Powertex UK carry a range of Steampunk inspired craft supplies for your more industrial themed mixed media projects. This gorgeous mixed media art piece was created by Suzanne Tarburton using the Secret Art Box.
Here’s a few of our favourite supplies from The Steampunk Collection.
Mdf shapes are always popular because they work brilliantly with Powertex, are lightweight and easy to decorate and style with your favourite colours and textures. We love to use mdf on canvases, mdf frames and craft foam.
Moulds are an excellent way to keep your supplies topped up! Mix up some Stone Art clay (or use air dry clay) and make as many embellishments as you need or stock up your stash for later. Keys and cogs never go out of style.
If you like a bit of Steampunk in your crafty creations, take a look at these examples from Powertex tutors! There’s still time to enter the Powertex UK Monthly Challenge which is Steampunk themed in February. Head over to Facebook The Powertex Studio for all the details. See you there!
When I first opened the Secret Art Box February, I was amazed to discover all the fantastic goodies inside and I couldn’t wait to start creating. As I was deciding what to make I came across some chipboard words ‘Discover, Create, and Share’. They seemed to fit the bill perfectly, so I used them on my canvas, and now I would like to share my creation, and how I made it, with you.
Take the large heart from the Feb Box, use Easy Structure through stencils, and do the same with two smaller hearts.
Once dry paint the large heart with Bronze Powertex and the two smaller with White Powertex from the box.
On a 10in, x 8in canvas panel spread structure paste through stencils and spread white Powertex thickly using a spatula in some of the blank areas.
Before the Powertex dries, spray the canvas with Blue Bister and Aqua mixed media ink, to encourage cracks to form.
Top Tip: Use an old packaging box as a spray booth to avoid everything on your table from getting covered in ink.
Paint the cogs from the MDF sheet with Bronze Powertex, then sprinkle with sand and 3d balls and another coat of bronze Powertex to give texture.
Highlight with Copper Penny acrylic paint, Aqua media ink, applied with a brush and Colortricx clear gold pigment mixed with Easy Varnish.
Start to layer the hearts, MDF cogs and chipboard pieces using the off cut MDF from the box underneath to support the layers.
Paint the chipboard words with White Powertex, then spray with Acrylic Inks in Aqua and Violet.
Spray Brown Bister under hearts and cogs to add depth. Then highlight all over using Acrylic Inks –Aqua and Violet and Copper Penny and Silver Sixpence metallic paints.
Hint: Don’t just think you have to use the Acrylic Ink Sprays as a spray; I very often spray them onto my glass mat and apply with a brush, for more controlled colour placement.
There is so much in these Secret Art Boxes, I was able to use other pieces from this month’s Art box to create this journal cover, and there is still plenty left for more projects.
I hope I’ve inspired you to ‘Discover, Create and Share’ all your Powertex Projects and perhaps inspired you further to order next month’s Secret Art Box. Why not join us over on Facebook at The Powertex Studio group. We love to see your makes and it is a great place to get some inspiration or ask questions.
I am a certified Powertex Tutor, if you would like to find out more about my art, and me you can check out my Facebook page Crafting with Love and Fairy Dust. You can also see more projects using the Secret Art box here in the magazine.
The Powertex UK Secret Art Box is also available from uOpen subscription boxes. It’s a great way to sign up and a gift option is available too. Plus, they have a Valentine’s sale on until 16th February 2020 so you can get 10% off.
Take a look at these Steampunk Powertex projects from UK tutors to inspire your own crafting. It’s the theme for the Monthly Challenge in The Powertex Studio in February. Put your own Steampunk spin on these ideas or create something unique and join us!
Claire from Powertex UK has written a poem to inspire you too.
For the Love of Steampunk
“Wise old owl; his lucks come in Lucky sixpence gets him a win! Steampunk funk the cogs just spin My heart is black but full within”
Think cogs and gears, clock parts, copper pipes, metal textures and corsetry or lace to give your creations a steampunk twist. Steampunk is all about mixing up Victorian steam age with the future so go wild with old meets new.
Steampunk crafting by Powertex tutors
Layer up a mixed media style art with mdf cogs and metal textures like Sylvia Blackshaw.
Use moulds to add pipework like Samantha Thompson.
Use Powertex fabric hardener to create Victorian ruffles like Sarah Jayne Ambrose.
Julie gives her owl a mechanical makeover.
Suzanne gets creative with cogs and gears in her sculpture.
