The Secret Art Box – February

The Secret Art box, Powertex, love projects

This months article brings you inspiration and projects to create using February’s The Secret Art Box. The new craft subscription box from Powertex UK.

“The love of my life opened my heart the warmth it let loose poured into my art” by Claire Ivins

*** You may not get an exact replica of this box, but similar items will be included ***

Powertex Secret Art Box Project One

I also gathered a few more supplies, wire, paper tape, tinfoil and a larger mdf heart shape.

I used the mdf heart shape to mould another from wire.

I used tinfoil to pad it out and create the shape I wanted.

Next came the making of the arrow. This is a thicker wire as I wanted it strong and sturdy.

I covered everything in masking tape.

Then I started to play around with some of the contents in the box.

I wanted to make a recess in the polystyrene heart for the plaster heart to sit in, so I drew round it.

And using a craft knife and a small pair of scissors, I dug out the shape.

I placed the plaster heart in the hole to try it for size.

 I painted it with a coat of red Powertex. Whilst still wet I pressed Stone Art powder onto it and rubbed it in, letting the excess fall off. The Stone Art creates a stone like effect.

Then I sprayed it with red Bister. This red is more of a mahogany colour, ie a deep red.

The Secret Art box powertex

I painted the heart and arrow shapes with the red Powertex and stuck the arrow on with it too. I cut out some of the polystyrene heart so it sat on the frame. I added the gold sequins from the January box. And also used rich gold pigment from my stash over some of the heart shaped frame.

And to finish I mounted it on one of the Powertex metal stands.

      

Some more close ups.

Powertex Project Two

I did the same for my next project and started off by creating a layout. This time I wanted to show different shades of red and different textures.

I sprayed the plaster cherub with the red Bister.

I used the red ochre and varnish to create a paste and painted the wings, and did the same with the rich gold on the hair.

I painted the large heart from my stash, and from the Secret Art box, the set of four hearts (including the one out of the middle of the biggest one), the smaller starburst shape, mini hearts and the wooden love word, all in the red Powertex.

This one I added strands of Power Cotton to the wet Powertex, painted over it and added the key whilst still wet. Once dried, I dry brushed with green olive pigment, which if you were lucky enough, was in the January subs box.

This one I sprinkled some of the small Powertex sand balls into the wet Powertex and dry brushed with rich gold pigment.

And for this one I added pieces of tissue to create some texture and to dry brush I mixed some of the blueberry pie with the red velvet acrylic paint and a touch of lipstick fizz pigment (for the shimmer) to create a deep purply colour.

The Secret Art box Powertex

Next I layered everything up and put it all together. I used the Powertex as a glue once I was happy with the placement.

           

Some more close ups.

For my next project I wanted to section off parts of the sheet of rice paper included in the box.

Instead of cutting it, I like to get a rough edge as I find it blends in better and isn’t such a harsh line. If you take a wet paintbrush and mark out where you want to tear, if it’s wet enough it should just pull apart. If it rips then the paper isn’t wet enough.

It should just pull apart and creates a lovely edge.

This is what I ended up with. Don’t you think they look much nicer than straight cut edges.

I also cut a piece to size and fitted it inside one of the metal embellishments I got in my box.

Then I completely filled it with transparent Powertex and left it for several days to dry. It is cloudy when a liquid, but dries clear.

I wanted to create a pink colour to combine with the images, so I mixed red and white Powertex until I achieved the colour I wanted.

I found a suitable glass bottle and completely painted it with my new hot pink colour and left it to totally dry before the next step.

Using transparent Powertex I glued on the pieces I’d torn out. I smoothed them out and also added a layer over the top. Now this looks really messy and you might think, oh no, what have I done. But, don’t panic, stick with it, the transparent goes on cloudy, but dries brilliantly clear. I also added some of the fancy yarn I had left from my Bluebird (January) box around the top.

And this is what I ended up with once it was all dry.

The Secret Art box Powertex

I added some chain and a couple of metal charms, the hand and heart from the box. The transparent Powertex has now completely dried that I put in the heart shape, so it has now sealed the image.

And a decorated bottle makes a great candle holder. Should you wish to light the candle the dripping wax won’t be a problem when it meets the Powertex. However, don’t let a naked flame come into contact with any fabric, as Powertex is not a flame retardant. As with all naked flames, do not leave it unattended, we won’t be held responsible for your house burning down!!

The Secret Art Box Powertex

All three makes together.

I hope that you have gained some inspiration for your own, The Secret Art box, Powertex craft subscription box. I can’t wait to see what you do with it. Don’t forget to share your makes on the Powertex Studio Facebook page as we love to see what you’ve been up to.

