A Winter’s Tale – Nostalgic Powertex

By Donna Mcghie

My prompt for this month’s Powertex article was A Winter’s Tale.  The festive season is fast approaching and my mind wandered back to those seemingly halcyon days of Christmas’ past.

Nostalgic Powertex Christmas tree by Donna Mcghie tells A Winter's Tale
I just love the retro look of these Christmas Rice Papers

Obviously memory plays tricks on us all, but for me, nothing beats a bit of nostalgia at Christmas. I fell in love with the retro look of the Victorian Christmas Rice Papers, the style of the images really made me smile. 

However, rather than making me think of all things Victorian, for me they conjure up memories of the early seventies.  Lots of gaudy tinsel and Slade blasting out Merry Christmas on Top of the Pops.

I decided to attempt to create a wall plaque that captured some of that seventies atmosphere. 

So grab yourself a snowball to drink, (or something non alcoholic from the soda stream if you prefer), and let’s  have a bit of festive fun with Powertex.

I deliberately chose to keep this project fairly simplistic and quick to do.  The reason being is that most of us are frantically busy on the lead up to Christmas, and don’t have much time to set aside for crafting.  Hopefully this little tree can slot in to the timescale somewhere though.

Materials List:

Step 1

Powertex nostalgic Christmas tree by Donna Mcghie - A Winter's Tale
I use a sponge to apply the colour as I find it quicker

Mix together green and white Powertex Fabric Hardener to a pale green colour. Sponge over your tree shape and allow to dry. You can use a hairdryer to speed this process.

Step 2

Nostalgic Christmas tree, Donna tells a Winter's Tale
By adding stone art we are starting to build some texture

With a flat brush apply Easy Varnish where you want to place the images. Then gently put them in position and brush over them again with the varnish to seal. Add some more hardener in various places and whilst damp gently dab on some Stone Art.

Step 3

A nostalgic WInters Tale with Powertex by Donna Mcghie
When adding the ink, protect your images with paper.

Using a small pallet knife scrape some Easy Structure downwards to give the impression of branches. Blast with a dryer, and then add some Acrylic Spray Ink.

Step 4

Powertex nostalgic A Winter's Tale by Donna Mcghie
The darker Bister adds some depth

Now add more branch shapes with Easy Structure, dry and spray with the Bister.

Step 5

If the pigment does not show up enough, you can add white fabric hardener as well

Now mix a small amount of white pigment with easy varnish, load a flat brush, wipe off on paper towel, and gently sweep over your tree segments. Gradually building up the intensity until it looks like snow.

Step 6

A Winter's Tale Powertex project by Donna Mcghie
A sprinkle of glitter, and we are done

A final flourish of glitter and we are done 🙂 I like to use a very fine bio degradable glitter as although we’re going for a seventies vibe, it’s good to use current sensibilities about sustainability.

I decided to add a simple star on the top but obviously if you decide to make one you can bling up your tree with whatever takes your fancy.

That’s my lot for 2019 folks. I have really enjoyed sharing my makes in these articles and have equally enjoyed seeing what you share with us on our Facebook page, so please do pop over and share any of your nostalgic makes.

I’ve been making lots of other festive decorations which you can see on my own Facebook page here.

The other design team members have been busy as well. I particularly love Fiona’s Christmas star from last year.

Have a wonderful Christmas everyone, and here’s hoping you get lots of Powertex goodies in those stockings 🙂

Powertex Christmas decorations

If you’re looking for Powertex craft and mixed media projects for Christmas or Winter home decorations then we’ve got what you need. These projects have all been featured in the Powertex UK Magazine with step by step tutorials to show you how to make them.

The Design Team have created some beautiful projects for you to make at home, from tree decorations to Winter wall art. Take your pick from these inspirational Powertex Christmas creations and crack open the Powertex this weekend!

Mixed media Christmas by the Powertex UK design team

Star decorations by Fiona

These simple star tree ornaments are a classic and pretty handmade addition to your tree this year. Use Stone Art for a soft snowy texture.

