Winter Scene with Powertex Snow

Powertex snow scene by Jill Cullum

Designer: Jill Cullum

This month, for my article I was asked to do a ‘remake’ of another design team member’s step-by-step article. I love canvas work and came across this Powertex winter scene by Kore Sage, whilst searching through the vast choice of inspiration. I immediately fell in love with the effects, decision made!

Powertex snow scene by Jill Cullum
Winter snow scene by Jill Cullum

Materials List

As I worked through the step-by-step instructions, inspired by making the initial background of the scene, lots of other ideas were popping into my head.

I started with the landscape and although I have used Stone Art many times, I hadn’t used it with a coloured Powertex before which had brilliant results.

I didn’t have the same window as Kore had so as you can see, my piece is slightly different including an mdf tree. The snow effect is made with Ivory Fabric Hardener mixed with 3D Sand which gives a great texture.

Powertex snow scene

Powertex winter scene by Jill Cullum
Textured canvas art with Powertex

I love to find inspiration in other artists’ work which is exactly what doing this piece has done. I cannot wait to get started on my next canvas, possibly a field scene.

If you like the finished canvas and feel inspired to create something similar, please have a go at using the step-by-step articles on the Powertex UK Mixed Media Magazine. Be inspired by other artists and then to do your own version of it. For Kore’s full step-by-step instructions one how to make a winter scene, please see here.

Bye for now and thank you for taking a look at this month’s article. Have fun and don’t forget to share your work in the Powertex Studio. Jill x

African Adventure Wreath

The Secret Art Box – September 2019

Designer – Gill Goldsmith

This month’s theme was Africa and the box was filled with so many amazing products. The Powertex colour this month was Terracotta and there was also a plaster head, MDF animals and trees, rice paper, paper decoration, 3d sand, stencil, tissue paper, pigment, metallic ink, varnish and yellow Bister spray. I had lots of ideas, but decided on a striking African Adventure Wreath.

Powertex UK Secret Art Box, September Africa.
Powertex Secret Art Box September

Materials

So firstly, I got out the plaster head, Africa map MDF, the rice paper, tissue paper. I also had some white paper that had black painted markings on from my stash, (I thought it looked like zebra print) and started laying out my composition.

Choosing my Powertex materials
Choosing my materials

I started by painting the polystyrene shape with Powertex Easycoat mat. Attach the rice paper and then paint a coat of Easycoat mat over the top. This helps to seal the paper and stick it to the shape without bubbles.

Covering the wreath
Covering the wreath

Continue to place your papers in this way until you are happy. I painted the areas in between with terracotta Powertex. I also painted the head and Africa map.

You will see that I chipped away a bit of the polystyrene at the bottom of the wreath shape. This is so the flat backed figure head was nestled into the wreath to help support it at the next stage.

Now I was ready to use some fabric to create texture. This also helps support the head onto the wreath. I used some dishcloths, stockinette and paper decoration. I even gave the African man a little head band and created a loop to hang the wreath by twisting the fabric into a knot.

Adding fabric texture
Adding texture

I attached the MDF Africa map and rhino. I used 3d sand, mixed into the Terracotta Powertex and applied this with a palette knife. Then allowed everything to dry thoroughly before the next stage.

Spray liberally with the yellow Bister included in the box. This creates depth to your work. Although initially scary to spray your projects, I always encourage my students to just go for it. More is more in this instance.

Spray with Bister
Spray with Bister

Allow to dry thoroughly before moving on to the fun bit of drybrushing with pigments and inks. At this stage I also attached the MDF strip, which I had painted with black Powertex and attached some paper decoration and letters to spell out Africa.

Dry brushing
Dry brushing

I used a very dry brush with some ivory Powertex to highlight the fabric texture. This just lifts it, after you have added the Bister and makes the texture really show up.

This month we have a Dark green Powercolour pigment and the introduction of a new product, Copper penny metallic acrylic ink. I used green on the raised areas of the Africa map, where the sand was, and the lettering. Then Copper penny ink, to highlight the texture on the fabric, the paper decoration on the Africa wording and the African man bust.

Powertex African Adventure Wreath by Gill Goldsmith
Powertex African Adventure Wreath by Gill Goldsmith

That’s it, the completed project. Hope you enjoy this month’s Secret Art Box and will share what you create on the Facebook page. Check out more of my ideas from past boxes and more of my work on my Facebook page The Powertex Port. Until next month, happy Powertexing XXX Gill

Powertex Ghoul Shoulder Accessory

Designer – Donna Mcghie

For this month’s articles the Powertex Design Team were asked to look back over the archives and put our own spin on a previous creation by one of our colleagues. What an inspiration it was going back over past Powertex sculptures and creations.  I was spoilt for choice.  However, the one creation that stopped me in my tracks was the Powertex Halloween Ghoul from October 2018, by the very talented Anna Emelia Howlett, of Rosehart Designs. 

