Designer: Donna Mcghie
In this article I will show you how to recreate my interpretation of the Northern Lights using Powertex.
The Northern Lights, or Aurora Borealis have always fascinated me. Like the ocean which was the inspiration for my last blog, they have that ethereal, slightly unworldly quality. They are a reminder of just how wonderful nature can be.
The lovely Tracey Evans at Powertex HQ asked if I could use lots of colour and texture in this article. I used the gorgeous pigments to create the fluorescent greens and pinks for the sky. Textured stone art clay was added to signify water.
One thing I hadn’t realised before doing some research for this article, is that the Northern Lights also occur during the daytime. However the human eye is unable to see them at these times as the sun is too strong for them to show up.
- Corrugated Cardboard
- White Powertex Universal Medium
- Blue Powertex Universal Medium
- Black Powertex Universal Medium
- Pearl pigment powders in Sherbert Dip, Violet Valentine, Green Parrot, Blue Curacao
- Interference Blue powder pigment
- Easy Varnish
- Acrylic Paint Liquorice Twist
- Ready Mixed Black Bister
Cover the canvas
I roughly covered my canvas using a mixture of Sherbert Dip Pigment and White Powertex for the sky, and White and Blue Powertex for the sea.
After spraying with Black Bister I blasted with a hair dryer to create crackles, and used a palette knife to scrape back and allow the yellows to shine through.
Stone Art sea
I used segments of Stone Art clay to create the illusion of a choppy sea. Powertex pearl pigments reflect the colours in the sky.
Putting a cluster of trees fading downwards, I painted some corrugated cardboard with acrylic and used a stubby brush to indicate branches.
I liked the way the Stone Art clay waves were curling and decided to highlight this using Powercolor Titanium White Pigment.
Finally I added some extra depth to the colours in the sky using Powerwax and pigment. I dip my finger in the wax, then the pigment and gently rub on in a circular movement.
Using the Powerwax in the final stage really helped to bring the picture to life. I was able to create beautiful swirling patterns in the sky using the amazingly vibrant Pearl Pigments which gave just the ethereal atmosphere I was hoping for.
Northern Lights in Powertex
That’s all from me for this month. I hope you have enjoyed this step by step article, and would love to see any Northern Lights inspired artwork you create over on our Facebook page. Please feel free to leave any comments, (especially nice ones).
Take care, and see you next month 🙂