Winter Scene with Powertex Snow

Powertex snow scene by Jill Cullum

Designer: Jill Cullum

This month, for my article I was asked to do a ‘remake’ of another design team member’s step-by-step article. I love canvas work and came across this Powertex winter scene by Kore Sage, whilst searching through the vast choice of inspiration. I immediately fell in love with the effects, decision made!

Powertex snow scene by Jill Cullum
Winter snow scene by Jill Cullum

Materials List

As I worked through the step-by-step instructions, inspired by making the initial background of the scene, lots of other ideas were popping into my head.

I started with the landscape and although I have used Stone Art many times, I hadn’t used it with a coloured Powertex before which had brilliant results.

I didn’t have the same window as Kore had so as you can see, my piece is slightly different including an mdf tree. The snow effect is made with Ivory Fabric Hardener mixed with 3D Sand which gives a great texture.

Powertex snow scene

Powertex winter scene by Jill Cullum
Textured canvas art with Powertex

I love to find inspiration in other artists’ work which is exactly what doing this piece has done. I cannot wait to get started on my next canvas, possibly a field scene.

If you like the finished canvas and feel inspired to create something similar, please have a go at using the step-by-step articles on the Powertex UK Mixed Media Magazine. Be inspired by other artists and then to do your own version of it. For Kore’s full step-by-step instructions one how to make a winter scene, please see here.

Bye for now and thank you for taking a look at this month’s article. Have fun and don’t forget to share your work in the Powertex Studio. Jill x

Star dreaming inspiration

By Annette Smyth

Hello everyone. I wonder, is there such a thing as star dreaming?

I hope you are having lots of adventures in this lovely weather we are currently experiencing. One of the things I love at this time of year is being able to sit out in the warm evenings under clear skies and let my mind wander.

Star dreaming

When we look upwards with the naked eye, we can only see spots of light on a dark background. But what is really out there? Thanks to a very talented member of our family, I was able to get access to some amazing shots using astrophotography. This allowed me to get a more detailed view.

Barry Porteous has kindly allowed me to share some of his amazing work with you here. I think these images are just perfect inspiration for Powertex canvas projects. See the images below with my suggestions for the products you could use to recreate them as wall art.

Inspiration

Lunar eclipse

Lunar eclipse Powertex inspiration
Lunar eclipse by Barry Porteous

For this Powertex project – A canvas covered in Black Powertex Universal Medium with a White Powertex circle. Add Stone Art in a circle to give texture. Use Mahogany bister, Easy Varnish and white and red Powercolor to create the deep red colours.

3 day old moon

3 day old moon Powertex inspiration
3 day old moon by Barry Porteous

This Powertex project use Black Powertex Univeral Medium for the background and Ivory for the moon. Mix 3D Sand into a paste for texture. Yellow bister, White and Yellow Ochre Powercolor can be used to create these yellow colours. Mix your pigments with Easy Varnish to make a paint.

Constellation of Cygnus – The Crescent Nebula (5000 light years away)

Star dreaming inspiration
Constellation of Cygnus – the crescent nebula by Barry Porteous

Horsehead and flame nebula and the Leo triplet of galaxies

Star dreaming inspiration

Horsehead and flame nebula by Barry Porteous

Constellation of Cygnus – North American Nebula

Powertex canvas inspiration
Constellation of Cygnus – North American Nebula by Barry Porteous

Recreating Nebula images with Powertex

These Nebula images could all be recreated with Black Powertex Universal Medium for the background. Use Easy Varnish, White and Red Powercolor (dry brushed, splattered and painted for different effects.

I hope you have enjoyed these images and that you are inspired to create your own starscapes. Why not share your creations on the Powertex Studio Facebook group.

If you would like to see more inspiration ideas why not have a look at my previous article or join me for a workshop at my home studio.

Until next time, Happy Creative Adventures………Axx

Powertex Inspiration

Tree bark

Where do you find Powertex inspiration?

by Annette Smyth

Do you find that sometimes your head can be so full of ideas that you have trouble choosing which one to start first. Then there are those times when you just cannot get going no matter what and it is easy to sit in that void. Just think how much more fun it would be to have creative adventures again. Let me show you how to find some Powertex inspiration.

So how do you find inspiration ??

I always find that getting out into nature kick starts my creative flow.

Walking across the local fields not only makes me feel better physically but it also clears my head of all the “shoulds” that are going on in there.  You know the ones……I should be doing the housework, I should tackle that pile of ironing. It also makes space for ideas to take shape again.

Taking photographs of interesting textures often makes me think of new projects. I work out if I could utilise fabric or clay to recreate the texture.

Here are a few of my recent photographs and the ideas that initially came from them

cormorant

1. Terry the Cormorant. He has recently taken up residence in the tree at the bottom of the garden. He’s just a sculpture waiting to happen

Buds and blossoms - powertex inspiration

2. Buds and blossoms. The colours in nature encourage me to step away from my trusted favourites and try new colour ways.

Tree bark - powertex inspiration

3.Tree bark. Crying out to be recreated in Stone Art clay and Easy3D Flex. See my previous blog on mixing stone art clay.

Landscapes

4.Landscapes. These help me to get balance in canvas work. I study what about the image makes it pleasing to me.

Trees - powertex inspiration

5. Trees. These make me want to trail Powertex on a canvas to recreate the tree. I would then build up a mixed media piece on top 

Inspiration from children

6 Izzy – OK, I didn’t find her in the fields but she does inspire me. Her enthusiasm is infectious and the way she works without any thought for right or wrong makes me look at things differently

These photos will sit in my inspiration folder until the time is right for them to be used in a creation.

