I then painted the band with the Key Lime acrylic and the base of the hat and sides with a mixture of Orange Marmalade into Raspberry Sorbet into Blueberry Pie. I also used all the colours on the words fading in and out of one another. All the pieces were then stuck down with Transparent Powertex and left to dry.
I’m really please Leonie liked my journal I thought for a moment it wouldn’t be coming home with Tracey. This one was fun to create with multi-layer stenciling, on the cover and rice papers. Green and blue bisters to give it a softer finish. The rabbit uses the crackle effect you get with Ivory Powertex, brown bister and a hair dryer. I used the rice papers on the inside covers too. Hope you enjoyed the Hochanda shows, I certainly had fun creating my art to inspire. Toodles Anna xXx
Just a quick blog today to share my Mad Mad Hatter project with you. This is the second of the pieces I created for Tracey’s Hochanda show on 30th March.
Powertex combined with Alice in Wonderland? Whoever would have come up with that idea? The guys at Powertex UK that’s who. And you’ve got to admit it, it’s a match made in heaven.
As anyone who has ever dabbled with Powertex will tell you, the possibilities for going with the imaginative flow are limitless. Throw in a bit of the total other wordliness of Alice in Wonderland and you just know you are in for a roller coaster ride of creativity.
They are both the most fun ever, but being more of a mad hatter type of girl than a tea time kind of girl I have decided to show what I did with the top hat set in this blog:
I started off by painting the whole thing with black powertex, and allowing the pieces to dry separately.
I then carefully tore round some of the card shapes in the Alice in Wonderland Rice Paper. I used Powertex easy varnish to position the Cheshire Cat in pride of place on the hat. And then placed the smaller ones over the card shapes. I decided to have these sneakily poking out of the top of the hat. I used some very scrappy thin lace that I had in my material stash to add some shabby texture to the hat.
Doing the feather was my favourite part. I used Powertex Power Cotton covered in black powertex and gradually built up the strands of the feather shape and allowed it to dry. I then used the new inteference powders available from Powertex UK to add a gloriously irredescent sheen to the feather.
I wanted the hat to be at a slightly jaunty angle, so when I was piecing it together with the hat band, I made sure not to be too accurate with my placement of the top part.
I used a nice quality piece of natural fabric soaked in the powertex to cover the band with, making sure to get lots of nice texture and wrinkles going, and again used the inteference powders to enhance this texture once it was dry.
I fished out an old bow tie I’d picked up from a second hand store ages ago, and also knew at once that I had to use a little tassle I’d been hanging onto waiting for just the right project. I think it adds an air of shabby decadence.
I added a few stone art flowers, and couldn’t resist adding an mdf cobweb as I very much doubt the Mad Hatter takes good care of his possessions. I also got to use the wonderful new and very bright acrylics on the 10/6 price tag.
All in all I would say this has been my favourite MDF kit to date. I just love the crazy funkiness of it, and the freedom to go fairly wild.
As Alice herself said ‘This is my dream – I’ll decide where it goes from here’ I wonder where your Wonderland adventures will take you?
We hope you are enjoying this new theme. Do share you makes with us over at the Powertex Studio as we love to see your creations.
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
I was so excited when I unpacked all the Alice in Wonderland goodies that I couldn’t wait to get started. The acrylics were so wonderfully bright and bold that I decided I needed to create something totally different to my usual style. So, it is the tea party set that I have chosen to share with you all this month.
I did the same with the saucers and I also used a little bit of wallpaper on the top part of the cups.
I then used the gorgeous acrylic paints to paint splodges of colour onto the clay. I left this to dry for a short time before using a damp sponge to gently wipe the paint back off the surface of the clay.
More ivory stone art clay was added to the handle, spout and outer edges of the teapot. Lots of daisies were made using stone art clay in the daisy mould and these were piled onto the teapot (leaving some space for Alice) and secured using a little Powertex underneath the flowers.
The little Alice figure was also painted using the acrylic paints and powertex.
The brightest most funky piece I think I have ever made – I have a feeling I may have been converted from the dark side (well… temporarily at least!)