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 🙂

Fabulous Frames

By Annette Smyth

Hello there,

Did you catch Tracey Evans on Hochanda on 27th September? if not click here to go to the Hochanda site and watch the shows on rewind at 11am and 3pm. If you did then you will have seen the amazing frames and panels now available from Powertex UK.

The frames are constructed from MDF and provide a beautifully stable base to apply all the lovely Powertex textures onto.

They come in 2 options.

I fell in love with these beauties when I saw them and have been creating like crazy with them. Here are a few of my makes.

Fabulous frames

Mixed Media

I created these pieces using the MDF frame and panel, they are coated in a base of Ivory Powertex and Easy Structure. Texture was added with stencils, mark making, MDF lettering, Powercotton, Paperdecoration and 3D Sand and Balls.

Secret Art Loft acrylic inks were then sprayed on to give the base colours and enhanced with the Secret Art Loft acrylic paints as the colours match perfectly. A little bit of bling was added with gems and silver leaf.

Africa themed mdf frame by Annette Smyth

It’s all about Africa

This piece was also created on the MDF Frame and Panel. This time I used Ivory Powertex along with Easy 3D Flex and 3D Sand to create the base texture.

The mdf additions – trees and letters, were all coated with Powertex Bronze and then stencilled on using Easy Structure to give texture.

The plaster torso (African Semi Prince) was also coated in Powertex Bronze.

A rice paper image was added to the central area using Easy Coat Mat before the lettering was added on top

The whole piece was then drybrushed with Powercolour pigments using Easy Varnish and the same pigments mixed with Powerwax were used to give the depth of colour on the frame area.

Cow skull Powertex art by Annette Smyth

Cow Skull Dreaming

For this piece I used the same frame but combined it with the Dreamcatcher MDF set which I stencilled onto using Easy structure. I used StoneArt clay in the new Cow Skull mould to create the focal point and added lots of extra flowers.

The base was Ivory Powertex and the additional texture is from cardboard, Powercotton, dishcloth, Paperdecoration and 3D Sand and Balls.

Again I used the Secret Art Loft acrylic inks and paints for colouring.

Powertex art by Annette Smyth

Heading East

For the Eastern themed pieces I chose to use the MDF Inset Frame and Panel. The plaster Buddha sits beautifully inside the opening with lots of room around the edges to add texture and colour and the lovely MDF symbols.

The top panel uses Black Powertex, Easy Structure, Hessian and 3D Sand and Balls. Once dry I used Easy Varnish and Rich Gold pigment to add the highlights.

The lower piece used Ivory Powertex, stencilling and texture with Easy Structure. The acrylic inks and paints provide the intense colour and Easy Varnish with Rich Gold pigment was used for the highlights.

Keep an eye out on this Powertex Magazine for some fantastic step by step articles from my design team colleagues. They will show you other amazing projects you can create using these frames.

We love to see what you create so please post your makes on our Facebook group, The Powertex Studio. Inspire others to have a go.

See more of my work or join me for a workshop at my home studio in Leamington Spa. Please take a look at my website www.annettesmyth.co.uk or contact me via my Facebook page.

Until next time Happy Creative Adventures.

Axx

Powertex animal sculptures

Designer – Jinny Holt

Powertex is a fab medium for creating sculptures, for example Powertex animal sculptures, especially with recyclable material. I love working with Powertex because recyclable material can be used in one way or another. We can also help to save our planet by using what would otherwise be thrown away into landfill.

My animal sculptures

Hedgehog

Powertex Hedgehog by JInny Holt
Before & after

This little fellow was given to me by a work colleague. They all know at work what I love to do so I quite often get stuff given to me that no one wants.

For his head of spikes I used cotton buds and he got a new paint job using the PIGMENT POWDERS. For the pockets I used some old denim material. I used a marker pen to add the faux stitching and to finish off a pair of googly eyes.

Wise old owl

Powertex owl by Jinny
Wise old Powertex owl

I used a polystyrene ball for the base of this wise owl. I added EASY 3D FLEX over his body to create a texture. Old cardboard creates the wings. I used some left over air dry clay for the feet.

Metal embellishments from my stash became the eyes. I often collect little logs and branches in the winter and dry them out. I used these for him to sit on.

You don’t need to break the bank

Powertex owl animal sculpture by Jinny Holt
Another owl

This owl is a ball of foil that I covered with masking tape, (masking tape is your friend). I made the texture using kitchen roll. I ripped it up into pieces, soaked in Powertex and kind of swirled it onto the ball.

The beak and ears are made by making a tin foil shape, masking tape and adding more tissue paper for texture. On the ears I added some pieces of material I found in my stash and his eyes are jewellery findings. I used Powertex pigments and varnish to finish.

Green frog

How many animals/birds could we make with one polystyrene ball?

Powertex frog animal sculpture by Jinny Holt
Green frog

For this little frog, the base is a large polystyrene ball. I made some STONE ART clay for the back part and added a large piece of lace on his belly. The jewellery findings make the eyes and I made the feet with Stone Art clay. I used some green micro beads as a filler.

