Congratulations to Faith Waddell with her beautiful Ivory and Bister vase. Her embellishments are layered beautifully!
If you would like to take part in the Powertex UK monthly challenge you can find all the details here on the magazine or over on Facebook in The Powertex Studio Announcements. The new challenge is announced on the 5th of the month. See you there.
The Powertex tutors may be taking a break but there’s plenty of tutorials to help keep you creating with your Powertex. Annette Smyth is a Master tutor based in Leamington Spa and has plenty of ideas to keep you crafting. Her blog is full of inspiration and step by step tutorials.
If you have followed the magazine for a while you might recognize some of these from her previous blogs. Annette shares her ideas on her website too along with some brilliant step by step tutorials, some with video instruction to help you.
Head over to her website to see all her tutorials including for these gorgeous clown fish.
These incredible crane sculptures were created with a Powertex UK limited edition mdf shape however Powertex can be used with many different materials so you can use what have to create an armature.
This Alice in Wonderland inspired make was even seen on Hochanda. Isn’t the texture fantastic!
Head over to her website to find out more about Annette and read her blogs.
The Spring Collection from Powertex UK is a range of mixed media art and craft supplies perfect for use with Powertex Universal Medium. Powertex is a fabric hardener, paint and adhesive and comes in a range of colours and these supplies are chosen to work brilliantly with the Powertex product range.
Choose from fabric florals, silicone moulds, printed rice papers, nature inspired textures and mdf shapes for Powertex projects to welcome in the Spring.
Remember Powertex Universal Medium and Easy Varnish make it easy to create projects for outside too. Just allow 3 weeks curing time for Powertex and use Easy Varnish to protect your colours.
Use Stone Art clay mixture or air drying clay with the silicone moulds for brilliant detail in your embellishments. The beautiful fabric flowers are perfect for use with fabric hardener, because they can be shaped before setting into position and hardening. Great for curved surfaces such as bottles or polystyrene rings.
Include bees, hares, flowers or leaves for nature inspired projects. Use fabric texture packs to create natural textures and interest.
For your base try a polystyrene ring or mdf frame such as the hexagonal art board. If you love to carve out some unusual textures and shapes give the craft foam a try.
See the full Spring Collection at Powertex UK and there’s 10% off until 22nd March for the Mother’s Day promotion.
It’s time to “Bee Creative” for this month’s Powertex UK prize challenge. The theme this month is buzzing so get busy and inspired with these Bee projects from Powertex tutors.
Whether you want to create a bee sculpture or use the Bee mould or MDF shapes in a mixed media art or sculpt your own from fabric or Stone Art clay, there’s lots of possibilities for your supplies. Include at least one bee to enter your project. Hexagons, flowers, leaves and natural textures will all work brilliantly, just add your favourite colours in pigments, paints or Bister for a really organic finish.
‘Busy bees bumbled all around
The twisted ivy covered ground
Honeycomb oozes with golden treasure
Sounds of buzzing is pure pleasure’
The limited edition March Secret Art Box also has a bee theme and a few boxes are still available but bee quick!
To enter your project, post your photo into the March photo album at The Powertex Studio on Facebook. One lucky UK winner will receive a prize and the entries will be featured here in the online magazine and on our social media pages.
Read more about the terms of the challenge here in the magazine or take a look at last month’s amazing entries. Congratulations to Jenny Shepherd for her brilliantly detailed mixed media Steampunk art in February.
The February challenge encouraged you to enter with a Steampunk theme. Claire from Powertex UK wrote a poem to inspire you and Powertex tutors had plenty of ideas to get you crafting.
There are over 70 photos in The Powertex Studio for the Monthly Challenge and you can see all the entries, including some from Powertex tutors, in the February album.
“Wise old owl; his lucks come in Lucky sixpence gets him a win! Steampunk funk the cogs just spin My heart is black but full within”
The winner of the prize from Powertex UK this month is Jenny Shepherd with her fabulous mixed media art. Jenny has layered lots of details and mixed media embellishments in her art while following the theme.
The entries ranged from glorious hats to fabulous mixed media art. Here’s the entries from Powertex Addicts.
Animals are always a popular make and these entries from Alison and Chris are amazing!
These hats from Michael and Rita are brilliant ideas for the challenge.
Great clock creations
Clocks are a popular choice for a steampunk theme, like these from Sarah, Kelly and Trinity, who added hers to a hat! Clock parts are a great way to put a steampunk twist on your mixed media creations.
These mixed media art pieces are by Julia, Sue, Audrey and a great piece posted by David for his wife. These creations have some fabulous details using cogs and gears and metal textures. These are brilliant examples of mixed media layering.
