Hello, welcome to my latest article. This month the design team were invited to use a step by step article from another design team member as a source of inspiration. I chose to use the Scarecrows in September by Fiona Potter as I loved this little man as soon as I saw him. However, I wanted to put my own spin on the project so decided that instead of a scarecrow I would create a scared crow. He would make a fantastic Autumnal centrepiece for the table and I can see him surrounded by a group of ornamental gourds.
Optional embellishments – I used fallen acorn husks
How to make a Scared Crow Scarecrow
Step 1. Build the armature and head
Attach dowel to base with tape. Use foil to build head, neck and beak onto this. Cover with tape ensuring it is secure.
Step 2. Add the Arms
Gather a small bunch of twigs and secure with masking tape. Secure these to the ends of the dowel with more tape.
Step 3. Build the body
Using foil fill out arms. Tape cardboard rolls to wooden base, cut to required length and fill in the torso with more foil.
Cover everything with tape and coat with a layer of black Powertex.
Step 4. Add the feet
Use 2 more twig bunches, dip strips of gauze in Black Powertex and wrap around tape on the twigs then slide up the tube legs.
Step 5. Cover the head
Coat the hessian in Black Powertex and shape around the head and down neck. Push eyes into place.
Step 6. Dress the Crow
Using Transparent Powertex I dipped the fabric as follows
a square of fabric for the top – cut a hole in the centre to fit over the head.
rectangles for the dungaree legs
smaller rectangles for the dungaree bib
strips for the shoulder straps
a length of rope for the belt
DESIGNER TIP – You could choose your fabrics to suit your own rooms colour scheme?
Step 7. Make the Hat
The video below will show you how I made the hat. I decorated mine with Paper decoration dipped in Black Powertex.
WHY NOT try using hessian to give a straw hat effect?
Step 8. Drybrush the hat
I used Powertex Easy Varnish and Yellow Ochre Powercolor to drybrush the hat .
Watch my video here if you’re not sure how to drybrush.
Step 9. Finishing touches
Using Transparent Powertex I added fallen acorn husks to the hat, dungarees and base.
I hope you have as much fun as I did creating your very own scared crow. There is no end to the different types of scarecrows you could make. How about a scaredog or scarecat…..What scare animal would you create?
We love to see what you create so post your makes on our Facebook group – The Powertex Studio and inspire other people to have a go.
If you would like to see more of my work or join me for a workshop in my home studio then please take a look at my website – www.annettesmyth.co.uk or contact me via my Facebook page.
Powertex dreams. Hello again fellow Powertex creatives, for this months article my theme was ” dreamers and stars” well I have a dream…
If you have a dream, just go for it
I have been creative for what feels like forever and I have always wanted to give up my day job and be an artist full time. So a few years ago I set myself a five year plan and as of now I am less than two years away from reaching my end goal. In fact it is one year and 11 months, not that I am counting! I am now in the process of building up local contacts and have started doing workshops once a month. I’m teaching myself better photography skills, learning how to be more technical savvy (not my strong point) and be confident in myself.
So as I do love to create I decided to make myself a journal, to document my thoughts, feelings and design ideas.
If you have not yet got any Powertex in your life, then head on over HERE to see all the goodies that are on offer.
My design for my journal
How it ended up
So, I say to you..
If you have a dream or strong desire to go and do something, just go and do it. If it takes you months or even years like myself, make plans for what you want to do. Life really is to short and you may end up saying, I wish I had done that or this. I am well on my way to achieving what I want to do and while I am doing that I am always honing in, on the best that I can be.
So I hope myself and the rest of the design team here are always inspiring you to reach for your dreams. If you would like more Powertex inspiration, you can find loads of eye candy on…
Powertex Art Doll time on the blog again. These kits are a wonderful project to do if you’re looking to spread your creative wings. The template gives you a starting point with lots of room to try new techniques and ideas. I used a few techniques on my art doll to represent “time flies” but you could just choose the parts you like. That’s the beauty of these kits. Having no rules can be scary like a blank canvas but just try a technique or two that you like and make it yours. Here she is, my Powertex art doll using the small template.
