Powertex birdhouse

Designed by Jill Cullum

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.

Materials

Assembling the Birdhouse stand

Assemble the bird stand

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 bird house using Powertex Universal Medium

Decorate the birdhouse with fabric, embellishments and 3D balls, using black fabric hardener.

Use Powertex with fabric and embellishments to decorate the birdhouse

Add colour using powder Powercolor pigments of choice, mixed with Easy Varnish to highlight the texture created.

Making the Mouse

Powertex 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.

Create a mouse shape

Use tin foil to make the arms, ears and tail fatter and cover over it all with masking tape.

Use fabric with Powertex to create fur

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.

Fabric and Powertex fabric hardener for the bird stand

Finishing touches

When dry, add colour to the stand and use Fabric Hardener to fix your mouse in place.  Sit the birdhouse on the top.

Powertex bird house
Powertex bird house by Jill Cullum

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!

Merry Christmas to you all.  Jill xx

There’s snow place like gnome

Designed by Shell North

For my last blog I’m reminiscing from 4 years ago when I made my first ever Powertex Gnome ‘Amon the Shaman’. He was inspired by a supposed origins story of Santa, collecting Fly agaric, flying with his reindeer and delivering presents.

My original Powertex gnome seems to have inspired a flourish of gnome making. They are one of my most requested items to make in my workshop schedules. So I decided this, my last article of the year would be dedicated to them.

Powertex gnome by Shell North
‘Amon the Shaman’ First Powertex gnome by Shell North inspired by the legends.

So the legend as I heard it…

*Take this tale as you please, a bit of fun or maybe something to make you think…*

The image as we know

Long before the early 20th century Coca Cola adverts, Santa was commonly depicted as more of a gnome-like little man.

Gnome Santa

As old as tales

The origins of Santa’s style, and his bag of goodies, flying reindeer, entering through a chimney to deliver gifts, Pine tree’s may link way back to the ancestral traditions of a number of indigenous arctic circle dwellers. (He may well have come from the North Pole after all!)

On the run up to solstice the village shaman would go out to gather mushrooms, they would wear a mainly red outfit with either white trim or white dots, in honor of the mushroom’s colors.

The eve of festivities

On the eve of the Winter Solstice the shaman of the village would gather Fly agaric mushrooms. They would use them to travel on a spiritual journey to the (pine) tree of life. The tree of life located by the North Star held the answer to solve all the village’s problems for the coming year.

The Shamans would feed the Fly agaric to reindeer, their digestive systems can filter out most of the toxins. This makes (dare I say it) their bodily excretion safe for humans to drink.

*Warning* Fly agaric mushrooms are seriously toxic for humans to consume. So I am in no way promoting it! Maybe this is where the saying don’t eat yellow snow comes from?!

Solstice celebrations

The legend says that the shaman and reindeer would journey (fly) to the tree by the north star to retrieve the gifts of knowledge. These gifts would then be taken back to distribute to the rest of the village.

Returning home to the village yurt, for solstice. He would enter through the hole in the roof. The hole acted as a chimney with a central pole that held the yurt up over the fireplace. In gratitude for these gifts they would decorate Pine trees with offerings.

So that’s it, the story I’d heard that inspired my original gnome creation

Modern celebrations

It seems that maybe some of these traditions were carried down to the European pagans, taking on elements originating much farther north. Inevitably different cultures influenced one another due to migration and intermarriage, becoming merged with many other cultural traditions that we celebrate differently from one another today.

However you celebrate at this time of year, give thanks for any gifts, kind/wise words. Share precious times with your loved ones, and in your community (never let anyone go lonely). look towards the New year and the light that builds ever brighter from now until summer.

More about gnomes

Of course after my first gnome I loved making them, you can make them for any time of year. Here are a few of my gnomes that have developed over the years

Powertex gnomes by Shell North
Gnomes from top right to left: Amon the Shaman, Dumbledor, Norma,
Bottom right to left: Oakley, Noel, Nose-stradamus.
By Shell North
Powertex gnome by Shell North
‘Nose-stradamus’ the gnome.
My latest up graded gnome with new nose design made from Powertex stone art clay
– He predicts gnome domination 🙂

If you fancy making one of these little guys with me, my next gnome workshop is Feb 1st, find more info here.

