Introducing the Powertex UK Design Team and Guests 2019

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You will notice some familiar faces to the Powertex UK Design Team 2019 and some new ones too.

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Abigail Lagden – Back for her second year.

I am a self taught artist based on the outskirts of Bishop Auckland, County Durham. I absolutely adore the rich, intense colours and the amazing depth and textures that you can create with Powertex. I love all things magical, mystical and fantastical, and find this influence has a tendency to creep into most of my creations!

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Annette Smyth – Back for her third year

‘I live in Leamington Spa with my husband and three dogs. I’ve created all my life and love the flexibility Powertex gives me to use my existing skills and develop new ones. Every day is a creative adventure. ‘

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Donna Mcghie – Back for her second year

I am a level 4 Powertex tutor and continue to be inspired and amazed by the variety of ways this medium can be used both for my individual art projects, and also for my art 4 a heart workshops. £5 from each booking under the Art 4 A Heart banner gets donated to the brilliant Papworth Hospital Charity who saved my husbands life with an emergency heart transplant a few years ago.

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Fiona Potter – Back for her third year

Hi Fi Potter here and boy I am so excited to be back for a third year on the Powertex DT. I am basedin north Warwickshire a stones throw from the NEC. I’m a lifelong crafter working with textiles,mixed media and found objects. I enjoy creating everything from delicate to chunky jewellery, wall art and home decor and this coming year I’m challenging myself to be more sculptural and push myself out of my comfort zone. Join me for the ride and lets see where 2019 takes us!

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Jill Cullum – New to the Team

I live in North Lincolnshire with my partner Karl and guinea pig, Toffee. I have always been creative so discovering Powertex was the icing on the cake! I am a mother and Nanny as well as having a busy, stressful ‘day’ job. I love using my creativity to switch off from day to day stresses, finding it therapeutic and rewarding. My favourite Powertex products? Difficult one, but Rusty Powder along with 3D Sand Balls would be at the top of my list.

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Jinny Holt – Back for her second year

Hi I’m Jinny Holt.
I live in Scotland, wife, mother, nanny.
During the day I am a support worker for adults with additional needs.
Creativity is my life misson and therapy!
I love working with Powertex, love Stone art and Easy 3D, more texture the better. I tend to do darker pieces but enjoy pretty sometimes.

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Kore Sage – Back for her second year

I’m a mixed media artist living in Brighton. I love walks on the beach, to paint, journal, create, share my process and live a creative life with an 80s soundtrack. Before art I had a dining room table. I really enjoy canvases that are very layered. My favourite products to use are Easy Structure and Rusty Powder because I can combine these with other products for so many different effects.

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Shell North – New to the team

Mum of 3 grown children, Nanny to 2, Yorkshire born but living in Dorset with my Partner. I’m a full time artist with qualifications in substance counselling and special needs care so the importance of art therapy is a huge part of my artistic journey. I love immersing myself in mix media and sculpting. Whimsical, magical, and fantasy as well as nature inspire me artistically.

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Anna Emelia Howlett –  Back for her third year

Based in Maidstone , Kent. I work in mixed media and I’m inspired by most things magical. I think in this day and age we never seem to make enough time for ourselves. I truly believe art can give us the space our bodies need to breathe. Being creative is continuing to improve my well-being, and I love sharing that and helping others make that time to enhance their creative side. I love EVERYTHING about Powertex I can’t chose a favourite product it’s way too hard!

And please welcome the Powertex UK 2019 guest bloggers.

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Anne Waller – Back again for her 3rd year

My favourite product has to be the Transparent Powertex. It has so many uses in my textile work. Often it is the ‘unseen hero’ stabilising and securing thread work on the back of a piece. When it comes to mixed media, then it has to be the Bronze Powertex. It provides the perfect base for yummy shimmering pearlescent and metallic pigments. I just love a bit of bling!

