Acrylic inks

Secret Art Loft acrylic ink sprays at Powertex UK

The spray acrylic inks add vibrant colour to your Powertex mixed media art and crafts. The inks are transparent so they can be layered and blended into each other for juicy colour.

This month there is 10% off Tracey Evans’ range of Secret Art Loft acrylic ink sprays at Powertex UK.

Take a look at these gorgeous samples using the acrylic inks, from Powertex tutors. They use Powertex Universal Medium with mdf, fabric, clay and texture mediums with the inks for stunning projects.

Annette Smyth mdf frame with cow skull, Powertex and acrylic inks
Mixed media art by Annette Smyth
Patricia Williams lighthouse Powertex triptych
Sea triptych by Patricia Williams

Use the ink sprays on figures and sculpture

Wendy Reed bright acrylic ink geisha sculpture
Geisha figure by Wendy Reed
Buddha box by Annette Smyth
Buddha box by Annette Smyth
Japanese fish Powertex sculpture by Annette Smyth
Fish sculpture by Annette Smyth

The inks are available in a range of colours including metallics

Cow skull art
Cow skull art by Kore Sage
Mermaids by Patricia Williams
Mermaids by Patricia Williams
Wall letters by Samantha Thompson

Add textures with clay, mdf and fabric

Cow skull dream catcher by Donna Mcghie with Powertex acrylic inks
Dreamcatcher by Donna Mcghie

Donna has written a step by step tutorial for her dreamcatcher art.

Shell North Powertex box with cow skull
Cow skull box by Shell North
Fi Potter tea cups
Tea set by Fi Potter
Fairy door by Kore Sage with Powertex acrylic inks
Fairy door by Kore Sage

The acrylic inks are on special offer in October with 10% off to celebrate Tracey’s birthday. The gorgeous colours available are Raspberry, Aqua, Palm, Viola, Egg yolk, Tangerine, Deep sea, Lava and Damson. There’s also 5 metallic inks in Aqua, Golden, Copper penny, Silver sixpence and Coral pearl.

Shop now to take advantage of this offer. If you have any questions about using the acrylic inks you can always head to the Powertex Studio Facebook group for advice.

Powertex family project

A Tryptich with a Twist – by Annette Smyth

Powertex family project, sea theme

Hello,

This month I thought I would show you a Powertex family project. This is one that you could share with the children during the Easter holidays. So this article shows you how to make a piece of family art suitable for indoor use. It breaks down nicely into mini projects which all come together towards the end.

Why not let each family member decorate their own hoop, making this a real Powertex family project to treasure.

There is no limit to the number of hoops you can connect. Just ensure the whole structure is stable and check for balance when connecting them all together.

Powertex family project, sea theme

Here’s the twist, the hoops can be worked on either side (flat or recessed) and hung either way. So if your base fabric is fine you get a lovely silhouette if hung in a window with the decorated side facing outside. You could even suspend it and let it gently twist in the breeze getting the best of both worlds.

Or why not mix it up and have hoops facing in different directions?

Heres are the products that I used

– Set of 3 unvarnished wooden embroidery hoops
– muslin fabric
Powertex translucent acrylic inks
Powertex transparent
Powertex Stone Art
KatySue Seahorse Mould
Powertex Paperdecoration
Powertex Sand and Balls Sample pack

-pipettes/waterproof cupcake cases/glass mat/small paintbrush/plastic covering for table/gloves/water spray bottle

Mini project 1 – Making the Jellyfish

Pour approximately 5mm of transparent Powertex into a cupcake case and leave to dry (this can take 2-3 days to dry completely).

When dry remove and cut in half using scissors to give you 2 half moon shapes. Take some of the white paperdecoration and pull it into fine strips. Dip one end into some transparent Powertex and stick it to the underside of the half moon. Leaving the tails of the paperdecoration uncovered gives them a soft floaty look. Leave to dry

You can move on to some of the other mini projects at this time.

Mini project 2 – Making the Seahorses.

Make a small quantity of stone art clay (see the video here for instructions) place in moulds pressing down firmly, release and set aside to dry.

Once dry, use a nail file to remove any uneven edges and paint with the translucent inks. You may need to do several layers to get a bright colour and don’t be afraid to mix the inks to make new colours.

