Powertex Stone art is a product for creating fine textures, faux stone effect and of course air drying clay. Use with Powertex Universal Medium for convincing stone results.
Hi it’s Kore! So this month is all about Stone Art at Powertex HQ. It’s the perfect opportunity to show you a favourite technique of mine. I’m demonstrating how to create a faux stone effect on almost any surface. In this demonstration I’ll be using a piece of styrofoam. Watch the video for my demonstration and pop the sound on. I’ve listed my supplies below.
Pop the sound on for this video demonstration or continue for photo description.
Put a little Powertex medium onto your plate and use your fingers to apply it unevenly to the surface, not too thin. Wear a glove for this if you like.
Applying Stone Art
Use a dry hand to sprinkle Stone Art powder onto the wet Powertex. Cover it completely and be generous. Don’t worry we won’t waste any! Press the Stone Art onto the wet Powertex firmly. Use your fingers to brush off any excess powder into your spare container. Repeat this process as many times as you like to create your textures. You can apply it more in some areas. I recommend leaving to dry for a while before moving to the next step. You can use a hairdryer to speed this up if you wish.
Buffing your textures
When you have your dry layers of Stone Art we want to remove any loose powder. Use your fingers flat over the textures, rubbing firmly to remove any Stone Art that’s not stuck down. Any loose powder can be saved into your container and used again. It will be more textured than the “new” Stone Art. Buff over the whole piece until your happy. You should be able to see your textures well now.
Using Bister sprays
To make the most of the textures, spray Bister generously onto the piece. You can use any colours, layer them up and mix them together. Dry them off in between if you like. I find the more the better here.
Next use a damp sponge to wipe the Bister from the raised areas. This creates highlights. Repeat these steps until you get a result you like. The Bister is water based and not permanent so you can wipe this back and repeat as much as you like.
You can use this technique on most surfaces including glass, canvas and wood. If you have a plastic surface, the Powertex will likely peel off. It’s a good idea to prime the surface first with masking tape, gesso or a spray primer.
As Bister is not permanent you may wish to seal your project with varnish. You can use Easy Varnish but a spray varnish will also work well. These pieces make great bases for animal sculptures! Note that Stone Art is made of paper and varnish is also highly flammable so is not suitable for use with real candles.
I hope you’ve learnt something you can use. There are other Stone Art projects on the blog if you feel inspired. If you have a question about this technique, leave me a comment and I’ll do my best to help.
Good morning fellow creative people, my project for January was a pair of MDF birds and they look like Cranes which are very similar to Herons, well I think so, which is a bird I see on a more or less daily basis when I take our dog for a walk by the river, so my cranes have now become herons.
I have to confess in my head I was going to do freestanding birds, not dissimilar to a fellow Design team member, so I had to rethink how I was going to bring my birds to life. Then it hit me, why not do them on canvas! So this was my train of thought. I had an old powertex canvas and decided to recycle this as the backdrop for my birds.
In fact, I already quite liked this canvas as a backdrop and helped me to plan a backdrop for my birds. I then added some extra texture to this canvas, using TRANSPARENT POWERTEX to help adhere my texture to the canvas.
I had a rummage through my stash and found these old split washers and nuts, which I overlayed over pieces of odd scraps of lace and PAPERDECORATION and a little bit of stone art paste which has added more texture to the canvas.
TOP TIP ~ when using paper decoration, spray with water before soaking in Powertex, it will react quicker and thus save creative time ~
I have also added some little pegs to give the illusion of reeds.
I added extra texture on the sun part of the old canvas with stone art clay.
I next painted the whole canvas with a thin layer of Ivory Powertex, just to give it a base for the new colour.
I then painted my canvas with pigment colours and the secret art loft paints.
TOP TIP ~ Did you know you can use your pigment colours like watercolours?
I would not use this technique if your project is to go outside, you will need the varnish for this but as my project is a canvas, this is fine.
I stuck with colours that were related to the scene, which I helped by spraying over with a water bottle as I wanted it fairly transparent in colour… DARK BLUE which I absolutely love, brown tones for the reeds and red, orange and pink tones. Now for the magical part, dry brushing … I did the dry brushing next and painted my pair of birds in BLACK POWERTEX and made some stone art clay and added this for texture to the body and neck of the birds.