Add clockwork parts to a hat for a steampunk costume or prop like Liz Dixon.
Use moulds, mdf and metal embellishments like Gill Goldsmith.
Add a touch of Victoriana to a sculpture like Wendy Reed.
Everyone is welcome to join in and you might see a lot of tutor makes in the photo album to inspire you.
Last month’s theme was Alice in Wonderland and Elisa Miles was the lucky prize winner. We’d love to see your Powertex steampunk creations in the challenge photo album too! The challenge is open until the 25th February.
Entries for the January Powertex UK Monthly Challenge
The Powertex UK monthly prize challenge for 2020 gets off to a magical start with Alice in Wonderland as the theme for entries. We have plenty of top hats, teapots, rabbits and pocket watches in The Powertex Studio Facebook group. The Powertex UK team at HQ have chosen a UK winner to receive a prize!
“We were stunned by the standard of our first challenge and choosing a winner was not an easy task however we decided on Elisa’s entry as we felt it was a great effort from someone fairly new to Powertex.”
Tracey Evans, Powertex UK
Entries from Powertex tutors are not eligible for the prize but you can see them in The Powertex Studio photo album. Here are the brilliant entries eligible to win, scroll down to see the winning entry by Elisa Miles!
Teapots were a favourite
We love these teapot themed makes from Tricia Lewis, Michele Morfett, Lynda Hodson and Julie Harding.
Top hats featured too with fantastic creations from Kristen Penrod, Jeanette Wright and Amanda Minx Daley.
This piece from Julia Hargreave uses Powertex for a mixed media layered creation.
And the winner is…
Gorgeous work Elisa. Elisa wins the 5% OFF prize voucher this month and next time it could be you!
A huge thank you to everyone who entered the challenge. The next theme will be announced in The Powertex Studio group on Facebook on the 5th February 2020. We hope you’ll join us.
To enter the challenge, create your own Wonderland inspired project and add it to the photo album. You can find all the details in the group announcements or here in the magazine. Here’s some Alice inspired Powertex creations from the design teams.
How about a journal cover to show off your Wonderland embellishments? Anna uses Easy Structure through the Wonderland stencil for texture.
Use mdf shapes to add a Cheshire cat smile like this character by Annette Smyth.
Decorate a hat, make a rabbit sculpture, pocket watch or create your own Powertex tea party! What will you create?
You can browse The Alice Collection on Powertex UK if you’re looking for supplies. Join us on Facebook to see more Alice inspired Powertex art and to enter into the challenge.
The Powertex UK Design Team have created some gorgeous art and craft projects that you find here in the magazine. However, we know that Powertex Addicts everywhere are also being very creative, making some beautiful projects and having brilliant ideas for their Powertex supplies.
So while the design team are taking a break from their blogs it’s time for you to share your creations in the Powertex UK Monthly Challenge!
The Powertex UK Monthly Challenge is back in 2020 and we’d love you to join us!
Every month, Tracey will post a new theme or prompt for us to use and this month it’s an all time favourite! There’s a prize to be won each month too, all the details are below.
January’s theme – Alice in Wonderland
Claire from Powertex UK HQ wrote a short verse to inspire you:
“Drink me! Pots of tea all around
‘I’m late,’ said Rabbit diving into the ground
The Cheshire Cat smiled down at Alice
Roses painted red in the Queen of Hearts palace.”
There’s a project for everyone in this popular theme so what will you choose?
Beginners welcome, any style you like
Beginners and more experienced Powertex artists and crafters are all welcome. Just show the team how you create with Powertex and the theme. Be as creative as you like, in any style you like!
A 5% Off voucher for www.powertex.co.uk will be given to a winner each month! Entries will also appear on here in the magazine as a feature in a monthly themed blog to showcase your creative projects.
You can find all the details you need about entering below.
Grab your Powertex and create something from Wonderland! See you in The Powertex Studio with your entry.
*All shared entries will be shared with the creator’s Facebook account name. Magazine articles will be shared on Powertex UK social media channels. If you do not wish your projects to be shared in this way, please do not enter them into the challenge.
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.
Prime the MDF base with the gorgeous Fresh Mint Powertex Universal Medium. Create background texture with Easy Structure through the hieroglyphs stencil.
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.
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.
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.
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.
When dry, spray with Palm green acrylic ink spray from the box. Leave to dry and repeat if needed.
Spray the base with Bister to “age” the surface. I used Yellow but you can use Brown Bister for this.
