Steampunk Jewellery Plier Stands (by Anne)

I have been meaning to decorate my jewellery plier stands for ages and finally got them finished.
I had a bit of a problem with these in that they started off as a plain varnished wood surface. I initially coated them with white Gesso with a view to painting them with acrylics. However, the Gesso did not bind well to the varnish layer – eek! All ideas were halted. These need to be fairly robust and a tonne of flaky chips after a short use was not what I wanted!
I then discovered Powertex and yay, I would be able to rescue and decorate my plier stands after all. Coating the entire surface with rice papers and torn kitchen towels would create a tough protective skin over the surface and prevent the feared chipping off of the base layers.
HOW IT WAS DONE
I first collected together lots of embellishments; die cut cogs and pipework (Sizzix dies), MDF Keyplate (Powertex), metal clock hand and chains, old light bulbs and screws.
I tore out images from Creative Rice Paper (Powertex). This particular sheet seems to be out of stock but there is a similar Victorian Steampunk Paper available. I also separated layers of kitchen paper and tore them into pieces to coat the surface. This would add texture and a protective layer.
STAGE ONE
First I applied the torn decorative papers using Easy Coat Mat Medium. Ivory Powertexwas then painted on to blend in the image edges.
STAGE TWO
Next layers of kitchen paper were bonded all over the surface. Some were glued down with Ivory and some with Terracotta Powertex. Die cut card embellishments were also coated with Powertex and glued down.
Texture was added by applying Easy Structure Pastethrough a texture stencil.
I also had a try at the rust technique. I mixed some Rusty Powder into Ivory Powertex along with a few drops of white wine vinegar. This was painted and dribbled over the surface (extra powder sprinkled on top) and spritzed with water and vinegar before leaving overnight to develop. I spritzed at intervals, several times. I avoided the areas that will be in contact with my pliers.
STAGE THREE
Next I brushed over and added colour using Acrylic Inks in Tangerine, Egg Yolk, Aqua and Metallic Gold.
STAGE FOUR
I also applied a little gold Pebeo Gilding Wax on some areas. When fully dry and cured (I left them for 3 weeks) I coated the surface with Easy Varnish to fully seal and protect.
I have included lots of images of how all the surfaces were built up.
Texture and die cut cogs have been added.
Rust and colour added.
Side finished with stronger thick greyboard embellishments. Any large embellishments protruding from edges need to be strong (thinner card would be prone to warp and bend).
I started with a larger clock image on the other side.
Die cuts and texture added plus a metal clock hand for dimension.
Finally finished with thicker embellishments and more dry brush work and gilding wax.
Love this character.
Texture and layers built up. Waiting for the rust to develop.
Building up the layers of transparent colour makes so much difference.
The second plier stand started off in the same way.
At this stage you might feel like giving up. What a mess!
Just keep going, adding layers of rust texture and colour. 

 

Just loving the gorgeous layers of texture and colour.
I used several layers of the die cut pipework together to make them thicker and stronger on this side.
Wooohooo – this is soooooo yummy (or is it just me – tee hee).
Another end panel.
I used an MDF keyplate (Powertex) to embellish this end.
The final colouring makes such a difference.
The final side had a couple of little storage wells. I won’t really be using these so a perfect place to embellish with larger items.
I had fun adding recycled light bulbs, screws and bits of chain etc. I used structure paste and Powertex treated kitchen paper as a 3D glue to hold things in place.
Initially I had added a thinner die cut cog to the end but it wasn’t really strong enough. Here I added another thick greyboard cog over the first. Much more practical. I also added a small MDF Butterfly.
Here you can see more of the Steampunk treasures added. I also added some 3D Sand and Balls.
Love this Steampunk birdie peering out.
Well I hope that all these pictures have not overwhelmed you. I wanted to show how all the stages were built up. It also shows the stages that look awful, perhaps where a beginner might give up! Remember, if it all goes wrong just keep applying colour, inks or coloured varnishes. If this fails and you are really not happy – just paint over the whole thing with a base colour of Powertex and start again.
Hugs, Anne xxx.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

