Hi I’m Kore, artist, crafter and tutor at SkySage Studio. I’m bringing you my industrial Powertex make using the Owl Project Kit. I’ve always loved birds of prey and I had a close encounter with a rescued barn owl once. She was called Willow and she wasn’t nearly as excited as I was!
My industrial owl project is inspired by my love of the film Bladerunner. Real animals are rare in that futuristic world and synthetic, fake animals were kept instead. So here is my half organic, half machine owl.
The owl project pack contains everything needed to make a beautiful owl for indoor or outdoor display. I add some Stone Art, a drop of ivory Powertex and some red Bister spray to my ingredients!
I start by painting my mdf pieces with the bronze Powertex. While it’s wet I adhere one of the wings down. I’ve already decided I’m going to decorate my owl in two halves so I add a thin layer of Stone Art powder to the right side of the wet Powertex. This makes a great natural texture. As you can see I’m not too precise with it!
I leave the Stone Art to dry and add strips of lace, covered with Powertex and lay them out down the left side. Some Easy Structure paste through letter stencils is layered on top of the Stone Art. I’m not trying for readable words, just random shapes. The Stone Art leaves a soft “furry” feel on the right side.
I roll out the left over clay and use the wooden beak shape as a template to cut out some feathers. When the Easy Structure paste is dry, it’s time to paint everything with bronze Powertex and start adding the rest of the embellishments.
Adding the geometric pieces from the Drop Outs creates the machine like shapes. I’ve chosen my pieces so now I just keep layering them up, wooden shapes, metal pieces and my Stone Art clay feathers. I check everything is covered with bronze Powertex ready for dry brushing.
While I wait for that to dry off I prepare the wooden circle for the eye. I apply some ivory Powertex, and Bister with heat for this lovely crackle technique. Time to wait for everything to dry….
I choose Copper and Green pigments to add colour by mixing with Easy Varnish. Dry brushing on Green for the organic parts and Copper for the machine parts. I use some white highlights for contrast but the pigments in the pack can be mixed for lots of options. The green and copper look brilliant together.
The final pieces are dropped into place on the eye and a quick check for the need for any more white highlights.
Here she is, my mechanical Willow.
Don’t forget to post your finished project in our Facebook group at Powertex Addicts United. I’d love to hear what inspires your owl project. Until next time, let your art out to play!
First I tipped out the embellishment kit onto a plate, then did the same with the added mdf dropouts – I just have to say how much I love the dropouts! Lots of circles that will be ideal for steam punk and grungy styles and loads more that will help to give depth on other creations.
Next I laid out a basic idea for where I was heading. I was given the challenge to go for a more steam punk look so I wanted to suggest a re-cycled re-used look and also went with the Owl being King of the Night!
Even if this hadn’t been for a blog, I would have taken a photo of my layout for reference – even though I might change a few bits as go ahead.
Once the photo is taken move your pieces off the owl.
Tip: When I removing my lay out, I laid them out in little groups so I didn’t waste time or get frustrated looking for each piece.
Next I painted both sides and all the edges of the main owl piece with Powertex Bronze. I dried off with the hairdryer.
Next I ripped up a sheet of kitchen paper and separated the layers.
I then moved on to the wings. I painted with Powertex, cut the narrow lace in half and worked Powertex into it. I then shaped the lace around the outside of the right wing and the inside of the left wing – I like mixing things up and felt it added to the theme.
Next I worked on the eyes and the crown of my majestic owl.
I raised the left eye proud of the base by placing 4 of the dropout circles behind the main eye circle using Powertex.
I added a metal embellishment inside the eye and then one of the glass pebbles, I moved on to complete the right eye and and the crown.
Once this was done I completed the wings by adding layers of embellishments and referred to my photo when needed.
I used some more kitchen paper, that had Powertex worked in, under some embellishments to give it extra purchase.
Once the wings were complete, I worked on the main body, tail and branch areas.
I did change things around a little here from how I had originally laid it out.
Don’t worry about getting Powertex on the glass and resin embellishments as these can be wiped off gently with a baby wipe
Once I was happy with the placement of embellishments, I loaded my brush with Powertex and stippled over some areas where the embellishments were heavy for extra sticking power. I then left it overnight to fully dry.
Once the night was over it was time to bring King Owl to life adding colour to enhance his gorgeousness!
First using Easy Varnish and Dark Green PowerColor I added colour to the lower sections of the wings, branch and body.
I then added a little white to lighten to a sage green and added this to some areas.
Next with a clean brush I added Yellow ochre and then Yellow Ochre and White.
I added highlights of Copper Colortrix to finish.
Because my owl is King and is altered with a nod to Steam Punk, I added an odd bit of chain and some Copper coloured glass glitter from my personal stash.
Here is my completed King Owl – I hope you agree he is a bit of an Owl right punky King of the Night!
Grab yourself and Owl project pack while they are still available and have some fun. If you want to hang him outside, make sure all the edges of every piece of MDF have been well coated in Powertex and left inside for 3-4 weeks.
Below are some of close ups of my finished owl, left over embellishments and dropouts and a photo of my mixed up palette.