Create faux stone effect with Powertex by Kore Sage

Stone effect Powertex Stone Art

Powertex Stone art is a product for creating fine textures, faux stone effect and of course air drying clay. Use with Powertex Universal Medium for convincing stone results.

Stone effect Powertex Stone Art

Hi it’s Kore! So this month is all about Stone Art at Powertex HQ. It’s the perfect opportunity to show you a favourite technique of mine. I’m demonstrating how to create a faux stone effect on almost any surface. In this demonstration I’ll be using a piece of styrofoam. Watch the video for my demonstration and pop the sound on. I’ve listed my supplies below.

Supplies

Powertex Stone Art Faux Stone

Pop the sound on for this video demonstration or continue for photo description.

Step 1

Applying Powertex

Put a little Powertex medium onto your plate and use your fingers to apply it unevenly to the surface, not too thin. Wear a glove for this if you like.

Step 2

Applying Stone Art

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Use a dry hand to sprinkle Stone Art powder onto the wet Powertex. Cover it completely and be generous. Don’t worry we won’t waste any! Press the Stone Art onto the wet Powertex firmly. Use your fingers to brush off any excess powder into your spare container. Repeat this process as many times as you like to create your textures. You can apply it more in some areas. I recommend leaving to dry for a while before moving to the next step. You can use a hairdryer to speed this up if you wish.

Step 3

Buffing your textures

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When you have your dry layers of Stone Art we want to remove any loose powder. Use your fingers flat over the textures, rubbing firmly to remove any Stone Art that’s not stuck down. Any loose powder can be saved into your container and used again. It will be more textured than the “new” Stone Art. Buff over the whole piece until your happy. You should be able to see your textures well now.

Step 4

Using Bister sprays

Adding Bister spray to Stone Art textures

To make the most of the textures, spray Bister generously onto the piece. You can use any colours, layer them up and mix them together. Dry them off in between if you like. I find the more the better here.

Next use a damp sponge to wipe the Bister from the raised areas. This creates highlights. Repeat these steps until you get a result you like. The Bister is water based and not permanent so you can wipe this back and repeat as much as you like.

You can use this technique on most surfaces including glass, canvas and wood. If you have a plastic surface, the Powertex will likely peel off. It’s a good idea to prime the surface first with masking tape, gesso or a spray primer.

As Bister is not permanent you may wish to seal your project with varnish. You can use Easy Varnish but a spray varnish will also work well.  These pieces make great bases for animal sculptures! Note that Stone Art is made of paper and varnish is also highly flammable so is not suitable for use with real candles.

I hope you’ve learnt something you can use.  There are other Stone Art projects on the blog if you feel inspired. If you have a question about this technique, leave me a comment and I’ll do my best to help.

You can find more of my projects over at Kore Sage Art.

Until next time, let your art out!

Kore 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

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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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!

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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

Ghosts and Goblets for a Powertex Halloween

Hi it’s Kore. Autumn brings bright days and chilly nights and of course Halloween! Powertex and Halloween go together like carved pumpkins and candles so what better to make this month than Halloween decorations. If you’re looking for house ghosts, grim goblets or pocket pumpkins there’s something here for you and don’t worry if you’re new to Powertex, these are easy too.

These makes are super simple and don’t need lots of products for a Halloween packed with Powertex. Think of all the questions you’ll get about how you made them!

Ghosts
Let’s start super simple. These little ghosts are so easy but look fantastic hanging in groups!
You’ll need:
White or Transparent Powertex
Squares of light white fabric such as muslin or cheesecloth
Black paint or marker for the eyes
Thread and needle to string them up
A bottle or similar shape, covered with cling wrap

Use Powertex on squares of fabric and drape over a bottle or similar to set overnight. Paint eyes on when dry. Use thread to hang them. Easy!

 

Fabric bowls
Also super easy to do and can be any size or colour you want.
You’ll need:
Small bowl and cling film or plastic bag to cover it
Piece of stockinette or other fabric to use with a dark Powertex
Powder pigment such as Violet Valentine and Easy Varnish

 

Massage the Powertex into your fabric and drape over the upturned bowl to set. Paint with a dry mix of pigment and Easy Varnish. I’m loving the Violet Valentine metallic pigment! Remember that Powertex is non toxic so you can put dry food in your bowls but I recommend to line them with paper or cling wrap.

