Scared Crow Scarecrow!

Designer – Annette Smyth

Powertex Scared Crow Scarecrow by Annette Smyth

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.

Materials Used

How to make a Scared Crow Scarecrow

Building the armature

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.

adding the arms

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.

building the body

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.

Adding feet

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.

The head

Step 5. Cover the head

Coat the hessian in Black Powertex and shape around the head and down neck. Push eyes into place.

Dressing the scared crow using Powertex fabric hardener

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?

Dry brush the hat for the scared crow

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.

Finishing touches with Powetrex powercolor

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.

Until next time Happy Creative Adventures

Axx

Recycled Bottle Powertex art

Recycled Bottle Art Mixed Media with Powertex – by Anne

I simply love to recycle, upcycle and repurpose so this project using a recycled wine bottle and a set of cheap cocktail glasses from the charity shop was a perfect project for me. I also used some of my old T shirts and fabric scraps too, to create  recycled bottle powertex art.

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This set is now perfect for any festive or celebratory occasion. The bottle could be used either as a decanter (by using with a bottle stopper or cork) or used with a slim candle to adorn the table. Using Powertex enables items to be easily washed too.

Materials used:

How it was done:

The bottle was actually a project that I started on my level 1 Powertex Tutor training. I was fairly happy with it but I had always wanted to take it a few steps further. I am definitely a ‘more is more’ type of girl and I wanted to add extra embellishments to complete it – but what? Sadly it got confined to the corner for over a year before the idea finally came to me when I came home from the charity shop with my set of cocktail glasses.

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The lemon coloured glasses inspired citrus, the blue coloured glasses inspired berries – yay – off we go!

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Starting with my bottle: Blue Powertex medium was used to coat recycled T shirt fabrics and hessian which was draped around the bottle to give texture. Kitchen paper was separated into single ply and blue Powertex was used to glue it around the neck of the bottle to give added texture. Blue Powertex was also used to paint and glue the plaster face.

Eeeek – I was freaking out a bit this stage as it looked awful. I will say that this was part of the training. We were given a few challenges! The blue is a gorgeous colour but not necessarily the easiest for your first ventures. If you are a beginner I would recommend starting with Bronze Powertex and colouring as I did for the blue glasses as given below; achieving a similar final result with less palpitations – tee hee.

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Spritzing with Brown and Red Bister gave a nice purple muted effect which was lovely, and also blended in the darker T shirt material nicely. Powercolor and Colortricx Pigments were mixed with Easy Varnish and dry brushed over the piece to highlight textures. The dry brushing really does make so much difference! Ooooh much happier now, but as I said – it needed more work in my mind.

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Now for the embellishments: With fruit embellishments in mind I mixed up some Stone Art with Ivory Powertex to make a clay and used silicone moulds to make citrus slices, nuts, leaves and berries. Once dry I used Secret Art Loft Acrylics to paint them.

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When painting the fruit slices the outer ring of pith was left unpainted. Dry brushing with Ivory Powertex was used to highlight the central pith texture and make the lemon slices look more realistic.

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The same with the orange slices.

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The berries and nuts were also painted with Secret Art Loft Acrylics. I mixed colours to give a more naturalistic look.

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Varying colour mixes and depth.

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Purples, pinks, oranges and green mixes were used to colour the berries. Once coated with varnish (last steps) they looked quite realistic.

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Various fruits, nuts and leaves were used to embellish the bottle.  Items were stuck down using Transparent Powertex. Where needed 3D sand was mixed with Bronze Powertex in order to make a 3D glue to stick down shaped embellishments on the textural surface.

Yay – fulfilling my ‘more is more’ – ha ha.

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Secret Art Loft pigments were mixed with varnish and were dry brushed over textured areas and over the berries to give extra pearlescent sheen.

Coloured Powertex is weatherproof and therefore washable. Acrylic paint layers were further protected by painting with Easy varnish to ensure that the bottle was fully washable. The varnish also enhanced the painting and gave the fruits and berries a lovely sheen. Happy bunny.

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Next to decorate the glasses:  I collected together varied textural fabrics. The blue background is my plastic shower curtain that I use to cover my bench – joyous messiness evident!

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The glass stems and base of the bowls were painted with a coat of bronze Powertex. Any drips were removed with a damp cloth. T shirt fabric was cut into strips and stretched to make a ‘cord’ for wrapping the stems. More fabrics and T shirt strips were coated with Bronze Powertex and wrapped around the glass bowls. The T shirt cord held everything in place around the top of the glasses while drying. I applied the main 3D texture just to one face, leaving the backs flatter (otherwise they might get in the way when drinking from the glasses). The smoother stems made them easy and comfortable to hold.

