Powertex Treasure Tree

Hi it’s Kore! This month on the Powertex UK blog we’re all about keepsakes. I keep a box of treasures that I have collected over the years from letters and concert tickets to small things. They include tiny gifts from dear friends, a crystal pendant bought on a special holiday, a chinese coin, a teeny clay cat and a little angel. Usually these things hide away, only occasionally being found for a wander down memory lane.

My Treasure Tree project gives me a way to display my tiny keepsakes all the time.

Ingredients

Powertex Universal Medium in Red and Blue
Black Bister spray
Easy Varnish
Copper Colortricx pigment
3d balls in Medium and Large
1mm craft wire and cutters
Masking tape
Cotton fabric strips and textures e.g. string
Base or box for your tree to stand on
Flat brush and paper towel

Step 1. Making the wire frame

A quick internet search showed me several ways to make a wire tree armature and I took inspiration from those to make my wire tree. 1mm craft wire is good for this as thicker wire can be hard to twist when you have several strands together.

I wrapped wire round an A5 notebook to measure it out, cut the wires at the top and then used my fingers to create a loop at the bottom. From here I can twist the wires into a trunk and branches. Bend the loop to make a base and keep the branches horizontal so you can hang your treasures. Watch my video below for more details on creating the tree shape.

This video shows me making my second tree!

Step 2. Shaping and taping the tree

When the wire tree has been made, I give it some shape by wrapping strips of foil around the trunk and the start of the branches. Padding out the bottom also means I can tape it to a base or box lid.
When done, I completely cover the wire and foil with masking tape.

 

Step 3. Powertex and fabric wrapping

Now it’s time to get the Powertex out. I wanted to use a purple colour, so I mixed Red and Blue but any dark colour of Powertex will work brilliantly. I pre cut strips of cotton fabric no more than 8″ long. I also had some pieces of stockinette, string and muslin for extra texture. I used 3d balls for texture on the base.

I painted the whole tree with Powertex first, then used the fabric wrapping technique to cover the tree.  I wrapped the strips in spirals and kept lots of texture. The stockinette pieces were gathered around the base of the tree. This created wrinkles and pockets that would hold trinkets when the tree was finished. String pieces and 3d balls were added last, coated in Powertex and put into place.

 

Step 4. Adding colour

When dry, colour can be added. I used a few sprays of Black Bister around the base and the trunk. This creates depth and shadows. A quick blast with a hairdryer works before adding my dry brushing. I chose the Copper Colortricx pigment for my tree and didn’t need to add any more colours as the metallic effect looked great without anything else.

This technique uses a dry mix of Easy Varnish and pigment powder and is applied to raised areas using a flat brush. Add your pigment over your project, highlighting all the textures. It works best if you remove excess colour onto a paper towel first and keep your brush flat against your project. Watch your tree come alive as the textures are picked out against the dark background.

The finished tree is perfect for hanging my tiny treasures and displaying those little keepsakes that get lost at the bottom of my memory box. They can be attached or left free to move and change.

So now my tiny treasures can be kept out of their box and displayed, reminding me daily of happy memories.

If you would like to see more Powertex creations pop along to The Powertex Studio facebook group where you can share your makes too. Powertex Addicts United on Instagram has lots of inspiration from across the world.

You can also follow my Powertex experiments and projects @skysagestudio on Facebook and Instagram or find my personal Powertex blogs over at koresageart.com. See you there!

Until next time, make a little space in your week to let your art out!

Kore x

Teatime in wonderland, wearing my best hat!

