This Boot Was Made With Memories

How Powertex Can Be Used To Create A Beautiful Memorial Boot

 

One of the things I love most about being a Powertex Tutor are the wonderful stories that unfold as people get totally absorbed in creating something beautiful and meaningful.

I have been priviliged to hear many really moving accounts of why people are making their sculptures, and who they are making them for, or, as is often the case, who they are making them  in memory of.

Obviously these are very personal stories, and I think the very fact that people feel comfortable to open up and talk, either within a group, or on a one to one basis speaks volumes about the therapeutic nature of creating with Powertex.

I have been given permission by one lady to share her story here.

S’s dad had passed away recently.  He was a keen gardener, and she contacted me to ask if I would be able to do a Powertex Workshop using an old boot, which she could use to keep his ashes in.

Of course I said yes. It would be an absolute honour.

I love doing boot workshops anyway, but knew that this one was going to be something rather special.

We wanted to be sure that there was a suitable place within the boot for S’s father’s ashes, and we did this by covering a small plastic seedling pot with masking tape, before lodging it into the opening of the boot, and then putting a covering of powertex soaked material over this.  Ensuring that there was a good sized place for the ashes to sit in, but also ensuring it would be weatherproof as S thought she might want the boot to sit outside in the garden.  One of her father’s favourite places.

Once we had done this, under my guidance, S covered the whole boot with powertex soaked fabric, scrunching it up to give lots of interesting texture and character.  S added a few appropriate bits and pieces from my ever ready stash of goodies I collect from charity shops etc, such as little material roses, and a heart taken from a piece of jewellery.

Then she added the piece, that I think makes the boot really stunning.  A small ornamental bird that she had brought along, to symbolise her father’s love of birds.

We left the boot overnight to dry completely, before dry brushing, which really makes it pop as a work of art.

Although I had been keen to help S make her memorial boot, if I’m honest a part of me was also really nervous, about whether it would be a sad experience for her.  As it turned out the opposite was true.  It was a joyous workshop, with lots of laughter and memories recounted about a man who was obviously someone who lived life to the full.  And I although I didn’t know him, I do think I got a feel for the man’s character from S’s fond and happy recollections over the weekend.

I think, I hope, that his boot is a fitting memorial of a man with a real  joie de vivre.

S tells me it caputres him perfectly, and that she smiles every time she looks at her boot.  Which in turn makes me smile as well.

If you would like to contact a tutor to help with making your own memorial for someone special get in touch with the guys at Powertex UK, or head over to our facebook pages powertex addicts united and the powertex studio

You can find out more about my Powertex workshops on my facebook page   or my website www.artandmurals.co.uk

 

Venetian mask Powertex style

Good morning all, I can honestly say I enjoy Powertex, no that is an understatement I LOVE POWERTEX but this piece I really, really enjoyed designing.
The first photo is all the pieces with this project pack, sadly I forgot to photograph the beautiful rice papers too but you will see one of them shortly.
I had a play with placing the pieces, to see what grabbed me and I liked this idea and my mojo was really going at this stage.
I painted the mask with  BRONZE POWERTEX but wanted to give the actual mask a floating feel.
As you can see from photo underneath I stacked up some MDF discs I had to give it some height.
I wanted to incorporate some of the yummy papers and decided to add to the mask itself, which I did using the EASY COAT MATT
I found some silver tone plastic bling to add to the edges and give it a bit of pizazz

 

I then added some Paper  DECORATION to give the face some texture plus it seems to be one of my fave texture choices at the moment.
Now to think about adding some colour!! Hmmm
I first started with dry brushing white and then decided I did not like that, so I  went with the Turquoise pigment.
 I then decided to add the BRONZE PIGMENT and I found some wooden butterfly embellishments, which I painted gold and I also found a lovely plastic dove which I glued to the headpiece and did a bit of gold dry brushing to tie in the colours.
 I added some coloured gems and two metal butterflies to complete the look of my mask
I think some feathers would look really nice with this piece too, will have to get some to add.
I hope you have enjoyed seeing my process of how I came up with this design piece.
If you have not yet tried Powertex, you won’t be sorry if you do.
Until the next time
Happy creating
Jinny

Simple but effective

Hello, one and all. Me again, this time sharing with you a couple of easy, fun and elegant projects.
The first piece I want to share with you is the seahorse project pack.

