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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
I also used Easy Structure, Red Bister spray and White and Lilac Powercolor but these are totally optional. I added a square of corrugated card packaging, if you have it.
How to make this gothic mixed media art
Prepare your mdf frame
Use the black Powertex Universal Medium to paint and glue your frame together with the raised square in the centre.
Add texture to the frame
Scrape Easy Structure over the outer frame. Dry with a hairdryer before coating with Black Powertex.
TIP: I also sprayed with Red Bister but these steps are optional. You can use any texture you like and the stencil would also be great for this.
Corrugated card texture
I tore a square of cardboard packing for the centre. I used Black Powertex to paint this piece completely and to glue it down.
Add fabric texture
Massage some Black Powertex into some of the loose fabric until it’s completely coated but not too wet. Press it into place with Powertex.
Layer mdf pieces
Paint your mdf pieces and embellishments completely with Powertex as you stick them on. Start with larger pieces and add more until your happy with the placement.
Use a plaster skull as your focal point. I placed it in the centre of the spider’s web. Don’t worry about finger marks as we’ll fix those later!
TOP TIP: If any of your pieces aren’t sticking well, use pieces of kitchen paper in Powertex as a sticky pad to hold them in place.
Add small textures for detail. Use Powercotton threads and the medium balls in areas that look a bit empty. Coat everything with Black Powertex and leave to dry.
For this piece we mix a dry paint using the Easy Varnish and powder pigments. Use a flat paintbrush to dry brush the textures.
TOP TIPS: Put a tiny amount of varnish on a craft mat and use a flat brush to pull some to the side. Dip your brush into the powder and mix this with the varnish. Mix a little at a time.
Start with dark colours first, dragging your brush over the top of the textures. Build up colour in layers and add highlights with the Interference colour or White at the end.
Everything you need to make brilliant gothic style mixed media art is in the Secret Art Box this October. I hope you’ll have a go and share your creation in The Powertex Studio Facebook group. Use #powertexaddict on Instagram so we can find you!
Gill’s creation uses the same Powertex UK subscription box and you can find out about the Secret Art Box subscription at Powertex UK.
Until next time, make a little time to let your art out!
This month’s Secret Art Box theme was Halloween inspired and was packed full of wonderful spooky contents. Including an MDF panel, MDF elements with skulls, tombstones and spiders webs, a spooky stencil, rice paper, large balls, a texture pack, charms, skeleton leaves, plaster skull heads, pigments and varnish. A Powertex spooktacular!
I decided I would construct my panel “inside out”. Instead of a flat surface, I created an inset frame. Glue with the Black Powertex Universal Medium included in this month’s box.
With Powertex Easy Structure, which is a smooth paste, stencil the design around the outside of the panel, repeating on each corner.
Next I decided on which mdf pieces I wanted to use on this project. There are lots, so I have plenty left for more spooky projects. I painted the panel and the elements in the black Powertex.
Coat the texture fabric and draped it across the corners of the panel, allowing it to look like spiders webs. Make a pumpkin using an MDF shape and add Stone Art clay to give it the curved shape.
Everything was coated in the black Powertex and allowed to dry thoroughly.
TOP TIP: I’ve added extra MDF elements I had in my stash.
Once dry, I dry brushed the entire piece with ivory Powertex which gives definition to all the texture and starts to make everything look like its covered in cobwebs and aged.
Add colour with Plum Pudding acrylic paint in some areas. Use the Ultramarine blue pigment and the Interference lilac pigment to emphasise these.
TOP TIP: Add a touch of orange marmalade acrylic paint on the pumpkin!
Dry brushing everything gives a pop of colour. Mix powder pigments with Easy Varnish. Load your brush with colour and then wipe most of it off on a piece of kitchen roll before applying in broad flat strokes. This really does give the best effect and the colour can be built up to achieve the best results.
Here is the finished piece, it’s a very different style for me, but I loved working with the spooky elements, have lots left to create more projects. Some of these materials are also available separately at Powertex UK.
