In August our product of the month is the Masai Collection. This is a collection of plaster head/busts that can be used to create stunning figurines and statues. You may have seen “Agnes” recently on our Hochanda tv shows.
The plaster pieces can be painted with Powertex Fabric Hardener and attached to a stand with foil and masking tape. Use Powertex Fabric Hardener to paint, glue and dress your statues.
Fabric sculpting with Powertex is easy on these figures because Powertex and gravity do all the work for you. The fabric will fall into beautiful folds and you can pinch and press the fabric into shape to fit the figure as you like. You can also use Transparent Powertex if you have a fabric that you love, just test a little first!
Some of our tutors have been busy creating beautiful figure sculptures for their workshops, just take a look at these.
If you would like to try your own figure sculpture you can find all you need at Powertex UK. The Masai collection are available to buy individually and the range extends to other styles so take a look at the whole range. The busts are approximately 10 cm high so they fit the wooden stands perfectly.
Anne has created a flower girl figure if this theme isn’t your style. We love to see what you create so if you have a figure to share, hop over to the Facebook group at Powertex Addicts United and join our community group, The Powertex Studio.
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For this article I was asked to create a 3D animal using Powertex and recycled materials. As anyone who is familiar with Powertex will know, the possibilities for this are endless. My brain was buzzing with ideas. However, it was when I was sorting out stuff to take to the dump, that inspiration hit for a Powertex giraffe.
I was loading a broken floor mop into my van that I settled on what I was going to create. The mop was speaking to me, and what it was saying was one word. Giraffe. As I turned it round in my hands, a picture started to form in my mind. I even had a ready made pose, with the head lifted high, as though nibbling on leaves. Yes I thought, I’m going to make you into a giraffe’s head sticking out of a plant pot in my garden.
A strange thing to think? Maybe, but I’m willing to guess that anyone who is into Powertex will have had similar thoughts on a regular basis.
We have a plant that overhangs our fence and I decided to turn this into a feature by placing my giraffe so that it can decoratively nibble on the leaves. I opted to only make the neck as I thought it would look quirky sticking out amongst my plants.
I soaked some of this fringing in Bronze Powertex to create the hair for my giraffe’s neck, and left the whole thing to dry off completely.
The finishing touches
The final step was to dry brush the whole thing in Bronze Gold Pigment. This create a contrast to the Rich Gold that was on the Clay underneath the 3D Flex patches.
I wanted to be sure that anything I used apart from Powertex was recycled. Hence the stones for eyes, and the toothbrushes for horns. I had thought of using old corks for the horns, and toyed with using hessian for the patches, but my love for Easy 3D flex won out.
If you decide create something similar, to ensure it is weather resistant please be aware that Stone Art Clay needs to be kept indoors for 6 months initially.
Gerald will stay safely inside until next year. Just before putting him outside I will give another couple of coats of Easy Varnish, especially on the Easy 3D Flex patches.
Obviously if you choose to make your own Giraffe you can do it on as big, or as small a scale as you wish – using anything that is available to you at home. If you decide to make one please do post a photo over on our Facebook page as we love to see what people are inspired to create.
If you are unsure about how to create Stone Art Clay, my fellow design team member Annette has great instructions in this blog.
One of the great things I love about working with the Powertex product range is the ability to recycle and upcycle everyday objects into something completely different.
I love to create 3D sculptures, especially animals and birds. I often walk around car boots and local charity shops dreaming of all the things I could create from the weird and wonderful items on offer.
Sometimes I find an object that just attracts me but I don’t have an immediate project in mind. In cases like this, I sit the item in my studio and wait until I get that lightbulb moment.
Powertex sculptures from recycled items
Here are a few of my upcycled sculpts.
Lamp bases make great legs!
These beautiful lamps were no longer working and were gifted to me by my good friend Jacqui Mexson. Jacqui knows me so well that she knew I would be over the moon and brimming with ideas with their beautiful shape.
I removed all the electrical gubbins and the lampshades (I’ve reserved these for another project!!). Along with some polystyrene, pipe lagging, foil and masking tape, they were then ready for their transformation into…
This candle holder was a pleasant find at the local tip shop for the grand price of £1. Candle holders are often solid forms with a decent weight so lend themselves perfectly as armatures. The flowing curves of this treble clef shape immediately called out for a sea themed project. I removed the top flat plate and built up the shape with tin foil to create…
My rabbits and dogs are created from 4pt plastic milk containers for the bodies. The cardboard tubes from the centre of rolls of tinfoil are the perfect for shape for legs. Foil enables me to add bulk and shape for the head, ears and paws.
