October News from Powertex UK Hq

What’s New in October 2018

Lets take a look at all the new, exciting and interesting happenings at Powertex this month.

What’s New?

What wonderful new products are available on the Powertex website this month? The clickable links will take you straight to them for a closer, more detailed look.

We’ve introduced two new, exciting (and delicious-sounding!) colours in the Acrylic Paints range;
Liquorice Twist 
Clotted Cream 

New moulding tools to go with the increased range of stencils and moulds – check out the new mould additions in the Katy Sue range which include cherubs, mermaids and unicorns or if you prefer  something a bit more gothic, there’s plenty of steam-punk and halloween-inspired skulls in the Artyco range.
You’ll also find some popular Air Drying Clay in the moulds section which works well with delicate patterns and Powertex.

Our popular MDF Name Plate is newly available in two separate sizes, Small or Large, so you can choose the best one for your project.

New plaster embellishments; a lovely Pair of Owls and a Dragon Duo to choose from.

Limited edition Powertex Jewellery Kit – have a go at making your own Powertex jewellery.

Bargain Basket
This month, all coloured Paper Dec is at a new, reduced price, grab yourself a bargain!

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Welcome New Tutors

We welcomed three new Tutors to the Powertex Team;

Please do look out for fresh classes in your area, click on their name for contact details. Note that the links take you to the Powertex Tutor Directory website and you must be a member to view the information.  

What’s On and Dates for Your Diary
Hochanda
Tracey Evans will be on TV crafting channel Hochanda for two very different shows on 19th October – Do not miss these! Find Hochanda on:
Sky – Channel 673
Freesat – Channel 817
Freeview – Channel 85

Visit the NEC
Powertex UK will be at the NEC for The Creative Craft Show 1st-4th November 2018
Portfolio Workshops
Artist and Powertex UK Creative Director Tracey Evans is running an amazing Stone Art workshop at her woodland studio in Warwickshire: Book Here
Saturday 17th November 2018 – Unicorn Sculpture

A Day With Antonis Tzanidakis

Tickets have gone on sale for this wonderful workshop taking place next year. This is a first here in the UK; talented artist Antonis is travelling all the way from Greece to run this very special one day Mixed Media including Powertex workshop at The Secret Art Loft. Tickets are sold on a first come – first serve basis and are strictly limited.
Buy Tickets Here
The Powertex Garden Party

Also on sale now are tickets for the Powertex Garden Party which will be taking place on 20th & 21st July 2019.

Buy Your Ticket Now

Visit the dedicated website

Local Events

Shell North will be taking Powertex again for the 3rd year in a row (6th event there now for Shell) and having a stall and workshop room at the Craft4crafters show on 18th 19th and 20th Oct at the Bath and West show ground in Shepton Mallet. See their website for booking your Powertex workshop with Shell. 

If you have any special events that you are taking part in, please email Micheleto be included in the next newsletter. 

Special Mention

There are always lots of incredible makes and projects shared on the Facebook Powertex Studio Group but this month we felt Chris Durcan deserved a special mention for her Oak King. He’s quite something! Well done Chris. 

Did You Know 

Powertex Transparent comes in a handy 100g with a superb direction nozzle for all your crafty projects. No need for any additional glue when you can use this instead. Find it here.

What to do this month? 

It’s Halloween! Lots of Halloween, gothic and darkly inspirational goodies on the Powertex website for this super-fun theme, including those pictured below. Click on the images to get taken directly to the website. This is a very small selection of what is on offer so let your imagination run riot and don’t forget to show us what you’ve made in the Powertex Studio.

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That’s all folks, we hope you have a wonderful month!

Powertex UK at ‘Create it’ May 2018

Powertex UK are very excited to be exhibiting at the Create it show in Kent for the very first time. The event is held at the Detling Show Ground, Maidstone Kent on May 19th and 20th. And is basically a big old craft fest. SO EXCITING!
So in case you are coming across Powertex for the first time or you’ve seen it and thought about it and want to get stuck in then you must come see us!
What is Powertex?
In a nutshell a universal, non-toxic, water based, liquid medium. It started life as a fabric hardener but has now grown to be so much more. There are many additional products you can use with it to create extra texture and clays in your work. And the types of art be it sculpture, painting, mixed media projects to name but a few are endless.

