Well we’re at that time of year again where time just flies by and everything you wanted to get done somehow doesn’t. So I thought I’d show you a nice easy make that you can do on your own, with friends and with the little ones.
We are going to make penguins and I have to admit they are a little addictive so you may well end up with your own little waddle – that’s one name for a group of penguins on land, they can also be called a colony or a rookery whereas when they are in water they are called a raft (thanks Google!!).
So lets waddle away and get creating…….
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I bet I am one of the few people who have a dread of Halloween. It’s not that it scares me or that I don’t like the art of it all, it’s just that for some reason every time I try to create what’s in my head, it turns into a Halloween Nightmare!!!
I had this grand idea that I would use Powertex and some of the super Secret Art Loft bright acrylics and the Gothic Arches.
It has all worked out just fine except I had it all planned in my head that I would create my very first Craft Video!
As you may know that as well as being on the Powertex DT I am also a Resident Tutor on the Mixed Up Creative education platform, so in my infinite wisdom and being filled with oodles of enthusiasm I got myself all set up to create the video for them. Bearing in mind I also have lots of experience demo’ing on TV craft channels this should all be so easy…well believe me it isn’t!
It is once again that time of the month, for me to show you my latest Design Team project and what a project this one is!
This project, MDF ELEPHANT TEMPLATE had been sitting on my creative table for ages waiting for me to work some magic.
I love being part of the Design team and love all the projects I have done but this one I really, really enjoyed 🙂
So here is my process on this gorgeous project, I like to call “Beautiful Nellie”
I then used some kitchen foil to give Nellie some shape and definition and make the less 2D and more 3D.
I hope you’ve been enjoying the recent spell of warm weather and haven’t been too affected by those nasty thunderstorms…..living in the Midlands we’ve had the joy of both ends of the weather spectrum!!
This month I wanted to share with you my absolute love for Stone Art so I took the monthly theme from Powertex UK and created a masquerade statue using Stone Art in its various forms mixed with Black Powertex.
Stone Art is a unique fiber-composition which has been especially designed for use with Powertex Universal Mediums.
The reason I love working with this product is the total flexibility you have with it. You can use it with any of the Powertex Universal Medium colours although I choose not to use the transparent unless I’m adding pigment in to colour it at the same time.
To start off you can layer it on top of a coat of Powertex, press in to form a bond then gently wipe away the excess into a pot for reuse later. By repeating this process you can build up the stone effect on canvas, polystyrene, wood etc and you waste nothing as all of the excess can be reused. Polishing the layers with your hand will cause a more natural effect and will cause the darker areas to have a slight sheen.
Next you can mix your Powertex Universal Medium with the Stone Art in a pot to create a slurry of various consistencies. In its loosest state you can paint this onto any surface to give a rustic texture. As it gets thicker, you can use a palate knife to spread over your base. The thicker the mixture the more control you have over it.
Finally you can go all the way and make up Stone Art clay by adding more powder to the slurry stage and then kneading (like bread) to make sure all the white has been absorbed into the coloured liquid. Again you can choose how firm you mix this before working with it. When covering statues etc I keep mine on the tacky side so that I can blend in any joins. However when working on a canvas, I tend to make it firmer so that I can imprint into it with stamps and stencils, these imprints will come out with a rustic feel due to the nature of the clay. In this firm state you can also use it in silicon moulds to create beautiful embellishments.
I finished my statue by adding the venetian mask from the Powertex range, I coated with black Powertex and then dry brushed with Rich Gold pigment. As a finishing touch I tucked feathers into the collar…..after all this is all about masquerade!
Until next time Happy Creative Adventures and don’t forget to post your makes on the Powertex facebook page