A shrine to Buddha

Designed by – Jinny Holt

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.

Buddha Frame Project Pack from Powertex UK
Powertex UK Buddha Frame Project Pack

Materials list

I received the Budda Frame Project Pack and some Paperdecoration. I also used:

Build the frame

Build the frame with Red Powertex
Step 1

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

Add texture with Easy 3D flex
Step 2

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

Add more texture
Step 3

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.

Stone Art

Add Stone Art texture to the plaster Buddha
Step 4

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

Use black Powertex and gold pigment to paint the Buddha
Step 5

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.

Paperdecoration

Use paperdecoration from Powertex for texture
Step 6

I used the Paperdecoration, thoroughly soaked in Red Powertex and draped and pulled into pleasing shapes across the boxed canvas.

Paperdecoration with Red Powertex
Step 6

Top Tip

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.

Add texture with Easy 3d Flex powder.
Step 7

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

Black pigment and Easy Varnish
Step 8

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

use mdf shapes from the Buddha project pack
Step 9

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.

Dry brushing with Gold pigment paint
Close up of texture
Close up of shrine to buddha in Powertex

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.

You can get all your Powertex goodies at POWERTEX UK. Find Powertex on PINTEREST and INSTAGRAM too. I post all my other creations at MUMS SHED on Facebook and you read about why I love Powertex in this blog.

Until next time,

~LIVE~LOVE~LAUGH~CREATE~

Jinny

Cow skull and flowers wall hanging

Designer:  Jill Cullum

When I received the mould for the Cow Skull and Flowers I was immediately drawn to a Native American reservation.  Speaking to a friend she told me it reminded her of the Navajo tribe.  When I searched this I found the colours used in their art and pottery were beautifully vibrant.  What better than to have a lovely wall hanging with a nod to the Navajo art culture.

Materials Used

Preparation

Use Powertex Stone Art clay to make a cow skull and flowers from the mould
Stone Art clay skull and flowers

Using Stone Art Clay and the Cow Skull and Flowers Mould, make a cow and several flowers.  Put to one side to dry.

Dreamcatcher Ring

Dreamcatcher ring
Dreamcatcher ring with paperdecoration

Add texture to 3 of the rings – 2 using Paper Decoration, Light Pink and one with string.  Leave to dry.

Using 2 of the solid circles create a background texture of your choice, with Ivory Fabric Hardener.

MDF Frame and Panel

Mdf frame with paperdecoration
Add textures to the mdf frame

Use Stone Art Clay and Texture Paste to add interest background.  For the front use Paper Decoration Natural with Ivory Fabric Hardener.

Hanger – Make a Branch

Make a hanger
Create the hanger

Use twisted cardboard tubing and tinfoil, adding texture with more Paperdecoration. At the same time secure string in place to use later.

Feathers and Colouring

Acrylic inks to decorate the mdf feathers
Colour with acrylic inks

Using Acrylic Ink, add colour to the feathers and the pre-prepared rings.

Use Brown Bister spray
Spray with Bister

Use Brown Bister to add colour to the Cow Skull and the flowers. Also do this to the centre panel of the MDF frame and branch.

Colour the textures with acrylic inks

Use the Acrylic inks to add colour to the outer section of the MDF frame.

Transparent Powertex to fix the skull and flowers to the wall art
Transparent Powertex to fix the skull and flowers

Using the solid ring from the dreamcatcher kit, fix the skull and flowers using Transparent Powertex.

Putting it all together

Powertex wall art with cow skull and flowers
Powertex wall art with cow skull and flowers

Attach the Skull circle to the centre panel on the mdf frame. Attach more string to the circles and the MDF panel (I used Transparent Fabric Hardener). Finally fix the feathers in place to create your beautiful Navajo Indian Wall hanging.

I really hope you enjoyed this article and it has inspired you to use the MDF, Cow Skull and Flower mould in a different way.

Show us your ‘makes’ here in the The Powertex Studio. We love to see what Powertex Addicts create. If you need more inspiration take a look at this beautiful wall art with a Venetian feel, by Gill Goldsmith.

Get making, be creative, but most of all have fun 🙂 Bye for now, Jill x

Powertex Dreamcatcher

Designed by Donna Mcghie

Powertex dreamcatcher by Donna Mcghie
Step by step guide to creating a Powertex Dream Catcher

The story behind my Powertex dreamcatcher. I will always have a bit of a soft spot for dream catchers.  When my daughter was young she suffered awfully from night terrors. 