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Patricia Williams – Powertex tutor

I am a Mixed Media Artist using the name Alex Henry.  Specialising in Powertex products, creating sculptures and running workshops. I have worked with children in local youth groups and recently exhibited at the Jinney Ring Sculpture Trail. Many hours of my time is spent experimenting with Powertex.

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Sam Butler – I love to play, dabble and experiment and will give anything a go!! My favourite colour is green, however I do love the black Powertex! But my most, most favourite product at the moment is StoneArt, I can’t get enough of it.

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Floral Candle Bowl (by Anne)

 

Hi All. Today I am sharing a couple of upcycling projects. I have revamped an old chipped crackle glass bowl into a gorgeous faux candle holder and my old egg timer, over 20 years old and really looking very shabby. I love to revamp and upcycle items that otherwise may have been fit only for the bin.
Here is my finished bowl – I just love it now. I didn’t want to completely cover the pretty crackle glass and I thought a faux electric candle would be a perfect shimmering through.

 

I gathered together some recycled old cotton bedding, tore it into strips and treated with Black Powertexto make the textured side panels. 3D Sand and Ballswere applied into the wet Powertex for more texture.

 

A recycled T shirt was cut into strips and stretched to create cords (it forms a cord when pulled). These were then Powertex treated and coiled around the rim to add strength and to cover up the chipped edge. Any drips on the glass panels were removed with a damp cloth to keep them clear.

 

I had several large flowers and leaves in my stash that had been created with air dry clay and silicone moulds. These were coated with Black Powertex and applied around the rim of the bowl. I used some Easy Structure paste tinted with Powertex as a 3D glue to apply them onto the uneven shaped surface.
Then came the colouring fun. I used Silver Colortricx and several of the new colours from the Secret Art Loft (Interference Blue, Interference Lilac and Mojito Lime). I mixed them with Easy Varnish and applied by dry brushing to pick up and emphasise the textures. I just love these new colours and they work fabulously on dark backgrounds.

 

This is my poor old egg timer. Definitely seen better days and it was coming to pieces a little too.

 

I took it completely apart for revamping so that I could get everything well stuck down and access all the parts for painting.

 

I painted all the components with a couple of layers of Black Powertex, along with a couple of air dry clay flowers. I chose a flower shape with a fairly flat top so that they could be placed on each end and not fall over.

 

Ta da. I love my new egg timer. Should be good for another 20 years now. I added a little dry brushing with Colortricx Silver and Interference Violet Pigments to add shimmer and bring out the texture.
Bye for now. Hope to have more to share soon, Anne x.

 

Crafting in Winter

Hello, hello

Me again with another blog for the Design team. My brief for this blog was “Winter Crafting” well this had me thinking about Christmas, as I do love Christmas, even at my age! I love, love, love making Christmas creations and would happily make Christmas creations all year round.

My first creation is a Christmas bauble and I was very inspired by a recent trip to Roslyn Chapel, if you have never been, you should visit, if in Scotland. The place is amazing and all the carvings inside the chapel are all unique, every single pillar and archways.

For this project I used…

One polystyrene egg form
Ivory Powertex
Stone art clay
Molds
Plastic bottle top

I made up some Stone art clay, brushed my moulds with some dry stone art, so as not to stick.
I then placed the moulded stone art clay to my egg form and glued them down with the Transparent Powertex. Then dried off with my hairdryer
I then painted the dried egg form with the dark brown powercolor pigment and had already decided I wanted to do an ombre effect on my Christmas bauble with brown and cream, I used Ivory Powertex as my cream colour.
I then turned my egg form upside down and glued on a plastic lid from my Grandsons discarded drinks bottles, always good to recycle and it was perfect for the topper of a bauble.
I dry brushed with some Ivory Powertex and the colortricx Rich Gold Pigment.
I glued on some gold crotchet material I had in my stash and some plastic silver bling, popped a wire through the hole in the top and secured it in with some hot glue.
Have fun creating your own decorations for Christmas. I know I did! Jinny x

 

Northern Lights

Well here we are Autumn is almost over the dark nights are with us. I love crisp cold dark nights when I can see lots of stars twinkling in the sky after the stunning colours of the setting sun. Here in the UK there a only a handful of places where, if the conditions are right you might spot the Northern Lights. Going to Norway or Iceland to see the Northern Lights is high on my bucket list but until then, I have created my own abstract Powertex painting to stir or feed that dream!