I next concentrated on the wings and made a rough shape of the wings with some wire and then covered them in lace scraps that I found which resembled a feather shape
At this point, I decided to leave it all to dry overnight.
The black sticks are now going to be my bird’s legs as I cut off the ones from the bird template.
I added some discs to the underside of the birds, so when it was all assembled they would have a height to them.
Once I assembled the birds to the canvas, I then decided to do some dry brushing to showcase all the texture and add some depth to them. I started off with the silver pigment and varnish and then topped it up with white pigment, which added extra highlights to the texture on the wings and bodies.
I took some close up photos so you can see all the yummy texture. I hope that I have inspired you to create with Powertex.
You can find all the materials you need at Powertex UK
First of all, a Happy New Year to everybody. Hopefully you will have lots of new Powertex goodies to play with.
For my first blog of the year I wanted to go back to basics, create a simple piece that anybody can create whether they are an experienced Powertexer (is that a word?) or someone who has bought their first bottle of Powertex and wants to get started straight away.
Whenever we talk about being creative, from cooking, interior design and gardening through to art and Powertex, we hear about layering.
I like to have at least 3 lays of texture on my Powertex creations and at least 3 shades of each colour I use. This gives your piece of art depth, and brings out the beautiful texture that you have built up and created.
Where to start with Powertex
The first layer is your base or background layer. This can be created using Easy Structure, kitchen roll, or some thin material. Why not use your Easy Structure though a stencil, or use a pallet knife to create patterns.
Some of this will be covered over, and is there purely to be in the background, not the main focal point of your piece. However, it is still playing a part and will add to the overall effect. Here I have covered a 6×6 tile with kitchen roll. I like that you can see the squares of the back of the tile creating more interest.
Chose a focal point for you Powertex creation
Next we come to the focal point, the main part, the bride – not the bridesmaid
For this we can use whatever we like. Luscious texture, embellishments, striking pieces. We still need to think about where we place these, creating further layers, over-lapping some of the pieces and weaving the materials in and out of the embellishments. I love these gothic doors, so versatile and add a nice focal point.
The final layer is again fine detail, adding to and not over-taking the main layer. A sprinkling of extra texture which will pop out when we add our colours. My favorite Powertex product to use for this layer is 3D balls, but use whatever tiny embellishments you have to hand.
So now we have our piece all ready to bring to life with colour and shading. I find this the hardest part, tending to stay within my comfort zone and use my favourite colours.
Finish your Powertex project with colour
For this sample piece I am using only one colour. It’s a good exercise to do, even for the more experienced Powertex Addicts! It’s good to go back to basics, hone in on those dry-brushing skills and also to use the colours that don’t get used as often as they deserve. Try it – you might find some new favourites!
The first layer will be the darkest, so only use a tiny bit of white (or none at all). Keep your brush dry and go over the whole piece. Bring out the fine detail of the first layer that you did by keeping your brush flat and lightly stroking the texture.
When you are happy with this, keeping the same colour, but this time adding a touch more white, go over again. You don’t want to cover all of the original colour, but you want to add depth, light and shade, enhancing what your already have.
Finally, adding even more white, add the final layer of colour, highlighting edges and points of interest. Of course, you can add more layers of shading, subtly lightening your colour with each layer.
Practice, play, have fun and create new colours by mixing a couple together. And don’t forget to share your results with us in the Powertex Studio. Here are the products I used, all available from Powerex UK. See you next time Jill.
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Certified Powertex UK tutor Jan at Jan’s Crafty Matters shares with us her story. She shows a bit of a determination and hard work goes a long way. Now she has a great set up for her workshops. Her very own studio and a group of regular students to her workshops.
When I became a Powertex tutor I had a dream of having my own studio, where I could be creative but also run workshops in my own space. We would all love our ideas to turn into reality as quickly as we dream them. However, as it’s happened with my Powertex tutor colleagues, I would have to wait a little while for them to become a reality. In the beginning I started with what I had my dining room made a perfect studio and the garden made an inspiring work space on sunny days. Circumstances changed as it does with so many of us when I then moved to a flat. My powertex work area became smaller, and I had to think up different ways I could share my passion with others.
