Summer Bright Powertex Canvas

Designer: Abigail Lagden

Create a summer bright powertex canvas

To celebrate the clocks going forward, and the lengthening days, I wanted to create something bright and colourful. So this summer bright powertex canvas uses the gorgeous Secret Art Loft acrylic paints to add some fabulous colour and also incorporates some clock elements.

However, when I came to design and create my project I was half way through the Open Studio event and the vast majority of my art materials were at the event location and not at home where I needed them. So, this project was also a lesson in making the best of what you have available.

People are often surprised to see the journey that my pieces take and how much they can change from start to finish, and this project is no exception. Who’d have thought it started out black?

Materials Used:

Top tip: As most of my students will know, I really don’t like flat surfaces in my work, so my first thought was to stencil some texture onto the canvas as a base. However, my easy structure paste was at my open studio so I needed to improvise. Rather than turn to wallpaper, I raided my stash of die cut card shapes instead…

How the canvas was created

Step one:

Paint the canvas with black Powertex, position the die cut shapes onto the canvas and paint over with the black Powertex.

Step two:

Add the wooden numbers and MDF shapes and paint over with black Powertex

Step three:

Mix Easy 3D Flex with white Powertex to make a thick paste and apply thickly to the corners and more thinly across other areas. Leave to crack.

Step four:

To give the project a good base for the acrylic paints, paint the black areas with the white Powertex and allow to dry.

Step five:

Add the Secret Art Loft acrylic paints using a sponge. Build up the colours, layering them to get a blended effect.

Step six:

Dry the acrylic paint before gently dry brushing highlights using white Powertex to make all the textures pop.

summer bright powertex canvas

To help the numbers stand out a little more, I gave them a little coat of colortricx rich gold pigment mixed with easy varnish.

summer bright powertex canvas
summer bright powertex canvas
summer bright powertex canvas

I hope this summer bright powertex canvas has brought some colour to your day. Don’t forget to share your makes with us all in the Powertex Studio Facebook group.

If you’d like to see more of my creations, please visit my website or my Curiously Contrary facebook page.

If you missed my last article on how to make a pretty hanging heart plaque, you can find it here.

Until next time, Abs xx

Pretty Powertex Hanging Heart

Pretty Powertex Hanging Heart by Abigail Lagden

Pretty Powertex Hanging Heart by Abigail Lagden

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.

To complete this project I used the following:

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.

Red and blue mixed
With white added

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 the wallpaper.

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.

Pretty Powertex Hanging Heart by Abigail Lagden
Pretty Powertex Hanging Heart by Abigail Lagden
Pretty Powertex Hanging Heart by Abigail Lagden

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 you’d like to see more of my creations, please pop over to my Curiously Contrary facebook page or visit my website www.curiously-contrary.co.uk

Did you catch my article last month? If not why not pop over and take a look here.

Until next time, Abs xx

Secret Art Box Love

True Love in a Secret Art Box- Shell North

February is the month of love so what better theme than ‘True Love’ could you have for this months Secret art box? So I decided to mix it up, take on a challenge and embrace my fears. So I am about to share with you some Secret Art Box Love.

In this article I show my first EVER video demo. But I have to admit I took on a more monumental task than anticipated. This is because it took far longer than expected (doesn’t it always when you learn something new). I was stalled by illness and it’s safe to say I came across more than a few technical challenges. This included loosing files so please bear with me!

When I say monumental task, there are 5 demo videos plus the box opening for you too get your teeth into. But you don’t have to watch all the videos at once. Perhaps come back again and view each video another time. Because this is a article on an online magazine you can view at anytime to suit you.

To start off I’ve decided to share opening my box. This is to show everyone a version of what theses delicious box full of goodies can contain.

The video didn’t turn the right way, so I’m off to a great start :D….However I have several video demos. And if you to bear with my first ever videos I’m sure you’ll still pick up lots of tips or cringe with me 🙂

True Love is free

My first Ever demo is called ‘True love is free’. It was my first inspiration upon opening all of the art box contents. I incorporated it with something I found in a charity shop. Unfortunately my memory card became faulty half way through filming. Because of this the parts where I made the leaves , roses, and where I rustied up the cage, cupid and the key are missing.

