In August our product of the month is the Masai Collection. This is a collection of plaster head/busts that can be used to create stunning figurines and statues. You may have seen “Agnes” recently on our Hochanda tv shows.
The plaster pieces can be painted with Powertex Fabric Hardener and attached to a stand with foil and masking tape. Use Powertex Fabric Hardener to paint, glue and dress your statues.
Fabric sculpting with Powertex is easy on these figures because Powertex and gravity do all the work for you. The fabric will fall into beautiful folds and you can pinch and press the fabric into shape to fit the figure as you like. You can also use Transparent Powertex if you have a fabric that you love, just test a little first!
Some of our tutors have been busy creating beautiful figure sculptures for their workshops, just take a look at these.
If you would like to try your own figure sculpture you can find all you need at Powertex UK. The Masai collection are available to buy individually and the range extends to other styles so take a look at the whole range. The busts are approximately 10 cm high so they fit the wooden stands perfectly.
Anne has created a flower girl figure if this theme isn’t your style. We love to see what you create so if you have a figure to share, hop over to the Facebook group at Powertex Addicts United and join our community group, The Powertex Studio.
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One of the great things I love about working with the Powertex product range is the ability to recycle and upcycle everyday objects into something completely different.
I love to create 3D sculptures, especially animals and birds. I often walk around car boots and local charity shops dreaming of all the things I could create from the weird and wonderful items on offer.
Sometimes I find an object that just attracts me but I don’t have an immediate project in mind. In cases like this, I sit the item in my studio and wait until I get that lightbulb moment.
Powertex sculptures from recycled items
Here are a few of my upcycled sculpts.
Lamp bases make great legs!
These beautiful lamps were no longer working and were gifted to me by my good friend Jacqui Mexson. Jacqui knows me so well that she knew I would be over the moon and brimming with ideas with their beautiful shape.
I removed all the electrical gubbins and the lampshades (I’ve reserved these for another project!!). Along with some polystyrene, pipe lagging, foil and masking tape, they were then ready for their transformation into…
This candle holder was a pleasant find at the local tip shop for the grand price of £1. Candle holders are often solid forms with a decent weight so lend themselves perfectly as armatures. The flowing curves of this treble clef shape immediately called out for a sea themed project. I removed the top flat plate and built up the shape with tin foil to create…
My rabbits and dogs are created from 4pt plastic milk containers for the bodies. The cardboard tubes from the centre of rolls of tinfoil are the perfect for shape for legs. Foil enables me to add bulk and shape for the head, ears and paws.
Before being covered with fabric or Stone Art clay.
I hope you have enjoyed seeing a few of my Powertex sculptures from recycled items and that I have inspired you to have a go yourself. If you would like an easy start into sculpting check out my previous article on sculpting penguins.
Easy 3D comes as a heavy powder that is mixed with Powertex Fabric Hardener to create a clay. The clay is like dough and can be applied to canvas art as well as sculpture. It’s designed to crack as it dries which can leave deep cracked textures in the surface.
If you would like to try some Easy 3D Flex for yourself you can find it at Powertex UK. Need a little help to make up the clay? Just go to the instruction sheet at the bottom.
Powertex Design Team examples
The Design Team love to use this clay. Here’s some examples of how they’ve used it in their creations.
This planet art project by Jill has a tutorial in the Magazine, click on the image to open.
Shell’s beautiful Mandala art also has a tutorial, click on the image to see her step by step blog.
This art doll kit is highly textured. You can see how Abigail puts this together in her tutorial, click on the image.
Hello Everyone, this month’s theme of Ancient Rome has got me really excited.
Why I hear you ask?…….Well, my Dad was born in the village of North Leigh in Oxfordshire. It is here that the remains of one of the largest Roman villas can be found. At its height, around the early 4th century it had 4 bath suites, 16 mosaic floors and 11 rooms with underfloor heating. I expect the inhabitants found our climate a little cool!
It was the mosaic floors that really grabbed my imagination and so I did a bit more digging into their symbolic meaning. I found that homes often had a mosaic with medusa in. This was considered a lucky talisman as it was thought to ward off evil, as her stare would turn the viewer to stone.
