Others also came along with friends or family but many came along on their own. Some were familiar with Powertex and some, like Marie, were completely new to the medium. Whether experienced or not, travelling with friends or alone, the Team at Powertex were wonderfully inviting and everyone soon felt relaxed and eager to get started. Tracey gave us all fabulous instructions to help us along the way. It was a wonderfully relaxed weekend and we made many new friends.
Well here we are Autumn is almost over the dark nights are with us. I love crisp cold dark nights when I can see lots of stars twinkling in the sky after the stunning colours of the setting sun. Here in the UK there a only a handful of places where, if the conditions are right you might spot the Northern Lights. Going to Norway or Iceland to see the Northern Lights is high on my bucket list but until then, I have created my own abstract Powertex painting to stir or feed that dream!
See you in December where I have created a Powertex Christmas Ornament!
Wow, it’s September already! I love September the start of autumn and all those fabulously rich warm colours. As a farmers daughter the harvest was always such a special time, I loved helping dad bring in the harvest when the whole countryside appeared to turn rich rusty gold, snuggly nippy nights, warm mellow days…oh and scarecrow trails!
Did you know that scarecrows have been around for over 3000 years? The Egyptians were the first to use Scarecrows along the Nile River to protect wheat fields from flocks of quail (see link to a great source The History of Scarecrows). The Greeks, Romans and Japanese all had a form of scarecrows. I think the scariest story of scarecorws was from medieval Britain who use living Scarecrows!!! 9-year old boys and older patrolled wheat fields carrying bags of stones to pelt the crows if they landed in the fields.
I hope you find my interpretation a lot friendlier!
Hi it’s Kore! This month on the Powertex UK blog we’re all about keepsakes. I keep a box of treasures that I have collected over the years from letters and concert tickets to small things. They include tiny gifts from dear friends, a crystal pendant bought on a special holiday, a chinese coin, a teeny clay cat and a little angel. Usually these things hide away, only occasionally being found for a wander down memory lane.
My Treasure Tree project gives me a way to display my tiny keepsakes all the time.
Powertex Universal Medium in Red and Blue
Black Bister spray
Copper Colortricx pigment
3d balls in Medium and Large
1mm craft wire and cutters
Cotton fabric strips and textures e.g. string
Base or box for your tree to stand on
Flat brush and paper towel
Step 1. Making the wire frame
A quick internet search showed me several ways to make a wire tree armature and I took inspiration from those to make my wire tree. 1mm craft wire is good for this as thicker wire can be hard to twist when you have several strands together.
I wrapped wire round an A5 notebook to measure it out, cut the wires at the top and then used my fingers to create a loop at the bottom. From here I can twist the wires into a trunk and branches. Bend the loop to make a base and keep the branches horizontal so you can hang your treasures. Watch my video below for more details on creating the tree shape.
This video shows me making my second tree!
Step 2. Shaping and taping the tree
When the wire tree has been made, I give it some shape by wrapping strips of foil around the trunk and the start of the branches. Padding out the bottom also means I can tape it to a base or box lid.
When done, I completely cover the wire and foil with masking tape.
Step 3. Powertex and fabric wrapping
Now it’s time to get the Powertex out. I wanted to use a purple colour, so I mixed Red and Blue but any dark colour of Powertex will work brilliantly. I pre cut strips of cotton fabric no more than 8″ long. I also had some pieces of stockinette, string and muslin for extra texture. I used 3d balls for texture on the base.
I painted the whole tree with Powertex first, then used the fabric wrapping technique to cover the tree. I wrapped the strips in spirals and kept lots of texture. The stockinette pieces were gathered around the base of the tree. This created wrinkles and pockets that would hold trinkets when the tree was finished. String pieces and 3d balls were added last, coated in Powertex and put into place.
Step 4. Adding colour
When dry, colour can be added. I used a few sprays of Black Bister around the base and the trunk. This creates depth and shadows. A quick blast with a hairdryer works before adding my dry brushing. I chose the Copper Colortricx pigment for my tree and didn’t need to add any more colours as the metallic effect looked great without anything else.
This technique uses a dry mix of Easy Varnish and pigment powder and is applied to raised areas using a flat brush. Add your pigment over your project, highlighting all the textures. It works best if you remove excess colour onto a paper towel first and keep your brush flat against your project. Watch your tree come alive as the textures are picked out against the dark background.
The finished tree is perfect for hanging my tiny treasures and displaying those little keepsakes that get lost at the bottom of my memory box. They can be attached or left free to move and change.
So now my tiny treasures can be kept out of their box and displayed, reminding me daily of happy memories.
If you would like to see more Powertex creations pop along to The Powertex Studio facebook group where you can share your makes too. Powertex Addicts United on Instagram has lots of inspiration from across the world.
Until next time, make a little space in your week to let your art out!
WOW what a cold and long winter we’ve had here in the UK and it’s something we don’t get very often – Time just seemed to drag on and on … which brings me timely to my latest blog (Corny I know hahaha)!
Using the fabulous March Project Pack I had oodles of fun creating this Pocket Watch taking the Mad Watch scene from Alice in Wonderland as my inspiration. I didn’t add butter or mustard! but I did use some of them to pull together my colour pallet.
So first I unpacked and laid out the ingredients from the project pack, picked out some PowerColors and mixed up the black bister from the kit.
I always like to get a rough layout even though I know it will change once I get started.
With this one I wanted a slighty deeper clock face so I used some MDF dropouts to raise the rim above the clock face.
First I used some Easy Structure and a cogs stencil (from my own stash) to create some background texure that fitted with the theme.
Easy Structure dries really quickly and I prefer to let it dry naturally but if you are in a hurry you can blast it with some heat from a hair dryer or heat gun.
Once the easy structure was dry I coated the whole layer of Ivory Powertex from the kit (with a generous amount where there was no stencilling).
I added some Ivory Powertex under the outer rim of the top layer of the watch and placed on top taking care to line it up accurately. I applied more Powertex over the top layer and then sprayed generously with black bister.
I used a hairdryer to dry and create some areas with a bister split creating more texture and interest.
This part was all done in around 10-15 minutes.
While this finished drying I coated the numbers, clock hands and a few circle mdf dropouts with ivory. I then did the same to the remaining cogs which I placed into position while they were still wet.
The image tp the left shows where I thought I would place them, but I did move them around a few times before I put the Powertex on.
I applied Yellow Ochre, Red Ochre and Dark Green pigments randomly over the cogs and circles and applied with Powertex pressing firmly on each piece until they had started to stick.
I built this up over several thin layers.
I added a few flat back crystals to highlight where there were missing numbers and also popped some rusty circles to finish off the smaller cogs.
I did a similar finish to the stand using Ivory Powertex, Black Bister as well rich and bronze gold to give a cohesive look to the finished piece.
Below are some other close ups so you can see how it was all finished.
And here is the finished altered timepiece…
Have fun and don’t forget to share your makes with us over on Powertex Addicts or why not join our fab new group The Powertex Studio where Certfied Powertex Tutors as well as YOU can share your creations and we can inspire each other.