The Powertex tutors may be taking a break but there’s plenty of tutorials to help keep you creating with your Powertex. Annette Smyth is a Master tutor based in Leamington Spa and has plenty of ideas to keep you crafting. Her blog is full of inspiration and step by step tutorials.
If you have followed the magazine for a while you might recognize some of these from her previous blogs. Annette shares her ideas on her website too along with some brilliant step by step tutorials, some with video instruction to help you.
Head over to her website to see all her tutorials including for these gorgeous clown fish.
These incredible crane sculptures were created with a Powertex UK limited edition mdf shape however Powertex can be used with many different materials so you can use what have to create an armature.
This Alice in Wonderland inspired make was even seen on Hochanda. Isn’t the texture fantastic!
Head over to her website to find out more about Annette and read her blogs.
Entries for the January Powertex UK Monthly Challenge
The Powertex UK monthly prize challenge for 2020 gets off to a magical start with Alice in Wonderland as the theme for entries. We have plenty of top hats, teapots, rabbits and pocket watches in The Powertex Studio Facebook group. The Powertex UK team at HQ have chosen a UK winner to receive a prize!
“We were stunned by the standard of our first challenge and choosing a winner was not an easy task however we decided on Elisa’s entry as we felt it was a great effort from someone fairly new to Powertex.”
Tracey Evans, Powertex UK
Entries from Powertex tutors are not eligible for the prize but you can see them in The Powertex Studio photo album. Here are the brilliant entries eligible to win, scroll down to see the winning entry by Elisa Miles!
Teapots were a favourite
We love these teapot themed makes from Tricia Lewis, Michele Morfett, Lynda Hodson and Julie Harding.
Top hats featured too with fantastic creations from Kristen Penrod, Jeanette Wright and Amanda Minx Daley.
This piece from Julia Hargreave uses Powertex for a mixed media layered creation.
And the winner is…
Gorgeous work Elisa. Elisa wins the 5% OFF prize voucher this month and next time it could be you!
A huge thank you to everyone who entered the challenge. The next theme will be announced in The Powertex Studio group on Facebook on the 5th February 2020. We hope you’ll join us.
The Powertex UK Design Team have created some gorgeous art and craft projects that you find here in the magazine. However, we know that Powertex Addicts everywhere are also being very creative, making some beautiful projects and having brilliant ideas for their Powertex supplies.
So while the design team are taking a break from their blogs it’s time for you to share your creations in the Powertex UK Monthly Challenge!
The Powertex UK Monthly Challenge is back in 2020 and we’d love you to join us!
Every month, Tracey will post a new theme or prompt for us to use and this month it’s an all time favourite! There’s a prize to be won each month too, all the details are below.
January’s theme – Alice in Wonderland
Claire from Powertex UK HQ wrote a short verse to inspire you:
“Drink me! Pots of tea all around
‘I’m late,’ said Rabbit diving into the ground
The Cheshire Cat smiled down at Alice
Roses painted red in the Queen of Hearts palace.”
There’s a project for everyone in this popular theme so what will you choose?
Beginners welcome, any style you like
Beginners and more experienced Powertex artists and crafters are all welcome. Just show the team how you create with Powertex and the theme. Be as creative as you like, in any style you like!
A 5% Off voucher for www.powertex.co.uk will be given to a winner each month! Entries will also appear on here in the magazine as a feature in a monthly themed blog to showcase your creative projects.
You can find all the details you need about entering below.
When given the brief “A Winter’s Tale” to create a blog, there were many things that sprung to mind. However, my love of everything cute, and recent obsessions with mice, led me to create this Powertex birdhouse.
Use Fabric Hardener to attach the base to the tile and mdf square (tile at the bottom).
Cut a hole in the bottom of the birdhouse large enough to put a battery operated tealight in.
Decorating the Birdhouse
Decorate the birdhouse with fabric, embellishments and 3D balls, using black fabric hardener.
Add colour using powder Powercolor pigments of choice, mixed with Easy Varnish to highlight the texture created.
Making the Mouse
Cut a hole in the polystyrene egg and fit onto the top of the bottle. Attach wire to make ears, arms and a tail.
Use tin foil to make the arms, ears and tail fatter and cover over it all with masking tape.
Cover the mouse with ‘fur’. I used fine hessian for the fur and beads for the eyes and nose. Dry brush with powder pigments mixed with Easy Varnish.
Decorate the table
Using materials and fabric hardener, create a draped effect over the table top. Cover the stand with texture also.
When dry, add colour to the stand and use Fabric Hardener to fix your mouse in place. Sit the birdhouse on the top.
To finish I have added a tiny book made with scraps of card and also some rivets on the birdhouse stand to make it look like metal.
I really hope that you have enjoyed my blogs throughout the year. It has inspired me to be more creative and hope I have inspired you too. If you like animal projects take a look at my Powertex dog project.
I would love to see your creations. Please post them here 0n the Facebook Powertex Studio at Powertex Addicts United!
