One thing I love about being a part of the design team is getting asked to do pieces for upcoming Hochanda shows. Being a part of such a great team keeps me focused and gives me a huge sense of purpose. Eager to get creating and inspired by the Buddha kit, I knew exactly what my mind was being inspired to bring to life. I put my whole heart and soul into creating it.
My creative process
I created a scene of tranquility, calm, love and peace with the items I had been asked to use. For this piece I sat peacefully and envisioned creating textural scenery of bamboo, blossom trees and mountains, a place I could imagine Buddha sitting in contemplation.
Use paperdecoration to cut out bamboo shapes and the main part of the blossom tree. Use mixed Stone art powder into a spreadable paste for the textural mountains and water. Utilise small and medium art balls for the blossom on the tree. Instead of using just the red Powertex universal medium as it’s stand alone colour, I mixed it with ivory Powertex to create the pink blossoms. I wanted this piece to show the unique and limitless ways you can use Powertex products.
If at first you don’t succeed, take a moment to walk away!
Sometimes, when you envision an idea in your head, it doesn’t quite come out as you imagined. Nearing the end of the piece, I actually didn’t like what I had created and had to walk away. In fact I wanted to throw it in the bin!
I cleared my head and looked at my work with a new perspective. I removed a part of the piece that wasn’t right by scraping away part of the blossom trunk and started that bit again. A clear mind was what I needed to feel more content with my piece.
and here it is…
I hope you enjoyed this this article? Please do leave a comment below so we know you love what we are doing for the love of Powertex.
Feeling inspired and want to come and create one of these with me? Look at my website to see when the next course for this is being held at The Crafty Little Corner.
With the clocks going back in a few days here’s a link to my article last month, my Powertex clock. Also please do check out other design team members blogs like this rusty letter piece by Kore.
Hi, it’s Kore here. I love the new mdf frame and cow skull mould that were featured on the Hochanda tv shows in September. I had Easy Structure, Aqua and Egg Yolk acrylic inks and Copper Penny metallic ink in my kit to make my sample. The Copper Penny ink is absolutely gorgeous! Here’s how I made my Cow skull and Copper art.
If you bought these products you can follow along or get inspired to create your own art.
Slot the pieces together using Ivory Powertex as glue. Then paint the whole thing with Ivory.
Use the Easy Structure to create a rough texture over the frame. I used a plastic palette knife to scrape it down the surfaces.
TOP TIP: An old credit card works well but don’t smooth out the paste too much.
Prepare your pieces
Make some clay with Ivory Powertex and Stone Art to use in the mould and make your skull and flowers. Coat pieces of paperdecoration with Ivory and dry on a craft mat or plastic bag.
TOP TIP: I turned the horns on my skull forwards while the clay was wet.
Spray with inks
Generously spray the inks onto the frame. I sprayed the wet inks into each other which is why my frame looks more green and blue.
Add more texture
Next Paperdecoration adds more texture. I took the small pieces and glued these into place with Ivory Powertex. Then gave another spritz with the inks. Leave to dry.
Paint your dry paperdecoration and flowers with Copper Penny acrylic ink. I used Aqua ink to colour the cow skull piece but you could use the copper ink for that too.
TOP TIP: Make sure both sides are coated.
Add your layers when the inks are dry. Glue your pieces into place with Ivory Powertex.
TOP TIP: If your pieces aren’t connecting very well, use pieces of tissue in Powertex to fill the gaps.
When your pieces are glued into place with Powertex you can add any details with the Copper Ink. I painted the horns on the skull and added some Copper splashes on the frame with a paintbrush. I later added Copper ink on the edge of the frame too.
Thank you for taking a look at my Powertex Cow skull and copper art. Donna has also used this mould for her art but with very different results.
The brief for this article was to recreate a piece by one of the other DT members. I pondered long about this looking at previous blogs. Then I was inspired by Shell North, she did a rather beautiful dream catcher. Me being me of course it was not going to be light and elegant as Shell’s oh no, we are taking a walk on the dark side.