Heres a collage of the finished piece

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True Love is Free

Love Notes

My second make with February’s Secret art box goodies was a journal. I named this piece “love notes’. So if journals are your thing this video demo could be right up your street.

Please excuse the fact that the begining of the video was lost due to a corrupt memory card so this is halfway through.

I used a variation of textured wall paper and stenciled images on the MDF hearts using Easy Structure. Next all items were coated and attached using Ivory Powertex fabric hardener. After drying with a hair dryer I then painted the whole journal in Secret art loft Raspberry acrylic Ink.

Here is the finished journal.

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Love Notes.

Love Actually

Next on my agenda was the Pendant. I called this the ‘Love actually pendant’. Because after editing the video it became apparent that I use the word actually an awful lot (cringe!!!)

…and here is the finished piece

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Love Actually.

Bee Mine

So I’ve been a busy bee as you can see, oh dear, I now have bees on my mind. My next creation was inspired by the other half heart and the sunflower mould that came in the box.

Once the heart was covered in sunflowers I wanted to incorporate bees for some reason?! I named this one unsuprisingly ‘Bee mine’. This took me further out of my comfort zone, can you guess why? But it may be your thing? Watch and find out!

Here’s my Bee-utiful finished ‘Bee mine’ canvas

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Bee Mine

Reflections of love

To finish off the month of love, I came to be inspired for this creation by my partner. We were discussing how busy\stressed I’ve been when I should of been resting. How maybe I need to ‘reflect’ on my needs by not taking on too much. Or taking what could have been a small task and making it a monumental one….now distracted from the said conversation by one word…..Reflect…….yes….my mind pinged with my last creation. Watch now to find out.

Here’s the finished treasure.

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Reflections of Love

Well thats it from me, what a journey this article has been. Despite my reservations I’m glad I faced my fear of videoing and working out of my comfort zone. I hope I’ve inspired you to create something unique. To do something out of your comfort zone with crafting or perhaps inspired you further to order next month’s Secret art box.

If you have any questions from products to techniques. Or you would like to make something similar to the projects in this article. Please don’t hesitate to send me a message at The Crafty Little Corner.

That all from me, List of items with links used right at the end.

Don’t forget to leave a comment.

Peace, love and video blog shenanigans

Shell 🙂

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Powertex Art Doll MDF Kit

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There are no rules for these Art Dolls, other than have fun creating!

Where to start with an Art Doll

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 used some Transparent Powertex to fix the square frame together. And thought that this would fit nicely over one of the faces, available in the Powertex Rice Papers.

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.


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Although very little of this back drop shows through on the finished design, I’m pleased I did it, as it set the mood for the look I was aiming for

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.)

Mixed media rice paper powertex art doll
I deliberately added some white powercolour to help with the aged photo effect

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.

bister stencils for powertex mixed media art doll
I also added on some real white feathers to add even more texture

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.

Powertex mixed media Art Doll
My finished Powertex Art Doll

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.

Thanks so much for reading.

I’m Donna and you can see more of my work over at www.artandmurals.co.uk

The Secret Art Box – February

The Secret Art box, Powertex, love projects

This months article brings you inspiration and projects to create using February’s The Secret Art Box. The new craft subscription box from Powertex UK.

“The love of my life opened my heart the warmth it let loose poured into my art” by Claire Ivins

*** You may not get an exact replica of this box, but similar items will be included ***

Powertex Secret Art Box Project One

I also gathered a few more supplies, wire, paper tape, tinfoil and a larger mdf heart shape.

I used the mdf heart shape to mould another from wire.

I used tinfoil to pad it out and create the shape I wanted.

Next came the making of the arrow. This is a thicker wire as I wanted it strong and sturdy.

I covered everything in masking tape.

Then I started to play around with some of the contents in the box.

I wanted to make a recess in the polystyrene heart for the plaster heart to sit in, so I drew round it.

And using a craft knife and a small pair of scissors, I dug out the shape.