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The blue glasses were embellished with berries and textures enhanced with dry brushing using the blue/purple toned Secret Art Loft Pigments.

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Oooh yummy.

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The yellow glasses were embellished with citrus slices and textures enhanced with dry brushing using the citrus and gold toned Secret Art Loft Pigments.

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More yummy.

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I hope that you like my celebratory table set. I really enjoy making these – and using now them – special glasses seem to make the contents more special too.

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Do join us over in the Powertex Studio over on Facebook and share with us your recycled bottle powertex art. Happy crafting, Anne x.

Powertex Stone Art Hare

Powertex Stone Art Hare – Rustic Autumn Hare by Anna Emelia Howlett

Powertex stone art hare

Time to create with your Powertex

So here it is! The project I have had in my mind for some time and have been desperate to get on and do. And this one I have been looking at for a year now. Other things have just happened to crop up and this idea has been constantly shelved but that’s ok. I have finally got round to doing my Powertex Stone Art Hare.

I think it’s really easy to give ourselves a hard time when we haven’t turned all those ideas swimming in our heads into reality. It also turned out completely differently to what I had planned but that’s the beauty of Powertex.

Powertex stone art hare

TOP TIP: My first top tip if your creative mind wanders off piste as it so regularly does with me is don’t worry about all the projects you want to do. Get them onto a list and focus on the one you want to create right now. Remember to concentrate on the moment, and get lost in your creative bubble. Of course if you like, with Powertex you can work on a couple of projects at a time in different stages if your waiting for another one to dry, it would be rude not to!

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What I used:

MDF Hare/rabbit, Red Powertex,   Yellow Powertex,   Stone Art,   Sunflower mouldThat’s Crafty  Stencil,                 The Secret Art Loft pigmentsEasy structure,   Bister .

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TOP TIP: Nature makes a great colour palette. These leaves were on my walk to the post office. So I snapped a picture on my phone to remind myself of all the beautiful rich, rustic colours.

Step one: I marked out sections of the hare with another idea in mind completely. But that changed, so don’t worry to much if this is something that happens. I’d recommend using a coat of Powertex to cover the whole base of the mdf shape first. My impatient brain didn’t but it does show how well the mdf takes the Powertex without prep. The Powertex shapes are made of really high grade mdf! I used the Easy structure through the That’s Crafty flourish Stencil.

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TOP TIP: The stencils are nice and thick which makes them easy to clean off as you can scrub them quite hard, if you forget to put them in water. Well, you know it happens. Make sure you pop them into some warm soapy water as soon as you have used them though to make cleaning, much easier!

Step two: Thenmake up some Stone art clay. I’ve put together a little slide show to help you with each step. After this you can push the clay into the sunflower mould to create an embellishment.

16.jpgPowertex hare step by stepStep three: I started randomly painting on the yellow and red Powertex mixing on the mdf base as I went. Then put some stone art powder straight on and rub in. Next with a palette knife, add more yellow and red Powertex, with another layer of Stone art.

Keep doing this until you have got the desired texture. Press the clay straight on in certain areas, using a dabb of Powertex which acts like glue to help it adhere to the base and stamp into it. Some of the stone art went into the clay but that’s ok because it added more texture. Add the sunflower using a dabb of Powertex to stick it in place.

Step Four: Start spraying with bister, this is a walnut stain which gives an extra depth of colour to your work. I used black, yellow, red and green bister. Normally I saturate with bister and leave to dry. But I used some kitchen roll to dabb off as I wanted to get the colour on as quickly as possible. Repeat this about 4 times to create a good layer of colour. You can add as many layers of colours as you wish, you will get more deth of colour the more you add.

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Step Five: To finish dry brush with red ochre and yellow ochre powercolor. Then finished the piece with a touch of the secret art loft pearl pigments lipstick red and limoncello gold.

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TOP TIP: Creation of any type of art is all about learning and experimenting. Please use these step as guidelines to create your work of art. And remember if you wish to change the colours to suit your tastes you can do because there are no rules with Powertex.

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I hope you now have the ideas and inspiration to go forward and create a hare or perhaps apply the technique to the other Powertex mdf shapes.

Remember with Powertex there is no right or wrong. Just technique. Which once you apply it your own style will shine through.

Please share your makes with us over in the Powertex Studio. We love to see your creations. Do ask any questions or post in the comments if you have found this project inspiring. Most of all have fun! Toodles Anna xXx Find me at Rosehart Studio. See my last article here.