You don’t really need lots of stuff to create. One bottle of Powertex goes a long way and you can recycle objects from your home.

Are you inspired?

I hope myself and my fellow design team members have left you feeling inspired. Crack open that bottle of Powertex that you keep thinking about opening. Go on, open it and just do it!

Have you been inspired by these Powertex animal sculptures? Then come and say hello in the THE POWERTEX STUDIO. Don’t be shy to upload any photos of projects you have created too.

You can get all your Powertex goodies at POWERTEX UK. Find Powertex on PINTEREST and INSTAGRAM too. I post all my other creations at MUMS SHED on Facebook and you read about why I love Powertex in this blog.

Until next time,

~LIVE~LOVE~LAUGH~CREATE~

Jinny

Masai Collection

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.

Powertex Masai figure by Annette Smyth
Figures by Annette Smyth

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!

Tutor samples

Some of our tutors have been busy creating beautiful figure sculptures for their workshops, just take a look at these.

Mala by Joanne Connelly
Mala by Joanne Connelly
Powertex Masai Figures by Eve Warden
Masai figures by Eve Warden
Masai figure by Gill Goldsmith
Agnes by Gill Goldsmith
Masai figure Mala by Jill Cullum
Mala by Jill Cullum
Masai figure by Kim McKelvie
Nola by Kim McKelvie
Mala by Jinny Holt
Masai figure by Jinny Holt
Masai figures by Annette Smyth
Figures by Annette Smyth

Get supplies

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.

If you’d like to hear more about Powertex products and how to use them, follow us on Facebook at Powertex UK.

Roman Chalice in Powertex

Designer – Jinny Holt

Our theme for this month was Roman Empire/Julius Caesar. I wanted to do a lot from this theme but I decided to make a Powertex Roman chalice.

I searched online for some ideas and already had a large brandy type glass, that I knew would be perfect for this article.

Did you know…

July is the seventh month of the year and the fourth of seven months to have a length of 31 days. It was named by the Roman Senate in honour of Roman general Julius Caesar, it being the month of his birth. Prior to that, it was called Quintilis, being the fifth month of the 10-month calendar.

How I made my Roman Chalice

Materials list

Powertex supplies
Items used for Roman Chalice

Prepare the glass

I started by using masking tape to cover the glass.

TOP TIP This is the best way to prepare the surface when using glass or plastic items.

Cover glass with Masking tape before using Powertex
Masking tape is your friend

Add fabric and clay

I dipped lace and material into IVORY POWERTEX Fabric Hardener and added to my glass. I used air dry clay to make mouldings as they reminded me of Roman shapes.

TIP… You could always mix Powertex Fabric Hardener with STONE ART to make your own clay.

Add fabric and clay textures
Fabric and clay textures

Coat the surface

Next I coated the whole piece with Ivory Powertex and rubbed in the Stone Art and let dry.

Remove the excess

I rubbed off any excess Stone Art with my hands.

Remove excess Stone Art
Stone Art applied

Paint the surface

I painted the whole thing with BLACK POWERCOLOR mixed with Easy Varnish and let it dry.

Add highlights

Mix a dry paint with Easy Varnish and SILVER Colortricx powder pigment and dry brush to add highlights.

Dry brush with Silver pigment
Chalice fit for any Emperor

Here’s a close up of my Roman Chalice.

Close up of Roman Chalice with Powertex

I hope you have enjoyed seeing how I accomplished this project. If you have been inspired by mine or any of my fellow design team members, you could always come and say hello on the THE POWERTEX STUDIO. Don’t be shy to upload any photos of projects you have created too.

You can get all your Powertex goodies at POWERTEX UK.

I post all my other creations at MUMS SHED on Facebook. Find Powertex on PINTEREST and INSTAGRAM too.

So until next time.

~LIVE~LOVE~LAUGH~CREATE~

Jinny

Powertex Easy 3D Flex

Product of the Month for July 2019

Easy 3D comes as a heavy powder that is mixed with Powertex Fabric Hardener to create a clay. The clay is like dough and can be applied to canvas art as well as sculpture. It’s designed to crack as it dries which can leave deep cracked textures in the surface.

If you would like to try some Easy 3D Flex for yourself you can find it at Powertex UK. Need a little help to make up the clay? Just go to the instruction sheet at the bottom.

Powertex Design Team examples

The Design Team love to use this clay. Here’s some examples of how they’ve used it in their creations.

Sheep sculpture with Easy 3D Flex by Annette Smyth
Sculpture by Annette Smyth
Powertex Mixed media canvas by Anna Emelia Howlett
Mixed media canvas by Anna Emelia Howlett
Soul Sister sculpture with Powertex Easy 3D Flex by Donna Mcghie
Soul sister by Donna Mcghie

This planet art project by Jill has a tutorial in the Magazine, click on the image to open.

