Nature inspired Powertex painting

By Shell North

For this article I was asked to talk about my favorite artist. I have lots of things around me like nature that inspire me but rarely a well known artist.

I was inspired to push my Powertex canvas work further a couple of years ago by fellow Powertex tutor and artist Rosie Casselden. This was my first piece with Rosie in her studio with a little guidance.

I had never braved painting detail before so it was a big thing to me, but wow did it opened doors to floods of ideas. So I would say Rosie is definitely a favorite artist of mine that inspires me.

Powertex nature painting art by Shell North
‘Natures strength’ (spring edition) Powertex mixed media canvas by Shell North

I started painting fauna and flora but with a mixed media twist, using textures and random items such as shirts.

Powertex painting mixed media canvas by Shell North inspired by nature
‘The Dandy-lion’ Powertex mixed media canvas by Shell North

Upon sharing this to the Powertex studio group there was a comment “Elfie Cella does some amazingly inspirational work”. She does some textural nature art using textiles and everyday objects. Here is some of her work, which has become my inspiration.

How to make a nature inspired Powertex painting

Materials list

Step 1

Plan your scene, starting by draw a den around where the foxes go and adding a grass line, tree and moon out line. Add X’s where the very high textured area will be.

Draw out the scene fro your nature painting

Step 2

Paint around your napkin image with a paint brush and water and then tear away the excess napkin, remove top layer.

Step 3

Coat the fox den with a layer of Easy coat. Carefully place napkin image on top then coat another layer working from the middle outwards. Once dry add another coat.

Coat nature napkin scene with Easy Coat Mat

Step 4

Paint the areas that require texture thickly with Transparent Powertex, sprinkle with art balls, stone art powder and 3D flex and add fabric with Transparent Powertex.

Finally sprinkle stone art along higher ground.

Tip: Dust off any loose bits when dry. Also note that you don’t want balls in the higher ground area as it will make harder to paint any roots later.

Add textures with Powertex

Step 5

Spray all the texture with Brown and Black bister, avoiding the foxes. Dry with hair dryer.

Step 6

Using Paynes grey acrylic paint and a little water on your wash brush, paint the night sky, avoid the tree and moon. While wet, dab with a scrunched piece of tissue roll and leave to dry.

Step 7

Using a mix of different shades of white and paynes grey, create moon shades by stippling. Add very watery white around the moon for its aura. Finally using a fan brush flick white over the sky for stars.

Paint the sky with acrylics for this nature inspired painting

Step 8

Use the pre-made brown stone art clay, sculpt around the tree outline, paint the thinner branches with brown acrylic.

Use clay to create a tree on the canvas for a nature Powertex painting

Step 9

Now add all the detail such as grass in shades of green and yellow, roots shades of browns and white mixed, branches and bark in shades of browns.

To finish dry brush the dirt textured area with various shades of light brown to off white acrylic paint.

So here’s the finished piece….

Shell North nature Powertex painting on canvas
Sleeping fox cubs by moonlight’ Powertex mixed media canvas By Shell North

I hope I’ve inspired you to push your canvas work in a different direction. If you would like to have a go at this or something similar you can contact me on my website at The Crafty Little Corner or take a look at my other design team projects.

Well that’s all from me this month, see you again in the days running up to Christmas for my last blog of the year!

Peace, love and cosy fox cub cuddles

Shell x

Powertex canvas, an Italy inspired landscape

Hello, it’s Kore here with this month’s Italian theme! We’ve been spoiled with some fantastic themed projects. How about a textured landscape on canvas, inspired by those beautiful Venetian rivers?

Powertex canvas, Italian landscape

So the theme this month is Italy and I have a confession. One of the most significant people in my life is Italian and I have never visited Italy! So I spent some time looking at some photos of the village where he lived and some of Venice. Such beautiful landscapes.

Italy Landscapes
Photos from Unsplash.com

My project is a dimensional canvas using these gorgeous Italian landscapes as inspiration. I’m using card, paper and fabric and texture mediums to create the landscape and bister sprays for muted colours with lots of atmosphere.

Ingredients

Powertex productsCanvas or board
Powertex Ivory
Fabric, paper and card pieces of your choice, include embellishments, lace or wooden pieces you like
Powertex Easy Structure
Powertex Stone Art
Powertex 3D Sand
Powertex Bister sprays in Blue, Brown and Red
A flat brush
Large pieces of pieces for tearing as masks
A circular cut out or stencil

Step 1

Prime your canvas with Ivory Powertex. I’m using a rectangular canvas approximately 28cm x 35cm.
Choose fabric, paper and card pieces to use as textures and to give the impression of buildings or a bridge.

Use Powertex to coat and adhere the pieces. Create lots of texture in any fabric or papers to create interest.

Apply Easy Structure to parts of the canvas. Use a palette knife or plastic card to scrape it down.
When your textured pieces are in place, leave to dry.

Powertex canvas textures

This video gives you a speedy glimpse into how I put my first layers of texture down. You can see I had a couple of pencil lines on my canvas to help me but this isn’t necessary. It’s also upside down to you!

Step 2

When it’s dry you can add more textures as you like. I like to add lots of organic textures using Stone Art and 3D Sand.
Brush on some Ivory Powertex onto the “buildings” and “bridge” shapes. Sprinkle the Stone Art onto the Powertex, be generous, then press into place. Gently brush away any excess Stone Art with your fingers. It can be put into a container for use later. Repeat this until you have a raised rough texture on the buildings.

I’ve also added Easy Structure above the bridge and then pressed a circular stencil into the paste for texture. Any stencil will work but wash the Easy Structure from your stencil straight away.

Daub on some Ivory Powertex in areas where you would like a finer texture and sprinkle 3D Sand onto it. This is a finer texture but looks great when the colour is added. When sprinkled onto wet Powertex the 3D Sand is best left to dry before the excess is brushed off.

Powertex canvas textures with Stone Art, Easy Structure and 3D Sand

Step 3

When all the textures are dry it’s time to add colour. I’m using Bister sprays. These water based sprays are perfect for Powertex textures. The ink runs into the textures making dark shadows and picking out all the textures in the surface. Even better, the sprays will wipe away with a wet cloth to create highlights on the raised areas. I’ve chosen blue, brown and red for my project. The muted colours of Bister work really well for this landscape.

Spray the Bisters generously onto your canvas. Focus mainly on the textured areas and use torn paper scraps to protect areas you don’t want coloured. Overlay colours while wet.

Use a wet cloth to wipe away Bister from the raised areas to create highlights.

When dry, use a brush to add Ivory Powertex for highlights or to lighten other parts of the canvas. I brushed a little at the top of the canvas and also over the “water”.

Powertex canvas landscape close up
Powertex canvas landscape close up
Powertex landscape canvas textures Italy inspired
Italy inspired Powertex canvas

Powertex texture products can be used in lots of ways but if you have a pot of Stone Art or Easy Structure waiting for a project, why not give a landscape canvas a try? These products are great for layering up and all work brilliantly together. They are the foundation of my mixed media art.

If you would like to see more Powertex creations pop along to The Powertex Studio facebook group where you can share your makes too. Powertex Addicts United on Instagram has lots of inspiration from across the world.

You can also find my personal Powertex blogs over at koresageart.com.

Until next time, make a little space in your week to let your art out.

Kore x