A Winter’s Tale – Nostalgic Powertex

By Donna Mcghie

My prompt for this month’s Powertex article was A Winter’s Tale.  The festive season is fast approaching and my mind wandered back to those seemingly halcyon days of Christmas’ past.

Nostalgic Powertex Christmas tree by Donna Mcghie tells A Winter's Tale
I just love the retro look of these Christmas Rice Papers

Obviously memory plays tricks on us all, but for me, nothing beats a bit of nostalgia at Christmas. I fell in love with the retro look of the Victorian Christmas Rice Papers, the style of the images really made me smile. 

However, rather than making me think of all things Victorian, for me they conjure up memories of the early seventies.  Lots of gaudy tinsel and Slade blasting out Merry Christmas on Top of the Pops.

I decided to attempt to create a wall plaque that captured some of that seventies atmosphere. 

So grab yourself a snowball to drink, (or something non alcoholic from the soda stream if you prefer), and let’s  have a bit of festive fun with Powertex.

I deliberately chose to keep this project fairly simplistic and quick to do.  The reason being is that most of us are frantically busy on the lead up to Christmas, and don’t have much time to set aside for crafting.  Hopefully this little tree can slot in to the timescale somewhere though.

Materials List:

Step 1

Powertex nostalgic Christmas tree by Donna Mcghie - A Winter's Tale
I use a sponge to apply the colour as I find it quicker

Mix together green and white Powertex Fabric Hardener to a pale green colour. Sponge over your tree shape and allow to dry. You can use a hairdryer to speed this process.

Step 2

Nostalgic Christmas tree, Donna tells a Winter's Tale
By adding stone art we are starting to build some texture

With a flat brush apply Easy Varnish where you want to place the images. Then gently put them in position and brush over them again with the varnish to seal. Add some more hardener in various places and whilst damp gently dab on some Stone Art.

Step 3

A nostalgic WInters Tale with Powertex by Donna Mcghie
When adding the ink, protect your images with paper.

Using a small pallet knife scrape some Easy Structure downwards to give the impression of branches. Blast with a dryer, and then add some Acrylic Spray Ink.

Step 4

Powertex nostalgic A Winter's Tale by Donna Mcghie
The darker Bister adds some depth

Now add more branch shapes with Easy Structure, dry and spray with the Bister.

Step 5

If the pigment does not show up enough, you can add white fabric hardener as well

Now mix a small amount of white pigment with easy varnish, load a flat brush, wipe off on paper towel, and gently sweep over your tree segments. Gradually building up the intensity until it looks like snow.

Step 6

A Winter's Tale Powertex project by Donna Mcghie
A sprinkle of glitter, and we are done

A final flourish of glitter and we are done 🙂 I like to use a very fine bio degradable glitter as although we’re going for a seventies vibe, it’s good to use current sensibilities about sustainability.

I decided to add a simple star on the top but obviously if you decide to make one you can bling up your tree with whatever takes your fancy.

That’s my lot for 2019 folks. I have really enjoyed sharing my makes in these articles and have equally enjoyed seeing what you share with us on our Facebook page, so please do pop over and share any of your nostalgic makes.

I’ve been making lots of other festive decorations which you can see on my own Facebook page here.

The other design team members have been busy as well. I particularly love Fiona’s Christmas star from last year.

Have a wonderful Christmas everyone, and here’s hoping you get lots of Powertex goodies in those stockings 🙂

Powertex Christmas decorations

If you’re looking for Powertex craft and mixed media projects for Christmas or Winter home decorations then we’ve got what you need. These projects have all been featured in the Powertex UK Magazine with step by step tutorials to show you how to make them.

The Design Team have created some beautiful projects for you to make at home, from tree decorations to Winter wall art. Take your pick from these inspirational Powertex Christmas creations and crack open the Powertex this weekend!

Mixed media Christmas by the Powertex UK design team

Star decorations by Fiona

These simple star tree ornaments are a classic and pretty handmade addition to your tree this year. Use Stone Art for a soft snowy texture.