I tried hiring a hall, but the circumstances weren’t ideal for what I needed. I knew that there were other avenues out there for me and my love of creating, teaching and sharing my Powertex passion kept me on the right path. My break came when I managed to get a permanent slot at Basingstoke Hobbycraft. Students were able to see Powertex in action and couldn’t wait to book on to a class!
My Powertex journey was progressing. I managed to get a following of ladies who came to Hobbycraft regularly. I still had my dream, and the idea was always in the back of my mind but with the success of my classes, it made its way down to the bottom of the priority list.
Then an opportunity arose where I was contacted through advertising I’d done on social media. I was offered another space to hold workshops in Bracknell. Workshops got busy! And I was having to take my Powertex stash up and down the stairs to my flat at least twice a week. This wasn’t ideal. It led me to enquire about a permanent space in my new workshop location. They were delighted to have me, but the area wasn’t going to suit my needs. Without being deterred I continued on with my dream.
My close friend Tina, told me her partner had outgrown her creation space in their flat (she makes beautiful mosaic mirrors) and a light bulb lit between us – why not share a workspace; if we found a one that would suit our needs it could work!
After extensive searching we finally found our dream – a unit big enough for both of us, that matched all our needs. We moved in on Sunday 28th October and I am so happy. As soon as I walk in the door, all my worries disappear and I have a little bubble to work on my Powertex ideas, future workshops and items to sell. Who knows what the future will bring but I am going to be continuing to work hard at making this studio dream a success, enabling me to be here for years to come. Workshops in the studio are now being planned for the New Year. And I couldn’t think of a better way to start it off.
It’s taken me some time to make my dreams a reality but in that time I never waived. I continued on through all life threw at me. I needed to learn from each opportunity that arose to get to this point and keep the faith that my hard work would come through. I had some horrible personal moments (the death of my Mum), some fantastic times (Powertex Tutor Retreats) and the love and understanding of dear friends and my family but finally I have my dream. I have a good feeling that I may be in my lovely studio for several years to come.
If you feel inspired by any of the Powertex Uk tutors stories and want to turn your dreams into a reality send an email to email@example.com, with a bit about yourself and the location you are in. And you will be sent info on becoming a tutor and joining the Powertex family. If you fancy going to a Powertex workshop look on the new tutor directory on the Powertex website to find your local tutor.
Fancy diving straight in, order from the Powertex UK website and get free delivery when you spend over £35 and subscribe to Traceys you tube channel or buy one of Traceys easy to follow tutorials found on the Powertex UK website.
Hello, I’m Claire, the Operations Manager for Powertex UK Ltd. I wanted to share with you some of my thoughts for sorting and organising as I know how this can easily get on top of anyone with a crafting stash!
I’m not naturally a tidy person. However, the internet (mainly Pinterest) has given me some great ideas of ways to store things that really help in my day to day life. If there is a place for something you know where to put it, and more importantly, you know where to find it the next time you need it. Being organised helps me take control of one part of my life and that helps me – big time. In a world where we are often running around with a to do list longer than your arm making life easier any way we can is a bonus!
The New Year is a great time for starting afresh; drawing a line on old, less productive behaviours and embracing a more positive and intentional way of being. I like to clean out my cupboards, defrost my freezer, clear my wardrobe of clothes that no longer fit and of course…..organise my craft area!!! I get rid of scissors that no longer cut properly, empty bottles, brushes that have passed their best and try and coordinate all my equipment into types and section off areas for items that I often use together.
When I saw the fantastic range of art and craft storage solutions from Candy Box Crafts I knew these were the business. They mix and match to your needs and stack up, so you can choose the products that work best for you. There are drawers, storage bins, caddies, pigments trays and boxes all available on the Powertex website. As they are MDF they can be decorated with Powertex products; your storage can also be a work of art. Tracey has already made use of these products and made some beautiful and, oh so useful, storage pieces for our studio here at Tex Towers. I know a few of our tutors have also got some and use them for their workshops; portable, functional pieces of art.
So this January why don’t you give your craft area the attention it deserves and create an orderly and easy to use space so that your creative juices can flow? We would love to see pics of your craft room and how you store your art supplies, please share them with us on our Facebook groups. Happy crafting.
One of my resolutions for 2019 is to try and catch up with the modern age by getting to grips with videos in my blogs. As you can also see, my daughter has been very helpful in getting them onto my computer for me, hence the titles of the videos.
