The sea is my heart, a Powertex octopus

Designer – Shell North

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.

Powertex Octopus sculpture by Shell North
Powertex Octopus Sculpture by Shell North

Materials used in my Powertex octopus

Supplies for Powertex octopus
Supplies

Tools

Skill level

Intermediate due to size

Creating the body shape

  • Using wire mesh, create a balloon shape with a skirt, stuff with waste materials (like used gloves) then cover in foil, then cover in masking tape.
Create the body shape
Step 1 Create the body shape

Making the tentacles

  • Wrap 8 lengths of wire in foil until the right thickness for tentacles and then place around main body. Cover and secure with masking tape and curl into shape.
Adding tentacles with wire and foil
Step 2 Add tentacles

Making the eyes

  • Cut the polystyrene ball to make the shape of an octopus eye, attach the eye with hot glue and again to attach to the body.
Craft octopus eyes with polystyrene and plastic craft eyes
Step 3 Add eyes

Covering with stone art clay

  • Roll out the Stone Art clay to 5mm thick, dampen with water and firm in place over the sculpture. Use a pallet knife and a little water to blend any joins.

Adding fabric for the web area

  • Using strips of jersey cotton, work in the Powertex Universal Medium and attach the fabric like a skirt around the mantle. Blend the edges.
Blend the edges of the fabric with the clay
Blend the edges of fabric and clay

To finish the project

While the clay is still wet use the texture sponge to create a texture on the surface of the clay.

Dry brushing

Leave to dry a few hours, then mix powder pigments of your choice with easy varnish and dry brush colour onto your sculpture.

Powertex Octopus sculpture by Shell North
And here’s the finished Powertex Octopus by Shell North

I will probably add suckers on the underneath of the tentacles at a later time, but due to its size over ran with the time allocated (1.5 days).

Top tip

When shaping the tentacles I sat the octopus sculpture on top of the up-turned 250g stone art tub so I could give the tentacles more movement instead of them being flat.

Did you know?

Octopuses have 3 hearts? Really does make them the heart of the sea!

Well I hope you enjoyed my article this month. If you’re inspired to sculpt with Stone Art clay, catch my Powertex bird sculpture article from Jan.

Well that’s all from me until next month,

Peace, love and octopus hugs,

Shell x

Powertex March Hares

March’s Secret Art Loft Subscription Box

The Secret Art Box, Powertex UK

“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.

Powertex March hares

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!

Powertex March Hares

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.

Powertex March hares

I sprayed it with brown Bister to blend colour of the Stone Art into the bronze.

Powertex March hares

The Stone Art has absorbed it, it’s still made it slightly darker. However, it’s hard to tell from the photo.

Powertex March Hares

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

Mixed Media Rusting Techniques

You have probably guessed that we LOVE mixed media rusting techniques. And what better way to achieve these than with rusty powder from Powertex!

You can see some great rusty images here and there have been some excellent articles from our fabulous design team recently.

Here I am sharing the manufacturers instruction sheet with you, have fun and enjoy experimenting!

Keep Powertexing! Tracey x

Mixed Media Rusting techniques
Rusty Powder Techniques

Secret Art Box Love

True Love in a Secret Art Box- Shell North

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

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True Love is Free

Love Notes

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.

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Love Notes.

Love Actually

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

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Love Actually.

Bee Mine

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

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Bee Mine

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.

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Reflections of Love

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.

Don’t forget to leave a comment.

Peace, love and video blog shenanigans

Shell 🙂

Red Powertex fabric hardenerlead grey Powertex fabric hardenertransparent Powertex fabric hardenerIvory Powertex fabric hardeneryellow ochre Powertex fabric hardenerpolystyrene heartembellishmentsMDF keyAngel cast embellishmentrose mouldsrust powderred ochre powercolor pigmentEasy coat varnishstone art3D flex, MDF hearts, MDF heart flowersMDF journalMDF name plate, Raspberry acrylic ink, white powercolor powder pigmentlipstick fizz SAL powder pigmentTerra-violet colourtrix powder pigmentparty pearls pigment pigment trayviolet valentine SAL pigmentSilver colortrix powder pigmentsunflower moulddaisy mouldspansy mouldsegg yolk acrylic inkpalm leaf acrylic inkvictorian papersEasy coat mattpink flamingo SAL powder pigmentterra-green colortrix powder pigmentbronze gold colortrix powder pigment,  heart rice paper.Edit”True love in a Secret Art Box-Shell North”

Rusty Powder

Rusty Powder -February – Powertex Product of the month

This month the team at Powertex Uk have picked rusty powder as their product of the month! Read on to find out how to mix it and see some examples of work with the rust effect created with this product.