Come and join the masquerade

Well, what can I say other than Tracey has truely spoilt us with the Venetian Masquerade project pack she had put together for the month. It’s such a big bundle of crafting goodies that I just had to create two projects. And even then I had some bits and pieces left over.
So my first project is the half mask. I was looking at some of the traditional masks and was inspired by the Jester mask, their hats were made of cloth, were floppy with three points and had jingle bells on the end. So I wanted to incorporate this into the mask minus the bells just because I didn’t have any but if you do you could always add them to the design.
I made three points by taking some foil and folding it into a triangle shape which I then moulded round and used masking tape to hold in place. I also placed a roll of foil and taped into place across the brow of the mask to make the top of the curve more prominent. I then took some Easy Coat Mat and book pages and covered the rest of the mask.
Using some Bronze Powertex and kitchen roll I covered the hat section, added some wavy textile yarn around the points and a strip of lace ribbon across the bottom of the points.. And then place wavy textile yarn across the raised brow in Ivory Powertex. I put a light coat of Ivory over the book pages to dull down the text a little.
I broke apart the really large piece of swirly/ leafy detail mdf. And painted it with Ivory Powertex.
Top Tip: You don’t have to use the mdf pieces as a whole I gently snap them between my fingers.
I found some little flower beads in my stash which I couldn’t help but add to mdf pieces for extra detail. After painting them in Ivory Powertex I sprayed them with brown bister and then dry brushed in gold colortricx and varnish. This gave a lovely antique finish.
Then I must have got slightly carried away and forgot to take photos. However my next step was to add the Venice rice paper by spraying with a little water and using the Easy coat mat to stick it in place.
Top tip: You can layer the rice papers on one another to give extra detail. In this instance I had used book pages underneath so the writing showed through in places to add extra detail to the piece.
 Then around the edge of the mask I dry brushed some Ivory Powertex and then used some Gold colorticx as an accent.
I found a metal element in my stash and an oval glass cabochon. I painted them with Ivory Powertex and then sprayed with brown bister for an aged look and then dry brushed the centre with turquoise powercolor and the metal surround in gold. Once dry I stuck the whole element down with Transparent Powertex and a little kitchen roll to hold it in place as it was at an angle so the paper acted as a bumper between the two.
I then heavily dry brushed the hat points and the wavy textile yarn on the brow in a mixture of turquoise and moss green powercolor. The wavy yarn around the points and lace detail was dry brushed in gold colortricx.
I admit I felt a bit daunted by this months theme as it was unfamiliar territory for me but as usual pushing oustide of my comfort zone has made me really enjoy the project and end result. I have learnt some new techniques and explored areas I wouldn’t have necessarily chosen myself, it’s good to push outside of your comfort zone once in a while. Hope you enjoy creating with this one as much as I have. Do let me know what you think in the comments. Follow more of my work on my page Rosehart Studio. Do share your creations with us on Powertex Addicts United or in The Powertex Studio on Facebook. Toodles Anna xXx

 

Simple Powertex Top Hat Project

Hi it’s Kore here! I’ve been playing with the Wonderland products and the MDF project packs are amazing! I’ve used lots of bright colours in my projects with the Acrylic paints from Secret Art Loft. The colours are so vivid. I’m crazy for my pot of Orange Marmalade!

My favourite was the Top Hat set. It’s a large template with lots of pieces to decorate. Did you get hold of the Top Hat set? This is how I decorated my MDF pack with Powertex products and the new acrylic paints. It’s a simple project but with some fun techniques to try out.

My ingredients:
Piece of cotton fabric, long enough to wrap around the hat
Strips of fabric or t-shirt yarn for springs
2 pipe cleaners
Acrylic paints in Orange Marmalade, Raspberry Sorbet, Lemon Meringue from Secret Art Loft
Tequila Sunrise and Violet Valentine powder pigment from Secret Art Loft
This is a simple project to complete. The steps describe how to prepare all the parts separately before assembling them with Powertex.
Step 1
Prepare the base. Paint the hat base parts with Bronze Powertex and use the Powertex to stick it together. The curved pieces can be adhered front and back to attach the brim to the rest of the hat. Do one side and dry before turning over. Put this aside to dry.
Step 2
Prepare the playing cards. I used the Alice in Wonderland inspired rice paper and some Easy Coat Mat. If you want the colours of your rice paper to be bright, apply a coat of white Powertex first and leave to dry. Apply a thin coat of the Easy Coat Mat and apply the paper. I used a wet paintbrush to “draw” around the edges of the cards and also on the cut out. The wet rice paper could be torn away and smoothed with a paintbrush. Coat with another thin layer of Easy Coat Mat, smoothing the paper gently from the middle to the edges. I painted another of the playing cards with Red Powercolor mixed with Easy Varnish.
Step 3
Creating the springs. The springs are pipe cleaners twisted into spirals, although you can make them any shape you like. When they are the shape you want them use white or bronze Powertex all over the pipe cleaners and use strips of fabric to wrap around the shape.
Leave these to dry before adding your stripes (Step 5) on a craft mat or plastic bag.
Step 4
Prepare your MDF shapes. If you’re adding other painted shapes, now is the time to get your colours out. I love the Secret Art Loft Acrylic paints, they blend and mix really well but the base colours are also really vivid. Paint your pieces bright colours. If you want really bright colours I recommend painting them with Ivory Powertex first. I also used some Red Powercolor and Easy Varnish to make a bright red paint for the small heart, diamond and club.
Paint the feather with Orange Marmalade and Raspberry Sorbet. I painted the letters from the MDF phrase with Raspberry Sorbet and that adorable little flamingo!
Step 5
Striped springs. You can use strips of fabric to do this or paint the stripes on with Bronze/White Powertex. Reshape if required and leave till touch dry on a craft mat or plastic bag.
Step 6
Assemble the hat. Apply Bronze Powertex to your fabric for the hat band and wrap around the join. Pleating the fabric loosely before wrapping it round the hat gives a great texture. While this is still wet you can tuck MDF pieces into it with a little Powertex and press them into place. Use Powertex to adhere your MDF pieces to the base. Tuck in the feather, a playing card, the springs and the price tag to the hat band. Stick down your other embellishments to the base. Bend your pipe cleaner springs into place.
Step 7
Adding highlights. When the Powertex is touch dry, use powder pigments to add more colour or pearl effects. I used Tequila Sunrise powder pigment and Easy Varnish to dry brush the hat band and some Violet Valentine powder pigment to highlight the letters. It’s useful to have a piece of tissue or paper handy to protect other parts of the hat while you do this.
Even when this is all dry you can go back and add more embellishments and pieces as you like.
How will you decorate your project pack? Post a picture of your Wonderland inspired creation in The Powertex Studio on Facebook and see what others are creating. You can also enter your project into the April Powertex Challenge over on Instagram. Just add #12monthsofpowertex to your post to join!
Until next time, I hope you can find a little time to let your art out!
Kore x

