The Secret Art Box – February

The Secret Art box, Powertex, love projects

This months article brings you inspiration and projects to create using February’s The Secret Art Box. The new craft subscription box from Powertex UK.

“The love of my life opened my heart the warmth it let loose poured into my art” by Claire Ivins

*** You may not get an exact replica of this box, but similar items will be included ***

Powertex Secret Art Box Project One

I also gathered a few more supplies, wire, paper tape, tinfoil and a larger mdf heart shape.

I used the mdf heart shape to mould another from wire.

I used tinfoil to pad it out and create the shape I wanted.

Next came the making of the arrow. This is a thicker wire as I wanted it strong and sturdy.

I covered everything in masking tape.

Then I started to play around with some of the contents in the box.

I wanted to make a recess in the polystyrene heart for the plaster heart to sit in, so I drew round it.

And using a craft knife and a small pair of scissors, I dug out the shape.

I placed the plaster heart in the hole to try it for size.

 I painted it with a coat of red Powertex. Whilst still wet I pressed Stone Art powder onto it and rubbed it in, letting the excess fall off. The Stone Art creates a stone like effect.

Then I sprayed it with red Bister. This red is more of a mahogany colour, ie a deep red.

The Secret Art box powertex

I painted the heart and arrow shapes with the red Powertex and stuck the arrow on with it too. I cut out some of the polystyrene heart so it sat on the frame. I added the gold sequins from the January box. And also used rich gold pigment from my stash over some of the heart shaped frame.

And to finish I mounted it on one of the Powertex metal stands.

      

Some more close ups.

Powertex Project Two

I did the same for my next project and started off by creating a layout. This time I wanted to show different shades of red and different textures.

I sprayed the plaster cherub with the red Bister.

I used the red ochre and varnish to create a paste and painted the wings, and did the same with the rich gold on the hair.

I painted the large heart from my stash, and from the Secret Art box, the set of four hearts (including the one out of the middle of the biggest one), the smaller starburst shape, mini hearts and the wooden love word, all in the red Powertex.

This one I added strands of Power Cotton to the wet Powertex, painted over it and added the key whilst still wet. Once dried, I dry brushed with green olive pigment, which if you were lucky enough, was in the January subs box.

This one I sprinkled some of the small Powertex sand balls into the wet Powertex and dry brushed with rich gold pigment.

And for this one I added pieces of tissue to create some texture and to dry brush I mixed some of the blueberry pie with the red velvet acrylic paint and a touch of lipstick fizz pigment (for the shimmer) to create a deep purply colour.

The Secret Art box Powertex

Next I layered everything up and put it all together. I used the Powertex as a glue once I was happy with the placement.

           

Some more close ups.

For my next project I wanted to section off parts of the sheet of rice paper included in the box.

Instead of cutting it, I like to get a rough edge as I find it blends in better and isn’t such a harsh line. If you take a wet paintbrush and mark out where you want to tear, if it’s wet enough it should just pull apart. If it rips then the paper isn’t wet enough.

It should just pull apart and creates a lovely edge.

This is what I ended up with. Don’t you think they look much nicer than straight cut edges.

I also cut a piece to size and fitted it inside one of the metal embellishments I got in my box.

Then I completely filled it with transparent Powertex and left it for several days to dry. It is cloudy when a liquid, but dries clear.

I wanted to create a pink colour to combine with the images, so I mixed red and white Powertex until I achieved the colour I wanted.

I found a suitable glass bottle and completely painted it with my new hot pink colour and left it to totally dry before the next step.

Using transparent Powertex I glued on the pieces I’d torn out. I smoothed them out and also added a layer over the top. Now this looks really messy and you might think, oh no, what have I done. But, don’t panic, stick with it, the transparent goes on cloudy, but dries brilliantly clear. I also added some of the fancy yarn I had left from my Bluebird (January) box around the top.

And this is what I ended up with once it was all dry.

The Secret Art box Powertex

I added some chain and a couple of metal charms, the hand and heart from the box. The transparent Powertex has now completely dried that I put in the heart shape, so it has now sealed the image.

And a decorated bottle makes a great candle holder. Should you wish to light the candle the dripping wax won’t be a problem when it meets the Powertex. However, don’t let a naked flame come into contact with any fabric, as Powertex is not a flame retardant. As with all naked flames, do not leave it unattended, we won’t be held responsible for your house burning down!!

The Secret Art Box Powertex

All three makes together.

I hope that you have gained some inspiration for your own, The Secret Art box, Powertex craft subscription box. I can’t wait to see what you do with it. Don’t forget to share your makes on the Powertex Studio Facebook page as we love to see what you’ve been up to.

Did you catch my article last month find it here. Thanks for stopping by Sam

Wedding Day Wish Box

 

Hello there
I used the Frame kit available at Kirsties Handmade Fair, Ragley Hall to create a Wedding Day Wish Box for the happy couple.  Simply write your wish or words of wisdom onto the paper heart, tear off and place in the box for the happy couple to read later.
I opted for Ivory Powertex and a variety of lace pieces to create this special gift.  I hope you enjoy this project and feel free to alter it as you go,  that’s the fun of being creative.

 

I started by using a recycled cardboard box that was the same size as the frame.  I coated this with 2 layers of Powertex to firm it up.  I also coated the frame with a layer of Powertex.

Once dry I placed the frame onto the box and drew around the inside of the heart (push out the heart shape if it is still attached to the base) and then cut that out with a craft knife.

Then I painted the inside of the box at the back that was now exposed.  I also painted the back of the frame and repainted the front of the box and stuck the two together.

I used various pieces of lace to create a patchwork effect on the box.

All lace needs to be coated with Powertex so that is is covered but not dripping.

