Bee Creative Challenge winner

Powertex UK Mixed Media art Bees

A huge thank you to those who entered the Bee Creative Challenge this month. We hope you have found some comfort in your crafting. We had some gorgeous entries using a bee theme for Spring.

The bee silicone moulds from Powertex UK made appearances in these Powertex creations. They make beautifully detailed embellishments for mixed media art and craft.

Here’s a round up of some of the entries from the March photo album in The Powertex Studio.

Powertex Bee Boot by Crista
Crista Logan
Powertex Bee flower by Mandy Pawson, Bee creative challenge
Mandy Pawson
Powertex flower and bee by Alison BIrch, Bee creative challenge
Alison Birch
Powertex journal by Angie Forster Bee creative
Angie Forster
Powertex Journal by Patricia Williams
Patricia Williams

The winner is

Congratulations to Faith Waddell with her beautiful Ivory and Bister vase. Her embellishments are layered beautifully!

Powertex Bee vase by Faith Waddell, bee creative challenge
Faith Waddell

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.

Powertex projects by Annette

Powertex Clownfish sculptures by Annette Smyth

Powertex Master tutor Annette Smyth

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.

Powertex project by Annette Smyth
Powertex mosaic by Annette Smyth

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.

Powertex Clownfish sculptures by Annette Smyth
Powertex 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.

Powertex cranes by Annette Smyth
Powertex cranes by Annette Smyth

This Alice in Wonderland inspired make was even seen on Hochanda. Isn’t the texture fantastic!

Powertex by Annette Smyth

Head over to her website to find out more about Annette and read her blogs.

The Spring Collection

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.

Powertex art by Tracey Evans 
The Spring Collection
Powertex Spring kit by Tracey Evans

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.

Powertex UK Spring Collection

Fabulous florals

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.

Rose and leaf mould from Powertex UK Spring Collection
Powertex UK rose and leaf mould
Fabric floral embellishments by Powertex UK Spring Collection
Fabric floral embellishments

Nature inspired

Include bees, hares, flowers or leaves for nature inspired projects. Use fabric texture packs to create natural textures and interest.

Powertex UK hare mdf shapes from Spring collection
Hare mdf shapes
Bee trio silicone mould from Powertex UK
Bee trio silicone mould

Bases

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.

Spring kit Powertex decor by Tracey Evans from Powertex UK
Powertex art by Tracey Evans

See the full Spring Collection at Powertex UK and there’s 10% off until 22nd March for the Mother’s Day promotion.

Powertex UK 10% off Mother's Day offer 2020
10% off offer at Powertex UK

Join us for the monthly prize challenge in The Powertex Studio on Facebook.

Bee Creative Challenge

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.

Tracey Powertex Evans Bee art for the Monthly Challenge

‘Busy bees bumbled all around

The twisted ivy covered ground

Honeycomb oozes with golden treasure

Sounds of buzzing is pure pleasure’

Claire Ivins
Powertex Bee sculpture by Karen Hewitt
Bee in a mixed media Powertex art by Gertie Graham
POwertex art by Tracey Evans

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.

Bee Creative and good luck!

Steampunk Challenge

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.

Powertex Steampunk challenge art by Powertex Tammy
Powertex art by Secretly Enchanted Powertex

“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”

Claire Ivins

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.

Powertex Steampunk art by Jenny Shepherd

The entries ranged from glorious hats to fabulous mixed media art. Here’s the entries from Powertex Addicts.

Animal projects

Animals are always a popular make and these entries from Alison and Chris are amazing!

Powertex steampunk art by Alison Birch
Powertex sculpture art

Top Hats

These hats from Michael and Rita are brilliant ideas for the challenge.

Powertex hat by Micheal Forster
Powertex hat by Rita Peak

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.

Sarah Warburton Powertex clock
Powertex clock Steampunk theme by KellyMatisonn
Trinity Mason Powertex hat with clock

Mixed media

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.

Julia Hargreave Mixed media POwertex sculpture
Sue Archer Powertex heart
Powertex art
Powertex mixed media mirror by Audrey Spina

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.

Secret Art Box February 2020

Discover, Create and Share

Designed by Suzanne Tarburton

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.

Powertex Secret Art Box February 2020 mixed media steampunk art by Suzanne Tarburton
Powertex Mixed Media art by Suzanne Tarburton

Materials List

Materials List:

Step 1:

Take the large heart from the Feb Box, use Easy Structure through stencils, and do the same with two smaller hearts.

Step 2:

Once dry paint the large heart with Bronze Powertex and the two smaller with White Powertex from the box.

Powertex Secret Art Box Step 2 using Bronze Powertex
Step 2

Step 3:

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.

Use Easy Structure and stencils on a canvas for a textured background
Step 3

Step 4:

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.

Spray with Blue bister and Acrylic ink
Step 4

Step 5:

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.

Paint cogs from the Secret Art Box with Bronze Powertex
Step 5

Step 6:

Highlight with Copper Penny acrylic paint, Aqua media ink, applied with a brush and Colortricx clear gold pigment mixed with Easy Varnish.

Highlight with Copper Penny Acrylic paint, Aqua ink and pigment
Step 6

Step 7:

Start to layer the hearts, MDF cogs and chipboard pieces using the off cut MDF from the box underneath to support the layers.

