A Tryptich with a Twist – by Annette Smyth
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.
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 Stone Art
–KatySue Seahorse Mould
–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.
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.
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.
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