Firstly,  I took a piece of lace and used the heart as a template.  I cut this out so that the lace fit snugly around the opening.  Coat this in Powertex and place around the opening making sure you press it firmly onto the box.

I then worked my way around the box with all the different laces, laying them in different directions to create interest.

The lace heart I cut out in the earlier step was placed inside the box and the edge of the cut out was covered with a thinner lace ribbon.

Once this was all covered I set it aside.

I took some lace ribbon, dipped it into the Powertex and squeezed out the excess, I then wrapped this to create flowers.  In each corner I used a small piece of gauze that had been dipped in Powertex to sit the flowers into.

Now allow this all to dry thoroughly.

There are lots of videos on YouTube if you’re not sure how to make these.

I have coloured these here so you can see them more easily

For the notepad holder, I used the back of the frame and coated one side with Powertex.  I then placed this onto the back of the wallpaper and allowed it to dry.

Using sharp scissors I cut around the edges, painted the back with Powertex,  then using lace ribbon I added a pretty border.

 


  


For the notepad itself, I used the heart on some thick paper and drew around it making sure I marked the holes.

I cut out the sheets and used a hole punch to make the holes, then threaded ribbon through to hold the together.

I painted the mdf heart burst embellishment and the mdf heart and layered them up ready to tie onto the ribbon as a paperweight.

If you wanted to you could drill holes through the notepad holder and tie the paper onto this to make it totally secure.

For the photograph, I used a laser copy as these don’t smudge.

I worked out where I wanted the heart to sit on the photograph and marked the back of the paper accordingly.

I painted a thin layer of Powertex onto the back of the paper and another layer onto the heart then placed them together.  I turned them over and smoothed out the picture to ensure there are no air bubbles or creases.  Make sure your hands are clean or better still put a piece of kitchen roll on top to protect the picture.

I left this to dry before cutting away the excess with sharp scissors.

I painted the back of the heart with Powertex then added a delicate edge by using lace ribbon dipped in Powertex.

I attached it to the box using a cushion of gauze dipped in Powertex.

I coated the key plate with several layers of Powertex and printed off “wedding day wishes”  but you could hand write this.  I used Powertex to stick the edges to the back of the key plate and then onto the box.
I dry brushed the piece with a combination of burgundy and rich gold however you could match the colours to the wedding party colours for that personal touch.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this project and it has inspired you to have a go.  Don’t forget to post your makes on the Powertex Studio Facebook page as we love to see what you’ve created.
Until next time Happy Creative Adventures
Axx

 

Simple but effective

Hello, one and all. Me again, this time sharing with you a couple of easy, fun and elegant projects.
The first piece I want to share with you is the seahorse project pack.

 

Please excuse my  Powertex covered workspace.
( I really need to clean this )

 

 

I opened the pack and looked at all the yummy stash in the pack.
Keeping this project simple was the key and I only used some cardboard and a piece of lace, which was from an old top from my Daughter.
I firstly glued to the two pieces of seahorse together with ivory Powertex both sides and dried it using my faithful old hairdryer.
I then soaked a piece of lace in the ivory Powertex and laid it down on my seahorse and again dried it with my hairdryer, to speed up the process, as I was eager to move on.

 

I found some different lace and thought it would make a good fin shape. I also added the same lace to the top part of the seahorse, after adding some cardboard, as this was my original thought process but decided that the lace effect looked way better.
Now for the best part, the colour transformation. I chose my  POWERCOLOUR and my general idea was to try an do an “ombre” effect but as you will see, sometimes the Powertex has other ideas!
BUT that is the beauty of this product, you can paint it whatever colour you like and if you get bored of it or it does not go with your colour scheme, then you can just change it!
(I really, really, must clean my workspace)

 

I added the yummy bits from the project pack and again glued with Powertex and decided to highlight in the RICH GOLD pigment and also WHITE the two colours of which I do love to highlight.
I titivated a bit more with pigments and varnish until I was happy with how she looked.
So here she is, all done and using just the project pack and a little bit of lace.
I think she turned out rather well myself.
Oh, and I added a small black bead on the eye area. A brilliant project if you are new to Powertex and not much other materials used to create this (I think ) beautiful Seahorse.
Thank you for reading and I hope I have inspired you to get some Powertex and give it a whirl, you won’t be disappointed.
Till next time
Jinny

 

Oriental Mixed Media Canvas (by Anne)

I created this mixed media canvas using acrylic paints and various elements treated with transparent Powertex. Powertex is great for stiffening, gluing down and protecting porous substrates such as fabric, card or wood.
The lace elements were my first attempts at making Teneriffe Lace (yes the lace name has 2 f’s – as in the original spelling of the island). I struggled a bit with getting my knotting secure at first plus my weaving and tensioning was pretty uneven too. I really wasn’t sure what to do with them and they nearly went into the bin. However, I then thought of Powertex treatment. The lace would be stiffened and sealed so no worry about any of the knotting coming lose.


The variegated blue threads that I have chosen inspired me to create something with an Oriental theme. Incorporating my ‘imperfect’ lace elements into a canvas was perfect. I treated them with Powertex and laid them flat overnight to dry. I also cut into some of them and used pieces as collage elements.

The canvas background was painted with white gesso to prime. Rubber stamps were used with acrylic paints to add a little background texture. I also sponged acrylic paint through a mandala stencil to complement the lace elements. Acrylic paint containing crushed gilding flake was used to blend in from around the edges.
The branches and blossoms were die cut from card, shaped with an embossing tool, then painted with transparent Powertex. Likewise the fan was created using card and bamboo barbeque sticks. Again I treated this with Powertex.

I was really pleased with the results and my lace pieces ended up being showcased very nicely.