I started by collecting all the materials and items I would need to work on my project.
I coated it all with black Powertex first and fixed the skull to the dream catcher. I sliced it in half and using Easy Structure texture paste, fixed the skull back together. Fixing it either side of the centre hole of the dreamcatcher, makes it look as if it’s pushing through. Definitely looking spooky at this stage.
Using paper decoration, I had soaked in Powertex I arranged it around the skull and pushed the skull beads in. I liked the look of this.
I added a few foam roses I had around the large centre skull and tucked some black feathers in behind. Sprinkle some sand and balls to add extra texture, we can never have to much texture can we?
I left it to dry overnight before getting onto the dry brushing. A wonderful stage where you see all of that yummy texture coming to life. I used silver Colourtrix keeping it simple, that’s the beauty of this stage you can add as much or as little colour you wish, its all personal taste.
The final touch was to add black ribbon to hang on the hearts and my remaining skull beads.
I hope you have enjoyed reading my blog and are inspired. Create a unique dreamcatcher of your own, it could be light and delicate like Shell North’s, on the dark side or anywhere in between. I usually work on the dark side but I do also splash the colour at times.
I love being on the Design team as every so often we get asked to do samples for the Hochanda TV shows. As soon as I saw the goodies I had to play with, I knew what I wanted to do. So this is a step by step of the shrine to Buddha that I created for the latest show.
I started by building up my kit and giving it a coat of the Red Powertex and leaving it to dry, although you could force dry with a hairdryer if desired.
Adding texture with Easy 3d Flex
I decided to add some texture, one of my favourite products to use is Easy 3d Flex. I added the Easy 3d Flex and patted it down and then rubbed it gently into the Powertex, then left to dry overnight.
Add more texture
I had some black glass stones in my stash and decided I would glue them using the Transparent Powertex. The white in the photo is the Transparent that’s not dry.
I decided to add texture to my Buddha by coating it with Powertex and then pressing in Stone Art powder, to give him an aged feel.
Black and gold Buddha
Once the Stone Art powder was dry, I re-painted my Buddha in black Powertex. When dry, dry-brush on some gold and set him in the centre. I used Transparent Powertex to adhere him.
I used the Paperdecoration, thoroughly soaked in Red Powertex and draped and pulled into pleasing shapes across the boxed canvas.
When working with Paperdecoration material, I find it easier to use if I mist water on to it first as it helps to make the edges softer quicker.
Once I was happy with how I had laid out the texture, and whilst the Powertex was still wet, I rubbed in some Easy 3d Flex to add even more texture to my piece.
Using Black pigment and Easy Varnish
Using Easy varnish mixed with black pigment powder, I painted my piece and then wiped away, to add some depth and to highlight all the texture.
Use mdf shapes
In this step I chose a couple of the MDF pieces that came with the pack and decided only on using 2 of them. To these pieces I mixed in a sand texture with Black Powertex and then dry brushed gold over them when completely dry.
I love the finished piece. These colours are my own favourite colour combination and I also love the theme.
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 this shrine to Buddha? Then come and say hello in the THE POWERTEX STUDIO. Don’t be shy to upload any photos of projects you have created too.
When I received the mould for the Cow Skull and Flowers I was immediately drawn to a Native American reservation. Speaking to a friend she told me it reminded her of the Navajo tribe. When I searched this I found the colours used in their art and pottery were beautifully vibrant. What better than to have a lovely wall hanging with a nod to the Navajo art culture.
Using Stone Art Clay and the Cow Skull and Flowers Mould, make a cow and several flowers. Put to one side to dry.
Add texture to 3 of the rings – 2 using Paper Decoration, Light Pink and one with string. Leave to dry.
Using 2 of the solid circles create a background texture of your choice, with Ivory Fabric Hardener.
MDF Frame and Panel
Use Stone Art Clay and Texture Paste to add interest background. For the front use Paper Decoration Natural with Ivory Fabric Hardener.
