Well, Easter is upon us and this year no chocolate eggs for myself. And these eggs have no calories in them. As some of you may know I do love working with Powertex. I especially love making these baby Dragon eggs. For my article I wanted to share with you some of my baby Powertex dragon Easter eggs I’ve created. I love dragons and I love how using Powertex makes these eggs one of a kind pieces of artwork. I hand sculpt my baby dragons from Polymer clay. Depending on how these look and what colour they are depends on how my Powertex egg will evolve.
As you can see each one has their own personalities. Working with Powertex has a way of bringing these creations to life. Pop on over to POWERTEX UKh to get a bottle of Powertex and start making unique pieces of artwork.
My favorite Technique
When I create these baby Dragon eggs, I almost always reach for EASY 3D FLEX as it creates beautiful textures. It adds depth and interest to every piece I create. It also makes the most wonderful cracks, if you desire the cracked effect.
Have I left you inspired?
I hope this Powertex Dragon Easter Eggs article has you inspired and wanting to go open that bottle of Powertex. If you need more inspiration or would like to showcase your finished pieces share them in THE POWERTEX STUDIO .
Do you find that sometimes your head can be so full of ideas that you have trouble choosing which one to start first. Then there are those times when you just cannot get going no matter what and it is easy to sit in that void. Just think how much more fun it would be to have creative adventures again. Let me show you how to find some Powertex inspiration.
So how do you find inspiration ??
I always find that getting out into nature kick starts my creative flow.
Walking across the local fields not only makes me feel better physically but it also clears my head of all the “shoulds” that are going on in there. You know the ones……I should be doing the housework, I should tackle that pile of ironing. It also makes space for ideas to take shape again.
Taking photographs of interesting textures often makes me think of new projects. I work out if I could utilise fabric or clay to recreate the texture.
Here are a few of my recent photographs and the ideas that initially came from them
1. Terry the Cormorant. He has recently taken up residence in the tree at the bottom of the garden. He’s just a sculpture waiting to happen
2. Buds and blossoms. The colours in nature encourage me to step away from my trusted favourites and try new colour ways.
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?
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.
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.
*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.
Pastel colours can be mixed with Powertex universal medium to create soft effects for your projects. Pastel Powertex is perfect for Spring projects, florals and even Mother’s Day gifts. I’m Kore and I want to show you how I mix pastel colours and highlight the textures. I’ll be transforming small glass drink bottles into floral Spring vases.
Powertex Universal Medium colours are all mixable and with the exception of Transparent, will be weatherproof when cured. Pastel colours can be mixed using Ivory or White although I used Ivory for my project.
I recommend you experiment with tiny amounts of your colours to find your favourite combinations. I’m using my favourite pale blue. I add small amounts of blue Powertex to Ivory (or White) until I have a shade I like.
It is possible to mix more than two colours together. For example Blue and Yellow Ochre to make green then mix with Ivory for a lighter shade.
Flower and butterfly embellishments such as in a Treasure Box
Prepare the fabric
Cut strips of light fabric approximately 1-2 inches wide, pieces of string 2 – 4 inches long and choose embellishments.
Mix pastel Powertex
Pour your Ivory Powertex onto a plate or dish and add a tiny amount of Blue Powertex. Add a little until you have a pastel shade.
Wrap the bottle
Coat fabric strips with the Powertex mix and wrap around the bottle until it’s covered. Wrap loosely in spirals.
Add string and floral embellishments. I created spiral shapes with string and coated embellishments with Powertex and adhered them to the bottle.
Mix dry paint
Mix a dry paint with white Powercolor and Easy Varnish
Use a dry brushing technique to highlight the textures of the fabric and the enbellishments. Keep your brush flat and in the same direction.
Pastel Powertex bottle
These Spring vases use simple techniques to create textured vases that can be made in your favourite colours. They look lovely in groups with your favourite single stem flowers.
Please do leave me a comment if you would like to try Powertex in pastels. Or hop over to this article where Abigail is mixing purple for her mixed media project. Like our Facebook page where you can join the private group and share your own makes.
I hope you make some time to let your art out. Find more of my work at Kore Sage Art, until next time, Kore x
Hello all, where does the time go? It is once again that time of the month to show you my latest article and this month the theme was a Powertex Triptych. I looked up the word on the internet and it states that Triptych is a work of art (usually a panel painting) that is divided into three sections or three carved panels that are hinged together or can be folded shut or displayed openly.
Where to start your Powertex Triptych
For my article, I decided to use three square canvases as I did not have any spare panels and I wanted to try an ombre effect on my completed piece. I wanted texture and depth to my final piece and I had in mind already what colours I wanted to use. So without further ado, here is how I created my finished canvas.