First pop out your Mdf shapes and try some layouts that you like. When you’re settled on a placement, start to prepare your pieces. I tore up a piece of rice paper to roughly fit the body. The theme is “time flies” so I chose a paper with pocket watches on. This fits the rectangular base of the “box”.
Gathering some of my favourite embellishments makes the art doll unique. I added a circle of hessian fabric that was hardened with Black Powertex, to support the plaster face because I wanted to tilt her head. Small wooden shapes add interest and the Mdf drop outs were perfect for this. At this stage I decided I wanted to give her two halves.
Powertex art doll time, assemble the pieces
To start, get your pieces together with your chosen Powertex and a flat paintbrush. Apply the pocket watch rice paper to the mdf using Easy Coat Matt. Brush it onto the mdf first and lay the paper on top and gently coat with a brush, from the centre outwards. Easy Coat allows any accidental Powertex to be wiped away from the paper. Transparent Powertex will also work but will be less wipeable.
With Black Powertex, start to assemble your doll by painting and sticking the pieces together. Be careful to turn the base panel so the holes are at the bottom. Layer the “frame” underneath the “box” and do not add the bottom panel. Put the “hooks” into place here with the hooks facing forwards. I waited until the textures had been added but you can do it at this stage. Focus on painting the front first and paint the back when it’s dry. At this stage you can start to see how you can decorate your art doll.
While the doll is drying, it’s a great time to prepare any embellishments with acrylic paint, Black and Ivory powertex. Decorate your pieces how you like but at this stage I’m starting to identify which pieces I want to be coloured and which pieces I’m keeping Black or Ivory. Don’t forget the “leg” pieces too, I prepared these with acrylic paints.
When your doll is touch dry use Easy Structure on a plastic palette knife to add thick texture on the wings and around the sides of the body. Use the paste to hide the hard edges where the “frame” part is used to lift up the box. Create indentations and marks on the wings and sides.
At this point I’m also starting to define the two halves of the doll using Ivory Powertex on the box sides and on the rays around her head. Leave this to dry for several hours as the Easy Structure is quite thick in places.
Rusty Powder adds real rust texture and colour. I wanted a dark rust that would show off layers of the transparent acrylic paints on one side but appear very dark on the other side. The mixture I made is Rusty Powder 50/50 with Transparent Powertex and a little white vinegar. Use 3d sand to thicken the mixture and 3d small balls to add texture. Prepare a spray bottle with white vinegar and water and make sure it has plenty of vinegar for a dark rust, about 40%.
Plastic palette knives are perfect for applying the rusty mixture over the wings, head base (not the plaster) and the sides. Paste a little on the “leg” pieces too for texture and colour. Spray these areas generously with the vinegar and water spray and leave it to rust for a few hours before repeating the process. Doing the same again with a slightly weaker rust mixture will give you different shades of rust although this is optional.
The Secret Art Loft acrylic paints from Powertex UK are easy to blend and their transparency makes them perfect for this project. I layered Red Velvet and Orange Marmalade paints onto the rusty areas but only on the left side of the doll. This defined the halves and brightened one side. I also painted the left side of the plaster face with Red Velvet paint and left it to dry. You can repeat these steps as often as you need to get the colour you like.
The body of the art doll
The body of the doll is the “box” part and this is a great place to get creative, it’s like a mini canvas. Your chosen rice paper might determine the style of embellishments you use. The rice paper is already in place but I wanted to add some details to the body. I had already prepared my embellishments for this but didn’t use everything that I’d chosen. Coat a small wooden heart with Red Velvet paint and use transparent Powertex to adhere some Small balls. Paint it again with red paint when dry. Glue the heart and silver key in place with Transparent Powertex.
Paint some tiny circles from the drop outs pack in Black and Ivory Powertex to match the dark and light sides of the doll. The threads you can see criss-crossing over the doll are threads pulled from some hessian fabric. Cut strands roughly to size, cover them in black Powertex and leave to dry on a plastic mat while checking they are straight.
When dry, use Transparent Powertex to stick these into a criss-cross pattern over the box. After this, use the drop out circles to cover the ends of the threads and create a pattern around the edge. Coat the body and the hooks on the right side of the doll with Ivory. Your doll is coming together nicely but there’s something crucial missing!
