Keepsake Kubes – a unique way to remember…..

Hello there

Our project theme this month is all about keepsakes, mementoes and lovely memories, so in keeping with that I would like to share with you my Keepsake Kube(s) …….there is an extra ‘s’ as I am sure you’ll want to make more than one!!

My Kube has all the memories of a little girl’s first year, I thought it would be lovely to continue building more blocks adding more memories as she grows so that by the time she has her own family she will have a full set of building blocks.

So here we go………

For this project you will need

A cube shape – I used 6 empty wooden mini trays to make mine, as I love to recycle,  however you could use a cardboard box, mdf or even plastic.
Masking tape
Powertex – Transparent
Powertex Easy Coat Mat Varnish
Old clothes – natural fibres work best
Pieces of ribbons, buttons etc
Piece of cardboard
Typewriter or computer/printer

I stacked the trays on top of one another, making sure that the top and bottom were solid sides, then I secured them all together with masking tape and coated them with Powertex.

Don’t forget to give your Powertex a good shake before using and only pour out a little at a time as it is air drying.

If you are using cardboard or plastic,  cover with the masking tape and coat with Powertex ( for cardboard – coat one side at a time, letting it dry in between to prevent the cardboard from sagging).  You can always speed your drying time up by using a hairdryer.

If you are using MDF then apply a layer of transparent directly to the base to help seal it.

I then took a selection of baby clothes and other memorabilia  – and cut out interesting bits eg embroidered motifs, metal fastenings, pieces of the base fabric, lace edgings, buttons, ribbons etc

I laid these out on the cube to see which pieces looked best where and once I was happy I coated each piece with transparent Powertex and then placed it on the cube giving it a firm push to make sure it was properly adhered.  I layered the motifs on top of the base fabrics after they had been coated in the Powertex. It is best to work on one side at a time allowing it to dry thoroughly, this way nothing will fall off as you are turning the cube over.

💡Why not use pinking shears to give your pieces a funky edge and prevent fraying.


When working with the transparent, make sure you take your time to cover all of the fabric as it can be difficult to see where you have been and remember although the Powertex will look milky when you pour it out, once dry it will be transparent.

To attach the plastic buttons I used a dab of Easy Coat Matt varnish.

 

I worked the 3D bears head last as this would take more time to dry.  I then left the cube for a couple of days to allow the bear to completely firm up.

I created the tags by using a good old fashioned typewriter and cardboard, you can also create the tags on the computer and print them off or hand write them with a waterproof pen.

 

When the fabric cube is completely dry, attach the tags again by using the Easy Matt Varnish.  I applied a coat of varnish over the top of the tags as well to make sure they were secure.

Now have a good look at the cube, does it need anything extra adding?  – don’t forget with Powertex you can continue to add onto already hardened items.

💡So now you’ve created your first cube, what will be on your next one?  How about one just for the school years, or their budding football career, a unique 21st birthday or even a wedding day keepsake with confetti etc……

I hope you have enjoyed this project and don’t forget to share your makes with us over on our facebook page – The Powertex Studio. or why not continue your Powertex adventures by joining your local tutor on a workshop.

Until next time

Happy Creative Adventures

Annette

Sweet Beautiful Music

Hi there, as I write this blog we are having the most glorious weather for the first May Bank holiday in the UK and it is fabulous!  I’m listening to the Peaceful Guitar play list on Spotify and there’s a lovely breeze wafting through the house….mmmmm… to top it all I love this guitar project pack!

Powertex has taken this one right back to basics to show how you can create some really super projects by using just the magic of Powertex, a nicely constructed kit and the basic pigment kit.

So first I joined the 2 main pieces together with Bronze Powertex and added the hanging bracket as show in the two images below.


One the back was dry I used the textured paper to cover the front of the guitar, again using Bronze Powertex – there’s no need to use any other mediums as the magic of Powertex covers so many uses.
You can see how I made two pieces to cover the body if the Guitar.  I also laid out the main design of my piece.  The only parts of the kit I didn’t use were the two paper flowers. I used more of the Bronze Powertex to stick the embellishments in place, the only thing I added was some jute string. Once everything was in place I left it to dry overnight.

Next I used PowerColor Pigments and Easy Varnish  to build an Ombre shading moving through from Yellow Ochre to Red Ochre.  I repeated this shading several times until I got the effect I was after.

To build the colour and shading I also added in some Titanium white in the latter layers.