Mini project 3 – Colouring the fabric/paperdecoration and stones

See the video below for how to colour your fabric. If you want all of your hoops to have the same background. You need to layout the hoops on the dry fabric first allowing enough space between them, to be able to cut out with a wide margin. You will need this to pull them taut on the frame later.

Alternatively let each person work on their own fabric with colours of their choice.

How to colour fabric with Powertex Acrylic Inks

To colour the paperdecoration, take a strip and spray with water. Then fold it up and dip it into the inks. If you want the colour to run spray with more water after you have dipped it. You can take out some of the inks and place them on your glass mat to allow the colours to run together and roll the paper dec in this if you prefer.

Whilst you have the inks out, place some of the balls into a cupcake cases, mix in a small amount of ink to colour the balls and tip onto a piece of plastic to dry.

Now leave all of the ink covered pieces to dry completely.

Mini Project 4 – Attaching the fabric to the frame.

When your fabric is dry, dip it into the transparent Powertex. Then work this well to ensure you have covered all areas. The Powertex will look white but dries clear.

Now lay this fabric over the solid part of the embroidery frame, place the split hoop on top and slightly tighten the screw. Work around the frame pulling the fabric taut then tighten the screen further. Next leave this to dry then paint hoop with ink to blend in with your colour scheme.

PUTTING IT ALL TOGETHER.

Using the dried paperdecoration which you previously coloured. You need to dip this into transparent Powertex and wrap it around the edges of the hoops. Ensuring that where the hoops meet you reinforce this area with more paperdecoration. Let this dry then turn over and reinforce all joins from back.

If each person is decorating their own hoop, you can leave this step to last and join them once decorated.

Powerex family project, sea theme

I opted to work on the back of the hoop, the side with a recess so that the embellishments sat inside. I added my seahorses, jellyfish and stones using transparent Powertex to attach them.

I then added additional ink covered paperdecoration to cover the rings and drape over the hoops on both the front and the back.

If you are going to hang your piece, make sure that you use some paperdecoration to create a secure loop on your project.


Powertex family project, sea theme

I hope you enjoy making this Powertex family project and we would love to see your creations. Please feel free to post them in our facebook group – The Powertex Studio.

If you would like to take a workshop with me then details of these can be found on my website page – Annnette Smyth Art and Craft Workshops.

Did you catch my last article. Click here to be inspired.

For a tutor in your local area, take a look at the Powertex Tutor Directory

Until next time , happy creative adventures…………..Axx

Dream, Wish, Create a Beautiful World (by Anne)

This lovely image of a young girl (Victorian Photographs Rice Paper) really called to me and inspired me to make this piece. To me she portrayed a young girl that had experienced in her life far more than any child should.  Alone she would dream and wish for a better world. Her creativity would enable her to escape from the trauma and open the door to a world full of beauty.
I know that many can testify that using imagination and creativity really does take them to a happy place and can increase wellbeing. Sorry, maybe a bit heavy? I hope that you like the ‘beautiful world’ that I have created.
I first collected together lots of elements from my stash; a small wooden pallet (15cm square), a thick greyboard panel with frame (13.5cm X 5cm, 6cm X 2cm centre) plus smaller panel, silicone moulds to create flowers and fern, MDF Heart Keyplate, Penny Washer and Heart Flower (Powertex), scraps cotton fabric and lace.
I created the flowers and ferns using silicone moulds and Stone Art Clay. Stone Art was mixed approx. 50:50 with Ivory Powertexplus a little Transparent Powertex. Ivory Poweretex was also used to coat the inner greyboard pieces.
The wooden pallet and remaining greyboard and MDF pieces were coated with a leftovers mix of Powertex (mainly Lead and Ivory). I keep any leftover Powertex in recycled little takeaway sauce pots (plastic with fully airtight lids). My mix gave a lovely warm grey colour.
I spread Easy Structure Pasteacross the centre of the pallet and then spritzed with Green Bister.
The rice paper images were applied to the Ivory Powertex coated panels using Easy Coat Mat Medium. Note: the sentiment is actually snipped from the ‘Creative Paper’ branding down the side of the paper. I also used some small leftover snips from a floral paper.
Cotton fabric was treated with Ivory Powertex and draped diagonally across the middle. More texture was added using 3D Sand & Balls.
The flowers, ferns, Heart Flower and Penny Washer were coloured with Acrylic Inks; Palm Leaf, Viola, Viola Metallic and Golden Metallic. A little gold colour was also applied to the edges of the keyplate and image panels, plus drizzled onto the texture paste. The fabric was spritzed with a little Green Bister.
A strip of thin fabric braid was treated with Powertex, coiled tightly into a spiral, and added to the MDF flower centre (coloured with gold ink when dry). A sheet of Angelina fibre was created by ironing heat fusible sparkly fibres between sheets of baking parchment. I collected together a few snips of lace plus some Powercotton.
Next I put it all together. I hung a small metal ‘wish’ charm from the base.
I used Easy Structure Paste through the Duo Arty Quotes Mini  Stencil to add the ‘Dream’ sentiment.
More Acrylic Ink colour was dry brushed over textured areas.
I love the new Acrylic Inks. The fluid formula enables you to drizzle areas with intense colour too.
I was really pleased with my ‘Dream, Create, Wish’ mini artwork. I think that I might just have to keep this one for me.
Off to get busy as I have so many ideas. I will share more soon. Hugs all xxx.
 

