January craft Subscription Box – Powertex UK –

The Secret Art Box – Powertex UK craft subscription box

“We wish you bluebirds in the spring to give your heart a song to sing”

Please note *** You may not get an exact replica of this box, but similar items will be included ***

I cut a 6 cm polystyrene ball in half as I wanted to fatten the bird up and make him more 3d.

I stuck one on each side of the wooden bird shape.

Next I arranged some sort of platform for everything to sit on. I used part of the cardboard from the box as the base.

I painted the mdf birdhouses with blueberry pie acrylic paint.

I started to compile pieces to make a tag using other items from the box.

So as not to cover up all the background paper, I traced round and cut out the shape.

I placed the mdf bird shape in the cut out background space and put the cut out piece back on top of the bird shape.

I dismantled one of the paper flowers as I wanted to use it to try to represent feathers.

Next step was to cover everything with Powertex. I used the blue from the box and some bronze that I already had to paint the branch top left. The bird is covered in t-shirt fabric and I used a couple of pieces of hessian to create wings. You can easily use the paper decoration for this too.

I just wanted to show you how far the Powertex goes. I covered all of the above pieces liberally and I’ve still got half the bottle left.

And this is how I assembled everything together and coloured it up with the blue curacao and golden olive Secret Art Loft pigments.

I think they look very fitting outside in the garden in the middle of the bush.

I used the golden olive pigment on the body of the bird and on the flower feathers. I painted the leaves on the wallpaper background with blueberry pie acrylic paint.

This actually looks better in real life as the colours are more defined, but unfortunately, my camera doesn’t appear to be a fan of blue!

I hope this has given you a bit of inspiration. Don’t forget to show us what you make with the contents of your box and don’t be shy in uploading them to the Powertex Studio FaceBook page. For further inspiration, visit the free online Powertex magazine here

All Powertex, Secret Art Loft products and subscription boxes can be found here.

Powertex UK at ‘Create it’ May 2018

Powertex UK are very excited to be exhibiting at the Create it show in Kent for the very first time. The event is held at the Detling Show Ground, Maidstone Kent on May 19th and 20th. And is basically a big old craft fest. SO EXCITING!
So in case you are coming across Powertex for the first time or you’ve seen it and thought about it and want to get stuck in then you must come see us!
What is Powertex?
In a nutshell a universal, non-toxic, water based, liquid medium. It started life as a fabric hardener but has now grown to be so much more. There are many additional products you can use with it to create extra texture and clays in your work. And the types of art be it sculpture, painting, mixed media projects to name but a few are endless.

 

So who are Powertex UK?

 

We are Tracey and Garry Evans and we are proud to be the authorised UK distributors of Powertex range, which provides superior quality 3D artwork materials suitable for artists and crafters from beginners to experts. We have a unique team at Powertex UK hq and have our own trained tutors across the UK bringing workshops to your area.

 

Oh, and don’t forget Frankie ‘top dog’.
Whom if you are lucky enough to visit Traceys studio you will meet.
So what which workshop will you choose to join in on at Create it?
Will you chose the Seahorse?
Maybe you will choose the owl, the vintage frame or perhaps all three?
Tracey will be sharing the wonders of Powertex with you in her fabulous workshops. Book in early to avoid disappointment. Find the link here. Come and find us at stand P9. Hope you can join us. Toodles Anna xXx

Teatime in wonderland, wearing my best hat!

Hello lovely people.
I hope you enjoyed the show on Hochanda and it has got your creative juices flowing.
I was lucky enough to try out the project packs before the show and I have to say I really enjoyed doing them.
I created the hat first as my muse was screaming at me to do that one.
Sadly I did not do step by step photos as I was way too excited to crack on and play.
I had a piece of quite chunky crochet material I wanted to use and this was just the job.
I first laid out all the parts of the kit and decided how I was going to display them, before getting out the Powertex and going for it.
My muse already knew what colour theme I was going to do, so first I painted the top hat in the BLUEBERRY PIE and MOJITO LIME
Paint and Powertexed my crochet material and laid it on the hat.
I used the green and did a bit of blending with the blueberry and dry brushed with the white pigment to highlight.
I added the rice papers to the playing cards and added texture in the form of sand balls to the top part of the cards.
I took the feather and added texture to that using stone art and Powertex and used a pokey tool to make it look like a feather, dry brushed with black.
I used more of the crochet material to the bottom part of the hat and then measured and soaked some material to give it a more 3D effect to the middle part of the hat.
I used easy 3D FLEX on the tag and gave it a crackle effect using some brown bister and added the MDF numbers and painted them with easy varnish mixed with black pigment.
And my mad hatter’s hat I felt was completed.
The next kit I found more of a creative challenge and my muse was stumped on how to go about this one, I think as the rice papers are so pretty, it kind of threw me a little, as this is not more normal style!
 I sat and played around with combinations for a while until I decided upon a design my muse liked but once I started, I did not stop until it was done.
Firstly I wet ripped the rice paper, by this I mean if you dunk a fine paintbrush in water and run it around the part of the rice paper/tissue paper you want to use, it comes away quite easy and looks a better finish when laid down on a structure.
I then added lace to other parts of the teapot and cups and saucers and decoratively painted the flowers and flamingo and the little mouse on the top. I added a piece of string dipped in transparent Powertex. I painted the MDF wording in the blue paint and stuck down using Powertex as my glue.
I forgot the mention I added a few lace butterflies as well.
It turned out very pretty (for me) and I loved incorporating the rice papers into my design.
I hope all the design team blogs on this theme have inspired you all.
Until my next blog …. Go be creative
Jinny x

The only limit is you

I’ve always said that Powertex has changed my life and it’s true. One of the biggest lessons I think I have taken from Tracey at Powertex UK is finding my confidence and building on it every day. You really get out what you put in. I would love to say I am just naturally talented and I can create anything but it has taken me a lot of blood sweat and tears to practice and motivate myself to hone my skills.
NEVER LIMIT YOUR IMAGINATION!
I have been using Powertex for over 3 years and I still learn something new every time I create a piece. So what advice do I have to you if you want to have a go. Don’t put it off for a second. If you don’t like something you have created, take what you have learnt from it. Even if it is how not to do something. Then go ahead and try again with another project.
It’s very easy in life to come across negativity directed toward you and to take that on board. For me this started from an early age with my art teacher who as a mentor, I was supposed to look up to and respect. After all adults are always right, aren’t they? My A level art teacher told me never to use my imagination for art. He was wrong. He also told me I would fail art. He was very wrong! I now have my own business Rosehart Studio, you can also follow me on instagram.
I’ve told this story many times and have been so surprised with people responding to me with the same stories and experiences. People who had put them off their dreams and passions of self-expression through art. The thing I think I love about powertex the most is there isn’t a right or wrong
 way of using it when it comes to design and composition.
 
Once you know the technique you can go away, play with it and make it work the way you need it to.  Never one for conformity I love pushing boundaries, and seeing where my imagination will take me.
 
Push it past the limits and ideas that have not yet been discovered and it will be forgiving. Dig deep and find the confidence to just have a go.
If you really would like an extra helping hand look up the tutor details on the powertex uk website and find your local certified tutor. They are trained by the best! Our Tracey at Powertex HQ, so they in turn will give you the best training. We are all lovely, happy people who love to guide you and give you that confidence you need to have a go and show you that yes you can do it! My students can’t believe the results they produce! And they really do a fantastic job! Toodles Anna xXx

“Don’t put off until tomorrow what you can do today.”

― Benjamin Franklin