Hello lovely people.
I hope you enjoyed the show on Hochanda and it has got your creative juices flowing.
I was lucky enough to try out the project packs before the show and I have to say I really enjoyed doing them.
I created the hat first as my muse was screaming at me to do that one.
Sadly I did not do step by step photos as I was way too excited to crack on and play.
I had a piece of quite chunky crochet material I wanted to use and this was just the job.
I first laid out all the parts of the kit and decided how I was going to display them, before getting out the Powertex and going for it.
My muse already knew what colour theme I was going to do, so first I painted the top hat in the BLUEBERRY PIE and MOJITO LIME
Paint and Powertexed my crochet material and laid it on the hat.
I used the green and did a bit of blending with the blueberry and dry brushed with the white pigment to highlight.
I added the rice papers to the playing cards and added texture in the form of sand balls to the top part of the cards.
I took the feather and added texture to that using stone art and Powertex and used a pokey tool to make it look like a feather, dry brushed with black.
I used more of the crochet material to the bottom part of the hat and then measured and soaked some material to give it a more 3D effect to the middle part of the hat.
I used easy 3D FLEX on the tag and gave it a crackle effect using some brown bister and added the MDF numbers and painted them with easy varnish mixed with black pigment.
And my mad hatter’s hat I felt was completed.
The next kit I found more of a creative challenge and my muse was stumped on how to go about this one, I think as the rice papers are so pretty, it kind of threw me a little, as this is not more normal style!
 I sat and played around with combinations for a while until I decided upon a design my muse liked but once I started, I did not stop until it was done.
Firstly I wet ripped the rice paper, by this I mean if you dunk a fine paintbrush in water and run it around the part of the rice paper/tissue paper you want to use, it comes away quite easy and looks a better finish when laid down on a structure.
I then added lace to other parts of the teapot and cups and saucers and decoratively painted the flowers and flamingo and the little mouse on the top. I added a piece of string dipped in transparent Powertex. I painted the MDF wording in the blue paint and stuck down using Powertex as my glue.
I forgot the mention I added a few lace butterflies as well.
It turned out very pretty (for me) and I loved incorporating the rice papers into my design.
I hope all the design team blogs on this theme have inspired you all.
Until my next blog …. Go be creative
Jinny x

Powertex meets fairy magic by Kore

Hi it’s Kore here again! I have to know, do you have fairies living in your home, sprinkling their magic on your craft projects or making mischief in your garden? Are there a few pixies perhaps sharing your biscuits? Yes me too. I like a little magic in my life but I wish they’d help with the washing up sometimes! This project gives the tiny folk a door of their own to come and go.

Basic ingredients

MDF fairy door plaque, window framehinge and toadstools
Ivory Powertex
T-shirt fabric, lace strips and hessian strips
Secret Art Loft Translucent Acrylic Inks in Tangerine, Raspberry, Aqua and Violet
Easy Varnish
Powercolor pigments in Burgundy and Turquoise
Colourtricx pigment in Terraviolet

Embellishments and optional ingredients

Red and blue Powertex
Piece of card for the window
Door handle flower
Cocktail stick and card for the sign
Large 3d balls for the stones
Paper flowers

Use Ivory Powertex with fabric to create texture on the door with lace, a door step with a roll of fabric and a door frame with pleated hessian.

Use coloured Powertex to paint hinge, stones, window frame, toadstool, door handle and sign. You can use Ivory Powertex and paint with inks or pigments if you prefer.
 Paint the door with the acrylic inks, letting them blend into each other.

 

Mix Powercolour and Colourtricx pigments with Easy Varnish to add more colour and highlights. My favourites are Burgundy to make a shadow in the door frame and Turquoise to colour the window and the flowers. I used the Terraviolet for some shimmery fairy magic on the hinge, toadstool, sign, stones and doorstep. I can glue all the pieces into place with drops of Powertex.

 

 

 

The acrylic inks really pop on the ivory Powertex, I love the way they run into each other too. if you swap the acrylic inks for Powercolour pigments and Easy Varnish, your fairy door will be weatherproof to go outside. Remember if you want your Powertex project to be weatherproof you’ll want to leave it to cure for 3 weeks first.

You can share your projects on the Powertex Addicts page on Facebook and click Follow and See first to catch the brilliant projects from other Powertex Addicts.

Did you know we also hold a monthly Powertex challenge on Instagram? Follow @powertexaddictsunited for the monthly theme or #12monthsofpowertex. It’s open to everyone and there’s a giveaway up for grabs too.

