Egyptian art

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.

Materials list

  • 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

Optional:

  • Cardboard circle
Powertex UK Secret Art Box Egyptian theme contents
Secret Art Box December 2019

How I made my Egyptian art

Step 1

Prime the MDF base with the gorgeous Fresh Mint Powertex Universal Medium. Create background texture with Easy Structure through the hieroglyphs stencil.

Background texture with Powertex and Easy structure through a stencil
Prepare the background

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.

Step 2

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.

Build up the mdf frame and coat with Powertex
Coat and glue with Powertex

Step 3

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.

Use Powertex and 3D sand for texture
Mix Powertex and 3D sand for texture

Step 4

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.

coat your pieces with Fresh mint Powertex Universal Medium
Adhere mdf and clay embellishments

Step 5

When dry, spray with Palm green acrylic ink spray from the box. Leave to dry and repeat if needed.

Spray egyptian art with Palm green Acrylic ink
Spray with Palm ink

Step 6

Spray the base with Bister to “age” the surface. I used Yellow but you can use Brown Bister for this.

Use Powertex Bister to "age" the surface
Age with Bister

Step 7

Leave to dry and wipe away with a cloth, any excess Bister and ink from the surface to keep the aged look.

Step 8

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.

Paint elements with Colotricx pigments and paint
Add colour with paint and pigments

Step 9

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.

Increase the contrast with a light card circle coated with Powertex.
Powertex Egyptian art by Kore Sage
Try to find contrast

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.

Finishing touches

Brush Fresh Mint Powertex for highlights on the embellishments. I wanted the circle to look like it was illuminating these parts.

Powertex Egyptian Art by Kore Sage

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.

Whatever you’re making with your Powertex supplies, we love to see, so join us in the Powertex Studio on Facebook.

You can see more of my projects on the magazine such as this Cow skull and flowers art. I also share my Powertex projects and tips on koresageart.com.

Walk like an Egyptian

Powertex UK Secret Art Box – December 2019

Designed by Gill Goldsmith

This month’s Egyptian Secret Art Box is a stunner! The theme, inspired by Tracey’s visit to the Tutankhamen exhibition is all things Egyptian and amongst the fabulous goodies, a brand new colour of Powertex, a gorgeous mint green.

Powertex Art by Gill Goldsmith Secret Art Box December 2019
Powertex art by Gill Goldsmith

Materials List

  • Secret Art Box December 2019
  • Nefertiti mould from Powertex UK
  • Plaster or air drying clay such as Stone Art clay
  • Easy Structure and Paperdecoration for texture
  • Powertex Universal Medium in White and Yellow Ochre
  • Pigments in Bronze gold, Blue Curcao and Ultramarine
Powertex UK Secret Art Box December 2019 Egyptian
Powertex UK Secret Art Box December 2019

How to make my Egyptian art

Step 1

Mdf frame and Easy Structure through stencil

The new shape of MDF panel, lent itself so much to the theme and screams pyramid, so I used the fabulous hieroglyphics stencil and added texture to the top of the panel with EasyStructure paste.
I also added a coating of Easy Structure across the pyramid and marked it with a palette knife like blocks.
Once dry, I laid out my composition of the MDF pieces, I’d cast a plaster piece of the new scarab mould and also used the Nefertiti bust as a focal point.

Step 2

Fresh mint Powertex from the Secret Art Box Egyptian

Then using the brand new mint colour Powertex I coated the complete piece, using it to glue all the elements in place.
I added some Paperdecoration to the sides and created more texture using the sand included in the box. I mixed it into the Powertex with a palette knife and spread it across the bottom of the canvas.
Allow this to dry thoroughly.

Step 3

Spray with Palm green acrylic ink

Once dry, I used the palm leaf acrylic ink spray, included in the box, and liberally sprayed across the whole piece.
Don’t panic at this point, it looks a lot of colour, but there’s a long way to go.
Again, allowing this to dry thoroughly before starting my favourite process on any Powertex piece, the dry brushing.

Step 4

Dry brush with Powertex

I initially dry brushed the MDF elements and the plaster pieces with white Powertex and the pyramid in yellow ochre.
I then added depth with darker pigments to make the pyramid stand out and used the bronze gold pigment included as well as blue Curacao and ultramarine blue to bring out the highlights on all the plaster pieces and MDF embellishments.
Mix pigments with the Varnish.

