A Powertex mixed media project – Heron canvas – Jinny Holt

Tranquillity at sunset

Good morning fellow creative people, my project for January was a pair of MDF birds and they look like Cranes which are very similar to Herons, well I think so, which is a bird I see on a more or less daily basis when I take our dog for a walk by the river, so my cranes have now become herons.

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I have to confess in my head I was going to do freestanding birds, not dissimilar to a fellow Design team member, so I had to rethink how I was going to bring my birds to life. Then it hit me, why not do them on canvas! So this was my train of thought. I had an old powertex canvas and decided to recycle this as the backdrop for my birds.

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 In fact, I already quite liked this canvas as a backdrop and helped me to plan a backdrop for my birds. I then added some extra texture to this canvas, using TRANSPARENT POWERTEX  to help adhere my texture to the canvas.

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I had a rummage through my stash and found these old split washers and nuts, which I overlayed over pieces of odd scraps of lace and PAPERDECORATION and a little bit of stone art paste which has added more texture to the canvas.

TOP TIP ~ when using paper decoration, spray with water before soaking in Powertex, it will react quicker and thus save creative time ~

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I have also added some little pegs to give the illusion of reeds.

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I added extra texture on the sun part of the old canvas with stone art clay.
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I next painted the whole canvas with a thin layer of Ivory Powertex, just to give it a base for the new colour.

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I then painted my canvas with pigment colours and the secret art loft paints.

TOP TIP ~ Did you know you can use your pigment colours like watercolours?

I would not use this technique if your project is to go outside, you will need the varnish for this but as my project is a canvas, this is fine.

I stuck with colours that were related to the scene, which I helped by spraying over with a water bottle as I wanted it fairly transparent in colour… DARK BLUE which I absolutely love, brown tones for the reeds and red, orange and pink tones. Now for the magical part, dry brushing … I did the dry brushing next and painted my pair of birds in BLACK POWERTEX and made some stone art clay and added this for texture to the body and neck of the birds.

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I next concentrated on the wings and made a rough shape of the wings with some wire and then covered them in lace scraps that I found which resembled a feather shape

At this point, I decided to leave it all to dry overnight.

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The black sticks are now going to be my bird’s legs as I cut off the ones from the bird template.

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I added some discs to the underside of the birds, so when it was all assembled they would have a height to them.

Once I assembled the birds to the canvas, I then decided to do some dry brushing to showcase all the texture and add some depth to them. I started off with the silver pigment and varnish and then topped it up with white pigment, which added extra highlights to the texture on the wings and bodies.

I took some close up photos so you can see all the yummy texture. I hope that I have inspired you to create with Powertex.

You can find all the materials you need at Powertex UK

You can find me on…

Facebook at MUMS SHED

WordPress at  MumsShed

You can get loads of inspiration from the Powertex addicts on Facebook

Being creative is not a hobby, it’s a way of life!

Thanks for reading

Jinny 

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~

Introducing the Powertex UK Design Team and Guests 2019

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You will notice some familiar faces to the Powertex UK Design Team 2019 and some new ones too.

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Abigail Lagden – Back for her second year.

I am a self taught artist based on the outskirts of Bishop Auckland, County Durham. I absolutely adore the rich, intense colours and the amazing depth and textures that you can create with Powertex. I love all things magical, mystical and fantastical, and find this influence has a tendency to creep into most of my creations!

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Annette Smyth – Back for her third year

‘I live in Leamington Spa with my husband and three dogs. I’ve created all my life and love the flexibility Powertex gives me to use my existing skills and develop new ones. Every day is a creative adventure. ‘

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Donna Mcghie – Back for her second year

I am a level 4 Powertex tutor and continue to be inspired and amazed by the variety of ways this medium can be used both for my individual art projects, and also for my art 4 a heart workshops. £5 from each booking under the Art 4 A Heart banner gets donated to the brilliant Papworth Hospital Charity who saved my husbands life with an emergency heart transplant a few years ago.

