There’s a new project pack available from Powertex UK and Tracey has a tutorial for you to create this gorgeous metallic tag with a beautiful mdf letter, that’s personalised to you.
Tracey Evans, the creative director at Powertex UK uses Lead Powertex Fabric Hardener and the new Aqua acrylic ink in this tag. Use the fantastic textured fabric to create a background for your mdf letter and Powercotton for detail. Finish off your project with metallic pigments.
Get your Metallic Tag project pack
If you would like to try the Metallic Tag Project Pack, you can find all the details on the website. The pack is available with or without Powertex and you can choose the letter you wish too.
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The Secret Art Box – August 2019
Designer – Gill Goldsmith
The August Secret Art Box arrived and I was excited to unpack it and see what was inside this month. Again I wasn’t disappointed with the amount of contents…gorgeous papers, stamps, a bundle of letters, fabric textures, MDF tags, blue bister granules, aqua acrylic ink, Lead Powertex (which we haven’t had before) and the most gorgeous MDF Initial (everyone got one specially cut for them) so mine was a G. I use mine to create an Initial Star Plaque.
I wanted to showcase the big letter G, as well as some of the other products and so decided to use a star canvas panel I had as a start.
I used the manuscript paper, which I tore into strips and attached to the canvas using Easycoat Mat, which is a glue and sealant.
Next I added random areas of text with the stencil and Easy Structure applied with a palette knife. Allow this to dry.
Add Stone Art clay
I had some black Powertex left over from another project. Using Stone Art I made up some stone art clay and applied it in just two areas.
To create more texture I used the word stamp included in the box and imprinted this into the clay whilst it was still soft.
Paint with Powertex Lead
I painted in all the areas I wanted to be covered in the Lead Powertex and you can see that I left some areas, where the script paper had been applied, free from colour.
Add fabric and mdf
Now to start playing with all the lovely textures including in the Box. I added some mesh, hessian and stockinette across the centre of the piece, which was the perfect place to sit my MDF Initial G.
I also added the cherub and the ART letters to the bottom right point of the star. All of the material and MDF is covered in Lead Powertex and then allowed to dry thoroughly.
Now for the fun bit… spray the canvas with the blue bister. Mix up the granules with water in the empty spray bottle, which gives the perfect consistency.
The more you spray the more detail will be brought out in the dry brushing stage, so don’t be shy. Allow this to dry.
Acrylic ink spray
This month to complete the colour scheme we are working with Aqua, a gorgeous blue colour. Again don’t be shy, spray liberally, but again you will see I have left some of the script clear. This is sealed with the Easycoat mat. I didn’t want too much colour on these parts, so if you do cover it my accident you can wipe it back with kitchen roll.
Here is my final piece. Mix a small amount of your favourite metallic pigment with Easy varnish and then wipe the excess onto kitchen roll. Stroke your brush across the surface of your work to catch the colour on the highlights.
This piece is now hanging in my home studio and is a really unique and personal piece of art. I have lots more items left in my Secret Art Box that I haven’t used, so keep an eye on the subscribers Facebook page for another project in the next few weeks. My last Secret Art Box project was a Venetian Mask Canvas which is also here in the Magazine.
I hope this initial star plaque has inspired you to create with your Initial this month. Please don’t be shy and share your makes on the Secret Art Box subscribers Facebook page, we love to see what you create.
You can find me on Facebook at The Powertex Port. Until next month, Happy Powertexing..
Hi this is Kore and this month I got my hands on my first Powertex Secret Art Box! I was really surprised how much was packed into the box and the sample sizes of Powertex products are perfect. It was full of gorgeous things and I used just a few of the items to make this Venetian mask.
I loved the colours chosen for this box, Plum acrylic paint, Turquoise and Berry pigments which look beautiful together. There is lots left for future creations too. I think this would be a great way to try Powertex Fabric Hardener for the first time or build up your supplies. The themed box is a great starting point if you’re stuck for an idea.
I worked on the large mdf mask in the box to create a wall art. I’ll make the second mask to hang with it too.
For my planet in the night sky, inspiration came from warm summer nights, sat in the garden, looking out for shooting stars. I decided to try and replicate one of the planets. Hmmm, once started though, my imagination overtook and the finished article became much more magical.
Easy 3d flex makes beautiful cracks and texture. Experiment using different mediums to add colours. Here I have used layers of inks and acrylics, with a final layer of wax.
As you will see from the photographs, things changed along the way. This is what I love about mixed media. Some layers get covered, some peak through. It’s all part of the journey of creating what you love. Just go with it!
The Secret Art Loft acrylics and inks work wonderfully for layering up. Their translucent quality makes blending easy, and the metallic inks look like molten metal.
I find it is really important with mixed media, to let each layer dry thoroughly before moving onto the next. Not an easy one for me, as I am an impatient crafter. However, your layers will become muddy if they aren’t dry.
