Egyptian art

Secret Art Box – December 2019

Designed by Kore Sage

The December Secret Art Box had an Egyptian theme and there was a limited edition Fresh Mint colour Powertex too! Other materials included: Large stencil, Printed rice paper, Scarab mould, 3D Sand, Varnish, Bronze Gold Colortricx pigment. In my Egyptian art I wanted to use the Eye of Horus as the focal point as this is one of my favourite symbols.

Materials list

  • Secret Art Box – December 2019
  • Easy Structure
  • Bister spray in Yellow and Black or use Brown
  • Cheesecloth/muslin scraps
  • Stone Art or Air dry clay

Optional:

  • Cardboard circle
Powertex UK Secret Art Box Egyptian theme contents
Secret Art Box December 2019

How I made my Egyptian art

Step 1

Prime the MDF base with the gorgeous Fresh Mint Powertex Universal Medium. Create background texture with Easy Structure through the hieroglyphs stencil.

Background texture with Powertex and Easy structure through a stencil
Prepare the background

TOP TIP: While this dries, make your scarab piece with Stone Art clay. Mix up your clay 50/50 Powertex and Stone Art powder and press into the mould. Remove immediately and leave to dry.

Step 2

When structure paste is dry, brush over with Powertex and assemble the pieces using Powertex as your glue. Use the printed letters on the mdf as a guide.

Build up the mdf frame and coat with Powertex
Coat and glue with Powertex

Step 3

Mix 3D sand from the box into some Fresh Mint Powertex until you have a textured paste. Apply to the surface using your fingers and fix into place.

TOP TIP: You can fit the triangle in place before adding the sand paste.

Use Powertex and 3D sand for texture
Mix Powertex and 3D sand for texture

Step 4

Add scraps of fabric coated with Powertex to the surface. Coat your chosen clay and mdf embellishments with Powertex and lay them out. Glue into place with Powertex.

coat your pieces with Fresh mint Powertex Universal Medium
Adhere mdf and clay embellishments

Step 5

When dry, spray with Palm green acrylic ink spray from the box. Leave to dry and repeat if needed.

Spray egyptian art with Palm green Acrylic ink
Spray with Palm ink

Step 6

Spray the base with Bister to “age” the surface. I used Yellow but you can use Brown Bister for this.

Use Powertex Bister to "age" the surface
Age with Bister

Step 7

Leave to dry and wipe away with a cloth, any excess Bister and ink from the surface to keep the aged look.

Step 8

Add colours to highlight your embellishments. I used Blueberry Pie acrylic paint to darken some elements and painted on some more Bister to darken the triangle shape.

Bronze Gold pigment mixed with Easy Varnish makes a gorgeous metallic paint to add highlights to the Scarab and the sand textures.

Paint elements with Colotricx pigments and paint
Add colour with paint and pigments

Step 9

I was struggling to get contrast at the centre of the triangle so I tried using Fresh Mint Powertex to colour the central piece instead. I liked the result but took it a step further.

Increase the contrast with a light card circle coated with Powertex.
Powertex Egyptian art by Kore Sage
Try to find contrast

Eventually I chose to cut a circle of card and harden it with Fresh Mint Powertex. I was unable to remove the Eye of Horus piece from the centre but I had another in my stash so I used this, painted with Bronze Gold Colortricx mixed with Easy Varnish. I layered these in the centre.

Finishing touches

Brush Fresh Mint Powertex for highlights on the embellishments. I wanted the circle to look like it was illuminating these parts.

Powertex Egyptian Art by Kore Sage

I hope you like my Egyptian art. There were so many gorgeous elements in the box it was hard not to throw them all in! If you like the look of the Egyptian Secret Art Box you might be lucky to get one of these limited edition boxes on the Powertex UK Website.

You can also find more projects using the Secret Art Box on the magazine.

Whatever you’re making with your Powertex supplies, we love to see, so join us in the Powertex Studio on Facebook.

You can see more of my projects on the magazine such as this Cow skull and flowers art. I also share my Powertex projects and tips on koresageart.com.

Walk like an Egyptian

Powertex UK Secret Art Box – December 2019

Designed by Gill Goldsmith

This month’s Egyptian Secret Art Box is a stunner! The theme, inspired by Tracey’s visit to the Tutankhamen exhibition is all things Egyptian and amongst the fabulous goodies, a brand new colour of Powertex, a gorgeous mint green.

Powertex Art by Gill Goldsmith Secret Art Box December 2019
Powertex art by Gill Goldsmith

Materials List

  • Secret Art Box December 2019
  • Nefertiti mould from Powertex UK
  • Plaster or air drying clay such as Stone Art clay
  • Easy Structure and Paperdecoration for texture
  • Powertex Universal Medium in White and Yellow Ochre
  • Pigments in Bronze gold, Blue Curcao and Ultramarine
Powertex UK Secret Art Box December 2019 Egyptian
Powertex UK Secret Art Box December 2019

How to make my Egyptian art

Step 1

Mdf frame and Easy Structure through stencil

The new shape of MDF panel, lent itself so much to the theme and screams pyramid, so I used the fabulous hieroglyphics stencil and added texture to the top of the panel with EasyStructure paste.
I also added a coating of Easy Structure across the pyramid and marked it with a palette knife like blocks.
Once dry, I laid out my composition of the MDF pieces, I’d cast a plaster piece of the new scarab mould and also used the Nefertiti bust as a focal point.

Step 2

Fresh mint Powertex from the Secret Art Box Egyptian

Then using the brand new mint colour Powertex I coated the complete piece, using it to glue all the elements in place.
I added some Paperdecoration to the sides and created more texture using the sand included in the box. I mixed it into the Powertex with a palette knife and spread it across the bottom of the canvas.
Allow this to dry thoroughly.

Step 3

Spray with Palm green acrylic ink

Once dry, I used the palm leaf acrylic ink spray, included in the box, and liberally sprayed across the whole piece.
Don’t panic at this point, it looks a lot of colour, but there’s a long way to go.
Again, allowing this to dry thoroughly before starting my favourite process on any Powertex piece, the dry brushing.

Step 4

Dry brush with Powertex

I initially dry brushed the MDF elements and the plaster pieces with white Powertex and the pyramid in yellow ochre.
I then added depth with darker pigments to make the pyramid stand out and used the bronze gold pigment included as well as blue Curacao and ultramarine blue to bring out the highlights on all the plaster pieces and MDF embellishments.
Mix pigments with the Varnish.

Powertex Secret Art Box by Gill Goldsmith

Finishing touches

My final touch was to dry brush the pyramid with more white Powertex, making sure your brush is really dry so it just highlights the texture and make it stand out…..

Powertex Art by Gill Goldsmith from the Egyptian Secret Art Box
Egyptian art by Gill Goldsmith

I hope this inspires you to have a go at creating something magical with this month’s Egyptian Secret Art Box, and that you will share your finished makes on The Powertex Studio and Secret Art Box Subscribers Facebook pages. You can also read other Secret Art Box tutorials.

Thanks for reading and do please follow my Powertex adventures on my Facebook page The Powertex Port,
Happy Powertexing XXX Gill