1) As the box I was using was plastic I covered the base section with masking tape and then painted over this with Powertex Hardener so that the material would have something to adhere to.
2) I painted the lid with white gesso
3) Once the bottom section was dry enough, I turned it upside down and proceeded to soak strips of material in the Powertex Fabric Hardener and after squeezing out thoroughly placed them over the base. At this point I was keeping the material nice and smooth as I laid it on as I wanted a flat bottom for my tin to rest on.
4) I dried this with a hair dryer and once dry enough, turned it over and started to work on my sides. I wanted more texture on the sides, so scrunched up my fabric and added buttons as well.
If you want to you can also do this on the inside of your box.
5) Whilst this was drying off, I started to work on my lid. I gently tore around the image I wanted to use from the Powertex Art Nouveau Rice Papers. Then, using a good quality brush I brushed a little of the varnish onto the dried gesso, before carefully placing my image where I wanted it to go. I then secured this in place by brushing over with a couple of more layers of varnish. (NB: It is worth using a good quality brush for this as you want the image to be nice and smooth, the Powertex Brushes are perfectly designed for the job).
5) Once my image was in place, I carefully built up a pattern around it. I wanted the most texture on my lid, so have done a short video to demonstrate how I did this.
6) Once the lid was covered, I added pieces of jewellery from my junk stash. I also liked the idea of adding a frame, so used a small mdf one, and then, in memory of my nan and her tin, added some more buttons as well.
7) I left my box to dry off completely overnight
8) The next day it was time for my favourite part, dry brushing. I wanted to give the impression of a bronze tin, whilst also subtly incorporating some of the colours on the Art Nouveau image, so I opted to use pigments in Bronze Gold, interference Blue and Interference Red. Dry brushing is simple once you get used to the technique which is this:
Dip your flat brush into a small amount of Powertex Easy Varnish
Then dip the same brush into a small amount of whichever Powertex Pigment you have chosen
Now wipe the brush off on a sheet of paper towel. This may counter productive, but it really is worth doing as you will get the best results when the brush is quite dry and will only pick out highlights, rather than smothering your design with thick colour.
Now you are ready to very gently, sweep your brush over your design. Being sure to keep it flat. You will be amazed at how quickly your design starts to come to life.
My best tip for dry brushing would be to start off gently and gradually build up to the depth of colour you want.
9) I did this over the whole of my tin.
10) And voila!! A rather bog standard plastic chocolate box that was destined to be added to landfill is now a beautiful button box, in memory of a lovely lady.
I really enjoyed making this, and obviously similar boxes can be transformed in so many different ways – to reflect the personality of whoever you are making it for, or in memory of.
I hope you enjoyed this blog (please excuse the amateur video techniques, I will get better, I promise). If you create your own version of one of these I would love to see it, and you can post photos on the Powertex Addicts Facebook Page
Well here we are at the start of a new year and for me a new challenge. I am thrilled to be back on the Powertex Design Team for a third year and this year I want to push my own boundaries further. I’ve never been comfortable with sculpting but have always admired my team mates and other artists who are and whose work leaves me in awe. We all have to start somewhere and this is my beginning and I would love you to join me on this journey.
I’m not alone in the concerns about the damage our environment is experiencing and the struggle much of our wildlife has in continually adapting. The Heron is an ancient bird that was around in fossil times, you can find more information here.
The photos follow my written steps left to right.
Step 1 – I have used a variety of materials, mainly cheap foil and masking tape to fill out the body of the Powertex bird mdf templates. These were to be mounted onto the large 2 pin metal base so I played around with both templates to get my layout. You will notice that I did make a change ending up with both birds facing forward. I removed the smaller bird so that I could work freely on the larger one.
Step 2 – I made up some Stone Art Clay starting with equal quantities of Grey Powertex and Stone Art powder. As I have quite arthritic hands, I find it easier to work in small quantities and I made a total of 5 batches of clay each starting with around 200ml of powertex liquid. I wrapped each batch in cling film to stop it drying out.
Step 3 – Once I had covered the armature including the leg I covered the wings with masking tape.