The doll’s head
Transparent Powertex is perfect as a glue to keep the plaster face in place, slightly tilted to one side. Cut six chunks of Powercotton into thick pieces about 3 inches long to create the hair. Lay them on a non stick mat and use a paintbrush to carefully push Ivory Powertex into the fibres however try to keep the strands fairly straight and not too tangled! Brush down in the same direction until the Powertex is massaged into the fibres. When it’s well coated, curl the pieces around the head and down the side of the doll keeping lots of texture. You could apply hair to both sides of course but I chose to keep the “halves” of the doll.
When I applied the curls they were starting to fall quite flat so I used some Large 3d balls underneath and in her hair to keep it propped up! I just glued them in place with Transparent Powertex. In addition, this added extra texture and where the balls could be seen they looked like bubbles in her hair!
To add a bit of colour and texture to this side, I brushed her face, hair and small cardboard stars with Ivory Powertex, pushed the stars into her hair and sprinkled a little Rusty Powder over the wet Powertex. I spritzed a quick spray of the vinegar and water mixture to get the rusting started and because the spray is strong I didn’t need to repeat it.
There’s just a few finishing touches before our doll is ready to display. I’ve already painted the “legs” and given them a rust treatment so now I just paint one leg with Ivory to match the light side. Fit paperfasteners through the holes as “knees” and “hips” for the doll so the legs could hang underneath. Dab black Powertex on the paper fasteners to cover their metallic colour.
The tiny padlock was given the rust treatment earlier and was attached with a little jump ring. I chose tiny keys from the Treasure box which were hung on jump rings and then off the hooks at the bottom. Brush a quick flick of Ivory Powertex to add a highlight to the red side of her face and she’s done!
I can really recommend the art dolls if you like a project you can get creative with. The clock is next on my list! The design team members have created their own unique art dolls and you can see them here.
Time flies Powertex art doll
I hope you enjoyed the art dolls project as much as I have. Join us over on Facebook if you have a Powertex project to share, just pop by Powertex Addicts United and join The Powertex Studio group. We love to see your makes and it’s a great place to get some inspiration or ask questions. You can find out more about me and my art on Facebook at Kore Sage Art.
What a wonderful kit this is and full of possibilities. And I am about to bring you my Powertex Art Doll Inspiration in this article. The kit comes with a choice of embellishments, wings and faces. I chose to use the skull and go over to the ‘dark side’ – a little out of my comfort zone, but loving the challenge.
How to start your Art Doll
In preparation I have covered the sides of the box and the wings with Terracotta Powertex. So I then left these to dry, so that they were ready to use later on.
Firstly, I began by coating the back of the small box with Ivory Powertex. Then I spread the Easy structure which is a texture paste, through the stencil. Once the Easy structure was dry I sprayed with red bister, which is a walnut stain spray. Then I wiped away some of the colour on the raised sections of the Easy structure.
Next I used Powertex to assemble the box, adding the edges, but at this point keeping the top edging off.
Using Powertex attach the box to the base of your Art Doll Clock. By lining it up with the hole for the clock movement to be added later.
To add more detail I have used material with Terracotta Powertex. And placing the wings in the material so that they stand out. Putting the skull in the middle of the wings gives a great 3D effect to your ghoul. I have added texture with some corrugated cardboard around the sides of the frame and more material underneath.
Where there is space on the corners of the clock base (not covered with material) I have created a crackle effect. To do this you paint a liberal coat of Ivory Powertex onto the board. Then you spray with black bister (whilst the Powertex is still wet). By using a hairdryer to speed the drying of the Powertex crackles will start to appear.
I also added this effect to the top of the box frame.
Now for some colour. I dry-brushed the material with Turquoise Powercolour and Mojito Lime Pearl Powder pigment from the Secret Art Loft collection.
For the wings I started painting them with Mojito Lime. I then went over this with Lemon meringue acrylic, adding Colortricx Gold around the edges for extra depth. As these acrylics are beautifully translucent the Mojito Lime shows through creating a gorgeous shimmer.
I decided to use some of the Lemon Meringue to go over the ‘crackle effect’ I created earlier with the Ivory powertex and black bister.