 

Mad Mad Hatter by Fi Potter

Just a quick blog today to share my Mad Mad Hatter project with you. This is the second of the pieces I created for Tracey’s Hochanda show on 30th March.
We had a very colourful kit to choose from which is just perfect for these Alice Theme project kits.
As always, I played with some layout ideas before I for the Powertex out. First I used some Easy Coat Matte to attach the Queen of hearts rice paper on the hat base and on one of the mdf card blanks.
I then coated everything in black Powertex. I then made up some stone art clay for the band and added some lace at the top and bottom of the band. I also added stone art clay to the top hat for depth and texture.
Next I coated and placed the embellishments.
Once everything was totally dry I got the Secret Art Loft acrylics out and added several layers of colour. Next I used a variety of The Secret Art Loft and Powercolor pigments mixed with easy varnish to really make the embellishments pop. Below are some close ups of some of them.
Here’s the finished piece.
Hope Tracey and the Design Team have inspired you to have fun with your project kits.
Look forward to seeing your pieces in the Powertex Studio Group.
By for now
Fi

It’s always time for tea

Hi there, did you see Tracey on Hochanda? Have you got your Alice themed projects yet?
I had such a lot of fun creating this colourful piece.  I’m popping some photos below so you can see the steps I took to create it.
First I added rice paper using Easy Coat matte and did a loose layout
Next I covered everything in Ivory Powertex and sprayed with blue and red Bister,  and then left overnight to make sure it was thoroughly dry
I then washed back the bister to leave the nice soft blues and pinks
Next I used Easy Structure and some stencils to create extra texture  once that was dry I used the gloriously bright Secret Art Loft pigments and inks as well as some Powercolor

 

 

 

 

Finally I drilled holes with a 2mm drill bit and threaded through some paper string to hang my tea shoppe sign with
Hope you like it and have loads of fun and hope we are inspiring you to create your own unique pieces
Bye for now
Fi

Barny the Owl

I went for a bit of a different look for my owl!
Firstly I used Easy Coat Mat to apply some music paper onto the chest.
I then used bronze Powertex and Stone Art to give it a downy look and then applied
Easy 3D Flex onto the wings to get that lovely 3 dimensional crackle effect.
I didn’t use much from my project pack apart from the owl template and the bronze Powertex 
so keep your eyes peeled for some of the other elements being used on other projects!
Tracey x

 

Inspired by leftover wallpaper?

Hello there

Did you read the latest Powertex newsletter and see the top tip for September was to use leftover wallpaper within your Powertex creations…..

Well it got me thinking about how useful that would be to create a really quick Halloween canvas

Here I used some leftover brickwork wallpaper and adhered this to my canvas with Easy Coat Mat varnish .  I then created a thick clay with Ivory Powertex and 3D Sand
Using the new stencil “The End”, I applied Easy structure paste through the bottom left skull image and once dry applied colour  to the clay and image using pigments and Easy Varnish 
The words were added by stippling the ivory powertex through the stencil once everything else was dry.

 

What wallpaper do you have that could inspire you?
Bye for now
Annette x

My Secret Friend – Powertex Reference Journal

Hello again

Hands up if you get a bit jittery……..

….When it comes to dry brushing your project
….When you want to try a new colour scheme
….Using a new fabric/embellishment etc
….Your trying something new for the first time

Lets admit it, we all like our comfort zones

Well, I wanted to share with you my secret friend – a Powertex Reference Journal using the new Powertex MDF Journal Covers where I can experiment to my hearts content.