 

So who are Powertex UK?

 

We are Tracey and Garry Evans and we are proud to be the authorised UK distributors of Powertex range, which provides superior quality 3D artwork materials suitable for artists and crafters from beginners to experts. We have a unique team at Powertex UK hq and have our own trained tutors across the UK bringing workshops to your area.

 

Oh, and don’t forget Frankie ‘top dog’.
Whom if you are lucky enough to visit Traceys studio you will meet.
So what which workshop will you choose to join in on at Create it?
Will you chose the Seahorse?
Maybe you will choose the owl, the vintage frame or perhaps all three?
Tracey will be sharing the wonders of Powertex with you in her fabulous workshops. Book in early to avoid disappointment. Find the link here. Come and find us at stand P9. Hope you can join us. Toodles Anna xXx

It’s always time for tea

Hi there, did you see Tracey on Hochanda? Have you got your Alice themed projects yet?
I had such a lot of fun creating this colourful piece.  I’m popping some photos below so you can see the steps I took to create it.
First I added rice paper using Easy Coat matte and did a loose layout
Next I covered everything in Ivory Powertex and sprayed with blue and red Bister,  and then left overnight to make sure it was thoroughly dry
I then washed back the bister to leave the nice soft blues and pinks
Next I used Easy Structure and some stencils to create extra texture  once that was dry I used the gloriously bright Secret Art Loft pigments and inks as well as some Powercolor

 

 

 

 

Finally I drilled holes with a 2mm drill bit and threaded through some paper string to hang my tea shoppe sign with
Hope you like it and have loads of fun and hope we are inspiring you to create your own unique pieces
Bye for now
Fi

Cheshire Cat on the Mad Hatter’s Hat

Hello there,
I had a great time with the Top Hat kit that I wanted to share with you how I created the Cheshire cat on the Hat that was shown on the Hochanda show with Tracey Evans.
Along with the kit I used the mdf Alice and Grin embellishments.
To start with I assembled the hat using the hat band on the back and front to secure it, then I prepped all of the embellishments so that they were ready to place in the fabric whilst it was still wet

I started by using clear domes to create the eyes.  Using Powercolor black pigment mixed with Easy Varnish I painted the iris onto the flat side of the dome, let that dry completely then cover the whole of flat side with the Key Lime paint repeat this several times to get the depth of colour but let it dry between layers. Set aside.

Using the beautifully bright acrylic paints coat the letters, grin and Alice.  Don’t forget the sides. Set aside.

Take the mdf playing cards and using a craft knife carefully cut the shape from the top of the card and use this to fill in the gap in the centre.  Coat the card with a layer of Ivory Powertex, let it dry completely.  Using a wet paintbrush draw around the image on the rice paper and gently pull away the areas not needed.

Coat the mdf playing card with varnish then lay the rice paper image on  top,  using more varnish go over the top of the image and sides of the card pressing gently to adhere.

When dry coat the edge of the card with Powertex Black.

 

For the ears, mix up Powertex Black and Stone Art into a clay (when it no longer sticks to your hands its ready).  Shape two ears and set aside to dry.  Make sure you have a flat area that will sit nicely on the hat.

 

Whilst everything was drying I laid out the stripes on my cat, here is is shown using tin foil however as I had extra Stone Art clay I used that to make the stripes.

For the tail, I removed the quill part of the feather and used the Stone Art to depict the stripes.

Once I had them in position I painted the whole of the hat and tail in Black Powertex.

Using gauze and Black Powertex I then covered these making sure you press around the raised areas to get definition for the stripes.  Place the eyes and use a small piece of gauze to create eyelids.

Whilst this is wet place your letters, ears ( you may need to add additional Powertex to the flat part to ensure a good bond), Alice, Grin, Playing cards and the tail.  Use additional gauze to build underneath any embellishments that need more support.  Let dry

I then dry brushed the stripes and ears with a combination of the Blueberry Pie paint, Raspberry Sorbet paint and white pigment to get the shading.