So how do you find inspiration?  

Why not comment on this blog or leave a photo of one of your inspired makes on the Powertex Studio facebook page.

Until next time, happy creative adventures and don’t forget you can find me and my workshops at www.annettesmyth.co.uk

Axx

So what do you do with your spare Powertex??

Hello there

I hope you are well and have enjoyed this lovely Summer.

So here’s the question……..

What do you create with the spare Powertex left in your tub?

You know that little bit you have left when you’ve been slightly too generous with yourself when you’ve been pouring out….

Here are a few of the things I use it for.

1. Coat a spare piece of fabric and a plaster embellishment and create a brooch.

These can either be coloured or left as the base colour so that you can colour them to fit into your future project.

2. Coat a spare piece of fabric, scrunch it up and let it dry.  You now have somewhere to try out your dry brushing colours before going onto a finished piece.  This is great if you want to try something a little different to your normal colour choices.

3. Take a strip of fabric, coat it with the Powertex and roll it into a flower.  Once dry these can be added into a future project.  Again these can be dry brushed at a later date to fit in with your project.

4. Mix it with Stone Art and create a clay,  double wrap this in clingfilm and store in a sealable bag or box and this will last for several weeks.  Alternatively sculpt it into a freeform shape or use it in the moulds to create embellishments.  Again these can be kept until you need them.

 

5. Create a Powertex mask.
Either let the Powertex set in the container or pour it out onto a non stick mat creating a more controlled design.  Leave to set then peel off.


These can be added into projects to give even more layers and textures.

Here the Powertex was left in a round tub and gave a lovely curved effect to sit the skull into.

6.  Take some of your MDF embellishments, coat them with Powertex and apply Rusty Powder, spray with vinegar mix and leave to dry.  You then have ready rusted embellishments at your disposal


I bet you have other ways of using your Powertex,  why not hop onto the Powertex Studio facebook page and share your ideas with everyone.

Until next time happy Creative Adventures

Annette  x

It’s about "Time"

Hello Everyone!

Today I have a mixed media inverted canvas that I would like to share with you all using a selection of Powertex products.

I started off with a 12″ x 9″ canvas which I decided to invert to ring the changes.  This creates a lovely frame to use as a feature. 
Ivory Powertex was used throughout the project. 
I decided to use a variety of fabrics to create texture and these included cotton sheeting around the framework and as you know this creates some really lovely pleating which is how I created the draping on the corners.  I also used hessian on the background as this added a rustic look.
As you can see I have used lots of plaster moulds to add all the detailed pieces including the frame, face, cogs, screws and flowers.  I also included a few die cuts which included the main clock.
Sand and balls in different sizes added interest and dimension in the right top corner.
Easy structure through a few patterned masks created more interest on the frame.
The theme of the canvas was Time so I chose a phrase that I felt sums it up very well.
A mixture of Scrabble letters, printing from the PC and wooden letters added variety in the way that I added the words.  Glossy accents were then put over the top to protect the letters and also add thickness and gloss.
When it came around to colouring I have been itching to try out the new inks from Powertex and I am loving how they were so easy to apply and how effective and bright. It really made the project pop !
a little Terraviolet Colortrix finished the project off a treat and highlighted specific areas.
I hope that you have enjoyed checking this project out and that it has inspired you to have a go at an inverted canvas.
Bye for now,
Jo 🙂 x

Product developement day at Powertex UK

It is very important to us at Powertex UK hq that we make sure we use the products to the best of our knowledge and what better way to do this than having a product development and experiment day!
This was no way at all, just a jolly and play day! It takes hard work and tons of dedication and effort to push the boundaries of products and ideas, it’s a tough job but someone has to do it! ha, ha, ha.
We did have a fabulous amount of fun, pushing the products in every direction so that we can learn and pass on that knowledge to our tutors and Powertex addicts.
Here’s some of the new inks in use, they come in a fabulous variety of colours.

 

 

 

 
 It would have been rude not to have tried out the new rice papers and on a big canvas too! We were really going for it and learning new techniques.

 

 We can’t wait to see what you create. Toodles Anna xXx

 

 

Technology – enabler or thief?

Hello there

Over the summer I got to spend time with some of the younger members of our family and their friends.

It was lovely to get some playtime or so I thought. They all arrived armed with their latest ‘couldn’t be without’ gadgets ps3, ipads, mums iPhone to name but a few.After a fizzy drink and piece of cake they all found their own comfy spot and went on to conquer their own digital universes!!!

I was all ready for crafting, mud pies to beat Mary Berry into submission, rose petal perfume that Dior would die for, French skipping, British bulldog and hopscotch to name but a few.

What would these small people do if this was all taken away, would they find their inner creative and start inventing new games or revisit the ones I played as a child.

So it raised a question in my mind – Technology – is it an enabler or a thief of innocent childhood pastimes? Which in turn inspired this piece of artwork.

Using the beautiful rice papers from Powertex UK – hop onto the website here and have a look at the amazing range that is now available there really is something for everyone.

Along with Ivory Powertex, bisters, lace embellishments and the inner gubbins of an old computer destined to be crushed.

I worked out my frustration at being cheated out of a game of tig and came to the conclusion that yet again it is all about balance, there is a time and a place for both

Happy creative adventures

Annette