I placed the plaster heart in the hole to try it for size.

 I painted it with a coat of red Powertex. Whilst still wet I pressed Stone Art powder onto it and rubbed it in, letting the excess fall off. The Stone Art creates a stone like effect.

Then I sprayed it with red Bister. This red is more of a mahogany colour, ie a deep red.

The Secret Art box powertex

I painted the heart and arrow shapes with the red Powertex and stuck the arrow on with it too. I cut out some of the polystyrene heart so it sat on the frame. I added the gold sequins from the January box. And also used rich gold pigment from my stash over some of the heart shaped frame.

And to finish I mounted it on one of the Powertex metal stands.

      

Some more close ups.

Powertex Project Two

I did the same for my next project and started off by creating a layout. This time I wanted to show different shades of red and different textures.

I sprayed the plaster cherub with the red Bister.

I used the red ochre and varnish to create a paste and painted the wings, and did the same with the rich gold on the hair.

I painted the large heart from my stash, and from the Secret Art box, the set of four hearts (including the one out of the middle of the biggest one), the smaller starburst shape, mini hearts and the wooden love word, all in the red Powertex.

This one I added strands of Power Cotton to the wet Powertex, painted over it and added the key whilst still wet. Once dried, I dry brushed with green olive pigment, which if you were lucky enough, was in the January subs box.

This one I sprinkled some of the small Powertex sand balls into the wet Powertex and dry brushed with rich gold pigment.

And for this one I added pieces of tissue to create some texture and to dry brush I mixed some of the blueberry pie with the red velvet acrylic paint and a touch of lipstick fizz pigment (for the shimmer) to create a deep purply colour.

The Secret Art box Powertex

Next I layered everything up and put it all together. I used the Powertex as a glue once I was happy with the placement.

           

Some more close ups.

For my next project I wanted to section off parts of the sheet of rice paper included in the box.

Instead of cutting it, I like to get a rough edge as I find it blends in better and isn’t such a harsh line. If you take a wet paintbrush and mark out where you want to tear, if it’s wet enough it should just pull apart. If it rips then the paper isn’t wet enough.

It should just pull apart and creates a lovely edge.

This is what I ended up with. Don’t you think they look much nicer than straight cut edges.

I also cut a piece to size and fitted it inside one of the metal embellishments I got in my box.

Then I completely filled it with transparent Powertex and left it for several days to dry. It is cloudy when a liquid, but dries clear.

I wanted to create a pink colour to combine with the images, so I mixed red and white Powertex until I achieved the colour I wanted.

I found a suitable glass bottle and completely painted it with my new hot pink colour and left it to totally dry before the next step.

Using transparent Powertex I glued on the pieces I’d torn out. I smoothed them out and also added a layer over the top. Now this looks really messy and you might think, oh no, what have I done. But, don’t panic, stick with it, the transparent goes on cloudy, but dries brilliantly clear. I also added some of the fancy yarn I had left from my Bluebird (January) box around the top.

And this is what I ended up with once it was all dry.

The Secret Art box Powertex

I added some chain and a couple of metal charms, the hand and heart from the box. The transparent Powertex has now completely dried that I put in the heart shape, so it has now sealed the image.

And a decorated bottle makes a great candle holder. Should you wish to light the candle the dripping wax won’t be a problem when it meets the Powertex. However, don’t let a naked flame come into contact with any fabric, as Powertex is not a flame retardant. As with all naked flames, do not leave it unattended, we won’t be held responsible for your house burning down!!

The Secret Art Box Powertex

All three makes together.

I hope that you have gained some inspiration for your own, The Secret Art box, Powertex craft subscription box. I can’t wait to see what you do with it. Don’t forget to share your makes on the Powertex Studio Facebook page as we love to see what you’ve been up to.

Did you catch my article last month find it here. Thanks for stopping by Sam

Stone Art Clay Powertex Birds

Mixed media Blue Powertex bird Stone Art clay sculptures

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….