Hi this is Kore and this month I got my hands on my first Powertex Secret Art Box! I was really surprised how much was packed into the box and the sample sizes of Powertex products are perfect. It was full of gorgeous things and I used just a few of the items to make this Venetian mask.
I loved the colours chosen for this box, Plum acrylic paint, Turquoise and Berry pigments which look beautiful together. There is lots left for future creations too. I think this would be a great way to try Powertex Fabric Hardener for the first time or build up your supplies. The themed box is a great starting point if you’re stuck for an idea.
I worked on the large mdf mask in the box to create a wall art. I’ll make the second mask to hang with it too.
There is nothing better than getting a surprise parcel is the post – especially when it is full of Powertex goodies. So I was super excited to receive and have the chance to play with June’s Secret Art Box. The box didn’t disappoint as you can see from my Powertex steampunk flying machine!
This month’s theme is steampunk and as many of you will know, I am a regular at the Whitby Steampunk Weekends, so this was the perfect kit for me.
The first thing that struck me was just how much was in the kit, here are the contents in and out of the box. If you have been getting these each month, you will be building up a pretty good stash of products, embellishments and reusables like the moulds and stamp.
In case this is your first box or even your first foray into Powertex, I wanted to create a project that could be completed with very little extras than the contents of the box. So here is my Powertex Steampunk Flying Machine.
To turn the flat MDF balloon into something three dimensional, scrunch up pieces of tin foil to form the sides of a rough balloon shape. Cover the foil shapes in masking tape to give a better surface for the Powertex to adhere to and cut a piece of textured wallpaper to fit in the gap in the middle of the foil.
Paint the front of the MDF balloon shape with yellow Powertex. Use the yellow Powertex to stick the wallpaper and MDF wings in place and then paint the top surfaces. Attach and paint the foil shapes and the cogs using yellow Powertex.
Coat the zip with Powertex and position in the middle of the balloon with the sides of the zip sitting on the foil shapes on either side. Then use strips of cotton fabric coated in Powertex to cover the foil shapes and create some ruffled texture.
Also cut the grey cord into pieces, coat with powertex and lay onto the basket element of the balloon. Mould a switch using one of the switch moulds and affix to basket. (I used some stone art clay I had laying about, but you can use any air drying clay).
Spray the whole piece with Mahogany Bister spray.
Once the bister has had a chance to dry a little, use a damp sponge to clean some of it back off the upper surfaces of the fabric.
Time to add highlights and pigments. Use a little bit of the yellow Powertex to dry brush over the fabric to add highlights. Use the Black Magic and Silver pigments mixed with the easy varnish to colour the cogs and the teeth of the zip.
The last thing is to attach the basket to the balloon of my flying machine using some jute string.
A little extra Powertex steampunk bonus…
As I had so much left from the kit, I couldn’t help having a little play with some of the other bits and created this little piece.
Here I used some Stone Art to make a clay with the yellow Powertex and pressed this onto an MDF heart template. I used the clock stamp and one of the small wooden angel wings to impress designs into the clay.
I added parts of the large MDF clockfaces, the rest of the cogs and a stone art clay switch using the yellow Powertex before spraying it all with the mahogany bister. Once dry I cleaned back the bister and highlighted with copper, bronze gold, rich gold and silver colortricx pigments.
And I’ve still got all this left, along with around three quarters of the Powertex, Bister and Easy varnish, plus loads of the two pigments! What shall I create next?
I hope you’ve enjoyed my projects and hopefully been inspired to get creating yourself. If you’ve got this month’s Secret Art Box, have fun. We’d love to see what you’ve created with it – please come and share your work in the Powertex Studio Facebook group.
If you’d like a surprise package full of Powertex goodies, check out the subscription options for The Secret Art Box here.
I was so excited to receive my first ‘Secret Art Box’, and I was not disappointed when I opened it. Full of possibilities to create this article with. It’s a challenge of being given a box of ‘goodies’ and then creating out of my comfort zone.
