Secret Art Box – December 2019
Designed by Kore Sage
The December Secret Art Box had an Egyptian theme and there was a limited edition Fresh Mint colour Powertex too! Other materials included: Large stencil, Printed rice paper, Scarab mould, 3D Sand, Varnish, Bronze Gold Colortricx pigment. In my Egyptian art I wanted to use the Eye of Horus as the focal point as this is one of my favourite symbols.
- Secret Art Box – December 2019
- Easy Structure
- Bister spray in Yellow and Black or use Brown
- Cheesecloth/muslin scraps
- Stone Art or Air dry clay
- Cardboard circle
How I made my Egyptian art
Prime the MDF base with the gorgeous Fresh Mint Powertex Universal Medium. Create background texture with Easy Structure through the hieroglyphs stencil.
TOP TIP: While this dries, make your scarab piece with Stone Art clay. Mix up your clay 50/50 Powertex and Stone Art powder and press into the mould. Remove immediately and leave to dry.
When structure paste is dry, brush over with Powertex and assemble the pieces using Powertex as your glue. Use the printed letters on the mdf as a guide.
Mix 3D sand from the box into some Fresh Mint Powertex until you have a textured paste. Apply to the surface using your fingers and fix into place.
TOP TIP: You can fit the triangle in place before adding the sand paste.
Add scraps of fabric coated with Powertex to the surface. Coat your chosen clay and mdf embellishments with Powertex and lay them out. Glue into place with Powertex.
When dry, spray with Palm green acrylic ink spray from the box. Leave to dry and repeat if needed.
Spray the base with Bister to “age” the surface. I used Yellow but you can use Brown Bister for this.
Leave to dry and wipe away with a cloth, any excess Bister and ink from the surface to keep the aged look.
Add colours to highlight your embellishments. I used Blueberry Pie acrylic paint to darken some elements and painted on some more Bister to darken the triangle shape.
Bronze Gold pigment mixed with Easy Varnish makes a gorgeous metallic paint to add highlights to the Scarab and the sand textures.
I was struggling to get contrast at the centre of the triangle so I tried using Fresh Mint Powertex to colour the central piece instead. I liked the result but took it a step further.
Eventually I chose to cut a circle of card and harden it with Fresh Mint Powertex. I was unable to remove the Eye of Horus piece from the centre but I had another in my stash so I used this, painted with Bronze Gold Colortricx mixed with Easy Varnish. I layered these in the centre.
Brush Fresh Mint Powertex for highlights on the embellishments. I wanted the circle to look like it was illuminating these parts.
I hope you like my Egyptian art. There were so many gorgeous elements in the box it was hard not to throw them all in! If you like the look of the Egyptian Secret Art Box you might be lucky to get one of these limited edition boxes on the Powertex UK Website.
You can also find more projects using the Secret Art Box on the magazine.
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