So grab a coffee and relax while I take you through some very simple steps to create your own version.
First I took a canvas that had been part used on a demonstration and it already had some texture at the bottom. I had created the texture using a mix of Easy Structure and Powertex sand balls which I put down on a white 30×30 cm canvas.
I then made up some Easy 3D Flex with some white powertex and using a metal artist pallet knife I spread the 3D Flex mixture vertically on my canvas. As the base texture was already dry, I painted over a good coat of White Powertex.
Next I mixed up some blue bister granules using a teaspoon of granules to 30 mls of warm water from the kettle with 30mls of white vinegar. This gives a crisper look when sprayed on your canvas as can be seen in the image below. I also sprayed some standard black bister at the top area of the sky section
To give more depth I sprinkled some blue bister granules onto the area representing water and rocks and sprayed this with water.
I then left the whole thing to dry and crack over two or three days.
Once it was dry I washed back the black area of bister using a damp sponge. I then used a mix of the Aqua blue and Deep Sea Secret Art Loft acrylic inks to create the dark water and sky. I then used Secret Art Loft acrylic paints in Key Lime, Blueberry Pie and Plumb Pudding on a very dry brush to create the colours synonymous with the Northern Lights.
I then added some metallic highlights using Golden Metallic and Viola Metallic inks as well as Green Ginger, Limoncello Gold and Colortricx Pearl pigments mixed with Powertex Easy Varnish.
I can’t tell you exactly how I added the pigments and colours as I use loads and loads of very light layers, just experiement and have fun!
Here is the finished piece

 

Here is a short video tour of the painting giving closeups on my colour blending.

 


See you in December where I have created a Powertex Christmas Ornament!

Bye for now
Fi

Penguins – Mini Makes for you and the little ones

Hi Everyone

Well we’re at that time of year again where time just flies by and everything you wanted to get done somehow doesn’t.  So I thought I’d show you a nice easy make that you can do on your own, with friends and with the little ones.

We are going to make penguins and I have to admit they are a little addictive so you may well end up with your own little waddle  – that’s one name for a group of penguins on land, they can also be called a colony or a rookery whereas when they are in water they are called a raft (thanks Google!!).

So lets waddle away and get creating…….

You will need

Powertex Black (approx 75ml)
Powertex Stone Art (approx 20g)
6cm Polystyrene egg
2-3 cm Polystyrene egg
2 x 2-3mm animal eyes
Cocktail Stick
Masking Tape
Plastic container to mix clay in
Brush
Pigments (I opted for orange, white and yellow ochre)
Apron
Disposable Gloves
Optional – Pokey tool
Start by covering your work area with a protective layer.  This could be an waterproof tablecloth, oil cloth or even newspaper.
Break the cocktail stick in 2.  Using one piece connect the 2 eggs together to form a body and head
Place the head at an angle for a more realistic look
Using the masking tape cover the whole shape ensuring that the the transition from the head to the body forms a neck. Place the other piece of cocktail stick on the small egg where the beak will be.  Now coat with a layer of Black Powertex and set aside.
Place approximately 75 ml of Black Powertex into a suitable container (you are going to be mixing this so make sure the sides are high enough) and begin adding the Stone Art, using the non bristle end of your paintbrush begin to stir the mixture.  Add the Stone Art slowly and mix well between each addition.  Keep going until the mixture pulls away from the sides.  Now go in with your gloved hands and knead the mixture bringing together into a firmer clay consistency.  Keep adding more stone art until the clay doesn’t stick to your gloves and there are no white flecks showing.  Make sure you pull the clay apart to check that there are no white flecks inside.
Make sure that the clay isn’t too dry otherwise you will have difficulty covering your penguin. If it is just dip it in a small amount of Powertex and knead it thoroughly.
You can now use the clay or double wrap it in cling film for use later.  So long as you keep it airtight the clay will be useable for several weeks.  This is a bonus as you can make the clay ahead of time and have fun sculpting it later with the children.