Leave to dry and wipe away with a cloth, any excess Bister and ink from the surface to keep the aged look.
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.
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.
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.
Brush Fresh Mint Powertex for highlights on the embellishments. I wanted the circle to look like it was illuminating these parts.
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.
When given the brief “A Winter’s Tale” to create a blog, there were many things that sprung to mind. However, my love of everything cute, and recent obsessions with mice, led me to create this Powertex birdhouse.
Use Fabric Hardener to attach the base to the tile and mdf square (tile at the bottom).
Cut a hole in the bottom of the birdhouse large enough to put a battery operated tealight in.
Decorating the Birdhouse
Decorate the birdhouse with fabric, embellishments and 3D balls, using black fabric hardener.
Add colour using powder Powercolor pigments of choice, mixed with Easy Varnish to highlight the texture created.
Making the Mouse
Cut a hole in the polystyrene egg and fit onto the top of the bottle. Attach wire to make ears, arms and a tail.
Use tin foil to make the arms, ears and tail fatter and cover over it all with masking tape.
Cover the mouse with ‘fur’. I used fine hessian for the fur and beads for the eyes and nose. Dry brush with powder pigments mixed with Easy Varnish.
Decorate the table
Using materials and fabric hardener, create a draped effect over the table top. Cover the stand with texture also.
When dry, add colour to the stand and use Fabric Hardener to fix your mouse in place. Sit the birdhouse on the top.
To finish I have added a tiny book made with scraps of card and also some rivets on the birdhouse stand to make it look like metal.
I really hope that you have enjoyed my blogs throughout the year. It has inspired me to be more creative and hope I have inspired you too. If you like animal projects take a look at my Powertex dog project.
I would love to see your creations. Please post them here 0n the Facebook Powertex Studio at Powertex Addicts United!
Christmas is my favourite time of the year and I have been making Christmas creations for months now. So can you guess this months theme? Yep, you guessed correctly, the most wonderful time of the year. If I had my way I would be making these Christmas creations all year round.
Church window display
I have made numerous amounts of Powertex wreaths this year. Most I made for work to sell to raise money for the company I work for. By day I’m a support worker/ Arts & Craft coordinator and we needed to fundraise for the centre where I work. We had a stall at a local Victorian market and raised nearly £200.
Recently I was asked if I would like to decorate a couple of church windows in a village in Devon. I’ve never done a church window display before, so I jumped at the chance. The churches theme was wreaths and candles, right up my creative street!
I kept my design simple and quite traditional as it was going in a church. I did this one first and then had a eureka moment and decided to make a matching candle holder.
I was given the option of having two windows to display, go big or go home right?, so I said I would do two!
With the second set, as it was going in a church I kept my design simple and fitting for where they were going to be showcased. I had been itching for months to use this cherub embellishment and this was the perfect opportunity.
For this one I changed my techniques and used Easy 3d flex, one of my fave products to use. I chipped out some of the poly wreath to allow the cherub to sit nicely in the wreath. Once dry, I decorated around it.
Again I used the bronze Powertex with the Easy 3d Flex to make a fine paste, thin layers and let dry. I also used some air dry clay and moulds, which I thought suited my theme. I painted on Brown Bister and highlighted with White Pigment and Gold Pigment. Adding the same type leaves and berries, so yes they were different but I wanted them to tie in together.
Do you love this time of year?
I will be gutted once I have to stop making Christmas creations. The ideas for this type of theme seem to flow very easily. As this is my last blog for the year, I thought I would show you some of my other Powertex Christmas creations.
Time to say goodbye
Well it has been a year of new things and new beginnings, I am constantly learning and teaching myself new techniques and I am still in love with creating with this medium.
I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all
A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY AND HEALTHY AND NOT FORGETTING A CREATIVE 2020
I do hope you enjoy reading the articles of this Powertex online magazine and I do hope that myself and all the DT members inspire you to create with Powertex yourself. If you are inspired by Van Gogh too take a look at Donna’s art too. You can always come say hello over at at THE POWERTEX STUDIO on Facebook, or you can find hours of inspiration here on PINTEREST . You can get all your goodies you need over at POWERTEX.CO.UK.
If you would like to check the latest things I have made, you can also find me on Facebook at MUMS SHED and on Instagram at JINNY HOLT and I am also on Pinterest.
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 Universal Medium in White and Yellow Ochre
Pigments in Bronze gold, Blue Curcao and Ultramarine
How to make my Egyptian art
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.
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.
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.
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.
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…..