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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I left them to dry for a few hours so the clay would harden a little. So it was now time to bring them to life, by dry brushing with colours. For this I used Powertex powercolor and colortrix powder pigments mixed with easy coat varnish. I used orange and then faded yellow ochre in onto the beaks. I used ultramarine blue, then turquoise mixed with a little white. This makes the turquoise pop on the body and wings. Finishing by lightly dusting rich gold over the body and terra-green on the wings.

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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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Don’t forget all the items used are hyperlinked. Click the highlighted text and it’ll take you straight to items you require, to save you time searching. Please don’t hesitate to comment or ask questions below.

In the mean time why not look through all the new and old blogs. Provided for you by the Powertex UK Design team and guests. You can also find me at The Crafty Little Corner. Send me a message if you would like to do this workshop with me. Or find me on my Facebook page sharing new ideas, hints, tips and a whole lot of Powertex inspiration.

Please spread the love and share this and other blogs.

Peace, love and Paradise 😉

Shell x

Powertex Japanese Cranes – Annette Smyth

Happy New Year everyone. I hope you had a peaceful Christmas and Santa brought you everything you need.

So here we go with a whole new year of creative adventures and to kick it off , I got to use these beautiful bird templates. They have so much potential and I have loads of ideas flying around my head for future projects.

In this blog I’d like to share my step by step instructions for how I made the templates into Japanese Cranes – with a little bit of artistic licence. I recommend you read through the instructions before starting.

For this project you will need

You will also need 2 deep sided plastic containers, a small container (the foil base from a mince pie works well), cling film, brush and something to stir the clay mixture with ( I use the handle end of an old wooden spoon). Apron, gloves and plastic cover for your work area are also a good idea.

Building the armature

I started by using the foil to build up a more rounded shape on the head, neck and body of the bird templates. Keep checking the shape from all angles and compare the birds side by side to get the proportions right.

I built the wings separately and then taped them into place on the birds however you can build the into the body as you go.

When you are happy with the shapes slide them onto the metal spikes to check that they fit side by side. Make any necessary adjustments.

I attached the larger bird to the spike, at this stage, by securing with masking tape then building the leg shape with foil. Next I covered the whole bird with masking tape,

The smaller bird, I choose to work off the spike so that it would be easier to get around all sides of both birds with the clay. To enable you to attach the bird to the stand later, leave the legs of the smaller bird uncovered but cover the rest of the bird with masking tape. Make sure the hole for the spike does not get covered.

I then painted both birds with a coat of White Powertex.

Adding the clay

In one of the deep plastic containers, I mixed the White Powertex with the Stone Art to create clay (see the ‘how to video’ in my Penguin blog). Mix the clay to a soft dough consistency so that it is easier to apply to the birds. Once mixed wrap in clingfilm to stop it from drying out.

When you’re ready to start the sculpting, warm up your clay by kneading it thoroughly, then start applying to the birds in manageable pieces . I started at the beaks and worked down the neck and bodies. Smooth the clay out with your fingers making sure you thin it out where pieces lay over one another so that there is no bulky areas. Keep some clay for use on the small birds legs later on.

There is no need to put clay over the wings as these will be covered later.

I used approximately 250g of clay on the larger bird and 150g on the smaller bird. Don’t worry as any spare clay can be kept wrapped in clingfilm for a couple of weeks and will still be workable.

Shaping the wings

I then took strips of the white Paperdecoration and dipped it into the white Powertex. Work the Powertex through the paperdec and squeeze out any excess. It should be covered but not dripping.

Lay these strips over the wings working down towards the tail. To get thin wispy feather effects pull the paperdec apart once you have covered it in Powertex. 

Next, I placed the small bird onto the base, attached it with masking tape, painted the legs with white powertex then covered with the spare white stoneart clay. I chose not to cover these with foil as they would have been too bulky.

Leave overnight to fully dry.

Adding colour

Mix a 10p amount of Easy varnish with each pigment to a single cream consistency. Use this to paint the beak (yellow ochre) head (red), eye and neck (black). Varnish dries very quickly so you will need to remix more as required.