 

Steampunk Jewellery Plier Stands (by Anne)

I have been meaning to decorate my jewellery plier stands for ages and finally got them finished.
I had a bit of a problem with these in that they started off as a plain varnished wood surface. I initially coated them with white Gesso with a view to painting them with acrylics. However, the Gesso did not bind well to the varnish layer – eek! All ideas were halted. These need to be fairly robust and a tonne of flaky chips after a short use was not what I wanted!
I then discovered Powertex and yay, I would be able to rescue and decorate my plier stands after all. Coating the entire surface with rice papers and torn kitchen towels would create a tough protective skin over the surface and prevent the feared chipping off of the base layers.
HOW IT WAS DONE
I first collected together lots of embellishments; die cut cogs and pipework (Sizzix dies), MDF Keyplate (Powertex), metal clock hand and chains, old light bulbs and screws.
I tore out images from Creative Rice Paper (Powertex). This particular sheet seems to be out of stock but there is a similar Victorian Steampunk Paper available. I also separated layers of kitchen paper and tore them into pieces to coat the surface. This would add texture and a protective layer.
STAGE ONE
First I applied the torn decorative papers using Easy Coat Mat Medium. Ivory Powertexwas then painted on to blend in the image edges.
STAGE TWO
Next layers of kitchen paper were bonded all over the surface. Some were glued down with Ivory and some with Terracotta Powertex. Die cut card embellishments were also coated with Powertex and glued down.
Texture was added by applying Easy Structure Pastethrough a texture stencil.
I also had a try at the rust technique. I mixed some Rusty Powder into Ivory Powertex along with a few drops of white wine vinegar. This was painted and dribbled over the surface (extra powder sprinkled on top) and spritzed with water and vinegar before leaving overnight to develop. I spritzed at intervals, several times. I avoided the areas that will be in contact with my pliers.
STAGE THREE
Next I brushed over and added colour using Acrylic Inks in Tangerine, Egg Yolk, Aqua and Metallic Gold.
STAGE FOUR
I also applied a little gold Pebeo Gilding Wax on some areas. When fully dry and cured (I left them for 3 weeks) I coated the surface with Easy Varnish to fully seal and protect.
I have included lots of images of how all the surfaces were built up.
Texture and die cut cogs have been added.
Rust and colour added.
Side finished with stronger thick greyboard embellishments. Any large embellishments protruding from edges need to be strong (thinner card would be prone to warp and bend).
I started with a larger clock image on the other side.
Die cuts and texture added plus a metal clock hand for dimension.
Finally finished with thicker embellishments and more dry brush work and gilding wax.
Love this character.
Texture and layers built up. Waiting for the rust to develop.
Building up the layers of transparent colour makes so much difference.
The second plier stand started off in the same way.
At this stage you might feel like giving up. What a mess!
Just keep going, adding layers of rust texture and colour. 