Before being covered with fabric or Stone Art clay.
I hope you have enjoyed seeing a few of my Powertex sculptures from recycled items and that I have inspired you to have a go yourself. If you would like an easy start into sculpting check out my previous article on sculpting penguins.
A Powertex octopus. The theme this month is Underwater, this is one of my favourite go to themes I love to create with as I love the sea. Living in Dorset I’m close to the sea and often find myself seeking respite on some of the peaceful secluded beach spots I know of. There are so many interesting aspects of the sea I get inspiration from, the creatures, colours, sounds and textures.
One of my favourite sea creatures are octopuses, they are such interesting creatures, incredibly intelligent and majestic.
So then, it’s decided that in this article I will be creating an octopus sculpture. I chose to work with both fabric and Stone Art clay to get the look I wanted.
For this months article my theme was Fish Sculpture. So this got me thinking about the ocean and all the plastic that is killing off all the fish and other sea life in our waters.
Plastics and Powertex
Right now it’s estimated that over 12 million tonnes of plastic – everything from plastic bottles and bags to microbeads – end up in our oceans each year. That’s a lorry loadof rubbish a minute.
Traveling on ocean currents this plastic is now turning up in every corner of our planet – from Cornish beaches to uninhabited Pacific islands. It is even being found trapped in Arctic ice.
So I executed my article on these facts above and this is a reason why I love using Powertex as my art medium of choice. We can slowly, one piece of plastic at a time reduce our plastic waste by turning it into art.
Kitchen paper, plastic bottle, cardboard strips, textures from stash
Small canvas base
For this article, I started by placing some cut wire lengths into the medium-sized polystyrene egg to create a basic fish shape. Some kitchen roll (which is tucked behind the other fibers) and painted it with the IVORY POWERTEX.
It needed a nose, so I made up some clay by mixing STONE ART and the Ivory Powertex together. I then proceeded to cover the rest of the fish shape in kitchen roll and Powertex.
I added lace for the fins and dried these with a hair dryer to add movement to them.
I then set about painting my fish with the PIGMENT POWDERS and Powertex varnish and I put this aside to dry.
I next got the canvas as this is going to be my base for the sculpture. Create the texture by painting on the Ivory Powertex and sprinkling on some sand, kitchen roll and textures from my stash. I set this aside to dry.
I took the plastic bottle and cut a slit up one side of it, so I could add in my painted fish.
Now the best bit
I then painted the canvas in yellow and green Powertex pigment. I cut the bottle at an angle at the bottom and then adhered it to the canvas. To help hold up the bottle I used some dried moss and shells I had in my stash.
I dry brushed on the complete sculpture with brown pigment and added colour to some of the moss to depict coral. The seaweed is cardboard strips soaked in Ivory Powertex and painted with green pigment. Add them behind the bottle to create the scene.
Food for thought
So I aim to use as much recycled plastic as I can in my artwork at least I know I am doing my bit to help save our planet.
If I am the rest of the Powertex Design team have left you inspired, we would love to see some of your creations at THE POWERTEX STUDIO over on Facebook. You can also get loads of Powertex inspiration over on Pinterest and Instagram.
Find me sharing my latest makes over on MUMS SHED.
Thank you for reading my article for this month. Did you catch my dragon eggs article from last month?
What lies under the sea can be both beautiful and terrifying in equal measure.
I decided to make my own homage to the 1970’s film Jaws for my first underwater sculpture for this article. Thanks to this film I always feel a primeval sense of unease when swimming in deep water, and that music hovers around at the back of my brain. However at the same time I also have an exhilarating rush of adrenaline. My senses feel alert and vibrant.
The sea bed can be an eerily beautiful setting. Mixed media was used to create this under water 3D canvas.
The illusion of the sea was created by using a mixture of blue and white Powertex Fabric Hardener sprayed with blue bister. I created the spiky coral by soaking Powercotton in transparent Powertex fabric hardener. Shells that are not conventionally pretty added the finishing touch.
Beware of Beautiful Powertex Mermaids
Many legends and myths are connected to the sea. One of the most enduring myths is that of the mermaid.
