My Design Team Member challenge this month was to create something representing Autumn and Harvest. Immediately in my mind an image of a gorgeous Harvest Moon appeared, with vivid autumnal colours framing a simple sillhouette.
To start off, I covered the entire circular base with yellow hardener, which I also sprayed with mahogany bister before drying with a hair dryer to create my first layer of texture. I think it looks like a cake at this stage.
Now it was time to gently add a layer Stone Art to one side of the circle, to create some moon like texture. I also added a bit of stoneart to the edges of my circle. Now it resembled a cake with a dusting of icing.
My finishing touch for the front of my sculpture was to Paint a very fine lined image of some wheat sheafs in Black Acrylic for the sillhouette
Have you noticed an animal theme this month with Abigail’s adorable elephant and Donna’s beautiful afghan hound? Hi it’s Kore here with my August blog. So how about a butterfly? I know, it’s an insect really but it’s a beautiful creature that needs celebrating! I live in a busy city and don’t see too many butterflies but I have lovely memories of Buddleia bushes full of Red Admirals and Peacocks. The wonderful thing about this butterfly is that it can be made with whatever materials you have and what ever size you like for home or garden.
Creating the base
Make wings from wire and foil or cut them from thick card. Masking tape is great for covering foil. I made the body from some rolled up foil and taped this too. Rolled up paper would work too. A quick look on the internet for a template was helpful with the shape. Then the Powertex came out!
Using bright Powertex
I used Red Powertex because I wanted to experiment. There are no rules here. Use what you have to cover the wings and the body pieces. I cut pieces of cotton fabric, massaged in some red Powertex and wrapped these around the body and wings until they were all covered on both sides. It was fun to create lots of texture in the wings and make ragged edges.When the parts were covered I used pieces of fabric in Powertex to attach the wings to the body. I tucked a couple of wire antennae into the body too.
Decorating the butterfly
This where you can get really play with your favourite materials. Use what you have to add texture and colour. I covered the “back” of the wings with a mix of red Powertex and Rusty Powder and small balls. It’s one of my favourite combinations and the red gives the rust a lovely warm glow.
Try this:Spray Bister through stencils or allow it to “puddle” in the texturesSprinkle small balls or sand onto wet PowertexUse Easy Structure to create lines and shapesSprinkle Bister granules onto wet Powertex for little shots of intense colour and textureSplatter acrylic inks and paints
There are so many ways to add colour but I was really happy with using Bister sprays on my butterfly. I chose Red and Yellow and sprayed generously to let the colour run around in the textures. I also used the brown Bister to paint circles onto the back of the wings. I also used some acrylic inks from The Secret Art Loft at Powertex UK. I let Viola ink just run all over it. Let it dry!
Decorate both sides of the wings using your favourite products. The wings are a great place to try something new. This is where it’s fun to have no plan! I really enjoyed just playing and if I didn’t like something I either wiped it off or painted over it!
Adding the last highlights is really fun with Powertex. I dry brushed with orange and yellow ochre pigments in Easy Varnish first. I chose to highlight with Ivory Powertex and Limoncello metallic pigment which worked beautifully to add some sparkle.
Then a timely delivery of Metallic gold ink Powertex UK. I couldn’t resist adding some to my butterfly. It’s lush and rich and it’s going to be amazing for some autumn projects! A little on the wings and antennae for a finishing touch.
While I was waiting for one stage to dry, I took the chance to make a couple of tiny butterflies. I printed a couple of butterfly templates from the internet. I glued them onto card so I could cut out two sturdy little butterflies and then painted them with Powertex. I used less texture on these but still applied some rusty texture and then played with acrylic paints and metallic pigment powders.
The acrylic paints were in Blueberry Pie and Orange Marmalade and the pigments in Berry sour and Tequila sunrise. Gorgeous! The puddles of bister on the back of these is wonderful.
I think I’ll keep adding different textures and colour to these butterflies. Just when I think I’m done I have an idea to add something else! She’s a big butterfly too. When she’s finished, a coat of varnish (to fix the Bister) and she’ll be a lovely on an outside wall.
After a few days the Powertex will harden and fix your butterfly. In my pictures she’s still new and not hardened so I can move the wings. When you leave your butterfly to set I recommend propping up the wings so they can harden in your preferred position.
So pick out your favourite materials and decorate a butterfly. It’s time to let your art out!
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.
Until next time,
For this month’s blog I was given the Venetian Masquerade Project pack to work with, and my goodness is there a lot to play with in this kit. No less than three MDF masks, oodles of mdf embellishments, and some absolutely beautiful venetian rice paper.
How gloriously decadent.
