Secret Art Box February 2020

Discover, Create and Share

Designed by Suzanne Tarburton

When I first opened the Secret Art Box February, I was amazed to discover all the fantastic goodies inside and I couldn’t wait to start creating. As I was deciding what to make I came across some chipboard words ‘Discover, Create, and Share’. They seemed to fit the bill perfectly, so I used them on my canvas, and now I would like to share my creation, and how I made it, with you.

Powertex Secret Art Box February 2020 mixed media steampunk art by Suzanne Tarburton
Powertex Mixed Media art by Suzanne Tarburton

Materials List

Materials List:

Step 1:

Take the large heart from the Feb Box, use Easy Structure through stencils, and do the same with two smaller hearts.

Step 2:

Once dry paint the large heart with Bronze Powertex and the two smaller with White Powertex from the box.

Powertex Secret Art Box Step 2 using Bronze Powertex
Step 2

Step 3:

On a 10in, x 8in canvas panel spread structure paste through stencils and spread white Powertex thickly using a spatula in some of the blank areas.

Use Easy Structure and stencils on a canvas for a textured background
Step 3

Step 4:

Before the Powertex dries, spray the canvas with Blue Bister and Aqua mixed media ink, to encourage cracks to form.

Top Tip: Use an old packaging box as a spray booth to avoid everything on your table from getting covered in ink.

Spray with Blue bister and Acrylic ink
Step 4

Step 5:

Paint the cogs from the MDF sheet with Bronze Powertex, then sprinkle with sand and 3d balls and another coat of bronze Powertex to give texture.

Paint cogs from the Secret Art Box with Bronze Powertex
Step 5

Step 6:

Highlight with Copper Penny acrylic paint, Aqua media ink, applied with a brush and Colortricx clear gold pigment mixed with Easy Varnish.

Highlight with Copper Penny Acrylic paint, Aqua ink and pigment
Step 6

Step 7:

Start to layer the hearts, MDF cogs and chipboard pieces using the off cut MDF from the box underneath to support the layers.

Layer your pieces into a mixed media style with Powertex
Step 7

Step 8:

Paint the chipboard words with White Powertex, then spray with Acrylic Inks in Aqua and Violet.

Paint chipboard words from the Secret Art Box with acrylic inks
Step 8

Step 9:

Spray Brown Bister under hearts and cogs to add depth. Then highlight all over using Acrylic Inks –Aqua and Violet and Copper Penny and Silver Sixpence metallic paints.

Spray brown bister to add depth
Step 9

Hint: Don’t just think you have to use the Acrylic Ink Sprays as a spray; I very often spray them onto my glass mat and apply with a brush, for more controlled colour placement.

There is so much in these Secret Art Boxes, I was able to use other pieces from this month’s Art box to create this journal cover, and there is still plenty left for more projects.

The Powertex UK Secret Art Box February 2020
Powertex Journal by Suzanne Tarburton

I hope I’ve inspired you to ‘Discover, Create and Share’ all your Powertex Projects and perhaps inspired you further to order next month’s Secret Art Box. Why not join us over on Facebook at The Powertex Studio group. We love to see your makes and it is a great place to get some inspiration or ask questions.

I am a certified Powertex Tutor, if you would like to find out more about my art, and me you can check out my Facebook page Crafting with Love and Fairy Dust. You can also see more projects using the Secret Art box here in the magazine.

The Powertex UK Secret Art Box is also available from uOpen subscription boxes. It’s a great way to sign up and a gift option is available too. Plus, they have a Valentine’s sale on until 16th February 2020 so you can get 10% off.

Powertex Secret Art Box February 2020 mixed media art by Suzanne Tarburton
Powertex Art from Secret Art Box by Suzanne Tarburton
Sue Tarburton

Steampunk Powertex Challenge

For the Love of Steampunk – February Challenge

Take a look at these Steampunk Powertex projects from UK tutors to inspire your own crafting. It’s the theme for the Monthly Challenge in The Powertex Studio in February. Put your own Steampunk spin on these ideas or create something unique and join us!

Powertex Steampunk art by Suzanne Tarburton using the Secret Art Box
Powertex canvas by Suzanne Tarburton

Claire from Powertex UK has written a poem to inspire you too.