Powertex and Stone art star by Fiona Potter
Powertex star by Fiona Potter

Textured Baubles by Jinny

Tree ornaments can be as simple or detailed as you like and Jinny has some great tips for creating your own. Fabrics and texture products alter polystyrene balls.

Powertex textured Christmas Bauble by Jinny Holt
Textured baubles by Jinny Holt

Reindeer, robin and pudding baubles by Anna

These fun Powertex baubles can even be made with the kids. Reindeer, robin and Christmas pudding baubles make adorable gifts too. Anna mixes some Stone Art clay for these.

Reindeer, robin and Christmas pudding baubles by Anna Howlett
Reindeer, robin and pudding by Anna Howlett

Mixed media ornaments by Anna

Mini trees and baubles are a fun and easy craft and Anna shows you how with cones, balls and fabric scraps. Choose your favourite colours for the perfect Christmas display.

Powertex Christmas tree by Anna Howlett
Powertex ornaments by Anna Howlett

Three kings by Donna

These three kings by Donna could inspire a stunning Nativity scene. Donna dresses her figures with Powertex as a fabric hardener.

Three kings by Donna
Three kings by Donna McGhie

Shimmering Wreath

Do you hang a wreath on your door at Christmas? A Powertex wreath can be made weatherproof for outdoors. Add plenty of sparkle with pearl or your favourite metallic Colortricx pigments and Easy Varnish.

Shimmering Powertex Christmas wreath by Kore Sage
Shimmering wreath by Kore Sage

Winter scene by Jill

If you’re looking to create a Winter wall art with your Powertex, Jill uses her craft supplies with Powertex to make a beautiful mixed media Winter scene.

Winter scene Powertex art by Jill Cullum

Gonzo baubles by Abigail

More fun tree ornaments and this time, Abigail uses a favourite festive character to inspire her decorations. If you’d like to try out your sculpture skills, this will be fun for you.

Gonzo Powertex bauble by Abigail Lagden
Gonzo bauble by Abigail Lagden

Get more ideas, inspiration and tips

We hope these ideas have inspired you to try some handmade Christmas decorations this year. They can become treasured crafts that you bring out every year.

All the supplies for these design team projects were from Powertex UK, the UK distributor of Powertex products.

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Shimmering Powertex Wreath

The Secret Art Box – November 2019

Designed by Kore Sage

The Secret Art Box for November was full of festive pieces to create a Winter wreath. Contents included a polystyrene ring, mdf, Ivory Powertex Universal Medium, rice paper, stencil, Lava acrylic ink, embellishments and pigments in pearl and clear gold and more! The perfect ingredients for a shimmering Powertex Christmas wreath.

Shimmering Powertex Wreath Christmas by Kore Sage
Shimmering Powertex Wreath by Kore Sage

Materials List

  • Secret Art Box November
  • Assorted cotton fabric strips, tshirt yarn and string
  • Optional Easy Structure and ribbon
  • or use polystyrene wreath, Lava acrylic ink, Easy Varnish, Clear gold and Pearl Colortricx pigments.
Powertex Secret Art Box November
Secret Art Box November

Making the wreath

I primed my polystyrene with Ivory Powertex before wrapping the shape with papers and fabric strips, creating lots of texture on the base. Using pieces of t-shirt yarn and string spiralled around, adds even more texture. If you have it, using Easy Structure with the star stencil creates more texture in some areas. Add any of the embellishments you want to use, gluing them into place with Powertex.

Leave to dry naturally or you can use a hairdryer to speed up the drying.

Adding colour with acrylic ink

Adding colour is always amazing with Powertex because watching the textures come alive happens almost instantly! I sprayed Lava acrylic ink all over the base very generously, letting the ink run around the surface. Leave this to dry.

Ivory Powertex and Lava Acrylic ink
Ivory Powertex and Lava acrylic ink

The red was looking great but I wanted to create a darker edge so tried some Aqua ink. I was not happy with this at all! I repainted with Ivory Powertex and a quick respray of the Lava ink when it was dry! Dry brushing some Ivory Powertex onto the textures added some definition.

Pearl pigments

Mixing a dry paint with Easy Varnish and the powder pigments is done with a flat brush, excess is wiped off on kitchen paper and the pearl pigments brushed over the surface. I layered the pearl pigment and clear gold until I was happy with the rose gold colour and shine.

