It’s Cold Outside

Designed by Patricia Williams

Wintertime is upon us and Christmas, but not all projects have to be Christmas themed there are lots of other ways to express the beauty of Wintertime. The brief for this month’s article in the Powertex magazine is “It’s cold out there”. I am building my idea around no matter how cold it is the young will still play and maybe the not so young, after all who said fun was only for children.

Having a surplus of foam balls left over from workshops, makes it the perfect starting point, I also have a fair few stands and little plaster and resin pieces. You know the sort of thing you gather up but never seem to get around to using.

It's cold out there by Patricia Williams, Powertex tutor
Powertex Winter craft
by Patricia Williams

Materials

Powertex Universal Medium supplies for a winter craft project
Materials

How to make my Winter Powertex project

I started by pressing my foam ball onto the stand, in this case I used a black metal stand with a single spike; available on the Powertex website.

Styrofoam sphere

I gave it a coat of White powertex and allowed this to dry, while I cut up my fabric.  

This was a a generous size square of fabric, to allow for folds and creases. I cut a small hole in the centre for the spike on my base to push through. Soak in Powertex and massage until it is completely covered. Take the ball off the stand and drape the fabric, positioning the hole at the bottom. Arrange your fabric until you are pleased with it. I left quite a bunch at the top to represent piles of snow.

Powertex Winter craft project by Patriicia  Williams

While it is was wet, I settled in my centre piece (cherubs on a swing). Then around this I placed three little hares frolicking in the snow. Leave over night at this stage to make sure your pieces are secure; you can of course use a drying box to move it onto the next stage more quickly.

Finishing touches

Time for dry brushing; simple is my choice on this piece as I love the white snowy look. I added a light brushing of white pigment on the Hares to make them look as if they have a light dusting of snow in their fur from frolicking in the snow.

A few flat backed clear gems represent a sparkle as the sun hits the snow. I really think that’s all it needs. This was a simple and quick piece to make but would make a very pretty table centre or feature piece.

It's cold outside
It's cold out there Powertex craft sculpture by Patricia Williams

Why don’t you have a go at making your own and show to us on The Powertex Studio, I would love to see your makes and of course any other projects you have done. If you would like to see more of my work, head over to my Facebook page Alex Henry or see more of my projects here in the Magazine.

Thank you for reading my blog I will see you in the New Year, so until then enjoy your festivities with family and friends.

Gothic Fantasy Pram

Designed by Patricia and Dave Williams

How it all began

For a very long time I have wanted a vintage style pram. It goes back to when I had my own babies, living in a flat there was no room for such a majestic pram. So, children long grown up, I decided Powertex gave me the perfect opportunity to use a pram as a base for my Gothic Art.

This involved much searching online sites to find one and I finally did at an amazing cost of £45. It was found in a house clearance, looking a little tired and worn as it would at 50/60 yrs old. It was love at first sight, just to push it to the car to take made me bristle with excitement.

Vintage pram to alter into Gothic fantasy pram project with Powertex

On arrival it was tucked up inside my Powertex storage garage where it silently waited while plans were made. The plans changed many times, the only certainty it was going to be black.

It was going to make it’s debut at The Whitby Gothic Weekend on October 25th-27th where we go twice a year to show our creations, let the work begin.

How we created the Gothic Fantasy Pram

Materials used

Stage 1

Sand it all down and give it a coat of gesso, then black Powertex, suddenly it no longer looked sad and tired it began to breath life. I left it for 48hrs to dry out while cutting up of lots of fabric.

Stage 2

Dave, re-upholstered the inside, deep buttoned style in black leather. It was taking on a whole new personality.

reupholster vintage pram

Stage 3

Turned upside down I started to apply the fabric cover to the base in long strips leaving it quite wrinkled to give a texture. At the handle end I attached a ceramic baby curled in a leaf, roses and skulls.

Using Powertex Universal Medium with fabric

Stage 4

Now the sides were a whole different story as I wanted them very ornate and busy. I covered the sides with Powertexed fabric. We started to gather lots of plaster pieces then bedded the pieces into the fabric. In the centre as a focal point I added a plaster face, with wings.