I’m always experimenting with Powertex so if you’d like to see more of my makes you can follow me on Facebook or Instagram.

Until next time, give yourself a little time to let your art out!

Kore x

Stolen days and Powertex acrylic inks

Hello Everyone

The other day I bounced out of bed ready for a morning of clearing leaves off the deck before it got so slippy that I ended up doing my Dancing (!) on Ice impression( other shows are available)!!

I came downstairs to this

Mmmm well that put paid to that idea so I found myself with rare thing……time…..that unexpected time that you get when your plans can’t be fulfilled, that time that feels like its been stolen as you shouldn’t really have it,  that magical time…….what would I do with it.

For a while I have wanted to play more with the range of acrylic inks brought to Powertex UK by the Secret Art Loft.  Now was the time…

I decided to narrow down my choices and stayed in the cool side of the shades and only allowed myself to use inks to bring in the colour.

I opted for Palm, Aqua, Viola and Deep Sea from the translucent range and metallic Viola.

The inks are so beautifully vibrant that the photos really don’t do them justice.

For my base I chose items from the Powertex UK MDF fairy door range

The inks work beautifully with all of the Powertex product range.  As these are very liquid I used a dropper to add small amounts to my base products allowing me to have more control over the colour and consistency.

I based the door with a coating of Powertex Ivory then added Stone Art clay, made with Powertex Ivory.  I used a rubber stamp to imprint an impression into the clay and whilst it was still wet, I used a damp paintbrush to blend the inks onto the surface,  I let this dry and then reapplied more inks to intensify the colours.

For the mushrooms I applied Powertex Transparent onto the MDF then dropped the inks from the dropper onto the wet powertex, as these were drying I added more layers of ink to get the intense glossy effect.

With the door and window I applied a layer of Powertex Ivory then randomly scattered a selection of the 3D small and medium balls.  I decanted some of the inks into bottles and sprayed them on.

Finally for the lock I used Powertex Transparent as the base before applying the balls and ink.

I finished off my project by dry brushing with the Viola Metallic ink to give a slight sparkle.  Unfortunately the camera hasn’t picked that up too well.

 

Now my fairy door is complete I can open it up and escape through into a lovely sunny Spring day…..oh well I can but dream.

What wonderful places will your door lead to?   Don’t forget to post your makes on our Facebook page – Powertex Addicts United.  And don’t forget to try the inks with all of the other Powertex Products for even more exciting results.

Until next time…….

Happy Creative Adventuring.

Axx

Floral Stoneart

Hello Bloggers!

Today I have a canvas project incorporating my most favourite of all of the Powertex techniques and that is Stoneart.  Since the very first day on my Powertex training session Stoneart has been the technique that I find most inspiring and has always has the WOW! factor each and everytime I make something with it.
This is a project that I made to inspire 6 students that came to a beginners Stoneart workshop at the weekend and they all thoroughly enjoyed it and created some superb finished pieces. I apologise for lack of photographs of the stages I got carried away and realised when I had almost finished!

We started off with a canvas measuring 9″ x 12″ so that gave us a good area to play with.  The project began on the base canvas with the ivory Powertex and then using the Stoneart powder to create the incredible Stoneart effect.  I added 2 pieces of polystyrene into the bottom corner to create lots of dimension.  I broke the polystyrene away so that the inside was exposed as this is fabulous in creating that faux stone effect to the project.  The Stoneart process was carried through onto the polystyrene which finished the base for the floral arrangement.

The flowers and leaves were all made with Stoneart clay which the students thoroughly enjoyed making. A variety of Powertex flower and leaf moulds were used for the centrepiece.
After laying the flowers down and securing using Powertex Easy Structure I filled in any gaps with ivory Powertex and then filled with 3D sand and balls adding more interest.  The whole floral area was then covered with several colours of bister including natural browns, yellow, green and burgundy.

After this had dried the colour was added using Powercolours and Colourtrix.