Did you catch my article last month find it here. Thanks for stopping by Sam

A Powertex Love Story

A Powertex Love Story – February The Month of Love – Like The Pieces of a Jigsaw

It’s that time of year when thoughts of love fill the air and we think of that certain someone special. So here I am to share a Powertex love story with you. Now I don’t know about you but I love flowers. Unfortunately this is the time prices in the shops rise. Those beautiful flowers you have paid so much for, are short-lived and their beauty fades all too quickly.

Use Powertex to upcycle

I am also a bit excited by recycling. I had a lovely basket of flowers for Christmas. When they were over I decided to put that basket to good use. How about giving someone special in your life flowers that are going to last much longer than a few days

Prepare your materials

I stared by gathering up my Materials. Choosing traditional colours for my project red, green and gold. I knew these would look perfect against the bold black of the basket.

Valentine Basket Like the Pieces Of a Jigzaw

I used: Red Powertex, Black Powertex, Green Powertex, Limoncello Gold Pigment, garden wire, masking tape and an assortment of MDF pieces. The MDF pieces can be anything you want. I chose hearts and jigsaw pieces. These represent love and two people fitting together like a jigsaw to create a beautiful life.

Valentine Basket Like the Pieces Of a Jigzaw 2

Where to start your Powertex love story project

I first painted the basket using Black universal medium. Then created my Roses by cutting up pieces of T-Shirt cotton in a rough petal shape. You don’t need to be to fussy about this. I cut a length of garden wire, wrapped a small piece of masking tape around it to help the petals grip. Then started adding the fabric that I had massaged in the red Powertex,  until I was happy with the shape. I used the same technique with the cuts offs from the petals and green Powertex to make a foliage shaped stem. I gave my MDF pieces a coat of red or green with added texture of Medium 3D Balls, before leaving it all to dry off over night.

When it was all nicely hardened off I dry brushed the edges of my Roses and MDF pieces. Using Limoncello Gold pigment to add that touch of class. Then the exciting part, arranging it all in my basket. Now wouldn’t you just love to receive this knowing it was going to last a lot longer than a few days

A Powertex love story

Ladies & Gents I give you ‘Like The Pieces Of a Jigsaw’ The everlasting Basket of flowers For the special person in your life.


A Powertex love story

You can find me as Alex Henry Mixed Media on Facebook. There you will see others styles I work in.

Enjoy your Powertex days, the perfect way to chill out and create something beautiful. Don’t forget to share your makes with us over in the Powertex Studio on Facebook. And leave any questions or comments below the article. Find more Powertex articles by Design Team and guests here.

See you again soon.

Patricia

Powertex Stone Art Clay Pendant – Abigail Lagden

Powertex Stone Art jewellery pendant

Well, Happy New Year and I hope you had a lovely Christmas.

For my first blog of 2019 I thought I would take a festive left over and re-purpose it into something fun and funky for the new year.

So for this project, I started with an MDF bauble shape, some red Powertex, Stone Art, macrame cord and some texture mats.

Starting point

I began by mixing some stone art clay using the red Powertex and the Stone Art. When mixing small amounts of stone art clay I pour a little Powertex into a yogurt pot, then using an old paintbrush handle, I gradually mix in small handfuls of stone art. I keep adding stone art until the mixture thickens up and starts to pull away quite cleanly from the sides of the pot rather like a dough. It can then be turned out and a little more stone art worked in by hand to get a  consistency a little like polymer clay.

Part mixed clay
Part-mixed clay
Mixed clay
Clay ready to turn out

Once the clay was the right consistency, I rolled it out using an acrylic rolling pin to a thickness of approximately 3mm and a little larger than the size of the bauble. Then I positioned one of the texture mats on top and rolled the rolling pin over the top to impress the pattern into the clay.

Next I placed the bauble on top of the impressed clay and carefully cut around the edge using a craft knife to make a perfect circle of clay.

Bauble cut clay

I have recently acquired some macrame cord and love the simple texture of it when rolled into a coil, so I wanted to incorporate this into my project. To make it sit within the clay I needed to cut a circle out of it, so I used the lid of a fabric conditioner bottle like a pastry cutter to remove a circle of the clay.

Cut out circle

To attach the clay, I painted the bauble with Powertex before placing the clay on top.

Macrame cord was then coated in red Powertex and coiled to fit in the circular hole and also to create a border around the edge. The piece was then left to dry overnight.

Macrame cord added

Once dry, I sprayed brown bister over the clay to enhance the impressed texture and once this was dry I gently used a damp sponge to remove the bister from the uppermost surfaces and reveal the red colour again.

