February Ramblings from Fi Potter

Hi Fi here, can you believe it’s February already? I’ve been busy doing lots of arty stuff with Powertex of course but also mixed media art journaling.
I was asked by my friend Debbie Bulford if I would like to decorate some of her rather fab jewellery stands. Well I didn’t need asking twice. They are such a neat design both for displaying your jewellery at home and even more because they pack flat making them super easy to carry to craft fairs.
I did two sets, the first I used neutral earthy tones of Powertex Bronze, Grey and Ivory. I used sand and Stone Art to add texture and then highlighted the edges with Bronze Gold and Silver Colortrix and Powerwax. Once the wax was dry I buffed them up to give a satin finish.
The second set I used Powertex Ivory and Bister’s in Blue, Yellow and Red. I used the hairdryer to achieve some subtle cracking and left to dry. I then washed them back quite hard. I still have a little more work to do on this set to highlight the edges and also in the base of both sets.  More photos will be added to my Facebook and Instagram pages soon. Can’t wait to display my own Powertex Jewellery on these.
I’m in my second year of doing Tamara Laporte of Willowing Arts Life Book.  I love the way Tam puts these online workshops together. Week one we created a Garden Fairy and this gorgeous girl is of my own hand,  I love her so much and can’t quite believe that I did it.  Now watch this space because I am incorporating her in a new Powertex project which I shall blog in the coming weeks…join me as I create her fairy story “Once upon a time…”
That’s all for now
Have a fab week and keep crafting …
Fi xxx

Mermaid with a Message by Fi Potter

Hi there hope you are having a great summer so far…I have been loving this gorgeous warmth!
My favourite place is the beach, I love beach combing and seeing what’s been washed up that can be used in art like bits of wood and sea glass.  But more and more I feel sad that our oceans are being cluttered and devastated by plastic, discarded fishing nets and so much more, and it is damaging marine life.  So I created a Mermaid with a Message for a recent Mannequin’s and Mermaids workshop.

 

I used a polystyrene torso and and wood/metal base from Powertex UK .  I then used some 2mm aluminium wire to create the tail shape and extended up her body.  I secured using masking tape and used cheap tin foil to create the tail shape and then wrapped with masking tape.  I used Powertex Lead  and Stone Art to cover the torso.  I used knitted scrim for the tail on the reverse as this gives the impression of scales.
I added Powertex to some lace trim and placed around the top of the tail fabric and added small  3D balls to the body and tail for texture and to imply those little balls of plastic that are found in cheap cosmetic scrubs that find their way into the water course and out into out oceans.  I then painted the base with more Powertex and embellished with tissue paper and more 3D balls in varying sizes.  Finally I rubbed Powertex into some net fabric and draped over her, as if she were caught while swimming.  I then left her overnight to dry.
I then used Easy Varnish with Powercolor and Colortricx pigments to add colour, I didn’t go too far with this as I wanted to help her to get her message across, plastic and waste are damaging our oceans!
Finally I used some rusty wire to make some barbed wire and added to her body. This will be available in my etsy shop once I’ve had time to create one!

 

Hope you like this project and want to have a go yourself.  Post some photos on Powertex Addicts United  if you do we love to see what you create.
Bye for now

 

Fi xx