‘Always’ Powertex seahorse

I think that there is something to be said for Seahorses they really have got it right! They mate for life and the males have the babies. Sounds good to me! So if you hadn’t of guessed it already my blog this month is a little bit valentines.
I asked on my Facebook page what everyone thought about valentines and the resounding answer was that we should love each other through the year and not just on one day. I agree and for the most part the other half and myself generally forget to celebrate on the day. We don’t make a massive fuss over it cause we have every other day of the year to show one another we love each other. A very important thing when you have been together for 13 years!
I was going to do a journal but being as I have a few of these guys sitting in my craft stash I couldn’t resist. And it was a perfect fit for my theme. This seahorse mdf shape is still available on the Powertex UK website. So if you wanted to make a little valentines creation for your loved one you can!
You get a small square back plate to hold the pieces together as they arrive in two sections. I started by coating the back of the seahorse making sure it was dry before covering the front.
 I love the mdf shapes I tend to throw every piece of detail and texture I can at a piece I work on. I also like to cut the shapes, I have a pair of jewelry pliers which cut through. If it’s a thicker piece of mdf I tend to use my little craft saw. I lined the mdf heart flower up on the seahorses belly and drew lines as a guide for cutting.
 TOP TIP: Have an idea of where to place your pieces before getting messy. Take a photo to aid your memory, or lay the pieces next to your design as a rough guide.
 The left over hearts I cut from the mdf shape were placed on the tail and fin of the seahorse.
 I used some of the mdf letters on the mane, a daisy I had premade from the daisy mould, some old buttons from my nans button tin. Everyone has got a button tin right? and some of the drop outs which are my absolute favourites.
 I decided I wanted some extra texture underneath all the embellishments so cut wallpaper and dishcloth to size to fit the shape of the seahorse. For the head and neck I used a palette knife and liberally coated in easy structure, make sure this is thoroughly dry before covering in powertex. It will hold embellishments in place should you wish to stick them on before it dries.
 Then I place all the embellishments on and coated everything in bronze powertex.
So I was going to reach for my go to turquoise. But as I have already created a seahorse in this colour, I felt it would be fun to do burgundy and lilac powercolour with a hint of the new pearl pigments mixed into the varnish.
 I loved the colour of the button on the eye, so left it uncoated and stuck it, and the flatback gems and pearls I had in my stash with some transparent powertex.
 Hope you have been inspired this little project. Toodles Anna xXx

It’s owl about the mixed media!

I love visiting Powertex UK hq I always get a sneak peak on the new ideas and products coming and going. I also sometimes get a chance to give a little input too! Which I think sometimes gives our Tracey a  bit of a headache! Yes, I do have a lot of ideas brimming in my head constantly.

When I saw the new Mdf owl kit I instantly had to make a sample after all we were going to the NEC and did need something to inspire everyone with! Well that was my excuse right?

As usual with most of my designs the ‘keep it simple’ motto we like to say at Powertex UK hq doesn’t really apply to me. I seem to be that rebel that breaks all the rules and throws everything at it. I actually struggle when I am trying to create a simple piece.

But that’s the fab thing about Powertex there is no right or wrong, so you can make it as simple or a complicated as you like. And your style will always shine through when you create. I always tend to go the mixed media route with a lot of the pieces I create.

I’ve used some acanthus mdf pieces on the branch, above the eye and on the wing. A feather above the eye. And a couple of cogs on the body and branch. And some of the MDF dropouts scattered around here and there.

Then an extra helping of embellishments from Powertex uk and some stencilling and patterned wallpaper which is my favourite go to texture.

All coated in bronze Powertex, dried and then dry brushed with red ochre, yellow ochre and turquoise power color and varnish.

Enjoy and have fun creating your owl!  Toodles Anna xXx

 

Product developement day at Powertex UK

It is very important to us at Powertex UK hq that we make sure we use the products to the best of our knowledge and what better way to do this than having a product development and experiment day!
This was no way at all, just a jolly and play day! It takes hard work and tons of dedication and effort to push the boundaries of products and ideas, it’s a tough job but someone has to do it! ha, ha, ha.
We did have a fabulous amount of fun, pushing the products in every direction so that we can learn and pass on that knowledge to our tutors and Powertex addicts.
Here’s some of the new inks in use, they come in a fabulous variety of colours.

 

 

 

 
 It would have been rude not to have tried out the new rice papers and on a big canvas too! We were really going for it and learning new techniques.

 

 We can’t wait to see what you create. Toodles Anna xXx

 

 

PowerWax

What’s all the fuss about this PowerWax I hear you say? 

Well, imagine a manufacturer bringing out one single product which, when combined with many other products from your stash will give you a beautiful water based wax to use with your mixed media work? How silly, surely they could make much more money if they premixed it with pigments etc and sold you LOADS of different colours? 
Well that’s not how Powertex works they have gone and produced that one product with so many uses, you can mix it with pigments, paints, and micas from your stash. You can use it on furniture, canvas, mixed media work, statues to name just a few. You can wash it off your hands and tools with warm soapy water. It’s environmentally friendly. It contains no VOCs.
What’s not to love about it?