Pumpkins
Pumpkins are a must if you’re celebrating Halloween but carving fresh Pumpkins is not for everyone.  I made these tiny table decorations using string and balloons, so you can make different sizes too.
You’ll need:
Balloons
String or cotton yarn
Powertex (Red, Yellow Ochre, Bronze, Black or even Ivory) I mixed Red and Yellow Ochre
Powder pigments and Easy Varnish

Cut lengths of string to wrap around. Inflate your balloons ready to the size you want. Massage the Powertex into the string and wrap around the balloon. Use your string end to make a stalk for the top. Leave overnight to set and cut the balloons to remove. Your string should still be soft enough to shape your pumpkins. Dry brush with highlights or metallics.

Goblets
These goblets were inspired by the brilliant Jinny Holt who posted hers and reminded me that I hadn’t used Stone Art on glass for a while. These are my Halloween goblets.
You’ll need:
Wine glasses
Black Powertex
Stone art
Pigments in Lime mojito and Violet Valentine with Easy varnish

Paint your glasses with Black Powertex, then press on a layer of Stone Art. Wipe off excess and then add more Powertex and Stone Art until you’re happy with the texture. Paint over the texture with more Powertex to seal the Stone Art. Colour with metallic pigments and a layer of Easy Varnish when dry. These have a hint of Frankenstein’s monster about them.
Remember these glasses are safe to use but make sure they have had 3 weeks to cure first! Handwash gently and don’t soak them.

 

Then all you have to do is decorate your halloween table. Have a hair raising halloween!

Don’t forget to share your Halloween makes in The Powertex Studio on facebook or on Instagram with hashtag #powertex.

If you would like to see more of my Powertex projects you can find me at koresageart.comFacebook and Instagram.

Until next time, I hope you find a little time to let your art out.
Kore x

 

Seasonal Autumn Wreath

Hi It’s Kore here with my autumn blog. The Autumn Equinox is on the 23rd September in the Northern Hemisphere, when day and night are equal. I love to celebrate the seasons and autumn is beautiful even when there is a storm blowing hard outside! While some of us are sad to see the summer pass for another year, the autumn brings the harvest, glorious sunsets and the changing trees.

I’ve created an autumn wreath, a simple project with lots of texture that comes alive when it’s dry brushed. It can be made any size and adapted for whatever supplies you have. It can also be easily made for any seasonal wreath, perfect for your front door, studio or home decor.

Ingredients

 

Bronze Powertex
Powercolor pigments in autumn colours
Easy Varnish
Flat brush
Fabric strips and lengths of t-shirt yarn, ric rac, twine etc
Leaf shapes in various materials, clay, fabric, card
3d balls in small and medium

Optional supplies

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Daisy leaf mould
Small fabric flowers

Step 1 Create your frame

 

You can use a pre made base for your wreath, or a piece of tubing even. I chose to make mine from a piece of t-shirt yarn.

I massaged in Bronze Powertex so the fabric would set in the shape of my frame. Once it was all coated I laid it out in a circle on a non stick mat to dry. Notice I overlapped the ends to create a loop at the top for hanging.

Step 2 Create your embellishments

 

I created a pile of embellishments to use while my frame was drying off. I chose some wooden pieces too but decided not to use them in my final project. I die cut and hand cut leaves in card and hessian fabric. I also had some small clay leaves made using the Daisy leaf mould. These leaves have a lovely spiky shape that looks amazing when painted. You can use Stone Art clay but it will need time to dry thoroughly. Coat all card leaves with Powertex and sprinkle on some Stone Art powder for texture. Brush off any excess. Coat the leaves with Powertex when you apply them to wreath.

I also made a tiny cornucopia or horn of plenty. These are a symbol of abundance and thanksgiving and they are easy to make and look so cute!

Coat a small triangle of hessian with Powertex and roll into a cone shape and press the end together. Coat a few small and medium balls with Powertex and fill the cone. Coat tiny fabric flowers with Powertex and trim the stems short enough to tuck into the cone. Leave to dry.

Step 3 Wrap the frame

 

Wrap strips of fabric around the frame in spirals. Ensure your strips are well coated with Powertex, especially if you want to display your wreath outside. I started with strips of hessian about 1- 1.5 inches wide and wrapped them loosely around the set frame. Then I wrapped more t-shirt yarn, raffia, twine and rick rak until I was happy I had plenty of texture. Don’t wrap your last layers too tight. We’re going to use them to secure the leaves.