Powertex ghoul for Halloween
A spooky little Powertex Ghoul shoulder buddy for Halloween by Donna Mcghie

I have to admit to have never having watched a Harry Potter film in my life. I was unsure what a dementor was, but I liked the challenge of doing something so outside of my comfort zone.

However, this was not to be an exact copy of Anna’s brilliant design.  My take on it was to create a smaller one, who could be worn on the shoulder to watch over me as Halloween approaches.  Whether he is friend or foe remains to be seen.

“Where there is no imagination there is no horror” So says Sherlock Holmes in Arthur Conan Doyle’s book  A Study in Scarlet.

Anyone who has ever watched a horror film with me will testify that I have a very vivid imagination.  It was still great fun creating this little Powertex dementor though

Materials List

How to make a Powertex Halloween Ghoul

Step 1

Skeleton base for Powertex skull
In Anna’s original she adapted her skull to have an open mouth. Mine was too small to do this.

I  poked some wire in the base of my skull for a neck, and then built shoulders using wire, foil and masking tape.

Step 2

powertex skull base sitting on shoulder
I placed my ghoul on the jacket shoulder to check it fitted

I added on long bony fingers with some extra wire.

Step 3

Powertex ghoul stage 4
I propped him up on a plastic container so I could work on him without it sticking

I painted him in black Powertex and added kitchen roll for texture.

Step 4

Black Powertex adds texture to the halloween ghoul
As well as material I added texture with Paperdec and string

I soaked thin cloth in Black Powertex Fabric Hardener for his cloak.

Step 5

Powertex Skull Head
Scary Face!!

I decided to enlarge his mouth and eyes by making holes with scissors.

Step 6

Final dry brushing of the Powertex ghoul
Dry brushing brings out all that texture

Finishing touches

Once my ghoul had dried I added the final touches of dry brushing, using Anna’s choice of pigments.

Getting it to sit upright on my jacket was a challenge. Initially I had planned to use velcro, but decided I didn’t want his company on a permanent basis, only on spooky nights.

I compromised by using big safety pins. As I had only used thin material I was able to push pins through his cloak, and also hook them over his bony hands. This ensured my ghoul stayed in place and looks over my shoulder as long as I want him to.

Powertex Halloween Ghoul by Donna Mcghie

I hope you have enjoyed my take on Anna’s Powertex ghoul. Any comments you wish to leave would be greatly appreciated. You can see the original ghoul over on Anna’s blog here. We’d love to see your take on a Powertex Ghoul, over on our Facebook page The Powertex Studio.

You can see more of what I get up to over on my website or my facebook page. That’s all from me for this month. Until September take care, keep on creating, and may all your ghouls be friendly ones 🙂

Christmas Powertex bauble

Designer: Jinny Holt

For this months article, we were asked to follow another design team member’s tutorial. Brilliant idea but having to decide which one to follow was no easy task, I spent ages looking through the last couple of years and finally decided that I would follow Anna’s Christmas Powertex bauble blog. You can find that HERE.

Materials list

Powertex supplies for a Christ mas bauble
Ingredients to create bauble

Mixing texture paste

Mixing Powertex fabric hardener with textures
Mixing up

I started by mixing Easy 3d Flex and some 3D balls and 3D sand with some Ivory Powertex. I also added a few drops of water.

TIP: I changed from what Anna used, she used Easy structure and I wanted to use the 3D flex as it I love using it.

Adding fabric

Draping fabric around the ball
Looking good

I immersed some thin strips of stockinette into my mixture making sure the material got a good coating. I then painted a layer of the mixture, leaving off the balls, all over my polystyrene ball. This gives the material a key to adhere to. I then draped the mixed material around the ball.

Covering the bauble

Coating the bauble with Powertex textures.
Material and mixture added

I added the rest of the mixture with a plastic palette knife to fill all the left over gaps and left to dry.

TIP: Like Anna, I also used a jewellery finding. I wrapped a bit of wire around the finding and stuck it in my ball for a loop.

Spray with Bister

Hmm I did not take a photo of this step as I must have got a tad excited with what I was doing. I sprayed the dried Polystyrene ball with the blue and brown bister sprays. Then I wiped it back with a baby wipe and let that dry.