For this Powertex Triptych you will need
Three canvases or panels
Easy 3D Flex
Pieces of material and lace
MDF pieces and or embellishments
I painted all three canvases with IVORY POWERTEX. Laying materials and lace in place. Keeping in mind that my canvas is one body of work.
I made a paste with EASY 3D FLEX, Ivory Powertex and bit of water. And applied with a palette knife to add interest and texture.
I love Spring – the promise of lighter nights and the garden coming to life with colour. I also love a pretty vase of flowers on my dining table. With this in mind I decided to use Powertex in a different way for my latest article. By creating some pastel Powertex flowers.
Did you know that by mixing Ivory Powertex with other colours, you can create some very pretty pastel shades? This article shows you how to create a vase of pastel flowers, bringing a touch of Spring into your home, all year round.
Buttons, beads, bottle tops, garden canes, lace – all from own stash
Raid your stash
From my stash I found a variety of embellishments, wooden beads, bottle tops and small egg shaped beads to use for the centres. I added small 3D Balls to give the centre of the flowers some interest. Adding delicate lace for the main petals and garden cane for the stalks. I also used some pipe cleaners for the stalks which worked well. Not weatherproof but hardened enough to hold up the flower head, giving great texture.
Bring your pastel Powertex flowers to life
Working on smaller pieces is sometimes more fiddly. With this in mind it is a good idea to have the hairdryer at hand. A piece of polystyrene is also useful, so that you can stand your stems in to dry rather than laying them down – helping to keep the shape.
I have mixed Ivory with blue, red and yellow fabric hardener to create the pastel shades. For the stems I mixed Ivory with Green Powertex, one of my favourite colours I mixed for this article.
To finish the flowers I brought out the texture with dry-brushing in a lighter shade of the same pastel flower colour, adding a further layer of white pigment.
I hope this has inspired you to grow your own Powertex flowers. Please share them with us in The Powertex Studio.
Please be inspired by more of my work in my last article. Find it here. If you like what you see press the star or leave a message in the comment box below.
Well for now I am going to wait for Spring and plan my next article. In the meantime you can find me at Purple Meadow Arts & Crafts. Bye for now. Jill x
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.
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?
Gather together your items. I’ve taken the base for the moon to use in this project. You will also need moulds and stamps.
Using the bronze Powertex as a primer or paint. Coat the moon base, large and small hare in one layer of Powertex.
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.
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.
Use small heart plunger in clay. Place nose on with dab of Powertex. Use remainder clay in moulds and glue in place with Powertex.
Dry brush with pigments and varnish. Pigments used are Mocha, white, coral, yellow ochre, lilac and rich gold.
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.
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 Flower Girl Figurine Garden Sculpture with Powertex (by Anne)
This is my first attempt at a Powertex flower girl figurine. She took me a long time to finally get finished, having started her over a year ago at my Level 1 Powertex Tutor Training! Now that she is finally done I love my Flower Girl – and I call her ‘Bestower of Beauty’.
The body was shaped over the wooden pole using the card inner tube stuffed and wrapped with foil and covered with masking tape. The plaster head was taped onto the top.
T shirt yarn was then wound tightly around the torso and down to the base of the pole. I made a bit of a decorative wrap over the torso to create the dress bodice. The whole thing was then given a coat of Bronze Powertex, working it well into the fabric.
Fabrics were then coated with Powertex and draped over the body to create the clothing. I used a knitted fabric (Stockinette) to create the illusion of arms by allowing the knit to curl around on itself to give dimension.
A small amount of Power Cotton was added to make small hair plaits draped over her shoulder, and fine lace added to make a headdress. Another piece of T shirt yarn was used to create a tie belt and helped to hold the skirt securely in place. The crochet skirt was draped down and over the base.
During the training course I started the dry brushing technique, mixing pigments into Easy Varnish, to add some colour and bring out the different textures. I used Bronze Colortricx to colour the face, shoulders and hair, plus to add colour around the base. Blue and green Powercolors were used (mixed with a little white) to dry brush and highlight clothing texture.
I was delighted with what I had achieved but came home with my figurine always intending to add more colour (you know how I LOVE colour) and floral embellishments to turn her into a gorgeous flower girl. Sadly she sat in the corner for around a year before I finally pulled her back onto my work bench!
I began by adding much more colour, intense in places, to colour her clothing using the new colours from The Secret Art Loft. I tried to keep most of this colour to the top layers of texture so as to keep depth in the fabric folds. I also added more colour to her face and lips, plus a little shading over the eye lids.
Flower and leaf embellishments were created using Art Stone mixed with Powertex to make a clay which was pressed into silicone moulds. When dry they were coloured with Secret Art Loft Pigments mixed with Easy Varnish and glued in place with Powertex. I also created a suggestion of arms and hands using Stone Art clay. The bad modelling was disguised by carefully placing the bouquet of flowers in her arms – ha ha.