We tried many techniques to get her to have a peaceful night, and spoke to many professionals as well.  One of the things we tried,  hoping that it would help her even if just a through a placebo effect was a dream catcher. 

I’d be lying if I said she slept perfectly once we hung up her dream catcher. The thought of it catching those bad dreams and holding them at bay definitely had a calming effect on her before she closed her eyes at bedtime to go to sleep.

Thankfully those days are long behind us now, and my daughter is now a young woman.  But she has seen the dream catcher shown here and I know this is something she would still hang up in her bedroom or living room.

For this dream catcher I used the gorgeous ink sprays now available from Powertex UK.  I just love how vibrant and easy to use these are, and how they automatically blend into each other to create almost an air brushed effect. 

Materials List

How to make my Powertex dreamcatcher

Prepare the frame

Prepare the frame
This mdf frame is so easy to use


Paint the Powertex mdf frame and panel with Ivory Fabric Hardener and set aside to dry.

Mix up Stone Art clay

Mix up Stone Art Clay
I used the mould for one cow’s head, but made lots of the flowers to add onto my final design

Mix up  Stone Art with Ivory Fabric Hardener to form a clay. I  pressed this into the Cow Skull and Flowers mould.

Spray with acrylic inks

Spray with acrylic inks
I put the small raised square to one side for now and only sprayed the larger piece

I wanted to create a surreal dreamy effect, so popped out the shapes from the MDF Dream Catchers and used them as stencils, spraying over with my ink sprays randomly.

Add Easy Structure texture

Add easy structure feathers
The easy structure adds texture to the design

Put Easy Structure onto a pallet knife and smear it through a leaf stencil.  I also sponged silver acrylic onto the leaves.

Use Bister spray for depth

Use Bister sprays for depth
Bister gives added depth to the design.

I added more texture by soaking my natural paperdecoration in transparent hardener and placing around the edges. I also sprayed the edges with Mahogany Bister Spray.

Lay out Paperdecoration

Using Paperdecoration
I sprayed the cow’s head with acrylics to keep in with my colour scheme

Put together the inner section and add paperdecoration (soaked in transparent hardener) and the cow’s head. I did not glue it in just yet.

Layering paperdecoration
Once I was happy with this section, I secured it onto the larger piece.

I soaked my light pink paperdecoration in transparent fabric hardener and add this to my design also.

Mdf feathers

mdf feathers
Once the easy structure was dry I painted my feathers with Raspberry Sorbet Acrylic and also dry brushed them.

My next step was to add texture to my mdf feathers by using the Easy Structure and my feather stencil. I put them to one side to dry.

Paint and add clay flowers

Stone Art clay flowers
I used lots of these little flowers

Painted all the small flowers with Acrylic Paint and once dry, dry brush with White Powercolor.

Add crochet fabric

Create the dreamcatcher
If you are clever enough crochet your own middle, or do what I do and scour the charity shops

I soaked some crochet in the Ivory Hardener and secured it into the mdf circles. Once dry, I sprayed with my inks and added flowers

Glue the pieces together

Glue the dreamcatcher pieces together with Powertex
My mdf feathers are glued to the dream catcher to help secure the whole piece together

Glue the dream catcher into place and add feathers to the design.

Dry brushing

Powertex dream catcher with feathers by Donna Mcghie
The finished Dream Catcher

Finally I dry brushed my whole piece using the interference pigments and the white Powercolor.

Finishing Touches

The interference colours were gorgeous to use with this project, as I honestly do think they have a dreamy quality to them.  I also used a sponge to add just a touch of the aqua ink to the tips of the feathers. I felt they needed something extra to help them blend in. 

TOP TIP: I was slightly concerned about the dream catcher adhering to the square, but found by putting glue on both the top of the dream catcher, and also the larger feathers it secured on nicely.

That’s all from me for this month. If you’ve enjoyed this Powertex dreamcatcher, I would be really grateful if you popped over to check out my Facebook page as well. You can also see my last design team project that’s great for Halloween.