For the Love of Steampunk

“Wise old owl; his lucks come in
Lucky sixpence gets him a win!
Steampunk funk the cogs just spin
My heart is black but full within”

Claire Ivins

Think cogs and gears, clock parts, copper pipes, metal textures and corsetry or lace to give your creations a steampunk twist. Steampunk is all about mixing up Victorian steam age with the future so go wild with old meets new.

Steampunk crafting by Powertex tutors

Layer up a mixed media style art with mdf cogs and metal textures like Sylvia Blackshaw.

Steampunk Powertex art by Sylvia Blackshaw
Powertex art by Sylv’s Creations

Use moulds to add pipework like Samantha Thompson.

Steampunk Powertex art by Samantha Thompson
Steampunk art by Samantha Thompson

Use Powertex fabric hardener to create Victorian ruffles like Sarah Jayne Ambrose.

Powertex Steampunk corset by Sarah Jayne Ambrose
Art by Sarah Jayne Ambrose at The Skull Shed

Julie gives her owl a mechanical makeover.

Powertex mechanical owl by Julie Emery
Powertex owl by Crafts by J & C

Suzanne gets creative with cogs and gears in her sculpture.

Add clockwork parts to a hat for a steampunk costume or prop like Liz Dixon.

Use moulds, mdf and metal embellishments like Gill Goldsmith.

Add a touch of Victoriana to a sculpture like Wendy Reed.

Steampunk Stanley by The Creative CHicken
Steampunk Stanley by The Creative Chicken

Enter the Steampunk Monthly Challenge in our Facebook Group. You can read all about the challenge in the Announcements or in this article.

Everyone is welcome to join in and you might see a lot of tutor makes in the photo album to inspire you.

Last month’s theme was Alice in Wonderland and Elisa Miles was the lucky prize winner. We’d love to see your Powertex steampunk creations in the challenge photo album too! The challenge is open until the 25th February.

Powertex UK Monthly Challenge Elisa Miles
Winner of the Powertex UK Monthly Challenge in January

Alice in Wonderland Challenge

Powertex UK Monthly Challenge Elisa Miles

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.

Powertex UK Monthly Challenge Tricia Lewis
Powertex UK Monthly Challenge Michele Morfett Alice in Wonderland
Powertex UK Monthly Challenge Lynda Hodson
Powertex UK Monthly Challenge Julie Harding

Top hats featured too with fantastic creations from Kristen Penrod, Jeanette Wright and Amanda Minx Daley.

Powertex UK Monthly Challenge Kristen Penrod
Powertex UK Monthly Challenge Jeanette Wright Alice in Wonderland
Powertex UK Monthly Challenge Amanda Minx Daley

This piece from Julia Hargreave uses Powertex for a mixed media layered creation.

Powertex UK Monthly Challenge Julia Hargreave

And the winner is…

Powertex UK Monthly Challenge Elisa Miles Alice in Wonderland
The winning entry by Elisa Miles

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.

If you’re feeling inspired, take a look at The Alice Collection at Powertex UK for Wonderland supplies. You can read all the about the Challenge in the Announcements in The Powertex Studio or here in the online magazine.

See you in February!

Powertex birdhouse

Designed by Jill Cullum

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.

Materials

Assembling the Birdhouse stand

Assemble the bird stand

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 bird house using Powertex Universal Medium

Decorate the birdhouse with fabric, embellishments and 3D balls, using black fabric hardener.

Use Powertex with fabric and embellishments to decorate the birdhouse

Add colour using powder Powercolor pigments of choice, mixed with Easy Varnish to highlight the texture created.

Making the Mouse

Powertex 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.

Create a mouse shape

Use tin foil to make the arms, ears and tail fatter and cover over it all with masking tape.

Use fabric with Powertex to create fur

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.

Fabric and Powertex fabric hardener for the bird stand

Finishing touches

When dry, add colour to the stand and use Fabric Hardener to fix your mouse in place.  Sit the birdhouse on the top.

Powertex bird house
Powertex bird house by Jill Cullum

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!

Merry Christmas to you all.  Jill xx

There’s snow place like gnome

Designed by Shell North

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.

Powertex gnome by Shell North
‘Amon the Shaman’ First Powertex gnome by Shell North inspired by the legends.

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.

Gnome Santa

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?!

