To enter the challenge, create your own Wonderland inspired project and add it to the photo album. You can find all the details in the group announcements or here in the magazine. Here’s some Alice inspired Powertex creations from the design teams.
How about a journal cover to show off your Wonderland embellishments? Anna uses Easy Structure through the Wonderland stencil for texture.
Use mdf shapes to add a Cheshire cat smile like this character by Annette Smyth.
Decorate a hat, make a rabbit sculpture, pocket watch or create your own Powertex tea party! What will you create?
You can browse The Alice Collection on Powertex UK if you’re looking for supplies. Join us on Facebook to see more Alice inspired Powertex art and to enter into the challenge.
The December Secret Art Box had an Egyptian theme and there was a limited edition Fresh Mint colour Powertex too! Other materials included: Large stencil, Printed rice paper, Scarab mould, 3D Sand, Varnish, Bronze Gold Colortricx pigment. In my Egyptian art I wanted to use the Eye of Horus as the focal point as this is one of my favourite symbols.
Prime the MDF base with the gorgeous Fresh Mint Powertex Universal Medium. Create background texture with Easy Structure through the hieroglyphs stencil.
TOP TIP: While this dries, make your scarab piece with Stone Art clay. Mix up your clay 50/50 Powertex and Stone Art powder and press into the mould. Remove immediately and leave to dry.
When structure paste is dry, brush over with Powertex and assemble the pieces using Powertex as your glue. Use the printed letters on the mdf as a guide.
Mix 3D sand from the box into some Fresh Mint Powertex until you have a textured paste. Apply to the surface using your fingers and fix into place.
TOP TIP: You can fit the triangle in place before adding the sand paste.
Add scraps of fabric coated with Powertex to the surface. Coat your chosen clay and mdf embellishments with Powertex and lay them out. Glue into place with Powertex.
When dry, spray with Palm green acrylic ink spray from the box. Leave to dry and repeat if needed.
Spray the base with Bister to “age” the surface. I used Yellow but you can use Brown Bister for this.
Leave to dry and wipe away with a cloth, any excess Bister and ink from the surface to keep the aged look.
Add colours to highlight your embellishments. I used Blueberry Pie acrylic paint to darken some elements and painted on some more Bister to darken the triangle shape.
Bronze Gold pigment mixed with Easy Varnish makes a gorgeous metallic paint to add highlights to the Scarab and the sand textures.
I was struggling to get contrast at the centre of the triangle so I tried using Fresh Mint Powertex to colour the central piece instead. I liked the result but took it a step further.
Eventually I chose to cut a circle of card and harden it with Fresh Mint Powertex. I was unable to remove the Eye of Horus piece from the centre but I had another in my stash so I used this, painted with Bronze Gold Colortricx mixed with Easy Varnish. I layered these in the centre.
Brush Fresh Mint Powertex for highlights on the embellishments. I wanted the circle to look like it was illuminating these parts.
I hope you like my Egyptian art. There were so many gorgeous elements in the box it was hard not to throw them all in! If you like the look of the Egyptian Secret Art Box you might be lucky to get one of these limited edition boxes on the Powertex UK Website.
You can also find more projects using the Secret Art Box on the magazine.
Whatever you’re making with your Powertex supplies, we love to see, so join us in the Powertex Studio on Facebook.
This month’s Egyptian Secret Art Box is a stunner! The theme, inspired by Tracey’s visit to the Tutankhamen exhibition is all things Egyptian and amongst the fabulous goodies, a brand new colour of Powertex, a gorgeous mint green.
Powertex Universal Medium in White and Yellow Ochre
Pigments in Bronze gold, Blue Curcao and Ultramarine
How to make my Egyptian art
The new shape of MDF panel, lent itself so much to the theme and screams pyramid, so I used the fabulous hieroglyphics stencil and added texture to the top of the panel with EasyStructure paste. I also added a coating of Easy Structure across the pyramid and marked it with a palette knife like blocks. Once dry, I laid out my composition of the MDF pieces, I’d cast a plaster piece of the new scarab mould and also used the Nefertiti bust as a focal point.
