The Secret Art Box

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The Secret Art Box – Powertex UK Subscription craft box – by Anna Emelia Howlett

Inspiration for The Secret Art box January Powertex projects

Which lucky crafters got their hands on Januarys The Secret Art box?( The Powertex UK craft subscription box). Me I did!! I squeed a little and did a little dance when I saw the contents. If you don’t want to miss out on further boxes sign up here. I promised myself I would make some quick projects for you this time. So you are able to scratch that creative itch when you haven’t got as much time to spare.


“We wish you bluebirds in the spring, to give your heart a song to sing”

The Secret Art Box

So my mind was racing with all sorts of ideas and I am going to share a few with you. You can get so much out of The Secret Art Box project wise. And here is the first I came up with.

Powertex mixed media box frame

Now I know what you are thinking hey that frame didn’t come in the kit. Whether you are an avid Powertex addict or you are just getting started. I’m sure you will have some sort of frame in your stash. If not use the layout and free hang it or create on a canvas. It really doesn’t matter what you do. There are no set rules with Powertex. But there is on thing you must have, that’s right FUN!!! This is supposed to be a time for letting go and relaxing. Setting some time aside for yourself to do what you love, crafting! And not having to do too much thinking!

To start your frame

I took a plain pine square box frame with the glass removed. I then sprayed it with mahogany and brown bister. The bister is a walnut stain spray that you can get from Powertex UK. So it will dye or stain the area you have used it on. It is a great addition to your stash. So if you haven’t got any definitely pop it on your wish list.

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With some Ivory Powertex I mixed in a bit of the blue Powertex in the kit approx a teaspoon of each. Then dry brushed the frame all the way round leaving some of the stained wood peaking through. Next I mixed more blue and Ivory Powertex but a lighter shade and repeated the process. I also sanded back the frame a little because this helps some of the stained wood to show through. Then Taking the blueberry pie from the kit I dry brushed a little around the frame.

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I took the blue paperdec (in the kit) and cut around the bird shape. I had some music paper in my stash that I wanted on the other bird. Using the music sheet paper was quiet apt due to the song bird type theme. I coated and stuck down the paper dec onto the mdf bird with the blue Powertex. With some Easy coat matt (another product I would recommend adding to your stash) I stuck the music paper onto the mdf shape.

Mixing bister granules and varnish together to make a brown stain to then apply and age the paper. You could spray it to give the same effect. Currently the bister comes in granules and spray form. So that you can make your own or have it premade in a spray bottle.

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How to add the song sheet bird wing

I cut a shape out of music paper and glued on to the back of a cereal packet with Easy coat matt. To raise it off the bird I used the MDF mis-shapes they make great bumper pads. And will add depth instantly to projects.

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For the backing board, I used some of the lace and scrim in the kit. To create texture I added some Easy structure. Liberally scrapped across the board with a palette knife and through the super cute stencil that comes with the kit. And then coated with the blue Powertex. Dry brushed with the blueberry pie acrylic and blue curacao pigment and varnish from the kit. (I didn’t prime it, just went straight on with Powertex, but you can if you wish).

Taking the branch I dabbed a little of the easy structure and 3d balls on the leaves. I coated the leaves with Blue Powertex and dry brushed with golden olive pigment from the kit. Sprayed the branch with brown and mahogony bister and varnished once dry. The bird house was sprayed with bister and dry brushed with Ivory Powertex. And the heart sing was created with items in my stash using the Powertex alphabet coated in blue Powertex and dry brushed in olive pigment.

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I have to say I am really impressed with the new size bottle and the nozzle. It allows you to easily apply the Powertex. Also making it really easy to use a little at a time. (Powertex cures with the air, so you can’t put it back into the bottle once it’s poured out).

In the past I’ve had to pour out the Powertex onto my palette. But the nozzle controls the flow and I simply applied the Powertex straight onto pieces of my project leaving no waste. I used this handy bottle with nozzle like a glue to stick everything in place. The transparent in this handy sized bottle makes everything even easier to stick down. In case you have any seeping through the sides, as it dries clear.

