Sweet Beautiful Music

Hi there, as I write this blog we are having the most glorious weather for the first May Bank holiday in the UK and it is fabulous!  I’m listening to the Peaceful Guitar play list on Spotify and there’s a lovely breeze wafting through the house….mmmmm… to top it all I love this guitar project pack!

Powertex has taken this one right back to basics to show how you can create some really super projects by using just the magic of Powertex, a nicely constructed kit and the basic pigment kit.

So first I joined the 2 main pieces together with Bronze Powertex and added the hanging bracket as show in the two images below.


One the back was dry I used the textured paper to cover the front of the guitar, again using Bronze Powertex – there’s no need to use any other mediums as the magic of Powertex covers so many uses.
You can see how I made two pieces to cover the body if the Guitar.  I also laid out the main design of my piece.  The only parts of the kit I didn’t use were the two paper flowers. I used more of the Bronze Powertex to stick the embellishments in place, the only thing I added was some jute string. Once everything was in place I left it to dry overnight.

Next I used PowerColor Pigments and Easy Varnish  to build an Ombre shading moving through from Yellow Ochre to Red Ochre.  I repeated this shading several times until I got the effect I was after.

To build the colour and shading I also added in some Titanium white in the latter layers.

I coloured the embellishments as well.

Once I was happy with the main colour I mixed up some silver Colortrix and cloured the strings.

I then added Burgundy PowerColor to the heart/flower embelishment and finally added some Rich Gold Colortrix to the centre of the two main embellishments and a faint brushing over the textured paper.

Below are some close ups to help you see the effects.

Hope you enjoy the Powertex Design Teams take on this project and we inspire you to have a go yourself.  Don’t forget to share your makes in the Powertex Studio on Facebook.

Happy Crafting
Fi

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Just Powertex, No Strings Attached!

 

 

Just Powertex, No Strings Attached (Just a little lace) – by Abigail Lagden

 

Hello and welcome to May!! I can’t believe how fast the year is passing, but it means it is time for another blog – Yay!
As always, the team at Powertex UK have put together another fantastic set of project packs, with a fabulous mdf base shape to work on and some really gorgeous embellishments. Here is the Guitar project pack that I used for this project – I just love the heart starbursts and the paper flowers give so much dimension to the project.
First, I played with a rough layout for my project. This helps me gain an overall picture of how I’m going to construct my project, even if it changes as I start working. I decided to keep this project quite simple so the only extra thing I added were some pieces of cotton lace I had in my stash.
I wanted to use the hatched pattern embossed paper as an overall base texture for the body of the guitar, so I used the mdf shape as a template to draw around before carefully cutting the shape out.
I then attached the two pieces of mdf together using the rectangular piece of mdf on the back. The back of all three pieces were painted with bronze Powertex and then fixed together whilst wet. The whole of the back of the project was also painted over to produce a neat finish. This only takes a few minutes to dry to the point where you can turn it back over and start creating (a hairdryer can help speed up the process if you are impatient like me!).
Now for the fun part…
The wallpaper I cut out earlier was added first using bronze Powertex as a glue on the back. Then the front was also painted over.
The small mdf plaques were attached to the neck of the guitar to provide some extra depth before I added some lace over the top of them along the neck.
Two pieces of different cotton lace were added across the body of the guitar. When adding lace that I want to meet the edges of a project I always use a piece that is a little bit longer than needed and trim is once it is on the project. This is because a lot of cotton lace tends to shrink a little when you coat it with Powertex, so if you cut it to the exact size first then it often ends up too short.
The embellishments were then all added by coating with Powertex and pressing into position. Once done, the project was left to dry overnight.
Once dry, I used different blends of ultramarine blue, turquoise, green, lilac and white powercolor pigments using a dry brushing technique. And finally a quick brush using rich gold colortricx to give it a lift and a shimmer.
Hope you like it…
You can follow more of what I get up to with my Powertex creations and workshops on my facebook page.
Until next time, Abs x