So how do we get started? 

Well rather than me witter on here’s an instruction sheet I wrote up earlier

There’s a YouTube video too!

Have fun! TraceyX

Art Nouveau Canvas

Art Nouveau Canvas by Liz Dixon

Hi Everyone.  Have you seen the beautiful new rice papers & all the lovely MDF shapes that Powertex UK now have in stock?  I couldn’t wait to get making as there are so many Mixed Media possibilities (as if there weren’t enough already within the Powertex range!!)
I particularly love the Art Nouveau papers – elegant ladies in flowing gowns, which go perfectly with the swirls & curls of the Acanthus MDF shapes.
The canvas was given a base layer of Ivory Powertex & once dry, the Rice Paper was applied with Easy Coat Mat.
I raided my stencil collection & added texture to the canvas & MDF using Easy Structure, before getting busy with the Bisters.  The Rice paper was a great place to start for colour palette inspiration!
Paper trim, more MDF, paper flowers & some self-coloured Stone Art clay Ivy leaves completed the complilation, before dry brushing with Easy Varnish & Colourtrix Pigments 
I wonder what your Powertex inspiration will be today?

UPCYCLED CABINET TO EGYPTIAN TREASURE

UPCYCLED CABINET TO EGYPTIAN TREASURE

This cabinet had served us well in our spare bedroom but had become redundant when we redecorated however I still loved the design and the shape of the legs so I hadn’t let it go
 and thank goodness I hadn’t because when it came to finding interesting surfaces 
for creating for our Egyptian themed shows it was a perfect candidate. 
It was an incredibly difficult item to take photographs of so I have included the one above which was taken on the show and then below I have included snapshots of individual areas. 

You will see I have used lots of different techniques, Powertex products, MDF pieces, the 
“Wonderful Things”stencil and rice papers to get the effects I wanted. 
You can find the whole range on our WEBSITE
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Sophie’s Summer Super Hero Project – Part 2

Sophie’s Summer Super Hero Project – Part 2

Well September is here already and Sophie’s Super Hero has been updated.  I can’t believe the summer holidays went by so quickly but Sophie and I had so much fun with this.

There are still another 2 or 3 stages to go so we may need to drop “summer”!!
After a little holiday in Weymouth, the excitement of a new baby in the family and a party or two, we did stage 2.  For this we started with a cotton vest which Sophie rubbed Ivory Powertex into, OK i did give her a little help!
We also worked Powertex into a length of cotton t-shirt fabric. Once it was well covered, we eased the vest over the body and then draped the fabric around the hip to make a short skirt.  (There will be another layer in stage 3.)

We then started the first of the decoration or embellished layer.  For this we needed purple Powertex.  Sophie suggested mixing blue and red Powertex together, but it wasn’t quite dark enough so we also added a tiny bit of black.

We coated some strips of lace and a leather belt which we draped onto Teleporter’s hips (recycling is so much fun with Powertex!). We also worked some yellow Powertex for a second decorative strip of lace.

Next we wanted to add the green shoulder pieces and buttons.  If you can remember from Sophie’s plan, Teleporter has two buttons, one of which has a secret power.
We mixed some ivory and green Powertex and worked this into some woven cotton dishcloth fabric.  We also coated two slices of wood to be the base of the buttons. There were some great embellishments on the belt which Sophie painted with yellow Powertex too.
That all took 2-hours and so we stopped there ready to have more fun with the final layer of embellishments next time.
I’m so impressed by Sophie’s concentration, I forget she is only 7-years old sometimes! The fun and laughter we have is fantastic and that includes seeing who gets the most stray Powertex on our arms, I think there was a splodge or two that she managed to get on my face too!!!
Have fun creating with Powertex and we will be back with the next stage soon!
Fi xx

A crackalacking time!

Well, what an amazing time we had recently! Powertex Uk Hq was a buzz with a wonderful visit from Brigitte Grade, the creator of Powertex. We had a CRACKALACKING time!!
Thanks to the organisation of Tracey, Garry and the Powertexuk Team a handful of lucky tutors got to spend the day under the tuition of Brigitte. Learning some marvelous new techniques and having a jolly good time.
The weather was kind to us and we had absolutely beautiful setting in the marquee in the garden and we all came away with works of art to be proud of.
It was so lovely to catch up with our Powertex family, seeing some old friends and making some new friends. Frankie and Maurice quickly made friends too!

What a magical product Powertex is to bring so many people together!

As you can see from the video and photos much fun was had. We’d love to share the new techniques with you however we are going to be a tease this time and dangle the carrot. Don’t worry we will let you in on  the new products and secret recipes soon we promise!  Stay tuned for more snippets of inspiration!