Now for the addition of some accessories, the final layer of detail. I had a look through my ‘stash’ of embellishments, which I am sure most crafters have! And I found some great little bottles which I thought would create the apothecary theme, along with some skulls, twigs and a piece of gauze.
I added these using the Transparent 100g Powertex which comes with a nozzle, perfect for precision use. The scrolls I made from scraps of paper, glued in place with the Transparent Powertex. However, I wanted the gauze to be fluid so it was placed again with the Transparent Powertex.
I hope you have found some Powertex Art Doll Inspiration in this article. Do share your makes with us over on Facebook in The Powertex Studio. You can find my last blog here. Catch you next time Jill.
Tropical Powertex Art Doll – Mixed Media project by Anne
I have never tried making an Art Doll before and I had so much fun making this Tropical Powertex Art Doll. I wanted to make her really bright and cheerful with a tropical feel – the fabulous zingy cocktail colours from The Secret Art Loft Pigments, Inks, and Acrylics range were perfect.
Firstly I popped out the MDF components from the sheet and coated with Ivory or Bronze Powertex Fabric Hardener and left to dry. The box frame was constructed and hanger section attached (the Powertex acts as a glue too). I also coated one of the ‘waste pieces’ because I thought would make a great bird shape to insert into the box frame.
Then I cut a background panel for the box frame from the FAB images on the packaging sheet. And glued in place using Easycoat decoupage medium. Using Acrylic Inks in order to add a tint of colour.
I applied Easy Structure paste through a texture stencil onto the large background panel and to sections of the frame. Then used the Art Quotes Stencil to apply text to the frame, and to random sections of text on the wings.
When dry, I used translucent inks to tint the text on the frame. Colouring the outer background panel with Lemon Meringue and Orange Marmalade acrylics. Also brushing over with some Metallic Golden Ink to highlight the texture, before sticking down the box frame.
I coloured the birdy shaped waste MDF piece with acrylic paints. And stuck down into the box in layers using Transparent Powertex. I used Ivory Powertex to coat and stick the metallic embellishment. Bronze Powertex coated the beak and eyes created with seed beads ( I drizzled Bronze Powertex into the bead hole using a cocktail stick, which created dark centres).
The fabric flowers were coated with Transparent Powertex and massaged into the aqua cotton fibres. To embed the seed beads I drizzled some around the sides. Transparent Powertex was mixed with sand to make a 3D glue paste to help hold the flower stems in place.
More acrylic paints were used to colour, and to brush over textured surfaces. Easy Varnish was used to stick down sequins, and to embed glitter which was brushed over sections for extra sparkle. Pearl Pigments in Varnish were also applied with dry brushing to add shimmer. I just love a bit of bling.
The headdress and face were dry brushed with Pink Flamingo and Limoncello Gold Pigments mixed with Easy Varnish. Sequins and beads were also added for more texture and bling. 1mm wire was used to make a hanging loop.
The wings were coloured with Acrylic Paints and Gold Ink and … yes I had to add some glitter sparkle too.
Fabric strips and ribbon were treated with Transparent Powertex and used to wrap sections of plastic tubing to create beads for the upper arms and legs. The upper arms were attached with 1mm wire, through the holes in the box frame, in such a way that they were held in place (i.e. not dangling). This enabled the lower arm dangles to hang each side of the body.
I attached the upper leg sections so that they hung freely at the base giving movement. And dry brushed the lower arm and leg shapes with Varnish and Pearl Pigments, sticking beads down with Transparent Powertex. These were hung from the upper arm and leg beads using wire loops so they dangled freely. Next leaf and flower bead dangles were also added to the frame base and legs using 0.8mm wire (1mm was too thick to fit the bead holes).
The floral MDF shape was painted with acrylics, embellished with a metal filigree shapes and seed beads before gluing to the main background panel.
My finished Art Doll just makes me so happy. I love her bright happy colours. Plenty of bling and dangles too – cannot help but smile.
Having used the provided shapes to create her I looked at the pile of waste MDF bits left behind – they inspired me to create a canvas. I never waste anything – ha ha.
I coloured the background canvas with Bronze Powertex. Texture and the text was then applied using Easy Structure paste through the stencils. I just love this sentiment from the Art Quotes Stencil.