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Fiona Potter – Back for her third year

Hi Fi Potter here and boy I am so excited to be back for a third year on the Powertex DT. I am basedin north Warwickshire a stones throw from the NEC. I’m a lifelong crafter working with textiles,mixed media and found objects. I enjoy creating everything from delicate to chunky jewellery, wall art and home decor and this coming year I’m challenging myself to be more sculptural and push myself out of my comfort zone. Join me for the ride and lets see where 2019 takes us!

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Jill Cullum – New to the Team

I live in North Lincolnshire with my partner Karl and guinea pig, Toffee. I have always been creative so discovering Powertex was the icing on the cake! I am a mother and Nanny as well as having a busy, stressful ‘day’ job. I love using my creativity to switch off from day to day stresses, finding it therapeutic and rewarding. My favourite Powertex products? Difficult one, but Rusty Powder along with 3D Sand Balls would be at the top of my list.

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Jinny Holt – Back for her second year

Hi I’m Jinny Holt.
I live in Scotland, wife, mother, nanny.
During the day I am a support worker for adults with additional needs.
Creativity is my life misson and therapy!
I love working with Powertex, love Stone art and Easy 3D, more texture the better. I tend to do darker pieces but enjoy pretty sometimes.

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Kore Sage – Back for her second year

I’m a mixed media artist living in Brighton. I love walks on the beach, to paint, journal, create, share my process and live a creative life with an 80s soundtrack. Before art I had a dining room table. I really enjoy canvases that are very layered. My favourite products to use are Easy Structure and Rusty Powder because I can combine these with other products for so many different effects.

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Shell North – New to the team

Mum of 3 grown children, Nanny to 2, Yorkshire born but living in Dorset with my Partner. I’m a full time artist with qualifications in substance counselling and special needs care so the importance of art therapy is a huge part of my artistic journey. I love immersing myself in mix media and sculpting. Whimsical, magical, and fantasy as well as nature inspire me artistically.

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Anna Emelia Howlett –  Back for her third year

Based in Maidstone , Kent. I work in mixed media and I’m inspired by most things magical. I think in this day and age we never seem to make enough time for ourselves. I truly believe art can give us the space our bodies need to breathe. Being creative is continuing to improve my well-being, and I love sharing that and helping others make that time to enhance their creative side. I love EVERYTHING about Powertex I can’t chose a favourite product it’s way too hard!

And please welcome the Powertex UK 2019 guest bloggers.

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Anne Waller – Back again for her 3rd year

My favourite product has to be the Transparent Powertex. It has so many uses in my textile work. Often it is the ‘unseen hero’ stabilising and securing thread work on the back of a piece. When it comes to mixed media, then it has to be the Bronze Powertex. It provides the perfect base for yummy shimmering pearlescent and metallic pigments. I just love a bit of bling!

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Patricia Williams – Powertex tutor

I am a Mixed Media Artist using the name Alex Henry.  Specialising in Powertex products, creating sculptures and running workshops. I have worked with children in local youth groups and recently exhibited at the Jinney Ring Sculpture Trail. Many hours of my time is spent experimenting with Powertex.

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Sam Butler – I love to play, dabble and experiment and will give anything a go!! My favourite colour is green, however I do love the black Powertex! But my most, most favourite product at the moment is StoneArt, I can’t get enough of it.

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Crafting in Winter

Hello, hello

Me again with another blog for the Design team. My brief for this blog was “Winter Crafting” well this had me thinking about Christmas, as I do love Christmas, even at my age! I love, love, love making Christmas creations and would happily make Christmas creations all year round.

My first creation is a Christmas bauble and I was very inspired by a recent trip to Roslyn Chapel, if you have never been, you should visit, if in Scotland. The place is amazing and all the carvings inside the chapel are all unique, every single pillar and archways.

