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.



Shinning star for December


Wind and rain weren’t going to stop this lady from spending 10 days in the cold over Christmas peddling her wares and sharing the wonders of her talent, art and Powertex with everyone. So 
Decembers shining star award at Powertex Uk went to certified tutor Bron Jones. Well done!


After 29 years in the profession, Bron has now retired and has been enjoying working alongside established artists. 

More recently, Bron has begun to use Powertex in her paintings to give another dimension and the depth of texture that evokes the ruggedness of places such as the Pembrokeshire coast and the Preseli mountains. 


“Sometimes you want to see an image that reminds you of a place or a moment, but at others, all you need is a combination of colours, a pattern, or a particular swipe of the palette knife, to transport you there and make you smile.”


Located in Llandeilo, Carmarthenshire Wales Bron Jones covers SA Postcode area for Powertex Uk. Visit her beautiful website for more information on the variety of workshops she teaches. Enjoy. Toodles Anna xXx

It’s Owl a bit punky

Hi there Fi here having some fun with the January Owl project pack from Powertex UK.
This kit is a bit of Owl-right! Lots of luscious embellishments and a super MDF base kit that will be a great outdoor decoration once the spring comes and the owl has had time to fully cure (about 4 weeks).
So let’s get started!

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 poured some Powertex onto the body and worked in to pieces of the kitchen paper, moving the kitchen paper into position with my brush.

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.

Remember Powertex is paint, glue, fabric hardener, pigment all in one so no need for additional mediums

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.

Until next time…
Fi xxx

 

 

 

Shinning star for November

This months shining star award at Powertex Uk went to a tutor who has been working hard at her social media and producing some really wonderful videos of work to inspire and which included some really wonderful variety of workshops too.
Without further a do, well done to Wendy Reed.
 
  I am certified Powertex UK Tutor, I have covered Fabric Sculpting and Stone Art techniques. I offer workshops, classes, demonstrations and Poweretex Parties at my workshop in Craftsite, Cramlington Northumberland or in your own homes / craft group premises.


I think you will agree our tutors do a fabulous job of bringing fantastic workshops and ideas to inspire us! Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas. Toodles Anna xXx





Octobers shiniest star

Our shiniest star of the month for October went to tutor Jill Cullum. Social media can be a massive challenge at times. It takes a lot to learn and discover the techniques to reach people. Jill made a fabulous start this month with her Instagram and the hq team felt she deserved the recognition for this.
Jill Cullum is a Certified Level 3 Tutor who offers fun and friendly workshops in the Grimsby/Cleethorpes/Scunthorpe area including villages inbetween. Jill has crafted for many years in various crafts and is now pleased to offer workshops using Powertex.
Jill is very busy out and about teaching various workshops in her area under her business Purple Meadow Art & crafts. She also manages to fit in the odd fair here and there too, displaying her beautiful works of art and sharing the wonders of Powertex. 
A variety of workshops Jill teaches include funky fish.
Mixed media Mirrors.
And these adorable little gnomes.
Here are a few more works of art from Jill. I think the little dog has got to be one of my favourites. If you fancy trying your hand at a workshop, visit our website Powertex UK for tutors in your area. 
Toodles Anna xXx

Tutors Halloween Challenge

Well, Halloween came and went ever so quickly. It seems the days are flying past quicker than I can get all my jobs done. But I haven’t forgotten about our tutor challenge. So without further a do here are the pictures of the tutors ideas for Halloween.

The team at Powertex UK Hq thought they were all fantastic but there can be only one winner…
It was a tough decision to make…
As you can see the range of ideas was superb.
 But we went with this little guy…
Well done to Rachel Angela Pullen. Who will be winning a bottle of her favourite colour Powertex. Toodle pip Anna xXx

We’ll meet again….

Well, what an amazing response we had from you all at the Birmingham NEC hobbycrafts show. It was so wonderful to share with everyone our love for Powertex!
The team at Powertex Uk hq worked like busy bees and did a grand job of filling packets, labeling, punching, stapling, organising and packing stock in between the normal day jobs. 
Tracey and Garry out did themselves again!! They had a long Wednesday set up, with a 7 am start and they didn’t return home to 6.30 pm. But they certainly brought the blank canvas that was the stand to life. With a beautiful array of new products, samples and jaw dropping, stunning artwork.

The creative team were a buzz with excitement. It’s so lovely for the tutors to get an opportunity to get together and put a face to the name you often speak with on social media. And gives them all the experience of a big show and to share there knowledge and passion too! 

We managed to catch up with some old faces and some brand new ones who had never seen Powertex before.
We had a good lark about with our neighbours, whom included the crew at Hochanda, Craig at Marbling 4 fun and the team at Totally beads to name but a few. Convinced some of them to go pink for Powertex pink sunday. And raised a bit of money for Cancer Research in the process.  Who says you can’t have a bit of fun on the last day!
We crashed out yesterday and had an easy one. Traceys feet were broken, don’t worry not literally, Garry had overdosed on sweeties and my ribs were aching from all the laughter. We always have a good crack at the shows and I think that’s apparent from the atmosphere on the Powertex UK stand. 
We hope you all enjoyed yourselves. We definitely did! Until next time, we’ll meet again. That’s all folks. Toodles Anna xXx 

Jack, Sarah, Powerwax and an important question!

Hello again

Well I bet you were wondering what has been happening with Jack and Sarah?

They took 6 weeks leave in Summer and Jack took her on her own Grand European Tour.  They kissed on the Rialto bridge, climbed every mountain in Austria (!), visited Aphrodite’s rock and ended their tour at Monets garden in Giverney France.  Here inspired by the surroundings, Jack knew he had found his true soul mate and so just had to ask the question……….

He chose a MDF box which had been altered using Powertex Ivory and 3D Flex with bister.

Moulded fish and lily pads had been added and coloured with bister also.

The whole box inside and out was then shaded using the new Powerwax to give beautiful depth and shading.

But what was the question?

 

And what will be her answer?

Until next time have fun in all your creative adventures

Ax

The twinkliest of toes for September went to….

Did the month of September just fly by for anyone else? It was lovely to see someone with a little extra twinkle to their toes. Septembers shining star was Abigail Lagden of Curiously contrary. My she has been a busy lady and she bagged herself a fab two week residency at the Durham Dales centre to boot! Fantastic result Abigail.
It truly does prove that hard work pays off. I think she did a pretty incredible job of making a very plain space pop with all her beautiful creations don’t you? 

Abigail describes her journey so far:
It makes me smile to create something new and beautiful and if it also makes someone else smile, then I feel like I have made the world a happier place.
I run a variety of fabric sculpting and mixed media workshops which allow participants to discover their creativity and complete beautiful projects. 
 Abigail’s thoughts on her residency: 
It gave me the space and time to be creative away from my kitchen table and the distractions of home. I met lots of lovely people who popped in to see what I was doing and I got to talk about my work and the processes involved. It also made me think about where I want to be in the future and what I need to be doing to get there. The two weeks have left me ready for a little rest but also empowered, motivated and inspired to keep going on my artistic journey.

Some of the wonderful works of art created by Abigail on her residency. 

And what a journey this magical Powertex leads us on. Abigail is a lady after my own heart I love her style and the beautiful colours she uses on her works of art. Love Abigail’s work too? Click the link to her Facebook and give her a follow, you know you want to https://www.facebook.com/curiouslycontrary/

Abigail is fully certified to teach you in all aspects of Powertex including Fabric Sculpting, Stone Art techniques, Mixed Media Painting and Easy 3D Flex for Darlington (DL Postcode areas). You can find details of all the tutors across the uk at Powertex UK. Toodle pip Anna xXx