The 2019 Powertex Garden Party is coming!

Garden Party Marquee

We’re really looking forward to the 2019 Powertex Garden Party. The marquee will go up for another two days of crafting, laughing and relaxing in great company. In just a few weeks we will put on our aprons and gloves and get stuck into some great new projects.

Powertex UK 2019 Garden Party

These photos were taken by Sam Butler last year so we can share just a little of our creations and the experience. The Secret Art Loft studio at Powertex UK HQ is in a stunning countryside location, with beautiful gardens and woodland areas.

Marquee Garden Party bunting

The event is well equipped and the main studio displays wonderful artworks and an opportunity to stock up on products. The gardens were also full of fantastic sculptures.

Powertex skull by Tracey Evans
by Tracey Evans

Even larger projects are fun and manageable with tutors close by to offer advice or support. Beginners don’t need to worry.

Powertex Garden Party
Powertex Addicts

The hand massage went down well for busy hands.

Hand massage

Shelagh wrote us a lovely review of her weekend too.

“Thanks for the Garden Party! I had a wonderful weekend. Of course now I’m buzzing to do arty stuff! It’s nice to have some positivity to turn to in memories and art form.”

Shelagh

There’s time for a glass of something before we go our separate ways. Cheers!

Powertex Garden Party drinks
Cheers!

There’s still time to book the last available tickets for this year’s 2019 Powertex Garden Party. If you’d like to join us for this special two day event, you can find all the details here. We’d love to see you but be quick.

Camper van and tent

Unicorn Blessings (by Anne)

 

Hi all, today I am sharing one of my projects created during the Powertex Garden Party in July. It was an amazing weekend and I went along with my ex’s lovely daughter Marie. Living far apart we rarely get the chance to be together – so it was extra special to have a whole weekend creating together.

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.

One of the projects was to create a Unicorn (or pony if preferred). We were taken through the process and instructed on the appropriate media to create a fully weatherproof piece that could be used as a garden ornament.

 

We were all give a Metal Base with attached MDF Unicorn Template which had already been wrapped with masking tape ready for working.

 

The first step was to paint the whole with a base layer of Bronze Powertex. Then layers of Powertex clay (created with Powertex and Stone Art) were built onto the surface and texturised using wooden print blocks and various tools. The Team had kindly mixed up the clay ready for us to use.

 

We then had a choice of floral silicone moulds to use to make pretty clay embellishments. I chose the lovely Daisy Moulds.

 

Next we treated Powercottonfibres with Powertex to create the mane and tail. Pigment colours were used to add colour. I chose to blend a mix of Ultramarineand Titanium White, plus Burgundyand Titanium White Powercolors, mixed with Easy Varnish and a little water to create a blended colour wash.

 

Next we dry brushed more colour over the surface to pick up and emphasise the texture. I used Colortricx in Silver.

 

When I got home I added a bit more colouring by dry brushing with Rich Gold Colortricx and Interference Violet (Secret Art Loft Pigment).

 

If you know me you will know that I cannot resist a bit of bling. I just had to try adding glitter to the varnish and painted this onto the tail and mane. I used a holographic silvery glitter designed to be added to household paint. In theory it should be weatherproof when embedded in the Easy Varnish (will see how it holds up after she is installed in the garden). Oooooh I love her.
Note: There is a Unicorn Dreams Project Pack available which contains everything needed to create your own magical Unicorn – includes metal base, MDF Unicorn, Powertex, Art Stone, Flower Mould, Pigments, Varnish and instructions.
I also decided to add a little more texture to the base. I added a rough layer of clay and pressed in a crackle textured rubber stamp. I also added 3D Sand and Balls. Finally I treated a few stiff hessian threads with Powertex and pushed them into the clay to create grassy fronds. Various colours were dry brushed over the surface to blend in the base colours with the rest of the project.
Here is Marie’s amazing Unicorn. Truly fantastic.
We all had so much fun and between us created an amazing array of very different takes on this theme. All wonderful.
Sending Unicorn Blessings, Anne x.

 

October News from Powertex UK Hq

What’s New in October 2018

Lets take a look at all the new, exciting and interesting happenings at Powertex this month.

What’s New?

What wonderful new products are available on the Powertex website this month? The clickable links will take you straight to them for a closer, more detailed look.

We’ve introduced two new, exciting (and delicious-sounding!) colours in the Acrylic Paints range;
Liquorice Twist 
Clotted Cream 

New moulding tools to go with the increased range of stencils and moulds – check out the new mould additions in the Katy Sue range which include cherubs, mermaids and unicorns or if you prefer  something a bit more gothic, there’s plenty of steam-punk and halloween-inspired skulls in the Artyco range.
You’ll also find some popular Air Drying Clay in the moulds section which works well with delicate patterns and Powertex.