 

Please excuse my  Powertex covered workspace.
( I really need to clean this )

 

 

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.
Till next time
Jinny

 

Powertex meets the Raven and the Rusty Pocket Watch

Hi it’s Kore here with my March blog. I’m so excited about the fantastic Alice in Wonderland theme this month! They are brilliant stories with extraordinary characters and everybody has a favourite quote. “Tea-time?” or “I’m late” or “Why is a raven like a writing desk?” which is my favourite!

Powertex pocket watch with Rusty Powder

The white rabbit is pretty important to the story and I’m using the Pocket Watch Kit for my project and a totally irresistible pot of Rusty Powder. I love the colour and texture of Rusty Powder and it’s slightly unpredictable results. I like mixing the recipes, like playing mud pies as a kid. A little mud, a little water, a little grass for texture, perhaps a worm! Maybe I was warming up my Powertex skills back even then. Wonderful, messy, arty, crafty chemistry.

My ingredients this time:

Powertex March Project Pack Watch

 

Pocket Watch Project Pack
including Ivory Powertex
Black Bister granules
Blue Bister granules
3d sand
3d balls small

And:
Transparent Powertex and/or Easy Structure Paste
Rusty Powder
Transparent Acrylic Inks in Aqua and Viola
Distilled vinegar and small spray bottle
Easy Varnish
Colortricx in Bronze Gold

Optional:
Drop outs mdf
Raven mdf

Powertex pocket watch layout
Step 1: Figuring out how it could fit together.

 

Pocket watch sprayed with Bister
Step 2: Preparing the pieces. For brighter colours coat with Ivory Powertex first. I used Blue bister granules mixed with water to make a spray. I also used some Aqua Transparent Acrylic Ink and varied these over all the mdf pieces. I want some of this colour to show up.
mdf cog and Rusty Powder
Step 3: Mixing up Rusty Paste. When the colour is dry, mix up some Rusty Powder with some Transparent Powertex, or Easy Structure Paste is good too. The recipe is key to a good rust. The more Rusty Powder you add, the darker your rust will be. Don’t forget to add a little vinegar, that’s what makes the magic happen. I add some 3d Sand for texture too. Have some 50/50 vinegar and water spray ready. Apply the mixture partially over your pieces and then spray with vinegar/water. Leave it to rust overnight.
Pocket watch pieces with Rust
When it’s dry you can repeat this step for extra texture or rust colours. It’s great to layer different stages and textures of Rusty Powder.
Fabric pieces with Rusty Powder

 

I used my leftover Rusty Powder paste to paint these fabric scraps. I also left my plastic mixing plate to dry. The dried rust mixture can be peeled off and used in my mixed media canvases. Gorgeous!
Powertex pocket watch with Rusty Powder

 

Step 4: Putting it together. Once my pieces were dry I put them all together, roughly like my layout. I used Powertex to stick the pieces down. I wasn’t worried about any drips or splodges, it all adds to the texture.
I used some tiny mdf shapes from the Drop Outs mdf pack to raise up some of the numbers from the frame and I’ve included a piece of that rusty fabric on the heart. I’m really loving all these layers! While rooting through my Drop Outs I found these fantastic little spirals and decided to include them. They look like little question marks!

Step 5: Make your watch stand. This is a good time to stick your mdf watch stand together too. Slot the pieces together and paint over the pieces and joins with Ivory Powertex. Leave it to dry.
Powertex pocket watch with Rusty Powder

Step 6: Adding another rust layer. I mixed up another Rusty Powder but this time my recipe was Easy Structure Paste and 3d small balls. and a little vinegar. I wanted a sloppy paste that would drip. You can add sand to make a thicker paste.

