Mindfulness Mandala Triptych

Designer: Shell North

In this article I will be showing you how to create a Mindfulness Mandala Triptych. I wanted to incorporate one item as my focal point, the product of the month Easy structure paste. Wood was chosen to work on as this is something I haven’t done for a while. Easy structure works well on any flat surface that’s a natural element such as wood, metal, fabrics. This technique would also look great on an artist’s canvas, a sheet or grey board or wooden box. Even a sheet of metal, a glass pane and so much more could be used.

While looking for inspiration, mandalas came to mind. Mandala is a Sanskrit word, meaning circle. They can be used to focus attention and create a state of mindfulness. A universal symbol of wholeness and unity. The circle mirrors the universe, the movement of the stars, creation, cycle of life and the passage of time.

Mindfulness is often used as a therapeutic technique. It is being present in that moment, but being accepting of our feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations and our senses. Often what brings us into our senses is doing something, but in a mindful way.

I often find myself in a state of mindfulness while creating.


Each person’s life is like a mandala – a vast, limitless circle. We stand in the center of our own circle, and everything we see, hear and think forms the mandala of our life.


Pema Chödrön

MATERIALS LIST

Tools

  • Various ¾ inch flat brushes,
  • Small plastic pallet knives,
  • Large pallet knife
  • Paper cutting knife,
  • Hair dryer,
  • Kichen roll/paper towels,

*Because Bister spray can stain, make sure the area you work on is covered and protected.*

Step by Step

I selected a series of Mandala stencils from my personal stash and played around with the composition on my Triptych. I decided to add texture around them and a few embellishments to add depth to the piece. 

Creating texture with Powertex Easy structure.

Scrape Easy structure paste through each of the positioned stencils, holding with masking tape where needed. Dry with hair dryer.

Tidy it up.

Using a paper cutting knife, cut down the seams where any stencils overlap between the triptych pieces, so the edges are tidy when separated.

Give it a base coat with Powertex liquid hardener.

Using a wide flat brush, give the wood triptych pieces a coating of Powertex liquid hardener in Ivory.

Adding colour with Bister

While the Ivory liquid hardener is still wet, spray generously with 2 colours of Bister, over lapping the colours in the middle. Dry with hairdryer immediately.

Mindfulness Mandala Triptych

Adding another 3D layer

Apply transparent medium to the backs of all embellishments and place in centre of random mandalas. If they over hang, trim with scissors.

Mindfulness Mandala Triptych

Creating 3D flex paste

Using Powertex liquid hardener blue, 3Dflex powder and yellow Bister spray liquid, mix together until a thick ‘dryish’ paste. Adding more 3Dflex if needed.

Creating more texture and interest

Spread the 3Dflex mix between mandalas using a large pallet knife. Spread in one direction to create torque within the 3Dflex paste to encourage cracks!

Getting 3Dflex to crack

Spray over the 3Dflex paste with Bister in co-ordinating colours as before, 3Dflex also needs heat to crack so dry with hairdryer closely on hot setting.

Mindfulness Mandala Triptych

Highlighting

Now everything is dry, drybrush with Powertex liquid hardener-Ivory, this will absorb some of the bister pigment so will darken after a few moments.

Mindfulness Mandala Triptych

I added the finishing touch to this triptych by dry brushing with a mix of Powertex powercolor pigment powder in white mixed with a little easy coat varnish adding the final textural layer to the piece.

Mindfulness Mandala Triptych
Finished Powertex Mindfulness Mandala triptych

Top Tips

  • Have a bowl of warm soapy water to hand to put the stencils in after use so they are easily cleaned as the structure paste dries fast.
  • If you are not getting cracks with the 3D flex, try leaving item for a few hours in a warm place such as on top of a radiator or sunny window sill on a hot day.

Feeling inspired by this Mindfulness Mandala Triptych? Why not try this at home and post your creations on the Facebook Powertex Studio page?
Powertex studio

If you would like to come and learn this workshop find more details to future Triptych workshops here. Or send me a message at The Crafty Little Corner.