 

Take approximately 2/3rds of the clay and roll it into a ball then flatten it into a disc approximately 1/2 cm thick.
Lay it over the beak and onto the head, then using your fingers push it down onto the body thinning it as you go.  Make sure it meets underneath to form a base.  Stand the penguin on your work surface and give it a little wiggle to make sure it will sit without toppling.  If it doesn’t sit properly use a little of the remaining clay to make some feet and/or a tail to support it.
                                      
With the remaining 1/3 clay split it into 2 and form rolls.  Flatten them to around 2mm and shape to form wings.  Attach to the body on the sides.  If your clay has dried, paint on some fresh powertex to stick the wings to. Shape the wings to give your penguin character.
Now make any final adjustments, make sure the beak is a nice shape and push the eyes through the clay into the underlying egg.  You may need to use a pokey tool to make the hole first.
Using the Easy Varnish and pigments dry brush on the colour to complete your penguin.  I opted to colour mine in different ways to make a real mixed waddle.

 

 

Don’t forget, you can always scale it up by using larger eggs to make bigger penguins just remember to increase the amount of clay you make.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this project and look forward to seeing your makes.  Don’t forget to post photos of them over on the Powertex Studio facebook page
Until next time happy creative adventures

 

 

How to create a Powertex Halloween ghoul – Anna Emelia Howlett

Something Wicked this way comes! A Powertex Halloween sculpture.

Some of our family live in Canada and it’s kind of a big thing to decorate your houses and go trick or treating. Every year we get photos of the different outfits chosen and the copious amounts of candy my nieces have collected. We don’t so much celebrate Halloween in our household. However, I do happen to have a Harry Potter inspired room. And this guy is going to fit right in.
He was rather a challenge but here is my ghoul inspired Dementor. And I am about to walk through with you exactly how he was created. So you can make one as a decoration for Halloween or just as a permanent feature to your room.
Suggested Ingredients list: Wire, empty kitchen roll, masking tape, skull head, Black Powertex, cheese cloth or old t-shirt, stockinette, powercotton, white powercolor, silver colortricx, interference blue pigment, varnish.
Step One: I had a spare mini skull in my stash. I cut his teeth out and changed the angel of his jaw. Holding it in place with a long piece of wire. Making a loop at the top I thread the wire through the top of the head holding the jaw in place, leaving a length as his neck. Then attached to a kitchen roll, which I bent into an arch for his shoulders and covered in masking tape. I measured about 60cm of wire to pass through the roll before taping up these would become the base of his arms.
Step two: I used some masking tape to fill in his mouth and around his eye sockets which I made a little larger by cutting out with a scalpel. And started wrapping the arm wire with foil. Using more around the top and bottom end of the section to create a bone looking shape.
Step three: I took 6 lengths of quite long wire. I wanted my ghoul to have long boney fingers. Taping at the base I bent one length done to be able to attach to the arm. The other lengths I trimmed so they mimicked the length of fingers on a hand.

Step four: Then I started covering with masking tape. Adding tin foil at the knuckles and then covering in masking tape. Attach the hands to the end of the wire arm by winding the spare wire at the hands wrist section around the bone arm base. Cover up with masking tape.

Step Five: This is the type of base you want to have created. I covered in Black Powertex and kitchen roll to give the base and extra sinewy finished. But you can skip that part if you like.
Step Six: I draped a piece of cloth over the shoulders to create a base to work up from. An old pair of cheese cloth curtains, but you could use an old t-shirt.
Step Seven: Create a hood with lighter cheese cloth material or t-shirt. Then add stockinette to add depth and texture and then some Powercotton draped over for extra texture.
Drape all the different textures through the boney fingers.
Step Eight: My favourite part. Dry brush using varnish and white powercolor. I then used a touch of silver colortricx in places. And for the hands and the face a touch of interference blue powder pigment from The Secret Art Loft range.