Layer your pieces into a mixed media style with Powertex
Step 7

Step 8:

Paint the chipboard words with White Powertex, then spray with Acrylic Inks in Aqua and Violet.

Paint chipboard words from the Secret Art Box with acrylic inks
Step 8

Step 9:

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.

Spray brown bister to add depth
Step 9

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.

The Powertex UK Secret Art Box February 2020
Powertex Journal by Suzanne Tarburton

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.

Powertex Secret Art Box February 2020 mixed media art by Suzanne Tarburton
Powertex Art from Secret Art Box by Suzanne Tarburton
Sue Tarburton

Steampunk Powertex Challenge

For the Love of Steampunk – February Challenge

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!

Powertex Steampunk art by Suzanne Tarburton using the Secret Art Box
Powertex canvas by Suzanne Tarburton

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”

Claire Ivins

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.

Steampunk Powertex art by Sylvia Blackshaw
Powertex art by Sylv’s Creations

Use moulds to add pipework like Samantha Thompson.

Steampunk Powertex art by Samantha Thompson
Steampunk art by Samantha Thompson

Use Powertex fabric hardener to create Victorian ruffles like Sarah Jayne Ambrose.

Powertex Steampunk corset by Sarah Jayne Ambrose
Art by Sarah Jayne Ambrose at The Skull Shed

Julie gives her owl a mechanical makeover.

Powertex mechanical owl by Julie Emery
Powertex owl by Crafts by J & C

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.

Steampunk Stanley by The Creative CHicken
Steampunk Stanley by The Creative Chicken

Enter the Steampunk Monthly Challenge in our Facebook Group. You can read all about the challenge in the Announcements or in this article.

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.

Powertex UK Monthly Challenge Elisa Miles
Winner of the Powertex UK Monthly Challenge in January

Alice in Wonderland Challenge

Powertex UK Monthly Challenge Elisa Miles

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.

Powertex UK Monthly Challenge Tricia Lewis
Powertex UK Monthly Challenge Michele Morfett Alice in Wonderland
Powertex UK Monthly Challenge Lynda Hodson
Powertex UK Monthly Challenge Julie Harding

Top hats featured too with fantastic creations from Kristen Penrod, Jeanette Wright and Amanda Minx Daley.

Powertex UK Monthly Challenge Kristen Penrod
Powertex UK Monthly Challenge Jeanette Wright Alice in Wonderland
Powertex UK Monthly Challenge Amanda Minx Daley

This piece from Julia Hargreave uses Powertex for a mixed media layered creation.

Powertex UK Monthly Challenge Julia Hargreave

And the winner is…

Powertex UK Monthly Challenge Elisa Miles Alice in Wonderland
The winning entry by Elisa Miles

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.

If you’re feeling inspired, take a look at The Alice Collection at Powertex UK for Wonderland supplies. You can read all the about the Challenge in the Announcements in The Powertex Studio or here in the online magazine.

See you in February!

Queen of Hearts

Designed by Alex Henry Mixed Media

Off with his head

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.

Powertex Queen of Hearts Bones by Alex Henry Mixed Media
Powertex Queen of Hearts Bones by Alex Henry Mixed Media

Materials

How to make a Queen of Hearts Bones

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.

Powertex queen of hearts step by step by Patricia Williams

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.

Powertex queen of hearts by Patricia Williams

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.)

Finishing touches

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.

Powertex Queen of Hearts Bones by Patricia Williams from Alex Henry MIxed Media

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.

Patricia

Powertex UK Monthly Challenge

The Powertex UK Design Team have created some gorgeous art and craft projects that you find here in the magazine. However, we know that Powertex Addicts everywhere are also being very creative, making some beautiful projects and having brilliant ideas for their Powertex supplies.

So while the design team are taking a break from their blogs it’s time for you to share your creations in the Powertex UK Monthly Challenge!

The Powertex UK Monthly Challenge is back in 2020 and we’d love you to join us!

Every month, Tracey will post a new theme or prompt for us to use and this month it’s an all time favourite! There’s a prize to be won each month too, all the details are below.

January’s theme – Alice in Wonderland

Powertex Monthly Challenge Tracey Evans Wonderland Hat
Powertex Alice in Wonderland Hat
by Tracey Evans

Claire from Powertex UK HQ wrote a short verse to inspire you:

“Drink me! Pots of tea all around

‘I’m late,’ said Rabbit diving into the ground

The Cheshire Cat smiled down at Alice

Roses painted red in the Queen of Hearts palace.”

Claire Ivins

There’s a project for everyone in this popular theme so what will you choose?

Beginners welcome, any style you like

Beginners and more experienced Powertex artists and crafters are all welcome. Just show the team how you create with Powertex and the theme. Be as creative as you like, in any style you like!

A 5% Off voucher for www.powertex.co.uk will be given to a winner each month! Entries will also appear on here in the magazine as a feature in a monthly themed blog to showcase your creative projects.

You can find all the details you need about entering below.

To enter:

If you’d like a bit more inspiration, these Alice inspired creations are by the design team of 2018.

Grab your Powertex and create something from Wonderland! See you in The Powertex Studio with your entry.