Step 4 – I pulled lilac Paperdec into strips that would be long enough to drape over both sides of the wings. I brushed Powertex over the wing area and worked Powertex into the pieces of Paperdec one strip at a time until both wings were well covered and looked reasonably symmetric. I also re-positioned the wings slightly.
Step 5 – Before starting in this bird, I pushed the leg of the stand up into the armature to ensure there was a cavity without risking squashing the clay. I then worked the clay onto the smaller bird. As with the first bird, I painted a little Powertex onto the base before I worked the Stone Art Clay started with the far side i.e. the side that would be nearest the first bird.
Step 6 – Spread a generous amount of Powertex liquid onto the base and then press dry Stone Art powder into it. Repeat in patches until you get a nicely covered base. I also added some Paperdec onto the body to give an indication of the wing area.
Step 7 – Spray the base with blue Bister. Then spray the black Bister to create areas of shade. Leave the sculpture to dry overnight or until the clay is firm. I left mine for 2 days.
Step 8 – Using Secret Art Loft Clotted Cream and Secret Art Loft Liquorice Twist acrylic paint and a 1″ Powertex Flat Brush I started to give the birds character with a close nod to their true colours. I started by dry brushing the Liquorice Twist onto the lower wings on both sides. I then added some Clotted Cream into the black and continued over the top sections. Lightening several times until the wings had an ombre effect. At the same time I worked on the body of the birds. I also dry brushed some of the colour onto the base to bring out the detail.
I hope you like my interpretation of both the fabulous template and the Heron bird. If you are inspired by my blog to create your own, please acknowledge me. It’s great if we can help each other in the continuation of our craft. If you would like to learn this project with me please do get in touch.
Happy New Year everyone. I hope you had a peaceful Christmas and Santa brought you everything you need.
So here we go with a whole new year of creative adventures and to kick it off , I got to use these beautiful bird templates. They have so much potential and I have loads of ideas flying around my head for future projects.
In this blog I’d like to share my step by step instructions for how I made the templates into Japanese Cranes – with a little bit of artistic licence. I recommend you read through the instructions before starting.
You will also need 2 deep sided plastic containers, a small container (the foil base from a mince pie works well), cling film, brush and something to stir the clay mixture with ( I use the handle end of an old wooden spoon). Apron, gloves and plastic cover for your work area are also a good idea.
Building the armature
I started by using the foil to build up a more rounded shape on the head, neck and body of the bird templates. Keep checking the shape from all angles and compare the birds side by side to get the proportions right.
I built the wings separately and then taped them into place on the birds however you can build the into the body as you go.
When you are happy with the shapes slide them onto the metal spikes to check that they fit side by side. Make any necessary adjustments.
I attached the larger bird to the spike, at this stage, by securing with masking tape then building the leg shape with foil. Next I covered the whole bird with masking tape,
The smaller bird, I choose to work off the spike so that it would be easier to get around all sides of both birds with the clay. To enable you to attach the bird to the stand later, leave the legs of the smaller bird uncovered but cover the rest of the bird with masking tape. Make sure the hole for the spike does not get covered.
I then painted both birds with a coat of White Powertex.
Adding the clay
In one of the deep plastic containers, I mixed the White Powertex with the Stone Art to create clay (see the ‘how to video’ in my Penguin blog). Mix the clay to a soft dough consistency so that it is easier to apply to the birds. Once mixed wrap in clingfilm to stop it from drying out.
When you’re ready to start the sculpting, warm up your clay by kneading it thoroughly, then start applying to the birds in manageable pieces . I started at the beaks and worked down the neck and bodies. Smooth the clay out with your fingers making sure you thin it out where pieces lay over one another so that there is no bulky areas. Keep some clay for use on the small birds legs later on.
There is no need to put clay over the wings as these will be covered later.
I used approximately 250g of clay on the larger bird and 150g on the smaller bird. Don’t worry as any spare clay can be kept wrapped in clingfilm for a couple of weeks and will still be workable.
Shaping the wings
I then took strips of the white Paperdecoration and dipped it into the white Powertex. Work the Powertex through the paperdec and squeeze out any excess. It should be covered but not dripping.
Lay these strips over the wings working down towards the tail. To get thin wispy feather effects pull the paperdec apart once you have covered it in Powertex.