The Secret Art Box - Box Frame - Powertex birds
Bird Sing Song
The Secret Art Box - Box Frame - Powertex birds

How to create Powertex mixed media bird

With the cute wooden free standing bird I wanted to create a really simple, quick but effective project.  I laid the bird shape on the textured paper, drew around it and cut it out. Then I stuck the paper down using the Blue Powertex.

Top Tip: Leave to dry and take a sanding block around the edges to take off any overhang.

The Secret Art Box - Freestanding bird - Powertex
Free Bird

Then coat the whole project with the Blue Powertex. It will act as a primer, glue and paint all in one. I chose some of the feather embellishments for the tail with a paper rose. The eye is a wooden embellishment with a diamond eye all stuck down with the Powertex nothing else. Just leave to dry. Then paint with blueberry pie acrylic. To finish I mixed a bit of the olive green pigment into the acrylic and dry brushed to finish. 

The Secret Art Box - Freestanding bird - Powertex

LOVE BIRD JOURNAL

The Secret Art Box - Blue journal love birds- Powertex
Love Bird Journal

How to create a Powertex Journal

I wouldn’t be me if I didn’t create a journal. I happen to have some mini books in my stash, waiting to be turned into journals. The left over textured paper was placed on the front and back cover at the bottom of the book. Material from my stash went at the top and the lace in the kit through the middle of the book. Some of the wavy yarn on the spine of the book.

The Plaster heart made a great feature/center piece. All coated and stuck with the Blue Powertex. Dry brushed with the blueberry pie, blue caracao and olive pearl pigment. After all these projects I had over half of my bottle of Powertex, acrylics and pigments. All left over for other projects! Awesome right?

Blue Powertex journal
Blue Powertex journal
Blue Powertex journal
The Secret Art Box - Blue journal love birds- Powertex

With all the little embellishments left over I just couldn’t leave them out. So decided to make some paperclip banners for the journal. I have created a video here as a walkthrough. I hope you have enjoyed seeing these ideas.

Do share your makes if you have been inspired in the Powertex Studio. You can find me at Rosehart Studio or subscribe to my You Tube channel and look out for more videos. Toddles Anna xXx

January – Product of the month – Stone Art Powder

Turquoise Powertex Stone Art Clay unicorn

Stone Art Powder – Find on the Powertex UK website.

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Use Stone Art to make self-hardening clay, coarse and fine structures and stone effects.

Be inspired by more makes over on the Powertex UK Pinterest board.

Our Design Team and guests have shared some of their favourite makes with Stone Art Powder:

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Sam Butler created these stunning Stone Art clay garden ornaments.sam2.jpg

This cute little chap is a wonderful hare created from Stone Art clay by Annette Smyth. 3.jpg

A wonderful bowl inspired by nature from Shell North.

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Stone Art effect used on the side of this vase and on the clay flowers makes this piece a one of a kind treasure by Jill Cullum.5.jpg

Stone Art is just made for texture! Look at this amazing inter galactic work of art by Fi Potter.

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Stone Art can be used to sculpt adorable animals full of character as you can see with these fabulous owls by Donna Mcghie.

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Why not use Stone Art on your magical and practical ideas as Abigail Lagden has done with her works of art below.

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Stone art works well as a clay and gives a stone effect will go on mdf bases and will cover Easy Structure and patterned wall paper for extra textural effects as seen on this hare was created by Anna Emelia Howlett.

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Tracey Evans created this beautiful unicorn to teach as a project for the Powertex Garden Party and her portfolio workshops. Stamping into Stone art clay is another effective technique to create lots of detail in your work.

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Kore Sage brings us a piece of practical art with this stunning brush pot holder. With Powertex the possibilities really are endless.

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We hope you have been inspired to get the Stone Art out and have a go! Do share your makes with us over in the Powertex Studio. See you next month with more Inspiration!

