Upcycled Powertex pot

Designed by – Anna Emelia Howlett

Upcycled Powertex Pot by Anna Howlett

If you saw my shows with Powertex UK on HOCHANDA on May 3rd at 12pm and 4pm you would have caught my water pot. Made from my mum’s giant yoghurt pot I felt it was only fair to gift it to her. I hope you felt inspired to make your own upcycled powertex pot. Here are some tips and a materials list for how I made mine.

Materials

Stone art clay ammonite fossils
All pearl pigments from the party pearls pigment tray were used on the fossils to make them pop.

What to use to create an upcycled Powertex pot

Don’t forget Powertex can do many things. It acts like a primer, glue and paint. It will harden most fabrics and textiles. If you would like them to be water resistant you need to use fibres with at least 80% cotton in them, then cure for 3 weeks. For my upcycled Powertex pot I used black Powertex fabric hardener on different fabrics and textiles to cover the pot. Coated the mdf starfish with a mixture of black Powertex, 3d sand and balls. I created some stone art clay, pressed into the new super cute fossil moulds and stuck down with Powertex.

Dry brushing with White Powertex
Dry brush white Powertex on the black Powertex to pick out the detail.

How to make your pearl pigments pop

Leave your black base layer to harden by leaving to dry, either in the air or with a hair dryer. Then use the new White Powertex to dry brush over the top because this helps to bring out all the texture in the materials. It also gives a base for your colours to lie on top of. The pearl pigments are translucent and this technique allows them to show up and pop on a black base. This is because you’ve put the white layer down over the black.

Using pearl pigments to highlight
Pearl pigments

Share your upcycled Powertex pot with us

These make super water pots or plant pots. Why not give it a go! And don’t forget to share your makes in The Powertex studio, I love knowing I’ve inspired you to create your own works of art. Please leave a me a note in the comments if you have found this article useful. You can find me at Rosehart Studio. You might also be interested in my mixed media canvas project. Toodles Anna xXx

Upcycled Powertex Pot by Anna Howlett

Powertex Moon gazing hare

Designer: Anna Emelia Howlett

powertex moon gazing hare

“The March hares danced and leapt around as the moonlight shone golden on the lush Spring ground” by Claire Ivins

The Secret Art Box – Powertex moon gazing hare

Have you seen the new craft subscription box from Powertex UK? It’s called The Secret Art Box. And the contents remain a surprise right up until the moment you open your box. With a different theme and variety each month, if you love Powertex this is the subscription box for you! This months Secret Art box had the theme of March hares, some of it’s contents enabled me to create a framed Powertex moon gazing hare.

powertex moon gazing hare
Stone Art was perfect for creating texture and depth on the moon and hare.

Packed full of Powertex goodies it will compliment your existing stash. You might even be challenged or find a product you haven’t used before. With inspiration from the Design Team and Guests you can’t go wrong.

The extra stars popped out of the mdf moon made a great addition to detail on the frame.

If you need extra inspiration you can pop into The Powertex Studio on Facebook and ask for advice. You will always find a friendly helping hand here. Don’t forget to share your works of art in The Powertex Studio so we can see what you have created!

powertex moon gazing hare

Or perhaps look on the Tutor directory on the Powertex Uk website. This is the place to find details of your local certified Powertex tutor. So you can contact them and book in on a workshop.
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Sign up on the Powertex Uk website, where you can find a variety of offers on the Secret Art box subscription box. If you are a Powertex addict you should not be without one!

powertex moon gazing hare

I hope you found some inspiration from my Powertex moon gazing hare. Looking for some more inspiration from me with Marchs subscription box find it here.

Do click the star or leave a message in the comments box at the bottom of the article. We love to hear from you. Find me over at Rosehart Studio on Facebook to find details or message me about workshops. Toodles Anna xXx

powertex moon gazing hare
Brown bister from the Art box added extra depth to the hare.

Mixed media unicorn sculpture – Powertex – Anna Emelia Howlett

If unicorns could fly

So I was super excited when Tracey told me about the new animal shapes available from Powertex Uk. Especially when she said I could create a unicorn! I was so green with envy when I saw the beautiful unicorns created by everyone at the Powertex Garden Party (limited spaces are available to book for next year!Don’t miss out it was an amazing weekend of relaxing, crafty fun!). I created mine with a little difference. Yes she can fly! The unicorn project pack has been put together by Tracey giving you all you need to create this. If you wish to add wings you will need wire in addition.
Now I’d love to say I also did this bit but I was lucky enough to get a pre-made base from Tracey. As you can see from the photo you need to cover both sides of the mdf base with Powertex. Allow to dry, then use masking tape to adhere to the base.
 Then start wrapping foil around the base from the bottom up around the whole shape and use masking tape to keep in place.
 Paint Powertex over the masking tape to seal it and keep everything in place. We used Bronze.
You can choose to place the wings higher up if you wish. I used a really sharp pointed carving tool to make a hole through the tape, foil and mdf. You could use a bradle if you had one. Just make sure you watch your fingers!
I then thredded some wire through the hole and crossed ti over the back of the body and taped in place. The wire was measured at just over 50cm, you could make them smaller or larger if you wish. Wrap the wire with masking tape and paint with Powertex.
 From approx 1kg of Powertex and 250g Stone art tub I made up some clay. Then gradually added piece by piece. And stamped into the clay as I went. It’s important to stamp the clay as you go because as it drys in the air it becomes harder to make an impression in.
I was lucky enough to have to hand an aray of these fabulous wooden block stamps. I love being at hq, I might move into our Traceys studio soon!
 I covered the whole body on both sides and stamped in different patterns.
I then tool my clay and pushed it into the daisy, pansy and rose moulds. It seems I didn’t take a picture of the placement of these, but they ended up on the horses bottom. You can chose to place them anywhere.
I then coated a handful of Powercotton to create the texture on the mane and tail.
And dipped some paper dec in Powertex and covered the wire wings.
 I allowed everything to thoroughly dry and then dry brushed with some White Powertex. Just to allow the colours to come through brighter when I dry brushed them. But allowing the bronze Powertex to create the shadow for depth.
I used Burgundy powercolor into coral powercolor  on the mane.
 Rich gold colourtricx on the horn and the wings and flowers.
 I sprayed the body with brown bister to take the edge off the white. And added a mix of coral and white and layered up the colour on the body through dry brushing.
Turns out unicorns can fly! Hope you enjoyed this project. Of course if you feel as though you could use some guidance with this type of project just contact your local tutor through the directory to book on and have a go! It really makes a difference having an expert to hand. Toodles Anna xXx Follow me on my Instagram or Facebook if you like what I do.
Don’t forget to share your projects on Powertex Addicts United or The Powertex Studio on Facebook. Keep up to date with the latest at Powertex UK.

