Designer: Abigail Lagden
Create a summer bright powertex canvas
To celebrate the clocks going forward, and the lengthening days, I wanted to create something bright and colourful. So this summer bright powertex canvas uses the gorgeous Secret Art Loft acrylic paints to add some fabulous colour and also incorporates some clock elements.
However, when I came to design and create my project I was half way through the Open Studio event and the vast majority of my art materials were at the event location and not at home where I needed them. So, this project was also a lesson in making the best of what you have available.
People are often surprised to see the journey that my pieces take and how much they can change from start to finish, and this project is no exception. Who’d have thought it started out black?
- 20cm x 20cm canvas
- Black Powertex
- White Powertex
- Easy 3D Flex
- Secret Art Loft Acrylic Paints (plum pudding, raspberry sorbet, lemon meringue, red velvet, blueberry pie, orange marmalade)
- Rich gold Colortricx pigment
- Die cut card shapes
- Wooden numbers and scrolls
- MDF Heart Flower & clock hand
Top tip: As most of my students will know, I really don’t like flat surfaces in my work, so my first thought was to stencil some texture onto the canvas as a base. However, my easy structure paste was at my open studio so I needed to improvise. Rather than turn to wallpaper, I raided my stash of die cut card shapes instead…
How the canvas was created
Paint the canvas with black Powertex, position the die cut shapes onto the canvas and paint over with the black Powertex.
Add the wooden numbers and MDF shapes and paint over with black Powertex
Mix Easy 3D Flex with white Powertex to make a thick paste and apply thickly to the corners and more thinly across other areas. Leave to crack.
To give the project a good base for the acrylic paints, paint the black areas with the white Powertex and allow to dry.
Add the Secret Art Loft acrylic paints using a sponge. Build up the colours, layering them to get a blended effect.
Dry the acrylic paint before gently dry brushing highlights using white Powertex to make all the textures pop.
To help the numbers stand out a little more, I gave them a little coat of colortricx rich gold pigment mixed with easy varnish.
I hope this summer bright powertex canvas has brought some colour to your day. Don’t forget to share your makes with us all in the Powertex Studio Facebook group.
If you missed my last article on how to make a pretty hanging heart plaque, you can find it here.
Until next time, Abs xx