Rusty letter art

The Secret Art Box – August 2019

Designer – Kore Sage

The August Secret Art Box included a personalised initial in mdf, a stencil, papers, a quote stamp and textured fabrics. Also Lead Powertex fabric hardener and colour pigments were in Aqua ink and Blue Bister granules. There was so much in the box to use but I knew straight away that I wanted to use Rusty Powder with the mdf, ink and Bister to create rusty letter art.

Powertex UK secret art box august 2019
Powertex UK Secret Art Box August

Materials list

  • Tag
  • Lead Powertex Fabric Hardener
  • Printed papers
  • Pieces of fabrics
  • Mdf letter
  • Aqua ink spray
  • Bister granules
  • Powercotton

Optional and other supplies

Powertex Rusty Letter wall art
Rusty Letter Art by Kore Sage

1. Make a start

Step 1
Step 1

Laying down the first textures with printed papers and Lead Powertex Fabric Hardener to cover the canvas.

2. Create background textures

Step 2 Easy Structure
Step 2

Use Easy Structure with a plastic palette knife through the stencil. Clean your stencil straight away.

3. Build fabric layers

Step 3 adding fabric with Powertex
Step 3

I added fabric textures to build up a background for the mdf letter. Lead Powertex hardens and adheres the fabric. Use a hairdryer to dry.

4. Add mdf letters and shapes

Step 4 Adding MDF with White Powertex
Step 4

To create depth I used White Powertex to paint and glue the mdf letter and shapes. I painted it lightly over most of the background. Dry with a hairdryer.

TIP: Ivory Powertex Fabric Hardener will also work well if you don’t have White.

5. Spray Aqua ink

Step 5 Spray on Aqua Acrylic ink
Step 5

Spray the Aqua ink generously over the textures, let it pool, drip and run off to the side.

6. Add Rusty Powder

Mix up 1 tbsp Transparent Powertex with a little white vinegar and 1/2 – 1 tbsp Rusty Powder. Pour onto the letter, background and fabrics. (It will look grey and the rust will take a few hours to form.)

TIP: For a thicker rust mixture add 3D Sand or Small balls

7. Using Bister granules

Add spots of Transparent Powertex and sprinkle Bister granules onto wet areas. Spray with water and vinegar spray so the colour runs.

TIP: Using white vinegar in the water spray alters the colour of the Bister and encourages the rust.

Step 6 Sprinkle on Blue Bister granules
Step 6 and 7
Step 7 Rusty Powder
Step 6 and 7 rusted

Powercotton vines

Step 8 Powercotton
Step 8

I used Powercotton strands coated with White Powertex to look like vines around the letter.

Brush up highlights

Step 9 White Powertex Highlights
Step 9

White Powertex is dry brushed on highlights over the whole canvas using a flat brush.

Finishing touches

I repeated the Rusty Powder and Bister granules until I was happy with the contrast. Highlighting with White or Ivory Powertex at the end just lifts the letters away from the background. You can layer up as much as you like.

Powertex rusty letter art by Kore Sage
Powertex Rusty Letter Art by Kore Sage

There’s so much left in the Secret Art Box I’ll be making more with these supplies. Tutor Gill has also used this month’s subscription box here.

Keep an eye on The Powertex Studio and my Facebook Page where I’ll be posting my Powertex art. Join us at Powertex Addicts United where you can share your makes.

You can find all the details on the Powertex UK website for your own Powertex subscription box, along with many of these supplies.

Until next time, make some time to let your art out,

Kore x

Seasonal Autumn Wreath

Hi It’s Kore here with my autumn blog. The Autumn Equinox is on the 23rd September in the Northern Hemisphere, when day and night are equal. I love to celebrate the seasons and autumn is beautiful even when there is a storm blowing hard outside! While some of us are sad to see the summer pass for another year, the autumn brings the harvest, glorious sunsets and the changing trees.

I’ve created an autumn wreath, a simple project with lots of texture that comes alive when it’s dry brushed. It can be made any size and adapted for whatever supplies you have. It can also be easily made for any seasonal wreath, perfect for your front door, studio or home decor.

Ingredients

 

Bronze Powertex
Powercolor pigments in autumn colours
Easy Varnish
Flat brush
Fabric strips and lengths of t-shirt yarn, ric rac, twine etc
Leaf shapes in various materials, clay, fabric, card
3d balls in small and medium

Optional supplies

Stone art
Daisy leaf mould
Small fabric flowers

Step 1 Create your frame

 

You can use a pre made base for your wreath, or a piece of tubing even. I chose to make mine from a piece of t-shirt yarn.