To get the darker edge that I hadn’t got with the Aqua ink, I used a little Rich Gold pigment around the inner and outer edges.

These pigments are full of shimmer and look wonderful under lights! Keep layering your pigments up all over the wreath for maximum shine!

Powertex Shimmering Wreath with Lava ink and Clear gold pigment

This wreath would look stunning on a dark front door. A good coat of Easy Varnish to protect your colours for outside use. I used a ribbon to hang my wreath but you could also use Powertex and a strip of fabric to make a “hook” for the back!

Powertex Shimmering Wreath by Kore Sage
Powertex Shimmering Christmas Wreath

If you have the November Secret Art Box, I hope you’ve had a chance to play with the gorgeous contents. You can always share your creation in the subscribers Facebook group or in The Powertex Studio.

If this box inspires you, Gill shares her Winter Deer Notebook created from the same box. If you’d like to see more of my Powertex creations, head over to Kore Sage Art where I share my top tips.

Until then, make some time to let your art out!

Kore x

Christmas Powertex bauble

Designer: Jinny Holt

For this months article, we were asked to follow another design team member’s tutorial. Brilliant idea but having to decide which one to follow was no easy task, I spent ages looking through the last couple of years and finally decided that I would follow Anna’s Christmas Powertex bauble blog. You can find that HERE.

Materials list

Powertex supplies for a Christ mas bauble
Ingredients to create bauble

Mixing texture paste

Mixing Powertex fabric hardener with textures
Mixing up

I started by mixing Easy 3d Flex and some 3D balls and 3D sand with some Ivory Powertex. I also added a few drops of water.

TIP: I changed from what Anna used, she used Easy structure and I wanted to use the 3D flex as it I love using it.

Adding fabric

Draping fabric around the ball
Looking good

I immersed some thin strips of stockinette into my mixture making sure the material got a good coating. I then painted a layer of the mixture, leaving off the balls, all over my polystyrene ball. This gives the material a key to adhere to. I then draped the mixed material around the ball.

Covering the bauble

Coating the bauble with Powertex textures.
Material and mixture added

I added the rest of the mixture with a plastic palette knife to fill all the left over gaps and left to dry.

TIP: Like Anna, I also used a jewellery finding. I wrapped a bit of wire around the finding and stuck it in my ball for a loop.

Spray with Bister

Hmm I did not take a photo of this step as I must have got a tad excited with what I was doing. I sprayed the dried Polystyrene ball with the blue and brown bister sprays. Then I wiped it back with a baby wipe and let that dry.

TOP TIP: You can speed up the drying time with a hairdryer, if you don’t want to wait. When I use Easy 3D flex I prefer to let it dry naturally as you get amazing cracks.

Dry brushing

Dry brush the textures with Limoncello Gold pigment and Easy Varnish
Bottom of bauble

I now dry brushed with the Easy Varnish using the Limoncello gold this step makes your piece pop and really stand out.

Adding the star

Adding the star to the Powertex bauble
Adding the star

For the star I used up all the left over mixture from step one and added it to the wooden star to give it a new look. I had some course sand in my stash and mixed in that to give it a different texture. Transparent Powertex is used to adhere it down to my bauble.

Finishing touches

As it is a Christmas bauble, I felt mine needed a bit of sparkle for when the Christmas lights hit it. I used some glass gems and bling in coordinating colours.

Adding some pieces of metallic foil to the star and stockinette gave that bit of extra bling. I find sometimes that it is knowing when to stop adding!

Powertex Christmas bauble by Jinny Holt
Powertex Christmas Bauble by Jinny Holt

So Anna, thank you for inspiring me to recreate this article.

 If you would like more Powertex inspiration, you can find loads of eye candy on…

PINTEREST

THE POWERTEX STUDIO

POWERTEX ADDICTS

And you can find me at MUMS SHED 

I look forward to seeing your creations. It would be lovely if you could leave a comment and maybe even share but most of all be inspired and have fun creating.