Next, I placed the small bird onto the base, attached it with masking tape, painted the legs with white powertex then covered with the spare white stoneart clay. I chose not to cover these with foil as they would have been too bulky.
Leave overnight to fully dry.
Mix a 10p amount of Easy varnish with each pigment to a single cream consistency. Use this to paint the beak (yellow ochre) head (red), eye and neck (black). Varnish dries very quickly so you will need to remix more as required.
Mix a dry brush blend of easy varnish and black pigment to make a thick paste. (see video below) Wipe off excess colour then use this to dry brush the wings. Make up a similar paste with black and a touch of white (grey), again wipe off the excess and use this mix to dry brush the legs.
Finally, I added some large 3d balls to a small container, sprayed generously with yellow bister then added enough transparent powertex to make the balls clump. I placed this onto the metal base and patted down. I repeated this until I had a nice covering on the base. I then dripped the remaining mixture into any gaps to help bond the balls. Leave overnight to dry
I hope you have enjoyed this project as much as I did.
I will be running full day workshops at my studio in Leamington Spa, on the following dates if you would like to join me to create a crane.
The Secret Art Box – Powertex UK Subscription craft box – by Anna Emelia Howlett
Inspiration for The Secret Art box January Powertex projects
Which lucky crafters got their hands on Januarys The Secret Art box?( The Powertex UK craft subscription box). Me I did!! I squeed a little and did a little dance when I saw the contents. If you don’t want to miss out on further boxes sign up here. I promised myself I would make some quick projects for you this time. So you are able to scratch that creative itch when you haven’t got as much time to spare.
“We wish you bluebirds in the spring, to give your heart a song to sing”
So my mind was racing with all sorts of ideas and I am going to share a few with you. You can get so much out of The Secret Art Box project wise. And here is the first I came up with.
Powertex mixed media box frame
Now I know what you are thinking hey that frame didn’t come in the kit. Whether you are an avid Powertex addict or you are just getting started. I’m sure you will have some sort of frame in your stash. If not use the layout and free hang it or create on a canvas. It really doesn’t matter what you do. There are no set rules with Powertex. But there is on thing you must have, that’s right FUN!!! This is supposed to be a time for letting go and relaxing. Setting some time aside for yourself to do what you love, crafting! And not having to do too much thinking!
To start your frame
I took a plain pine square box frame with the glass removed. I then sprayed it with mahogany and brown bister. The bister is a walnut stain spray that you can get from Powertex UK. So it will dye or stain the area you have used it on. It is a great addition to your stash. So if you haven’t got any definitely pop it on your wish list.
With some Ivory Powertex I mixed in a bit of the blue Powertex in the kit approx a teaspoon of each. Then dry brushed the frame all the way round leaving some of the stained wood peaking through. Next I mixed more blue and Ivory Powertex but a lighter shade and repeated the process. I also sanded back the frame a little because this helps some of the stained wood to show through. Then Taking the blueberry pie from the kit I dry brushed a little around the frame.
I took the blue paperdec (in the kit) and cut around the bird shape. I had some music paper in my stash that I wanted on the other bird. Using the music sheet paper was quiet apt due to the song bird type theme. I coated and stuck down the paper dec onto the mdf bird with the blue Powertex. With some Easy coat matt (another product I would recommend adding to your stash) I stuck the music paper onto the mdf shape.
Mixing bister granules and varnish together to make a brown stain to then apply and age the paper. You could spray it to give the same effect. Currently the bister comes in granules and spray form. So that you can make your own or have it premade in a spray bottle.
How to add the song sheet bird wing
I cut a shape out of music paper and glued on to the back of a cereal packet with Easy coat matt. To raise it off the bird I used the MDF mis-shapes they make great bumper pads. And will add depth instantly to projects.
For the backing board, I used some of the lace and scrim in the kit. To create texture I added some Easy structure. Liberally scrapped across the board with a palette knife and through the super cute stencil that comes with the kit. And then coated with the blue Powertex. Dry brushed with the blueberry pie acrylic and blue curacao pigment and varnish from the kit. (I didn’t prime it, just went straight on with Powertex, but you can if you wish).