 

Just loving the gorgeous layers of texture and colour.
I used several layers of the die cut pipework together to make them thicker and stronger on this side.
Wooohooo – this is soooooo yummy (or is it just me – tee hee).
Another end panel.
I used an MDF keyplate (Powertex) to embellish this end.
The final colouring makes such a difference.
The final side had a couple of little storage wells. I won’t really be using these so a perfect place to embellish with larger items.
I had fun adding recycled light bulbs, screws and bits of chain etc. I used structure paste and Powertex treated kitchen paper as a 3D glue to hold things in place.
Initially I had added a thinner die cut cog to the end but it wasn’t really strong enough. Here I added another thick greyboard cog over the first. Much more practical. I also added a small MDF Butterfly.
Here you can see more of the Steampunk treasures added. I also added some 3D Sand and Balls.
Love this Steampunk birdie peering out.
Well I hope that all these pictures have not overwhelmed you. I wanted to show how all the stages were built up. It also shows the stages that look awful, perhaps where a beginner might give up! Remember, if it all goes wrong just keep applying colour, inks or coloured varnishes. If this fails and you are really not happy – just paint over the whole thing with a base colour of Powertex and start again.
Hugs, Anne xxx.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

Bister Mister Spray Tray

A crafter can never have too much storage and what is nicer than decorating your own?  I’m making quite a few bits at the moment in an effort to make my tiny weeny art space more colourful and more organised.  My latest piece is done with Powertex.

I made the kit up and then coated all over with Ivory Powertex.  I then added a texture paste, made up from Powetex and 3D flex. I roughly spread it over the two ends and in patches on the top of the storage caddy.
On the longer sides I used Easy Structure to push through two of the artist quote stencils.  I then sprayed with blue bister and left to dry.
I also stencilled one side of the carry handle and on the other I roughly spread some of the 3D flex texture paste and pressed a plaster piece into it.
Once dry I washed back removing the surface bister and leaving a nicely stained base.  The bister had encouraged some great crackles on the ends and some nice fine ones on the top.
Next I used Acrylic inks from The Secret Art Loft to build up layers of colour and to bring out the crackles.

I used Aqua, Viola, Palm and Deep Sea which I applied randomly with a brush, wiping back with a wet wipe. This enabled me to build a colourful piece with a nice splodgy arty vibe.
Over the handle I added the colours and let them drip down, this gave a nice deep colour in the corners where the handle met the top of the tray.

Finally I mixed up some Bronze Colortricx with some Easy varnish and dry brushed the art quotes.

I also used some Secret Art Loft Blueberry Pie acrylic paint and dry brushed over the rough textures to add further depth.

That’s all for now
Fi xx

 

 

 

 

 

Alice in Wonderland Clock created (by Anne)

