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

A Powertex Spooktacular

Secret Art Box October 2019

Designed by – Gill Goldsmith

This month’s Secret Art Box theme was Halloween inspired and was packed full of wonderful spooky contents. Including an MDF panel, MDF elements with skulls, tombstones and spiders webs, a spooky stencil, rice paper, large balls, a texture pack, charms, skeleton leaves, plaster skull heads, pigments and varnish. A Powertex spooktacular!

Powertex spooktacular halloween art by Gill Goldsmith
Powertex spooktacular by Gill Goldsmith

Materials list

Powertex UK Secret Art Box for October 2019

Any Halloween embellishments

Stone Art Clay

Powertex UK Secret Art Box subscription box October 2019
Powertex UK Subscription Box October 2019

How to create your spooktacular wall art

Step 1

I decided I would construct my panel “inside out”. Instead of a flat surface, I created an inset frame. Glue with the Black Powertex Universal Medium included in this month’s box.

Step 2

With Powertex Easy Structure, which is a smooth paste, stencil the design around the outside of the panel, repeating on each corner.

Stencil skull design on the corners
Stencil the skull design

Step 3

Next I decided on which mdf pieces I wanted to use on this project. There are lots, so I have plenty left for more spooky projects. I painted the panel and the elements in the black Powertex.

Choose elements
Choosing elements to include
Paint all the mdf with Black Powertex Universal Medium
Paint everything with black Powertex Universal Medium

Step 4

Coat the texture fabric and draped it across the corners of the panel, allowing it to look like spiders webs. Make a pumpkin using an MDF shape and add Stone Art clay to give it the curved shape.

Everything was coated in the black Powertex and allowed to dry thoroughly.

TOP TIP: I’ve added extra MDF elements I had in my stash.

Paint all the elements in black Powertex
Layer, coat and glue with black Powertex

Step 5

Once dry, I dry brushed the entire piece with ivory Powertex which gives definition to all the texture and starts to make everything look like its covered in cobwebs and aged.

Dry brush the pieces with Ivory Powertex
Dry-brush with Ivory Powertex

Step 6

Add colour with Plum Pudding acrylic paint in some areas. Use the Ultramarine blue pigment and the Interference lilac pigment to emphasise these.

TOP TIP: Add a touch of orange marmalade acrylic paint on the pumpkin!

Add colour with paint and pigments
Add colour

Finishing touches

Dry brushing everything gives a pop of colour. Mix powder pigments with Easy Varnish. Load your brush with colour and then wipe most of it off on a piece of kitchen roll before applying in broad flat strokes. This really does give the best effect and the colour can be built up to achieve the best results.

Powertex Spooktacular Halloween wall art by Gill Goldsmith
Powertex Spooktacular by Gill Goldsmith

Here is the finished piece, it’s a very different style for me, but I loved working with the spooky elements, have lots left to create more projects. Some of these materials are also available separately at Powertex UK.

Keep a look out for another subscription box project coming soon and don’t forget to share what you make on the Secret Art Box Subscribers or Powertex Studio Facebook groups.

I love to see what everyone creates. If you want more inspiration please have a look at my Facebook page The Powertex Port and check out my other Secret Art Box makes on the blog.

Until next month….Happy Powertexing xxx Gill

Powertex Ghoul Shoulder Accessory

Designer – Donna Mcghie

For this month’s articles the Powertex Design Team were asked to look back over the archives and put our own spin on a previous creation by one of our colleagues. What an inspiration it was going back over past Powertex sculptures and creations.  I was spoilt for choice.  However, the one creation that stopped me in my tracks was the Powertex Halloween Ghoul from October 2018, by the very talented Anna Emelia Howlett, of Rosehart Designs. 

Powertex ghoul for Halloween
A spooky little Powertex Ghoul shoulder buddy for Halloween by Donna Mcghie

I have to admit to have never having watched a Harry Potter film in my life. I was unsure what a dementor was, but I liked the challenge of doing something so outside of my comfort zone.

However, this was not to be an exact copy of Anna’s brilliant design.  My take on it was to create a smaller one, who could be worn on the shoulder to watch over me as Halloween approaches.  Whether he is friend or foe remains to be seen.

