What can I say, February is the month for love. I don’t do Valentines but I do love to create and I absolutely LOVE creating with Powertex! I’d even go so far to say I’m kinda obsessed with creating, especially with Powertex involved. It is also fair to say I find being creative a form of therapy. So for this blog, I am going to show you some of my favourite creations and give you a brief description of how I achieved them because I LOVE creating.
I have always been creative from a child and this has never left me, I am lucky enough to create in my full-time job as a Support worker as I am also their creative coordinator, which means sometimes I get to create and try and pass on my passion of creating to the young adults I work with.
A4 Art Doll Kit
A4 Art Doll Kit
The above creation was made using the newest kit from POWERTEX UK and I loved doing this. I did not stick to my usual pallet which is normally quite dark, so this is a refreshing change for me.
How I created my Art Doll
I used some Easy 3D Flex to create a background with lace and some netting, I dripped Powertex Acrylic paints and pigments down the back panel and used some bister to spray. Then assembled the piece together and added the extra bits to the frame. Next I applied some Stone art to the wings, to give them depth and coloured with the Gold pigment. Then I used some easy 3D to create a paste to go over the wording stencil on the heart. Dry brushed the whole piece with tonal colours and gold. You may have seen this piece on Hochanda.
I really could talk about how much I love to Powertex all day, every day!!
This piece above was an old rusty frying pan that I was going to throw out until I had that “light bulb” moment and thought “Ooh I can Powerex it” so I did. I used some of the STOCKINETTE and an old t-shirt and some crochet material with Bronze Powertex, added some embellishments as a focal point and dry brushed with gold, greens and blues. This piece now resides at my Daughters home as she fell in Love with it.
So another reason for me to LOVE Powertex, you can Powertex anything really, so recycling and upcycling all the way.
See you can use anything, pegs in this piece, to adorn a cheap birdhouse, I hope the photos are self-explanatory!
I think I shall leave this article here for now. I really Love working with Powertex! Did you catch my last article find it here. See you next time Jinny.
You can find all the necessary things at POWERTEXUK
The Secret Art Box – Powertex UK Subscription craft box – by Anna Emelia Howlett
Inspiration for The Secret Art box January Powertex projects
Which lucky crafters got their hands on Januarys The Secret Art box?( The Powertex UK craft subscription box). Me I did!! I squeed a little and did a little dance when I saw the contents. If you don’t want to miss out on further boxes sign up here. I promised myself I would make some quick projects for you this time. So you are able to scratch that creative itch when you haven’t got as much time to spare.
“We wish you bluebirds in the spring, to give your heart a song to sing”
So my mind was racing with all sorts of ideas and I am going to share a few with you. You can get so much out of The Secret Art Box project wise. And here is the first I came up with.
Powertex mixed media box frame
Now I know what you are thinking hey that frame didn’t come in the kit. Whether you are an avid Powertex addict or you are just getting started. I’m sure you will have some sort of frame in your stash. If not use the layout and free hang it or create on a canvas. It really doesn’t matter what you do. There are no set rules with Powertex. But there is on thing you must have, that’s right FUN!!! This is supposed to be a time for letting go and relaxing. Setting some time aside for yourself to do what you love, crafting! And not having to do too much thinking!
To start your frame
I took a plain pine square box frame with the glass removed. I then sprayed it with mahogany and brown bister. The bister is a walnut stain spray that you can get from Powertex UK. So it will dye or stain the area you have used it on. It is a great addition to your stash. So if you haven’t got any definitely pop it on your wish list.
With some Ivory Powertex I mixed in a bit of the blue Powertex in the kit approx a teaspoon of each. Then dry brushed the frame all the way round leaving some of the stained wood peaking through. Next I mixed more blue and Ivory Powertex but a lighter shade and repeated the process. I also sanded back the frame a little because this helps some of the stained wood to show through. Then Taking the blueberry pie from the kit I dry brushed a little around the frame.