Inside the art box was a cute fish. I was in my element as my last article was based around my love of the beach. I wanted a different style this time, so with several possibilities in mind, I chose a canvas as my base.
The secret art box fish
Not content with one super cute fish, I wanted two! With a sharp knife and careful cutting, I sliced the fish in half. Using the reverse of the canvas I covered the top half with the nautical paper, using Easycoat Matt. The bottom half cried out for some stone art and brown Bister.
The sea bed was created by adding texture with stone balls, material and clay pieces. The adorable mini ammonite moulds as well as the shell mould in the ‘Secret Art Box’ made the clay shapes. The fish needed lots of lovely texture, you can really go to town with this, especially when adding colour. Terragreen pigment works a treat for this theme.
I love the way things develop as your creative piece comes together and I didn’t really have a picture of the finished piece in mind. It just happened along the way. I hope you like it and feel inspired to create your own ‘home in the sea’.
For more sea themed inspiration take a look at my last blog here.
I am looking forward to seeing your pieces of art, using the May ‘Secret Art Box’. Please share them at The Powertex Studio on Facebook.
A little teaser of my next blog, which will take us from the sea, into the sky! Bye for now, Jill x
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
Have you seen the new craft subscription box from Powertex UK? It’s called The Secret Art Box. And the contents remain a surprise right up until the moment you open your box. With a different theme and variety each month, if you love Powertex this is the subscription box for you! This months Secret Art box had the theme of March hares, some of it’s contents enabled me to create a framed Powertex moon gazing hare.
Packed full of Powertex goodies it will compliment your existing stash. You might even be challenged or find a product you haven’t used before. With inspiration from the Design Team and Guests you can’t go wrong.
If you need extra inspiration you can pop into The Powertex Studio on Facebook and ask for advice. You will always find a friendly helping hand here. Don’t forget to share your works of art in The Powertex Studio so we can see what you have created!
Or perhaps look on the Tutor directory on the Powertex Uk website. This is the place to find details of your local certified Powertex tutor. So you can contact them and book in on a workshop. .
Sign up on the Powertex Uk website, where you can find a variety of offers on the Secret Art box subscription box. If you are a Powertex addict you should not be without one!
I hope you found some inspiration from my Powertex moon gazing hare. Looking for some more inspiration from me with Marchs subscription box find it here.
Do click the star or leave a message in the comments box at the bottom of the article. We love to hear from you. Find me over at Rosehart Studio on Facebook to find details or message me about workshops. Toodles Anna xXx
“The March hares danced and leapt around as the moonlight shone golden on the lush Spring ground” by Claire Ivins
I started off with the two solid wooden hare shapes from out of The Secret Art box. The new craft subscription box from Powertex Uk.
Next I took some household items, garden wire, masking, tape, a small glass drink bottle, wire cutters and strong catering foil.
Using the tinfoil and the wire I created a pair of arms and legs. I also covered the bottle in tinfoil and padded it out at the front.
I created a head and some ears, also using tinfoil. Then covered everything in masking tape and taped the arms and legs onto the bottle. The head and ears are not yet attached to the body.
So here are my trio of Powertex March hares ready to be coated.
Firstly I painted the two wooden shapes with bronze Powertex. Then I cut manageable lengths of yarn, which I dipped in Powertex. And wrapped around the hare shape, starting from the base. I decided to leave the heads plain. On the right, taller one I wrapped the ears with t-shirt yarn, but on the left one I covered the ears in Stone Art.
Close up of how I’ve wrapped and covered the wooden hares. The right one looks white as I blew off the excess Stone Art from the ears!
Once dried, I coloured the left hare with rich gold pigment and the right hare with white. I gave the ears on the right a coat of varnish, over the Stone Art.
Next step for the big hare
Next I covered my bigger hare completely with bronze Powertex and pressed on the Stone Art powder. I kept pressing it on until all of the Powertex was covered. The head/ears and body are still not attached yet as it was easier to do this process in two halves.