I coloured the embellishments as well.

Once I was happy with the main colour I mixed up some silver Colortrix and cloured the strings.

I then added Burgundy PowerColor to the heart/flower embelishment and finally added some Rich Gold Colortrix to the centre of the two main embellishments and a faint brushing over the textured paper.

Below are some close ups to help you see the effects.

Hope you enjoy the Powertex Design Teams take on this project and we inspire you to have a go yourself.  Don’t forget to share your makes in the Powertex Studio on Facebook.

Happy Crafting
Fi

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cheshire Cat on the Mad Hatter’s Hat

Hello there,
I had a great time with the Top Hat kit that I wanted to share with you how I created the Cheshire cat on the Hat that was shown on the Hochanda show with Tracey Evans.
Along with the kit I used the mdf Alice and Grin embellishments.
To start with I assembled the hat using the hat band on the back and front to secure it, then I prepped all of the embellishments so that they were ready to place in the fabric whilst it was still wet

I started by using clear domes to create the eyes.  Using Powercolor black pigment mixed with Easy Varnish I painted the iris onto the flat side of the dome, let that dry completely then cover the whole of flat side with the Key Lime paint repeat this several times to get the depth of colour but let it dry between layers. Set aside.

Using the beautifully bright acrylic paints coat the letters, grin and Alice.  Don’t forget the sides. Set aside.

Take the mdf playing cards and using a craft knife carefully cut the shape from the top of the card and use this to fill in the gap in the centre.  Coat the card with a layer of Ivory Powertex, let it dry completely.  Using a wet paintbrush draw around the image on the rice paper and gently pull away the areas not needed.

Coat the mdf playing card with varnish then lay the rice paper image on  top,  using more varnish go over the top of the image and sides of the card pressing gently to adhere.

When dry coat the edge of the card with Powertex Black.

 

For the ears, mix up Powertex Black and Stone Art into a clay (when it no longer sticks to your hands its ready).  Shape two ears and set aside to dry.  Make sure you have a flat area that will sit nicely on the hat.

 

Whilst everything was drying I laid out the stripes on my cat, here is is shown using tin foil however as I had extra Stone Art clay I used that to make the stripes.

For the tail, I removed the quill part of the feather and used the Stone Art to depict the stripes.

Once I had them in position I painted the whole of the hat and tail in Black Powertex.

Using gauze and Black Powertex I then covered these making sure you press around the raised areas to get definition for the stripes.  Place the eyes and use a small piece of gauze to create eyelids.

Whilst this is wet place your letters, ears ( you may need to add additional Powertex to the flat part to ensure a good bond), Alice, Grin, Playing cards and the tail.  Use additional gauze to build underneath any embellishments that need more support.  Let dry

I then dry brushed the stripes and ears with a combination of the Blueberry Pie paint, Raspberry Sorbet paint and white pigment to get the shading.

I hope you have as much fun with the kit as I did and don’t forget to post your makes on our Powertex Studio Facebook page.

Happy Creative Adventures

Axx

 

Altered Time

WOW what a cold and long winter we’ve had here in the UK and it’s something we don’t get very often – Time just seemed to drag on and on … which brings me timely to my latest blog (Corny I know hahaha)!

Using the fabulous March  Project Pack  I had oodles of fun creating this Pocket Watch taking the Mad Watch scene from Alice in Wonderland as my inspiration.  I didn’t add butter or mustard! but I did use some of them to pull together my colour pallet.

So first I unpacked and laid out the ingredients from the project pack, picked out some PowerColors and mixed up the black bister from the kit.

I always like to get a rough layout even though I know it will change once I get started.

With this one I wanted a slighty deeper clock face so I used some MDF dropouts to raise the rim above the clock face.

First I used some Easy Structure and a cogs stencil (from my own stash)  to create some background texure that fitted with the theme.

Easy Structure dries really quickly and I prefer to let it dry naturally but if you are in a hurry you can blast it with some heat from a hair dryer or heat gun.

Once the easy structure was dry I coated the whole layer  of Ivory Powertex from the kit (with a generous amount where there was no stencilling).

I then placed some of the drop outs around the perimeter of the base, added the heart in the centre and the largest cog on top.

I added some Ivory Powertex under the outer rim of the top layer of the watch and placed on top taking care to line it up accurately.  I applied more Powertex  over the top layer and then sprayed generously with black bister.

I used a hairdryer to dry and create some areas with a  bister split creating more texture and interest.