Powertex Secret Art Box by Gill Goldsmith

Finishing touches

My final touch was to dry brush the pyramid with more white Powertex, making sure your brush is really dry so it just highlights the texture and make it stand out…..

Powertex Art by Gill Goldsmith from the Egyptian Secret Art Box
Egyptian art by Gill Goldsmith

I hope this inspires you to have a go at creating something magical with this month’s Egyptian Secret Art Box, and that you will share your finished makes on The Powertex Studio and Secret Art Box Subscribers Facebook pages. You can also read other Secret Art Box tutorials.

Thanks for reading and do please follow my Powertex adventures on my Facebook page The Powertex Port,
Happy Powertexing XXX Gill

Wonderful Egyptian Journals

It was fantastic to be able to have the space to create a canvas when I was up at hq. But it wouldn’t be a project from me if it wasn’t a journal really. So here are three journal designs I put together for the Egyptian show.
To start with I coated  bases of the Tut and Nefertiti journal with yellow ochre Powertex. With the scarab journal I used black Powertex on the base. I then stenciled a sand and Ivory powertex mix through the wonderful things stencil on the covers. I coated the Tutankhamen and Nefertiti heads with a little of this sandy mix to give an extra bit of texture to the plaster busts.

 

I made some easy 3d flex clay and stamped into it with the stamps I specifically designed for the range which were the Heiro Heaven for the Nefertiti and Tut journals.

 

 Scarabella stamp for the front of the scarab journal. Some hessian for an extra bit of texture. I also used some of the mdf pyramid and ank trio on the front of this one. The pyramid was stencilled and the ank I put a little clay on the front and stamped into it. I did the same for the ank and pyramid on the back of this journal. The cracking of the easy 3d flex gives them extra dimension and lots of texture. For the inside of this journals covers I placed some rice paper over a black and gold base.

 

The first image was stuck straight on to the darker base and the second I painted a little ivory powertex on first before putting the rice paper on. It was interesting to see the different effects that you could get using them on the different coloured surfaces.

 

I sprayed all the journals with brown bister and then dry brushed for the varying shades of colour. The pages were also sprayed with the brown bister to make them looked aged and I also stamped some of the pages. Hope you are inspired by this wonderful range, we’d love you to share you makes on the powertex addicts united page on facebook. We love to see what you have been creating. Toodles Anna xXx

 

Wonderful things Egyptian Canvas

I was super excited when Tracey told me of her plans for her Egyptian show! It was so refreshing to have a theme that suited Powertex so well. The earthy tones of the bisters and the Easy 3d flex just lent itself so well to all the crackles, depth and texture that you would see on an Egyptian relic or within a tomb inside a pyramid.
One of the pieces I created for the show was a mixed media canvas. The center piece was created by taking a piece of fabric and dipping it into Ivory Powertex. I then laid it out to dry flat on a piece of plastic sheeting,but made sure the edges were rolled like a scroll.
Once thoroughly dry I tore around the rice paper image I wanted to use and took some Easy coat matt to apply it. Tracey has made a fab video on how to apply the rice papers here.
I then allowed it to dry and stenciled around the edges using some sand mixed in with Powertex through the Wonderful things stencil.
I had some sand/powertex mixture left over so put a little Easy 3d flex in and pasted it around the edges of the fabric scroll for more texture. Then I made some easy 3d clay and stamped into it with the stamps I specifically designed for the range which were the Heiro Heaven and Scarabella. I coated the mdf shapes with Ivory Powertex I used the eye of horushieroglyphic tablet and mini hieroglphs once everything was stuck down it was left to dry. I then gave a generous spray with some black, red, yellow and brown bister to dull the tones of the Ivory down and add extra depth to the textures. And added a dash of colour with some pigments which were dry brushed.
The background was a canvas that Tracey had knocking around the studio and it already had a good helping of texture made with sand and powertex on it. So I just finished the other side, stuck the scroll piece in the middle with more powertex! Added some sand and balls to the left side of it for even more texture then sprayed with bister.
Hope you are all still loving the Egyptian range as much as we are! Toodles Anna xXx

How to create a simple canvas using the fabulous Tutankhamun Mould from www.powertex.co.uk

I love all things about Ancient Egypt so was thrilled when Powertex UK bought out the Tutankhamun mould. I have always been fascinated with pyramids and ancient symbolism.  This canvas is very easy to create but so effective.  