Mix a dry brush blend of easy varnish and black pigment to make a thick paste. (see video below) Wipe off excess colour then use this to dry brush the wings. Make up a similar paste with black and a touch of white (grey), again wipe off the excess and use this mix to dry brush the legs.

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Dry Brushing

Final Touch

Finally, I added some large 3d balls to a small container, sprayed generously with yellow bister then added enough transparent powertex to make the balls clump. I placed this onto the metal base and patted down. I repeated this until I had a nice covering on the base. I then dripped the remaining mixture into any gaps to help bond the balls. Leave overnight to dry

I hope you have enjoyed this project as much as I did.

I will be running full day workshops at my studio in Leamington Spa, on the following dates if you would like to join me to create a crane.

  • Tuesday 29th January 2019
  • Wednesday 13th February 2019
  • Sunday 3rd March

For further details, please see the workshop section on my website www.annettesmyth.co.uk .

Until next time, Happy Creative Adventures

Annette x

 

Powertex Happiness Jars – Kore Sage

Powertex Happiness Jars

With the festive season in full swing, it’s a time we give thanks and reflect before moving into the new year. Many of us state intentions and plan to start something new. Maybe you make resolutions or choose a word for the year. I’m trying something new with this project too. Every day I write three things I’m thankful for in my journal but with this project I’m keeping them in a jar instead. These Happiness Jars will help me to keep focused on positive things into the new year and through 2019.

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Happiness Jars have been around a long time in craft circles but I’ve never decorated my own with Powertex. Of course with endless Powertex possibilities I needed to narrow down a couple of techniques! I chose Stone Art and Easy Structure techniques but fabric wrapping or Stone Art clay would be fantastic. These are the jars I made using simple techniques.

Powertex Happiness Gratitude Jars by Kore Sage

Powertex Happiness Jars

The idea is to fill them up with your wishes, intentions or thanks. Use pieces of coloured paper and write thanks each day to add to your Gratitude jar or maybe a hope to your Wish Jar or a happy moment to a Memory Jar. Read these anytime or save them up for the end of the year. They make a great boost on tough days.

Gratitude Jar with Easy Structure

Supplies:

A glass jar with lid, Easy Structure, 3d Balls, mdf alphabet, clay flowers from the daisy mould, some mdf Dropouts and some bits from my stash. To finish, Red and Blue Powertex Universal Medium and Easy Varnish with Copper Colortricx pigment. Use what ever you have to embellish and colour your jar.

Clean the jar to remove any glue from the outside. Use a plastic palette knife to add the Easy Structure paste over a couple of areas on the jar and to cover the lid. I had my embellishments ready and just pushed them into the paste. The Easy Structure is super strong and holds everything really well. I added letters, a few flowers and leaves, mdf circles from the drop outs pack and some 3d balls.

It’s a good idea to clean off any paste smudges you don’t want with a wet cloth before you leave it to dry. I left mine overnight.

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Paint your textures with Powertex, I used a mix of Red and Blue Powertex (to make a dark purple) but any dark colour will work well. Wipe off any excess Powertex from the glass and leave to dry for an hour or so.

Finishing touches are done with a dry brushing technique with Copper Colortricx. Mix a little powder pigment into a tiny amount of Easy Varnish with a flat brush, for a dry paint. Wipe off the excess onto a paper towel before brushing over the textures to highlight them.

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Wish Jar

Supplies:

I used Transparent Powertex (but any colour will work for this), Stone Art and Colortricx Powerpearl pigment with Easy Varnish.

I stenciled shapes onto the jar (the Wonderland stencil was good for this). This was fairly easy because of the flat sides but would also work on a round jar. A little masking tape to hold the stencil in place helped before I applied a little Powertex through the stencil with a brush. Then press on a little Stone Art Powder while it’s wet. Brush away any excess. Repeat the shapes all over the jar and leave to dry for an hour.

For the lid, coat with Powertex and then Stone Art and add an embellishment. I added a wooden star left over from my Christmas stash.

Mixing up some Powerpearl pigment with a bit of Easy Varnish was a quick way to highlight the raised areas. I used a small brush to add the Powerpearl finish to the stenciled shapes and over the lid. Then a quick brush of Copper over the star. The perfect little jar for my wishes!