 I love to show how you can make a piece by re-purposing or building your own base. If you don’t wish to create the structure you could always buy a skeleton base instead and decorate that in the same way. I also forgot to add some paper decoration. I love this as texture it would work perfectly for this project. The great thing about Powertex is you can add to it when dry. So I can always go back and add some paper dec at a later date!
Don’t forget to share all your makes with us on Facebook in The Powertex Studio group or on the Powertex Addicts United page.
You can find me at Rosehart Studio on InstagramFacebook and Pinterest. Toodles Anna xXx

Halloween Nightmare or how not to make a craft video!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I bet I am one of the few people who have a dread of Halloween. It’s not that it scares me or that I don’t like the art of it all, it’s just that for some reason every time I try to create what’s in my head, it turns into a Halloween Nightmare!!!

I had this grand idea that I would use Powertex and some of the super Secret Art Loft bright acrylics and the Gothic Arches.
It has all worked out just fine except I had it all planned in my head that I would create my very first Craft Video!

As you may know that as well as being on the Powertex DT I am also a Resident Tutor on the Mixed Up Creative education platform, so in my infinite wisdom and being filled with oodles of enthusiasm I got myself all set up to create the video for them.  Bearing in mind I also have lots of experience demo’ing on TV craft channels this should all be so easy…well believe me it isn’t!

In a TV studio there is a crew, superb lighting and a presenter who asks the questions viewers want answers too; you have your step pieces prepared and you have everything laid out ready to head in the order you want to use them. Oh and with filming, all you have to think about is product placement and which camera to look at.
Hmmm this is where it all goes belly up!  I didn’t have steps planned this was going to be a one shot product.  I had just one small light; I had to operate the camera in my very small studio – just 3 meters by 1.5 meters but every mm is packed tight rather tardis like!
I had it all planned though so it would run like clock work.
I made sure my long suffering other half knew what I was doing and he was primed to stay well away.
OMG it was a total nightmare!!!
Not at all the slick professional looking video I had imagined, planned for and not at all fun! It was my Halloween Nightmare and then some!  Dropping various bits, forgetting I had wrecked the first arch and the second had sticky tape on etc. etc.  Worse still is that that what you don’t see or hear at the end of the video is my husband walking in on me, talking loudly about tea, apologising profusely, then me slinging the paintbrush and who knows what else across the worktop and sighing so loud I have every expectation even a Ghost would have shrieked in fright!
After all that I decided while it was a rubbish video I would share my experience with you because at the end of the day we all have to start somewhere.  Hat’s off to all those highly polished artists and crafters who have mastered the intricacies of video, I am learning, I will not be defeated and I will master it.
In the meantime have a laugh with me, share my pain and I hope the resulting Powertex Halloween tag is slightly OK.
Bye for now, Fi xx
ps Here’s the link to the video

 

Ghosts and Goblets for a Powertex Halloween

Hi it’s Kore. Autumn brings bright days and chilly nights and of course Halloween! Powertex and Halloween go together like carved pumpkins and candles so what better to make this month than Halloween decorations. If you’re looking for house ghosts, grim goblets or pocket pumpkins there’s something here for you and don’t worry if you’re new to Powertex, these are easy too.

These makes are super simple and don’t need lots of products for a Halloween packed with Powertex. Think of all the questions you’ll get about how you made them!

Ghosts
Let’s start super simple. These little ghosts are so easy but look fantastic hanging in groups!
You’ll need:
White or Transparent Powertex
Squares of light white fabric such as muslin or cheesecloth
Black paint or marker for the eyes
Thread and needle to string them up
A bottle or similar shape, covered with cling wrap

Use Powertex on squares of fabric and drape over a bottle or similar to set overnight. Paint eyes on when dry. Use thread to hang them. Easy!