Until next time, keep powertexing 🙂

Stone Art Temple

Designed by – Abigail Lagden

Powertex Stone Art Temple by Abigail Lagden
Powertex Stone Art Temple by Abigail Lagden

When I received the Buddha themed goodies from the Hochanda shows, my mind was immediately drawn to the temple of Ta Prohm in Cambodia where trees grow through the ruins. Although I have never been lucky enough to visit, it is a place that has always intrigued me and sparked my imagination. So it is from there that I drew my inspiration this month for my Stone Art Temple.

Materials

How to Create a Stone Art Temple

Step 1

First, I used Easy Structure paste through a stencil from my stash. Create some swirly patterns on the front and sides of the box frame and on the base piece where the recess would be.

Powertex Easy Structure through a swirl stencil
Step 1

Step 2

I then used ivory Powertex to attach some of the MDF shapes around the edge of the base piece and to construct the middle square. You can also see that I drew around the outer square with pencil to provide a guide when applying the stone art.

Mdf frame and pieces, build the temple
Step 2

Step 3

Stone effects were created by coating the surfaces with a layer of ivory Powertex and firmly pressing the stone art onto it, before gently rubbing off the excess. I applied the stone art lightly over the stenciled pieces and more thickly on the base. I then used ivory Powertex to fix all of the pieces together.

Apply Stone Art to the Powertex
Step 3

Step 4

I painted the plaster Buddha statue with black Powertex, let it dry and then painted it using rich gold Colortricx powder mixed with Easy Varnish. I secured the statue into the recess using ivory Powertex and surrounded it with large, medium and small 3D balls mixed with ivory Powertex.

Paint the plaster Buddha with Black Powertex and Gold Colortricx
Step 4

Step 5

The whole piece was sprayed with black and green Bister sprays.

Spray with Bister sprays in Black and Green
Step 5

Step 6

I mixed ivory and black Powertex together with some green Powercolor pigment to create a grey/green medium. I used this to coat some pieces of natural paper decoration and gently stretched them to create stringy tree roots across the box.

Paperdecoration
Step 6

The final step was to dry brush the whole piece using ivory Powertex to really enhance all the ‘stone’ textures. I also added a few blush tones using red and white Powercolor pigments mixed with Easy Varnish.

Powertex stone art temple close up
Finishing touches
Powertex temple by Abigail Lagden

If you treated yourself to any of the new products showcased on Hochanda in September, we’d love to see what you created. Please share your pictures in The Powertex Studio facebook group.

If you’d like to see more of what I am up to you can follow my Curiously Contrary Facebook page. If you’d like to find out about workshops that I am running please visit my website www.curiously-contrary.co.uk

You can also see another project of mine, the mixed media hanging heart tutorial here on the magazine.

Until next time, Abs xx

Powertex Japanese Cranes – Annette Smyth

Happy New Year everyone. I hope you had a peaceful Christmas and Santa brought you everything you need.

So here we go with a whole new year of creative adventures and to kick it off , I got to use these beautiful bird templates. They have so much potential and I have loads of ideas flying around my head for future projects.

In this blog I’d like to share my step by step instructions for how I made the templates into Japanese Cranes – with a little bit of artistic licence. I recommend you read through the instructions before starting.

For this project you will need

You will also need 2 deep sided plastic containers, a small container (the foil base from a mince pie works well), cling film, brush and something to stir the clay mixture with ( I use the handle end of an old wooden spoon). Apron, gloves and plastic cover for your work area are also a good idea.

Building the armature

I started by using the foil to build up a more rounded shape on the head, neck and body of the bird templates. Keep checking the shape from all angles and compare the birds side by side to get the proportions right.

I built the wings separately and then taped them into place on the birds however you can build the into the body as you go.

When you are happy with the shapes slide them onto the metal spikes to check that they fit side by side. Make any necessary adjustments.

I attached the larger bird to the spike, at this stage, by securing with masking tape then building the leg shape with foil. Next I covered the whole bird with masking tape,

The smaller bird, I choose to work off the spike so that it would be easier to get around all sides of both birds with the clay. To enable you to attach the bird to the stand later, leave the legs of the smaller bird uncovered but cover the rest of the bird with masking tape. Make sure the hole for the spike does not get covered.

I then painted both birds with a coat of White Powertex.

Adding the clay

In one of the deep plastic containers, I mixed the White Powertex with the Stone Art to create clay (see the ‘how to video’ in my Penguin blog). Mix the clay to a soft dough consistency so that it is easier to apply to the birds. Once mixed wrap in clingfilm to stop it from drying out.