Taking the branch I dabbed a little of the easy structure and 3d balls on the leaves. I coated the leaves with Blue Powertex and dry brushed with golden olive pigment from the kit. Sprayed the branch with brown and mahogony bister and varnished once dry. The bird house was sprayed with bister and dry brushed with Ivory Powertex. And the heart sing was created with items in my stash using the Powertex alphabet coated in blue Powertex and dry brushed in olive pigment.
I have to say I am really impressed with the new size bottle and the nozzle. It allows you to easily apply the Powertex. Also making it really easy to use a little at a time. (Powertex cures with the air, so you can’t put it back into the bottle once it’s poured out).
In the past I’ve had to pour out the Powertex onto my palette. But the nozzle controls the flow and I simply applied the Powertex straight onto pieces of my project leaving no waste. I used this handy bottle with nozzle like a glue to stick everything in place. The transparent in this handy sized bottle makes everything even easier to stick down. In case you have any seeping through the sides, as it dries clear.
How to create Powertex mixed media bird
With the cute wooden free standing bird I wanted to create a really simple, quick but effective project. I laid the bird shape on the textured paper, drew around it and cut it out. Then I stuck the paper down using the Blue Powertex.
Top Tip: Leave to dry and take a sanding block around the edges to take off any overhang.
Then coat the whole project with the Blue Powertex. It will act as a primer, glue and paint all in one. I chose some of the feather embellishments for the tail with a paper rose. The eye is a wooden embellishment with a diamond eye all stuck down with the Powertex nothing else. Just leave to dry. Then paint with blueberry pie acrylic. To finish I mixed a bit of the olive green pigment into the acrylic and dry brushed to finish.
LOVE BIRD JOURNAL
How to create a Powertex Journal
I wouldn’t be me if I didn’t create a journal. I happen to have some mini books in my stash, waiting to be turned into journals. The left over textured paper was placed on the front and back cover at the bottom of the book. Material from my stash went at the top and the lace in the kit through the middle of the book. Some of the wavy yarn on the spine of the book.
The Plaster heart made a great feature/center piece. All coated and stuck with the Blue Powertex. Dry brushed with the blueberry pie, blue caracao and olive pearl pigment. After all these projects I had over half of my bottle of Powertex, acrylics and pigments. All left over for other projects! Awesome right?
With all the little embellishments left over I just couldn’t leave them out. So decided to make some paperclip banners for the journal. I have created a video here as a walkthrough. I hope you have enjoyed seeing these ideas.
Do share your makes if you have been inspired in the Powertex Studio. You can find me at Rosehart Studio or subscribe to my You Tube channel and look out for more videos. Toddles Anna xXx
The Secret Art Box – Powertex UK craft subscription box
“We wish you bluebirds in the spring to give your heart a song to sing”
Please note *** You may not get an exact replica of this box, but similar items will be included ***
I cut a 6 cm polystyrene ball in half as I wanted to fatten the bird up and make him more 3d.
I stuck one on each side of the wooden bird shape.
Next I arranged some sort of platform for everything to sit on. I used part of the cardboard from the box as the base.
I painted the mdf birdhouses with blueberry pie acrylic paint.
I started to compile pieces to make a tag using other items from the box.
So as not to cover up all the background paper, I traced round and cut out the shape.
I placed the mdf bird shape in the cut out background space and put the cut out piece back on top of the bird shape.
I dismantled one of the paper flowers as I wanted to use it to try to represent feathers.
Next step was to cover everything with Powertex. I used the blue from the box and some bronze that I already had to paint the branch top left. The bird is covered in t-shirt fabric and I used a couple of pieces of hessian to create wings. You can easily use the paper decoration for this too.
I just wanted to show you how far the Powertex goes. I covered all of the above pieces liberally and I’ve still got half the bottle left.
And this is how I assembled everything together and coloured it up with the blue curacao and golden olive Secret Art Loft pigments.
I think they look very fitting outside in the garden in the middle of the bush.
I used the golden olive pigment on the body of the bird and on the flower feathers. I painted the leaves on the wallpaper background with blueberry pie acrylic paint.
This actually looks better in real life as the colours are more defined, but unfortunately, my camera doesn’t appear to be a fan of blue!
I hope this has given you a bit of inspiration. Don’t forget to show us what you make with the contents of your box and don’t be shy in uploading them to the Powertex Studio FaceBook page. For further inspiration, visit the free online Powertex magazine here.
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