Others also came along with friends or family but many came along on their own. Some were familiar with Powertex and some, like Marie, were completely new to the medium. Whether experienced or not, travelling with friends or alone, the Team at Powertex were wonderfully inviting and everyone soon felt relaxed and eager to get started. Tracey gave us all fabulous instructions to help us along the way. It was a wonderfully relaxed weekend and we made many new friends.
Hello everyone, Annette here……
I hoped you’ve all had a stunning Summer and are ready for an awesome Autumn.
My challenge this month was to create a statue representing the star sign Virgo……mmm that certainly made the old brain cells fizz. SO……Virgo is represented by the virgin carrying wheat and she is an Earth sign. With this knowledge I set off on my creative adventure.
Using the wood and metal base, I pushed this through a polystyrene egg (my egg came in 2 parts so I secured it was making tape around the centre and top to bottom) and then packed the bottom of the spike with foil to stop the egg from slipping down. I used the egg so that I could get a nice full skirt that was supported underneath.
I then built up the top of the egg so that when the plaster head was seated on top the proportions were more balanced.
To attach the head, I used Grace from the European range, take a piece of foil and wrap it around the figure just below the shoulders and attach to the plaster with masking tape (only a small amount needs to be on the plaster as this will determine your neckline).
Now open up the pocket you have made, with the foil, and sit it on top of the extended egg. You may need to tear up the sides slightly to get it to sit properly. Secure with masking tape making sure it is well attached.
As my statue is going to be carrying something, I needed to add hands and arms. Take a piece of foil and fold it to create a narrow strip. Place the hands at either end ensuring that the thumbs are pointing upwards at both ends. Now wrap the foil around the wrists and secure with masking tape.
Take this strip and lay along the back of the plaster head placing the hands to the front. Check the positioning of the hands and if necessary fold the strip back onto itself behind the shoulders if the arms are too long. Secure to the back with more masking tape.
Using small pieces of foil fill out the arms and round them out. Also check that you are happy with the shaping at the waist and the back of the statue, use pieces of foil to build out any areas which need more shaping.
Once you are happy with the overall shape and positioning cover everything with masking tape and then coat the whole statue, including the plaster head, body and base with a layer of Ivory Powertex. Lay a small piece of clingfilm between the hands and body to stop them sticking together.
Now let this dry
For the clothing I used Ivory Powertex and worked it through strips of Natural Paper Decoration for the bodice/sleeves and muslin for the skirt, I used four separate pieces of muslin so that I could shape each piece over the fullness of the egg. It is also easier to work with smaller pieces that one larger piece.
Let this dry.
I liked her at this stage and would be happy leaving her here however she needed something to represent the Earth sign so…..
I took a piece of Powertex Rice Paper (the one I choose had images of the earth/sun and moon on which fitted perfectly with the Earth sign) and using a wet paintbrush I drew around the shapes I wanted before pulling them from the piece. This causes a feathered edge which blends into your background better than a cut straight edge.
Using Powertex Easy Coat Matt varnish, I attached the pieces to the dry clothing. I coated both the clothing and the back of the rice paper then pressed the piece into place. Using a soft brush starting at the centre of the rice paper smooth it out towards the edges, this stops it tearing and ensures it is all stuck down. Now take some more varnish and coat the front of the rice paper ensuring you go over the edges.
Leave this to dry
She now needed colour adding in to pull everything together.
On a spare piece of fabric I tried using tea stain to see if this would work but decided it was too flat.
To finish her, I found some seed heads in a nearby field and made a small bunch for her to hold.
You could make a statue to represent any of the Zodiac star signs and use different rice papers to tie into the specific attributes of the sign.
Until next time, happy Creative Adventures
Hi it’s Kore here! I’ve been playing with the Wonderland products and the MDF project packs are amazing! I’ve used lots of bright colours in my projects with the Acrylic paints from Secret Art Loft. The colours are so vivid. I’m crazy for my pot of Orange Marmalade!
My favourite was the Top Hat set. It’s a large template with lots of pieces to decorate. Did you get hold of the Top Hat set? This is how I decorated my MDF pack with Powertex products and the new acrylic paints. It’s a simple project but with some fun techniques to try out.