Thank you so much for all your entries and congratulations to Jenny for her winning Powertex art. The next challenge will be posted on Facebook on the 5th March. We hope you’ll join us. Remember there’s a prize for a UK entry. You can find all the in The Powertex Studio Announcements and here in the magazine.
Powertex UK carry a range of Steampunk inspired craft supplies for your more industrial themed mixed media projects. This gorgeous mixed media art piece was created by Suzanne Tarburton using the Secret Art Box.
Here’s a few of our favourite supplies from The Steampunk Collection.
Mdf shapes are always popular because they work brilliantly with Powertex, are lightweight and easy to decorate and style with your favourite colours and textures. We love to use mdf on canvases, mdf frames and craft foam.
Moulds are an excellent way to keep your supplies topped up! Mix up some Stone Art clay (or use air dry clay) and make as many embellishments as you need or stock up your stash for later. Keys and cogs never go out of style.
If you like a bit of Steampunk in your crafty creations, take a look at these examples from Powertex tutors! There’s still time to enter the Powertex UK Monthly Challenge which is Steampunk themed in February. Head over to Facebook The Powertex Studio for all the details. See you there!
When I first opened the Secret Art Box February, I was amazed to discover all the fantastic goodies inside and I couldn’t wait to start creating. As I was deciding what to make I came across some chipboard words ‘Discover, Create, and Share’. They seemed to fit the bill perfectly, so I used them on my canvas, and now I would like to share my creation, and how I made it, with you.
Take the large heart from the Feb Box, use Easy Structure through stencils, and do the same with two smaller hearts.
Once dry paint the large heart with Bronze Powertex and the two smaller with White Powertex from the box.
On a 10in, x 8in canvas panel spread structure paste through stencils and spread white Powertex thickly using a spatula in some of the blank areas.
Before the Powertex dries, spray the canvas with Blue Bister and Aqua mixed media ink, to encourage cracks to form.
Top Tip: Use an old packaging box as a spray booth to avoid everything on your table from getting covered in ink.
Paint the cogs from the MDF sheet with Bronze Powertex, then sprinkle with sand and 3d balls and another coat of bronze Powertex to give texture.
Highlight with Copper Penny acrylic paint, Aqua media ink, applied with a brush and Colortricx clear gold pigment mixed with Easy Varnish.
Start to layer the hearts, MDF cogs and chipboard pieces using the off cut MDF from the box underneath to support the layers.
Paint the chipboard words with White Powertex, then spray with Acrylic Inks in Aqua and Violet.
Spray Brown Bister under hearts and cogs to add depth. Then highlight all over using Acrylic Inks –Aqua and Violet and Copper Penny and Silver Sixpence metallic paints.
Hint: Don’t just think you have to use the Acrylic Ink Sprays as a spray; I very often spray them onto my glass mat and apply with a brush, for more controlled colour placement.
There is so much in these Secret Art Boxes, I was able to use other pieces from this month’s Art box to create this journal cover, and there is still plenty left for more projects.
I hope I’ve inspired you to ‘Discover, Create and Share’ all your Powertex Projects and perhaps inspired you further to order next month’s Secret Art Box. Why not join us over on Facebook at The Powertex Studio group. We love to see your makes and it is a great place to get some inspiration or ask questions.
I am a certified Powertex Tutor, if you would like to find out more about my art, and me you can check out my Facebook page Crafting with Love and Fairy Dust. You can also see more projects using the Secret Art box here in the magazine.
The Powertex UK Secret Art Box is also available from uOpen subscription boxes. It’s a great way to sign up and a gift option is available too. Plus, they have a Valentine’s sale on until 16th February 2020 so you can get 10% off.
Take a look at these Steampunk Powertex projects from UK tutors to inspire your own crafting. It’s the theme for the Monthly Challenge in The Powertex Studio in February. Put your own Steampunk spin on these ideas or create something unique and join us!
Claire from Powertex UK has written a poem to inspire you too.
For the Love of Steampunk
“Wise old owl; his lucks come in Lucky sixpence gets him a win! Steampunk funk the cogs just spin My heart is black but full within”
Think cogs and gears, clock parts, copper pipes, metal textures and corsetry or lace to give your creations a steampunk twist. Steampunk is all about mixing up Victorian steam age with the future so go wild with old meets new.
Steampunk crafting by Powertex tutors
Layer up a mixed media style art with mdf cogs and metal textures like Sylvia Blackshaw.
Use moulds to add pipework like Samantha Thompson.