All the waste bits were coated with Ivory Powertex and applied down. But I tried not to think about it too much – as I can spend hours procrastinating on positioning stuff! I just wanted to be free and ‘go for it’ and see what happened.
I then started coating some of the embellishments and building up the scene. Sand & Balls were added into wet Powertex and then coloured with inks and by dropping in some pigment powders.
Then I built up a sort of tree on the left hand side using Paper Decoration and lace, adding the Beech nuts and pine cone to embellish.
I then added more acrylic colour, and stuck the beads by embedding in wet Transparent Powertex. Pearl Pigments were mixed with varnish for dry brushing over some of the textures. Finally I just couldn’t help myself but had to add some gold glitter mixed into the varnish. More yummy bling.
The finished piece is fairly crazy and abstract but I was pleased with it. I thought that it looked like a foreground beach with water, sand and trees, then rising up in the background were buildings positioned up a hillside. A kind of tropical paradise I thought. You may see something completely different. That is the joy of abstract art. I had to pop in the key to ‘unlock the mystery’. I hope that you like my mad idea for using up all the scrap MDF bits.
Powertex Medium Art doll – Goddess of Mystery – by Abigail Lagden
Hello and welcome to my latest project! For this one I have used the Powertex medium Art Doll kit with the contents shown below.
I love working with the project kits from Powertex UK. They provide the perfect level of structure to work with and stimulate ideas. But also have the flexibility to put your own style into them. By how you construct them, which other products and embellishments you use and finally how you add colour to them.
As usual, I started by playing with the MDF kit pieces and arranging them in different ways. The picture below shows my initial guide design. As you can see it evolved and changed a fair bit as the project progressed. This always happens to some degree with my creations. So don’t worry that you have to stick rigidly to your first design. It helps to have an idea of where you are going at the start. I find the best results happen when you just go with the creative flow once you start building your piece.
As well as the Medium MDF Art Doll Kit, I used the following for this project:
First I used Easy Structure through the ‘arty quotes’ stencil to add the words ‘mystery’ and ‘wonder’ to the wings. The thing I love about this stencil is that not only do you have the lovely quotes in their entirety. But you can also just use specific words or phrases from within the quotes. To keep the stencilling clean for single words, I use masking tape to cover the words. Placing around the ones that I want to use before using Easy Structure paste through it.
First, I covered the base of the shadow box with the Easy 3D Flex paste. Before using yellow Powertex to attach and paint the sides of the box. I applied the sand and balls paste to the ‘crown’ pieces and pushed them into the 3D flex paste. Then I painted the plaster face with yellow Powertex. Pushed it into the 3D flex paste and sprinkled a few small balls into the box.
Next, I worked on the back piece of MDF. Randomly adding areas of the three different pastes I mixed earlier. Creating lots of textures and submerging the MDF row of hooks at the bottom. Then I sprinkled some medium 3D balls onto a few areas followed by some small balls to fill the gaps. Whilst the background piece was still wet, I attached the box frame and the other MDF shape into the pastes.
I smeared a little left over 3D Flex paste onto the princess’ face and onto parts of the crown piece.
The top piece of the shadow box was painted just with yellow Powertex. The wings were covered with the sand and balls paste.
All of the pieces were then left to dry and/or crack before they were sprayed with brown bister.
This was dried and then the bister cleaned back using a damp sponge. Leaving the stronger colour in the depressions, giving more depth to the textures and lightening the uppermost parts.
Now for the fun part… adding a little bit of extra colour to bring the piece to life. I wanted this piece to have quite an earthy, rustic, natural quality. I used different blends of light blue, moss green, yellow ochre, lilac and white powercolor pigments. Mixed with easy varnish and applied using a dry brush technique.
The final step was to secure the wings to the front of the frame with powertex. Then the front of the frame to the main piece. I also hung a little metal key charm through the hole at the bottom of the frame.
I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing how I made this piece. Please do share your own creations on the Powertex Studio facebook page. Where you will find lots of inspiration as well as support from our fabulous Powertexing community.
You can also see more of my work on my Curiously Contrary facebook page and on my website. If you didn’t catch my blog last month take a look here.