Solstice celebrations

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

Modern celebrations

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

Powertex gnomes by Shell North
Gnomes from top right to left: Amon the Shaman, Dumbledor, Norma,
Bottom right to left: Oakley, Noel, Nose-stradamus.
By Shell North
Powertex gnome by Shell North
‘Nose-stradamus’ the gnome.
My latest up graded gnome with new nose design made from Powertex stone art clay
– He predicts gnome domination 🙂

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.

I hope you all have many festive blessings.

Peace, love and cheeky gnomes,

Shell x

The most wonderful time of the year

Designer – Jinny Holt

Christmas is my favourite time of the year and I have been making Christmas creations for months now. So can you guess this months theme? Yep, you guessed correctly, the most wonderful time of the year. If I had my way I would be making these Christmas creations all year round.

Church window display

Wonderful Powertex Wreath by Jinny Holt
Wreath for church display

I have made numerous amounts of Powertex wreaths this year. Most I made for work to sell to raise money for the company I work for. By day I’m a support worker/ Arts & Craft coordinator and we needed to fundraise for the centre where I work. We had a stall at a local Victorian market and raised nearly £200.

Recently I was asked if I would like to decorate a couple of church windows in a village in Devon. I’ve never done a church window display before, so I jumped at the chance. The churches theme was wreaths and candles, right up my creative street!

Green and holly  Powertex Christmas wreath by Jinny Holt
Wreath for church

I kept my design simple and quite traditional as it was going in a church. I did this one first and then had a eureka moment and decided to make a matching candle holder.

Powertex candle holders by Jinny Holt
Wine glass candle holder

I used Bronze Powertex, Stone art, t-shirt material for the ruffles, green, white pigment with varnish to complete this look.

Powertex wreath and candle holder by Jinny Holt
How they look together

Time for one more

I was given the option of having two windows to display, go big or go home right?, so I said I would do two!

Powertex Cherub Wreath for Christmas
Angelic wreath

With the second set, as it was going in a church I kept my design simple and fitting for where they were going to be showcased. I had been itching for months to use this cherub embellishment and this was the perfect opportunity.

For this one I changed my techniques and used Easy 3d flex, one of my fave products to use. I chipped out some of the poly wreath to allow the cherub to sit nicely in the wreath. Once dry, I decorated around it.

Christmas cherub candle holder with Powertex by Jinny Holt
Cherub candle holder

Again I used the bronze Powertex with the Easy 3d Flex to make a fine paste, thin layers and let dry. I also used some air dry clay and moulds, which I thought suited my theme. I painted on Brown Bister and highlighted with White Pigment and Gold Pigment. Adding the same type leaves and berries, so yes they were different but I wanted them to tie in together.

Christmas decoration - a wonderful time of the year by Jinny Holt
The completed pair

Do you love this time of year?

I will be gutted once I have to stop making Christmas creations. The ideas for this type of theme seem to flow very easily. As this is my last blog for the year, I thought I would show you some of my other Powertex Christmas creations.

The most wonderful time of the year decorations by Jinny Holt using Powertex
Some of my wreaths
The most wonderful time of the year! Powertex decorations by Jinny Holt
Powertex Baubles

Time to say goodbye

Well it has been a year of new things and new beginnings, I am constantly learning and teaching myself new techniques and I am still in love with creating with this medium.

I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all

A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY AND HEALTHY AND NOT FORGETTING A CREATIVE 2020

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 and I am also on Pinterest.

So until next time creative people,

~LIVE~LOVE~LAUGH~CREATE~

Jinny

It’s Cold Outside

Designed by Patricia Williams

Wintertime is upon us and Christmas, but not all projects have to be Christmas themed there are lots of other ways to express the beauty of Wintertime. The brief for this month’s article in the Powertex magazine is “It’s cold out there”. I am building my idea around no matter how cold it is the young will still play and maybe the not so young, after all who said fun was only for children.

Having a surplus of foam balls left over from workshops, makes it the perfect starting point, I also have a fair few stands and little plaster and resin pieces. You know the sort of thing you gather up but never seem to get around to using.

It's cold out there by Patricia Williams, Powertex tutor
Powertex Winter craft
by Patricia Williams

Materials

Powertex Universal Medium supplies for a winter craft project
Materials

How to make my Winter Powertex project

I started by pressing my foam ball onto the stand, in this case I used a black metal stand with a single spike; available on the Powertex website.