This took a few days to dry out. Then I coated it all with Black Powertex. Flipped it over when it was dry and did the other side to match.

Using Black Powertex with plaster and resin pieces

Stage 5

Time to start working on the hood, I coated it all over with black Powertex inside and out. I cut up lots of twine and laid out a spider web pattern, which I then filled in with skulls of different types and faces, adding scrunched up fabric coated with Powertex around them to make sure they were securely fixed. Once more the whole hood was coated with black Powertex.

Stage 6

So excited to reach this stage; Dry Brushing. Keeping it reasonably simple I started with silver Colourtrix,  lightly brushing all over to bring out all the texture , it instantly came to life and really needed very little more. To finish off I added touches of dry brushing with white Powertex Universal Medium.

Stage 7

The back of the hood and the apron, they changed many times as they progressed, we wanted them to almost tell a story, of derelict buildings and overgrown trees, we used some MDF pieces for this.

Powertex altered gothic fantasy pram makeover
Powertex Gothic fantasy pram by Alex Henry Mixed Media
The Hood

So finally it was time to put her all back together and take her out for a photo shoot.

So here she is our much loved Gothic Fantasy Pram who made her debut at Whitby Goth Weekend. She met some amazing people who ooohed and aahhed over her and photographed her from every angle and she even had the pleasure of a delightful baby boy try her out for size.

Where do we go from here I asked myself as after finishing such an intense and exciting project there is always that feeling of anti-climax, but we have two fabulous projects on the books, so even more exciting times to come.

See my last project the Dark Dreamcatcher or if you would like to see more of our work head over to our Facebook page Alex Henry. Don’t forget to add your projects onto The Powertex Studio, I would love to see them and you will also find lots of inspiration there.

So until next time,

Patricia (Alex Henry)

Roman Column

Designer – Patricia Williams

As the theme for this month is the Roman Empire, for this article my thoughts turned to all those wonderful columns. They are quite majestic as they tower above us reaching for the sky. Before I started work on my project, I researched styles so I could get a feel for where I was heading.

Roman Column with Powertex by Patricia Williams Alex Henry
Powertex Roman Column

Materials list

Ivory Powertex Fabric Hardener

Stone Art

Brown Bister

Yellow ochre Powertex Fabric Hardener

Corrugated cardboard

MDF or wood squares

Building My Column

Corrugated card column

I started by rolling my corrugated cardboard to size. Use a former underneath if you wish. The centre of a large tin foil would do to give it a bit of strength. Glue firmly together using Powertex Fabrc Hardener and leave to dry.

Add Stone Art

I gave my column a good covering of Ivory Powertex Fabric Hardener and rubbed in a generous layer of Stone Art. I left it to settle while doing the same for the top and bottom of my Column. Repeating this stage a second time made sure it was well covered. 

Cover the card with Powertex and Stone Art

Spray with Bister

I finished by spraying generously with Brown Bister. This did give it a lovely look of worn stone. I left it all to dry overnight.

The Finishing Touches

I started to work on my decoration, I made scrolls from the corrugated cardboard I had used for the main structure, this worked well and added that extra touch.  I used the same technique of coating with Powertex and rubbing in Stone Art, attaching these to the column with a dab of Ivory Powertex.

Happy with that it was now onto dry brushing,  I decided to keep it simple and dry brush with Yellow Ochre and Ivory Powertex.

Powertex Roman Column with Stone Art
Powertex Roman Column by Patricia Wiliams

I am pleased with the result, what do you think? Would look great just standing in a corner of the garden or as a plinth for another one of your Powertex creations, its nice to elevate pieces of work to create layers and depths to a display.

I would love to see some of your makes so why not show them on The Powertex Studio. Also, if you would like to see more of my work pop over to Alex Henry on FB. I work in a wide variety of styles.

There are also lots of other fabulous articles on the Powertex Magazine, be sure to check them out they make very good reading and fill you with inspiration.

Thank you for reading I will be back again with more articles,

Patricia