This part was all done in around 10-15 minutes.

While this finished drying I coated the numbers, clock hands and a few circle mdf dropouts with ivory. I then did the same to the remaining cogs which I placed into position while they were still wet.

The image tp the left shows where I thought I would place them, but I did move them around a few times before I put the Powertex on.


Once the cogs, numbers, hands etc were dry I used Rich Gold Colorticx and Easy Varnish to richly coat the numbers and clock hands.

I applied Yellow Ochre, Red Ochre and Dark Green pigments randomly over the cogs and circles and applied with Powertex pressing firmly on each piece until they had started to stick.


I used bronze gold colortricx to dry brush the background of the clock face.

I then added washes of turquoise pigment as well as the yellow, red and dark green pigments to build up a rusty look.

I built this up over several thin layers.

I added a few flat back crystals to highlight where there were missing numbers and also popped some rusty circles to finish off the smaller cogs.

I did a similar finish to the stand using Ivory Powertex, Black Bister as well rich and bronze gold to give a cohesive look to the finished piece.

Below are some other close ups so you can see how it was all finished.

And here is the finished altered timepiece…

Have fun and don’t forget to share your makes with us over on Powertex Addicts or why not join our fab new group The Powertex Studio where Certfied Powertex Tutors as well as YOU can share your creations and we can inspire each other.

Bye for now
Fi xx
This is what I had left!!!!!

 

 

These are the pigments I used and below are some close ups…

 

 

 

Time flies by Annette

Hello Everyone

I hope you’ve kept yourselves safe in the recent bad weather and have used the time to get an extra bit of Powertex play in.

This month I’ve used the new Powertex UK Pocket Watch Project Pack to create a birthday card with a difference.  I’ve made it for Granny Smyth at the age of 75 but you could create this for any age and just move the hands to different positions and use different numbers.

I hope you have fun and remember to post your makes on the Powertex Addicts United Facebook page, you know we love to see what you create.

 

To complete my piece, I used the kit along with texture paper, Rusty Powder , Yellow BisterEasy Varnish and pigments.  I mixed my bisters with a 50/50 solution of white vinegar and water to make the colours pop.

Start by laying out the pieces to see which ones you want to use.  The photograph is a laser copy cut to size.

Take a piece of textured paper and draw around the inner circle, cut this out and place to one side

Now coat the front of the base of the watch with Ivory Powertex and stick the texture paper to the centre. Attach the front of the watch to the back (you may need to add a little more tex around the edge then coat the front with the Ivory Powertex also.

Now spray with the blue and yellow bister mixes
and dry with a hairdryer.

When dry turn it over onto a clean work surface and coat the back with Ivory Powertex, I then used and old credit card to add texture by lying it flat on the surface and lifting it up (bit like making your snow peaks in royal icing).  Spray with the blue and yellow bisters and dry with a hairdryer.  By raising the base from the table whilst doing this step, it will help to stop any stray colours from seeping onto the front.

 

When dry use a slightly damp sponge to remove the excess colour from the watch.

I choose to colour my embellishments separately.  Coat them all with a layer of Powertex Ivory.

Randomly add extra Ivory then drop on some Rusty Powder and spray with the bister mixes, leave to dry on one side.


You can keep spraying these with pure white vinegar to get the rust to develop further.

These pictures show the cogs,  I repeated the same process for the other embellishments (except the heart) varying the amount of rust and colour I added.

For the heart, I painted a layer of Easy Varnish over the front of the photograph, by holding the paper taut whilst it dries it doesn’t wrinkle,  once dry repeat on the rear.  Now using the heart as a template cut out the photograph and using the Easy Varnish attach it to the heart and coat with several layers of varnish to seal it.

 

Place a small amount of Ivory Powertex into a pot, sprinkle on the
Rusty Powder then spray with the bister mix.  Now stir


Using a paint brush apply this around the photograph then sprinkle on more Rusty Powder and spray with the bister mixes.  As you can see the bister will wipe away from the photograph as you have previously sealed it with the varnish.  Again spraying with more vinegar as it dries will encourage the rust to form.

Now add all the embellishments to the base using Powertex, make sure you clean up any excess as you go,  I used some of the spare pieces in the kit to support the heart in the centre.

When it was all dry, I used a combination of Bronze Gold, Copper and Silver pigments to add a little sparkle.

I hope you have great fun creating your own Pocket Watch and until next time Happy Creative Adventures

Axx