Then using the brand new mint colour Powertex I coated the complete piece, using it to glue all the elements in place. I added some Paperdecoration to the sides and created more texture using the sand included in the box. I mixed it into the Powertex with a palette knife and spread it across the bottom of the canvas. Allow this to dry thoroughly.
Once dry, I used the palm leaf acrylic ink spray, included in the box, and liberally sprayed across the whole piece. Don’t panic at this point, it looks a lot of colour, but there’s a long way to go. Again, allowing this to dry thoroughly before starting my favourite process on any Powertex piece, the dry brushing.
I initially dry brushed the MDF elements and the plaster pieces with white Powertex and the pyramid in yellow ochre. I then added depth with darker pigments to make the pyramid stand out and used the bronze gold pigment included as well as blue Curacao and ultramarine blue to bring out the highlights on all the plaster pieces and MDF embellishments. Mix pigments with the Varnish.
My final touch was to dry brush the pyramid with more white Powertex, making sure your brush is really dry so it just highlights the texture and make it stand out…..
This month we were asked to create a piece, inspired by one of our favourite artists. Not an easy task for me as I have quite a few to choose from, Georgia O’keeffe, Vincent Van Gogh, Edvard Munch, to name but a few. Then there are artists who I admire and inspire me such as Anna Emelia Howlett from Rosehart Studio, Kore Sage from Kore Sage Art and to be honest the rest of the design team, decisions, decisions!
Starry, starry night
In the end I chose Vincent Van Gogh as the piece I chose to recreate I have always loved from a child and I also love the song by Don Mclean.
I wanted to push myself and try and recreate Vincent’s famous painting “Starry night”, now it was not going to be a straight paint job, that would be too easy. So, I set about thinking how I could achieve a similar look and others knowing who I was doing.
I started by applying a wash to a medium sized box canvas using the blue pigment powder. A few key elements to my canvas were marked out first.
I decided to use Easy 3D Flex as a texture paste, to create the look I desired. For this, mix together the Easy 3D Flex and some Ivory Powertex into a thick cream like paste. Using a palette knife, I added this to the canvas and used an embossing tool to drag through the Easy 3D texture paste to create a similar look to the famous painting.
I left the canvas to dry.
Applying the paint
Did you know that you can use Powertex pigment powders as a watercolour? especially if a piece is not going outside.
Use the bigger brush to painted the whole canvas with the blue and let it dry. With the detail brush, paint the yellow stars, mixing with a little white for highlights. I painted the bottom piece with the green for the hills and dry brushed white over the texture.
I then added blue and white tiny dash lines in the lower parts of the texture, this took a little while to do but I personally find this therapeutic. Add brown highlights to the centre part of the canvas and dry brush the whole piece with white to finish.
Are you inspired?
I do hope you enjoy reading the articles of this Powertex online magazine and I do hope that myself and all the DT members inspire you to create with Powertex yourself. If you are inspired by Van Gogh too take a look at Donna’s art too. You can always come say hello over at at THE POWERTEX STUDIO on Facebook, or you can find hours of inspiration here on PINTEREST . You can get all your goodies you need over at POWERTEX.CO.UK.
If you would like to check the latest things I have made, you can also find me on Facebook at MUMS SHED and on Instagram at JINNY HOLT.
This month I was asked to write an article about whose art influences me. As an artist this made me think and question, am I an artist or a crafter? I have been a crafter for many years and have recently crossed the line from crafter to artist in some of my art work.
Colours and nature definitely influence my mixed media art work. I love to blend colours, create texture and experiment with different mediums and Powertex products are perfect for this.
I love the work of Maria Fondler-Grossbaum (Abyssimo). Her work has such great texture and depth to it, blending colours and creating beautiful, bright pieces of art.
People who inspire others to ‘give it a go’ inspire me along with those who have such great enthusiasm about art and craft. Kirsty Allsopp and Marta Lapkowska are people who I enjoy watching and learning from.
I would love to hear who influences you. What has led you to create pieces of art, maybe a photograph or even a piece of music?
Remember you can share your art in the Powertex Studio or have a look for more inspiration here in the magazine.