“Where there is no imagination there is no horror” So says Sherlock Holmes in Arthur Conan Doyle’s book  A Study in Scarlet.

Anyone who has ever watched a horror film with me will testify that I have a very vivid imagination.  It was still great fun creating this little Powertex dementor though

Materials List

How to make a Powertex Halloween Ghoul

Step 1

Skeleton base for Powertex skull
In Anna’s original she adapted her skull to have an open mouth. Mine was too small to do this.

I  poked some wire in the base of my skull for a neck, and then built shoulders using wire, foil and masking tape.

Step 2

powertex skull base sitting on shoulder
I placed my ghoul on the jacket shoulder to check it fitted

I added on long bony fingers with some extra wire.

Step 3

Powertex ghoul stage 4
I propped him up on a plastic container so I could work on him without it sticking

I painted him in black Powertex and added kitchen roll for texture.

Step 4

Black Powertex adds texture to the halloween ghoul
As well as material I added texture with Paperdec and string

I soaked thin cloth in Black Powertex Fabric Hardener for his cloak.

Step 5

Powertex Skull Head
Scary Face!!

I decided to enlarge his mouth and eyes by making holes with scissors.

Step 6

Final dry brushing of the Powertex ghoul
Dry brushing brings out all that texture

Finishing touches

Once my ghoul had dried I added the final touches of dry brushing, using Anna’s choice of pigments.

Getting it to sit upright on my jacket was a challenge. Initially I had planned to use velcro, but decided I didn’t want his company on a permanent basis, only on spooky nights.

I compromised by using big safety pins. As I had only used thin material I was able to push pins through his cloak, and also hook them over his bony hands. This ensured my ghoul stayed in place and looks over my shoulder as long as I want him to.

Powertex Halloween Ghoul by Donna Mcghie

I hope you have enjoyed my take on Anna’s Powertex ghoul. Any comments you wish to leave would be greatly appreciated. You can see the original ghoul over on Anna’s blog here. We’d love to see your take on a Powertex Ghoul, over on our Facebook page The Powertex Studio.

You can see more of what I get up to over on my website or my facebook page. That’s all from me for this month. Until September take care, keep on creating, and may all your ghouls be friendly ones 🙂

How to create a Powertex Halloween ghoul – Anna Emelia Howlett

Something Wicked this way comes! A Powertex Halloween sculpture.

Some of our family live in Canada and it’s kind of a big thing to decorate your houses and go trick or treating. Every year we get photos of the different outfits chosen and the copious amounts of candy my nieces have collected. We don’t so much celebrate Halloween in our household. However, I do happen to have a Harry Potter inspired room. And this guy is going to fit right in.
He was rather a challenge but here is my ghoul inspired Dementor. And I am about to walk through with you exactly how he was created. So you can make one as a decoration for Halloween or just as a permanent feature to your room.
Suggested Ingredients list: Wire, empty kitchen roll, masking tape, skull head, Black Powertex, cheese cloth or old t-shirt, stockinette, powercotton, white powercolor, silver colortricx, interference blue pigment, varnish.
Step One: I had a spare mini skull in my stash. I cut his teeth out and changed the angel of his jaw. Holding it in place with a long piece of wire. Making a loop at the top I thread the wire through the top of the head holding the jaw in place, leaving a length as his neck. Then attached to a kitchen roll, which I bent into an arch for his shoulders and covered in masking tape. I measured about 60cm of wire to pass through the roll before taping up these would become the base of his arms.
Step two: I used some masking tape to fill in his mouth and around his eye sockets which I made a little larger by cutting out with a scalpel. And started wrapping the arm wire with foil. Using more around the top and bottom end of the section to create a bone looking shape.
Step three: I took 6 lengths of quite long wire. I wanted my ghoul to have long boney fingers. Taping at the base I bent one length done to be able to attach to the arm. The other lengths I trimmed so they mimicked the length of fingers on a hand.

Step four: Then I started covering with masking tape. Adding tin foil at the knuckles and then covering in masking tape. Attach the hands to the end of the wire arm by winding the spare wire at the hands wrist section around the bone arm base. Cover up with masking tape.