I hope you have as much fun with the kit as I did and don’t forget to post your makes on our Powertex Studio Facebook page.

Happy Creative Adventures

Axx

 

We’re all mad here

“How do you know I’m mad?” said Alice. “You must be,” said the Cat, “or you wouldn’t have come here.” – Lewis Caroll

Oh my gosh, isn’t this Cheshire cat hat by Annette just adorable.

Used tea leaves mixed with ivory texture on the mouse and used tea bag papers on the cup! Ingenious….
Annette Smyth DT 2018

It wouldn’t be an Abigail project if there wasn’t a rainbow of colour in there. Love this!

Abigail Lagden DT 2018

 

I would hope that my make would be mad enough for the hatter. I loved working with these bright colours and another fabulous theme from our Tracey.

Well, it wouldn’t have been right if I hadn’t of made a journal now would it?

Anna Emelia Howlett DT 2018
I’m so in love with the colours on these designs by Kore. Nice and bright. Just what I love!

Kore Sage DT 2018

Our Tracey will be showing you the techniques so you can re-create some stunning works of art in time for your tea party. Are you ready to join us in wonderland? Don’t be late. Tune in or look on catch up online for the shows which will be airing at 12pm and 4pm. Free view 85, Sky 663 or free sat 817 Let us know what you thought on our Facebook page. And if you need any extra guidance from a local tutor contact us at Powertex UK and we can put you in touch. Toodles Anna xXx

It’s always tea time

Well, I hope you have all managed to set a side some time this Good Friday to catch our Tracey on Hochanda. We are super excited aren’t you? Here is a little sneaky peak of whats in store. The DT team has had a ball bringing such a varied selection of ideas and inspiration for you on their projects.
Jinny has managed to create some scrummy texture on her beautiful hatters hat.
Jinny Holt DT 2018
Stunning Designs bought to you by Fi I am just loving how she has turned the teapot and cups into a hanging sign.

Fiona Potter DT 2018

 

Just loving the bow and tassle on this superb hatters hat by Donna.
 Donna Mcghie DT 2018
Our Tracey will be showing you the techniques so you can re-create some stunning works of art in time for your tea party. Are you ready to join us in wonderland? Don’t be late. Catch Tracey’s shows at 12 pm and 4 pm. Tune in or look on catch up online for the shows which will be airing at 12pm and 4pm. Free view 85, Sky 663 or free sat 817. Let us know what you thought on our Facebook page. And if you need any extra guidance from a local tutor contact us at Powertex UK and we can put you in touch. Toodles Anna xXx

Thou shall have a fishy

So this was a really fab project. It’s always fun to create something out of the box with products you wouldn’t have thought of using before. This was a piece I created for a sample to be shown on Hochanda. I had a nice mix of Powertex UK mdf shapes and embellishments and lace to use. And this is what I came up with…
As usual I gave thought to the layout of the piece. This did change as I progressed but it’s much nicer to have a dry run before everything gets messy and covered in Powertex.

 


Top Tip: When you’re making your stone art clay make a job lot of moulded embellishments. This saves you more time to play and concentrate on your project when you come to it. I’ve used the daisy moulds from Powertex UK I just love them!
https://www.powertex.co.uk/moulds/367-fossil-mould.html

Then I took some structure paste and using some of my templates including my Powertex UK arty quote stencil, I randomly stenciled the base. Once dry I had a play with some lace and textured material to give the base some more depth. I love the woven mesh, it has to be my favourite product and you can find some here in this pack:
https://www.powertex.co.uk/additional-products/238-mixed-media-texture-pack-2.html
Once happy with the layout and composition I coated the whole thing in Ivory Powertex and I totally forgot to take a picture of it. But then sprayed with black bistre. And when I spray my bistre I like to completely saturate the piece.