My last month’s blog was inspired by the artist Vincent Van Gogh
That’s all for now. As this is an inspiration blog I have not done step by steps, but if you would like more detailed instructions I am happy to provide them. Please leave me a comment below if you like what you see, and remember to take care, especially when swimming in deep water.
After all, you never know what is lurking beneath.
Hello everyone and welcome to my latest article. I was so excited when I found out the theme for this month was UNDER THE SEA. I love anything connected with the ocean. So much so that I think I could have been a mermaid in another lifetime. In fact my dream home is next to the sea with an airy, light cliff top studio looking over the waves and beach – I did say it was dream!
My inspiration for my creation came from old photographs I had taken during a diving holiday. Whilst flipping through the album these cute little clownfish kept appearing time and time again. Obviously they were crying out to be made into a sculpture.
I like to use StoneArt clay for my Powertex clownfish sculptures. Making my clay up and giving it time to rest before using it, I find gives me the best results. Resting it overnight double wrapped in clingfilm in my usual method.
DID YOU KNOW – Stone Art clay will keep for at least two weeks if kept in an airtight wrapping.
Whenever I think of the open sea and what might be underneath, it always conjures up stories of pirates, shipwrecks and treasure. So for this month’s article I wanted to share a project to create a Pirate’s Powertex Treasure Chest, bursting with gold, coins and jewels. To give it a personal touch and a bit of bling, I used ‘jewels’ rescued from some broken jewellery which I think gives it some extra sparkle.
Small wooden box
Fabrics, die cut shapes, 1p coins, abalone shell pieces and jewels
Step 1: Paint the wooden box all over with bronze Powertex. Add some details using die cut shapes and metal embellishments and some straps using fabric.
Step 2: Before adding the contents, scrunch up a piece tin foil to use to fill about two thirds of the chest. Covered with a piece of fabric coated in bronze Powertex. Add a piece of netting over the corner of the box.
Top tip: Work on a plastic surface. Powertex will not stick to plastic, I worked on a piece of laminated paper so that I could peel the finished piece off to add it cleanly to the base.
Step 3: I filled my treasure chest by coating 1p coins and medium 3D balls with bronze Powertex and placing them over the fabric. Fragments of abalone shell were added for magical iridescence.
Step 4: Dry brush chest with bronze gold colortricx pigment. Rich gold colortricx pigment to colour the contents. To give some iridescence, I also added touches of the following pearl pigments to the contents – violet valentine, green ginger, sherbet dip and pink flamingo.
Step 5: Once all of the pigments had been applied, I then used transparent Powertex to stick the ‘jewels’ into the chest.
Step 6: Create an interesting base by coating a wooden disc with a good layer of ivory Powertex. Sprinkle on some small 3D balls and whilst wet, spray with blue bister. Use a hairdryer over the top to create a cracked effect.
The last thing to do was to affix the treasure chest the base using transparent universal medium.
I hope you’ve enjoyed my article and have been inspired to get creating a Pirate’s Powertex Treasure Chest. Don’t forget to share your makes with us all in the Powertex Studio Facebook group.
I feel very privileged to be able to get my hands on a Secret Art Box. Who doesn’t love opening up a box of Powertex arting and crafting goodies and getting a complete surprise? I believe part of the excitement and challenge lies in that surprise. And I got super excited by the idea of Powertex Stone art hares.
I sometimes look at the box and really wrack my brain as to how I am going to deliver an end result I am happy with. Because of this I tend to sit and procrastinate a bit. Yes, I am an over analyser, who likes to think before I get to an end result.
Don’t think just do
Don’t get me wrong! Sometimes I dive straight in, I’ve been practising for a while now to just get on and keep it simple. But if you ever feel like you hang back a bit, know you’re not the only one. You’ve got this. And I’ve created a project here to help you find that inspiration. So the most important thing is to get that Powertex out and have a go! Don’t think, just do.. join in and create your own Powertex stone art hares.
Idea behind the design
I really like the idea of a mumma and baby hare here. So I thought this would make a great mothers day present. So that’s where I drew my inspiration for my project. Because I couldn’t think of a better way to say I love you than with a homemade Powertex Project. So why not set aside some time to make some one special a little present. I know I’d love to receive these Powertex stone art hares. Wouldn’t you?