TOP TIP: You can speed up the drying time with a hairdryer, if you don’t want to wait. When I use Easy 3D flex I prefer to let it dry naturally as you get amazing cracks.

Dry brushing

Dry brush the textures with Limoncello Gold pigment and Easy Varnish
Bottom of bauble

I now dry brushed with the Easy Varnish using the Limoncello gold this step makes your piece pop and really stand out.

Adding the star

Adding the star to the Powertex bauble
Adding the star

For the star I used up all the left over mixture from step one and added it to the wooden star to give it a new look. I had some course sand in my stash and mixed in that to give it a different texture. Transparent Powertex is used to adhere it down to my bauble.

Finishing touches

As it is a Christmas bauble, I felt mine needed a bit of sparkle for when the Christmas lights hit it. I used some glass gems and bling in coordinating colours.

Adding some pieces of metallic foil to the star and stockinette gave that bit of extra bling. I find sometimes that it is knowing when to stop adding!

Powertex Christmas bauble by Jinny Holt
Powertex Christmas Bauble by Jinny Holt

So Anna, thank you for inspiring me to recreate this article.

 If you would like more Powertex inspiration, you can find loads of eye candy on…

PINTEREST

THE POWERTEX STUDIO

POWERTEX ADDICTS

And you can find me at MUMS SHED 

I look forward to seeing your creations. It would be lovely if you could leave a comment and maybe even share but most of all be inspired and have fun creating.

~LIVE~LOVE~LAUGH~CREATE~

Jinny

Horned Headpiece using Powertex

Designer: Abigail Lagden

This month we were given the challenge of recreating a project created by one of our fellow Design Team members. When I heard this, I knew exactly which project I wanted to try… Shell North’s fabulous Taurus Headdress from earlier this year. I loved every second of making my version, this horned headpiece.

Her step by step instructions were easy to follow and allowed me to put my own twist on the project. I sculpted curly horns rather than straight. Rather than adding silk flowers at the end I used flowers coated with bronze Powertex universal medium. I coloured them with powertex pigments.

Sculpting wearable art, horns sculpted. By Abigail Lagden
Horns sculpted from foil
Creating a wearable art By Abigail Lagden
Horns attached to base headband
Powertex fabric sculpture By Abigail Lagden
Wrapped with Powertex coated fabric
Powertex flowers added. By Abigail Lagden
Flowers added

It took me a couple of days to decide on the right colour for this piece. I was very tempted to go for rainbow horns but in the end went for something a bit more simple and I hope, sophisticated. Bronze gold over the horns and a mix of reds, oranges and yellows for the flowers.

Powertex horned headpiece wearable art by Abigail Lagden
Horned Headpiece by Abigail Lagden

Keep an eye on my Curiously Contrary facebook page to see where they turn up – I can’t wait to show them off.

Horned Headpiece by Abigail Lagden

If you’ve been thinking of trying one of the projects you’ve seen in the Powertex magazine then go for it. There are so many step by step articles that will guide you through lots of different projects. You are sure to find something to suit your style. Please do share your creations in our Powertex Studio facebook group.

If you’d like to see the inspiration for my horned headpiece, revisit Shell’s original article for her fabulous Taurus Headdress.

If you’d like to see more information about my upcoming workshops, please visit my Curiously Contrary website.

Until next time

Abs xx

Rusty letter art

The Secret Art Box – August 2019

Designer – Kore Sage

The August Secret Art Box included a personalised initial in mdf, a stencil, papers, a quote stamp and textured fabrics. Also Lead Powertex fabric hardener and colour pigments were in Aqua ink and Blue Bister granules. There was so much in the box to use but I knew straight away that I wanted to use Rusty Powder with the mdf, ink and Bister to create rusty letter art.

Powertex UK secret art box august 2019
Powertex UK Secret Art Box August

Materials list

  • Tag
  • Lead Powertex Fabric Hardener
  • Printed papers
  • Pieces of fabrics
  • Mdf letter
  • Aqua ink spray
  • Bister granules
  • Powercotton

Optional and other supplies

Powertex Rusty Letter wall art
Rusty Letter Art by Kore Sage

1. Make a start

Step 1
Step 1

Laying down the first textures with printed papers and Lead Powertex Fabric Hardener to cover the canvas.

2. Create background textures

Step 2 Easy Structure
Step 2

Use Easy Structure with a plastic palette knife through the stencil. Clean your stencil straight away.