 

 

 

Top Tip: I added some bling. I would recommend you do this right at the end with some transparent Powertex as when you come to dry brushing you tend to go over the gems and then you have to try and scrape the varnish and pigment off.
I used a damp sponge to take some of the black away and leave whiter areas in places. This look gives a smoother, softer finish than just using straight black powertex. Then it was on to dry brushing with yellow ochre, red ochre, and burdgundy powercolor with varnish and then some gold and pearl colortricx and varnish to add a bit or sparkle.
Enjoy and have fun creating. ❤ Toodle Pip Anna xXx ❤

 

 

 

 

Perfectly Pink Powertex Jellyfish

PERFECTLY PINK POWERTEX JELLYFISH

I’m loving the POWERTEX shows on HOCHANDA today and I hope you are too!  Tracey and Anna have done us proud and I am so inspired! 

A day without Powertex is a day…well let’s not even go there!

So here’s another project to help you create your own Powertex art work.  It’s time for a Jelly Fish! 

I remember my brother being stung by one of these critters in Llandudno when we were kids and that was not fun at all!!!! This however was….

As before, I did a rough layout of where I thought I would place my embellishments and textiles.  

TIP: Take a photo!  Once we swipe them off to get started it’s easy to forget!


I started with Ivory Powertex and spread this all over and in the joins between the top and bottom peices.  I then spread it all over the strengthening piece.  

I love the way these have been designed!

I dried it with a hairdryer (then picked up all the embellishments that were blown over the floor by the hairdryer – woops!!)



Once dry I turned it over and did the same on the front. 
I then poured a tiny bit of the Red Powertex into the Ivory and mixed it up. This gave me a soft to medium pink!

TIP: less is more in colour mixing as Powertex tends to dry darker!



I spread the pink Powertex all over the front and then started to add my texture.

First I started with some of the lace and ricrac braid.  Using the lace around the curved top of the jelly fish and moving down to the two outer tentacles with the ricrac braid.

Next the embellishments, circles and cogs.

Oh boy I had fun with this, it was kind of like karma thinking back to my unfortunate brother falling foul to their nasty sting!  

I have to say I haven’t had so much fun in ages!!!


Once they were all in place, I used some of the Powercotton from the embellishment pack to add a bit more texture.

I then sprayed with black bister for a bit of dimension and dried with the hairdryer and left the piece to dry overnight.

NOTE: you can dry this in a drying box to speed up but it was more convenient to me to leave overnight.  I also find this gives the metal embellishments chance to dry to a really hard fix.


Once dry I had lots of fun colour to bring out all that fabulous texture and detail.

The first lot of dry brushing I did was with the Powercolour burgundy pigment with Easy varnish and my 3/4″ Powerex Brush to go back over some of the areas I had covered with bister, this can be seen in the image above right.  

I then moved onto blue and green, as shown on the left.

Next one of my favourite colours, Yellow Ochre – you can seen this around the tentacles in the image to the right! 

As I always do, I added bits and bobs of colour in various places sometimes overlapping with what colour I had already laid down.  This really creates so much interest.

Finally I used my most favourite of the gold pigments Colourtrix Bronze Gold.


Here is my funky Perfectly Pink Powertex Jelly Fish in all it’s glory!
Hope you like it and hope to see your Jelly Fish popping up on Powertex Addicts facebook page very soon!
Have fun and bye for now!
Fi xx


A Window on Jurassic

A Window into Jurassic

One of our many “favourite” locations on the English South Coast is the cliffs along Burton Brandstock and eastward to Lyme Regis.  I love the contrast between the types of rock and their the colours and the little secrets of the past they reveal.  I remember one of our visits to Burton Bradstock not long after a cliff fall.  I was in awe of the rock formation, the layering and the little windows the fall had opened up in to the past.