Step Five: This is the type of base you want to have created. I covered in Black Powertex and kitchen roll to give the base and extra sinewy finished. But you can skip that part if you like.
Step Six: I draped a piece of cloth over the shoulders to create a base to work up from. An old pair of cheese cloth curtains, but you could use an old t-shirt.
Step Seven: Create a hood with lighter cheese cloth material or t-shirt. Then add stockinette to add depth and texture and then some Powercotton draped over for extra texture.
Drape all the different textures through the boney fingers.
Step Eight: My favourite part. Dry brush using varnish and white powercolor. I then used a touch of silver colortricx in places. And for the hands and the face a touch of interference blue powder pigment from The Secret Art Loft range.

 I love to show how you can make a piece by re-purposing or building your own base. If you don’t wish to create the structure you could always buy a skeleton base instead and decorate that in the same way. I also forgot to add some paper decoration. I love this as texture it would work perfectly for this project. The great thing about Powertex is you can add to it when dry. So I can always go back and add some paper dec at a later date!
Don’t forget to share all your makes with us on Facebook in The Powertex Studio group or on the Powertex Addicts United page.
You can find me at Rosehart Studio on InstagramFacebook and Pinterest. Toodles Anna xXx

Halloween Candlestick Holders

Sam is back with us at the Powertex UK blog and has been kind enough to share another of her fantastic projects with us. Read on to be inspired. Do leave a comment at the bottom of the blog or share your makes with us over on Facebook in The Powertex Studio group or Powertex Addicts United page.
So here we are, all set up for another play.
I took a cardboard tube, the core of a kitchen roll, drew around the clay skull and roughly cut it out without squashing the tube.
I checked that the skull fitted in the hole, but I didn’t want it loose.
 
 
Using masking tape I created a shelf about an inch down from the tops of the tube.
I started covering them with black Powertex.
I covered the battery tea lights with cling film.
I covered both of the tubes in fabric and other embellishments. Once the fabric was on the taller tube, I pushed the skull into the hole.
Added more clay pieces, lace and wool.
Added the clay wings.
 
 
I painted everything in black Powertex and then set them outside to dry.
I brought them back inside and left them overnight to totally dry.
Once dry, I took out the tea lights which were still covered in cling film. The fabric where they’d been sat was still a bit wet, so I left them out to let the fabric fully dry.
Once totally dry, I dry brushed them with silver and turned on the tea lights.
And these are the opposite sides, ie the back.
 
Had loads of fun making these and love how they’ve come out.
 

Ghosts and Goblets for a Powertex Halloween

Hi it’s Kore. Autumn brings bright days and chilly nights and of course Halloween! Powertex and Halloween go together like carved pumpkins and candles so what better to make this month than Halloween decorations. If you’re looking for house ghosts, grim goblets or pocket pumpkins there’s something here for you and don’t worry if you’re new to Powertex, these are easy too.

These makes are super simple and don’t need lots of products for a Halloween packed with Powertex. Think of all the questions you’ll get about how you made them!

Ghosts
Let’s start super simple. These little ghosts are so easy but look fantastic hanging in groups!
You’ll need:
White or Transparent Powertex
Squares of light white fabric such as muslin or cheesecloth
Black paint or marker for the eyes
Thread and needle to string them up
A bottle or similar shape, covered with cling wrap

Use Powertex on squares of fabric and drape over a bottle or similar to set overnight. Paint eyes on when dry. Use thread to hang them. Easy!

 

Fabric bowls
Also super easy to do and can be any size or colour you want.
You’ll need:
Small bowl and cling film or plastic bag to cover it
Piece of stockinette or other fabric to use with a dark Powertex
Powder pigment such as Violet Valentine and Easy Varnish

 

Massage the Powertex into your fabric and drape over the upturned bowl to set. Paint with a dry mix of pigment and Easy Varnish. I’m loving the Violet Valentine metallic pigment! Remember that Powertex is non toxic so you can put dry food in your bowls but I recommend to line them with paper or cling wrap.

Pumpkins
Pumpkins are a must if you’re celebrating Halloween but carving fresh Pumpkins is not for everyone.  I made these tiny table decorations using string and balloons, so you can make different sizes too.
You’ll need:
Balloons
String or cotton yarn
Powertex (Red, Yellow Ochre, Bronze, Black or even Ivory) I mixed Red and Yellow Ochre
Powder pigments and Easy Varnish

Cut lengths of string to wrap around. Inflate your balloons ready to the size you want. Massage the Powertex into the string and wrap around the balloon. Use your string end to make a stalk for the top. Leave overnight to set and cut the balloons to remove. Your string should still be soft enough to shape your pumpkins. Dry brush with highlights or metallics.