This is the place to play, to create, to experiment and be bold, this is your journal and you don’t need to share it with anyone unless you want to and as the quote on the cover of my journal says “the object isn’t to make art’

I started with the MDF covers, the perfect base for fabric sculpting, Structure Paste, Stone Art, Stencilling and 3D Flex play. I used different bisters to see what would happen if ……… then dry brushed over parts of it.  Ive left some for another day when I may want to try different pigment blends.  The inside covers give you even more play areas and you could always add a second set of covers inside the journal.

For the pages I used 100% cotton fabric to create pages in each base Powertex colour.  As you finish working with a colour why not use any remaining product to create these.  They don’t all have to be completed at once and the idea is to build up your journal as you have more tex adventures. These are just the base colours but imagine what other shades you could get by mixing these colours!!

 

I leave these to dry flat on the side, then use the cover of the journal as a template to mark where to cut.  Normal scissors will cut through the hardened fabric and a Sharpie pen can be used to write on the fabric to make notes of colours/ fabrics etc that you have used.

The holes in the binding side have been made using a crop’o’dile or standard hole punch,  If you lay the mdf cover over the page and mark through the holes with a sharpie pen you can see exactly where the holes need to go,

TIP – if using a hole punch, turn it upside down and remove the plastic tray from the bottom, slide your tex page into the punch then line up the dots you made with the hole punch holes and punch away.

I’ve bound it with book binding rings to make it easier to slip pages in and out and also to allow it to lay completely flat whilst I’m working in it.

 

So I now have the perfect place to test dry brushing colour combinations, adhere fabrics that I want to try, play with bisters, rust, structure paste, stone art, 3D flex and every other product in the range and I can add notes so that in the future I’ll know just what I’ve used.

And when Iv’e used up these pages I can just create more and keep adding them in to my own personal reference guide.

Hope you have fun creating your journal, the map to your very own creative adventures.

Bye for now
Annette

www.annettesmyth.co.uk
www.creativeadventurer.co.uk

 

Mixed Media Steampunk ‘Key to my Heart’ Journal Project

 This little Steampunk inspired heart journal definitely has the key to my heart. I just loves it!

 

So I absolutely love the idea of steampunk.

What is steampunk?

‘a genre of science fiction that has a historical setting and typically features steam-powered machinery rather than advanced technology.’

What better combination than Powertex and steampunk to create the inspiration for this pretty little heart journal! All made from fabulous bases and embellishments available soon from Powertex UK.

Use your heart shape as a template to cut out your paper which will make up the pages for your journal. Place the heart blank over your cut out paper, using the holes in the top as a guide pierce holes through the paper with a sharp pointed tool. Ooooo, don’t they look fabulously pretty?

Use the heart blank as a guide to cut around the silk paper and stick down with the Easy coat glossy. 
 
Tip time: Use a water spray bottle to help smooth out any wrinkles, a few sprays should do it. If you end up with a few wrinkles, don’t worry they add beautiful texture to the piece.
The Easy coat glossy is the perfect consistency allowing for very little wrinkle anyway and gives a lovely smooth, non-tacky, glossy seal, unlike any other I’ve seen. Making it a brilliant Easy adhesive and sealant for the job!
Tip time: Once dry run an emery board around the outside of the heart to clean up any paper overhanging the edges. It works wonderfully well and gives a really clean edge finish.
Use your finger and wipe some black Powertex around the edges of the heart to give a distressed look. Allow this to dry, repeat to build up the layers and blend in. Then dry brush a little rich gold colotricx, or a lot, you can be as light or as heavy handed as you please. If you like the plain finish, feel free to leave them just as they are.

Tip time: Always play with your embellishments beforehand to get an idea and feel for your layout. This design has been created just for you but this is a handy hint for future projects.
Now cut the scrim around the heart shape and cut your lace to fit.

Top tip: Leave some over hang on your lace. Once covered in black Powertex, stick down and dry, then trim the ends. Why is that? Well, you get a neater edge and if there is a small amount of shrinkage the lace will still touch right to the edges of the heart. Leaving them nice and neat. Or if you like a ragged edge, no problems, leave them as they are.

Coat all your embellishments by brushing the black Powertex over each piece and lay in place. With the metal embellishments paint them over, lay down and leave to dry. If they are not fully coated, just paint over them once dry and repeat process until fully coated.
Patience here is the key! See what I did there?
Lastly my favourite part, time to add the colour. Start by dry brushing on red powercolor, then add some white powercolor for highlights and finally a touch of rich gold colortricx.

Remember this is only a guide with the techniques. There is no right or wrong, if you wish to change some of the colours or placement of embellishments, then use this project as a template to be inspired. It’s all about having a play and most of all having fun with Powertex the medium we all love! 💖

 

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