~LIVE~LOVE~LAUGH~CREATE~

Jinny

Powertex mixed media Christmas

powertex mixed media christmas

Powertex mixed media Christmas ornaments – craft diy project – Anna Emelia Howlett

Powertex mixed media Christmas tree and bauble

Anyone who knows me by now will know I am a pretty big fan of Marta Lapkowska she creates some amazing projects and works of art at Maremi Small Art. I was rather taken with her textured mixed media Christmas Tree ornament video recently. So I contacted Marta and asked her if she would mind me creating a blog inspired by her work but the Powertex mixed media Christmas way. To which she said yes! Thank you very much Marta. She also has an amazing group called Maremi’s Creative Café where you can share your makes.

I know when I shared Martas video recently someone mentioned they didn’t have one of the products. What I love about Marta is she says if you don’t have it don’t worry just used what you have. I always have Powertex in abundance on my desk. With it being a universal medium it lends itself brilliantly to projects like this.

Powertex is great not just at textile/fabric hardening but mixed media, abstract art works, sculptures and more. And would you believe you can even make a clay from it! The USA AP seal of approval and covered by EU legislations means it is safe for all ages to use. Water based and non toxic makes it my go to mixed media medium.

What you will need to create your Powertex mixed media Christmas ornaments:

Ivory Powertex, bister, sand and balls, powercotton, stockinette, polystyrene shapes, easy structure, clay stars, limoncello gold, powercolor pigments and varnish

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Powertex mixed media Christmas bauble

Firstly, I happen to have some wire jewellery findings and so just stuck one into the top of the ball as a hanger. Although you could always use some wire and bend a loop around some pliers to make a hanger. In order to create the texture on the ball, mix some Easy Structure with Ivory Powertex to thin it down as little.

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Next you can add in a bit of sand for extra texture. Mix with a palette knife and apply. I had the Styrofoam balls in my stash, you can use any size Polystyrene ball or shape you would like to though.

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Top Tip: Yes you can go straight on to polystyrene shapes. But if you want you can always use a little masking tape underneath, this will make adhesion a little easier.

Next step cut some thin bandage to size. You could use a thin lace or fabric or stockinette. In order to create extra texture I pulled it apart a little. Coat in Ivory Powertex by dipping in or using a brush. And cover a section on the middle of the ball. Then coat some powercotton (which is a cotton string) and wrap around on top.

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Coat in Ivory Powertex by dipping in or use a brush to cover and place on the middle of the ball. Then coat some power cotton (which is a cotton string) and wrap around the middle.

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Top tip : Making a mixture with the balls in makes it easy to apply. Pour out a little Powertex and add the largest balls mix and then add the smaller ones.

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You can use a palette knife to apply as much or as little of the mixture as you please. But try to add your own twist to the design. For mine I popped on some clay stars, I had used a cake plunger cutter to cut out all the sizes.

You could add any shapes you wanted, if you haven’t got stars. Make sure you leave this to dry completely. An hour or so should be fine. You can force the drying process with a hair dryer just be careful the heat isn’t too high you don’t want to melt the shape.

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Spray with any Bister (a coloured walnut stain in spray form) of your choosing. For this I used Mahogany, Brown and Black Bister.

Powertex Mixed media Christmas bauble

Then I must have gotten carried away with the colouring process which is my favourite part as I didn’t take any more pictures after this. In the last step I did use some burgundy and brown Powercolour pigment and varnish around the middle and faded the top and bottom with white Powercolor pigment and varnish. Then added a touch of my fav Secret Art Loft pearl pigment Limoncello gold.

Powertex mixed media christmas bauble

Top Tip: Adding colour is my favourite part. Sometimes you have to keep layering and layering the colours and pigments to get your desired finish. Be patient with this part. It will come. I keep layering colours until I am happy with the finish.

Powertex mixed media christmas tree

Powertex mixed media Christmas Tree

Next up was the Christmas tree. I happened to have some of these in my stash too. If you don’t have a polystyrene cone you could use a cardboard cone. Use some Easy structure to cover the base of the cone. I used a little masking tape underneath to make this hold on easier.