Our popular MDF Name Plate is newly available in two separate sizes, Small or Large, so you can choose the best one for your project.

New plaster embellishments; a lovely Pair of Owls and a Dragon Duo to choose from.

Limited edition Powertex Jewellery Kit – have a go at making your own Powertex jewellery.

Bargain Basket
This month, all coloured Paper Dec is at a new, reduced price, grab yourself a bargain!

Visit the Website

Welcome New Tutors

We welcomed three new Tutors to the Powertex Team;

Please do look out for fresh classes in your area, click on their name for contact details. Note that the links take you to the Powertex Tutor Directory website and you must be a member to view the information.  

What’s On and Dates for Your Diary
Hochanda
Tracey Evans will be on TV crafting channel Hochanda for two very different shows on 19th October – Do not miss these! Find Hochanda on:
Sky – Channel 673
Freesat – Channel 817
Freeview – Channel 85

Visit the NEC
Powertex UK will be at the NEC for The Creative Craft Show 1st-4th November 2018
Portfolio Workshops
Artist and Powertex UK Creative Director Tracey Evans is running an amazing Stone Art workshop at her woodland studio in Warwickshire: Book Here
Saturday 17th November 2018 – Unicorn Sculpture

A Day With Antonis Tzanidakis

Tickets have gone on sale for this wonderful workshop taking place next year. This is a first here in the UK; talented artist Antonis is travelling all the way from Greece to run this very special one day Mixed Media including Powertex workshop at The Secret Art Loft. Tickets are sold on a first come – first serve basis and are strictly limited.
Buy Tickets Here
The Powertex Garden Party

Also on sale now are tickets for the Powertex Garden Party which will be taking place on 20th & 21st July 2019.

Buy Your Ticket Now

Visit the dedicated website

Local Events

Shell North will be taking Powertex again for the 3rd year in a row (6th event there now for Shell) and having a stall and workshop room at the Craft4crafters show on 18th 19th and 20th Oct at the Bath and West show ground in Shepton Mallet. See their website for booking your Powertex workshop with Shell. 

If you have any special events that you are taking part in, please email Micheleto be included in the next newsletter. 

Special Mention

There are always lots of incredible makes and projects shared on the Facebook Powertex Studio Group but this month we felt Chris Durcan deserved a special mention for her Oak King. He’s quite something! Well done Chris. 

Did You Know 

Powertex Transparent comes in a handy 100g with a superb direction nozzle for all your crafty projects. No need for any additional glue when you can use this instead. Find it here.

What to do this month? 

It’s Halloween! Lots of Halloween, gothic and darkly inspirational goodies on the Powertex website for this super-fun theme, including those pictured below. Click on the images to get taken directly to the website. This is a very small selection of what is on offer so let your imagination run riot and don’t forget to show us what you’ve made in the Powertex Studio.

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That’s all folks, we hope you have a wonderful month!

Mixed media unicorn sculpture – Powertex – Anna Emelia Howlett

If unicorns could fly

So I was super excited when Tracey told me about the new animal shapes available from Powertex Uk. Especially when she said I could create a unicorn! I was so green with envy when I saw the beautiful unicorns created by everyone at the Powertex Garden Party (limited spaces are available to book for next year!Don’t miss out it was an amazing weekend of relaxing, crafty fun!). I created mine with a little difference. Yes she can fly! The unicorn project pack has been put together by Tracey giving you all you need to create this. If you wish to add wings you will need wire in addition.
Now I’d love to say I also did this bit but I was lucky enough to get a pre-made base from Tracey. As you can see from the photo you need to cover both sides of the mdf base with Powertex. Allow to dry, then use masking tape to adhere to the base.
 Then start wrapping foil around the base from the bottom up around the whole shape and use masking tape to keep in place.
 Paint Powertex over the masking tape to seal it and keep everything in place. We used Bronze.
You can choose to place the wings higher up if you wish. I used a really sharp pointed carving tool to make a hole through the tape, foil and mdf. You could use a bradle if you had one. Just make sure you watch your fingers!
I then thredded some wire through the hole and crossed ti over the back of the body and taped in place. The wire was measured at just over 50cm, you could make them smaller or larger if you wish. Wrap the wire with masking tape and paint with Powertex.
 From approx 1kg of Powertex and 250g Stone art tub I made up some clay. Then gradually added piece by piece. And stamped into the clay as I went. It’s important to stamp the clay as you go because as it drys in the air it becomes harder to make an impression in.
I was lucky enough to have to hand an aray of these fabulous wooden block stamps. I love being at hq, I might move into our Traceys studio soon!
 I covered the whole body on both sides and stamped in different patterns.
I then tool my clay and pushed it into the daisy, pansy and rose moulds. It seems I didn’t take a picture of the placement of these, but they ended up on the horses bottom. You can chose to place them anywhere.
I then coated a handful of Powercotton to create the texture on the mane and tail.
And dipped some paper dec in Powertex and covered the wire wings.
 I allowed everything to thoroughly dry and then dry brushed with some White Powertex. Just to allow the colours to come through brighter when I dry brushed them. But allowing the bronze Powertex to create the shadow for depth.
I used Burgundy powercolor into coral powercolor  on the mane.
 Rich gold colourtricx on the horn and the wings and flowers.
 I sprayed the body with brown bister to take the edge off the white. And added a mix of coral and white and layered up the colour on the body through dry brushing.
Turns out unicorns can fly! Hope you enjoyed this project. Of course if you feel as though you could use some guidance with this type of project just contact your local tutor through the directory to book on and have a go! It really makes a difference having an expert to hand. Toodles Anna xXx Follow me on my Instagram or Facebook if you like what I do.
Don’t forget to share your projects on Powertex Addicts United or The Powertex Studio on Facebook. Keep up to date with the latest at Powertex UK.