Powertex and Stone art star by Fiona Potter
Powertex star by Fiona Potter

Textured Baubles by Jinny

Tree ornaments can be as simple or detailed as you like and Jinny has some great tips for creating your own. Fabrics and texture products alter polystyrene balls.

Powertex textured Christmas Bauble by Jinny Holt
Textured baubles by Jinny Holt

Reindeer, robin and pudding baubles by Anna

These fun Powertex baubles can even be made with the kids. Reindeer, robin and Christmas pudding baubles make adorable gifts too. Anna mixes some Stone Art clay for these.

Reindeer, robin and Christmas pudding baubles by Anna Howlett
Reindeer, robin and pudding by Anna Howlett

Mixed media ornaments by Anna

Mini trees and baubles are a fun and easy craft and Anna shows you how with cones, balls and fabric scraps. Choose your favourite colours for the perfect Christmas display.

Powertex Christmas tree by Anna Howlett
Powertex ornaments by Anna Howlett

Three kings by Donna

These three kings by Donna could inspire a stunning Nativity scene. Donna dresses her figures with Powertex as a fabric hardener.

Three kings by Donna
Three kings by Donna McGhie

Shimmering Wreath

Do you hang a wreath on your door at Christmas? A Powertex wreath can be made weatherproof for outdoors. Add plenty of sparkle with pearl or your favourite metallic Colortricx pigments and Easy Varnish.

Shimmering Powertex Christmas wreath by Kore Sage
Shimmering wreath by Kore Sage

Winter scene by Jill

If you’re looking to create a Winter wall art with your Powertex, Jill uses her craft supplies with Powertex to make a beautiful mixed media Winter scene.

Winter scene Powertex art by Jill Cullum

Gonzo baubles by Abigail

More fun tree ornaments and this time, Abigail uses a favourite festive character to inspire her decorations. If you’d like to try out your sculpture skills, this will be fun for you.

Gonzo Powertex bauble by Abigail Lagden
Gonzo bauble by Abigail Lagden

Get more ideas, inspiration and tips

We hope these ideas have inspired you to try some handmade Christmas decorations this year. They can become treasured crafts that you bring out every year.

All the supplies for these design team projects were from Powertex UK, the UK distributor of Powertex products.

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Shimmering Powertex Wreath

The Secret Art Box – November 2019

Designed by Kore Sage

The Secret Art Box for November was full of festive pieces to create a Winter wreath. Contents included a polystyrene ring, mdf, Ivory Powertex Universal Medium, rice paper, stencil, Lava acrylic ink, embellishments and pigments in pearl and clear gold and more! The perfect ingredients for a shimmering Powertex Christmas wreath.

Shimmering Powertex Wreath Christmas by Kore Sage
Shimmering Powertex Wreath by Kore Sage

Materials List

  • Secret Art Box November
  • Assorted cotton fabric strips, tshirt yarn and string
  • Optional Easy Structure and ribbon
  • or use polystyrene wreath, Lava acrylic ink, Easy Varnish, Clear gold and Pearl Colortricx pigments.
Powertex Secret Art Box November
Secret Art Box November

Making the wreath

I primed my polystyrene with Ivory Powertex before wrapping the shape with papers and fabric strips, creating lots of texture on the base. Using pieces of t-shirt yarn and string spiralled around, adds even more texture. If you have it, using Easy Structure with the star stencil creates more texture in some areas. Add any of the embellishments you want to use, gluing them into place with Powertex.

Leave to dry naturally or you can use a hairdryer to speed up the drying.

Adding colour with acrylic ink

Adding colour is always amazing with Powertex because watching the textures come alive happens almost instantly! I sprayed Lava acrylic ink all over the base very generously, letting the ink run around the surface. Leave this to dry.

Ivory Powertex and Lava Acrylic ink
Ivory Powertex and Lava acrylic ink

The red was looking great but I wanted to create a darker edge so tried some Aqua ink. I was not happy with this at all! I repainted with Ivory Powertex and a quick respray of the Lava ink when it was dry! Dry brushing some Ivory Powertex onto the textures added some definition.

Pearl pigments

Mixing a dry paint with Easy Varnish and the powder pigments is done with a flat brush, excess is wiped off on kitchen paper and the pearl pigments brushed over the surface. I layered the pearl pigment and clear gold until I was happy with the rose gold colour and shine.