Add some Rusty Powder mixture to your watch stand and sprinkle over some black and/or blue Bister granules to add textures. Spray your Rusty areas with your vinegar/water spray. Use Bister sprays to colour some parts.

 

Powertex pocket watch with Rusty Powder and Inks

 

Step 7: Adding colour with Inks. Once all my rust layers are dry I love to add more colour and the Transparent Acrylic Inks are brilliant for this. They tint the rust a little and are fluid enough to run around all the textures. I used Aqua and Viola and a couple of sprays of Black and Blue Bister. Oh that’s better!

 

Powertex Mdf Raven
Step 8: Adding embellishments and hands. The last stage is to add the remaining embellishments. I’ve chosen an mdf raven as well as the butterflies, dragonfly and clock hands. I coat them with Acrylic Inks in Aqua and Viola. Then add a spray of black Bister to the raven and blue Bister to the butterflies. The clock hands are painted with Ivory Powertex so they stand out.
 The watch face is looking very dark so before I add the embellishments I use a little metallic dry brushing over the numbers. For this I mix Bronze Gold Colortricx pigment with Easy Varnish. This will make the last pieces stand out more. A little Ivory Powertex would also look great for highlights.

 

Powertex Pocket Watch March Project Pack
Final touches: I stick the last pieces into place with Powertex and wait for them to dry before fixing the watch to the stand.

 

 

There are lots of gorgeous textures in the project pack to make this pocket watch your own. What colours would you use with your Rusty paste? There’s still time to get yours and show us your creation for the March Powertex Challenge.
You can enter your Alice in Wonderland themed creation into our monthly challenge over on Instagram. Check @PowertexAddictsUnited for details. Not on Instagram? Join The Powertex Studio group on Facebook to share your makes and catch the latest news and inspiration.
You can also follow me and my Powertex experiments and projects @skysagestudio on Facebook and Instagram.
Until next time, make a little space and let your art out!
Kore x

 

Powertex Monthly Challenge – February – Heartfelt gift

We had an amazing amount of entries for our heart felt gift challenge. Thank you so much to everyone who entered. To see all the entries for this please visit our Instagram page Powertex addicts united.
Here are a few I have picked out to share and the winner of course. Can you spot yours?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And the winner is Helen Hudson. Congratulations you win last months stunning fairy house project pack!

 

Helen’s winning entry.
Want to be in with a chance of winning this months project pack? Join in on Instagram using the hashtag #12monthsofpowertex this months theme is Alice in Wonderland. Are you ready to follow us down the rabbit hole? Toodles Anna xXx

Easter time and I think of eggs

But not the chocolate kind but the Powertex kind, plus Powertex eggs have no calories!
I had some medium sized Polystyrene egg shapes and was thinking about what I could do with them.
I love fantasy and whimsy stuff and decided to make a dragon egg.

 

To create the texture I used Ivory Powertex and started by adding Powertex PAPER DECORATION This makes a perfect texture for the egg of a dragon.
I also mixed up some Powertex with some STONE ART to make a clay, to add extra texture and give a little more height my egg.
Some texture using the Powertex clay technique, when it was almost dry I sculpted it with a pokey tool.
This is a side view of my Dragon egg
Aha, it would not be a dragon’s egg without a newborn baby dragon.
I made the baby dragon out of Polymer clay, my other passion and scraped out some of the centre of the egg and glued in my baby dragon using the TRANSPARENT powertex.
Front view, I added some real crystal chips and some glass glitter to make it sparkle.
So Dragon eggs really do exist, well they do in my shed.
I enjoyed making this one so much I made a couple more

 

 

I now have a lovely selection of Baby Dragon eggs on my mantlepiece.

 

Shining star for January

Into the new year and a fresh start to the awards for our tutor . At Powertex UK we recognise the tutor who has stood out for the month with a star and prize. This months shining star went to Jak Heath.
A little about Jak:
Jak worked as a freelance Designer in the craft industry as a Guest/Presenter on Create and Craft TV.