We love to hear your feedback so please leave a comment below. Did you catch my last blog? Find it here.

Well that’s all from me for now,

Peace, love and mandala’s Shell x

Powertex Stone Art Hares

Powertex Stone Art Hares – Some bunny loves you

Designer: Anna Emelia Howlett

powertex stone art hares

“The March hares danced and leapt around as the moonlight shone golden on the lush Spring ground” by Claire Ivins

The Secret Art Box – March

I feel very privileged to be able to get my hands on a Secret Art Box. Who doesn’t love opening up a box of Powertex arting and crafting goodies and getting a complete surprise? I believe part of the excitement and challenge lies in that surprise. And I got super excited by the idea of Powertex Stone art hares.

I sometimes look at the box and really wrack my brain as to how I am going to deliver an end result I am happy with. Because of this I tend to sit and procrastinate a bit. Yes, I am an over analyser, who likes to think before I get to an end result.

Don’t think just do

Don’t get me wrong! Sometimes I dive straight in, I’ve been practising for a while now to just get on and keep it simple. But if you ever feel like you hang back a bit, know you’re not the only one. You’ve got this. And I’ve created a project here to help you find that inspiration. So the most important thing is to get that Powertex out and have a go! Don’t think, just do.. join in and create your own Powertex stone art hares.

Marchs The Secret Art Box

Idea behind the design

I really like the idea of a mumma and baby hare here. So I thought this would make a great mothers day present. So that’s where I drew my inspiration for my project. Because I couldn’t think of a better way to say I love you than with a homemade Powertex Project. So why not set aside some time to make some one special a little present. I know I’d love to receive these Powertex stone art hares. Wouldn’t you?

powertex stone art hares

Materials list

Step one

Gather together your items. I’ve taken the base for the moon to use in this project. You will also need moulds and stamps.

Step two

Using the bronze Powertex as a primer or paint. Coat the moon base, large and small hare in one layer of Powertex.

Step three

Pour out ¼ of Powertex from your 100ml bottle. Mix a couple of spoonfuls of stone art powder in and create a bread dough consistency clay.

Step four

Paint Powertex on, pat in stone art. Repeat to build layers. Spray with brown bister. Place clay on hare, stamp and use medium heart plunger.

Step five

Use small heart plunger in clay. Place nose on with dab of Powertex. Use remainder clay in moulds and glue in place with Powertex.

powertex stone art hares
Step Six

Dry brush with pigments and varnish. Pigments used are Mocha, white, coral, yellow ochre, lilac and rich gold.

powertex stone art hares
Step seven

Finishing touches

After putting all the elements together and letting dry for a couple of hours. I then dry brushed my piece. In order to get a shabby chic, chalk finish on this piece, I was very light handed and made sure there was less varnish to pigment ratio. However, if you prefer a more gloss finish, simply use more varnish.

powertex stone art hares

Do share your makes in the Facebook group The Powertex Studio. If you like what you see press the star or let me know in the comments box below.

Did you catch my other Secret Art box article ‘moon gazing hare’, if not find it here. If you would like to see more of what I do you can find me at Rosehart Studio. Toodles Anna xXx

Powertex Art Doll Inspiration

Powertex Art Doll Inspiration

Powertex Apothecary Art Doll

What a wonderful kit this is and full of possibilities. And I am about to bring you my Powertex Art Doll Inspiration in this article. The kit comes with a choice of embellishments, wings and faces. I chose to use the skull and go over to the ‘dark side’ – a little out of my comfort zone, but loving the challenge.

How to start your Art Doll

In preparation I have covered the sides of the box and the wings with Terracotta Powertex. So I then left these to dry, so that they were ready to use later on.

Firstly, I began by coating the back of the small box with Ivory Powertex. Then I spread the Easy structure which is a texture paste, through the stencil. Once the Easy structure was dry I sprayed with red bister, which is a walnut stain spray. Then I wiped away some of the colour on the raised sections of the Easy structure.

