.

Enjoy your Powertex days, the perfect way to chill out and create something beautiful. Don’t forget to share your makes with us over in the Powertex Studio on Facebook. And leave any questions or comments below the article. Find more Powertex articles by Design Team and guests here.

See you again soon.

Patricia

Step by Step Powertex Zombie Hand

Apart from the time my daughter made me sit through Dawn of the Dead with her, I have never watched a zombie movie in my life, but this for this Halloween I decided to embrace my dark side and have a bit of fun creating a Powertex Zombie Hand.

 

What I used:

1 x Mache Hand (I got mine from Hobbycraft, but they are available in most craft stores)
1 x Powertex Wooden Base
1 x torn off cotton shirt sleeve
Masking Tape
Tin foil
Powertex Fabric Hardener
Various Powertex Pigments
Powertex Easy Varnish
Powertex Bister I used the ready made sprays of red and black, but again any colours will give a good effect
Bag of Halloween Spiders (or whatever else takes your fancy)
Small Tiles if you want to add a bit of weight to the base

What I did:

I made a hole in the base of the mache hand, and placed it over the top of the Powertex Wooden Base, securing it with masking tape.

I then bulked out the top of the base with tin foil so that there was not a sudden edge where the hand met the pole, and covered with masking tape and Powertex.  (It doesn’t matter what colour Powertex you use for this as it will all be covered up anyway.

I painted the hand with Red Powertex Hardener, and then went to town with dribbling Black, Red and Green Powertex on top of this, spraying with my bister and blasting with a hair dryer to create lots of bubbles and textures.   

Top Tip: I keep my old Powertex containers that just have a few dribbles left in them for this purpose, I love a the effect of dribbling and spraying with bister, so absolutely nothing goes to waste by doing this.

I then soaked my torn sleeve in Black Powertex – being sure to keep the edges nice and raggedy, and also turning it inside out to make sure all of the inside of the sleeve was also thoroughly coated, before sliding it on over the base and playing with it to create lots of interesting creases in the fabric.

The sleeve took a bit of persuasion to stay in place, so I wrapped some clingfilm round it and left it overnight so that it would harden in the position I wanted it to be in.

Once the sleeve had set in place, I added some plastic spiders to really spook it up.  The spiders I used were plastic ones so I secured them in place with superglue.

I also wanted to add a bit more weight to my sculpture so I painted a couple of small tiles with Black Powertex and placed my Powertex Wooden Base on top of these.

Now it was time to add the final touch of colour.

I chose to use Red and Burgendy to give the effect of dried blood and fresh blood, along with the Golden Olive for the zombified hand.

The shirt I dry brushed with White and did the Spiders in Silver before going over the whole thing with the Wonderfully Spooky Terragreen to finish it off.

This was definitely out of my comfort zone, but great fun to make.  The Powertex Team would love to see your Halloween makes so please do post them on our Facebook Page Powertex Addicts United

You can see more of my makes on www.facebook.com/artmuralsbydonnamcghie 

or my website www.artandmurals.co.ukwww.artandmurals.co.uk

 

Let’s Get Organised by Abigail Lagden

 

It’s been a magical summer for me running many workshops for children (and adults) during the holidays. I’ve helped budding wizards create over 100 wands and 50 spell books!
But now, as they all head back to school, I felt it was time to treat myself to some special storage for my everyday essentials. And this fantastic MDF storage caddy by Candy Box Crafts fits the bill perfectly.
As it comes flat packed, I started by trying to work out how all the pieces fit together to make the organiser and I have to say it was quite a bit easier than I expected.
Once I knew where all the pieces were going I used bronze Powertex to glue them together by painting a very thin layer on the joining surfaces and fitting them all together (I also painted all of the inside surfaces with bronze Powertex as I wanted a dark interior).
Top tip – I used elastic bands around the outside of the organiser to hold all of the pieces tightly together whilst the Powertex dried.
I confess, with this project I didn’t really know where I was going with the decoration at the start, I just knew that I wanted it not to be too bulky so that it would fit onto my already jam packed work surface. So I started by using Easy Structure paste through stencils to add an embossed pattern to all four sides – as well as some other stencils from my stash, I used the fabulous Fossilized and Wonderland stencils by the Secret Art Loft.
The structure paste was allowed to dry before all four sides were painted with Lead Powertex and small 3D Balls sprinkled into the wet Powertex.
I then mixed a paste using Lead Powertex and Easy 3D Flexwhich a spread over some of the blanker areas of the sides using a palette knife and pushed some pieces of a jigsaw puzzle into the paste on the front. This was left overnight to allow the paste to dry and crack.
I then used Powerwax mixed with Powercolor pigments to apply layers of colour using a sponge. I used the following pigment colours – turquoise, green, white, blue, burgundy and lilac. And finally dry brushed using Rich Gold Colortricx mixed with Easy Varnish.
To brighten up the centre piece I decoupaged it using EasyCoat Mat and pieces of this gorgeous rice paper.
Once it had all dried it was time to put it to use. Apologies for the state of my bottles and brushes but was made to be a working storage caddy so it would have been unbelievable for everything to be brand new and spotless. Two 1kg Powertex bottles fit into their compartments perfectly and then there is still plenty of space left for brushes, and your other crafty essentials.
Hope you have enjoyed this month’s project and have been inspired to get organised.
You can see more of my work, my workshops and my antics on my Curiously Contrary facebook page and website.
Until next time, Abs xx

 

Jack, Sarah, Powerwax and an important question!

Hello again

Well I bet you were wondering what has been happening with Jack and Sarah?

They took 6 weeks leave in Summer and Jack took her on her own Grand European Tour.  They kissed on the Rialto bridge, climbed every mountain in Austria (!), visited Aphrodite’s rock and ended their tour at Monets garden in Giverney France.  Here inspired by the surroundings, Jack knew he had found his true soul mate and so just had to ask the question……….

He chose a MDF box which had been altered using Powertex Ivory and 3D Flex with bister.

Moulded fish and lily pads had been added and coloured with bister also.

The whole box inside and out was then shaded using the new Powerwax to give beautiful depth and shading.

But what was the question?

 

And what will be her answer?

Until next time have fun in all your creative adventures

Ax