I have had so much fun joining the Alice in Wonderland Tea Party with Powertex UK. I love fantasy themes and wanted to make a working clock full of bright fun colours and sparkle. Hope that you like my Alice Clock. It certainly fills me with cheer and makes me smile.
I had an old heart shaped MDF working clock that really needed a revamp. I combined it with the Pocket Watch Kit to create my crazy clock. The kit contains a stand, solid back and frame to make up a 3D pocket watch. Also included are lots of smaller embellishments for decoration – great kit.
The stand was put together using Black Powertexto coat and glue everything together.
The open watch frame was coated with Black Powertex.
The back and outer rim of the solid pocket watch shape were also coated with Black Powertex. The central area was painted with Ivory Powertexready for adding images. When dry, pocket watch images from a decorative Rice Paper were applied using Easy Coat Mat decoupage medium. The sheet I used does not appear to be in stock at the moment but the Victorian Steampunk sheet is similar. The surface was spritzed with a little Green Bisterto knock back the harshness of the Ivory colour. 
I coated my recycled MDF clock with Ivory Powertex on the front, Black on the back. Again Easy Coat was used to add Rice Paper images. You can still see the original painted numbers on my old clock face.
A layer of Crackle Accents (Ranger) was added onto the clock face images to give an aged crackle effect. When dry, more Green Bister was added to emphasise the crackle (the wet colour seeps into the cracks). Texture was then applied using Easy Structure Pastethrough the Wonderland Stencil. I dabbed over with a little black Powertex to cover some of the bright white colour. Easy Structure Paste was also used as a strong 3D glue to attach the watch to the stand.
Rice paper images were also applied to my recycled heart clock. Layers of kitchen paper were applied around the decoupaged images using ivory Powertex to give added texture. I also added Easy Structure Paste through the stencil to add hearts.
Several of the new Acrylic Inks and Paints were used to add colour to my project (Acrylic Inks in Egg Yolk, Tangerine, Golden Metallic, Viola Metallic and Aqua Metallic; Acrylic Paints in Raspberry Sorbet, Orange Marmalade and Key Lime). The inks are gorgeous fluid transparent colours ideal for painting over other colours or patterned papers. The medium bodied acrylic colours are semi-translucent and are great for heavier colour and layering. I LOVE them.
A piece of tree bark was treated with Transparent Powertex. I have had this piece in my stash for years (so it was fully dried out) just waiting for a suitable project to use it on.
The pocket watch frame was glued in place with Transparent Powertex ensuring that it was well centred. Easy Structure paste was used to glue 3D elements onto the base stand. Bronze Powertex was used to cover and colour the Easy Structure Paste where needed. At this stage I checked that the clock hands would be able to move freely around the clock face (once it’s all glued and dry it’s well and truly glued!).
The small MDF heart (from my recycled clock) was treated with black Powertex. I added some 3D Sand and Balls into the wet Powertex for texture. When dry I coloured with Easy Varnish and Interference Lilac Pearl Pigment. Have you seen these new Pearl Pigment colours? WOWeeee!  I rubbed over a little Pebeo Gilding Wax (gold) to cover the edges and highlight the texture more.
Gilding Wax was also rubbed over the Pocket Watch tops and tree bark. A thick greyboard frame and rectangle was coated in Black Powertex to create a table. A piece of lace and scrap of knitted cotton was also coated in Black Powertex to fill in the base of the ‘tree’ and to create the table cloth. I started placing other MDF elements from the Pocket Watch Kit (but not glued down yet).
More colour was added with the Acrylic Paints. The metal clock hands were coated with Jade Patina (Ranger).
….. and yes my craft stash is encroaching inwards – tee hee.
I continued to build the scene, coating elements with Black or Ivory Powertex then colouring with Acrylic Paints before gluing down with Powertex.  
The MDF sentiments and Flamingoes were from the Alice Collection; the butterflies, dragonfly, numbers and spirals from the Pocket Watch Kit. The sentiment plaque was a greyboard piece from my stash. I added some 3D Sand and Balls to the Flamingo wings for extra texture.
A layer of Glossy Accents (Ranger) was applied over some of the painted elements and fine crystal glitter dropped into the wet surface for added bling and sparkle. The piece was then left overnight, propping it in a horizontal position.
I also added an MDF Heart Flower, Lion, cat and small bird from Mini Hieroglyphs, MDF flowers and leaves plus greyboard flowers (from my stash). The little signposts were made from recycled wooden canvas stretchers and black alcohol marker used to write.
Then I had fun with my dies. Each element was built up using 4 layers of either black or Kraft card and layers glued together with Powertex to make them thick and robust. Coffee Archival Ink (Ranger) was used to stamp the chairs (Sizzix). The cake stand, cupcakes, small cup & saucer, spoon & fork and teapot cut (Intricutz); the larger cup & saucer and top hat (Sheena Douglass); the chandelier (Crafters Companion) were built and glued in place with Easy Structure paste where needed to give added depth. More Glossy Accents and glitter were added over some of the elements.
Finally a little dry brushed colour was added over some of the textured surfaces using Easy Varnish and the Pigment colours (Iridescent Lilac, Violet Valentine, Rich Gold).
I will leave it for around three weeks for everything to fully cure, then finish with Easy Varnish to fully seal everything and give added protection to painted surfaces.
I’ve popped in some close ups for you. Ooooh sparkly flamingos.
I am always running late so this sentiment is perfect for my clock – tee hee.
You can see that crackle texture on the watch faces here.
Lots of layering and sparkle.
I absolutely love my new clock. I hope that you love it too, Anne xxx.

Powertex meets the Raven and the Rusty Pocket Watch

Hi it’s Kore here with my March blog. I’m so excited about the fantastic Alice in Wonderland theme this month! They are brilliant stories with extraordinary characters and everybody has a favourite quote. “Tea-time?” or “I’m late” or “Why is a raven like a writing desk?” which is my favourite!

Powertex pocket watch with Rusty Powder

The white rabbit is pretty important to the story and I’m using the Pocket Watch Kit for my project and a totally irresistible pot of Rusty Powder. I love the colour and texture of Rusty Powder and it’s slightly unpredictable results. I like mixing the recipes, like playing mud pies as a kid. A little mud, a little water, a little grass for texture, perhaps a worm! Maybe I was warming up my Powertex skills back even then. Wonderful, messy, arty, crafty chemistry.