3. Build fabric layers

Step 3 adding fabric with Powertex
Step 3

I added fabric textures to build up a background for the mdf letter. Lead Powertex hardens and adheres the fabric. Use a hairdryer to dry.

4. Add mdf letters and shapes

Step 4 Adding MDF with White Powertex
Step 4

To create depth I used White Powertex to paint and glue the mdf letter and shapes. I painted it lightly over most of the background. Dry with a hairdryer.

TIP: Ivory Powertex Fabric Hardener will also work well if you don’t have White.

5. Spray Aqua ink

Step 5 Spray on Aqua Acrylic ink
Step 5

Spray the Aqua ink generously over the textures, let it pool, drip and run off to the side.

6. Add Rusty Powder

Mix up 1 tbsp Transparent Powertex with a little white vinegar and 1/2 – 1 tbsp Rusty Powder. Pour onto the letter, background and fabrics. (It will look grey and the rust will take a few hours to form.)

TIP: For a thicker rust mixture add 3D Sand or Small balls

7. Using Bister granules

Add spots of Transparent Powertex and sprinkle Bister granules onto wet areas. Spray with water and vinegar spray so the colour runs.

TIP: Using white vinegar in the water spray alters the colour of the Bister and encourages the rust.

Step 6 Sprinkle on Blue Bister granules
Step 6 and 7
Step 7 Rusty Powder
Step 6 and 7 rusted

Powercotton vines

Step 8 Powercotton
Step 8

I used Powercotton strands coated with White Powertex to look like vines around the letter.

Brush up highlights

Step 9 White Powertex Highlights
Step 9

White Powertex is dry brushed on highlights over the whole canvas using a flat brush.

Finishing touches

I repeated the Rusty Powder and Bister granules until I was happy with the contrast. Highlighting with White or Ivory Powertex at the end just lifts the letters away from the background. You can layer up as much as you like.

Powertex rusty letter art by Kore Sage
Powertex Rusty Letter Art by Kore Sage

There’s so much left in the Secret Art Box I’ll be making more with these supplies. Tutor Gill has also used this month’s subscription box here.

Keep an eye on The Powertex Studio and my Facebook Page where I’ll be posting my Powertex art. Join us at Powertex Addicts United where you can share your makes.

You can find all the details on the Powertex UK website for your own Powertex subscription box, along with many of these supplies.

Until next time, make some time to let your art out,

Kore x

Powertex animal sculptures

Designer – Jinny Holt

Powertex is a fab medium for creating sculptures, for example Powertex animal sculptures, especially with recyclable material. I love working with Powertex because recyclable material can be used in one way or another. We can also help to save our planet by using what would otherwise be thrown away into landfill.

My animal sculptures

Hedgehog

Powertex Hedgehog by JInny Holt
Before & after

This little fellow was given to me by a work colleague. They all know at work what I love to do so I quite often get stuff given to me that no one wants.

For his head of spikes I used cotton buds and he got a new paint job using the PIGMENT POWDERS. For the pockets I used some old denim material. I used a marker pen to add the faux stitching and to finish off a pair of googly eyes.

Wise old owl

Powertex owl by Jinny
Wise old Powertex owl

I used a polystyrene ball for the base of this wise owl. I added EASY 3D FLEX over his body to create a texture. Old cardboard creates the wings. I used some left over air dry clay for the feet.

Metal embellishments from my stash became the eyes. I often collect little logs and branches in the winter and dry them out. I used these for him to sit on.

You don’t need to break the bank

Powertex owl animal sculpture by Jinny Holt
Another owl

This owl is a ball of foil that I covered with masking tape, (masking tape is your friend). I made the texture using kitchen roll. I ripped it up into pieces, soaked in Powertex and kind of swirled it onto the ball.

The beak and ears are made by making a tin foil shape, masking tape and adding more tissue paper for texture. On the ears I added some pieces of material I found in my stash and his eyes are jewellery findings. I used Powertex pigments and varnish to finish.

Green frog

How many animals/birds could we make with one polystyrene ball?

Powertex frog animal sculpture by Jinny Holt
Green frog

For this little frog, the base is a large polystyrene ball. I made some STONE ART clay for the back part and added a large piece of lace on his belly. The jewellery findings make the eyes and I made the feet with Stone Art clay. I used some green micro beads as a filler.

You don’t really need lots of stuff to create. One bottle of Powertex goes a long way and you can recycle objects from your home.

Are you inspired?

I hope myself and my fellow design team members have left you feeling inspired. Crack open that bottle of Powertex that you keep thinking about opening. Go on, open it and just do it!