For my last blog I’m reminiscing from 4 years ago when I made my first ever Powertex Gnome ‘Amon the Shaman’. He was inspired by a supposed origins story of Santa, collecting Fly agaric, flying with his reindeer and delivering presents.
My original Powertex gnome seems to have inspired a flourish of gnome making. They are one of my most requested items to make in my workshop schedules. So I decided this, my last article of the year would be dedicated to them.
So the legend as I heard it…
*Take this tale as you please, a bit of fun or maybe something to make you think…*
The image as we know
Long before the early 20th century Coca Cola adverts, Santa was commonly depicted as more of a gnome-like little man.
As old as tales
The origins of Santa’s style, and his bag of goodies, flying reindeer, entering through a chimney to deliver gifts, Pine tree’s may link way back to the ancestral traditions of a number of indigenous arctic circle dwellers. (He may well have come from the North Pole after all!)
On the run up to solstice the village shaman would go out to gather mushrooms, they would wear a mainly red outfit with either white trim or white dots, in honor of the mushroom’s colors.
The eve of festivities
On the eve of the Winter Solstice the shaman of the village would gather Fly agaric mushrooms. They would use them to travel on a spiritual journey to the (pine) tree of life. The tree of life located by the North Star held the answer to solve all the village’s problems for the coming year.
The Shamans would feed the Fly agaric to reindeer, their digestive systems can filter out most of the toxins. This makes (dare I say it) their bodily excretion safe for humans to drink.
*Warning* Fly agaric mushrooms are seriously toxic for humans to consume. So I am in no way promoting it! Maybe this is where the saying don’t eat yellow snow comes from?!
The legend says that the shaman and reindeer would journey (fly) to the tree by the north star to retrieve the gifts of knowledge. These gifts would then be taken back to distribute to the rest of the village.
Returning home to the village yurt, for solstice. He would enter through the hole in the roof. The hole acted as a chimney with a central pole that held the yurt up over the fireplace. In gratitude for these gifts they would decorate Pine trees with offerings.
So that’s it, the story I’d heard that inspired my original gnome creation
It seems that maybe some of these traditions were carried down to the European pagans, taking on elements originating much farther north. Inevitably different cultures influenced one another due to migration and intermarriage, becoming merged with many other cultural traditions that we celebrate differently from one another today.
However you celebrate at this time of year, give thanks for any gifts, kind/wise words. Share precious times with your loved ones, and in your community (never let anyone go lonely). look towards the New year and the light that builds ever brighter from now until summer.
More about gnomes
Of course after my first gnome I loved making them, you can make them for any time of year. Here are a few of my gnomes that have developed over the years
If you fancy making one of these little guys with me, my next gnome workshop is Feb 1st, find more info here.
Well that’s all from me, thank you for taking the time to read my blogs this year.
By the time you are reading this the Yuletide season should be in full swing. I’m sure, by now, you will be ready for a little escapism with your crafty stash.
Did you manage to catch Tracey Evans on Hochanda on Thursday 21st November? If not click here to watch her on Rewind.
Tracey introduced a crafting foam substrate which works beautifully with all of the Powertex product range. Available on the Powertex website in 2 sizes – 30cm x 30cm or 15cm x 15cm both 5cm deep.
Altering craft foam
This craft foam base is crying out to be altered. Using files, rasps, old carving knives, scissors and other mark making tools, you can change the shape anyway you choose. I also tried using a hot wire cutter (designed for home use). However the density of the foam made this a more difficult option.
Keep all of the bits that fall off. Mix this into your Powertex later and reapply to the base to give even more texture.
Here are a few examples of how you could use the foam …..
Here the foam would be fashioned into a more circular shape before using the files etc to breakdown the edges to give a more worn stone effect. This piece has bronze Powertex Universal Medium, Stone Art, Yellow, green and brown Bister and is finished with matt and metallic pigments and Easy Varnish. The flourish and clock face are MDF and are available here.
In this sample I drew out the shape I wanted onto scrap paper then used this as a template to draw around on the craft foam before cutting. I used white Powertex Universal Medium and Stone Art for the base and Stone Art clay in the Bee trio, Queen Bee and Ivy leaf moulds. The piece was then sprayed with yellow, brown and green Bister before being finished with pigments and Easy varnish.
In this piece, based on Picasso’s work, I again drew out a template on paper before transferring it to the foam and cutting. Use 2 pieces of 30cm x 30cm foam pieces for the elongated style.
This piece was achieved by using an extensive range of techniques and colourings across the full Powertex product range. Using White Powertex Universal Medium and the Acrylic Ink Sprays gives you a more vibrant colour scheme to work with.
Well that’s all for this year folks. I hope you have a Happy Yuletide season and look forward to creating with you again next year.
Until then please post any of your makes into the Powertex Studio group on Facebook. If you would like details of my workshops please visit my website here. Read more about my Picasso inspired art in this article.
For this article I was asked to talk about my favorite artist. I have lots of things around me like nature that inspire me but rarely a well known artist.