Goblets
These goblets were inspired by the brilliant Jinny Holt who posted hers and reminded me that I hadn’t used Stone Art on glass for a while. These are my Halloween goblets.
You’ll need:
Wine glasses
Black Powertex
Stone art
Pigments in Lime mojito and Violet Valentine with Easy varnish

Paint your glasses with Black Powertex, then press on a layer of Stone Art. Wipe off excess and then add more Powertex and Stone Art until you’re happy with the texture. Paint over the texture with more Powertex to seal the Stone Art. Colour with metallic pigments and a layer of Easy Varnish when dry. These have a hint of Frankenstein’s monster about them.
Remember these glasses are safe to use but make sure they have had 3 weeks to cure first! Handwash gently and don’t soak them.

 

Then all you have to do is decorate your halloween table. Have a hair raising halloween!

Don’t forget to share your Halloween makes in The Powertex Studio on facebook or on Instagram with hashtag #powertex.

If you would like to see more of my Powertex projects you can find me at koresageart.comFacebook and Instagram.

Until next time, I hope you find a little time to let your art out.
Kore x

 

Some bling and a skull

Halloween, don’t you just love Halloween?
I do because I can go all out spooky with the Powertex and my artwork.
So without further ado, here is my Halloween project for this month.
I have had this skull for eons and knew that at some point I would be able to use it.
I started by painting the skull with IVORY POWERTEX as I had an idea in my head.
I gathered some embellishments and bits of lace type material and started applying to the skull.
After I was happy with what I had added to the skull I painted the whole thing with some more Ivory Powertex and then added one of my favorite products from Powertex, some STONE ART.
I waited for it to dry a bit and then rubbed the stone art to add to the texture.

 

Now my finished result was not what I had in mind to create, I was going for a ivory and beige/faux bone type but this is what evolved.
I ended up getting out the new MICA POWDERS from the Secret Art Loft and added some gems, this is a bit lighter and colorful to my usual style but it is pretty… for a skull  🙂

 

The STONE ART helped the embellishments to blend in with the skull. I repainted the eye and nose sockets and added shadow to the teeth area

 

 

 

I dare say I may make some more spooky Powertex projects before Christmas gets here, oops did I say the C word, sorry!!
You can see more of my projects at Mums Shed  and if I or any of the other Powertex Design Team have inspired you, go on over to Powertex.co.uk 
You can always get inspired via POWERTEX STUDIO on Facebook
Until the next time,
LIVE
LAUGH
LOVE
~Jinny~

Step by Step Powertex Zombie Hand

Apart from the time my daughter made me sit through Dawn of the Dead with her, I have never watched a zombie movie in my life, but this for this Halloween I decided to embrace my dark side and have a bit of fun creating a Powertex Zombie Hand.

 

What I used:

1 x Mache Hand (I got mine from Hobbycraft, but they are available in most craft stores)
1 x Powertex Wooden Base
1 x torn off cotton shirt sleeve
Masking Tape
Tin foil
Powertex Fabric Hardener
Various Powertex Pigments
Powertex Easy Varnish
Powertex Bister I used the ready made sprays of red and black, but again any colours will give a good effect
Bag of Halloween Spiders (or whatever else takes your fancy)
Small Tiles if you want to add a bit of weight to the base

What I did:

I made a hole in the base of the mache hand, and placed it over the top of the Powertex Wooden Base, securing it with masking tape.

I then bulked out the top of the base with tin foil so that there was not a sudden edge where the hand met the pole, and covered with masking tape and Powertex.  (It doesn’t matter what colour Powertex you use for this as it will all be covered up anyway.

I painted the hand with Red Powertex Hardener, and then went to town with dribbling Black, Red and Green Powertex on top of this, spraying with my bister and blasting with a hair dryer to create lots of bubbles and textures.   

Top Tip: I keep my old Powertex containers that just have a few dribbles left in them for this purpose, I love a the effect of dribbling and spraying with bister, so absolutely nothing goes to waste by doing this.