Hanger – Make a Branch
Use twisted cardboard tubing and tinfoil, adding texture with more Paperdecoration. At the same time secure string in place to use later.
Feathers and Colouring
Using Acrylic Ink, add colour to the feathers and the pre-prepared rings.
Use Brown Bister to add colour to the Cow Skull and the flowers. Also do this to the centre panel of the MDF frame and branch.
Use the Acrylic inks to add colour to the outer section of the MDF frame.
Using the solid ring from the dreamcatcher kit, fix the skull and flowers using Transparent Powertex.
Putting it all together
Attach the Skull circle to the centre panel on the mdf frame. Attach more string to the circles and the MDF panel (I used Transparent Fabric Hardener). Finally fix the feathers in place to create your beautiful Navajo Indian Wall hanging.
I really hope you enjoyed this article and it has inspired you to use the MDF, Cow Skull and Flower mould in a different way.
Show us your ‘makes’ here in the The Powertex Studio. We love to see what Powertex Addicts create. If you need more inspiration take a look at this beautiful wall art with a Venetian feel, by Gill Goldsmith.
Get making, be creative, but most of all have fun 🙂 Bye for now, Jill x
The story behind my Powertex dreamcatcher. I will always have a bit of a soft spot for dream catchers. When my daughter was young she suffered awfully from night terrors.
We tried many techniques to get her to have a peaceful
night, and spoke to many professionals as well.
One of the things we tried, hoping that it would help her even if just a
through a placebo effect was a dream catcher.
I’d be lying if I said she slept perfectly once we hung up her dream catcher. The thought of it catching those bad dreams and holding them at bay definitely had a calming effect on her before she closed her eyes at bedtime to go to sleep.
Thankfully those days are long behind us now, and my daughter is now a young woman. But she has seen the dream catcher shown here and I know this is something she would still hang up in her bedroom or living room.
For this dream catcher I used the gorgeous ink sprays now available from Powertex UK. I just love how vibrant and easy to use these are, and how they automatically blend into each other to create almost an air brushed effect.
I soaked some crochet in the Ivory Hardener and secured it into the mdf circles. Once dry, I sprayed with my inks and added flowers
Glue the pieces together
Glue the dream catcher into place and add feathers to the design.
Finally I dry brushed my whole piece using the interference pigments and the white Powercolor.
The interference colours were gorgeous to use with this project, as I honestly do think they have a dreamy quality to them. I also used a sponge to add just a touch of the aqua ink to the tips of the feathers. I felt they needed something extra to help them blend in.
TOP TIP: I was slightly concerned about the dream catcher adhering to the square, but found by putting glue on both the top of the dream catcher, and also the larger feathers it secured on nicely.
That’s all from me for this month. If you’ve enjoyed this Powertex dreamcatcher, I would be really grateful if you popped over to check out my Facebook page as well. You can also see my last design team project that’s great for Halloween.
Did you catch Tracey Evans on Hochanda on 27th September? if not click here to go to the Hochanda site and watch the shows on rewind at 11am and 3pm. If you did then you will have seen the amazing frames and panels now available from Powertex UK.
The frames are constructed from MDF and provide a beautifully stable base to apply all the lovely Powertex textures onto.
They come in 2 options.
I fell in love with these beauties when I saw them and have been creating like crazy with them. Here are a few of my makes.
Secret Art Loft acrylic inks were then sprayed on to give the base colours and enhanced with the Secret Art Loft acrylic paints as the colours match perfectly. A little bit of bling was added with gems and silver leaf.
The whole piece was then drybrushed with Powercolour pigments using Easy Varnish and the same pigments mixed with Powerwax were used to give the depth of colour on the frame area.
Cow Skull Dreaming
For this piece I used the same frame but combined it with the Dreamcatcher MDF set which I stencilled onto using Easy structure. I used StoneArt clay in the new Cow Skull mould to create the focal point and added lots of extra flowers.