If you like what you see press follow us on the google button so you don’t miss out or even better give us a share! After all a world without Powertex is like a world without chocolate!! RIGHT? oh and if you have any questions be sure to leave a message at the end of the page and I’ll answer it for you 😊 if I’m allowed to of course! 😉
Toodle pip Anna xXx

Mermaid with a Message by Fi Potter

Hi there hope you are having a great summer so far…I have been loving this gorgeous warmth!
My favourite place is the beach, I love beach combing and seeing what’s been washed up that can be used in art like bits of wood and sea glass.  But more and more I feel sad that our oceans are being cluttered and devastated by plastic, discarded fishing nets and so much more, and it is damaging marine life.  So I created a Mermaid with a Message for a recent Mannequin’s and Mermaids workshop.

 

I used a polystyrene torso and and wood/metal base from Powertex UK .  I then used some 2mm aluminium wire to create the tail shape and extended up her body.  I secured using masking tape and used cheap tin foil to create the tail shape and then wrapped with masking tape.  I used Powertex Lead  and Stone Art to cover the torso.  I used knitted scrim for the tail on the reverse as this gives the impression of scales.
I added Powertex to some lace trim and placed around the top of the tail fabric and added small  3D balls to the body and tail for texture and to imply those little balls of plastic that are found in cheap cosmetic scrubs that find their way into the water course and out into out oceans.  I then painted the base with more Powertex and embellished with tissue paper and more 3D balls in varying sizes.  Finally I rubbed Powertex into some net fabric and draped over her, as if she were caught while swimming.  I then left her overnight to dry.
I then used Easy Varnish with Powercolor and Colortricx pigments to add colour, I didn’t go too far with this as I wanted to help her to get her message across, plastic and waste are damaging our oceans!
Finally I used some rusty wire to make some barbed wire and added to her body. This will be available in my etsy shop once I’ve had time to create one!

 

Hope you like this project and want to have a go yourself.  Post some photos on Powertex Addicts United  if you do we love to see what you create.
Bye for now

 

Fi xx

Perfectly Pink Powertex Jellyfish

PERFECTLY PINK POWERTEX JELLYFISH

I’m loving the POWERTEX shows on HOCHANDA today and I hope you are too!  Tracey and Anna have done us proud and I am so inspired! 

A day without Powertex is a day…well let’s not even go there!

So here’s another project to help you create your own Powertex art work.  It’s time for a Jelly Fish! 

I remember my brother being stung by one of these critters in Llandudno when we were kids and that was not fun at all!!!! This however was….

As before, I did a rough layout of where I thought I would place my embellishments and textiles.  

TIP: Take a photo!  Once we swipe them off to get started it’s easy to forget!


I started with Ivory Powertex and spread this all over and in the joins between the top and bottom peices.  I then spread it all over the strengthening piece.  

I love the way these have been designed!

I dried it with a hairdryer (then picked up all the embellishments that were blown over the floor by the hairdryer – woops!!)



Once dry I turned it over and did the same on the front. 
I then poured a tiny bit of the Red Powertex into the Ivory and mixed it up. This gave me a soft to medium pink!

TIP: less is more in colour mixing as Powertex tends to dry darker!



I spread the pink Powertex all over the front and then started to add my texture.

First I started with some of the lace and ricrac braid.  Using the lace around the curved top of the jelly fish and moving down to the two outer tentacles with the ricrac braid.

Next the embellishments, circles and cogs.

Oh boy I had fun with this, it was kind of like karma thinking back to my unfortunate brother falling foul to their nasty sting!  

I have to say I haven’t had so much fun in ages!!!


Once they were all in place, I used some of the Powercotton from the embellishment pack to add a bit more texture.

I then sprayed with black bister for a bit of dimension and dried with the hairdryer and left the piece to dry overnight.

NOTE: you can dry this in a drying box to speed up but it was more convenient to me to leave overnight.  I also find this gives the metal embellishments chance to dry to a really hard fix.


Once dry I had lots of fun colour to bring out all that fabulous texture and detail.

The first lot of dry brushing I did was with the Powercolour burgundy pigment with Easy varnish and my 3/4″ Powerex Brush to go back over some of the areas I had covered with bister, this can be seen in the image above right.  

I then moved onto blue and green, as shown on the left.

Next one of my favourite colours, Yellow Ochre – you can seen this around the tentacles in the image to the right! 

As I always do, I added bits and bobs of colour in various places sometimes overlapping with what colour I had already laid down.  This really creates so much interest.

Finally I used my most favourite of the gold pigments Colourtrix Bronze Gold.


Here is my funky Perfectly Pink Powertex Jelly Fish in all it’s glory!
Hope you like it and hope to see your Jelly Fish popping up on Powertex Addicts facebook page very soon!
Have fun and bye for now!
Fi xx