Step 4 Add the embellishments

 

Apply your leaves starting with the largest first and work around the whole wreath. Tuck one end into the wrapped spirals on the frame and press them into place. Keep adding leaves until you’re happy. Varying the sizes makes it more interesting to look at. Add small details to create more interest, such as the small cornucopia, and groups of small balls for berries. Leave to dry.

Step 5 Adding colour

Choose your autumn pigment colours and use Easy Varnish to create a dry paint. I used Burnt Sienna, Red Ochre, Yellow Ochre and some Orange and White for mixing. Use a flat brush to mix your pigment with Easy Varnish and start with darker colours first, add highlights last using your palest colour. Wipe excess paint onto kitchen paper first and then keep your brush flat as you paint over the textures.

Use the loop at the top to string or hang your wreath. After 3 weeks it’s weatherproof and safe to hang on your front door. I’m already planning my seasonal winter wreath!

I hope you have a go at making a wreath of your own. If you do have a go, why not share your make in The Powertex Studio on facebook or on Instagram with hashtag #powertex.

If you would like to see more of my Powertex projects you can find me at koresageart.com

Until next time, I hope you find a little time to let your art out.
Kore x

Butterfly dreams of Powertex

Have you noticed an animal theme this month with Abigail’s adorable elephant and Donna’s beautiful afghan hound? Hi it’s Kore here with my August blog. So how about a butterfly? I know, it’s an insect really but it’s a beautiful creature that needs celebrating! I live in a busy city and don’t see too many butterflies but I have lovely memories of Buddleia bushes full of Red Admirals and Peacocks. The wonderful thing about this butterfly is that it can be made with whatever materials you have and what ever size you like for home or garden.

 

Creating the base

Make wings from wire and foil or cut them from thick card. Masking tape is great for covering foil. I made the body from some rolled up foil and taped this too. Rolled up paper would work too. A quick look on the internet for a template was helpful with the shape. Then the Powertex came out!

Using bright Powertex 

I used Red Powertex because I wanted to experiment. There are no rules here. Use what you have to cover the wings and the body pieces. I cut pieces of cotton fabric, massaged in some red Powertex and wrapped these around the body and wings until they were all covered on both sides. It was fun to create lots of texture in the wings and make ragged edges.When the parts were covered I used pieces of fabric in Powertex to attach the wings to the body. I tucked a couple of wire antennae into the body too.

Decorating the butterfly

This where you can get really play with your favourite materials. Use what you have to add texture and colour. I covered the “back” of the wings with a mix of red Powertex and Rusty Powder and small balls. It’s one of my favourite combinations and the red gives the rust a lovely warm glow.

Try this:Spray Bister through stencils or allow it to “puddle” in the texturesSprinkle small balls or sand onto wet PowertexUse Easy Structure to create lines and shapesSprinkle Bister granules onto wet Powertex for little shots of intense colour and textureSplatter acrylic inks and paints

There are so many ways to add colour but I was really happy with using Bister sprays on my butterfly. I chose Red and Yellow and sprayed generously to let the colour run around in the textures. I also used the brown Bister to paint circles onto the back of the wings. I also used some acrylic inks from The Secret Art Loft at Powertex UK. I let Viola ink just run all over it. Let it dry!

Decorate both sides of the wings using your favourite products. The wings are a great place to try something new. This is where it’s fun to have no plan! I really enjoyed just playing and if I didn’t like something I either wiped it off or painted over it!

Final touches

Adding the last highlights is really fun with Powertex. I dry brushed with orange and yellow ochre pigments in Easy Varnish first. I chose to highlight with Ivory Powertex and Limoncello metallic pigment which worked beautifully to add some sparkle.

Then a timely delivery of Metallic gold ink Powertex UK. I couldn’t resist adding some to my butterfly. It’s lush and rich and it’s going to be amazing for some autumn projects! A little on the wings and antennae for a finishing touch.

While I was waiting for one stage to dry, I took the chance to make a couple of tiny butterflies. I printed a couple of butterfly templates from the internet. I glued them onto card so I could cut out two sturdy little butterflies and then painted them with Powertex. I used less texture on these but still applied some rusty texture and then played with acrylic paints and metallic pigment powders.