Well that’s all from me, thank you for taking the time to read my blogs this year.

I hope you all have many festive blessings.

Peace, love and cheeky gnomes,

Shell x

The most wonderful time of the year

Designer – Jinny Holt

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

Wonderful Powertex Wreath by Jinny Holt
Wreath for church 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!

Green and holly  Powertex Christmas wreath by Jinny Holt
Wreath for church

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.

Powertex candle holders by Jinny Holt
Wine glass candle holder

I used Bronze Powertex, Stone art, t-shirt material for the ruffles, green, white pigment with varnish to complete this look.

Powertex wreath and candle holder by Jinny Holt
How they look together

Time for one more

I was given the option of having two windows to display, go big or go home right?, so I said I would do two!

Powertex Cherub Wreath for Christmas
Angelic wreath

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.

Christmas cherub candle holder with Powertex by Jinny Holt
Cherub candle holder

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.

Christmas decoration - a wonderful time of the year by Jinny Holt
The completed pair

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.

The most wonderful time of the year decorations by Jinny Holt using Powertex
Some of my wreaths
The most wonderful time of the year! Powertex decorations by Jinny Holt
Powertex Baubles

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.

So until next time creative people,

~LIVE~LOVE~LAUGH~CREATE~

Jinny

It’s Cold Outside

Designed by Patricia Williams

Wintertime is upon us and Christmas, but not all projects have to be Christmas themed there are lots of other ways to express the beauty of Wintertime. The brief for this month’s article in the Powertex magazine is “It’s cold out there”. I am building my idea around no matter how cold it is the young will still play and maybe the not so young, after all who said fun was only for children.

Having a surplus of foam balls left over from workshops, makes it the perfect starting point, I also have a fair few stands and little plaster and resin pieces. You know the sort of thing you gather up but never seem to get around to using.

It's cold out there by Patricia Williams, Powertex tutor
Powertex Winter craft
by Patricia Williams

Materials

Powertex Universal Medium supplies for a winter craft project
Materials

How to make my Winter Powertex project

I started by pressing my foam ball onto the stand, in this case I used a black metal stand with a single spike; available on the Powertex website.

Styrofoam sphere

I gave it a coat of White powertex and allowed this to dry, while I cut up my fabric.  

This was a a generous size square of fabric, to allow for folds and creases. I cut a small hole in the centre for the spike on my base to push through. Soak in Powertex and massage until it is completely covered. Take the ball off the stand and drape the fabric, positioning the hole at the bottom. Arrange your fabric until you are pleased with it. I left quite a bunch at the top to represent piles of snow.

Powertex Winter craft project by Patriicia  Williams

While it is was wet, I settled in my centre piece (cherubs on a swing). Then around this I placed three little hares frolicking in the snow. Leave over night at this stage to make sure your pieces are secure; you can of course use a drying box to move it onto the next stage more quickly.

Finishing touches

Time for dry brushing; simple is my choice on this piece as I love the white snowy look. I added a light brushing of white pigment on the Hares to make them look as if they have a light dusting of snow in their fur from frolicking in the snow.

A few flat backed clear gems represent a sparkle as the sun hits the snow. I really think that’s all it needs. This was a simple and quick piece to make but would make a very pretty table centre or feature piece.

It's cold outside
It's cold out there Powertex craft sculpture by Patricia Williams

Why don’t you have a go at making your own and show to us on The Powertex Studio, I would love to see your makes and of course any other projects you have done. If you would like to see more of my work, head over to my Facebook page Alex Henry or see more of my projects here in the Magazine.

Thank you for reading my blog I will see you in the New Year, so until then enjoy your festivities with family and friends.

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.

If you would like to keep up to date with the latest from Powertex Addicts you can follow us on Facebook and Instagram.

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