Next I used Powertex to assemble the box, adding the edges, but at this point keeping the top edging off.

Using Powertex attach the box to the base of your Art Doll Clock. By lining it up with the hole for the clock movement to be added later.

To add more detail I have used material with Terracotta Powertex. And placing the wings in the material so that they stand out.  Putting the skull in the middle of the wings gives a great 3D effect to your ghoul.  I have added texture with some corrugated cardboard around the sides of the frame and more material underneath.

Where there is space on the corners of the clock base (not covered with material) I have created a crackle effect.  To do this you paint a liberal coat of Ivory Powertex onto the board. Then you spray with black bister (whilst the Powertex is still wet).  By using a hairdryer to speed the drying of the Powertex crackles will start to appear. 

I also added this effect to the top of the box frame. 

Now for some colour.  I dry-brushed the material with Turquoise Powercolour and Mojito Lime Pearl Powder pigment from the Secret Art Loft collection. 

For the wings I started painting them with Mojito Lime. I then went over this with Lemon meringue acrylic, adding Colortricx Gold around the edges for extra depth.  As these acrylics are beautifully translucent the Mojito Lime shows through creating a gorgeous shimmer. 

I decided to use some of the Lemon Meringue to go over the ‘crackle effect’ I created earlier with the Ivory powertex and black bister. 

Powertex Art Doll Inspiration

Now for the addition of some accessories, the final layer of detail. I had a look through my ‘stash’ of embellishments, which I am sure most crafters have! And I found some great little bottles which I thought would create the apothecary theme, along with some skulls, twigs and a piece of gauze.

I added these using the Transparent 100g Powertex which comes with a nozzle, perfect for precision use. The scrolls I made from scraps of paper, glued in place with the Transparent Powertex. However, I wanted the gauze to be fluid so it was placed again with the Transparent Powertex.

Powertex Art Doll Inspiration

I hope you have found some Powertex Art Doll Inspiration in this article. Do share your makes with us over on Facebook in The Powertex Studio. You can find my last blog here. Catch you next time Jill.

Powertex Art Doll MDF Kit

mixed media powertex art doll using rice paper
There are no rules for these Art Dolls, other than have fun creating!

Where to start with an Art Doll

If I am completely honest, when I first opened my new Powertex Art Doll MDF Template I was a little bit daunted. I had never even heard of the term Art Doll before. And was a little bit worried that I would not be able to do it justice.

I got in touch with Tracey Evans at Powertex HQ. And asked her if there are any rules I should be adhering to when it comes to creating an Art Doll. Nope, she relied, no rules whatsoever.

Well, that was music to my ears. No rules meant that I could absolutely go to town with my rather bonkers imagination right? Right Tracey confirmed. Within no time at all, my reservations morphed into excitement.

This was going to be fun!

Art Deco Theme for inspiration

I started off by gently removing all mdf cut outs from the template. And having a bit of a play around with them.

I used some Transparent Powertex to fix the square frame together. And thought that this would fit nicely over one of the faces, available in the Powertex Rice Papers.

I had some gorgeous turquoise feathers that I had picked up some time ago. As soon as I played around with placing these on my design, a vague concept started to form in my mind. I was going to go Art Deco. I wanted my Art Doll to look like something you would stumble across whilst rummaging through an old attic.

How to start your Art Doll

Using the turquoise as a base for my colour scheme, I painted all my mdf pieces with white Powertex. I then took my oblong backdrop and poured small amounts of blue Powertex and yellow in dribbles onto it. Whilst this was still wet I then sprayed with blue bister and blasted with a hair dryer. This created an interesting texture on which to base my design.


mixed media powertex backdrop
Although very little of this back drop shows through on the finished design, I’m pleased I did it, as it set the mood for the look I was aiming for

I used the same technique for the frame for the face. However, I left the inside of this white so that I could stick on my face and it would show up nicely. (I didn’t want the face to look too pristine. So when I was dry brushing at the end I purposely added a bit of white to age the photo slightly.)