Gather together your items. I’ve taken the base for the moon to use in this project. You will also need moulds and stamps.
Using the bronze Powertex as a primer or paint. Coat the moon base, large and small hare in one layer of Powertex.
Pour out ¼ of Powertex from your 100ml bottle. Mix a couple of spoonfuls of stone art powder in and create a bread dough consistency clay.
Paint Powertex on, pat in stone art. Repeat to build layers. Spray with brown bister. Place clay on hare, stamp and use medium heart plunger.
Use small heart plunger in clay. Place nose on with dab of Powertex. Use remainder clay in moulds and glue in place with Powertex.
Dry brush with pigments and varnish. Pigments used are Mocha, white, coral, yellow ochre, lilac and rich gold.
After putting all the elements together and letting dry for a couple of hours. I then dry brushed my piece. In order to get a shabby chic, chalk finish on this piece, I was very light handed and made sure there was less varnish to pigment ratio. However, if you prefer a more gloss finish, simply use more varnish.
Do share your makes in the Facebook group The Powertex Studio. If you like what you see press the star or let me know in the comments box below.
Did you catch my other Secret Art box article ‘moon gazing hare’, if not find it here. If you would like to see more of what I do you can find me at Rosehart Studio. Toodles Anna xXx
Powertex Flower Girl Figurine Garden Sculpture with Powertex (by Anne)
This is my first attempt at a Powertex flower girl figurine. She took me a long time to finally get finished, having started her over a year ago at my Level 1 Powertex Tutor Training! Now that she is finally done I love my Flower Girl – and I call her ‘Bestower of Beauty’.
The body was shaped over the wooden pole using the card inner tube stuffed and wrapped with foil and covered with masking tape. The plaster head was taped onto the top.
T shirt yarn was then wound tightly around the torso and down to the base of the pole. I made a bit of a decorative wrap over the torso to create the dress bodice. The whole thing was then given a coat of Bronze Powertex, working it well into the fabric.
Fabrics were then coated with Powertex and draped over the body to create the clothing. I used a knitted fabric (Stockinette) to create the illusion of arms by allowing the knit to curl around on itself to give dimension.
A small amount of Power Cotton was added to make small hair plaits draped over her shoulder, and fine lace added to make a headdress. Another piece of T shirt yarn was used to create a tie belt and helped to hold the skirt securely in place. The crochet skirt was draped down and over the base.
During the training course I started the dry brushing technique, mixing pigments into Easy Varnish, to add some colour and bring out the different textures. I used Bronze Colortricx to colour the face, shoulders and hair, plus to add colour around the base. Blue and green Powercolors were used (mixed with a little white) to dry brush and highlight clothing texture.
I was delighted with what I had achieved but came home with my figurine always intending to add more colour (you know how I LOVE colour) and floral embellishments to turn her into a gorgeous flower girl. Sadly she sat in the corner for around a year before I finally pulled her back onto my work bench!
I began by adding much more colour, intense in places, to colour her clothing using the new colours from The Secret Art Loft. I tried to keep most of this colour to the top layers of texture so as to keep depth in the fabric folds. I also added more colour to her face and lips, plus a little shading over the eye lids.
Flower and leaf embellishments were created using Art Stone mixed with Powertex to make a clay which was pressed into silicone moulds. When dry they were coloured with Secret Art Loft Pigments mixed with Easy Varnish and glued in place with Powertex. I also created a suggestion of arms and hands using Stone Art clay. The bad modelling was disguised by carefully placing the bouquet of flowers in her arms – ha ha.
The flowers were also applied onto her dress and down around the base. More texture was added to the base by sprinkling 3D Sand & Balls into wet Powertex.
I spiralled the flowers down and around the hem of her skirt.
Here you can see lots of textures in her outfit, and pretty coloured flowers in her hair.
Another view showing her back.
She looks beautiful standing in the garden. Although she is weather proof I would definitely have to add extra weight (e.g. a concrete base) or add a small garden spike to the base, as she is very vulnerable to toppling over in the wind. I am going to be keeping her indoors so she will be ok as she is.
However, she does look gorgeous alongside my unicorn! I might change my mind and adapt the base for outdoors – sure that I have a bit of broken paving slab somewhere – that would do the trick.
I hope that you like my Powertex flower girl figurine ‘Bestower of Beauty’. You can view my last blog here.