Use Powertex fabric hardener to create Victorian ruffles like Sarah Jayne Ambrose.
Julie gives her owl a mechanical makeover.
Suzanne gets creative with cogs and gears in her sculpture.
Add clockwork parts to a hat for a steampunk costume or prop like Liz Dixon.
Use moulds, mdf and metal embellishments like Gill Goldsmith.
Add a touch of Victoriana to a sculpture like Wendy Reed.
Everyone is welcome to join in and you might see a lot of tutor makes in the photo album to inspire you.
Last month’s theme was Alice in Wonderland and Elisa Miles was the lucky prize winner. We’d love to see your Powertex steampunk creations in the challenge photo album too! The challenge is open until the 25th February.
Entries for the January Powertex UK Monthly Challenge
The Powertex UK monthly prize challenge for 2020 gets off to a magical start with Alice in Wonderland as the theme for entries. We have plenty of top hats, teapots, rabbits and pocket watches in The Powertex Studio Facebook group. The Powertex UK team at HQ have chosen a UK winner to receive a prize!
“We were stunned by the standard of our first challenge and choosing a winner was not an easy task however we decided on Elisa’s entry as we felt it was a great effort from someone fairly new to Powertex.”
Tracey Evans, Powertex UK
Entries from Powertex tutors are not eligible for the prize but you can see them in The Powertex Studio photo album. Here are the brilliant entries eligible to win, scroll down to see the winning entry by Elisa Miles!
Teapots were a favourite
We love these teapot themed makes from Tricia Lewis, Michele Morfett, Lynda Hodson and Julie Harding.
Top hats featured too with fantastic creations from Kristen Penrod, Jeanette Wright and Amanda Minx Daley.
This piece from Julia Hargreave uses Powertex for a mixed media layered creation.
And the winner is…
Gorgeous work Elisa. Elisa wins the 5% OFF prize voucher this month and next time it could be you!
A huge thank you to everyone who entered the challenge. The next theme will be announced in The Powertex Studio group on Facebook on the 5th February 2020. We hope you’ll join us.
January’s monthly Powertex challenge is Alice in Wonderland, now doesn’t that just conjure up all sorts of exciting possibilities. Dave and I put on our thinking caps and started to work around all things teapots and cups. Out of nowhere an idea popped into my head, a Queen of Hearts Bones.
I have been thinking of getting out my old sewing machine and doing a bit, this would work well with my idea. I had some perfect fabrics in my stash for this, so let the fun begin. We did have to reign in a bit here as we were getting carried away.
The first step was for Dave to make me a stand and fix a head on it or in our case a skull. Build a body using foil and masking tape, also a dress shape for draping material over.
Attach this to a rather nice shaped bottle, this of course needs to be emptied first, not difficult with having just celebrated Christmas and New year. Coat the whole thing with black Powertex Universal Medium.
Dress the figure
Use white cotton fabric and cut the front panel of the dress covered with Black Powertex and fix it in place. Wrap another piece around the waist to start to form the beginning of a bodice. Once firmly attached I left it to dry overnight.
The next rather exciting stage was to start adding the coloured fabric. I made a gathered skirt using my heart fabric which fit around the back and joined up to the black panel on the front. You don’t need to sew, it can just be fixed in place with the Powertex. For this I used transparent Powertex as I wanted to keep the lovely pattern.
Add a waist band and a matching neckline. Make a generous bustle for the back of my queen of hearts using a bold black and white check. I also used transparent Powertex for this.
Time to let it dry out again overnight, you can of course use a drying box to speed things up but I always have other things on the go for times like this.
To make her hair I used a plaster heart for this, hollowing the bottom so it fit on her head. I had some ginger curly hair which I chopped up and glued around the heart.
For the next stage make her a crown. This was a simple affair made with tin foil and masking tape then painted with black Powertex and dry brushed in rich gold pigment. (Mix the powder pigment with Easy Varnish.)
A finishing touch was to make her a collar out of three playing cards. I won these in a slot machine on holiday, I knew they would come in useful! The last final touch was the Rabbit, (that was Dave’s idea).
So ladies and gents I give you my Queen of Hearts. Why don’t you have a go at making your version? Show us on The Powertex Studio and indeed any of your makes or enter the monthly challenge by the 25th January if you have a Wonderland themed make.
If you would like to see more of my work head over to my Facebook page Alex Henry.
If this is your style, you might like our Gothic Fantasy Pram project too. Thank you for reading, I hope you enjoyed it and I’m looking forward to bringing you more of my makes throughout the year.