Powertex mixed media Christmas

powertex mixed media christmas

Powertex mixed media Christmas ornaments – craft diy project – Anna Emelia Howlett

Powertex mixed media Christmas tree and bauble

Anyone who knows me by now will know I am a pretty big fan of Marta Lapkowska she creates some amazing projects and works of art at Maremi Small Art. I was rather taken with her textured mixed media Christmas Tree ornament video recently. So I contacted Marta and asked her if she would mind me creating a blog inspired by her work but the Powertex mixed media Christmas way. To which she said yes! Thank you very much Marta. She also has an amazing group called Maremi’s Creative Café where you can share your makes.

I know when I shared Martas video recently someone mentioned they didn’t have one of the products. What I love about Marta is she says if you don’t have it don’t worry just used what you have. I always have Powertex in abundance on my desk. With it being a universal medium it lends itself brilliantly to projects like this.

Powertex is great not just at textile/fabric hardening but mixed media, abstract art works, sculptures and more. And would you believe you can even make a clay from it! The USA AP seal of approval and covered by EU legislations means it is safe for all ages to use. Water based and non toxic makes it my go to mixed media medium.

What you will need to create your Powertex mixed media Christmas ornaments:

Ivory Powertex, bister, sand and balls, powercotton, stockinette, polystyrene shapes, easy structure, clay stars, limoncello gold, powercolor pigments and varnish

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Powertex mixed media Christmas bauble

Firstly, I happen to have some wire jewellery findings and so just stuck one into the top of the ball as a hanger. Although you could always use some wire and bend a loop around some pliers to make a hanger. In order to create the texture on the ball, mix some Easy Structure with Ivory Powertex to thin it down as little.

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Next you can add in a bit of sand for extra texture. Mix with a palette knife and apply. I had the Styrofoam balls in my stash, you can use any size Polystyrene ball or shape you would like to though.

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Top Tip: Yes you can go straight on to polystyrene shapes. But if you want you can always use a little masking tape underneath, this will make adhesion a little easier.

Next step cut some thin bandage to size. You could use a thin lace or fabric or stockinette. In order to create extra texture I pulled it apart a little. Coat in Ivory Powertex by dipping in or using a brush. And cover a section on the middle of the ball. Then coat some powercotton (which is a cotton string) and wrap around on top.

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Coat in Ivory Powertex by dipping in or use a brush to cover and place on the middle of the ball. Then coat some power cotton (which is a cotton string) and wrap around the middle.

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Top tip : Making a mixture with the balls in makes it easy to apply. Pour out a little Powertex and add the largest balls mix and then add the smaller ones.

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You can use a palette knife to apply as much or as little of the mixture as you please. But try to add your own twist to the design. For mine I popped on some clay stars, I had used a cake plunger cutter to cut out all the sizes.

You could add any shapes you wanted, if you haven’t got stars. Make sure you leave this to dry completely. An hour or so should be fine. You can force the drying process with a hair dryer just be careful the heat isn’t too high you don’t want to melt the shape.

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Spray with any Bister (a coloured walnut stain in spray form) of your choosing. For this I used Mahogany, Brown and Black Bister.

Powertex Mixed media Christmas bauble

Then I must have gotten carried away with the colouring process which is my favourite part as I didn’t take any more pictures after this. In the last step I did use some burgundy and brown Powercolour pigment and varnish around the middle and faded the top and bottom with white Powercolor pigment and varnish. Then added a touch of my fav Secret Art Loft pearl pigment Limoncello gold.

Powertex mixed media christmas bauble

Top Tip: Adding colour is my favourite part. Sometimes you have to keep layering and layering the colours and pigments to get your desired finish. Be patient with this part. It will come. I keep layering colours until I am happy with the finish.

Powertex mixed media christmas tree

Powertex mixed media Christmas Tree

Next up was the Christmas tree. I happened to have some of these in my stash too. If you don’t have a polystyrene cone you could use a cardboard cone. Use some Easy structure to cover the base of the cone. I used a little masking tape underneath to make this hold on easier.