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I used the stockinette for the tree which is slightly thicker than bandage. And I found it easier to dip it directly into the powertex. Coat the fabric and use your fingers to work the Powertex in.

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Then wrap around the cone. Dip your powercotton, string or mop cotton into the Powertex, work in and place onto the cone.

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Next make up your ball mixture again and paste on with a palette knife. Then stick down your stars or shapes with some Ivory Powertex and a brush. Make sure your cone is completely dry before spraying in bister.

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I only went and did it again with getting carried away with dry brushing I forgot to take next step photos. So I used burgundy and brown Powercolor all over the cone and then built up with white powercolour and used some Limoncello gold as a finishing touch to add a bit of sparkle.

Powertex mixed media christmas tree

You may have some time to set aside over Christmas to give this a try with your family and friends. Or you might save it for next year. But I hope you’ve found it useful to see how you can create all sorts of mixed media projects with Powertex. And a big thank you to Marta for allowing me to share my inspiration from her video through this blog.

Happy Holidays!

Have a fabulous holiday break and Christmas and I will see you all in the New Year with some very exciting projects to inspire. Do sign up to the blog, join us over in the Powertex Studio and on facebook share your makes with us. And please let us know how you get on and what you think in the comments under the article. Find my last blog if you missed it here.

Toodles Anna xXx you can find me over at Rosehart Studio.

Powertex mixed media christmas bauble

We Three Powertex Kings – Powertex Christmas – Donna Mcghie

Powertex Kings
A Blog On How To Create 3 Beautiful Powertex Kings

I did wonder when those lovely people at Powertex HQ told me I was being given ‘We Three Kings’ as my December theme, if they were indulging my love of bling.

I do tend to throw a bit of bling into most things I create, so my mind was buzzing with ideas for this one.

I had picked up some artist dolls in a sale a while ago, who were just perfect for this project.

artist dolls waiting for powertex
These three artist dolls were just begging to play the part of the three kings

I have to admit that I was surprised just how much I had forgotten about who these kings  were.  So I used the site  www.whychristmas.com   to help me out.

Balthazar was the first king I worked on:

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Balthazar – The King of Tarse and Egypt

I painted his face and hands with Black Powertex Fabric Hardener.

I then soaked some natural material in the same hardener, thoroughly wrung out and draped over his body.

I used Powercotton soaked in Powertex for his beard and hair.

Apparently he wears a purple cloak.  This got me excited because I know how wonderful the new violet valentine pigment shows up on black.

I soaked a lovely piece of silky fabric with tassles in the Black Hardener, wrung it out thoroughly and draped this over him to create his cloak.

I wanted to give the impression of Balthazar walking through a windy desert, so to get some movement in his cloak I stuck it onto a plastic bottle to dry overnight.  (I knew I was safe to do this as Powertex won’t stick permanently to plastic).

The next morning I peeled it off and it was staying in that position which was exactly what I wanted.

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He’s looking more like Shakespeare than a biblical king at the moment – but only because he’s not yet got his turban on

The next king on my list was Melchior

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Melchior King of Arabia

I went through the same process with Melchior, only this time using Lead Powertex.  Melchoir apparently had long white hair and a white beard.  I used some tassle for this that I found in a charity shop.

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The back view of Melchior’s flowing locks

Melchior wears a gold cloak, so once dry I used the gorgeous Rich Gold Pigment for dry brushing.

Last but not least, was Caspar

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Caspar, King of Sheba

Caspar has brown hair and a brown beard, so I used Terracotta Powertex Hardener mixed in with a little black as well for the first stages.

For Caspar’s beard and hair I used some synthetic fur I had got from a Scrap Store.  (I knew these figures were’nt for outside use so I decided to try the synthetic fur, and it worked ok).

His crown is simply a small piece I also picked up in the scrap store.  I think with imagination a lot of things can be made into crowns.

Caspar’s cloak is green which once dry would give me the chance to use another gorgeous, fairly new addition of Golden Olive Pigment 

Before each king was left overnight, I  added some bling to their coats.

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I used small boxes wrapped in fabric as their gifts, and also placed the kings on small tiles to give them stability.