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A note about working on glass

Powertex will stick to glass however it can be a bit slippery! If you want to wrap fabric around your jar, small pieces of tape can help. A light weight fabric is a good choice for this project as it might not need tape.

A new start

These jars are the perfect way to start the new year, full of thanks and hope for the coming months. There are so many ways to alter the jars and make something you can treasure all year. Whether you make a wish jar, a memory keeper or a pick-me-up jar I hope you share your creation at Powertex Addicts United so I can see! How will you use your Happiness Jar?

I’m so pleased to say that I’ll be back next year with more projects for the Powertex Design Team. It’s such a pleasure to be part of this amazing team and to be creating new projects to share here. You can also find more of my projects and blogs at Kore Sage Art.

The festive season is well under way and it’s a busy time for many. However you’re spending this time of year I hope you find some time to let your art out.

Until next time,

Kore x

Top Ten Tips for a Powertex Christmas – Annette Smyth

Hello Everyone

I don’t know about you but I just love this time of year.  I have Christmas movies and music playing in the background from the beginning of November!!

So in the spirit of the season,  I wanted to share some ideas with you on how to get a wintery festive feel into your projects.  So here are my top ten tips for Christmas crafting along with some festive musical titles (how many can you recognise?)………..

1. LET IT SNOW, LET IT SNOW, LET IT SNOW………

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In my opinion you can never have enough snow!

Mix small 3D Balls and 3D Sand into White Powertex to get a textured snow effect. Experiment with different amounts of each until you get the consistency you need for your project.

Dry brushing with Powerpearl pigment makes the snow glisten.

2.  OH CHRISTMAS TREE, OH CHRISTMAS TREE ………

fullsizeoutput_15aa.jpegIcelandic/Reindeer moss coated in Transparent Powertex makes a lovely textured Christmas tree.  Be sure you give it enough time to dry – I left mine overnight, be careful if you use a hairdryer to speed up the process as you can burn the moss.

Here I have used moss that has been dyed bright green. The Powertex makes the dye bleed very slightly, so be aware of that when placing onto your project.

As the Powertex dried and became stickier,  I used a skewer to push the tree into shape.

3. (Christmas) PRETTY LIGHTS ON THE TREE……..

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Coat the large 3D Balls in Powertex and then dry brush with the pigments of your choice to make beautiful Christmas lights. To get a real shine coat with Easycoat Glossy. 

These can then be placed onto your tree and for a stringed light effect use Powercotton coated in transparent Powertex to connect the lights together.

4. DECORATIONS OF RED ON A GREEN CHRISTMAS TREE……

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Well actually the decorations can be any colour you like.

Use Stoneart clay and your favourite silicon moulds to create decorations for your tree. Attach to your project using Transparent Powertex .

Watch the video in the Penguin blog to see how to make Stoneart clay.

Dry brush with pigments to complement your chosen colour scheme

5. MERRY CHRISTMAS MR BUBLE……

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Ok so I cheated on this title as I couldn’t think of any song with baubles in it……but you can’t have Christmas without a bit of Mr Buble.

Take a ball of Stoneart clay, insert a loop of cotton then coat with Easy Varnish.

Dip into glitter for a sparkly look or coat with your snow mix to look like a snowball.

6. WITH AN EVERGREEN WREATH ON A RED FRONT DOOR……..

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You can make a great Christmas wreath by using a mdf cog.  Coat with a layer of Powertex Green.  Dip strips of Paperdec into the Powertex and lay around the cog in a circular shape.

Dry brush with Colortricx Terragreen pigment and sprinkle on a little snow to finish your wreath.

7. DECK THE HALLS WITH BOUGHS OF HOLLY…………

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Use your Stoneart clay with any cutters you have to create embellishments.  Here I’ve used a sugarcraft holly leaf cutter with green clay.  Remember to keep these cutters for non food use only.

The holly berries are 3d Balls dipped  in Powertex and drybrushed with red pigment then coated with Easycoat Glossy.