The acrylic paints were in Blueberry Pie and Orange Marmalade and the pigments in Berry sour and Tequila sunrise. Gorgeous! The puddles of bister on the back of these is wonderful.

 

I think I’ll keep adding different textures and colour to these butterflies. Just when I think I’m done I have an idea to add something else! She’s a big butterfly too. When she’s finished, a coat of varnish (to fix the Bister) and she’ll be a lovely on an outside wall.

After a few days the Powertex will harden and fix your butterfly. In my pictures she’s still new and not hardened so I can move the wings. When you leave your butterfly to set I recommend propping up the wings so they can harden in your preferred position.

So pick out your favourite materials and decorate a butterfly. It’s time to let your art out!

If you would like to see more Powertex creations pop along to The Powertex Studio facebook group where you can share your makes too. Powertex Addicts United on Instagram has lots of inspiration from across the world.

You can also follow my Powertex experiments and projects @skysagestudio on Facebook and Instagram or find my personal Powertex blogs over at koresageart.com.

Until next time,
Kore x

Powertex Treasure Tree

Hi it’s Kore! This month on the Powertex UK blog we’re all about keepsakes. I keep a box of treasures that I have collected over the years from letters and concert tickets to small things. They include tiny gifts from dear friends, a crystal pendant bought on a special holiday, a chinese coin, a teeny clay cat and a little angel. Usually these things hide away, only occasionally being found for a wander down memory lane.

My Treasure Tree project gives me a way to display my tiny keepsakes all the time.

Ingredients

Powertex Universal Medium in Red and Blue
Black Bister spray
Easy Varnish
Copper Colortricx pigment
3d balls in Medium and Large
1mm craft wire and cutters
Masking tape
Cotton fabric strips and textures e.g. string
Base or box for your tree to stand on
Flat brush and paper towel

Step 1. Making the wire frame

A quick internet search showed me several ways to make a wire tree armature and I took inspiration from those to make my wire tree. 1mm craft wire is good for this as thicker wire can be hard to twist when you have several strands together.

I wrapped wire round an A5 notebook to measure it out, cut the wires at the top and then used my fingers to create a loop at the bottom. From here I can twist the wires into a trunk and branches. Bend the loop to make a base and keep the branches horizontal so you can hang your treasures. Watch my video below for more details on creating the tree shape.

This video shows me making my second tree!

Step 2. Shaping and taping the tree

When the wire tree has been made, I give it some shape by wrapping strips of foil around the trunk and the start of the branches. Padding out the bottom also means I can tape it to a base or box lid.
When done, I completely cover the wire and foil with masking tape.

 

Step 3. Powertex and fabric wrapping

Now it’s time to get the Powertex out. I wanted to use a purple colour, so I mixed Red and Blue but any dark colour of Powertex will work brilliantly. I pre cut strips of cotton fabric no more than 8″ long. I also had some pieces of stockinette, string and muslin for extra texture. I used 3d balls for texture on the base.

I painted the whole tree with Powertex first, then used the fabric wrapping technique to cover the tree.  I wrapped the strips in spirals and kept lots of texture. The stockinette pieces were gathered around the base of the tree. This created wrinkles and pockets that would hold trinkets when the tree was finished. String pieces and 3d balls were added last, coated in Powertex and put into place.

 

Step 4. Adding colour

When dry, colour can be added. I used a few sprays of Black Bister around the base and the trunk. This creates depth and shadows. A quick blast with a hairdryer works before adding my dry brushing. I chose the Copper Colortricx pigment for my tree and didn’t need to add any more colours as the metallic effect looked great without anything else.

This technique uses a dry mix of Easy Varnish and pigment powder and is applied to raised areas using a flat brush. Add your pigment over your project, highlighting all the textures. It works best if you remove excess colour onto a paper towel first and keep your brush flat against your project. Watch your tree come alive as the textures are picked out against the dark background.

The finished tree is perfect for hanging my tiny treasures and displaying those little keepsakes that get lost at the bottom of my memory box. They can be attached or left free to move and change.

So now my tiny treasures can be kept out of their box and displayed, reminding me daily of happy memories.

If you would like to see more Powertex creations pop along to The Powertex Studio facebook group where you can share your makes too. Powertex Addicts United on Instagram has lots of inspiration from across the world.

