Nature inspired Powertex painting

By Shell North

For this article I was asked to talk about my favorite artist. I have lots of things around me like nature that inspire me but rarely a well known artist.

I was inspired to push my Powertex canvas work further a couple of years ago by fellow Powertex tutor and artist Rosie Casselden. This was my first piece with Rosie in her studio with a little guidance.

I had never braved painting detail before so it was a big thing to me, but wow did it opened doors to floods of ideas. So I would say Rosie is definitely a favorite artist of mine that inspires me.

Powertex nature painting art by Shell North
‘Natures strength’ (spring edition) Powertex mixed media canvas by Shell North

I started painting fauna and flora but with a mixed media twist, using textures and random items such as shirts.

Powertex painting mixed media canvas by Shell North inspired by nature
‘The Dandy-lion’ Powertex mixed media canvas by Shell North

Upon sharing this to the Powertex studio group there was a comment “Elfie Cella does some amazingly inspirational work”. She does some textural nature art using textiles and everyday objects. Here is some of her work, which has become my inspiration.

How to make a nature inspired Powertex painting

Materials list

Step 1

Plan your scene, starting by draw a den around where the foxes go and adding a grass line, tree and moon out line. Add X’s where the very high textured area will be.

Draw out the scene fro your nature painting

Step 2

Paint around your napkin image with a paint brush and water and then tear away the excess napkin, remove top layer.

Step 3

Coat the fox den with a layer of Easy coat. Carefully place napkin image on top then coat another layer working from the middle outwards. Once dry add another coat.

Coat nature napkin scene with Easy Coat Mat

Step 4

Paint the areas that require texture thickly with Transparent Powertex, sprinkle with art balls, stone art powder and 3D flex and add fabric with Transparent Powertex.

Finally sprinkle stone art along higher ground.

Tip: Dust off any loose bits when dry. Also note that you don’t want balls in the higher ground area as it will make harder to paint any roots later.

Add textures with Powertex

Step 5

Spray all the texture with Brown and Black bister, avoiding the foxes. Dry with hair dryer.

Step 6

Using Paynes grey acrylic paint and a little water on your wash brush, paint the night sky, avoid the tree and moon. While wet, dab with a scrunched piece of tissue roll and leave to dry.

Step 7

Using a mix of different shades of white and paynes grey, create moon shades by stippling. Add very watery white around the moon for its aura. Finally using a fan brush flick white over the sky for stars.

Paint the sky with acrylics for this nature inspired painting

Step 8

Use the pre-made brown stone art clay, sculpt around the tree outline, paint the thinner branches with brown acrylic.

Use clay to create a tree on the canvas for a nature Powertex painting

Step 9

Now add all the detail such as grass in shades of green and yellow, roots shades of browns and white mixed, branches and bark in shades of browns.

To finish dry brush the dirt textured area with various shades of light brown to off white acrylic paint.

So here’s the finished piece….

Shell North nature Powertex painting on canvas
Sleeping fox cubs by moonlight’ Powertex mixed media canvas By Shell North

I hope I’ve inspired you to push your canvas work in a different direction. If you would like to have a go at this or something similar you can contact me on my website at The Crafty Little Corner or take a look at my other design team projects.

Well that’s all from me this month, see you again in the days running up to Christmas for my last blog of the year!

Peace, love and cosy fox cub cuddles

Shell x

Powertex Clock, fall back

Designed by – Shell North

This month the design team were challenged to follow and complete a design team members step by step from a previous article. This came with one stipulation that we did it with our own twist. There were so many I wanted to do but in the end Abigail’s bright summer canvas caught my attention, it had a clock face! After all, the clocks go back very soon! My twist was to make it a real working Powertex clock with an autumn/fall styling.

List of materials:

Canvas, clock parts from my stash, Bronze Powertex fabric  hardener, Ivory Powertex fabric hardener, Pre-mixed 3D flex paste, thin cardboard packaging, dies from my stash, die cutting machine, Bister’s in Brown, mahogany and black, Power colour powder pigments Red ochre and white, Colortrix powder pigments. Easy varnish.

The making of my Autumnal clock

Step 1

Measure the center point of the canvas, mark and then make a hole big enough for the clock part.

Step 2

Paint with bronze Powertex fabric hardener. Dry, spread 3D flex in one direction, spray bister pigments. Followed by drying with hair dryer to create cracks.

Step 3

Using the cardboard die cut your shapes and arrange on canvas. Make sure the numbers fit over the top of any die cuts.

Step 4

Mix bronze and ivory Powertex to lighter brown, coat backs of shapes, attach to canvas followed by painting over them. While wet spray with Bisters.

Step 5

Dry with hair dryer thoroughly or leave over night, drying with a hair dryer thoroughly may create smaller cracks for extra texture.

Step 6

Dry brush with red ochre, adding a little white on second layer, finishing with bronze gold and terragreen colourtrix pigments mixed with easy varnish.

TIP: Do not dry brush if canvas is wet or even damp in anyway.

Finishing touches

To finish the piece add your clock mechanism.

Powertex clock with working mechanism in mixed media. Powertex clock by Shell North.

I hope you enjoyed my article in this months magazine, don’t forget to check out the other design teams blogs for further ideas. Additionally you can follow me on my website The Crafty Little Corner.

Ever thought about becoming a tutor yourself? As a creative team leader, I’m always looking to grow my team in Dorset. If you’ve ever considered it, read this article for inspiration.

Anyway that’s all from me this month, don’t forget to put your clocks back on 27th Oct this year!

Peace, love and autumnal wishes,

Shell