I left them all to dry overnight, and the next morning went to down on dry brushing using a variety of gloriously royal pigments from Powertex UK

And behold, my finished Three Kings.

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We 3 Kings, setting off on an epic journey, with cloaks flowing in the wind

There are so many Christmas themed projects you can make using Powertex.  I would love to see your creations over on Powertex Addicts United page.

Wishing everyone a very Happy and Peaceful Christmas, and look forward to seeing you in the New  Year. Donna x

Powertex Christmas ornament

It’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas

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Create a Powertex Christmas ornament

I always joke in January, it will be Christmas soon. Well this is no joke we are knocking on the door of December and it will be Christmas soon! I love me a bit of Christmas, don’t you? Not all the buying presents kind. Most get hand made from me anyway. But the smells of cinnamon, orange and clove, decorating the house and being with the family. Without further ado I am going to explain how to make your own Powertex Christmas ornament.

Powertex Christmas pud

powertex christmas ornament

I remember when we were little we would get out all the Christmas cards from previous years. We would cut around the pictures with pinking shears to make Christmas tags for all the presents. Then out came the felt! We’d glue and sew little stockings and baubles with openings at the back for the chocolate coins to hide in. I’m unsure the chocolate survived until Christmas day though.

powertex christmas ornament

I hope you find inspiration for crafting with the young people in your life or just for yourself. Making Christmas decorations has come a long way. Especially when you have a bottle of Powertex to hand.

I found some plastic baubles in my stash. But you could use Styrofoam balls or up cycle an old bauble. Stone art seems to just fit this time of year perfectly.

I wrapped masking tape flush with the bauble, then used bronze Powertex  liberally over the surface. Next I gently rubbed and layered Stone Art into the surface in order to build texture. And dry brushed with red ocher powercolor.

Then I made up some stone art clay and rolled out roughly. Laid this over the top of the bauble so it would sit unevenly. I dry brushed with titanium white powercolor. Then hand cut some holly leaves out of clay and stamped into them to give them a pattern. Rolled a little clay for the berry and used Powertex on the back to stick down.

Then dusted the whole pudding with some of my favourite in the Secret Art loft range Limoncello Gold. And a dash of Lipstick fizz on the berry for an extra sparkle.

Powertex Reindeer

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Then I thought it would be rather fun to make ruddolf! Create in exactly the same way but with added clay antlers and nose. I used stockinette on the ears and buttons for the eyes. Then dry brushed with the same colours.

Powertex Robin

20181129_153419.jpgNext I decided it wouldn’t be right to miss out a robin and so created this little guy in the same way but just used some paper dec for the wings.

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Do put some creative time aside this Christmas and be inspired to create some Christmas decorations for yourself. Do join us over in the Powertex Studio and share your work. We are a lovely friendly bunch and helpful too. So if you are stuck on a project just pop in and someone will be able to help. More from me here.

Happy holidays. Toodles Anna xXx Catch me over on Facebook at Rosehart Studio.

Penguins – Mini Makes for you and the little ones

Hi Everyone

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…….

You will need

Powertex Black (approx 75ml)
Powertex Stone Art (approx 20g)
6cm Polystyrene egg
2-3 cm Polystyrene egg
2 x 2-3mm animal eyes
Cocktail Stick
Masking Tape
Plastic container to mix clay in
Brush
Pigments (I opted for orange, white and yellow ochre)
Apron
Disposable Gloves
Optional – Pokey tool
Start by covering your work area with a protective layer.  This could be an waterproof tablecloth, oil cloth or even newspaper.
Break the cocktail stick in 2.  Using one piece connect the 2 eggs together to form a body and head
Place the head at an angle for a more realistic look
Using the masking tape cover the whole shape ensuring that the the transition from the head to the body forms a neck. Place the other piece of cocktail stick on the small egg where the beak will be.  Now coat with a layer of Black Powertex and set aside.
Place approximately 75 ml of Black Powertex into a suitable container (you are going to be mixing this so make sure the sides are high enough) and begin adding the Stone Art, using the non bristle end of your paintbrush begin to stir the mixture.  Add the Stone Art slowly and mix well between each addition.  Keep going until the mixture pulls away from the sides.  Now go in with your gloved hands and knead the mixture bringing together into a firmer clay consistency.  Keep adding more stone art until the clay doesn’t stick to your gloves and there are no white flecks showing.  Make sure you pull the clay apart to check that there are no white flecks inside.
Make sure that the clay isn’t too dry otherwise you will have difficulty covering your penguin. If it is just dip it in a small amount of Powertex and knead it thoroughly.
You can now use the clay or double wrap it in cling film for use later.  So long as you keep it airtight the clay will be useable for several weeks.  This is a bonus as you can make the clay ahead of time and have fun sculpting it later with the children.

