A Powertex Spooktacular

Secret Art Box October 2019

Designed by – Gill Goldsmith

This month’s Secret Art Box theme was Halloween inspired and was packed full of wonderful spooky contents. Including an MDF panel, MDF elements with skulls, tombstones and spiders webs, a spooky stencil, rice paper, large balls, a texture pack, charms, skeleton leaves, plaster skull heads, pigments and varnish. A Powertex spooktacular!

Powertex spooktacular halloween art by Gill Goldsmith
Powertex spooktacular by Gill Goldsmith

Materials list

Powertex UK Secret Art Box for October 2019

Any Halloween embellishments

Stone Art Clay

Powertex UK Secret Art Box subscription box October 2019
Powertex UK Subscription Box October 2019

How to create your spooktacular wall art

Step 1

I decided I would construct my panel “inside out”. Instead of a flat surface, I created an inset frame. Glue with the Black Powertex Universal Medium included in this month’s box.

Step 2

With Powertex Easy Structure, which is a smooth paste, stencil the design around the outside of the panel, repeating on each corner.

Stencil skull design on the corners
Stencil the skull design

Step 3

Next I decided on which mdf pieces I wanted to use on this project. There are lots, so I have plenty left for more spooky projects. I painted the panel and the elements in the black Powertex.

Choose elements
Choosing elements to include
Paint all the mdf with Black Powertex Universal Medium
Paint everything with black Powertex Universal Medium

Step 4

Coat the texture fabric and draped it across the corners of the panel, allowing it to look like spiders webs. Make a pumpkin using an MDF shape and add Stone Art clay to give it the curved shape.

Everything was coated in the black Powertex and allowed to dry thoroughly.

TOP TIP: I’ve added extra MDF elements I had in my stash.

Paint all the elements in black Powertex
Layer, coat and glue with black Powertex

Step 5

Once dry, I dry brushed the entire piece with ivory Powertex which gives definition to all the texture and starts to make everything look like its covered in cobwebs and aged.

Dry brush the pieces with Ivory Powertex
Dry-brush with Ivory Powertex

Step 6

Add colour with Plum Pudding acrylic paint in some areas. Use the Ultramarine blue pigment and the Interference lilac pigment to emphasise these.

TOP TIP: Add a touch of orange marmalade acrylic paint on the pumpkin!

Add colour with paint and pigments
Add colour

Finishing touches

Dry brushing everything gives a pop of colour. Mix powder pigments with Easy Varnish. Load your brush with colour and then wipe most of it off on a piece of kitchen roll before applying in broad flat strokes. This really does give the best effect and the colour can be built up to achieve the best results.

Powertex Spooktacular Halloween wall art by Gill Goldsmith
Powertex Spooktacular by Gill Goldsmith

Here is the finished piece, it’s a very different style for me, but I loved working with the spooky elements, have lots left to create more projects. Some of these materials are also available separately at Powertex UK.

Keep a look out for another subscription box project coming soon and don’t forget to share what you make on the Secret Art Box Subscribers or Powertex Studio Facebook groups.

I love to see what everyone creates. If you want more inspiration please have a look at my Facebook page The Powertex Port and check out my other Secret Art Box makes on the blog.

Until next month….Happy Powertexing xxx Gill

Stormy Sea Tag with Powertex

Designed by – Donna Mcghie

Powertex stormy sea tag scene using mdf tags by Donna Mcghie
Seascape tag

Tags are really popular in the crafting world at the moment. For my stormy sea tag, I’m using the A5 tag from Powertex UK. They are great quality to work with, whatever your style of crafting.

Don’t you just love the fact that we all have our own individual style?  Obviously style evolves as we experiment and learn new techniques.  My own style I would describe as rather haphazard.  I’ve never been one for over thinking a project. 

Once many years ago an art tutor declared my work to be very ‘organic’. Initially I wasn’t quite sure how to take this, but I think I know what she was getting at. As an artist I like to allow my paint, Powertex, or whatever medium I’m using to have a life of it’s own.  You could say I’m a ‘go with the flow’ kind of a girl.

Go With The Flow

What do I mean by ‘go with the flow?’ Well, according to the artist Jenny Holzer “Going with the flow is soothing but risky.” I find it soothing to allow Powertex to take on a life of it’s own. I also love the sense of risk, the excitement of never quite knowing what I will end up with.

That could be why I love stormy seascapes. How wonderful that everyone’s storm will end up slightly different.

Materials list:

1: Prepare with White Powertex

Prepare mdf with white powertex
A5 tag and lighthouse mdf

Sponge Powertex White over MDF pieces and set aside to dry.

2: Blue Bister

Powertex mdf tab with blue bister and white fabric hardener for sky
Powertex Blue Bister makes a perfect blustery sky

Spray Powertex Ready Mixed Blue Bister on the top third of the tag. Use a damp sponge wipe away spaces for the clouds.

3: Adding fabric strips

Powertex mdf lighthouse template
I set this aside to dry for a while

Soak denim strips in transparent hardener to for sections of the lighthouse and paint the top.  A blast of ready mixed black bister gives a rugged effect.

4: Pouring Powertex

powertex mdf tag with bisters and fabric hardeners for stormy waves
This was my favourite part, where I got to ‘go with the flow’

Fun Time! Pour blue fabric hardener with smidgeon of white for the wave. Whilst still wet spray with green bister and blast with dryer for movement and crackles.