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I used the stockinette for the tree which is slightly thicker than bandage. And I found it easier to dip it directly into the powertex. Coat the fabric and use your fingers to work the Powertex in.

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Then wrap around the cone. Dip your powercotton, string or mop cotton into the Powertex, work in and place onto the cone.

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Next make up your ball mixture again and paste on with a palette knife. Then stick down your stars or shapes with some Ivory Powertex and a brush. Make sure your cone is completely dry before spraying in bister.

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I only went and did it again with getting carried away with dry brushing I forgot to take next step photos. So I used burgundy and brown Powercolor all over the cone and then built up with white powercolour and used some Limoncello gold as a finishing touch to add a bit of sparkle.

Powertex mixed media christmas tree

You may have some time to set aside over Christmas to give this a try with your family and friends. Or you might save it for next year. But I hope you’ve found it useful to see how you can create all sorts of mixed media projects with Powertex. And a big thank you to Marta for allowing me to share my inspiration from her video through this blog.

Happy Holidays!

Have a fabulous holiday break and Christmas and I will see you all in the New Year with some very exciting projects to inspire. Do sign up to the blog, join us over in the Powertex Studio and on facebook share your makes with us. And please let us know how you get on and what you think in the comments under the article. Find my last blog if you missed it here.

Toodles Anna xXx you can find me over at Rosehart Studio.

Powertex mixed media christmas bauble

Powertex Christmas ornament

It’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas

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Create a Powertex Christmas ornament

I always joke in January, it will be Christmas soon. Well this is no joke we are knocking on the door of December and it will be Christmas soon! I love me a bit of Christmas, don’t you? Not all the buying presents kind. Most get hand made from me anyway. But the smells of cinnamon, orange and clove, decorating the house and being with the family. Without further ado I am going to explain how to make your own Powertex Christmas ornament.

Powertex Christmas pud

powertex christmas ornament

I remember when we were little we would get out all the Christmas cards from previous years. We would cut around the pictures with pinking shears to make Christmas tags for all the presents. Then out came the felt! We’d glue and sew little stockings and baubles with openings at the back for the chocolate coins to hide in. I’m unsure the chocolate survived until Christmas day though.

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I hope you find inspiration for crafting with the young people in your life or just for yourself. Making Christmas decorations has come a long way. Especially when you have a bottle of Powertex to hand.

I found some plastic baubles in my stash. But you could use Styrofoam balls or up cycle an old bauble. Stone art seems to just fit this time of year perfectly.

I wrapped masking tape flush with the bauble, then used bronze Powertex  liberally over the surface. Next I gently rubbed and layered Stone Art into the surface in order to build texture. And dry brushed with red ocher powercolor.

Then I made up some stone art clay and rolled out roughly. Laid this over the top of the bauble so it would sit unevenly. I dry brushed with titanium white powercolor. Then hand cut some holly leaves out of clay and stamped into them to give them a pattern. Rolled a little clay for the berry and used Powertex on the back to stick down.

Then dusted the whole pudding with some of my favourite in the Secret Art loft range Limoncello Gold. And a dash of Lipstick fizz on the berry for an extra sparkle.

Powertex Reindeer

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Then I thought it would be rather fun to make ruddolf! Create in exactly the same way but with added clay antlers and nose. I used stockinette on the ears and buttons for the eyes. Then dry brushed with the same colours.

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20181129_153419.jpgNext I decided it wouldn’t be right to miss out a robin and so created this little guy in the same way but just used some paper dec for the wings.

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Do put some creative time aside this Christmas and be inspired to create some Christmas decorations for yourself. Do join us over in the Powertex Studio and share your work. We are a lovely friendly bunch and helpful too. So if you are stuck on a project just pop in and someone will be able to help. More from me here.

Happy holidays. Toodles Anna xXx Catch me over on Facebook at Rosehart Studio.

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.

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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.

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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.