I then soaked my torn sleeve in Black Powertex – being sure to keep the edges nice and raggedy, and also turning it inside out to make sure all of the inside of the sleeve was also thoroughly coated, before sliding it on over the base and playing with it to create lots of interesting creases in the fabric.

The sleeve took a bit of persuasion to stay in place, so I wrapped some clingfilm round it and left it overnight so that it would harden in the position I wanted it to be in.

Once the sleeve had set in place, I added some plastic spiders to really spook it up.  The spiders I used were plastic ones so I secured them in place with superglue.

I also wanted to add a bit more weight to my sculpture so I painted a couple of small tiles with Black Powertex and placed my Powertex Wooden Base on top of these.

Now it was time to add the final touch of colour.

I chose to use Red and Burgendy to give the effect of dried blood and fresh blood, along with the Golden Olive for the zombified hand.

The shirt I dry brushed with White and did the Spiders in Silver before going over the whole thing with the Wonderfully Spooky Terragreen to finish it off.

This was definitely out of my comfort zone, but great fun to make.  The Powertex Team would love to see your Halloween makes so please do post them on our Facebook Page Powertex Addicts United

You can see more of my makes on www.facebook.com/artmuralsbydonnamcghie 

or my website www.artandmurals.co.ukwww.artandmurals.co.uk

 

Tremendous Textures by Abigail Lagden

One of the things that drew me to Powertex was the amazing textures and depth that can be created. I now look at everything for its texture potential and powertexability. So this month I thought I would share with you just a few of my favourite textures that I have encountered over the years that I’ve been creating with Powertex.

T-shirt Yarn
I have to start with t-shirt yarn. Made from the off cuts from the textile industry, not only is it a great use of otherwise waste material, it was t-shirt yarn that first led me to Powertex. Originally, I was using it to crochet chunky bags and doorstops and wanted to make a plant pot that could go outside… so on the hunt to find something that would harden it and make it weather resistant, I discovered Powertex. (and then I discovered all the other amazing stuff you could do with Powertex, and the rest is history!!)
You can pick up t-shirt yarn from the Powertex website.
Embossed Wallpaper
If you’ve seen my previous work and blogs, or been on one of my workshops then you will have seen wallpaper crop up here and there. Perfect for creating background textures quickly and easily, it is also available in such a huge range of patterns to suit any style or project. This is definitely one of my go-to’s.
I used a tree bark effect paper on the roof of my fairy house.
Stockinette Polishing Cloth
I am told this stripy cloth is for polishing cars, but it is even better Powertexed. Whilst the colours get lost under the darker Powertex, each stripe is actually a different knitted stitch and so the stripes are still visible as texture. I have used it for the cloak on this little hare.
My ‘hideous fabric’
I have always jokingly called this fabric my ‘hideous fabric’. I really don’t like flesh coloured fabrics and the elasticated embroidered pattern on this would make it a nightmare to try and make anything from. But the texture created by the stitching is absolutely gorgeous.
I found it reduced in a fabric department (probably because no-one normal would want it) and I bought all that they had left. Sadly I haven’ t been able to find anything even similar since and I am reaching the last of my stash!
Halloween decorations
This time of year is great for finding interesting spooky decorations that can be incorporated into projects. My favourite discovery this year is this fabulous netting from Wilkos (thank you fellow tutor Lin Shields for sharing her find with the rest of us).  Looks great on this bottle wrap created by Lesley in my workshop the other day.
Web fabric
Made from jute, this florists fabric creates beautiful effects, particularly as an interesting background texture. I love the irregularity of it.

 

 

Well, that’s enough from me, now get out there texture hunting…

Until next time, Abs xx

 

Tutors Halloween Challenge

Well, Halloween came and went ever so quickly. It seems the days are flying past quicker than I can get all my jobs done. But I haven’t forgotten about our tutor challenge. So without further a do here are the pictures of the tutors ideas for Halloween.

The team at Powertex UK Hq thought they were all fantastic but there can be only one winner…
It was a tough decision to make…
As you can see the range of ideas was superb.
 But we went with this little guy…
Well done to Rachel Angela Pullen. Who will be winning a bottle of her favourite colour Powertex. Toodle pip Anna xXx