8. WITH THOSE HOLIDAY GREETINGS AND GAY HAPPY MEETINGS……

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You can add any greetings you like into your project by using the mdf letters .

I coated mine in the base colour then placed them onto my project.  Using white Powertex I then painted over the top to make them stand out.

9. THE PRETTIEST PICTURE YOU’VE EVER SEEN IS CHRISTMAS IN KILLARNEY……

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You can add a focal point into your project by using the Powertex rice papers.  

Select the image you want to use and draw around it (leaving a small margin) using a wet paintbrush.  Now gently pull away the excess paper keeping your hand on the image, this way if you tear by mistake it will be the waste that you rip into and not your picture.

Attach to your project using Easycoat Matt.

10. RAISE A CUP OF CHRISTMAS CHEER………..

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After all your hardwork treat yourself to a little of what you like
Merry Christmas and Happy Creative Adventures…..see you all in the New Year
Axx

Winter scene with Powertex snow

Hi it’s Kore, welcome to my winter blog.  What better way to create a classic winter snow scene than with Powertex and Stone Art! Just take a look at the gorgeous golden glow through the church window!

Powertex winter scene by Kore Sage

Winter scene

Ingredients for this project are:

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Step 1 The sky and underpainting

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Use Powertex to put your base colours down. I used White Powertex at the top of my canvas. Use a flat brush or piece of card to drag a tiny amount of colour pigments through the wet surface. See how I dragged the colour in curves. The lower half was covered in blue Powertex. This will mostly be covered but the blue will show through in places.

Step 2 Adding Stone Art

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While the blue Powertex is still wet, use your hands to cover it with Stone Art powder and press it gently into the surface. Try to avoid any wet white Powertex at the top. Gently brush off excess powder into a spare container/plate, you can use this again. See how some of the blue Powertex shows through? These layers of Powertex and Stone Art can be repeated until you are happy with the texture.

Step 3 Cardboard buildings

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Cut or tear some cardboard into building shapes. I made my pieces quite large and I wanted a church shape so made a triangular roof and spire piece. You can see the shapes I cut here. I covered them with white Powertex and stuck them onto the canvas. I build up the snow and hedgerow effect at the bottom so use a thicker layer of Powertex and pile on the Stone Art, including what I had left over. Notice how uneven it is.

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Step 4 Building textures

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To create the building I painted the walls and roof with Powertex Lead and Terracotta although you can use blue, black or white for the walls and roof. While the Powertex is wet, add a layer of Stone Art to create a snow effect on the roof. You could also try adding sand textures to the walls. Add more Stone Art snow where you want it, using wet Powertex and leave this to dry while you make your embellishments.

Step 5 Create the details

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I’ve chosen a few details to add to the landscape. The mdf gothic door was perfect for the church, painted with Lead. Paint some white card with Golden Metallic Ink to make the light in the window. Just attach the painted card to the window with a little Powertex and trim your card when dry. Tear some cardboard squares and paint with Golden Metallic Ink for the smaller windows.

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Cut Hessian scraps into tall triangles, paint gently with white Powertex and then spray with green Bister. Sprinkle a little Stone Art on the tops. The hessian threads can come apart easily so use a paint brush for this.

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Step 6 Pulling it together

I used some white Powertex to paint some of my snow textures to brighten them up then added my embellishments. Use Powertex to glue the pieces in place. Add any extra snow on the tops of windows with a little white Powertex. Lastly spray blue bister in the foreground and use a little on a flat brush to paint in your pathway. You could use other colours of Bister to change the mood of your scene or paint shadows.

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As a finishing touch I also added some sparkle to the snow areas using some Pearl pigment and white Powercolor with some Easy Varnish to make a paint. This makes the snow glisten in the light!

I think this scene would look fantastic with a dark night sky, maybe with some iridescent pigments. If you have a go, post a picture in The Powertex Studio, I’d love to see it!

Thanks for looking at my project. If you’d like to see more of my work you can also follow me on Facebook and Instagram.

Until then, make a little time to let your art out!

Kore x