I took the blue paperdec (in the kit) and cut around the bird shape. I had some music paper in my stash that I wanted on the other bird. Using the music sheet paper was quiet apt due to the song bird type theme. I coated and stuck down the paper dec onto the mdf bird with the blue Powertex. With some Easy coat matt (another product I would recommend adding to your stash) I stuck the music paper onto the mdf shape.
Mixing bister granules and varnish together to make a brown stain to then apply and age the paper. You could spray it to give the same effect. Currently the bister comes in granules and spray form. So that you can make your own or have it premade in a spray bottle.
How to add the song sheet bird wing
I cut a shape out of music paper and glued on to the back of a cereal packet with Easy coat matt. To raise it off the bird I used the MDF mis-shapes they make great bumper pads. And will add depth instantly to projects.
For the backing board, I used some of the lace and scrim in the kit. To create texture I added some Easy structure. Liberally scrapped across the board with a palette knife and through the super cute stencil that comes with the kit. And then coated with the blue Powertex. Dry brushed with the blueberry pie acrylic and blue curacao pigment and varnish from the kit. (I didn’t prime it, just went straight on with Powertex, but you can if you wish).
Taking the branch I dabbed a little of the easy structure and 3d balls on the leaves. I coated the leaves with Blue Powertex and dry brushed with golden olive pigment from the kit. Sprayed the branch with brown and mahogony bister and varnished once dry. The bird house was sprayed with bister and dry brushed with Ivory Powertex. And the heart sing was created with items in my stash using the Powertex alphabet coated in blue Powertex and dry brushed in olive pigment.
I have to say I am really impressed with the new size bottle and the nozzle. It allows you to easily apply the Powertex. Also making it really easy to use a little at a time. (Powertex cures with the air, so you can’t put it back into the bottle once it’s poured out).
In the past I’ve had to pour out the Powertex onto my palette. But the nozzle controls the flow and I simply applied the Powertex straight onto pieces of my project leaving no waste. I used this handy bottle with nozzle like a glue to stick everything in place. The transparent in this handy sized bottle makes everything even easier to stick down. In case you have any seeping through the sides, as it dries clear.
How to create Powertex mixed media bird
With the cute wooden free standing bird I wanted to create a really simple, quick but effective project. I laid the bird shape on the textured paper, drew around it and cut it out. Then I stuck the paper down using the Blue Powertex.
Top Tip: Leave to dry and take a sanding block around the edges to take off any overhang.
Then coat the whole project with the Blue Powertex. It will act as a primer, glue and paint all in one. I chose some of the feather embellishments for the tail with a paper rose. The eye is a wooden embellishment with a diamond eye all stuck down with the Powertex nothing else. Just leave to dry. Then paint with blueberry pie acrylic. To finish I mixed a bit of the olive green pigment into the acrylic and dry brushed to finish.
LOVE BIRD JOURNAL
How to create a Powertex Journal
I wouldn’t be me if I didn’t create a journal. I happen to have some mini books in my stash, waiting to be turned into journals. The left over textured paper was placed on the front and back cover at the bottom of the book. Material from my stash went at the top and the lace in the kit through the middle of the book. Some of the wavy yarn on the spine of the book.
The Plaster heart made a great feature/center piece. All coated and stuck with the Blue Powertex. Dry brushed with the blueberry pie, blue caracao and olive pearl pigment. After all these projects I had over half of my bottle of Powertex, acrylics and pigments. All left over for other projects! Awesome right?
With all the little embellishments left over I just couldn’t leave them out. So decided to make some paperclip banners for the journal. I have created a video here as a walkthrough. I hope you have enjoyed seeing these ideas.
Do share your makes if you have been inspired in the Powertex Studio. You can find me at Rosehart Studio or subscribe to my You Tube channel and look out for more videos. Toddles Anna xXx
It is once again that time of the month, for me to show you my latest Design Team project and what a project this one is!