For this project I used…

One polystyrene egg form
Ivory Powertex
Stone art clay
Molds
Plastic bottle top

I made up some Stone art clay, brushed my moulds with some dry stone art, so as not to stick.
I then placed the moulded stone art clay to my egg form and glued them down with the Transparent Powertex. Then dried off with my hairdryer
I then painted the dried egg form with the dark brown powercolor pigment and had already decided I wanted to do an ombre effect on my Christmas bauble with brown and cream, I used Ivory Powertex as my cream colour.
I then turned my egg form upside down and glued on a plastic lid from my Grandsons discarded drinks bottles, always good to recycle and it was perfect for the topper of a bauble.
I dry brushed with some Ivory Powertex and the colortricx Rich Gold Pigment.
I glued on some gold crotchet material I had in my stash and some plastic silver bling, popped a wire through the hole in the top and secured it in with some hot glue.
Have fun creating your own decorations for Christmas. I know I did! Jinny x

 

Teatime in wonderland, wearing my best hat!

Hello lovely people.
I hope you enjoyed the show on Hochanda and it has got your creative juices flowing.
I was lucky enough to try out the project packs before the show and I have to say I really enjoyed doing them.
I created the hat first as my muse was screaming at me to do that one.
Sadly I did not do step by step photos as I was way too excited to crack on and play.
I had a piece of quite chunky crochet material I wanted to use and this was just the job.
I first laid out all the parts of the kit and decided how I was going to display them, before getting out the Powertex and going for it.
My muse already knew what colour theme I was going to do, so first I painted the top hat in the BLUEBERRY PIE and MOJITO LIME
Paint and Powertexed my crochet material and laid it on the hat.
I used the green and did a bit of blending with the blueberry and dry brushed with the white pigment to highlight.
I added the rice papers to the playing cards and added texture in the form of sand balls to the top part of the cards.
I took the feather and added texture to that using stone art and Powertex and used a pokey tool to make it look like a feather, dry brushed with black.
I used more of the crochet material to the bottom part of the hat and then measured and soaked some material to give it a more 3D effect to the middle part of the hat.
I used easy 3D FLEX on the tag and gave it a crackle effect using some brown bister and added the MDF numbers and painted them with easy varnish mixed with black pigment.
And my mad hatter’s hat I felt was completed.
The next kit I found more of a creative challenge and my muse was stumped on how to go about this one, I think as the rice papers are so pretty, it kind of threw me a little, as this is not more normal style!
 I sat and played around with combinations for a while until I decided upon a design my muse liked but once I started, I did not stop until it was done.
Firstly I wet ripped the rice paper, by this I mean if you dunk a fine paintbrush in water and run it around the part of the rice paper/tissue paper you want to use, it comes away quite easy and looks a better finish when laid down on a structure.
I then added lace to other parts of the teapot and cups and saucers and decoratively painted the flowers and flamingo and the little mouse on the top. I added a piece of string dipped in transparent Powertex. I painted the MDF wording in the blue paint and stuck down using Powertex as my glue.
I forgot the mention I added a few lace butterflies as well.
It turned out very pretty (for me) and I loved incorporating the rice papers into my design.
I hope all the design team blogs on this theme have inspired you all.
Until my next blog …. Go be creative
Jinny x

Easter time and I think of eggs

But not the chocolate kind but the Powertex kind, plus Powertex eggs have no calories!
I had some medium sized Polystyrene egg shapes and was thinking about what I could do with them.
I love fantasy and whimsy stuff and decided to make a dragon egg.

 

To create the texture I used Ivory Powertex and started by adding Powertex PAPER DECORATION This makes a perfect texture for the egg of a dragon.
I also mixed up some Powertex with some STONE ART to make a clay, to add extra texture and give a little more height my egg.
Some texture using the Powertex clay technique, when it was almost dry I sculpted it with a pokey tool.
This is a side view of my Dragon egg
Aha, it would not be a dragon’s egg without a newborn baby dragon.
I made the baby dragon out of Polymer clay, my other passion and scraped out some of the centre of the egg and glued in my baby dragon using the TRANSPARENT powertex.
Front view, I added some real crystal chips and some glass glitter to make it sparkle.
So Dragon eggs really do exist, well they do in my shed.
I enjoyed making this one so much I made a couple more

 

 

I now have a lovely selection of Baby Dragon eggs on my mantlepiece.

