Being a Powertex Tutor

Hi everyone hope you are having a fabulously creative summer!  I have and I’m so inspired I have lots of ideas that I will be working on as we move into autumn.

I’ve had a few times this summer when I have looked back at my journey with Powertex and how it really has enhanced my life in so many ways. I have met so many talented artists and crafters in workshops I have led, through magazine articles I have written, at the NEC, Hochanda and best of all at the training and tutor retreats.  As a tutor we are so well supported and encouraged to progress on our own journey,

The highlight of the year so far for me was the annual Tutor Retreat which is held at Powertex HQ. I love every second there and these first two images are from the first day which was led by the superbly talented Rosie Casselden.  This was right out of my comfort zone because I cannot draw to save my life! However Rosie made it so easy breaking it down in to a series of flowing shapes, then textures and colours that I was completely lost in the whole project.

On day 2 we enjoyed a fabulous day with our leader and Powertex UK guru Tracey Evans.  I love abstract art and deep interesting textures so this was right up my alley as they say. These are a close up and a full shot of my finished project. Again I was lost in building the colours and levels and both paintings are on my walls at home.

 

We were joined at the Retreat by international artist Abyssimo (Maria Grausbaum-Fondler) who many of us follow and admire for her love of colour, texture and sparkle.  She is the most beautiful generous soul and having the opportunity to get to spend time with Maria who I am so happy to call my friend was amazing.
To top the Retreat off perfectly Maria led a full workshop on day 3 when members of the public were also able to join us.  Maria led a class with paints as vibrant in colour as her personality and her use of multiple layers of subtle colours building to rich depth and dimension was superb.
We were able to build our own composition and I have been very influenced by space, the moon, planets and stars this summer so mine materialised as a nod to the galaxy.

If you have ever thought about being a Powertex Tutor I would just say go for it, if you put the time and effort in to develop your artistic skills and your knowledge of the products who knows where you could go.  I’m so glad I did!

Keep Creating and share your makes with us over in The Powertex Studio or on Powertex Addicts.

Here’s to the rest of 2018!
By for now
Fi xx

Floral Stoneart

Hello Bloggers!

Today I have a canvas project incorporating my most favourite of all of the Powertex techniques and that is Stoneart.  Since the very first day on my Powertex training session Stoneart has been the technique that I find most inspiring and has always has the WOW! factor each and everytime I make something with it.
This is a project that I made to inspire 6 students that came to a beginners Stoneart workshop at the weekend and they all thoroughly enjoyed it and created some superb finished pieces. I apologise for lack of photographs of the stages I got carried away and realised when I had almost finished!

We started off with a canvas measuring 9″ x 12″ so that gave us a good area to play with.  The project began on the base canvas with the ivory Powertex and then using the Stoneart powder to create the incredible Stoneart effect.  I added 2 pieces of polystyrene into the bottom corner to create lots of dimension.  I broke the polystyrene away so that the inside was exposed as this is fabulous in creating that faux stone effect to the project.  The Stoneart process was carried through onto the polystyrene which finished the base for the floral arrangement.

The flowers and leaves were all made with Stoneart clay which the students thoroughly enjoyed making. A variety of Powertex flower and leaf moulds were used for the centrepiece.
After laying the flowers down and securing using Powertex Easy Structure I filled in any gaps with ivory Powertex and then filled with 3D sand and balls adding more interest.  The whole floral area was then covered with several colours of bister including natural browns, yellow, green and burgundy.

After this had dried the colour was added using Powercolours and Colourtrix.

This is my final project as a member of the 2017 Design Team for Powertex and it has been an absolute pleasure to be part of the team over the year and hope that I have been able to inspire you with some of my projects.  I have been invited to be a guest blogger in the new year so I will be popping up now and again with a little something so hope you enjoy these too!
Thankyou Tracey and Gary for the opportunity of being part of the Design Team I have thoroughly enjoyed it.
Bye for now
Jo x

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