Bistered
Sprayed with brown bister
Cleaned Bister
Bister wiped back

Finally, I added colour by mixing Powerwax with yellow ochre, orange and moss green powercolor pigments and applying with a sponge.

The last step was to add a piece of ribbon through the hanging hole to make this piece into a beautiful wearable pendant.

Pendant

Pendant on driftwood

I hope you have enjoyed this project and you have been inspired to get creative this year. Please do share your makes with us through the Powertex Studio facebook group and let others know about the Powertex blog and the fabulous inspiration you can find here.

You can see more of my curious creations and the Powertex workshops I am running in County Durham, by popping by my Curiously Contrary facebook page or my website.

Until next time, here’s to an awesome 2019,

Abs xx

Powertex Mixed Media Floral Canvas – Anne Waller

Hi all. Today I am sharing a floral mixed media canvas. I started it just over a year ago and it had been sitting as a ‘UFO’ ever since. I usually continue with a project until it is finished, but must admit that if it gets put away before finishing I find it very difficult to get it back on track. So pleased that I dug it back out and got inspired to complete it.
I started working on this at Powertex Headquarters as part of my Level 1 training. I have to say that it was a fabulous couple of days where Tracey took us through a whole host of fabulous techniques.
Black Powertex was used to coat a 12 X 12 primed and stretched canvas. Various fabrics, pieces of lace, kitchen paper and Paper Decoration (White) were coated with Powertex and laid onto the canvas. Small polycarbonate test tubes were covered in cling film (to protect) and incorporated into the canvas. The layers were left to dry before working on the next stages. I also coated the little wooden canvas stretchers to make am area for maybe adding text.
Various pigment colours were mixed and applied with Easy Varnish (Powercolor: Burgundy, Ultramarine, White; Colortricx:Rich Gold and Powerpearl). Initially I was unhappy with the results as everything appeared too dark. I am definitely a colour girl. After some thought I drizzled on some Green Powercolor in Varnish diluted with a little water to make more of a wash. Oooh – much happier.
This was the stage at which it was almost finished but I still wasn’t happy with it – hence it sat in the cupboard for a year. I really thought that it needed more decoration and building up with embellishments. I collected together some MDF cogs (already treated with Black Powertex and rubbed over with gold gilding wax), die cut birds, silk flowers and air dry clay flowers created with silicone moulds from my stash. I also had a stash of moulded flowers created with pearlescent acrylic modelling paste (I put some turquoise glitter in the moulds while making these – yay bling).
I added more colour to the canvas using the new Metallic Inks from the Secret Art Loft (Aqua and Golden).
The paper clay and card embellishments were coated with Black Powertex before sticking down. Where needed I used Easy Structure Pastetinted with Powertex to make a 3D glue for sticking down.
The sentiment (from Chocolate Baroque) was stamped onto card with Versamark (Onyx Black) and applied with Easycoat Matt Medium to glue and seal. The pine cones were treated with Bronze Powertexand rubbed over with gold gilding wax. Beginning to love it now.
I continued building layers of embellishments and also added some created with yellow tinted clay and treated with Transparent Powertex. I liked the pop of complimentary colour. More colour was also added to Varnish and dry brushed over the textural surfaces. I really love the new Secret Art Loft Pigments (Interference Lilac, Limoncello Gold, Violet Valentine), they are so vibrant over dark backgrounds.
The silk flowers were treated with Black Powertex and dry brushed with Violet Valentine and Interference Lilac Pigments. Clear varnish was applied over the yellow flowers and the acrylic embellishments to seal. A little Glossy Accents was applied over the sentiment to emphasise.
I was really chuffed with the final piece. I hope that you like it too.
The great thing about this canvas is that the faux flowers can be removed and replaced with real ones (the tubes are removable and can be filled with a little water). I was initially planning to hang the canvas at an angle but I rather like this orientation with the flowers going at 45 degrees.
Well that’s all for today. Back with more creations soon, Anne x.

Warwick Poppies and Powertex

 

Hello there

As many of you are aware, in November this year we commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of the the First World War (The Great War).

Our county church, St Mary’s Warwick, has a history of involvement with the military and is home to the Royal Warwickshire Regimental Chapel and so they have organised a memorial exhibition of handmade poppies to be displayed throughout October and November.

These will be created and donated by the local community and beyond.

The aim is to display over 11,000 poppies to represent the number of men lost from the Royal Warwickshire Regiment.  Each poppy will be unique just like the men who gave their lives.