Do You Look Like A Powertexer?

So what exactly does a Powertexer look like? How can I best describe a group of Powertexers?

Can you spot a fellow Powertexer out in the wild? I’m not showing off when I say “I can!”, though I’m not sure this could be listed as a separate skill on my CV……

Does it say more about me or the guests when I tell you that I was able to guess who was a Powertex Garden Party Guest, just by looking at them! Most of the guests attending the Garden Party stayed overnight at a nearby hotel. I went to the hotel to meet everyone there and ensure they made it on to the coach on time. Even though I had never met or seen any of the guests before, I was confident I could spot a ‘Powertexer’ a mile off. And I was correct! I had wanted a to wear a crown or a tiara or at least a golden sash with POWERTEX GARDEN PARTY embossed on it so people would know who I was when approaching them in the hotel grounds but alas, I only had these thoughts on the way to the hotel so it was too late and I would have to rely on intuition.

Well, I say intuition but in reality it is a trained eye. I can spot a Powertexer at 50 paces. Maybe it is a certain glint in their eye, a splodge of Powertex on their shoes, nails that can’t quite be polished to perfection because they’ve been dipped in Powertex for too long. I’m not sure exactly, it could be a combination of all those things. Powertexers come in all shapes and sizes and ages. They blow the traditional crafter stereotype out the window because we sure as hell can’t be squashed into many conformity boxes, I think we are somewhat notorious in the arts and crafts world for being non-conformists! Powertexers are fun, they’re friendly, they give off a certain vibe, they do not ‘fit the mould’ in any conventional sense.

Maybe it’s because with Powertex, there are no limits and this reaches into other areas of your life too. I like to think there’s lots of us out there, giving a nod to fellow Powertexers, enjoying this amazing art and craft skill set whilst sharing and spreading the joy because quite simply, it is so much fun!

Powertex Garden Party – Day 2

I hope your ready for part two of Sams fabulous blog. If you’ve loved seeing all we got up to at the Powertex garden party you can now book your place for next year. Tickets are selling out fast though. Book now here. If you fancy taking a look at more fabulous photos we have a video created of the weekend. See the video here. Toodles Anna xXx

So before we start todays adventure, I thought I’d start by showing you what we got in our purple bags and also what we got to drink our bubbly out of at the end of yesterday.
 
 
Close up of the glass that Tracey made for each of us. Every one was different.

 

This is what my canvas looked like this morning after being left to dry and crack over night.

 

Close up of the mucky mess corner including the balls.

 

Close up of the cracks using the 3d flex.

 

And the frame and skull.
 
Whilst I was outside, I took the opportunity to take a close up photo of the communal totem pole.
 
So then, to today’s activities. First up we needed to retrieve out brushes which had been kindly washed for us. The fairies must have done it!

 

Aprons on………
 
 
Teas and coffees on the go.
 
For about the first hour or so we got the chance to titivate and add stuffs to our horses / unicorns, which most people took advantage of.

 

 

 

 

The unicorns were put outside to dry off.
 
 
My horse found himself in a field.
 

 

 
At this point I went for a little wander around the grounds and as promised a photo of the wigwam tent with the message tree inside.
 
 
Then we made a start on our canvas’s.
 
After a quick demo from Tracey, everyone started to add some colour.

 

 

I managed to get a smile from all of our table!!
 
 
This one is Tracey’s and something like what we were going for, but in fairness, she had used hers to show people what different colours looked like.
 
 
This is how mine went, and yes, before you all start, there is pink in there!
 
And this was what I ended up with once I’d decided I was finished.
 