 

Winter Fairy House

Today I’m going to show you a step by step of how I made my Fairy house, using the Fairy house kit from Powertex as we all love a bit of magic and fantasy.
I hope you find it easy to follow and have fun, making your very own.
This is the kit that I used.

 

 

First I set about placing, so I had an idea of what I was going to achieve.
I painted the fairy house in black Powertex.
I then chose some material from my stash and dipped in the BlackPowertex and laid over my roof and then dried it.
I then decided to add some texture to the base of the Fairy house,

using the 3D Sand balls.

I then decided to use the Powertex ,Paperdecoration for my main texture. This is a really lovely texture as once saturated with the Powertex it stretches and makes a really nice texture.
I next set about making some texture for my Fairy door and I used the same method as above with the 3D sand and Black Powertex, only I added more to make a kind of paste. I then used a palette knife to smooth it on the door and ran a crochet hook in lines to give it a wood effect, let it dry.
I also added some of the lace from the kit, to under the roof, to add extra texture.
In the next three photos, whilst the door was drying I started to decorate three of the toadstools from the kit. Again I used  3D Sand for the texture and this time, some red Powertex.
I did two layers with the red Powertex and 3D sand to add some depth and I painted the stalks with Ivory Powertex.
I then used some Mocha pigment and dragged it through the wet Ivory Powertex, to create lines, making my Toadstools look more lifelike.
I then wanted to incorporate the stencil onto my Fairy house but the Paperdecoration was too textured if you like, so I had to find a way to get the stencil to work. I came up with the idea of laying down some masking tape, to make a smoother surface, to add the stencil. To create the texture to add to the stencil, yep, you guessed it I used the 3D Sand and Black Powertex to form a paste and palette over the stencil. I then dried it with my trusty hairdryer, as I did not want to smudge the text.
I then added my windows and chosen embellishments and painted with black Powertex and dried.
I already had a colour theme and chose these Pigment colours and began to dry brush onto my fairy house. The beauty of this technique is if you don’t like it, you can change your mind and re-do it!
And here is the end result.

 

 

These are the bits I had left, along with some lace, which I know I will definitely use in another Powertex project.
I really enjoyed making this kit and I hope to see all the Fairy houses you create.
Feel free to share them on the Powertex Addicts page on Facebook.
Laters Powertexers
Jinny

Love using Powertex

So my first official post of the year. Happy new year everyone.
To create this piece I had a large paper mache heart I have had hanging about in my shed. I have recently been playing with glue gun texture, so decided to try this out on a larger piece.
I painted the heart with yummy red Powertex and found some old tablecloth, which is the cross texture, you can see, I then used my new glue gun that Santa brought me and drizzled hot glue randomly around the heart shape.
I had a good old rummage in my stash of metal embellishments and added using the red Powertex as my adhesive, I then added the Love MDF piece and set about bringing this heart to life.
I next sprayed some black Bister over the embellishments to add depth and shadow to my piece.
Next, I did some dry brushing with my favourite Colortricx Rich Gold, to add highlights and make this little beauty pop and pop she did!

I added a gold-tone large hook so it can be hung up.