My ingredients this time:

Powertex March Project Pack Watch

 

Pocket Watch Project Pack
including Ivory Powertex
Black Bister granules
Blue Bister granules
3d sand
3d balls small

And:
Transparent Powertex and/or Easy Structure Paste
Rusty Powder
Transparent Acrylic Inks in Aqua and Viola
Distilled vinegar and small spray bottle
Easy Varnish
Colortricx in Bronze Gold

Optional:
Drop outs mdf
Raven mdf

Powertex pocket watch layout
Step 1: Figuring out how it could fit together.

 

Pocket watch sprayed with Bister
Step 2: Preparing the pieces. For brighter colours coat with Ivory Powertex first. I used Blue bister granules mixed with water to make a spray. I also used some Aqua Transparent Acrylic Ink and varied these over all the mdf pieces. I want some of this colour to show up.
mdf cog and Rusty Powder
Step 3: Mixing up Rusty Paste. When the colour is dry, mix up some Rusty Powder with some Transparent Powertex, or Easy Structure Paste is good too. The recipe is key to a good rust. The more Rusty Powder you add, the darker your rust will be. Don’t forget to add a little vinegar, that’s what makes the magic happen. I add some 3d Sand for texture too. Have some 50/50 vinegar and water spray ready. Apply the mixture partially over your pieces and then spray with vinegar/water. Leave it to rust overnight.
Pocket watch pieces with Rust
When it’s dry you can repeat this step for extra texture or rust colours. It’s great to layer different stages and textures of Rusty Powder.
Fabric pieces with Rusty Powder

 

I used my leftover Rusty Powder paste to paint these fabric scraps. I also left my plastic mixing plate to dry. The dried rust mixture can be peeled off and used in my mixed media canvases. Gorgeous!
Powertex pocket watch with Rusty Powder

 

Step 4: Putting it together. Once my pieces were dry I put them all together, roughly like my layout. I used Powertex to stick the pieces down. I wasn’t worried about any drips or splodges, it all adds to the texture.
I used some tiny mdf shapes from the Drop Outs mdf pack to raise up some of the numbers from the frame and I’ve included a piece of that rusty fabric on the heart. I’m really loving all these layers! While rooting through my Drop Outs I found these fantastic little spirals and decided to include them. They look like little question marks!

Step 5: Make your watch stand. This is a good time to stick your mdf watch stand together too. Slot the pieces together and paint over the pieces and joins with Ivory Powertex. Leave it to dry.
Powertex pocket watch with Rusty Powder

Step 6: Adding another rust layer. I mixed up another Rusty Powder but this time my recipe was Easy Structure Paste and 3d small balls. and a little vinegar. I wanted a sloppy paste that would drip. You can add sand to make a thicker paste.

Add some Rusty Powder mixture to your watch stand and sprinkle over some black and/or blue Bister granules to add textures. Spray your Rusty areas with your vinegar/water spray. Use Bister sprays to colour some parts.

 

Powertex pocket watch with Rusty Powder and Inks

 

Step 7: Adding colour with Inks. Once all my rust layers are dry I love to add more colour and the Transparent Acrylic Inks are brilliant for this. They tint the rust a little and are fluid enough to run around all the textures. I used Aqua and Viola and a couple of sprays of Black and Blue Bister. Oh that’s better!

 

Powertex Mdf Raven
Step 8: Adding embellishments and hands. The last stage is to add the remaining embellishments. I’ve chosen an mdf raven as well as the butterflies, dragonfly and clock hands. I coat them with Acrylic Inks in Aqua and Viola. Then add a spray of black Bister to the raven and blue Bister to the butterflies. The clock hands are painted with Ivory Powertex so they stand out.
 The watch face is looking very dark so before I add the embellishments I use a little metallic dry brushing over the numbers. For this I mix Bronze Gold Colortricx pigment with Easy Varnish. This will make the last pieces stand out more. A little Ivory Powertex would also look great for highlights.

 

Powertex Pocket Watch March Project Pack
Final touches: I stick the last pieces into place with Powertex and wait for them to dry before fixing the watch to the stand.