Just a quick blog today to share my Mad Mad Hatter project with you. This is the second of the pieces I created for Tracey’s Hochanda show on 30th March.
Hi it’s Kore here again! I have to know, do you have fairies living in your home, sprinkling their magic on your craft projects or making mischief in your garden? Are there a few pixies perhaps sharing your biscuits? Yes me too. I like a little magic in my life but I wish they’d help with the washing up sometimes! This project gives the tiny folk a door of their own to come and go.
MDF fairy door plaque, window frame, hinge and toadstools
T-shirt fabric, lace strips and hessian strips
Secret Art Loft Translucent Acrylic Inks in Tangerine, Raspberry, Aqua and Violet
Powercolor pigments in Burgundy and Turquoise
Colourtricx pigment in Terraviolet
Embellishments and optional ingredients
Use Ivory Powertex with fabric to create texture on the door with lace, a door step with a roll of fabric and a door frame with pleated hessian.
You can share your projects on the Powertex Addicts page on Facebook and click Follow and See first to catch the brilliant projects from other Powertex Addicts.
Did you know we also hold a monthly Powertex challenge on Instagram? Follow @powertexaddictsunited for the monthly theme or #12monthsofpowertex. It’s open to everyone and there’s a giveaway up for grabs too.
Until next time, give yourself a little time to let your art out!
First I tipped out the embellishment kit onto a plate, then did the same with the added mdf dropouts – I just have to say how much I love the dropouts! Lots of circles that will be ideal for steam punk and grungy styles and loads more that will help to give depth on other creations.
Next I laid out a basic idea for where I was heading. I was given the challenge to go for a more steam punk look so I wanted to suggest a re-cycled re-used look and also went with the Owl being King of the Night!
Even if this hadn’t been for a blog, I would have taken a photo of my layout for reference – even though I might change a few bits as go ahead.
Once the photo is taken move your pieces off the owl.
Tip: When I removing my lay out, I laid them out in little groups so I didn’t waste time or get frustrated looking for each piece.
Next I painted both sides and all the edges of the main owl piece with Powertex Bronze. I dried off with the hairdryer.
Next I ripped up a sheet of kitchen paper and separated the layers.
I then moved on to the wings. I painted with Powertex, cut the narrow lace in half and worked Powertex into it. I then shaped the lace around the outside of the right wing and the inside of the left wing – I like mixing things up and felt it added to the theme.
Next I worked on the eyes and the crown of my majestic owl.
I raised the left eye proud of the base by placing 4 of the dropout circles behind the main eye circle using Powertex.
I added a metal embellishment inside the eye and then one of the glass pebbles, I moved on to complete the right eye and and the crown.
Once this was done I completed the wings by adding layers of embellishments and referred to my photo when needed.
I used some more kitchen paper, that had Powertex worked in, under some embellishments to give it extra purchase.
Once the wings were complete, I worked on the main body, tail and branch areas.
I did change things around a little here from how I had originally laid it out.
Don’t worry about getting Powertex on the glass and resin embellishments as these can be wiped off gently with a baby wipe
Once I was happy with the placement of embellishments, I loaded my brush with Powertex and stippled over some areas where the embellishments were heavy for extra sticking power. I then left it overnight to fully dry.
Once the night was over it was time to bring King Owl to life adding colour to enhance his gorgeousness!
First using Easy Varnish and Dark Green PowerColor I added colour to the lower sections of the wings, branch and body.
I then added a little white to lighten to a sage green and added this to some areas.
Next with a clean brush I added Yellow ochre and then Yellow Ochre and White.
I added highlights of Copper Colortrix to finish.
Because my owl is King and is altered with a nod to Steam Punk, I added an odd bit of chain and some Copper coloured glass glitter from my personal stash.
Here is my completed King Owl – I hope you agree he is a bit of an Owl right punky King of the Night!
Grab yourself and Owl project pack while they are still available and have some fun. If you want to hang him outside, make sure all the edges of every piece of MDF have been well coated in Powertex and left inside for 3-4 weeks.
Below are some of close ups of my finished owl, left over embellishments and dropouts and a photo of my mixed up palette.