Powertex Stone Art Hare – Rustic Autumn Hare by Anna Emelia Howlett
Time to create with your Powertex
So here it is! The project I have had in my mind for some time and have been desperate to get on and do. And this one I have been looking at for a year now. Other things have just happened to crop up and this idea has been constantly shelved but that’s ok. I have finally got round to doing my Powertex Stone Art Hare.
I think it’s really easy to give ourselves a hard time when we haven’t turned all those ideas swimming in our heads into reality. It also turned out completely differently to what I had planned but that’s the beauty of Powertex.
TOP TIP: My first top tip if your creative mind wanders off piste as it so regularly does with me is don’t worry about all the projects you want to do. Get them onto a list and focus on the one you want to create right now. Remember to concentrate on the moment, and get lost in your creative bubble. Of course if you like, with Powertex you can work on a couple of projects at a time in different stages if your waiting for another one to dry, it would be rude not to!
What I used:
MDF Hare/rabbit, Red Powertex, Yellow Powertex, Stone Art, Sunflower mould, That’s Crafty Stencil, The Secret Art Loft pigments, Easy structure, Bister .
TOP TIP: Nature makes a great colour palette. These leaves were on my walk to the post office. So I snapped a picture on my phone to remind myself of all the beautiful rich, rustic colours.
Step one: I marked out sections of the hare with another idea in mind completely. But that changed, so don’t worry to much if this is something that happens. I’d recommend using a coat of Powertex to cover the whole base of the mdf shape first. My impatient brain didn’t but it does show how well the mdf takes the Powertex without prep. The Powertex shapes are made of really high grade mdf! I used the Easy structure through the That’s Crafty flourish Stencil.
TOP TIP: The stencils are nice and thick which makes them easy to clean off as you can scrub them quite hard, if you forget to put them in water. Well, you know it happens. Make sure you pop them into some warm soapy water as soon as you have used them though to make cleaning, much easier!
Step two: Thenmake up some Stone art clay. I’ve put together a little slide show to help you with each step. After this you can push the clay into the sunflower mould to create an embellishment.
Step three: I started randomly painting on the yellow and red Powertex mixing on the mdf base as I went. Then put some stone art powder straight on and rub in. Next with a palette knife, add more yellow and red Powertex, with another layer of Stone art.
Keep doing this until you have got the desired texture. Press the clay straight on in certain areas, using a dabb of Powertex which acts like glue to help it adhere to the base and stamp into it. Some of the stone art went into the clay but that’s ok because it added more texture. Add the sunflower using a dabb of Powertex to stick it in place.
Step Four: Start spraying with bister, this is a walnut stain which gives an extra depth of colour to your work. I used black, yellow, red and green bister. Normally I saturate with bister and leave to dry. But I used some kitchen roll to dabb off as I wanted to get the colour on as quickly as possible. Repeat this about 4 times to create a good layer of colour. You can add as many layers of colours as you wish, you will get more deth of colour the more you add.
Step Five: To finish dry brush with red ochre and yellow ochre powercolor. Then finished the piece with a touch of the secret art loft pearl pigments lipstick red and limoncello gold.
TOP TIP: Creation of any type of art is all about learning and experimenting. Please use these step as guidelines to create your work of art. And remember if you wish to change the colours to suit your tastes you can do because there are no rules with Powertex.
I hope you now have the ideas and inspiration to go forward and create a hare or perhaps apply the technique to the other Powertex mdf shapes.
Remember with Powertex there is no right or wrong. Just technique. Which once you apply it your own style will shine through.
Please share your makes with us over in the Powertex Studio. We love to see your creations. Do ask any questions or post in the comments if you have found this project inspiring. Most of all have fun! Toodles Anna xXx Find me at Rosehart Studio. See my last article here.