 

 

There are lots of gorgeous textures in the project pack to make this pocket watch your own. What colours would you use with your Rusty paste? There’s still time to get yours and show us your creation for the March Powertex Challenge.
You can enter your Alice in Wonderland themed creation into our monthly challenge over on Instagram. Check @PowertexAddictsUnited for details. Not on Instagram? Join The Powertex Studio group on Facebook to share your makes and catch the latest news and inspiration.
You can also follow me and my Powertex experiments and projects @skysagestudio on Facebook and Instagram.
Until next time, make a little space and let your art out!
Kore 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

Steampunk Travellers Mixed Media Canvas (by Anne)

Oh my goodness – I really enjoyed myself with this Steampunk canvas – I just love to get myself lost a bit of fantasy. I used lots of Chocolate Baroque stamps from my stash and two of the new stamps from Mark Gould (Sailor Jim and The Aviator).
I first cut 2 pieces of left over mount board and trimmed them to approx. 25 X 31cm and 31 X 41 cm. The back board was coated front and back with Bronze Powertex. The second board was coated with Ivory Powertex.
I used a page from an old atlas and glued it to the board using Easy Coat Mat decoupage medium. Note: There are some lovely map themed Rice Papers on the Powertex website.
I then applied some Easy Structure paste through stencils from my stash to create some wave and cloud textures.
Next I applied elements from decorative rice papers (sea themed and pocket watches) using Easy Coatmedium. It looks like the pocket watches sheet I used is out of stock but there is a similar Victorian Steampunk sheet  available. Tip: draw around the parts of the image that you desire using a water brush or pen, then gently pull away the image from the sheet. This avoids harsh cut edges and the images will blend better into the background.
I also applied a little of the new Golden Metallic Acrylic Ink through my stencils, and onto areas of the pocket watches.
I next stamped my images using Versafine Ink (Onyx Black) onto recycled tissue paper (packaging). I also stamped some onto white card using Versafine (Vintage Sepia), cut them into little sentiment strips and edged them with a dark brown alcohol marker. The images and text sentiments were applied to the canvas using Easy Coat decoupage medium.
I added a little colour over the decoupaged stamp images using Golden Metallic and Aqua Acrylic Inks. These inks have a lovely translucency so do not obliterate the image beneath. You don’t need to be super careful with colouring either.
My characters were stamped onto smooth stamping card using Versafine (Vintage Sepia), cut out and coloured with pencils. I applied Ivory Powertexto the backs to seal them, curving and doming them slightly. I coated the fronts with a layer of Powerwaxto protect them. I chose this option as I was concerned that a slow drying wet medium might smudge some of the pencil colouring.
I used one of the MDF Heart Flowers (approx. 12.5cm across) to make an embellishment for the top. The moulded flower was from my stash. It had been made with Stone Art and Ivory Powertex mixed into a clay and used with one of my moulds. When dry it was painted with Easy Varnish tinted with Burgundy Powercolor, then dry brushed with more varnish tinted with Silver, Rich Gold and Copper Colortricx. The MDF flower was coated with Bronze Powertexand the moulded flower glued to the centre with a little Easy Structure paste. Easy Structure paste and Powertex were used to glue the embellishment to the top of the canvas.
Black cotton netting was treated with Bronze Powertexand applied to the canvas base and diagonally across the middle. The characters were then positioned and glued down with Easy Structure Paste (i.e. using it as a 3D glue). Care was taken not to smudge the images with paste or Powertex. Any slight mishaps were wiped away quickly with a damp sponge.
I gathered together lots of Steampunk and nautical embellishments from my stash including die cut ship wheels, anchors, gears, swirls etc. I also had a stash of shells created using paper clay and moulds (already coloured with ink sprays). The embellishments were all coated with Powertex (Transparentor Bronze) and glued in place, using Easy Structure paste where needed. I also dropped some 3D Sand and Balls into wet Powertex for added texture.
In addition I used some recycled gear cogs from the inside my finished double sided tape rollers. These are plastic so I used copper gilding wax to colour the top surface (Powertex doesn’t stick to plastic) and embedded them well with Easy Structure paste and Powertex coated card pieces etc.
Finally I dry brushed Easy Varnish tinted with Bronze Gold Colortricx lightly over the embellishments to enhance them.
The canvas could be mounted into a 3D box frame to fully protect it from dust etc. It could also be hung directly – perhaps holes cut in the top edge and a string would look quite nautical? If hanging without framing I would advise that everything be fully sealed with Easy Varnish (the characters with more layers of Powerwax); particularly the areas coated with transparent Powertex (coloured Powertex is already weather resistant). It could then be cleaned with a damp cloth (or even rinsed under the tap).
I hope that you like my fantasy creation. I have included a few more pics for more close up views, Anne x.