 

Take approximately 2/3rds of the clay and roll it into a ball then flatten it into a disc approximately 1/2 cm thick.
Lay it over the beak and onto the head, then using your fingers push it down onto the body thinning it as you go.  Make sure it meets underneath to form a base.  Stand the penguin on your work surface and give it a little wiggle to make sure it will sit without toppling.  If it doesn’t sit properly use a little of the remaining clay to make some feet and/or a tail to support it.
                                      
With the remaining 1/3 clay split it into 2 and form rolls.  Flatten them to around 2mm and shape to form wings.  Attach to the body on the sides.  If your clay has dried, paint on some fresh powertex to stick the wings to. Shape the wings to give your penguin character.
Now make any final adjustments, make sure the beak is a nice shape and push the eyes through the clay into the underlying egg.  You may need to use a pokey tool to make the hole first.
Using the Easy Varnish and pigments dry brush on the colour to complete your penguin.  I opted to colour mine in different ways to make a real mixed waddle.

 

 

Don’t forget, you can always scale it up by using larger eggs to make bigger penguins just remember to increase the amount of clay you make.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this project and look forward to seeing your makes.  Don’t forget to post photos of them over on the Powertex Studio facebook page
Until next time happy creative adventures

 

 

Its beginning to look a lot like Christmas….

Its beginning to look a lot like Christmas….


… especially with all the snow recently!  I hope everyone is keeping warm.
On the plus side, this is the perfect weather for staying indoors, hiding out in your craft room & getting creative, whether its making pieces to decorate the home, hand made gifts for loved ones or simply crafting for crafting sake!
For those of you with children or grandchildren, there is also the countdown to reindeer-led sleighs & a man in a big red suit & white beard bringing presents.  He goes by many names around the world – Father Christmas, Santa Claus, Saint Nicolas, Pere Noel, Weihnachtsmann & Kanakaloka (to name a few), but wherever you are in the world & whatever you call him, this is the inspiration for my make this month.
So to make a Santa inspired decoration, you will need
a Styrofoam cone, Powertex Red, Powertex Ivory (or White), Stone Art, Powertex Transparent, Paperdeco White, Easy Varnish, Powercolor Red, Powercolor Black & Colortricx Powerpearl
I started by giving the cone an initial coat of Powertex Red.  Powertex loves to stick to Powertex, so this forms a great base to work off.
While this was drying, I mixed up a quantity of Stone Art clay using the Powertex Ivory, & another larger batch of clay using the Powertex Red & Stone Art.  Wrap both batches separately in cling film to stop them from drying out.
Form the face using the Ivory Stone Art Clay.  I positioned the face about 2/3rds of the way up the cone, forming the nose from a ball of clay.  TIP: The clay can be smoothed by using a little water on your finger tip & rubbing it across the surface to blend the pieces of clay together.  Form the eyes using the end of a paint brush handle/your finger or similar.
The cone was then covered using the red clay.  Roll the clay out flat & apply to the cone, smoothing & blending the pieces together using a little water.
The Paperdeco White was perfect to add details like his beard, eyebrows & ‘fur’ trim on his hat & body.  I used Powertex Transparent for this to avoid colour transfer onto the red stone art clay, which would have happened if using the Ivory or White Powertex.  
Allow to dry.
The final stage was to add the details to his face – rosy cheeks/nose using Easy Varnish & Powercolor Red, eyes using the Powercolour Black & then a light overbrush with the Colortricx Powerpearl to add a frosty shimmer.
And here he is – all ready to deliver presents on Christmas Eve…..