Gothic Fantasy Pram

Designed by Patricia and Dave Williams

How it all began

For a very long time I have wanted a vintage style pram. It goes back to when I had my own babies, living in a flat there was no room for such a majestic pram. So, children long grown up, I decided Powertex gave me the perfect opportunity to use a pram as a base for my Gothic Art.

This involved much searching online sites to find one and I finally did at an amazing cost of £45. It was found in a house clearance, looking a little tired and worn as it would at 50/60 yrs old. It was love at first sight, just to push it to the car to take made me bristle with excitement.

Vintage pram to alter into Gothic fantasy pram project with Powertex

On arrival it was tucked up inside my Powertex storage garage where it silently waited while plans were made. The plans changed many times, the only certainty it was going to be black.

It was going to make it’s debut at The Whitby Gothic Weekend on October 25th-27th where we go twice a year to show our creations, let the work begin.

How we created the Gothic Fantasy Pram

Materials used

Stage 1

Sand it all down and give it a coat of gesso, then black Powertex, suddenly it no longer looked sad and tired it began to breath life. I left it for 48hrs to dry out while cutting up of lots of fabric.

Stage 2

Dave, re-upholstered the inside, deep buttoned style in black leather. It was taking on a whole new personality.

reupholster vintage pram

Stage 3

Turned upside down I started to apply the fabric cover to the base in long strips leaving it quite wrinkled to give a texture. At the handle end I attached a ceramic baby curled in a leaf, roses and skulls.

Using Powertex Universal Medium with fabric

Stage 4

Now the sides were a whole different story as I wanted them very ornate and busy. I covered the sides with Powertexed fabric. We started to gather lots of plaster pieces then bedded the pieces into the fabric. In the centre as a focal point I added a plaster face, with wings.

This took a few days to dry out. Then I coated it all with Black Powertex. Flipped it over when it was dry and did the other side to match.

Using Black Powertex with plaster and resin pieces

Stage 5

Time to start working on the hood, I coated it all over with black Powertex inside and out. I cut up lots of twine and laid out a spider web pattern, which I then filled in with skulls of different types and faces, adding scrunched up fabric coated with Powertex around them to make sure they were securely fixed. Once more the whole hood was coated with black Powertex.

Stage 6

So excited to reach this stage; Dry Brushing. Keeping it reasonably simple I started with silver Colourtrix,  lightly brushing all over to bring out all the texture , it instantly came to life and really needed very little more. To finish off I added touches of dry brushing with white Powertex Universal Medium.

Stage 7

The back of the hood and the apron, they changed many times as they progressed, we wanted them to almost tell a story, of derelict buildings and overgrown trees, we used some MDF pieces for this.

Powertex altered gothic fantasy pram makeover
Powertex Gothic fantasy pram by Alex Henry Mixed Media
The Hood

So finally it was time to put her all back together and take her out for a photo shoot.

So here she is our much loved Gothic Fantasy Pram who made her debut at Whitby Goth Weekend. She met some amazing people who ooohed and aahhed over her and photographed her from every angle and she even had the pleasure of a delightful baby boy try her out for size.

Where do we go from here I asked myself as after finishing such an intense and exciting project there is always that feeling of anti-climax, but we have two fabulous projects on the books, so even more exciting times to come.

See my last project the Dark Dreamcatcher or if you would like to see more of our work head over to our Facebook page Alex Henry. Don’t forget to add your projects onto The Powertex Studio, I would love to see them and you will also find lots of inspiration there.

So until next time,

Patricia (Alex Henry)

Mixed media gothic art

Powertex UK Secret Art Box – October 2019

Designed by Kore Sage

The Powertex UK mixed media subscription box for October was packed with spooky mdf and embellishments. The sturdy mdf frame was perfect for some gothic mixed media art.

Gothic mixed media art with Powertex by Kore Sage
Powertex Mixed Media art by Kore Sage

The Secret Art Box also included:

  • Black Powertex Universal Medium,
  • Easy Varnish,
  • Mdf frame 25cm square
  • 12″ x 12″ stencil,
  • sugar skull paper,
  • plaster skulls,
  • loose weave fabric,
  • assorted embellishments,
  • Medium balls,
  • Powercotton,
  • Ultramarine Powercolor and Interference pigment,
  • and an eyeball lolly!

Materials List

Powertex UK Secret Art Box – October 2019

Powertex Uk secret art box, mixed media art subscription box
Powertex UK Secret Art Box – October

I also used Easy Structure, Red Bister spray and White and Lilac Powercolor but these are totally optional. I added a square of corrugated card packaging, if you have it.

How to make this gothic mixed media art

Prepare your mdf frame

Slot the frame together and glue with Powertex
Slot the frame together, paint and glue with Black Powertex

Use the black Powertex Universal Medium to paint and glue your frame together with the raised square in the centre.

Add texture to the frame

Easy Structure textures and Red Bister

Scrape Easy Structure over the outer frame. Dry with a hairdryer before coating with Black Powertex.

TIP: I also sprayed with Red Bister but these steps are optional. You can use any texture you like and the stencil would also be great for this.

Corrugated card texture

Layer of corrugated card for texture
Add corrugated card to the centre

I tore a square of cardboard packing for the centre. I used Black Powertex to paint this piece completely and to glue it down.

Add fabric texture

Use Powertex to harden and glue the fabric
Use Powertex to harden and glue the fabric

Massage some Black Powertex into some of the loose fabric until it’s completely coated but not too wet. Press it into place with Powertex.

Layer mdf pieces

Layer on mdf pieces coated with black powertex
Layer up the mdf pieces

Paint your mdf pieces and embellishments completely with Powertex as you stick them on. Start with larger pieces and add more until your happy with the placement.

Next layer

Add another layer of embellishments including the plaster skull
Keep adding embellishments until your happy

Use a plaster skull as your focal point. I placed it in the centre of the spider’s web. Don’t worry about finger marks as we’ll fix those later!

TOP TIP: If any of your pieces aren’t sticking well, use pieces of kitchen paper in Powertex as a sticky pad to hold them in place.

Small textures

Small textures added last such as Powercotton and medium balls
Lastly add small textures

Add small textures for detail. Use Powercotton threads and the medium balls in areas that look a bit empty. Coat everything with Black Powertex and leave to dry.

Adding colour

Powertex mixed media gothic art by Kore Sage
Dry brushing layers creates lots of depth

For this piece we mix a dry paint using the Easy Varnish and powder pigments. Use a flat paintbrush to dry brush the textures.

TOP TIPS: Put a tiny amount of varnish on a craft mat and use a flat brush to pull some to the side. Dip your brush into the powder and mix this with the varnish. Mix a little at a time.

Start with dark colours first, dragging your brush over the top of the textures. Build up colour in layers and add highlights with the Interference colour or White at the end.

Powertex Gothic mixed media art Secret Art Box by Kore Sage
Gothic Mixed Media Art by Kore Sage

Everything you need to make brilliant gothic style mixed media art is in the Secret Art Box this October. I hope you’ll have a go and share your creation in The Powertex Studio Facebook group. Use #powertexaddict on Instagram so we can find you!

Gill’s creation uses the same Powertex UK subscription box and you can find out about the Secret Art Box subscription at Powertex UK.

Until next time, make a little time to let your art out!

Kore x