How to mix


You can mix the powder with Powertex or Easy Structure and spread with pallet knife or brush. Next you need to spray a mix of water and vinegar on the wet surface. You can then repeat this as much as necessary. Next step is letting your piece dry for 24 hours or longer because this allows the rust process to take place.

How to create a coarse paste

You can obtain a rust paste by mixing Easy Structure with the Rusty Powder and a dash of vinegar. The other thing you can do is mix Powertex with 3DSand, the Powder and a dash of vinegar. This results to a coarser paste and a rough rust effect. 

 

Gorgeous Powertex rust by Tracey Evans
rusty art doll
Rusty Art Doll by Tracey Evans
Close up of texture and rust created with Powertex by Tracey Evans
Powertex and rust by Tracey Evans
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A gorgeous textural canvas by Sam Butler
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Fabulous Steampunk clock by Annette Smyth
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Beautiful rusty wings canvas
by Shell North @thecraftylittlecorner.co.uk

Fi Potter
by Fi Potter for Mixed Up Creative

We hope you have enjoyed seeing pieces created by the team. Enough so that it inspires you to have a go! Join us over on Facebook in The Powertex Studio and share your makes. Until next time.

A Powertex Love Story

A Powertex Love Story – February The Month of Love – Like The Pieces of a Jigsaw

It’s that time of year when thoughts of love fill the air and we think of that certain someone special. So here I am to share a Powertex love story with you. Now I don’t know about you but I love flowers. Unfortunately this is the time prices in the shops rise. Those beautiful flowers you have paid so much for, are short-lived and their beauty fades all too quickly.

Use Powertex to upcycle

I am also a bit excited by recycling. I had a lovely basket of flowers for Christmas. When they were over I decided to put that basket to good use. How about giving someone special in your life flowers that are going to last much longer than a few days

Prepare your materials

I stared by gathering up my Materials. Choosing traditional colours for my project red, green and gold. I knew these would look perfect against the bold black of the basket.

Valentine Basket Like the Pieces Of a Jigzaw

I used: Red Powertex, Black Powertex, Green Powertex, Limoncello Gold Pigment, garden wire, masking tape and an assortment of MDF pieces. The MDF pieces can be anything you want. I chose hearts and jigsaw pieces. These represent love and two people fitting together like a jigsaw to create a beautiful life.

Valentine Basket Like the Pieces Of a Jigzaw 2

Where to start your Powertex love story project

I first painted the basket using Black universal medium. Then created my Roses by cutting up pieces of T-Shirt cotton in a rough petal shape. You don’t need to be to fussy about this. I cut a length of garden wire, wrapped a small piece of masking tape around it to help the petals grip. Then started adding the fabric that I had massaged in the red Powertex,  until I was happy with the shape. I used the same technique with the cuts offs from the petals and green Powertex to make a foliage shaped stem. I gave my MDF pieces a coat of red or green with added texture of Medium 3D Balls, before leaving it all to dry off over night.

When it was all nicely hardened off I dry brushed the edges of my Roses and MDF pieces. Using Limoncello Gold pigment to add that touch of class. Then the exciting part, arranging it all in my basket. Now wouldn’t you just love to receive this knowing it was going to last a lot longer than a few days

A Powertex love story

Ladies & Gents I give you ‘Like The Pieces Of a Jigsaw’ The everlasting Basket of flowers For the special person in your life.


A Powertex love story

You can find me as Alex Henry Mixed Media on Facebook. There you will see others styles I work in.

Enjoy your Powertex days, the perfect way to chill out and create something beautiful. Don’t forget to share your makes with us over in the Powertex Studio on Facebook. And leave any questions or comments below the article. Find more Powertex articles by Design Team and guests here.

See you again soon.

Patricia