You can also follow my Powertex experiments and projects @skysagestudio on Facebook and Instagram or find my personal Powertex blogs over at koresageart.com. See you there!

Until next time, make a little space in your week to let your art out!

Kore x

Powertex canvas, an Italy inspired landscape

Hello, it’s Kore here with this month’s Italian theme! We’ve been spoiled with some fantastic themed projects. How about a textured landscape on canvas, inspired by those beautiful Venetian rivers?

Powertex canvas, Italian landscape

So the theme this month is Italy and I have a confession. One of the most significant people in my life is Italian and I have never visited Italy! So I spent some time looking at some photos of the village where he lived and some of Venice. Such beautiful landscapes.

Italy Landscapes
Photos from Unsplash.com

My project is a dimensional canvas using these gorgeous Italian landscapes as inspiration. I’m using card, paper and fabric and texture mediums to create the landscape and bister sprays for muted colours with lots of atmosphere.

Ingredients

Powertex productsCanvas or board
Powertex Ivory
Fabric, paper and card pieces of your choice, include embellishments, lace or wooden pieces you like
Powertex Easy Structure
Powertex Stone Art
Powertex 3D Sand
Powertex Bister sprays in Blue, Brown and Red
A flat brush
Large pieces of pieces for tearing as masks
A circular cut out or stencil

Step 1

Prime your canvas with Ivory Powertex. I’m using a rectangular canvas approximately 28cm x 35cm.
Choose fabric, paper and card pieces to use as textures and to give the impression of buildings or a bridge.

Use Powertex to coat and adhere the pieces. Create lots of texture in any fabric or papers to create interest.

Apply Easy Structure to parts of the canvas. Use a palette knife or plastic card to scrape it down.
When your textured pieces are in place, leave to dry.

 

Powertex canvas textures

This video gives you a speedy glimpse into how I put my first layers of texture down. You can see I had a couple of pencil lines on my canvas to help me but this isn’t necessary. It’s also upside down to you!

Step 2

When it’s dry you can add more textures as you like. I like to add lots of organic textures using Stone Art and 3D Sand.
Brush on some Ivory Powertex onto the “buildings” and “bridge” shapes. Sprinkle the Stone Art onto the Powertex, be generous, then press into place. Gently brush away any excess Stone Art with your fingers. It can be put into a container for use later. Repeat this until you have a raised rough texture on the buildings.

I’ve also added Easy Structure above the bridge and then pressed a circular stencil into the paste for texture. Any stencil will work but wash the Easy Structure from your stencil straight away.

Daub on some Ivory Powertex in areas where you would like a finer texture and sprinkle 3D Sand onto it. This is a finer texture but looks great when the colour is added. When sprinkled onto wet Powertex the 3D Sand is best left to dry before the excess is brushed off.

Powertex canvas textures with Stone Art, Easy Structure and 3D Sand

 

Step 3

When all the textures are dry it’s time to add colour. I’m using Bister sprays. These water based sprays are perfect for Powertex textures. The ink runs into the textures making dark shadows and picking out all the textures in the surface. Even better, the sprays will wipe away with a wet cloth to create highlights on the raised areas. I’ve chosen blue, brown and red for my project. The muted colours of Bister work really well for this landscape.

Spray the Bisters generously onto your canvas. Focus mainly on the textured areas and use torn paper scraps to protect areas you don’t want coloured. Overlay colours while wet.

Use a wet cloth to wipe away Bister from the raised areas to create highlights.

When dry, use a brush to add Ivory Powertex for highlights or to lighten other parts of the canvas. I brushed a little at the top of the canvas and also over the “water”.

 

Powertex canvas landscape close up
Powertex canvas landscape close up
Powertex landscape canvas textures Italy inspired
Italy inspired Powertex canvas

Powertex texture products can be used in lots of ways but if you have a pot of Stone Art or Easy Structure waiting for a project, why not give a landscape canvas a try? These products are great for layering up and all work brilliantly together. They are the foundation of my mixed media art.

If you would like to see more Powertex creations pop along to The Powertex Studio facebook group where you can share your makes too. Powertex Addicts United on Instagram has lots of inspiration from across the world.

You can also follow my Powertex experiments and projects @skysagestudio on Facebook and Instagram or find my personal Powertex blogs over at koresageart.com. See you there!

Until next time, make a little space in your week to let your art out!