So with that in mind and having also loved working with Tracey Evans on our Jurassic themed shows on HOCHANDA TV where my focus was on Powertex jewellery, I decided to create a piece of wall art using the Stencils and Ammonite Moulds and remembering that fabulous holiday and location.
Before starting with the frame, I got out my Powertex Ammonite Moulds (they come in three sizes) and mixed various colours of powertex with 3D sand to make a collection of ammonites.
For this piece I used Powertex Yellow fabric hardener to paint over the frame which was from my own stash, we all have stashes don’t we?
I then added some 3D sand and more yellow Powertex to make a fairly stiff paste.
Using a palette knife I spread the paste onto the painted frame in a vague linear pattern until the whole frame was covered.  I then painted some more yellow Powertex loosely into the linear grooves and dropped on some 3D small balls for added texture.
Next I mixed more sand into yellow Powertex to make a fairly sloppy mix, rather like wet plaster.   I poured this into the cavity and then arranged my pre-prepared powertex ammonites.
Some I laid flat and others i places a varying angles, as they may have done naturally.  I dropped in some more of the 3D small balls.
I then took some Powertex Easy Structure – boy I love the texture of this stuff!!!
I used the three sizes of ammonite stencils from Powertex Jurassic Stencil.
I laid large one in one corner and carefully pressed through the East Structure.  Then in the opposite diaganal corner I did the same but using the small and medium stencils.
Next I used some Green Bister (mixed into a fluid with water) and sprayed across diagonally to add some weathering as seen in the image to the right.  I also added a few squirts of Red Bister.
As well as spraying evenly, I did a few short squirts to leave some blobs of bister randomly.  I felt this added to the natural weathering and formation of my cliff seen.
I then left the piece to dry naturally overnight.
Once the piece was dry, I dry brushed over the non stenciled corners with a little more yellow Powertex that I had slightly lightened with Ivory Powertex, to give the impression of a shaft of sunlight passing over the shadows of the cliff as it revealed it’s secrets.
Finally I used Powercolor Red OchreColortrix Bronze Gold and Colortrix Power Pearl Red  Pigments with Easy Varnish to bring out the highlights and features.
I hope, if you got the ammonite moulds and the jurassic stencil from our Hochanda shows, that you have had fun using them and that maybe this project will inspire you to create some more.
Don’t forget to share them with us on our Powertex Addicts Facebook page! We love to see what you create!
Bye for now…
Fi

A Home Decor Stoneart Project

Hello Bloggers, Jo Channon here!

Well this is my first post on the Powertex UK Blog and I am thrilled to be able to bring you a project that I made for my first show that I did on HOCHANDA this week representing Powertex UK.

I have used one of the kits that we had on the show called the Home Deco Art set.  I have used a 30cm x 30cm canvas frame and then with my Bronze Powertex and my Stoneart powder I have created the Stoneart effect as the background of the piece.  The realistic effect that it gives you is incredible and I am loving working with these particular products to create the look that we have got.


This is a couple of close up shots of one of the flowers that I have made to embellish the Stoneart canvas.  The flowers are made from Stoneart clay which has been made using the Ivory Powertex and the Stoneart powder mixing equal amounts together and creating a clay that has a pastry like consistency. Keep mixing until your gloves (or fingers) do not stick to the clay and then you will be ok to start using the clay for whatever project you want.  In this case I have used the Daisy and matching leaf moulds that are exclusive to Powertex UK and can be found on their website.  (When using Ivory Powertex to make clay it is also suggested that you mix in a little of the Translucent Powertex with the ivory as this helps with the correct consistency.) The clay will last for several weeks if you keep it in a airtight container so if you mix too much up keep it for another project.

I left the flowers and leaves to airdry for a few hours and then used by Powertex Powders mixed into a little Ivory Powertex to create a lovely powder blue colour and then sponged this on to colour up the Daisy flowers.  The leaves were done in a similar way using the Green powder and then dry brushed over using some of the Colourtrix Green which gives this fabulous colour. I just added a little yellow to the middles to finish the flowers off.
For the rest of the canvas I used textured fabrics dipped into Ivory Powertex and also a variety of sizes from the sand and balls kit to add interest and lots of dimension.
I hope that you have been inspired to have a go at the Stoneart both for making backgrounds and for making clay to make embellishments and more texture to your projects.
It really is a lovely project to get your teeth into and the end result is so satisfying!
Please send photographs into the Powertex Addicts Facebook page to show us all what you have been getting up to, we love it when everyone shares their work.
I will be back with another project soon but, for the time being, enjoy your crafting and
bye for now,
Jo x