5: Place the lighthouse

powertex stormy seascape tag with lighthouse
It’s starting to come together

Place the lighthouse into position. Almost there now, just a couple of final touches and your picture will be complete.

6: Adding texture

powertex texture on mdf tag
Time for some texture

Steel grey pigment with some easy structure paste create a rock for the lighthouse to stand on, and 3D Sand with Yellow Ochre Powertex form a shoreline. If you wish to add a few more wild white touches with a pallet knife, go for it.

Finished Piece

Although this is only A5 in size, I think it packs a punch.  As I stated above, this was very much a ‘go with the flow’ project. 

Of course does help to have a rough idea of composition to keep the image interesting. Being a fan of the so called rule of thirds so, I placed my focal point (the lighthouse) to the left of the scene.

I also roughly directed the white foam on the wave to guide the eye up towards my focal point.

Powertex tag by Donna Mcghie
Stormy sea tag
The finished stormy sea tag

Please do post photos of your own stormy sea tags over on the Powertex Facebook Page, we love seeing what you create. Also feel free to leave any comments on here.

You can get tips on using Stone Art clay on a canvas seascape in last month’s blog.

I’m the Powertex tutor for Southampton, so if you are interested in a workshop please pop over to my website where details can be found on the blog section. More info on Jenny Holzer can be found here.

That’s all from me for now folks. Keep on going with the flow and see you next month.

Top Ten Tips for a Powertex Christmas – Annette Smyth

Hello Everyone

I don’t know about you but I just love this time of year.  I have Christmas movies and music playing in the background from the beginning of November!!

So in the spirit of the season,  I wanted to share some ideas with you on how to get a wintery festive feel into your projects.  So here are my top ten tips for Christmas crafting along with some festive musical titles (how many can you recognise?)………..

1. LET IT SNOW, LET IT SNOW, LET IT SNOW………

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In my opinion you can never have enough snow!

Mix small 3D Balls and 3D Sand into White Powertex to get a textured snow effect. Experiment with different amounts of each until you get the consistency you need for your project.

Dry brushing with Powerpearl pigment makes the snow glisten.

2.  OH CHRISTMAS TREE, OH CHRISTMAS TREE ………

fullsizeoutput_15aa.jpegIcelandic/Reindeer moss coated in Transparent Powertex makes a lovely textured Christmas tree.  Be sure you give it enough time to dry – I left mine overnight, be careful if you use a hairdryer to speed up the process as you can burn the moss.

Here I have used moss that has been dyed bright green. The Powertex makes the dye bleed very slightly, so be aware of that when placing onto your project.

As the Powertex dried and became stickier,  I used a skewer to push the tree into shape.

3. (Christmas) PRETTY LIGHTS ON THE TREE……..

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Coat the large 3D Balls in Powertex and then dry brush with the pigments of your choice to make beautiful Christmas lights. To get a real shine coat with Easycoat Glossy. 

These can then be placed onto your tree and for a stringed light effect use Powercotton coated in transparent Powertex to connect the lights together.

4. DECORATIONS OF RED ON A GREEN CHRISTMAS TREE……

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Well actually the decorations can be any colour you like.

Use Stoneart clay and your favourite silicon moulds to create decorations for your tree. Attach to your project using Transparent Powertex .

Watch the video in the Penguin blog to see how to make Stoneart clay.

Dry brush with pigments to complement your chosen colour scheme

5. MERRY CHRISTMAS MR BUBLE……

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Ok so I cheated on this title as I couldn’t think of any song with baubles in it……but you can’t have Christmas without a bit of Mr Buble.

Take a ball of Stoneart clay, insert a loop of cotton then coat with Easy Varnish.

Dip into glitter for a sparkly look or coat with your snow mix to look like a snowball.

6. WITH AN EVERGREEN WREATH ON A RED FRONT DOOR……..

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You can make a great Christmas wreath by using a mdf cog.  Coat with a layer of Powertex Green.  Dip strips of Paperdec into the Powertex and lay around the cog in a circular shape.

Dry brush with Colortricx Terragreen pigment and sprinkle on a little snow to finish your wreath.

7. DECK THE HALLS WITH BOUGHS OF HOLLY…………

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Use your Stoneart clay with any cutters you have to create embellishments.  Here I’ve used a sugarcraft holly leaf cutter with green clay.  Remember to keep these cutters for non food use only.

The holly berries are 3d Balls dipped  in Powertex and drybrushed with red pigment then coated with Easycoat Glossy.

8. WITH THOSE HOLIDAY GREETINGS AND GAY HAPPY MEETINGS……

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You can add any greetings you like into your project by using the mdf letters .

I coated mine in the base colour then placed them onto my project.  Using white Powertex I then painted over the top to make them stand out.

9. THE PRETTIEST PICTURE YOU’VE EVER SEEN IS CHRISTMAS IN KILLARNEY……

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You can add a focal point into your project by using the Powertex rice papers.  

Select the image you want to use and draw around it (leaving a small margin) using a wet paintbrush.  Now gently pull away the excess paper keeping your hand on the image, this way if you tear by mistake it will be the waste that you rip into and not your picture.

Attach to your project using Easycoat Matt.

10. RAISE A CUP OF CHRISTMAS CHEER………..

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After all your hardwork treat yourself to a little of what you like
Merry Christmas and Happy Creative Adventures…..see you all in the New Year
Axx