This is my final project as a member of the 2017 Design Team for Powertex and it has been an absolute pleasure to be part of the team over the year and hope that I have been able to inspire you with some of my projects.  I have been invited to be a guest blogger in the new year so I will be popping up now and again with a little something so hope you enjoy these too!
Thankyou Tracey and Gary for the opportunity of being part of the Design Team I have thoroughly enjoyed it.
Bye for now
Jo x

It’s about "Time"

Hello Everyone!

Today I have a mixed media inverted canvas that I would like to share with you all using a selection of Powertex products.

I started off with a 12″ x 9″ canvas which I decided to invert to ring the changes.  This creates a lovely frame to use as a feature. 
Ivory Powertex was used throughout the project. 
I decided to use a variety of fabrics to create texture and these included cotton sheeting around the framework and as you know this creates some really lovely pleating which is how I created the draping on the corners.  I also used hessian on the background as this added a rustic look.
As you can see I have used lots of plaster moulds to add all the detailed pieces including the frame, face, cogs, screws and flowers.  I also included a few die cuts which included the main clock.
Sand and balls in different sizes added interest and dimension in the right top corner.
Easy structure through a few patterned masks created more interest on the frame.
The theme of the canvas was Time so I chose a phrase that I felt sums it up very well.
A mixture of Scrabble letters, printing from the PC and wooden letters added variety in the way that I added the words.  Glossy accents were then put over the top to protect the letters and also add thickness and gloss.
When it came around to colouring I have been itching to try out the new inks from Powertex and I am loving how they were so easy to apply and how effective and bright. It really made the project pop !
a little Terraviolet Colortrix finished the project off a treat and highlighted specific areas.
I hope that you have enjoyed checking this project out and that it has inspired you to have a go at an inverted canvas.
Bye for now,
Jo 🙂 x

Fantasy Pine Scene Canvas (by Anne)

I had so much fun creating this pine cone scene.

I used some twigs and pine cones from my stash (they must be fully dried out to avoid development of mould), hessian, T shirt fabric, kitchen paper, Sand & Balls and even broken egg shells (fully washed and membranes removed).

The background sky was created with Pebeo Fantasy paints (Moon, Prisme and Vitrail).

 
Materials:

Fi Potter’s Powertex Hat

Hi there long time no see!

I took a nice break and enjoyed 2 weeks in Cornwall in September and October just seemed to disappear!  Then November came along with a fabulous Hobby show at the NEC and I had a great time with the Powertex UK team demonstrating all kinds of texy things.

There was a lot of interest in the hat I bought along to alter with Powertex and so as promised here is a quick step by step photo story of how this old felt trilby was transformed into a bit of goth type magic.

I started with a selection of fabrics and added MDF, Plaster and sand embellishments.

 

 

Once it was dry I added a variety of pigments to give it colour and to bring out all the fabulous textures.

 

 

It really was a great project to make and I wore it the following weekend at Ministry of Mixology, Coventry and here is the finiished hat.
Products used were all Powertex:

 

Have fun and happy ‘Texing
Bye for now
Fi

Powertex Daisy Bowl (by Anne)

This was my first attempt at creating a 3D bowl with Powertex. I was really chuffed with the results.

I recycled an old cotton scarf and used the lovely Daisy Moulds to create 3D embellishments from Stone Art clay.

I also added some 3D Sand & Balls plus a few glass seed beads for more texture.

Materials:

Fantasy Sea Shore Canvas (by Anne)

I simply love Powertex for creating mixed media. It enables you to sculpt fabric and to create 3D embellishments – the possibilities are endless.

I simply adore the sea but unfortunately I couldn’t live further away from the seaside. I had so much fun creating this one and disappeared into a fantasy world of sea, sand, fossils and shells. So much scope for texture.

I recycled an old cotton scarf and a bit of old potato sack, created extra texture using sand and balls, and even created the fossils using moulds with Powertex clay.

I hope that you like my fantasy sea shore.