After a few minutes I took a clean paint brush and lightly brushed off all the excess Stone Art powder. I repeated the process until I liked the look of what I had. Once I was happy I attached the head just by painting powertex on the top of the bottle neck and base of the head, Powertex can be used as a glue too.
I sprayed it with brown Bister to blend colour of the Stone Art into the bronze.
The Stone Art has absorbed it, it’s still made it slightly darker. However, it’s hard to tell from the photo.
So here are my family of Powertex March hares all finished.
I can’t wait to see what you do with the contents of your Secret Art box. Don’t forget to share on The Powertex Studio Facebook page. Please leave a comment below the article and press the star if you like what you see. Did you catch my blog last month? Click here to be inspired. Happy crafting. Sam x
February is the month of love so what better theme than ‘True Love’ could you have for this months Secret art box? So I decided to mix it up, take on a challenge and embrace my fears. So I am about to share with you some Secret Art Box Love.
In this article I show my first EVER video demo. But I have to admit I took on a more monumental task than anticipated. This is because it took far longer than expected (doesn’t it always when you learn something new). I was stalled by illness and it’s safe to say I came across more than a few technical challenges. This included loosing files so please bear with me!
When I say monumental task, there are 5 demo videos plus the box opening for you too get your teeth into. But you don’t have to watch all the videos at once. Perhaps come back again and view each video another time. Because this is a article on an online magazine you can view at anytime to suit you.
To start off I’ve decided to share opening my box. This is to show everyone a version of what theses delicious box full of goodies can contain.
The video didn’t turn the right way, so I’m off to a great start :D….However I have several video demos. And if you to bear with my first ever videos I’m sure you’ll still pick up lots of tips or cringe with me 🙂
True Love is free
My first Ever demo is called ‘True love is free’. It was my first inspiration upon opening all of the art box contents. I incorporated it with something I found in a charity shop. Unfortunately my memory card became faulty half way through filming. Because of this the parts where I made the leaves , roses, and where I rustied up the cage, cupid and the key are missing.
Heres a collage of the finished piece
My second make with February’s Secret art box goodies was a journal. I named this piece “love notes’. So if journals are your thing this video demo could be right up your street.
Please excuse the fact that the begining of the video was lost due to a corrupt memory card so this is halfway through.
I used a variation of textured wall paper and stenciled images on the MDF hearts using Easy Structure. Next all items were coated and attached using Ivory Powertex fabric hardener. After drying with a hair dryer I then painted the whole journal in Secret art loft Raspberry acrylic Ink.
Here is the finished journal.
Next on my agenda was the Pendant. I called this the ‘Love actually pendant’. Because after editing the video it became apparent that I use the word actually an awful lot (cringe!!!)
…and here is the finished piece
So I’ve been a busy bee as you can see, oh dear, I now have bees on my mind. My next creation was inspired by the other half heart and the sunflower mould that came in the box.
Once the heart was covered in sunflowers I wanted to incorporate bees for some reason?! I named this one unsuprisingly ‘Bee mine’. This took me further out of my comfort zone, can you guess why? But it may be your thing? Watch and find out!
Here’s my Bee-utiful finished ‘Bee mine’ canvas
Reflections of love
To finish off the month of love, I came to be inspired for this creation by my partner. We were discussing how busy\stressed I’ve been when I should of been resting. How maybe I need to ‘reflect’ on my needs by not taking on too much. Or taking what could have been a small task and making it a monumental one….now distracted from the said conversation by one word…..Reflect…….yes….my mind pinged with my last creation. Watch now to find out.
Here’s the finished treasure.
Well thats it from me, what a journey this article has been. Despite my reservations I’m glad I faced my fear of videoing and working out of my comfort zone. I hope I’ve inspired you to create something unique. To do something out of your comfort zone with crafting or perhaps inspired you further to order next month’s Secret art box.
If you have any questions from products to techniques. Or you would like to make something similar to the projects in this article. Please don’t hesitate to send me a message at The Crafty Little Corner.
That all from me, List of items with links used right at the end.