When you’re ready to start the sculpting, warm up your clay by kneading it thoroughly, then start applying to the birds in manageable pieces . I started at the beaks and worked down the neck and bodies. Smooth the clay out with your fingers making sure you thin it out where pieces lay over one another so that there is no bulky areas. Keep some clay for use on the small birds legs later on.

There is no need to put clay over the wings as these will be covered later.

I used approximately 250g of clay on the larger bird and 150g on the smaller bird. Don’t worry as any spare clay can be kept wrapped in clingfilm for a couple of weeks and will still be workable.

Shaping the wings

I then took strips of the white Paperdecoration and dipped it into the white Powertex. Work the Powertex through the paperdec and squeeze out any excess. It should be covered but not dripping.

Lay these strips over the wings working down towards the tail. To get thin wispy feather effects pull the paperdec apart once you have covered it in Powertex. 

Next, I placed the small bird onto the base, attached it with masking tape, painted the legs with white powertex then covered with the spare white stoneart clay. I chose not to cover these with foil as they would have been too bulky.

Leave overnight to fully dry.

Adding colour

Mix a 10p amount of Easy varnish with each pigment to a single cream consistency. Use this to paint the beak (yellow ochre) head (red), eye and neck (black). Varnish dries very quickly so you will need to remix more as required.

Mix a dry brush blend of easy varnish and black pigment to make a thick paste. (see video below) Wipe off excess colour then use this to dry brush the wings. Make up a similar paste with black and a touch of white (grey), again wipe off the excess and use this mix to dry brush the legs.

https://youtu.be/RcPNuHFeVIE

Dry Brushing

Final Touch

Finally, I added some large 3d balls to a small container, sprayed generously with yellow bister then added enough transparent powertex to make the balls clump. I placed this onto the metal base and patted down. I repeated this until I had a nice covering on the base. I then dripped the remaining mixture into any gaps to help bond the balls. Leave overnight to dry

I hope you have enjoyed this project as much as I did.

I will be running full day workshops at my studio in Leamington Spa, on the following dates if you would like to join me to create a crane.

  • Tuesday 29th January 2019
  • Wednesday 13th February 2019
  • Sunday 3rd March

For further details, please see the workshop section on my website www.annettesmyth.co.uk .

Until next time, Happy Creative Adventures

Annette x

 

Remember, Remember, the 5th of November…

 

Remember, Remember, the 5th of November. Gunpowder, Treason and Plot!

I love this time of year as the autumn moves towards cosy winter nights. Halloween has passed and bonfire night awaits before the count down to Christmas. And a cup of hot soup in front of a big bonfire takes me straight back to my childhood and my childhood bonfire nights wouldn’t be complete without a Catherine Wheel – the inspiration for this project.
I started with a 20cm square canvas and painted it with black Powertex. I then used Easy Structure to stencil a swirl design onto the canvas and once dry painted over this with black Powertex.
Although very little of this pattern would be visible on the final pieces it also provided me with a basic shape to follow when adding the paperdecoration.
First I used small pieces of white paperdecoration which I laid slightly randomly but following the swirl pattern and painted over it with black Powertex. (You could use any colour paperdecoration for this part as it is completely covered with the black)
Once this was dry, I mixed rich gold colortricx pigment with Powerwax and gently applied it over the raised parts with a sponge.
To add some extra depth and texture to the corners of the canvas, I mixed some red Powertex with Easy 3D Flex to make a paste and applied this roughly to the corners and left it overnight to crack.
I then carefully painted the top surface of the cracked area with black Powertex. Using the red Powertex with the Easy 3D Flex made sure that there would be nice bright red colour in the cracks.
Next, it was time to add the gorgeous coloured paperdecoration – burgundy, light pink, red wine and red.
I tore off long thin pieces of paperdecoration and fanned it out towards the end. I laid these onto the canvas following the swirl pattern and painted over them with a good coating of transparent Powertex. Although this goes on a milky white, it dries clear allowing the original colours of the paper dec to show through.
Once I had added enough paperdecoration I left it to dry overnight.
The final part was to add some gold and copper tones to give it the warmth of fire. I did this by mixing colortricx pigments (copper, bronze gold and rich gold) with Powerwax and applying it over the tops of the texture with a sponge.
I am still undecided if I need to add anything into the centre. I am keeping my eyes open for a nice bit of fiery bling…
Until next time, Abs xx