Clowning around with Powertex Clownfish

Powertex Clownfish sculptures by Annette Smyth

By Annette Smyth

Powertex Clownfish sculptures by Annette Smyth
Clown Fish

Hello everyone and welcome to my latest article.  I was so excited when I found out the theme for this month was UNDER THE SEA.  I love anything connected with the ocean.  So much so that I think I could have been a mermaid in another lifetime. In fact my dream home is next to the sea with an airy, light cliff top studio looking over the waves and beach – I did say it was dream!

My inspiration for my creation came from old photographs I had taken during a diving holiday.  Whilst flipping through the album these cute little clownfish kept appearing time and time again. Obviously they were crying out to be made into a sculpture.

I like to use StoneArt clay for my Powertex clownfish sculptures.  Making my clay up and giving it time to rest before using it, I find gives me the best results.  Resting it overnight double wrapped in clingfilm in my usual method.

DID YOU KNOW –  Stone Art clay will keep for at least two weeks if kept in an airtight wrapping.  

Materials List
Kitchen foil
Masking tape
Ivory Powertex Universal Medium
Powertex Stone Art
Powercolor pigments – White, Orange, black
Powertex Easy Varnish
2 black glass eyes on metal wire

You will also need 
Plastic gloves
Paintbrush
Plastic container to pour Powertex into and mix Stone Art clay in

Create Clownfish Armature

  1. Using the foil, form a teardrop shape with slightly pointed ends and flat bottom approximately 10cm long and 2cm thick – don’t worry about fins, they come at the clay stage

2.  Cover the shape with masking tape

3. Paint with a layer of Ivory Powertex Universal Medium

Adding Stone Art clay

Powertex Clownfish Stone Art clay

4. Make Stone Art clay using Ivory Powertex – see the “how to” video from my previous article here.

5. Cover your fish with clay.  Blend the joins together with a slightly damp finger.  Pinch the clay away from the body to create the fins and tail.  

6. Place the eyes in position and push through the clay into the underlying tape and foil.  Leave aside to dry.

TOP TIP – Use a pointy tool or cocktail stick to make the hole for the eyes as this will go through the tape more easily.

Adding colour

7. Using the easy varnish and orange pigment dry brush the stripes onto the fish. See “how to” video here.

8.  Now repeat with the white pigment filling in the gaps between the orange stripes.

9. Finally using the black pigment paint thin lines where the orange and white stripes meet and dry brush black around the fins and tail.

I decide to create a soft coral for my fish to sit in using an old cotton mop head and Ivory Powertex.  

Powertex Clownfish by Annette Smyth
Clown fish in coral

Just think of all the other fish and sea creatures you could create. Have you seen the amazing Powertex Ammonite Light article by Jill Cullum. Your sea babies would look fantastic nestled into this.

I would love to see what you come up with.  Why not leave your comments on this article below and share your makes in the Powertex Studio group on Facebook.  

Until next time Happy Creative Adventures and remember you can always find me on my Facebook page and on my website.

Axx

Powertex Stone Art Hare

Powertex Stone Art Hare – Rustic Autumn Hare by Anna Emelia Howlett

Powertex stone art hare

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.

Powertex stone art hare

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!

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What I used:

MDF Hare/rabbit, Red Powertex,   Yellow Powertex,   Stone Art,   Sunflower mouldThat’s Crafty  Stencil,                 The Secret Art Loft pigmentsEasy structure,   Bister .

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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.

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.

16.jpgPowertex hare step by stepStep 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.

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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.

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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.

Powertex stone art hare

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.

Mixed media unicorn sculpture – Powertex – Anna Emelia Howlett

If unicorns could fly

So I was super excited when Tracey told me about the new animal shapes available from Powertex Uk. Especially when she said I could create a unicorn! I was so green with envy when I saw the beautiful unicorns created by everyone at the Powertex Garden Party (limited spaces are available to book for next year!Don’t miss out it was an amazing weekend of relaxing, crafty fun!). I created mine with a little difference. Yes she can fly! The unicorn project pack has been put together by Tracey giving you all you need to create this. If you wish to add wings you will need wire in addition.
Now I’d love to say I also did this bit but I was lucky enough to get a pre-made base from Tracey. As you can see from the photo you need to cover both sides of the mdf base with Powertex. Allow to dry, then use masking tape to adhere to the base.
 Then start wrapping foil around the base from the bottom up around the whole shape and use masking tape to keep in place.
 Paint Powertex over the masking tape to seal it and keep everything in place. We used Bronze.
You can choose to place the wings higher up if you wish. I used a really sharp pointed carving tool to make a hole through the tape, foil and mdf. You could use a bradle if you had one. Just make sure you watch your fingers!
I then thredded some wire through the hole and crossed ti over the back of the body and taped in place. The wire was measured at just over 50cm, you could make them smaller or larger if you wish. Wrap the wire with masking tape and paint with Powertex.
 From approx 1kg of Powertex and 250g Stone art tub I made up some clay. Then gradually added piece by piece. And stamped into the clay as I went. It’s important to stamp the clay as you go because as it drys in the air it becomes harder to make an impression in.
I was lucky enough to have to hand an aray of these fabulous wooden block stamps. I love being at hq, I might move into our Traceys studio soon!
 I covered the whole body on both sides and stamped in different patterns.
I then tool my clay and pushed it into the daisy, pansy and rose moulds. It seems I didn’t take a picture of the placement of these, but they ended up on the horses bottom. You can chose to place them anywhere.
I then coated a handful of Powercotton to create the texture on the mane and tail.
And dipped some paper dec in Powertex and covered the wire wings.
 I allowed everything to thoroughly dry and then dry brushed with some White Powertex. Just to allow the colours to come through brighter when I dry brushed them. But allowing the bronze Powertex to create the shadow for depth.
I used Burgundy powercolor into coral powercolor  on the mane.
 Rich gold colourtricx on the horn and the wings and flowers.
 I sprayed the body with brown bister to take the edge off the white. And added a mix of coral and white and layered up the colour on the body through dry brushing.
Turns out unicorns can fly! Hope you enjoyed this project. Of course if you feel as though you could use some guidance with this type of project just contact your local tutor through the directory to book on and have a go! It really makes a difference having an expert to hand. Toodles Anna xXx Follow me on my Instagram or Facebook if you like what I do.
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