Mixed media rice paper powertex art doll
I deliberately added some white powercolour to help with the aged photo effect

I added the same face but smaller to the mdf shape, then adhered to the top of the oblong template. Next I added a shabby halo made of a scrap of gold coloured metal. To adhere everything I used Powertex Transparent Hardener. I wanted to add some interest to the wing shapes at the top. So I used the negative shapes from the template I had taken them from. This formed a stencil which I could spray some bister through.

bister stencils for powertex mixed media art doll
I also added on some real white feathers to add even more texture

I left all my mdf pieces overnight to dry and ensure they were securely adhered in place.

The next day I dry brushed using pearl white, white and copper powertex pigments to add to the ageing process.

My final step was to add on some of my beloved bling. Especially those gorgeous turquoise feathers which had been the inspiration for the Art Deco look.

Powertex mixed media Art Doll
My finished Powertex Art Doll

I honestly cannot say how much I enjoyed making this. Once I had put my fears to one side and embraced the freedom of just going for it.

If you would like to share your own creations, the Powertex team would love to have a look over at our facebook page The Powertex Studio.

Need more inspiration for your Art doll kit, take a look at some of the other articles from Design Team members to spark your imagination here is Abigail’s and Anne’s interpretation.

Thanks so much for reading.

I’m Donna and you can see more of my work over at www.artandmurals.co.uk

Powertex Small Art Doll

Loving the Powertex Art Dolls by Annette Smyth

Powertex small art doll
Art doll

There are times in your life when you get so excited about starting a new art project that everything else just gets put on the back boiler. That’s exactly what happened when I got my hands on one of the new Powertex small art doll Template. These three new projects are launched on Hochanda on 1st February. They are going to be very popular as they offer a basis for so many styles of work.

I had the Powertex small art doll and straight away knew my girl had to be vintage and full of lovely Powertexture (ooh new word)!

So here’s a closer look at some of the elements in my project

Powertex small art doll
Tree bark effect

The backboard of my piece has a tree bark effect. To get this I used Easy 3D Flex and sprayed it with yellow bister then left it to dry overnight. The next day I used a damp sponge to remove some of the bister. Then drybrushed with Powercolor black and white.

Powertex small art doll
3D faces – plaster and rice paper
Powertex small art doll
Powertex small art doll

I wanted my girl to have a 3D face so I took one of the Powertex medium plaster faces and matched it (by size) to a face on the Victorian rice paper.

I carefully cut out the rice paper face. Applied Easy Coat Matt varnish to both the plaster and the back of the rice paper then carefully married the 2 together. Using a soft clean paintbrush to help push the eyes into the right place. Go very carefully as it is a delicate process.


Powertex small art doll
pigments and wax

On the limbs I used the Secret Art Loft Pearl pigments mixed into the Powerwax. This gives a beautiful blended finish with a soft sheen. The Powerwax is a really great way of adding layers of colour to any of your work.

I took the Powertex quote stencil and used the top quote by Robert Henri. By cutting this down into individual words and phrases I was able to place the words onto the individual areas more easily.

Powertex texture
Structure Paste words and texture

Along with the words, the texture on the wings and headdress were all created with Easy Structure Paste. It holds its shape brilliantly and takes colour really well.

Share you Powertex makes with us

Well I’m off now to have more fun with these gorgeous girlies, but can’t wait to see what you create with these wonderful templates. Don’t forget to post your makes on our facebook page.

Also checkout the blog posts from the other Design Team members – they’re amazing.

Find your local Powertex tutor

And if you’d like to attend an Art Doll workshop get in touch with your local tutor.

Catch my Powertex sculpture project from last month

Did you catch my article for last month, follow the hyperlink for another chance to have a look here. Until next time, Happy Creative Adventures……

Annette