I contacted the organisers to see if I could help in any way.  They asked if I could work with the Warwickshire Young Carers to help them create their own poppies for this project. A big thank you to  The Art Society – Leamington Spa, who covered the cost of materials.

We decided that creating larger poppies made from individual petals would allow the children to work on their own individual piece but when they then came together as a whole flower, they could see how working as a team created something bigger.  This could then be reflected back on how the soldiers had worked together during the conflict.

For the petals we created a wire form using reclaimed wire, covered this in masking tape, then applied gauze from the local scrap store which had been coated in red Powertex.

A large bag of potpourri, that had been found in a local recycling centre, provided seed heads.  These coated in black Powertex became the poppy centres.

The poppies will be on display during October and November at

Collegiate Church of St Mary, Old Square, Warwick CV34 4RA


To find more details about the Warwick exhibition please click here

 

Click here to find out more about the Warwick fallen of World War I at

Until next time

Happy Creative Adventures

Axx



 

 

 

 

Twinkle, twinkle, little bat

by Abigail Lagden

I was so excited when I unpacked all the Alice in Wonderland goodies that I couldn’t wait to get started. The acrylics were so wonderfully bright and bold that I decided I needed to create something totally different to my usual style. So, it is the tea party set that I have chosen to share with you all this month.

 

Anyone who knows me and my work, knows I hate flat surfaces so the first thing I did was add some texture to the body of the teapot using wallpaper and painted over this with ivory Powertex. On top of this, I added a piece of the delicious floral rice paper using Easycoat Matt.

I did the same with the saucers and I also used a little bit of wallpaper on the top part of the cups.

I mixed up some Stone Art clay using ivory Powertex and Stone Art and applied this roughly onto the teacups. I used some flower stamps from my stash to make imprints into the clay.

I then used the gorgeous acrylic paints to paint splodges of colour onto the clay. I left this to dry for a short time before using a damp sponge to gently wipe the paint back off the surface of the clay.

The two saucers were painted using the acrylic paints and left to dry. Again a damp sponge was used to lift the paint off the raised pattern.

More ivory stone art clay was added to the handle, spout and outer edges of the teapot. Lots of daisies were made using stone art clay in the daisy mould and these were piled onto the teapot (leaving some space for Alice) and secured using a little Powertex underneath the flowers.

In the same way as the paints were used on the cups, I coloured the teapot and all the flowers.

The little Alice figure was also painted using the acrylic paints and powertex.

Once all of the individual pieces were complete and dry, they were all attached together using some transparent Powertex and the MDF bar included in the kit.

Et voila!!

 

The brightest most funky piece I think I have ever made – I have a feeling I may have been converted from the dark side (well… temporarily at least!)

 

I hope you will all enjoy playing with the new templates, paints and pigments as much as I have. Don’t forget to share your makes in The Powertex Studio, we absolutely love to see them.
Until next time, Abs xx
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Bring on the spring… please!

Powertex Daffodils by Abigail Lagden
by Abigail Lagden

Well, what a week! The winter is hanging on like a stubborn mule even as we enter March.

So, I thought I would create my own spring flowers to add a bit of colour to my snow-covered garden. And as it was St David’s day this week, what better than some bright yellow daffodils.

Powertex daffodil ingredientsThese simple little daffs are made from an egg box, some cotton fabric, some hessian and bendy plastic straws. I also strayed away from my favourite bronze Powertex and broke out the yellow ochre.

First I tore the cones out of the egg box as well as the round base parts (a torn edge looks more natural than a cut one). The middle of the round bits were torn out the make rings.

I then wrapped the straw with a light cotton fabric coated in yellow powertex and pushed the card ring and the cone onto the bent end of the straw.

Stem and petalsThe card parts were painted with yellow powertex and left to dry.

I cut six petal shapes from hessian for each flower. Once the stem was dry I coated these in yellow powertex and arranged them around the ring of card. These were supported with anything I could find until they dried.

Drying daffodil

Once dry, the petals were dry brushed with a mixture of yellow ochre, white powercolor pigments and rich gold colortricx. The trumpets were coloured with either yellow or orange and the stems with green.

Here’s hoping the garden will soon be full of real daffodils, there are some green shoots under all that snow. But in the meantime, these will add some colour!

Powertex daffodil flowers by Abigail Lagden

I couldn’t resist popping them in a little Powertex’d vase too!

 

You can see what else I’m getting up to on my Facebook page Curiously Contrary. And don’t forget to share what you have been getting up to with Powertex on the Powertex Addicts page.
Until April, stay warm and safe, Abs xx

(Don’t forget, anything made for outdoors needs around 3 weeks to fully cure before it is weather resistant)