The base was Ivory Powertex and the additional texture is from cardboard, Powercotton, dishcloth, Paperdecoration and 3D Sand and Balls.
Again I used the Secret Art Loft acrylic inks and paints for colouring.
For the Eastern themed pieces I chose to use the MDF Inset Frame and Panel. The plaster Buddha sits beautifully inside the opening with lots of room around the edges to add texture and colour and the lovely MDF symbols.
The top panel uses Black Powertex, Easy Structure, Hessian and 3D Sand and Balls. Once dry I used Easy Varnish and Rich Gold pigment to add the highlights.
The lower piece used Ivory Powertex, stencilling and texture with Easy Structure. The acrylic inks and paints provide the intense colour and Easy Varnish with Rich Gold pigment was used for the highlights.
Keep an eye out on this Powertex Magazine for some fantastic step by step articles from my design team colleagues. They will show you other amazing projects you can create using these frames.
We love to see what you create so please post your makes on our Facebook group, The Powertex Studio. Inspire others to have a go.
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.
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
I poked some wire in the base of my skull for a neck, and then built shoulders using wire, foil and masking tape.
I added on long bony fingers with some extra wire.
I painted him in black Powertex and added kitchen roll for texture.
I soaked thin cloth in Black Powertex Fabric Hardener for his cloak.
I decided to enlarge his mouth and eyes by making holes with scissors.
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.
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 🙂
I was so excited to receive my first ‘Secret Art Box’, and I was not disappointed when I opened it. Full of possibilities to create this article with. It’s a challenge of being given a box of ‘goodies’ and then creating out of my comfort zone.
Inside the art box was a cute fish. I was in my element as my last article was based around my love of the beach. I wanted a different style this time, so with several possibilities in mind, I chose a canvas as my base.
The secret art box fish
Not content with one super cute fish, I wanted two! With a sharp knife and careful cutting, I sliced the fish in half. Using the reverse of the canvas I covered the top half with the nautical paper, using Easycoat Matt. The bottom half cried out for some stone art and brown Bister.
The sea bed was created by adding texture with stone balls, material and clay pieces. The adorable mini ammonite moulds as well as the shell mould in the ‘Secret Art Box’ made the clay shapes. The fish needed lots of lovely texture, you can really go to town with this, especially when adding colour. Terragreen pigment works a treat for this theme.
I love the way things develop as your creative piece comes together and I didn’t really have a picture of the finished piece in mind. It just happened along the way. I hope you like it and feel inspired to create your own ‘home in the sea’.
For more sea themed inspiration take a look at my last blog here.
I am looking forward to seeing your pieces of art, using the May ‘Secret Art Box’. Please share them at The Powertex Studio on Facebook.
A little teaser of my next blog, which will take us from the sea, into the sky! Bye for now, Jill x
What lies under the sea can be both beautiful and terrifying in equal measure.
I decided to make my own homage to the 1970’s film Jaws for my first underwater sculpture for this article. Thanks to this film I always feel a primeval sense of unease when swimming in deep water, and that music hovers around at the back of my brain. However at the same time I also have an exhilarating rush of adrenaline. My senses feel alert and vibrant.
The sea bed can be an eerily beautiful setting. Mixed media was used to create this under water 3D canvas.
The illusion of the sea was created by using a mixture of blue and white Powertex Fabric Hardener sprayed with blue bister. I created the spiky coral by soaking Powercotton in transparent Powertex fabric hardener. Shells that are not conventionally pretty added the finishing touch.
Beware of Beautiful Powertex Mermaids
Many legends and myths are connected to the sea. One of the most enduring myths is that of the mermaid.
My last month’s blog was inspired by the artist Vincent Van Gogh
That’s all for now. As this is an inspiration blog I have not done step by steps, but if you would like more detailed instructions I am happy to provide them. Please leave me a comment below if you like what you see, and remember to take care, especially when swimming in deep water.
After all, you never know what is lurking beneath.