I immediately thought of using stone art to create the tiles and rather than Medusa I chose to use the Green man plaster , a more gentle image. The piece needed to be rustic and aged so bister was the perfect choice and having missing and misplaced tiles around the edge also gives it a timeworn feel.
If you would like to read more about the history of the villa please click here.
Hello everyone. I wonder, is there such a thing as star dreaming?
I hope you are having lots of adventures in this lovely weather we are currently experiencing. One of the things I love at this time of year is being able to sit out in the warm evenings under clear skies and let my mind wander.
When we look upwards with the naked eye, we can only see spots of light on a dark background. But what is really out there? Thanks to a very talented member of our family, I was able to get access to some amazing shots using astrophotography. This allowed me to get a more detailed view.
Barry Porteous has kindly allowed me to share some of his amazing work with you here. I think these images are just perfect inspiration for Powertex canvas projects. See the images below with my suggestions for the products you could use to recreate them as wall art.
In May the Product of the Month is silicon moulds. Powertex UK have a range of highly detailed silicon moulds for adding dimension to your mixed media art and crafts. Use with a Powertex and Stone Art mix for easy air drying clay. From tiny ammonite fossils, to flowers and leaves to extra large egyptian heads, take a look at the full range here. Don’t forget, when used with Powertex or Easy Varnish your pieces are also weatherproof and suitable for outdoor projects!
The Design Team using Powertex Moulds
Here are some examples of work using Powertex UK moulds by the design team.
Using moulds is a lovely way to use embellishments in your project. Because you have the mould you can make as few or as many pieces as you need and you can apply them while soft to curve around your surface like on Jinny’s bottle. You can also change the colour easily and Stone Art clay is very easy to work with.
If you like the look of the flower moulds you might want to take a look at this beautiful flower girl project by Anne. You can find the whole range of Powertex UK moulds here. Don’t forget to pick up some Stone Art while your there!
Hello everyone and welcome to my latest article. I was so excited when I found out the theme for this month was UNDER THE SEA. I love anything connected with the ocean. So much so that I think I could have been a mermaid in another lifetime. In fact my dream home is next to the sea with an airy, light cliff top studio looking over the waves and beach – I did say it was dream!
My inspiration for my creation came from old photographs I had taken during a diving holiday. Whilst flipping through the album these cute little clownfish kept appearing time and time again. Obviously they were crying out to be made into a sculpture.
I like to use StoneArt clay for my Powertex clownfish sculptures. Making my clay up and giving it time to rest before using it, I find gives me the best results. Resting it overnight double wrapped in clingfilm in my usual method.
DID YOU KNOW – Stone Art clay will keep for at least two weeks if kept in an airtight wrapping.
Do you find that sometimes your head can be so full of ideas that you have trouble choosing which one to start first. Then there are those times when you just cannot get going no matter what and it is easy to sit in that void. Just think how much more fun it would be to have creative adventures again. Let me show you how to find some Powertex inspiration.
So how do you find inspiration ??
I always find that getting out into nature kick starts my creative flow.
Walking across the local fields not only makes me feel better physically but it also clears my head of all the “shoulds” that are going on in there. You know the ones……I should be doing the housework, I should tackle that pile of ironing. It also makes space for ideas to take shape again.
Taking photographs of interesting textures often makes me think of new projects. I work out if I could utilise fabric or clay to recreate the texture.
Here are a few of my recent photographs and the ideas that initially came from them
1. Terry the Cormorant. He has recently taken up residence in the tree at the bottom of the garden. He’s just a sculpture waiting to happen
2. Buds and blossoms. The colours in nature encourage me to step away from my trusted favourites and try new colour ways.
This month I thought I would show you a Powertex family project. This is one that you could share with the children during the Easter holidays. So this article shows you how to make a piece of family art suitable for indoor use. It breaks down nicely into mini projects which all come together towards the end.
Why not let each family member decorate their own hoop, making this a real Powertex family project to treasure.
There is no limit to the number of hoops you can connect. Just ensure the whole structure is stable and check for balance when connecting them all together.