For a very long time I have wanted a vintage style pram. It goes back to when I had my own babies, living in a flat there was no room for such a majestic pram. So, children long grown up, I decided Powertex gave me the perfect opportunity to use a pram as a base for my Gothic Art.
This involved much searching online sites to find one and I finally did at an amazing cost of £45. It was found in a house clearance, looking a little tired and worn as it would at 50/60 yrs old. It was love at first sight, just to push it to the car to take made me bristle with excitement.
On arrival it was tucked up inside my Powertex storage garage where it silently waited while plans were made. The plans changed many times, the only certainty it was going to be black.
It was going to make it’s debut at The Whitby Gothic Weekend on October 25th-27th where we go twice a year to show our creations, let the work begin.
Sand it all down and give it a coat of gesso, then black Powertex, suddenly it no longer looked sad and tired it began to breath life. I left it for 48hrs to dry out while cutting up of lots of fabric.
Dave, re-upholstered the inside, deep buttoned style in black leather. It was taking on a whole new personality.
Turned upside down I started to apply the fabric cover to the base in long strips leaving it quite wrinkled to give a texture. At the handle end I attached a ceramic baby curled in a leaf, roses and skulls.
Now the sides were a whole different story as I wanted them very ornate and busy. I covered the sides with Powertexed fabric. We started to gather lots of plaster pieces then bedded the pieces into the fabric. In the centre as a focal point I added a plaster face, with wings.
This took a few days to dry out. Then I coated it all with Black Powertex. Flipped it over when it was dry and did the other side to match.
Time to start working on the hood, I coated it all over with black Powertex inside and out. I cut up lots of twine and laid out a spider web pattern, which I then filled in with skulls of different types and faces, adding scrunched up fabric coated with Powertex around them to make sure they were securely fixed. Once more the whole hood was coated with black Powertex.
So excited to reach this stage; Dry Brushing. Keeping it reasonably simple I started with silver Colourtrix, lightly brushing all over to bring out all the texture , it instantly came to life and really needed very little more. To finish off I added touches of dry brushing with white Powertex Universal Medium.
The back of the hood and the apron, they changed many times as they progressed, we wanted them to almost tell a story, of derelict buildings and overgrown trees, we used some MDF pieces for this.
So finally it was time to put her all back together and take her out for a photo shoot.
So here she is our much loved Gothic Fantasy Pram who made her debut at Whitby Goth Weekend. She met some amazing people who ooohed and aahhed over her and photographed her from every angle and she even had the pleasure of a delightful baby boy try her out for size.
Where do we go from here I asked myself as after finishing
such an intense and exciting project there is always that feeling of anti-climax,
but we have two fabulous projects on the books, so even more exciting times to
See my last project the Dark Dreamcatcher or if you would like to see more of our work head over to our Facebook page Alex Henry. Don’t forget to add your projects onto The Powertex Studio, I would love to see them and you will also find lots of inspiration there.
I love being on the Design team as every so often we get asked to do samples for the Hochanda TV shows. As soon as I saw the goodies I had to play with, I knew what I wanted to do. So this is a step by step of the shrine to Buddha that I created for the latest show.
I started by building up my kit and giving it a coat of the Red Powertex and leaving it to dry, although you could force dry with a hairdryer if desired.
Adding texture with Easy 3d Flex
I decided to add some texture, one of my favourite products to use is Easy 3d Flex. I added the Easy 3d Flex and patted it down and then rubbed it gently into the Powertex, then left to dry overnight.
Add more texture
I had some black glass stones in my stash and decided I would glue them using the Transparent Powertex. The white in the photo is the Transparent that’s not dry.
I decided to add texture to my Buddha by coating it with Powertex and then pressing in Stone Art powder, to give him an aged feel.
Black and gold Buddha
Once the Stone Art powder was dry, I re-painted my Buddha in black Powertex. When dry, dry-brush on some gold and set him in the centre. I used Transparent Powertex to adhere him.
I used the Paperdecoration, thoroughly soaked in Red Powertex and draped and pulled into pleasing shapes across the boxed canvas.
When working with Paperdecoration material, I find it easier to use if I mist water on to it first as it helps to make the edges softer quicker.
Once I was happy with how I had laid out the texture, and whilst the Powertex was still wet, I rubbed in some Easy 3d Flex to add even more texture to my piece.