I live in the North East of England and I’m married to a wonderful Husband, Chris, together we have two beautiful Daughters and a cheeky faced Grandson who make us so very proud in so many ways.


Jak has been sharing her passion, love and enthusiam for Powertex in many workshops with her students. She has some fantastic ideas and inspires where she goes. 

Jak holds her workshops in the Seaham, Peterlee and South Durham areas. You can find her here at facebook page.



Time flies by Annette

Hello Everyone

I hope you’ve kept yourselves safe in the recent bad weather and have used the time to get an extra bit of Powertex play in.

This month I’ve used the new Powertex UK Pocket Watch Project Pack to create a birthday card with a difference.  I’ve made it for Granny Smyth at the age of 75 but you could create this for any age and just move the hands to different positions and use different numbers.

I hope you have fun and remember to post your makes on the Powertex Addicts United Facebook page, you know we love to see what you create.

 

To complete my piece, I used the kit along with texture paper, Rusty Powder , Yellow BisterEasy Varnish and pigments.  I mixed my bisters with a 50/50 solution of white vinegar and water to make the colours pop.

Start by laying out the pieces to see which ones you want to use.  The photograph is a laser copy cut to size.

Take a piece of textured paper and draw around the inner circle, cut this out and place to one side

Now coat the front of the base of the watch with Ivory Powertex and stick the texture paper to the centre. Attach the front of the watch to the back (you may need to add a little more tex around the edge then coat the front with the Ivory Powertex also.

Now spray with the blue and yellow bister mixes
and dry with a hairdryer.

When dry turn it over onto a clean work surface and coat the back with Ivory Powertex, I then used and old credit card to add texture by lying it flat on the surface and lifting it up (bit like making your snow peaks in royal icing).  Spray with the blue and yellow bisters and dry with a hairdryer.  By raising the base from the table whilst doing this step, it will help to stop any stray colours from seeping onto the front.

 

When dry use a slightly damp sponge to remove the excess colour from the watch.

I choose to colour my embellishments separately.  Coat them all with a layer of Powertex Ivory.

Randomly add extra Ivory then drop on some Rusty Powder and spray with the bister mixes, leave to dry on one side.


You can keep spraying these with pure white vinegar to get the rust to develop further.

These pictures show the cogs,  I repeated the same process for the other embellishments (except the heart) varying the amount of rust and colour I added.

For the heart, I painted a layer of Easy Varnish over the front of the photograph, by holding the paper taut whilst it dries it doesn’t wrinkle,  once dry repeat on the rear.  Now using the heart as a template cut out the photograph and using the Easy Varnish attach it to the heart and coat with several layers of varnish to seal it.

 

Place a small amount of Ivory Powertex into a pot, sprinkle on the
Rusty Powder then spray with the bister mix.  Now stir


Using a paint brush apply this around the photograph then sprinkle on more Rusty Powder and spray with the bister mixes.  As you can see the bister will wipe away from the photograph as you have previously sealed it with the varnish.  Again spraying with more vinegar as it dries will encourage the rust to form.

Now add all the embellishments to the base using Powertex, make sure you clean up any excess as you go,  I used some of the spare pieces in the kit to support the heart in the centre.

When it was all dry, I used a combination of Bronze Gold, Copper and Silver pigments to add a little sparkle.

I hope you have great fun creating your own Pocket Watch and until next time Happy Creative Adventures

Axx

Powertex Monthly Challenge – January – Home Sweet Home

The last couple of months have absolutely flown by and talking with another Powertex colleague recently we decided we needed a time machine to fit in all the hundreds of things we need to do! We had some wonderful entries for out Monthly challenge for January where the winner would recieve the January project pack which was the owl! To enter all you had to do was hashtag #12monthsofpowertex on Instagram on Powertex Addicts United page. Here are a few whom entered.
Our winner for January was Gertie Graham with this stunning little creation. I would be very happy to call this my home sweet home. Toodles Anna xXx
Winning entry by Gertie Graham