Have you been inspired by these Powertex animal sculptures? Then come and say hello in the THE POWERTEX STUDIO. Don’t be shy to upload any photos of projects you have created too.

You can get all your Powertex goodies at POWERTEX UK. Find Powertex on PINTEREST and INSTAGRAM too. I post all my other creations at MUMS SHED on Facebook and you read about why I love Powertex in this blog.

Until next time,

~LIVE~LOVE~LAUGH~CREATE~

Jinny

Masai Collection

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.

Powertex Masai figure by Annette Smyth
Figures by Annette Smyth

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!

Tutor samples

Some of our tutors have been busy creating beautiful figure sculptures for their workshops, just take a look at these.

Mala by Joanne Connelly
Mala by Joanne Connelly
Powertex Masai Figures by Eve Warden
Masai figures by Eve Warden
Masai figure by Gill Goldsmith
Agnes by Gill Goldsmith
Masai figure Mala by Jill Cullum
Mala by Jill Cullum
Masai figure by Kim McKelvie
Nola by Kim McKelvie
Mala by Jinny Holt
Masai figure by Jinny Holt
Masai figures by Annette Smyth
Figures by Annette Smyth

Get supplies

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.

If you’d like to hear more about Powertex products and how to use them, follow us on Facebook at Powertex UK.

New Metallic Tag project pack

Powertex UK New Metallic tag project pack

Designer – Tracey Evans

There’s a new project pack available from Powertex UK and Tracey has a tutorial for you to create this gorgeous metallic tag with a beautiful mdf letter, that’s personalised to you.

Powertex UK New Metallic tag project pack
Personalised Metallic Tag project by Tracey Evans

Tutorial

Tracey Evans, the creative director at Powertex UK uses Lead Powertex Fabric Hardener and the new Aqua acrylic ink in this tag. Use the fantastic textured fabric to create a background for your mdf letter and Powercotton for detail. Finish off your project with metallic pigments.

Metallic tutorial by Tracey Evans

Get your Metallic Tag project pack

If you would like to try the Metallic Tag Project Pack, you can find all the details on the website. The pack is available with or without Powertex and you can choose the letter you wish too.

If you have some Powertex creations to share we’d love to see them in the Powertex Studio on Facebook. Join us in Powertex Addicts United for inspiration and tips for getting the most out of your Powertex products.

Powertex Dog from recycled items

Designer – Jill Cullum

Powertex is at it’s best when used to upcycle/recycle items we would normally pop in the bin. It is perfect for transforming everyday objects into a sculpture, either for the house or garden.

Powertex 3d animal dog from recycling
Powertex dog by Jill Cullum

When I was asked to make a 3d animal from recycled materials, I began saving all sorts of items that would normally have been thrown out. Unfortunately when I came to start the project Karl had tidied up and thrown it all out! A visit to the loft was called for where I found an old hearth brush. Perfect for a tail – and just the job for a dog.

Animals are not something I make very often, but once started I enjoyed the process. As usual, I learnt quite a lot whilst making this project and am already looking forward to making more.

Materials List

Let’s Create a Dog

Gather your items to make the shape

Materials for a powertex dog
Step 1

After I took the photograph of all my pieces ready to upcycle, I added some old table stands which were ideal to use for legs.

Building the main body structure

building the dog structure from recycling
Step 2

Using masking tape, secure the legs to the hearth brush. Add the pie dishes over the side, using paper/bubble wrap to pad them out.

Adding detail

corrugated card ears
Step 3

Cut some ear shapes and feet, out of corrugated cardboard. Put these to one side.

Eyes

eyes from jar lids
Step 4

Cover the jar lids with masking tape, forming texture as you do this by crumpling it as you press it down.

Putting him all together

Step 5

Secure the eyes and ears to the main body. Cover the whole animal in masking tape. Leaving the ‘tail’ untouched.

Adding the fur

decorating the recycled items with powertex
Step 6

Using Powertex and material of your choice, cover the structure, creating texture for the coat of the dog. Using Powercolour dry-brush your dog.

Finishing touches

I also just had to add some googly eyes to give him some character. He still didn’t look finished so added a piece of lace using red Powertex, to create a tongue.

I hope you have enjoyed this article and it has inspired you to create your own animals. It is good to recycle and as crafters we have lots of items we can use.

Abigail Lagden has a great blog on how to use up old paint brushes to create a lion sculpture.

Let us see what you make by posting them over on the Powertex Studio. Bye for now. Jill x