Using Black pigment and Easy Varnish
Using Easy varnish mixed with black pigment powder, I painted my piece and then wiped away, to add some depth and to highlight all the texture.
Use mdf shapes
In this step I chose a couple of the MDF pieces that came with the pack and decided only on using 2 of them. To these pieces I mixed in a sand texture with Black Powertex and then dry brushed gold over them when completely dry.
I love the finished piece. These colours are my own favourite colour combination and I also love the theme.
I hope myself and my fellow design team members have left you feeling inspired. Crack open that bottle of Powertex that you keep thinking about opening. Go on, open it and just do it!
Have you been inspired by this shrine to Buddha? Then come and say hello in the THE POWERTEX STUDIO. Don’t be shy to upload any photos of projects you have created too.
I also used Easy Structure, Red Bister spray and White and Lilac Powercolor but these are totally optional. I added a square of corrugated card packaging, if you have it.
How to make this gothic mixed media art
Prepare your mdf frame
Use the black Powertex Universal Medium to paint and glue your frame together with the raised square in the centre.
Add texture to the frame
Scrape Easy Structure over the outer frame. Dry with a hairdryer before coating with Black Powertex.
TIP: I also sprayed with Red Bister but these steps are optional. You can use any texture you like and the stencil would also be great for this.
Corrugated card texture
I tore a square of cardboard packing for the centre. I used Black Powertex to paint this piece completely and to glue it down.
Add fabric texture
Massage some Black Powertex into some of the loose fabric until it’s completely coated but not too wet. Press it into place with Powertex.
Layer mdf pieces
Paint your mdf pieces and embellishments completely with Powertex as you stick them on. Start with larger pieces and add more until your happy with the placement.
Use a plaster skull as your focal point. I placed it in the centre of the spider’s web. Don’t worry about finger marks as we’ll fix those later!
TOP TIP: If any of your pieces aren’t sticking well, use pieces of kitchen paper in Powertex as a sticky pad to hold them in place.
Add small textures for detail. Use Powercotton threads and the medium balls in areas that look a bit empty. Coat everything with Black Powertex and leave to dry.
For this piece we mix a dry paint using the Easy Varnish and powder pigments. Use a flat paintbrush to dry brush the textures.
TOP TIPS: Put a tiny amount of varnish on a craft mat and use a flat brush to pull some to the side. Dip your brush into the powder and mix this with the varnish. Mix a little at a time.
Start with dark colours first, dragging your brush over the top of the textures. Build up colour in layers and add highlights with the Interference colour or White at the end.
Everything you need to make brilliant gothic style mixed media art is in the Secret Art Box this October. I hope you’ll have a go and share your creation in The Powertex Studio Facebook group. Use #powertexaddict on Instagram so we can find you!
Gill’s creation uses the same Powertex UK subscription box and you can find out about the Secret Art Box subscription at Powertex UK.
Until next time, make a little time to let your art out!
The Secret Art Box – August 2019
Designer – Gill Goldsmith
The August Secret Art Box arrived and I was excited to unpack it and see what was inside this month. Again I wasn’t disappointed with the amount of contents…gorgeous papers, stamps, a bundle of letters, fabric textures, MDF tags, blue bister granules, aqua acrylic ink, Lead Powertex (which we haven’t had before) and the most gorgeous MDF Initial (everyone got one specially cut for them) so mine was a G. I use mine to create an Initial Star Plaque.
I wanted to showcase the big letter G, as well as some of the other products and so decided to use a star canvas panel I had as a start.
I used the manuscript paper, which I tore into strips and attached to the canvas using Easycoat Mat, which is a glue and sealant.
Next I added random areas of text with the stencil and Easy Structure applied with a palette knife. Allow this to dry.
Add Stone Art clay
I had some black Powertex left over from another project. Using Stone Art I made up some stone art clay and applied it in just two areas.
To create more texture I used the word stamp included in the box and imprinted this into the clay whilst it was still soft.
Paint with Powertex Lead
I painted in all the areas I wanted to be covered in the Lead Powertex and you can see that I left some areas, where the script paper had been applied, free from colour.