Everyone just adding their finishing touches before we broke off for lunch.
 
 
Lunch today was a jacket potato with a choice of various lush fillings, I just had cheese.
 
Another wander around the garden and some close ups of the fab sculptures made by David and Patricia Williams who are Powertex tutors. Patricia has given me permission to show you these close ups so please enjoy the next few photos.

 

 

 

 

 

Then back inside and into the shop area where there are lots more beautiful pieces. I’ve just selected a few of my favourites.

 

 

 

 

I put my finished canvas outside just to see if the pigments shimmered in the lovely sun.

 

And Tracey just happened to be walking past when Kerry was taking a photo of me and my canvas.
 
So after lunch we went back to our horses / unicorns as they needed some colour. 

 

People down at the front choosing their colours.

 

This is Shelagh. We had a great laugh and loads of good old fashioned banter was had on our table.

 

Kerry went for a rich red, Shelagh a denim blue and Yvonne a lovely green.

 

Michelle and Gary having a leisurely walk through the tent to see what everyone had been up to.
 
I went for a purpley colour with silver and gold hi-lights.

 

And then on the other side, I went for an orangey colour with copper and gold hi-lights.

 

And this is what he looks like from the front! Split personality!
 
Throughout the day I was in and out of the dressing up booth, so when I come across the photos, I will add them to the bottom of this post.
 
***Here’s the first one – in disguise!
 
Me, Janice (from Hochanda), Amanda (chocolate maker) and Anna (powertex tutor).

Powertex Garden Party – Day 1

Here is a glimpse from one of our attendees to the garden party Powertex UK held recently at Tracey’s studio at the Secret Art Loft. Everyone had an amazing time and it was such as success we are doing it all again next year. Book your place now, as spaces are filling up fast! Thank you Sam for such beautiful words and photos and for letting us share them here with everyone. Sam has a fab blog should you wish to follow her directly. Part 2 coming soon. Toodles Anna xXx

When we arrived there was a goodie bag on every chair. There was a number on one side of the bag and two raffle tickets on the other side of the bag. Inside the bag were loads of goodies.
Here we all are delving into the goodies for our first project and opening the canvas and bag of bits that went with it.
Tracey explaining what we were going to be doing.
Anna on hand to help out.
The sides of the tent came off as it was sooooo warm.
Tea, coffee and water available as and when you wanted it.
I went for a walk around the gardens and came across this fabulous pair made by Patricia and David Williams, Powertex tutors. They’ve made them for an exhibition, but ‘lent’ them to Tracey for the garden party. I’ve seen photos of them, but they are so much better in the flesh.
More makes by other Powertex tutors dotted all around the grounds.
I just love this dog, he may be my next project!!
This piece was taken to shows for people to add bits to.
She has the most fabulous eyes!!!
This was the eating area set up next to the house, but with yet more exhibits scattered around for us to see.
I love this table, and I’ve just made some fossils out of moulds!!
Now remember the number that was on our bags, well we had to find everyone else with the same number and then go into the dressing up booth and have a photo taken. I did do it but haven’t got a photo of it yet!! I think Michelle took one though.
 
 
Found it, here we go. This one is actually of our table!
Back to the tent and to the canvas to add 3d flex to get some crackles going on.
Tracey giving us a demo of what to do with it after creating our mucky mess and slapping that on the canvas too, along with some clay made with sand.
There was also Hayley who was giving fabulous hand massages. This is Jan having one, I had one later in the afternoon after we’d been reviving clay!
There was also a hammock swing attached to a tree.
And this is inside the wigwam tent. I’ll get a photo of the outside of it tomorrow.
There is also a totem type pole for everyone who visits to add something too. When it’s all covered and finished Tracey said they would possibly donate it to a local school. So of course, I added my pieces to that too.
Here we are just helping the 3d flex to start to crack by using the hairdryer on them.
After they’d started to crack we left them outside in the sun whilst we all went off for a lovely buffet lunch and sat in the area next to the house that I showed you earlier with the blue marquee.
After lunch our project was a horse. We covered it in clay over the masking tape and stamped into it as we were going along.
Making clay shapes from the moulds to put on the horses. Unfortunately they were all flower related apart from the small fossil, so mine ended up quite bare compared to everyone elses!!
This one is mine, and now having seen the photo I have realised that I’ve put his eyes way too high, but hey ho, it’s too late now, they will be rock solid by tomorrow morning!!
These are the creations of the ladies on the table opposite us.
This is Tracey’s finished one which we should end up with tomorrow, once its been dry brushed.
After we’d finished we all went back down to the house for a glass of bubbly served in our very own unique handmade glass. 
Anyone for another……………..
 
And then back to the hotel, for a shower and evening meal.