This project, MDF ELEPHANT TEMPLATE had been sitting on my creative table for ages waiting for me to work some magic.
I love being part of the Design team and love all the projects I have done but this one I really, really enjoyed 🙂
So here is my process on this gorgeous project, I like to call “Beautiful Nellie”
I first started by making a plinth for Nellie to stand on and that is the beauty of Powertex, anything and everything can be used. I used a spare piece of MDF from a previous project and some kebab sticks. I had some garden wire and cut to length and posted them through the holes on Nellie.
I then used some kitchen foil to give Nellie some shape and definition and make the less 2D and more 3D.
When I was happy with her shape, I then taped her all over using masking tape so my Powertex would have something to adhere to.
I made a little tail out of tin foil and added this to Nellie and started adding lots and lots of layers of pretty lace type material. I thought BLACK POWERTEX would be the order of the day for Nellie. Have to confess I got a little carried away at this stage as I forgot to take photos of the process, this quite often happens as you get so engrossed into what you are doing, I apologise, my bad!!
I draped some thin material over Nellie’s ears.
I also made up some easy 3D flex and added this to Nellie’s legs.
I continued adding layers of material until I was happy with how she was looking.
I had a look in my embellishments and decided she needed a little bit of bling and found some beaded material and added this to her head as a headdress (I knew I was saving it for something special) and I added some plastic gold bling along her back.
I let her dry for a few hours, which gave me time to think about what colour/colours
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.
I’ve always said that Powertex has changed my life and it’s true. One of the biggest lessons I think I have taken from Tracey at Powertex UK is finding my confidence and building on it every day. You really get out what you put in. I would love to say I am just naturally talented and I can create anything but it has taken me a lot of blood sweat and tears to practice and motivate myself to hone my skills.
NEVER LIMIT YOUR IMAGINATION!
I have been using Powertex for over 3 years and I still learn something new every time I create a piece. So what advice do I have to you if you want to have a go. Don’t put it off for a second. If you don’t like something you have created, take what you have learnt from it. Even if it is how not to do something. Then go ahead and try again with another project.
It’s very easy in life to come across negativity directed toward you and to take that on board. For me this started from an early age with my art teacher who as a mentor, I was supposed to look up to and respect. After all adults are always right, aren’t they? My A level art teacher told me never to use my imagination for art. He was wrong. He also told me I would fail art. He was very wrong! I now have my own business Rosehart Studio, you can also follow me on instagram.
I’ve told this story many times and have been so surprised with people responding to me with the same stories and experiences. People who had put them off their dreams and passions of self-expression through art. The thing I think I love about powertex the most is there isn’t a right or wrong
way of using it when it comes to design and composition.
Once you know the technique you can go away, play with it and make it work the way you need it to. Never one for conformity I love pushing boundaries, and seeing where my imagination will take me.
Push it past the limits and ideas that have not yet been discovered and it will be forgiving. Dig deep and find the confidence to just have a go.
If you really would like an extra helping hand look up the tutor details on the powertex uk website and find your local certified tutor. They are trained by the best! Our Tracey at Powertex HQ, so they in turn will give you the best training. We are all lovely, happy people who love to guide you and give you that confidence you need to have a go and show you that yes you can do it! My students can’t believe the results they produce! And they really do a fantastic job! Toodles Anna xXx
“Don’t put off until tomorrow what you can do today.”
I took a nice break and enjoyed 2 weeks in Cornwall in September and October just seemed to disappear! Then November came along with a fabulous Hobby show at the NEC and I had a great time with the Powertex UK team demonstrating all kinds of texy things.
There was a lot of interest in the hat I bought along to alter with Powertex and so as promised here is a quick step by step photo story of how this old felt trilby was transformed into a bit of goth type magic.
I started with a selection of fabrics and added MDF, Plaster and sand embellishments.