I massaged in Bronze Powertex so the fabric would set in the shape of my frame. Once it was all coated I laid it out in a circle on a non stick mat to dry. Notice I overlapped the ends to create a loop at the top for hanging.

Step 2 Create your embellishments

 

I created a pile of embellishments to use while my frame was drying off. I chose some wooden pieces too but decided not to use them in my final project. I die cut and hand cut leaves in card and hessian fabric. I also had some small clay leaves made using the Daisy leaf mould. These leaves have a lovely spiky shape that looks amazing when painted. You can use Stone Art clay but it will need time to dry thoroughly. Coat all card leaves with Powertex and sprinkle on some Stone Art powder for texture. Brush off any excess. Coat the leaves with Powertex when you apply them to wreath.

I also made a tiny cornucopia or horn of plenty. These are a symbol of abundance and thanksgiving and they are easy to make and look so cute!

Coat a small triangle of hessian with Powertex and roll into a cone shape and press the end together. Coat a few small and medium balls with Powertex and fill the cone. Coat tiny fabric flowers with Powertex and trim the stems short enough to tuck into the cone. Leave to dry.

Step 3 Wrap the frame

 

Wrap strips of fabric around the frame in spirals. Ensure your strips are well coated with Powertex, especially if you want to display your wreath outside. I started with strips of hessian about 1- 1.5 inches wide and wrapped them loosely around the set frame. Then I wrapped more t-shirt yarn, raffia, twine and rick rak until I was happy I had plenty of texture. Don’t wrap your last layers too tight. We’re going to use them to secure the leaves.

Step 4 Add the embellishments

 

Apply your leaves starting with the largest first and work around the whole wreath. Tuck one end into the wrapped spirals on the frame and press them into place. Keep adding leaves until you’re happy. Varying the sizes makes it more interesting to look at. Add small details to create more interest, such as the small cornucopia, and groups of small balls for berries. Leave to dry.

Step 5 Adding colour

Choose your autumn pigment colours and use Easy Varnish to create a dry paint. I used Burnt Sienna, Red Ochre, Yellow Ochre and some Orange and White for mixing. Use a flat brush to mix your pigment with Easy Varnish and start with darker colours first, add highlights last using your palest colour. Wipe excess paint onto kitchen paper first and then keep your brush flat as you paint over the textures.

Use the loop at the top to string or hang your wreath. After 3 weeks it’s weatherproof and safe to hang on your front door. I’m already planning my seasonal winter wreath!

I hope you have a go at making a wreath of your own. If you do have a go, why not share your make in The Powertex Studio on facebook or on Instagram with hashtag #powertex.

If you would like to see more of my Powertex projects you can find me at koresageart.com

Until next time, I hope you find a little time to let your art out.
Kore x

Butterfly dreams of Powertex

Have you noticed an animal theme this month with Abigail’s adorable elephant and Donna’s beautiful afghan hound? Hi it’s Kore here with my August blog. So how about a butterfly? I know, it’s an insect really but it’s a beautiful creature that needs celebrating! I live in a busy city and don’t see too many butterflies but I have lovely memories of Buddleia bushes full of Red Admirals and Peacocks. The wonderful thing about this butterfly is that it can be made with whatever materials you have and what ever size you like for home or garden.

 

Creating the base

Make wings from wire and foil or cut them from thick card. Masking tape is great for covering foil. I made the body from some rolled up foil and taped this too. Rolled up paper would work too. A quick look on the internet for a template was helpful with the shape. Then the Powertex came out!

Using bright Powertex 

I used Red Powertex because I wanted to experiment. There are no rules here. Use what you have to cover the wings and the body pieces. I cut pieces of cotton fabric, massaged in some red Powertex and wrapped these around the body and wings until they were all covered on both sides. It was fun to create lots of texture in the wings and make ragged edges.When the parts were covered I used pieces of fabric in Powertex to attach the wings to the body. I tucked a couple of wire antennae into the body too.

Decorating the butterfly

This where you can get really play with your favourite materials. Use what you have to add texture and colour. I covered the “back” of the wings with a mix of red Powertex and Rusty Powder and small balls. It’s one of my favourite combinations and the red gives the rust a lovely warm glow.