Powertex planet with Easy 3D Flex by Jill Cullum
Planet art by Jill Cullum
Canvas art by Fiona Potter Powertex Easy 3D Flex
Canvas art by Fiona Potter
Luxury egg by Jinny Holt with Powertex Easy 3D Flex
Mixed media egg by Jinny Holt

Shell’s beautiful Mandala art also has a tutorial, click on the image to see her step by step blog.

Mandala wall art by Shell North Powertex Easy 3D Flex
Mandala art by Shell North

This art doll kit is highly textured. You can see how Abigail puts this together in her tutorial, click on the image.

Powertex Art doll by Abigail Lagden
Art doll by Abigail Lagden
Canvas art by Kore Sage with Powertex textures
Canvas by Kore Sage

Find other project tutorials in this online magazine, just use the search bar to look for Easy 3D Flex in the categories.

Head over to Powertex Addicts United and join our community group, The Powertex Studio, share your creations. If you have a creation using Easy 3D clay, we’d love to see your makes.

If these projects have inspired you to try, you can get your own Easy 3D Flex at Powertex UK. Don’t forget you can use all your Powertex pigments, inks, paints and bister to colour these textures.

Here’s how to use Powertex Easy 3D Flex

If you’d like to mix your own Easy 3D clay but can’t get to a tutor, this will help you out.

Powertex Easy 3D Flex instruction sheet Powertex UK Easy3Dflex
How to use Powertex Easy 3D Flex

Mosaic Madness

Designer – Annette Smyth

Hello Everyone, this month’s theme of Ancient Rome has got me really excited.

Why I hear you ask?…….Well, my Dad was born in the village of North Leigh in Oxfordshire.  It is here that the remains of one of the largest Roman villas can be found.  At its height, around the early 4th century it had 4 bath suites, 16 mosaic floors and 11 rooms with underfloor heating.  I expect the inhabitants found our climate a little cool!  

Mosaic madness

It was the mosaic floors that really grabbed my imagination and so I did a bit more digging into their symbolic meaning.  I found that homes often had a mosaic with medusa in. This was considered a lucky talisman as  it was thought to ward off evil,  as her stare would turn the viewer to stone.

Powertex Mosaic Madness by Annette Smyth

I immediately thought of using stone art to create the tiles and rather than Medusa I chose to use the Green man plaster , a more gentle image. The piece needed to be rustic and aged so bister was the perfect choice and having missing and misplaced tiles around the edge also gives it a timeworn feel.

If you would like to read more about the history of the villa please click here.

Materials List

Mdf circle or old hardboard place mat – mine was 28cm wide
Ivory Powertex Universal Medium
Stone Art
Green Man Plaster face
Brown Bister
Colortricx pigments – Red Ochre, Yellow Ochre, White, Mocha, Ultramarine blue
Easy Varnish
Powerwax (can be replaced with Stone Art see step 12)

You will also need
Non stick rolling pin
2 pieces of wood to be used as guides for rolling out your clay in step 2 – mine were just under 1cm thick 

1 Make Stone Art clay

Make the Stone Art clay by mixing the Ivory Powertex with the Stone Art.

2 Roll out the clay

Using the wooden guides, roll out the clay on a non stick surface.

Using guides allows you to roll to the same depth each time.

Texture added with sponge

3 Adding texture

Using a texture sponge, press into the clay to create texture then cut up into 1cm squares with scissors.

4 Dry enough tiles

Place these tiles to one side to start to dry.  I used 122 on my piece.

Designer tip – make spare tiles to test dry brushing colours on later.

5 Paint the base

Paint both sides of your base with Ivory Powertex and dry.

Place the plaster face on the base and roughly draw around it.

6 Make up your “grout”

Make up a paste of Stone Art powder and Ivory Powertex.  Think of this as your grout.

7 Attach the plaster face

Place some paste inside the line for your plaster face, paint the back of the plaster with Ivory Powertex and then place onto the base.

8 Place your tiles

Spread out more of paste, in a thickish layer, around the face and start placing your tiles in your chosen pattern.  

Mosaic sprayed with Bister

9 Spray with Bister

Spray with a light misting of brown bister and leave to dry overnight.

10 Add colour to the face

With a damp sponge, remove excess bister.

Using the Red and Yellow Ochre pigments mixed with Easy Varnish colour the plaster face.

Add Ultramarine Blue to the eyes.

Dry brushing the tiles

11 Colour the tiles

Using the Red Ochre, Yellow Ochre and Mocha pigments with Easy Varnish I coloured the outside 2 circles of tiles.

12 Colour the grout

Using Powerwax mixed with Yellow Ochre I created a paste to fill in the gaps between the tiles and up to the plaster.  Remove excess with a damp sponge.

Allow to dry overnight and polish with a soft cloth.

Top tip

Why not try using the Stone Art paste mixed with Yellow Ochre if you don’t have any Powerwax.

I have really enjoyed creating this piece and can see so many more projects that would work well with this technique. How about making your own plaque with your house number on?

I would love to know what you create following this article. Why not share your creations on the Powertex Studio Facebook group.

If you would like to see more inspiration ideas why not have a look at my previous article or join me for a workshop at my home studio.

Until next time, Happy Creative Adventures………Axx

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