Here’s the twist, the hoops can be worked on either side (flat or recessed) and hung either way. So if your base fabric is fine you get a lovely silhouette if hung in a window with the decorated side facing outside. You could even suspend it and let it gently twist in the breeze getting the best of both worlds.
Or why not mix it up and have hoops facing in different directions?
-pipettes/waterproof cupcake cases/glass mat/small paintbrush/plastic covering for table/gloves/water spray bottle
Mini project 1 – Making the Jellyfish
Pour approximately 5mm of transparent Powertex into a cupcake case and leave to dry (this can take 2-3 days to dry completely).
When dry remove and cut in half using scissors to give you 2 half moon shapes. Take some of the white paperdecoration and pull it into fine strips. Dip one end into some transparent Powertex and stick it to the underside of the half moon. Leaving the tails of the paperdecoration uncovered gives them a soft floaty look. Leave to dry
You can move on to some of the other mini projects at this time.
Mini project 2 – Making the Seahorses.
Make a small quantity of stone art clay (see the video here for instructions) place in moulds pressing down firmly, release and set aside to dry.
Once dry, use a nail file to remove any uneven edges and paint with the translucent inks. You may need to do several layers to get a bright colour and don’t be afraid to mix the inks to make new colours.
Mini project 3 – Colouring the fabric/paperdecoration and stones
See the video below for how to colour your fabric. If you want all of your hoops to have the same background. You need to layout the hoops on the dry fabric first allowing enough space between them, to be able to cut out with a wide margin. You will need this to pull them taut on the frame later.
Alternatively let each person work on their own fabric with colours of their choice.
To colour the paperdecoration, take a strip and spray with water. Then fold it up and dip it into the inks. If you want the colour to run spray with more water after you have dipped it. You can take out some of the inks and place them on your glass mat to allow the colours to run together and roll the paper dec in this if you prefer.
Whilst you have the inks out, place some of the balls into a cupcake cases, mix in a small amount of ink to colour the balls and tip onto a piece of plastic to dry.
Now leave all of the ink covered pieces to dry completely.
Mini Project 4 – Attaching the fabric to the frame.
When your fabric is dry, dip it into the transparent Powertex. Then work this well to ensure you have covered all areas. The Powertex will look white but dries clear.
Now lay this fabric over the solid part of the embroidery frame, place the split hoop on top and slightly tighten the screw. Work around the frame pulling the fabric taut then tighten the screen further. Next leave this to dry then paint hoop with ink to blend in with your colour scheme.
PUTTING IT ALL TOGETHER.
Using the dried paperdecoration which you previously coloured. You need to dip this into transparent Powertex and wrap it around the edges of the hoops. Ensuring that where the hoops meet you reinforce this area with more paperdecoration. Let this dry then turn over and reinforce all joins from back.
If each person is decorating their own hoop, you can leave this step to last and join them once decorated.
I opted to work on the back of the hoop, the side with a recess so that the embellishments sat inside. I added my seahorses, jellyfish and stones using transparent Powertex to attach them.
I then added additional ink covered paperdecoration to cover the rings and drape over the hoops on both the front and the back.
If you are going to hang your piece, make sure that you use some paperdecoration to create a secure loop on your project.
I hope you enjoy making this Powertex family project and we would love to see your creations. Please feel free to post them in our facebook group – The Powertex Studio.
Rusty Powder -February – Powertex Product of the month
This month the team at Powertex Uk have picked rusty powder as their product of the month! Read on to find out how to mix it and see some examples of work with the rust effect created with this product.
How to mix
You can mix the powder with Powertex or Easy Structure and spread with pallet knife or brush. Next you need to spray a mix of water and vinegar on the wet surface. You can then repeat this as much as necessary. Next step is letting your piece dry for 24 hours or longer because this allows the rust process to take place.
How to create a coarse paste
You can obtain a rust paste by mixing Easy Structure with the Rusty Powder and a dash of vinegar. The other thing you can do is mix Powertex with 3DSand, the Powder and a dash of vinegar. This results to a coarser paste and a rough rust effect.
We hope you have enjoyed seeing pieces created by the team. Enough so that it inspires you to have a go! Join us over on Facebook in The Powertex Studio and share your makes. Until next time.