Once it was dry I added a variety of pigments to give it colour and to bring out all the fabulous textures.
It really was a great project to make and I wore it the following weekend at Ministry of Mixology, Coventry and here is the finiished hat.
Well I bet you were wondering what has been happening with Jack and Sarah?
They took 6 weeks leave in Summer and Jack took her on her own Grand European Tour. They kissed on the Rialto bridge, climbed every mountain in Austria (!), visited Aphrodite’s rock and ended their tour at Monets garden in Giverney France. Here inspired by the surroundings, Jack knew he had found his true soul mate and so just had to ask the question……….
My name is Michele and I am a Powertex addict, I admit it.
I have something of the ‘freshly converted’ about me. The slightly wild look in my eyes, inane grin and random splashes of ivory and bronze on my person, coupled with every other sentence beginning with “you could Powertex that” possibly indicate complete obsession!
Take this beautiful picture of the sea and lighthouse – did anyone else think ‘Powertex’ before seeing the actual picture?
I’m having trouble establishing boundaries. I simply cannot believe anyone wouldn’t fall hopelessly in love with Powertex once they’ve discovered it and if I notice so much as a whisker of interest twitching in my direction, I pounce. Here’s an example;
I recently visited a quaint little drinking village with a fishing problem and whilst sampling the local delights and casually discussing all things Powertex, my friend happed to mention that the lady who just walked in to the pub café was known locally as ‘Crafty Kim’.
I was immediately up, ears pricked, fully alert, nose twitching like a bloodhound when a tray of sausage rolls go by. “You mean craft as in ‘making’?” I asked, just to be sure.
“As in she has ‘Can’t Remember A Flippin’ Thing’ moments, so she makes stuff” my friend confirmed.
After sniggering at this acronym for a moment, I knew I had to meet her. Normally (and by normally I mean in my pre-Powertex life) I would ask to be introduced but I am no longer operating within the boundary of normal. I accosted the unsuspecting Crafty Kim by swooping down on her with all the inhibitions of a zealot and regaled her with photos, stories and incoherent, excited babble about Powertex.
This was not my first time accosting strangers and it began to dawn on me that I may have a problem so I sought counsel from our guru Tracey at Tex Towers who sagely confirmed that yes, she does it too, then countered with “but Garry is worse!”
Did the month of September just fly by for anyone else? It was lovely to see someone with a little extra twinkle to their toes. Septembers shining star was Abigail Lagden of Curiously contrary. My she has been a busy lady and she bagged herself a fab two week residency at the Durham Dales centre to boot! Fantastic result Abigail.
It truly does prove that hard work pays off. I think she did a pretty incredible job of making a very plain space pop with all her beautiful creations don’t you?
Abigail describes her journey so far:
It makes me smile to create something new and beautiful and if it also makes someone else smile, then I feel like I have made the world a happier place.
I run a variety of fabric sculpting and mixed media workshops which allow participants to discover their creativity and complete beautiful projects.
Abigail’s thoughts on her residency:
It gave me the space and time to be creative away from my kitchen table and the distractions of home. I met lots of lovely people who popped in to see what I was doing and I got to talk about my work and the processes involved. It also made me think about where I want to be in the future and what I need to be doing to get there. The two weeks have left me ready for a little rest but also empowered, motivated and inspired to keep going on my artistic journey.
Some of the wonderful works of art created by Abigail on her residency.
And what a journey this magical Powertex leads us on. Abigail is a lady after my own heart I love her style and the beautiful colours she uses on her works of art. Love Abigail’s work too? Click the link to her Facebook and give her a follow, you know you want to https://www.facebook.com/curiouslycontrary/
Abigail is fully certified to teach you in all aspects of Powertex including Fabric Sculpting, Stone Art techniques, Mixed Media Painting and Easy 3D Flex for Darlington (DL Postcode areas). You can find details of all the tutors across the uk at Powertex UK. Toodle pip Anna xXx