 

Fabric bowls
Also super easy to do and can be any size or colour you want.
You’ll need:
Small bowl and cling film or plastic bag to cover it
Piece of stockinette or other fabric to use with a dark Powertex
Powder pigment such as Violet Valentine and Easy Varnish

 

Massage the Powertex into your fabric and drape over the upturned bowl to set. Paint with a dry mix of pigment and Easy Varnish. I’m loving the Violet Valentine metallic pigment! Remember that Powertex is non toxic so you can put dry food in your bowls but I recommend to line them with paper or cling wrap.

Pumpkins
Pumpkins are a must if you’re celebrating Halloween but carving fresh Pumpkins is not for everyone.  I made these tiny table decorations using string and balloons, so you can make different sizes too.
You’ll need:
Balloons
String or cotton yarn
Powertex (Red, Yellow Ochre, Bronze, Black or even Ivory) I mixed Red and Yellow Ochre
Powder pigments and Easy Varnish

Cut lengths of string to wrap around. Inflate your balloons ready to the size you want. Massage the Powertex into the string and wrap around the balloon. Use your string end to make a stalk for the top. Leave overnight to set and cut the balloons to remove. Your string should still be soft enough to shape your pumpkins. Dry brush with highlights or metallics.

Goblets
These goblets were inspired by the brilliant Jinny Holt who posted hers and reminded me that I hadn’t used Stone Art on glass for a while. These are my Halloween goblets.
You’ll need:
Wine glasses
Black Powertex
Stone art
Pigments in Lime mojito and Violet Valentine with Easy varnish

Paint your glasses with Black Powertex, then press on a layer of Stone Art. Wipe off excess and then add more Powertex and Stone Art until you’re happy with the texture. Paint over the texture with more Powertex to seal the Stone Art. Colour with metallic pigments and a layer of Easy Varnish when dry. These have a hint of Frankenstein’s monster about them.
Remember these glasses are safe to use but make sure they have had 3 weeks to cure first! Handwash gently and don’t soak them.

 

Then all you have to do is decorate your halloween table. Have a hair raising halloween!

Don’t forget to share your Halloween makes in The Powertex Studio on facebook or on Instagram with hashtag #powertex.

If you would like to see more of my Powertex projects you can find me at koresageart.comFacebook and Instagram.

Until next time, I hope you find a little time to let your art out.
Kore x

 

Powertex Tutor Training Days

The last blog Sam shared with us was about her Garden Party experience. (We still have a few spaces left for next years Garden party, it’s an event not to be missed!)
Now Sam is sharing her thoughts on her tutor training at Powertex UK HQ with Creative Director Tracey Evans. Read on to find out more. If you feel inspired to become a Powertex tutor for your area please send an email to info@powertex.co.uk.
Fancy learning from a tutor? Find your nearest in the new tutor directory at Powertex UK. 

So guess where I’ve been the last couple of days? Yes, on my Powertex tutor training course, along with three other lovely ladies all set to become tutors for their designated areas.


First of all we played with the ivory Powertex.


The mdf shape that I was given was an owl and there was a huge box of embellies to choose from, so as you can see I went off piste with mine (what’s new there then!) and went down the skull, cog and Halloween route.


We then started working on the next piece.


This was the next piece, either an angel or a fairy, I chose an angel and the others made fairies.


Here at the end of day one are my three pieces all ready for their colour tomorrow.


Back again for day two and today the sun was shining.


We played with different colouring and layering techniques firstly on the bottle.


Everyone is on a roll now.


Michele popped down to see how we were all doing.


I went for the blue for my angel.


This is a photo of the projects I made taken outside this morning in my garden – love them all.


This is a snippet of my certificate, so it’s now official!!


And my absolute special favourite is my fabulous apron which I shall wear with pride – thank you sooooo much.

Can’t wait to also share my other news with you, but that will have to wait until nearer the end of the year!!