I’m not lucky enough to have ever been to Venice, but I always imagine it to have a slightly surreal air about it.
I decided to create a triptych using three long canvasses. Because of my perceived idea of what Venice is like, I was aiming to create a dream like feel. I don’t know about you, but I always find Venetian masks gorgeous, but also slightly ominous, and I also wanted to convey this in my final piece.
To start off with I laid out my three canvasses, and placed my Powertex goodies on them to get a rough idea of how I was going to do this. I always do this in the full knowledge that my ideas will change once I get going, and I’m absolutely fine with this. Go with the flow is my motto.
Once I had a rough plan, I set about creating a watery feel by pouring ivory powertex and blue powertex onto the canvas, and swirling them together with a scraper. I then added some blue bister in patches to add a feeling of depth.
I then painted my mdf masks in the Secret Art Loft Acrylic Paint Blueberry Pie, before adding some Easy 3D Flex on top of this. I like to add a bit of colour underneath 3D Flex so that you get glimpses of it coming through once the cracks start to appear. To make 3D Flex I mixed in in with Ivory Powertex to create a clay texture and then put this on top of my masks. I left them in a warm place to dry overnight, which is when the cracks develop.
Now it was time to start putting the whole thing together. I used the gorgeous inteference pigments to add an ethereal sheen to my masks, and for the lips I used red powertex sprayed over with brown bister to create an end of the night decadence to them.
Ages ago I had picked up the black lacy masks knowing that at some point the perfect opportunity for using them would arise, and here was just that opportunity. I soaked these in transparent powertex before adding them to my masks.
I wanted my smaller mask to have a bit of bling to it, so added some chainmail junk jewellery I had in my stash to the beak. I then made a headress using more jewellry and the mdf feathers. I toned the whole thing down by spraying with brown bister before using my fingers to rub in more interference pigments and also turquoise throughout the whole piece where I felt it needed a bit more light and shade.
Finally, I felt the need to add actual feathers to my smaller mask. I always know once I get my feathers out that it is time to stop, so I downed tools at that point.
Making your own Powertex fairy house wall hanging is as easy as ABC when you use the Powertex MDF project pack.
Here are my simple step by step instructions. Feel free to use your imagination and come up with your own versions.
1. Lay out your template and whatever embellishments you choose to decorate it with.
2. Use black Powertex hardener to paint all the mdf pieces. Then attach the roof to the main body of the house. You can use Powertex to do this as it acts as a very strong glue.
3. I had originally planned to use some textured wall paper for the body of the house, but as I was using corrugated cardboard for the roof, I decided to use this for the body of the house also, but added variety by turning it sideways.
Draw around the shapes you want to cover and cut them out of the cardboard (or textured material/paper of your choice.) Then soak the this in the powertex and place it onto the mdf.
(I don’t know why, but I always imagine fairies living in quite ramshackle houses, so before soaking my cardboard, I tore off random pieces of the ridges to reveal the smoother underneath card, just to add a feeling of wear and tear.) I also added some thin string in sort of hash tag shapes to give a slight patched up feeling to my house.
4. Now place the embellishments where you want them to go. For my design I also soaked some pieces of thin material to add texture to the door, and added some little buttons just because I thought they looked cute.
5. Allow the house time to dry off completely. This process can be speeded up by using a hair dryer.
6. Once it is dry, and the fabric feels hard to the touch you can dry brush your design.
8. Now dip your brush into a small amount of Powertex Colour Pigment of your choice.
9. Wipe the brush off on a piece of paper towel before sweeping it gently over your design. The aim is to pick up the highlights of your texture, not cover the whole thing completely. It is advisable to start off lightly and build up the depth of colour you are aiming for, as a little goes a long way. You do not need to use a huge colour palette. For this design I used Burgundy, Silver and a tiny bit of White
And there you have it. A gorgeous little Powertex fairy dwelling that any of the little folk would be proud to live in.
Please note, the little sparkles are my own little resident fairies courtesy of the KiraDroid photo app.
How about making this gorgeous Powertex Owl as a wall hanging. He will watch over you wisely, and is a real hoot to make:
You will need:
1 x Powertex MDF Owl Kit
Bronze Powertex Hardener
Strips of natural material (Powertex does not like synthetic material)
1 x Button
Lace Cut Offs
Powertex Colour Pigments
Powertex Easy Varnish
1 x flat brush
Whatever you want to use for eyes – (I used a glass cabochon eye, and a false eyelash from one of the bargain beauty shops).
Here is what you need to do:
1. Paint all your MDF pieces with the Bronze Powertex
2. Cut a shape for the tummy area out of corrugated cardboard, and soak it in the hardener.
3. Soak strips of material in the hardener, and scrunch them up to cover the remaining area of your MDF template, including the wings.