Add fabric and mdf
Now to start playing with all the lovely textures including in the Box. I added some mesh, hessian and stockinette across the centre of the piece, which was the perfect place to sit my MDF Initial G.
I also added the cherub and the ART letters to the bottom right point of the star. All of the material and MDF is covered in Lead Powertex and then allowed to dry thoroughly.
Now for the fun bit… spray the canvas with the blue bister. Mix up the granules with water in the empty spray bottle, which gives the perfect consistency.
The more you spray the more detail will be brought out in the dry brushing stage, so don’t be shy. Allow this to dry.
Acrylic ink spray
This month to complete the colour scheme we are working with Aqua, a gorgeous blue colour. Again don’t be shy, spray liberally, but again you will see I have left some of the script clear. This is sealed with the Easycoat mat. I didn’t want too much colour on these parts, so if you do cover it my accident you can wipe it back with kitchen roll.
Here is my final piece. Mix a small amount of your favourite metallic pigment with Easy varnish and then wipe the excess onto kitchen roll. Stroke your brush across the surface of your work to catch the colour on the highlights.
This piece is now hanging in my home studio and is a really unique and personal piece of art. I have lots more items left in my Secret Art Box that I haven’t used, so keep an eye on the subscribers Facebook page for another project in the next few weeks. My last Secret Art Box project was a Venetian Mask Canvas which is also here in the Magazine.
I hope this initial star plaque has inspired you to create with your Initial this month. Please don’t be shy and share your makes on the Secret Art Box subscribers Facebook page, we love to see what you create.
You can find me on Facebook at The Powertex Port. Until next month, Happy Powertexing..
It was a beautiful, clear blue sky morning in the glorious heat of Summer 2018 we arrived at Porthgwarra Beach in far west Cornwall just as the tide was receding. It’s such a beautiful cove and we kept spotting something in the water around the rocks and went to investigate. It was a whole area of kelp – a Kelp Forest! Wandering through the pools left by the tide there were beautiful shells, stones and shiny pebbles. This was my inspiration for this Under the Sea piece.
2mm Aluminium wire, masking tape, green tissue paper, selection of shells, moulds and clay
How to make a Powertex kelp forest
Step 1: Use either Stone Art or other air dry clay to push into moulds, leave to dry. Cut 9 or 10 lengths of wire and randomly drill holes into the mdf base.
Tip: I had a tennis ball size piece of Stone Art clay left over from a previous project that I kept. Spray water lightly over a piece of clingfilm which I wrapped tightly around the clay. I sealed it in a reusable plastic bag.
Step 2: Push wires into holes, secure with masking tape then rip lengths of masking tape sticking it the full length of both sides of the wire to create lengths of kelp.
Decorate the base
Step 3: Build a thick random layer of Easy Structure on the base, push shells, moulded sea shapes etc into the easy structure. Spray with bisters, set aside to dry.
Tip: If you use a large central shell like I did, it is worth masking off with some cling film or paper before you spray with bister
Step 4: Wash back the bister from shells and shapes. Use red ochre to colour some of the coral like shapes. Add a generous layer of transparent Powertex fabric harder on the base and drop in mixed art stones.
Step 5: Rip up lengths of pale green tissue paper and paste onto the kelp using transparent Powertex. Leave to dry. Transparent Powertex helps to keep the transparency.
Tips: Paint the transparent Powertex onto the masking tape and press the tissue onto it with a Powertex soaked brush.
Step 6: Using the blues and greens metallic pigments bring out the highlights of the bottom of the sea. Brush Mojito Lime and Golden Olive, Limoncello Gold randomly on the kelp. If you leave lighter patches the sun will shine through enhancing the kelp.
Leave it in a place where you get the sun. Watch it at various times of the day to see where the sun lands and where you might want to add further metallics and maybe a pearl or crystal.
I hope this easy but interesting focal piece inspires you to create your own under the sea project. You might also like this lovely fish sculpture project by Annette.
Don’t forget to share your makes in The Powertex Studio and if you can give me a shout out that would be awesome.
me for now, check back in June when I’m upcycling one of my early Angels that
has been keeping watch in my garden for the last couple of years.