Try this:Spray Bister through stencils or allow it to “puddle” in the texturesSprinkle small balls or sand onto wet PowertexUse Easy Structure to create lines and shapesSprinkle Bister granules onto wet Powertex for little shots of intense colour and textureSplatter acrylic inks and paints

There are so many ways to add colour but I was really happy with using Bister sprays on my butterfly. I chose Red and Yellow and sprayed generously to let the colour run around in the textures. I also used the brown Bister to paint circles onto the back of the wings. I also used some acrylic inks from The Secret Art Loft at Powertex UK. I let Viola ink just run all over it. Let it dry!

Decorate both sides of the wings using your favourite products. The wings are a great place to try something new. This is where it’s fun to have no plan! I really enjoyed just playing and if I didn’t like something I either wiped it off or painted over it!

Final touches

Adding the last highlights is really fun with Powertex. I dry brushed with orange and yellow ochre pigments in Easy Varnish first. I chose to highlight with Ivory Powertex and Limoncello metallic pigment which worked beautifully to add some sparkle.

Then a timely delivery of Metallic gold ink Powertex UK. I couldn’t resist adding some to my butterfly. It’s lush and rich and it’s going to be amazing for some autumn projects! A little on the wings and antennae for a finishing touch.

While I was waiting for one stage to dry, I took the chance to make a couple of tiny butterflies. I printed a couple of butterfly templates from the internet. I glued them onto card so I could cut out two sturdy little butterflies and then painted them with Powertex. I used less texture on these but still applied some rusty texture and then played with acrylic paints and metallic pigment powders.

The acrylic paints were in Blueberry Pie and Orange Marmalade and the pigments in Berry sour and Tequila sunrise. Gorgeous! The puddles of bister on the back of these is wonderful.

 

I think I’ll keep adding different textures and colour to these butterflies. Just when I think I’m done I have an idea to add something else! She’s a big butterfly too. When she’s finished, a coat of varnish (to fix the Bister) and she’ll be a lovely on an outside wall.

After a few days the Powertex will harden and fix your butterfly. In my pictures she’s still new and not hardened so I can move the wings. When you leave your butterfly to set I recommend propping up the wings so they can harden in your preferred position.

So pick out your favourite materials and decorate a butterfly. It’s time to let your art out!

If you would like to see more Powertex creations pop along to The Powertex Studio facebook group where you can share your makes too. Powertex Addicts United on Instagram has lots of inspiration from across the world.

You can also follow my Powertex experiments and projects @skysagestudio on Facebook and Instagram or find my personal Powertex blogs over at koresageart.com.

Until next time,
Kore x

Powertex puts the texture into Halloween

 

Halloween crafts are full of dripping, draping and ageing textures and Powertex does this sooo spookily well!
Powertex skull texture close up
Powertex halloween textures
This door sign used “The end” stencil for the drips, skull and lettering. Lots of gritty textures here with a sand and balls mixture and plenty of red Powercolor to amp up the gore factor!

 

Powertex halloween sign skull textures
Just Lead Powertex, fabric and Powercolor pigment and a plaster skull create this bottle and goblets. See how the Powertex holds all those beautiful folds but the finish is like pewter! Gorgeous and perfect for a spooky evening of alchemy and spell casting. After curing, these can be washed gently without soaking. 
 
Powertex halloween  skull roses bottle and goblet set textures
 
Powertex halloween textures goblet rose
Ivory Powertex, fabric and bister spray creates this aged and decaying fabric look. It looks so fragile but isn’t. The way the bister spray dries on the plaster skulls is amazing! This technique is brilliant if you want to add an LED light to your bottles. The Ivory Powertex and gaps in the fabric let the light through. I chose a frosted bottle for a fantastic eerie glow.
Powertex halloween skull bottle decay texture

 

Powertex halloween bottle texture aged decay

 

This mixed media canvas also uses “The end” stencil and 3D sand to create deep earthy textures. Black bister spray made this one deep and dark. I’m loving the deep cracks when the sand dries completely. Heavy fabric or paper will make brilliant “scrolls”.
Powertex halloween skull sand texture canvas roses
Powertex halloween textures sand skull roses
There’s still time to get your Powertextures on before Halloween! Grab your Powertex and wrap a bottle or two for your spooky Halloween night.
If you’d like join a workshop, go to the Powertex UK Tutors page to see who’s near you.
Or if YouTube’s for you, check out the Powertex UK channel for some tips on getting started.
Happy Halloween! Kore.