Pour Powertex liquid colour onto the canvas. Spray with Bister of a different colour then dry with a hairdryer, to create the crackle effect.
Add texture by creating a heavy crackle effect
Mix Easy 3d flex with Ivory Powertex to create a clay. Layer over half of the canvas. Dry with hair-dryer spraying lightly with blue bister during the process.
Creating further texture
Using material, coated in Ivory Powertex and small ‘craters’ made from the 3d flex clay, build the layers of your planet.
Start by adding green ink to the deep cracked area and violet acrylic to the green side of the planet.
Using greens, pinks and purples, layer the craters, blending as you go. Paint the material section with black acrylic, then add layers of metallic acrylic.
On the side created by 3d flex, add a layer of Powerwax, mixed with pigment. Once dry, wipe with a damp sponge to add interest.
I decided my fantasy planet needed a touch more ‘bling’ so I added a few beads, blending in with the colours I had chosen along the way. The joys of creating a fantasy planet are that you can really be free with your choice of colours and the texture that you create. It’s nice not to be too rigid in your planning, as planets evolve, then so should a piece of art.
Planet in the night sky
I am looking forward to seeing lots of new planets, so feel free to share them in the Powertex Studio.
If you would like further planet inspiration take a look at this blog from Annette Smyth. Or why not join me for a workshop to create your own planet. Bye for now, Jill x
It was a beautiful, clear blue sky morning in the glorious heat of Summer 2018 we arrived at Porthgwarra Beach in far west Cornwall just as the tide was receding. It’s such a beautiful cove and we kept spotting something in the water around the rocks and went to investigate. It was a whole area of kelp – a Kelp Forest! Wandering through the pools left by the tide there were beautiful shells, stones and shiny pebbles. This was my inspiration for this Under the Sea piece.
2mm Aluminium wire, masking tape, green tissue paper, selection of shells, moulds and clay
How to make a Powertex kelp forest
Step 1: Use either Stone Art or other air dry clay to push into moulds, leave to dry. Cut 9 or 10 lengths of wire and randomly drill holes into the mdf base.
Tip: I had a tennis ball size piece of Stone Art clay left over from a previous project that I kept. Spray water lightly over a piece of clingfilm which I wrapped tightly around the clay. I sealed it in a reusable plastic bag.
Step 2: Push wires into holes, secure with masking tape then rip lengths of masking tape sticking it the full length of both sides of the wire to create lengths of kelp.
Decorate the base
Step 3: Build a thick random layer of Easy Structure on the base, push shells, moulded sea shapes etc into the easy structure. Spray with bisters, set aside to dry.
Tip: If you use a large central shell like I did, it is worth masking off with some cling film or paper before you spray with bister
Step 4: Wash back the bister from shells and shapes. Use red ochre to colour some of the coral like shapes. Add a generous layer of transparent Powertex fabric harder on the base and drop in mixed art stones.
Step 5: Rip up lengths of pale green tissue paper and paste onto the kelp using transparent Powertex. Leave to dry. Transparent Powertex helps to keep the transparency.
Tips: Paint the transparent Powertex onto the masking tape and press the tissue onto it with a Powertex soaked brush.
Step 6: Using the blues and greens metallic pigments bring out the highlights of the bottom of the sea. Brush Mojito Lime and Golden Olive, Limoncello Gold randomly on the kelp. If you leave lighter patches the sun will shine through enhancing the kelp.
Leave it in a place where you get the sun. Watch it at various times of the day to see where the sun lands and where you might want to add further metallics and maybe a pearl or crystal.
I hope this easy but interesting focal piece inspires you to create your own under the sea project. You might also like this lovely fish sculpture project by Annette.
Don’t forget to share your makes in The Powertex Studio and if you can give me a shout out that would be awesome.
me for now, check back in June when I’m upcycling one of my early Angels that
has been keeping watch in my garden for the last couple of years.
This article is very much influenced by my love of the beach. I spent several years with the beach on my doorstep, where I regularly enjoyed early morning walks. And was the inspiration for my Powertex Ammonite Light.
I particularly loved the changing moods of the sea, the smells and a chance to blow away the cobwebs. I’ve chosen fabrics and materials which resemble netting and rocks. Paper deco works very well here.
I have also used some shells which I have added extra colour to. You can always leave these natural though. The Powertex stand gave the finished piece some weight, as well as structure and height.
TOP TIP – Have a hair-dryer ready when adding the Ammonites. You will need them to stay in place so that they have space to poke the lights through. This also gives more 3 dimension to your piece.
I hope you have enjoyed this article and that it inspires you to create your own nightlight. A garden theme using wings and flower embellishments would work well too. Looking forward to seeing your own take on how to use fairy lights, bye for now, Jill x
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.