4. Soak the large button in powertex, and place it where you want the beak to go. Once in place, stick the mdf beak on top. (The powertex will act as a glue). Now place the circular shapes where you want the eyes to be. (For my owl I also added two tiny strips of fabric to act as arms for his glasses. I also soaked my false eyelash at this stage and put it in place. Although the eye is also in this photo, I did not add this until right at the end.
5. I added little mdf butterflies on each ear as I thought this looked cute.
6. On the branch, I added string soaked in Powertex to give the appearance of wood.
7. Finally, add his little feet on top of the branch, and if you want to soak some lace cut off pieces in Powertex and place on his tummy area.
8. Allow the whole thing to dry off thoroughly, so that the material feels hard when you put your hand on it.
9. Once dry, use Powertex colour pigments of your choice to dry brush*. I used Rich Gold, Bronze Gold and Silver. There is no need to use too many colours, as sometimes less can be more with a colour scheme.
10. Last but not least, put a tiny amount of Powertex onto the back of the glass eye, and put it in place.
What a handsome chap he is!!
* To dry brush simply put a small amount of Powertex Easy Varnish onto a flat brush. Dip this into the colour pigment of your choosing. (You will not need much pigment at all, it is far better to start off lightly and build up if you wish to). Now, wipe the brush off on a piece of paper towel so that it is not very wet at all, and gently skim the brush, keeping it as flat as possible, over the textures in your design. The idea is to simply pick out the highlights, not paint into every nook and cranny.
And that is it. Simples. Use your imagination to come up with variations on the design, and if you wish to then we would love to see a photo over on the Powertex Studio Facebook page.
Powertex combined with Alice in Wonderland? Whoever would have come up with that idea? The guys at Powertex UK that’s who. And you’ve got to admit it, it’s a match made in heaven.
As anyone who has ever dabbled with Powertex will tell you, the possibilities for going with the imaginative flow are limitless. Throw in a bit of the total other wordliness of Alice in Wonderland and you just know you are in for a roller coaster ride of creativity.
They are both the most fun ever, but being more of a mad hatter type of girl than a tea time kind of girl I have decided to show what I did with the top hat set in this blog:
I started off by painting the whole thing with black powertex, and allowing the pieces to dry separately.
I then carefully tore round some of the card shapes in the Alice in Wonderland Rice Paper. I used Powertex easy varnish to position the Cheshire Cat in pride of place on the hat. And then placed the smaller ones over the card shapes. I decided to have these sneakily poking out of the top of the hat. I used some very scrappy thin lace that I had in my material stash to add some shabby texture to the hat.
Doing the feather was my favourite part. I used Powertex Power Cotton covered in black powertex and gradually built up the strands of the feather shape and allowed it to dry. I then used the new inteference powders available from Powertex UK to add a gloriously irredescent sheen to the feather.
I wanted the hat to be at a slightly jaunty angle, so when I was piecing it together with the hat band, I made sure not to be too accurate with my placement of the top part.
I used a nice quality piece of natural fabric soaked in the powertex to cover the band with, making sure to get lots of nice texture and wrinkles going, and again used the inteference powders to enhance this texture once it was dry.
I fished out an old bow tie I’d picked up from a second hand store ages ago, and also knew at once that I had to use a little tassle I’d been hanging onto waiting for just the right project. I think it adds an air of shabby decadence.
I added a few stone art flowers, and couldn’t resist adding an mdf cobweb as I very much doubt the Mad Hatter takes good care of his possessions. I also got to use the wonderful new and very bright acrylics on the 10/6 price tag.
All in all I would say this has been my favourite MDF kit to date. I just love the crazy funkiness of it, and the freedom to go fairly wild.
As Alice herself said ‘This is my dream – I’ll decide where it goes from here’ I wonder where your Wonderland adventures will take you?
We hope you are enjoying this new theme. Do share you makes with us over at the Powertex Studio as we love to see your creations.
Oh my gosh, isn’t this Cheshire cat hat by Annette just adorable.
It wouldn’t be an Abigail project if there wasn’t a rainbow of colour in there. Love this!
Well, it wouldn’t have been right if I hadn’t of made a journal now would it?
Kore Sage DT 2018
Our Tracey will be showing you the techniques so you can re-create some stunning works of art in time for your tea party. Are you ready to join us in wonderland? Don’t be late. Tune in or look on catch up online for the shows which will be airing at 12pm and 4pm. Free view 85, Sky 663 or free sat 817 Let us know what you thought on our Facebook page. And if you need any extra guidance from a local tutor contact us at Powertex UK and we can put you in touch. Toodles Anna xXx