Whom if you are lucky enough to visit Traceys studio you will meet.
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
Oh my gosh, isn’t this Cheshire cat hat by Annette just adorable.
It wouldn’t be an Abigail project if there wasn’t a rainbow of colour in there. Love this!
Well, it wouldn’t have been right if I hadn’t of made a journal now would it?
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
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!
Enjoy and have fun creating. ❤ Toodle Pip Anna xXx ❤
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.
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.
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.
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.