Kore x

Textured top hat for beginners

Hi it’s Kore! Take a look a this adorable little Top Hat project. This cute kit size makes a great project for an afternoon of crafting and all you need to add is some Powertex Universal Medium and a couple of pigment colours. As always you can include fabric, lace and embellishments from your own stash.
Powertex Top Hat project
Powertex Top Hat Project pack
Ingredients
Top Hat project kit
Apron, gloves, Paper/plastic plate, flat brush, paper towel.
Optional
Length of string to wrap around hat
Small piece of cotton/muslin to wrap front of hatband
Piece of t-shirt yarn/strip of fabric to make a bow
(Remember natural fabrics and fibers work best with Powertex)
You can see the decorative pieces I’ve chosen below. The MDF pieces and the wallpaper from the pack plus a length of string, tshirt yarn (enough for a bow) and a piece of cotton muslin, enough to pleat and wrap around the front.

 

Powertex project choosing embellishments
Pour a few tablespoons of Bronze Powertex into your plate and paint the base pieces. You have about an hour of working time. This seals the MDF and is used to glue the base pieces together. Dry them on a plastic surface or craft mat.

 

Prime MDF with Powertex Bronze
I had a play with laying out my pieces and decided to tear up the wall paper so I could get the texture all over. When you know which pieces you like, paint them with the Powertex.

 

Powertex project layout
Now pour out a few more tablespoons of Powertex and use your brush to paint and stick down the wallpaper pieces and paint over them. You may want to wear your gloves for this part!
To add the fabric hatband use your fingers to apply Powertex to half the fabric, not too wet, and then massage it through the whole piece. Ensure the whole piece is covered but don’t saturate it or it will take a long time to dry. The fabric should be sticky to hold. When it’s ready, you can wrap it around the front of the hat, creating pleats and wrinkles as you like. The Powertex will stick the fabric to the base and when dry will hold it’s shape.
Use the same technique with the string. Tuck the feather into the hat band while the fabric is wet.
Use Powertex to adhere any other embellishments such as the small hearts, the tag or anything else you fancy! Just remember that Powertex doesn’t stick well to plastic. If you prefer you can colour your embellishments before sticking them to your finished project.
Leave to dry. Depending on room temperature this may take 1-4 hours to be touch dry. My art table on a sunny day will dry this nicely in half an hour!

 

Project coated with Bronze Powertex
There’s lots of texture on here so now we need to bring that to life with some colour. We use Powercolor pigments for our colours. They come in powder form so can be mixed with many mediums but here we are going to use Easy Varnish to create a paint that is also weatherproof!
I chose Red Ochre and Yellow Ochre as these warm pigments really complement each other and look fantastic against the Bronze Powertex.
Use a flat 3/4 inch brush and put a small blob of varnish on a plastic plate or craft mat. Pull a tiny amount to the side with your brush and then dip the tip of your brush into the powder pigment. Tap off any excess and then mix this with your varnish. The varnish dries quickly so mix small amounts.
For the dry brushing technique in this project your paint mixture should be quite dry. Wipe excess paint from your brush on a paper towel before you touch your project. Keep your brush flat and brush your project in the same direction each time. Your aim is to highlight the textures you have created and leave the Bronze coming through.

 

Powertex Top Hat Powercolor pigments
I used more of the red at the top of the hat and more the yellow at the bottom. Also if you’re not sure about the colour, you can brush over it again until you’re happy. The Yellow Ochre was great for highlights against the Red Ochre background.

 

Powertex top hat close up
I made, dried and dry brushed the bow in Yellow Ochre before I attached it with Bronze Powertex.

 

Powertex top hat close up
I brushed pigments straight onto the feather piece.

 

Powertex top hat close up
The Yellow Ochre hearts really stand out against the dark background  but I used white for highlights.

 

Powertex top hat close up
Products can feel overwhelming when they do so much but these techniques are simple and fun for   any age. The project packs make it easy to get started and you can add treasures or scraps from your stash to make it really personal.
Powertex top hat project
I really hope you’ve enjoyed this project. Don’t forget to check out the YouTube channel for instructional videos and projects or The Powertex Studio on Facebook for inspiration or to chat to other Powertex Addicts! You can also contact Powertex UK to find a Certified tutor or workshop near you.
Ok, now it’s your turn, have a go and let your art out!
Kore x