To get the darker edge that I hadn’t got with the Aqua ink, I used a little Rich Gold pigment around the inner and outer edges.

These pigments are full of shimmer and look wonderful under lights! Keep layering your pigments up all over the wreath for maximum shine!

Powertex Shimmering Wreath with Lava ink and Clear gold pigment

This wreath would look stunning on a dark front door. A good coat of Easy Varnish to protect your colours for outside use. I used a ribbon to hang my wreath but you could also use Powertex and a strip of fabric to make a “hook” for the back!

Powertex Shimmering Wreath by Kore Sage
Powertex Shimmering Christmas Wreath

If you have the November Secret Art Box, I hope you’ve had a chance to play with the gorgeous contents. You can always share your creation in the subscribers Facebook group or in The Powertex Studio.

If this box inspires you, Gill shares her Winter Deer Notebook created from the same box. If you’d like to see more of my Powertex creations, head over to Kore Sage Art where I share my top tips.

Until then, make some time to let your art out!

Kore x

Winter Deer Notebook

Powertex Secret Art Box – November 2019

Designed by Gill Goldsmith

This month’s box really didn’t disappoint, the theme was winter and included lots of lovely items to create with such as a polystyrene wreath and a gloriously detailed MDF snowflake cut out. Also included was a deer head MDF, rice paper, a star stencil, embellishments, Lava acrylic ink, powder pigments and white Powertex Universal Medium. I’ll be making a Winter notebook.

Powertex UK Secret Art Box November
Powertex UK Secret Art Box November

I was initially drawn to the wreath, and have made this up as a project so will share that with you in the next few days, but I wanted to create a quick make, perfect for this time of year. Make as a present for someone or keep for yourself to write all your ideas for projects down that you want to create in 2020. My idea this month is to personalise a cheap boring notebook.

Materials

Powertex UK Secret Art Box – November 2019

Also, Easy Coat Mat, Easy Structure, Easy Varnish, Bister spray and winter themed embellishments.

Step 1

I chose the winter scene rice paper and attached this to the front of my notebook. You will see that because the cover is made from kraft paper I have brushed some white Powertex on first to help keep the wintery feel of the paper. You don’t need to do this but it helps with the overall look.

Winter notebook, Apply Winter rice paper
Apply rice paper

Apply the rice paper with Powertex Easycoat Mat, which a glue and sealant. Firstly brush some into your project and then apply the paper, then apply more Easycoat over the whole picture to seal it.

Step 2

Next using the cute little stars stencil included in the kit, I stencilled some stars randomly across the front cover using Powertex Easy Structure texture paste. I also added some stencilled stars to the back cover. Allow this to dry thoroughly before you move to the next stage.

Stencil stars
Stencil stars

Step 3

Now paint the front and back covers of the notebook with the white Powertex Universal Medium. Brush up to the rice paper but don’t cover it. Add some texture with lace, fabric, paper decoration, the MDF deer head and other relatable metal trinkets and plaster pieces from your stash. Paint and glue them with Powertex Universal Medium.

Add textures with Powertex for a winter notebook
Add textures

Step 4

Once assembled and allowed to dry, I gave the cover a spray with brown Bister (from my stash) and the Lava acrylic ink included in the box. Leave this to dry, before using pigments mixed with Easy Varnish to highlight the colours.

Included in the box this month is clear gold and pearl pigments but I also used some greens and red to pick out the autumnal colours.

Bister and powder pigments
Add colour with Bister and pigments

Finishing touches

To finish the notebook, I dry brushed the whole piece with the white Powertex, added a clear sticker to the top, a touch of glitter and some ribbon embellishments down the spine, again in complimentary colours.

There you have it a Winter notebook, a quick project, perfect for a present, if you can bear to part with it. You can also see more of my Secret Art Box projects here on the Magazine. Check out my Facebook page The Powertex Port to see the other items I make with this month’s box. Please share anything you create on the Powertex Facebook pages, The Powertex Studio and the exclusive Secret Art Box Subscribers group.

Happy Powertexing, Gill xxx