Styrofoam sphere

I gave it a coat of White powertex and allowed this to dry, while I cut up my fabric.  

This was a a generous size square of fabric, to allow for folds and creases. I cut a small hole in the centre for the spike on my base to push through. Soak in Powertex and massage until it is completely covered. Take the ball off the stand and drape the fabric, positioning the hole at the bottom. Arrange your fabric until you are pleased with it. I left quite a bunch at the top to represent piles of snow.

Powertex Winter craft project by Patriicia  Williams

While it is was wet, I settled in my centre piece (cherubs on a swing). Then around this I placed three little hares frolicking in the snow. Leave over night at this stage to make sure your pieces are secure; you can of course use a drying box to move it onto the next stage more quickly.

Finishing touches

Time for dry brushing; simple is my choice on this piece as I love the white snowy look. I added a light brushing of white pigment on the Hares to make them look as if they have a light dusting of snow in their fur from frolicking in the snow.

A few flat backed clear gems represent a sparkle as the sun hits the snow. I really think that’s all it needs. This was a simple and quick piece to make but would make a very pretty table centre or feature piece.

It's cold outside
It's cold out there Powertex craft sculpture by Patricia Williams

Why don’t you have a go at making your own and show to us on The Powertex Studio, I would love to see your makes and of course any other projects you have done. If you would like to see more of my work, head over to my Facebook page Alex Henry or see more of my projects here in the Magazine.

Thank you for reading my blog I will see you in the New Year, so until then enjoy your festivities with family and friends.

Walk like an Egyptian

Powertex UK Secret Art Box – December 2019

Designed by Gill Goldsmith

This month’s Egyptian Secret Art Box is a stunner! The theme, inspired by Tracey’s visit to the Tutankhamen exhibition is all things Egyptian and amongst the fabulous goodies, a brand new colour of Powertex, a gorgeous mint green.

Powertex Art by Gill Goldsmith Secret Art Box December 2019
Powertex art by Gill Goldsmith

Materials List

  • Secret Art Box December 2019
  • Nefertiti mould from Powertex UK
  • Plaster or air drying clay such as Stone Art clay
  • Easy Structure and Paperdecoration for texture
  • Powertex Universal Medium in White and Yellow Ochre
  • Pigments in Bronze gold, Blue Curcao and Ultramarine
Powertex UK Secret Art Box December 2019 Egyptian
Powertex UK Secret Art Box December 2019

How to make my Egyptian art

Step 1

Mdf frame and Easy Structure through stencil

The new shape of MDF panel, lent itself so much to the theme and screams pyramid, so I used the fabulous hieroglyphics stencil and added texture to the top of the panel with EasyStructure paste.
I also added a coating of Easy Structure across the pyramid and marked it with a palette knife like blocks.
Once dry, I laid out my composition of the MDF pieces, I’d cast a plaster piece of the new scarab mould and also used the Nefertiti bust as a focal point.

Step 2

Fresh mint Powertex from the Secret Art Box Egyptian

Then using the brand new mint colour Powertex I coated the complete piece, using it to glue all the elements in place.
I added some Paperdecoration to the sides and created more texture using the sand included in the box. I mixed it into the Powertex with a palette knife and spread it across the bottom of the canvas.
Allow this to dry thoroughly.

Step 3

Spray with Palm green acrylic ink

Once dry, I used the palm leaf acrylic ink spray, included in the box, and liberally sprayed across the whole piece.
Don’t panic at this point, it looks a lot of colour, but there’s a long way to go.
Again, allowing this to dry thoroughly before starting my favourite process on any Powertex piece, the dry brushing.

Step 4

Dry brush with Powertex

I initially dry brushed the MDF elements and the plaster pieces with white Powertex and the pyramid in yellow ochre.
I then added depth with darker pigments to make the pyramid stand out and used the bronze gold pigment included as well as blue Curacao and ultramarine blue to bring out the highlights on all the plaster pieces and MDF embellishments.
Mix pigments with the Varnish.

Powertex Secret Art Box by Gill Goldsmith

Finishing touches

My final touch was to dry brush the pyramid with more white Powertex, making sure your brush is really dry so it just highlights the texture and make it stand out…..