The canvas measured 20 x 20 centimetres. Magical numbers interest me too and I wanted this creation to mean something. The polystyrene bases from Pizzas are thin and easy to cut using scissors.  The 3 small pyramids measure 9 x 9 x 9 centimetres each.  I cut out some shapes of corrugated cardboard so I had a selection to choose from.  The wooden bits come with the canvas and are really handy embellishments. I decided later not to use the jute but like to have lots bits cut out ready before I begin.  2. I placed 2 pyramids on the canvas and drew a line.

I used Blue, Red and Ochre Powertex Hardener.

I also used Stone Art, Easy 3D Flex and some Sand and Balls. Not shown here, but I also used Brown Bister

which is a water based stain available from www.powertex.co.uk

I used a casting powder in the mould

Using my line as a guide I applied a coat of Red and Ochre Powertex Hardener

I am going to have to describe the next stage as it isn’t easy photographing and working on it at the same time.  I sprinkled some of the Stone Art  all over the wet canvas then using the palm of my hand pressed down all over so that a layer of it stuck. I brushed off the excess, added a few more blobs of Powertex then applied another sprinkling of the powder. This was again worked in and the excess removed.  I was aiming at an aged look so sprayed Brown Bister around the edges.

7. At this stage I was becoming really excited so placed some of cut outs on the canvas to see what it looked like.  As you will notice with the end result I changed my mind about the positioning. Next it was time to apply a border that looked like cracked stonework. 8. For this I used Easy 3d Flex mixed with the Ochre Powertex.  

9. For more of an aged look I sprayed a little more Brown Bister around the edges.  10.  Using the Ochre Powertex I stuck the bottom 2 pyramids down. These I had painted Brown.  10. For the top pyramid I used the Blue Powertex.  Whilst the Powertex was still wet I added some of the Sand and Balls.

I got so carried away with it, that I forgot to photograph adding the little bits of wood and the half moon at the top. I used a water based wet wipe to wipe away the Bister on the surface of the Easy 3d Flex and dry brushed over the surface with Ivory Powertex. Then came a touch of gold. You can use Gold Powertex Pigments for that or a gilding wax.

I really hope you have enjoyed this little project. Check out the Powertex website for your supplies and a certified tutor in your area. www.powertex.co.uk.

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Walk like an Egyptian!

When we all saw the ‘wonderful things’ Egyptian collection bought out by Powertex Uk. It was like being at a fireworks display! The ooooo’s and the ahhhhhhh’s. And then when we all saw the samples together in training they just got progressively louder.
I think this has to be my favourite theme so far and Tracey put some cracking products together. From rice papers, to mdf shapes, moulds, plaster busts, rubber stamps and more! So without further a do here are some of the luscious Egyptian pieces of art created. Toodle pip Anna xXx

 

 

 

 

UPCYCLED CABINET TO EGYPTIAN TREASURE

UPCYCLED CABINET TO EGYPTIAN TREASURE

This cabinet had served us well in our spare bedroom but had become redundant when we redecorated however I still loved the design and the shape of the legs so I hadn’t let it go
 and thank goodness I hadn’t because when it came to finding interesting surfaces 
for creating for our Egyptian themed shows it was a perfect candidate. 
It was an incredibly difficult item to take photographs of so I have included the one above which was taken on the show and then below I have included snapshots of individual areas. 

You will see I have used lots of different techniques, Powertex products, MDF pieces, the 
“Wonderful Things”stencil and rice papers to get the effects I wanted. 
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A crackalacking time!

Well, what an amazing time we had recently! Powertex Uk Hq was a buzz with a wonderful visit from Brigitte Grade, the creator of Powertex. We had a CRACKALACKING time!!
Thanks to the organisation of Tracey, Garry and the Powertexuk Team a handful of lucky tutors got to spend the day under the tuition of Brigitte. Learning some marvelous new techniques and having a jolly good time.
The weather was kind to us and we had absolutely beautiful setting in the marquee in the garden and we all came away with works of art to be proud of.
It was so lovely to catch up with our Powertex family, seeing some old friends and making some new friends. Frankie and Maurice quickly made friends too!

What a magical product Powertex is to bring so many people together!

As you can see from the video and photos much fun was had. We’d love to share the new techniques with you however we are going to be a tease this time and dangle the carrot. Don’t worry we will let you in on  the new products and secret recipes soon we promise!  Stay tuned for more snippets of inspiration!

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Toodle pip Anna xXx