The flowers were also applied onto her dress and down around the base. More texture was added to the base by sprinkling 3D Sand & Balls into wet Powertex.
I spiralled the flowers down and around the hem of her skirt.
Here you can see lots of textures in her outfit, and pretty coloured flowers in her hair.
Another view showing her back.
She looks beautiful standing in the garden. Although she is weather proof I would definitely have to add extra weight (e.g. a concrete base) or add a small garden spike to the base, as she is very vulnerable to toppling over in the wind. I am going to be keeping her indoors so she will be ok as she is.
However, she does look gorgeous alongside my unicorn! I might change my mind and adapt the base for outdoors – sure that I have a bit of broken paving slab somewhere – that would do the trick.
I hope that you like my Powertex flower girl figurine ‘Bestower of Beauty’. You can view my last blog here.
This month I thought I would show you a Powertex family project. This is one that you could share with the children during the Easter holidays. So this article shows you how to make a piece of family art suitable for indoor use. It breaks down nicely into mini projects which all come together towards the end.
Why not let each family member decorate their own hoop, making this a real Powertex family project to treasure.
There is no limit to the number of hoops you can connect. Just ensure the whole structure is stable and check for balance when connecting them all together.
Here’s the twist, the hoops can be worked on either side (flat or recessed) and hung either way. So if your base fabric is fine you get a lovely silhouette if hung in a window with the decorated side facing outside. You could even suspend it and let it gently twist in the breeze getting the best of both worlds.
Or why not mix it up and have hoops facing in different directions?
-pipettes/waterproof cupcake cases/glass mat/small paintbrush/plastic covering for table/gloves/water spray bottle
Mini project 1 – Making the Jellyfish
Pour approximately 5mm of transparent Powertex into a cupcake case and leave to dry (this can take 2-3 days to dry completely).
When dry remove and cut in half using scissors to give you 2 half moon shapes. Take some of the white paperdecoration and pull it into fine strips. Dip one end into some transparent Powertex and stick it to the underside of the half moon. Leaving the tails of the paperdecoration uncovered gives them a soft floaty look. Leave to dry
You can move on to some of the other mini projects at this time.
Mini project 2 – Making the Seahorses.
Make a small quantity of stone art clay (see the video here for instructions) place in moulds pressing down firmly, release and set aside to dry.
Once dry, use a nail file to remove any uneven edges and paint with the translucent inks. You may need to do several layers to get a bright colour and don’t be afraid to mix the inks to make new colours.
Mini project 3 – Colouring the fabric/paperdecoration and stones
See the video below for how to colour your fabric. If you want all of your hoops to have the same background. You need to layout the hoops on the dry fabric first allowing enough space between them, to be able to cut out with a wide margin. You will need this to pull them taut on the frame later.
Alternatively let each person work on their own fabric with colours of their choice.
To colour the paperdecoration, take a strip and spray with water. Then fold it up and dip it into the inks. If you want the colour to run spray with more water after you have dipped it. You can take out some of the inks and place them on your glass mat to allow the colours to run together and roll the paper dec in this if you prefer.
Whilst you have the inks out, place some of the balls into a cupcake cases, mix in a small amount of ink to colour the balls and tip onto a piece of plastic to dry.
Now leave all of the ink covered pieces to dry completely.
Mini Project 4 – Attaching the fabric to the frame.
When your fabric is dry, dip it into the transparent Powertex. Then work this well to ensure you have covered all areas. The Powertex will look white but dries clear.
Now lay this fabric over the solid part of the embroidery frame, place the split hoop on top and slightly tighten the screw. Work around the frame pulling the fabric taut then tighten the screen further. Next leave this to dry then paint hoop with ink to blend in with your colour scheme.
PUTTING IT ALL TOGETHER.
Using the dried paperdecoration which you previously coloured. You need to dip this into transparent Powertex and wrap it around the edges of the hoops. Ensuring that where the hoops meet you reinforce this area with more paperdecoration. Let this dry then turn over and reinforce all joins from back.
If each person is decorating their own hoop, you can leave this step to last and join them once decorated.
I opted to work on the back of the hoop, the side with a recess so that the embellishments sat inside. I added my seahorses, jellyfish and stones using transparent Powertex to attach them.
I then added additional ink covered paperdecoration to cover the rings and drape over the hoops on both the front and the back.
If you are going to hang your piece, make sure that you use some paperdecoration to create a secure loop on your project.
I hope you enjoy making this Powertex family project and we would love to see your creations. Please feel free to post them in our facebook group – The Powertex Studio.