Powertex Art by Gill Goldsmith from the Egyptian Secret Art Box
Egyptian art by Gill Goldsmith

I hope this inspires you to have a go at creating something magical with this month’s Egyptian Secret Art Box, and that you will share your finished makes on The Powertex Studio and Secret Art Box Subscribers Facebook pages. You can also read other Secret Art Box tutorials.

Thanks for reading and do please follow my Powertex adventures on my Facebook page The Powertex Port,
Happy Powertexing XXX Gill

A Winter’s Tale – Nostalgic Powertex

By Donna Mcghie

My prompt for this month’s Powertex article was A Winter’s Tale.  The festive season is fast approaching and my mind wandered back to those seemingly halcyon days of Christmas’ past.

Nostalgic Powertex Christmas tree by Donna Mcghie tells A Winter's Tale
I just love the retro look of these Christmas Rice Papers

Obviously memory plays tricks on us all, but for me, nothing beats a bit of nostalgia at Christmas. I fell in love with the retro look of the Victorian Christmas Rice Papers, the style of the images really made me smile. 

However, rather than making me think of all things Victorian, for me they conjure up memories of the early seventies.  Lots of gaudy tinsel and Slade blasting out Merry Christmas on Top of the Pops.

I decided to attempt to create a wall plaque that captured some of that seventies atmosphere. 

So grab yourself a snowball to drink, (or something non alcoholic from the soda stream if you prefer), and let’s  have a bit of festive fun with Powertex.

I deliberately chose to keep this project fairly simplistic and quick to do.  The reason being is that most of us are frantically busy on the lead up to Christmas, and don’t have much time to set aside for crafting.  Hopefully this little tree can slot in to the timescale somewhere though.

Materials List:

Step 1

Powertex nostalgic Christmas tree by Donna Mcghie - A Winter's Tale
I use a sponge to apply the colour as I find it quicker

Mix together green and white Powertex Fabric Hardener to a pale green colour. Sponge over your tree shape and allow to dry. You can use a hairdryer to speed this process.

Step 2

Nostalgic Christmas tree, Donna tells a Winter's Tale
By adding stone art we are starting to build some texture

With a flat brush apply Easy Varnish where you want to place the images. Then gently put them in position and brush over them again with the varnish to seal. Add some more hardener in various places and whilst damp gently dab on some Stone Art.

Step 3

A nostalgic WInters Tale with Powertex by Donna Mcghie
When adding the ink, protect your images with paper.

Using a small pallet knife scrape some Easy Structure downwards to give the impression of branches. Blast with a dryer, and then add some Acrylic Spray Ink.

Step 4

Powertex nostalgic A Winter's Tale by Donna Mcghie
The darker Bister adds some depth

Now add more branch shapes with Easy Structure, dry and spray with the Bister.

Step 5

If the pigment does not show up enough, you can add white fabric hardener as well

Now mix a small amount of white pigment with easy varnish, load a flat brush, wipe off on paper towel, and gently sweep over your tree segments. Gradually building up the intensity until it looks like snow.

Step 6

A Winter's Tale Powertex project by Donna Mcghie
A sprinkle of glitter, and we are done

A final flourish of glitter and we are done 🙂 I like to use a very fine bio degradable glitter as although we’re going for a seventies vibe, it’s good to use current sensibilities about sustainability.

I decided to add a simple star on the top but obviously if you decide to make one you can bling up your tree with whatever takes your fancy.

That’s my lot for 2019 folks. I have really enjoyed sharing my makes in these articles and have equally enjoyed seeing what you share with us on our Facebook page, so please do pop over and share any of your nostalgic makes.

I’ve been making lots of other festive decorations which you can see on my own Facebook page here.

The other design team members have been busy as well. I particularly love Fiona’s Christmas star from last year.

Have a wonderful Christmas everyone, and here’s hoping you get lots of Powertex goodies in those stockings 🙂

Craft foam – Made for altering

by Annette Smyth

Hello everyone

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.

Powertex Picasso art by Annette Smyth
Powertex art by Annette Smyth

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 …..

Powertex craft foam art clock by Annette Smyth

Example one

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.

Powertex craft foam clock by Annette Smyth

Example two

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.

Powertex craft foam Picasso art by Annette Smyth

Example three

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.

Happy Creative Adventures

Annette xx