The photo below is a close up of the glue gun texture, it works so well with Powertex.
I have added some gloss varnish on the MDF heart to give extra pizzaz. Hope I’ve left you inspired I had a ton of fun creating this piece. Ta ta Jinny x

Getting to know you – Powertex Design Team 2018


Wow! 2017 Just seemed to fly by for us I don’t know about anyone else. Hope you all had a fabulous Christmas with Family and friends. So with the new year comes a mix up for the Powertex UK Design Team. Some are familiar faces the newbies are part of our Powertex family of tutors whom we wanted to give the opportunity of bringing their unique projects to the table.
Anna Emelia Howlett of Rosehart Studio

Yep that’s me! I am Design Team, Blog co-ordinator and Press Office for Powertex UK.  Fully certified Powertex UK tutor. I am a busy little bee, when I am not creating artwork in the form of drawings, sculpture and journals, children’s book designs, stamp designs and teaching workshops, you will find me working at the hobby shows with Powertex UK and so much more. I love using Powertex for mixed media or altered art projects particularly. I pretty much throw everything at it as I love detail! More is More!!
I have four cats and would definitely have more if I could. On my time out I love hanging out with the other half, going to comic conventions, singing at Rock choir, riding horses and helping with girl guides. I am inspired by wild life, nature and mythical creatures to name but a few. My favourite word is Toodles.
 Abigail  Lagden of Curiously Contrary
Powertex tutor and the creative team leader based in Bishop Auckland, County Durham.
These days, my life pretty much revolves around my two crazy rescue dogs (Benson and Daisy) and all things Powertex (not really a bad life!). When I have a bit of spare time (not as often as I’d like), I volunteer as a props maker for the outdoor spectacular, Kynren.
I absolutely adore the rich, intense colours and the amazing depth and textures that you can create with Powertex. I draw a lot of inspiration from nature, but I also love all things magical, mystical and fantastical, and find this influence has a tendency to creep into many of my creations!
 Annette Smyth Creative Adventurer

Powertex Creative Team Leader, stockist and Certified Tutor
I live in Leamington Spa with my husband and 3 fur babies Harvey, Travis and Flo. I like to reuse found items in my work and get lots of inspiration from car boots, charity shops and recycling stores. I love lazy lunches, feel good movies, coffee cake and snorkeling in warm seas. I’m looking forward to sharing my ideas with you this year.

 Donna Mcghie of Arts and Murals by Donna Mcghie

I am passionate about my art 4 a heart workshops, as a percentage of these goes to the Papworth Hospital Charity as a thank you for the life saving work they did when my husband needed a heart transplant.
I get inspired by the seemingly mundane every day things that are all around us, which is why I love working with Powertex, because it can and does transform the most basic of things into something beautiful.
Fi Potter of Fiona potter Artist and Jewellery Maker

Powertex UK tutor, design Team 2017 and tv guest presenter. Based in Warwickshire.
I made my mark in the jewellery world demonstrating lots of techniques on tv shopping channels. Since 2007 I’ve dipped my toes in lots of mediums discovering which would best bring my design ideas to life, from creating backgrounds for designing projects to use with resin jewellery and home decor, wirework, polymer clay, mixed media and more.
Having discovered Powertex in November 2015 I was hooked. I became a member of the Hochanda TV team for Powertex UK in 2017 and a member of the Design Team. I am thrilled to be back for another year to show you my spin on Powertex.I thoroughly enjoy sharing my love of Powertex with my grand daughter Sophie, we have much fun making fabulous creations.
Jinny Holt

Hello, my name is Jinny I am a wife, Mum to three and a Nanny to two Grandsons. 
I am a full-time Support worker and arts and crafts coordinator for young adults with additional needs. 
I have always enjoyed making and creating things since I was a child. 
I love to recycle things whenever I can and have been known to rummage through skips on the odd occasion, you know what they say “One mans junk is another man’s treasure” 
I am inspired by everyday life and nature. As well as creating with Powertex I also enjoy Polymer clay and jewellery making and when I am not creating I enjoy gardening and decorating.

Kore Sage of Sky Sage Studio

I’m Kore, Mixed media crafter and arty experimenter. I believe in the healing power of creating art. If I’m not painting and layering to a background of Eighties hits and rock classices you might find me by the waves on Brighton beach or learning tai chi. My superpower probably involves orange paint.