I was inspired to push my Powertex canvas work further a couple of years ago by fellow Powertex tutor and artist Rosie Casselden. This was my first piece with Rosie in her studio with a little guidance.
I had never braved painting detail before so it was a big thing to me, but wow did it opened doors to floods of ideas. So I would say Rosie is definitely a favorite artist of mine that inspires me.
I started painting fauna and flora but with a mixed media twist, using textures and random items such as shirts.
Upon sharing this to the Powertex studio group there was a comment “Elfie Cella does some amazingly inspirational work”. She does some textural nature art using textiles and everyday objects. Here is some of her work, which has become my inspiration.
How to make a nature inspired Powertex painting
Large canvas mine was 40 x 40 cm
Nature napkins, I will be using a napkin image of foxes
Tip: Dust off any loose bits when dry. Also note that you don’t want balls in the higher ground area as it will make harder to paint any roots later.
Spray all the texture with Brown and Black bister, avoiding the foxes. Dry with hair dryer.
Using Paynes grey acrylic paint and a little water on your wash brush, paint the night sky, avoid the tree and moon. While wet, dab with a scrunched piece of tissue roll and leave to dry.
Using a mix of different shades of white and paynes grey, create moon shades by stippling. Add very watery white around the moon for its aura. Finally using a fan brush flick white over the sky for stars.
Use the pre-made brown stone art clay, sculpt around the tree outline, paint the thinner branches with brown acrylic.
Now add all the detail such as grass in shades of green and yellow, roots shades of browns and white mixed, branches and bark in shades of browns.
To finish dry brush the dirt textured area with various shades of light brown to off white acrylic paint.
So here’s the finished piece….
I hope I’ve inspired you to push your canvas work in a different direction. If you would like to have a go at this or something similar you can contact me on my website at The Crafty Little Corner or take a look at my other design team projects.
Well that’s all from me this month, see you again in the days running up to Christmas for my last blog of the year!
This month we were asked to create a piece, inspired by one of our favourite artists. Not an easy task for me as I have quite a few to choose from, Georgia O’keeffe, Vincent Van Gogh, Edvard Munch, to name but a few. Then there are artists who I admire and inspire me such as Anna Emelia Howlett from Rosehart Studio, Kore Sage from Kore Sage Art and to be honest the rest of the design team, decisions, decisions!
Starry, starry night
In the end I chose Vincent Van Gogh as the piece I chose to recreate I have always loved from a child and I also love the song by Don Mclean.
I wanted to push myself and try and recreate Vincent’s famous painting “Starry night”, now it was not going to be a straight paint job, that would be too easy. So, I set about thinking how I could achieve a similar look and others knowing who I was doing.
I started by applying a wash to a medium sized box canvas using the blue pigment powder. A few key elements to my canvas were marked out first.
I decided to use Easy 3D Flex as a texture paste, to create the look I desired. For this, mix together the Easy 3D Flex and some Ivory Powertex into a thick cream like paste. Using a palette knife, I added this to the canvas and used an embossing tool to drag through the Easy 3D texture paste to create a similar look to the famous painting.
I left the canvas to dry.
Applying the paint
Did you know that you can use Powertex pigment powders as a watercolour? especially if a piece is not going outside.
Use the bigger brush to painted the whole canvas with the blue and let it dry. With the detail brush, paint the yellow stars, mixing with a little white for highlights. I painted the bottom piece with the green for the hills and dry brushed white over the texture.
I then added blue and white tiny dash lines in the lower parts of the texture, this took a little while to do but I personally find this therapeutic. Add brown highlights to the centre part of the canvas and dry brush the whole piece with white to finish.
Are you inspired?
I do hope you enjoy reading the articles of this Powertex online magazine and I do hope that myself and all the DT members inspire you to create with Powertex yourself. If you are inspired by Van Gogh too take a look at Donna’s art too. You can always come say hello over at at THE POWERTEX STUDIO on Facebook, or you can find hours of inspiration here on PINTEREST . You can get all your goodies you need over at POWERTEX.CO.UK.
If you would like to check the latest things I have made, you can also find me on Facebook at MUMS SHED and on Instagram at JINNY HOLT.
This month I was asked to write an article about whose art influences me. As an artist this made me think and question, am I an artist or a crafter? I have been a crafter for many years and have recently crossed the line from crafter to artist in some of my art work.
Colours and nature definitely influence my mixed media art work. I love to blend colours, create texture and experiment with different mediums and Powertex products are perfect for this.
I love the work of Maria Fondler-Grossbaum (Abyssimo). Her work has such great texture and depth to it, blending colours and creating beautiful, bright pieces of art.
People who inspire others to ‘give it a go’ inspire me along with those who have such great enthusiasm about art and craft. Kirsty Allsopp and Marta Lapkowska are people who I enjoy watching and learning from.
I would love to hear who influences you. What has led you to create pieces of art, maybe a photograph or even a piece of music?
Remember you can share your art in the Powertex Studio or have a look for more inspiration here in the magazine.