Masquerade Powertex Style

Hi my lovelies, it’s really great to have you here. Well this months project pack is absolutely enormous and I didn’t even manage to use all of the pieces I still had some left over feathers and fans. Here is the second piece I created to inspire. Hope you have as much creating as I did.
Top Tip:Always layout your items to give yourself an idea of where they are going to go. And take a photo on your phone to remind yourself. If it changes later on it doesn’t matter.
I took some lace and cut it to size so the two fans had some added texture and pattern to them.
Top tip: Use a glue gun to create added dimension to your mdf pieces. My glue happens to be blue so it shows up nicely on the picture.
I also wanted the opening on the mouth to be smaller so snapped either side of the mdf shape and used some Powertex to hold it together in a different position.
I stuck everything down in place on the right side with Bronze Powertex. I used some 3D sand mixed in with the Powertex as some added texture in places. On the left side I used some stone art powder with Ivory Powertex and brown bister to build up a textural layer. And give it as soft stone art effect.
I coated the base layer in Ivory Powertex and mixed some Easy 3D Flex together and spread it across the left side and sprayed with brown bister.
I applied heat with the hair dryer to encourage the cracks to appear. I then dry brushed some Ivory back over the the texture and sprayed more bister and repeated until I was happy with the depth and tones in the finish.
Top tip: The heat from a hair dryer is less intense than a heat gun making it easier to control.
I stuck the top piece of the mask down to the bottom piece using Transparent Powertex. The Easy 3D base layer is just subtly peaking through in places.
 Then dry brushed the Bronze Powertex with rich gold and bronze gold colortricx and varnish.
Then I just had to add some bling, so placed some gems from my stash on with Transparent Powertex.
And voila. The final result. This one was a little different for me if not ever so subtle. I found it very enjoyable to create a piece that pushed my boundaries though. I can’t wait to see your creations do share them with us in the Powertex Studio. And do let us know if you have been inspired by any of the Design Team. We love to hear that you are getting inspiration from our projects. You can find more of my work @RosehartStudio. Toodles Anna xXx

Come and join the masquerade

Well, what can I say other than Tracey has truely spoilt us with the Venetian Masquerade project pack she had put together for the month. It’s such a big bundle of crafting goodies that I just had to create two projects. And even then I had some bits and pieces left over.
So my first project is the half mask. I was looking at some of the traditional masks and was inspired by the Jester mask, their hats were made of cloth, were floppy with three points and had jingle bells on the end. So I wanted to incorporate this into the mask minus the bells just because I didn’t have any but if you do you could always add them to the design.
I made three points by taking some foil and folding it into a triangle shape which I then moulded round and used masking tape to hold in place. I also placed a roll of foil and taped into place across the brow of the mask to make the top of the curve more prominent. I then took some Easy Coat Mat and book pages and covered the rest of the mask.
Using some Bronze Powertex and kitchen roll I covered the hat section, added some wavy textile yarn around the points and a strip of lace ribbon across the bottom of the points.. And then place wavy textile yarn across the raised brow in Ivory Powertex. I put a light coat of Ivory over the book pages to dull down the text a little.
I broke apart the really large piece of swirly/ leafy detail mdf. And painted it with Ivory Powertex.
Top Tip: You don’t have to use the mdf pieces as a whole I gently snap them between my fingers.
I found some little flower beads in my stash which I couldn’t help but add to mdf pieces for extra detail. After painting them in Ivory Powertex I sprayed them with brown bister and then dry brushed in gold colortricx and varnish. This gave a lovely antique finish.
Then I must have got slightly carried away and forgot to take photos. However my next step was to add the Venice rice paper by spraying with a little water and using the Easy coat mat to stick it in place.
Top tip: You can layer the rice papers on one another to give extra detail. In this instance I had used book pages underneath so the writing showed through in places to add extra detail to the piece.
 Then around the edge of the mask I dry brushed some Ivory Powertex and then used some Gold colorticx as an accent.
I found a metal element in my stash and an oval glass cabochon. I painted them with Ivory Powertex and then sprayed with brown bister for an aged look and then dry brushed the centre with turquoise powercolor and the metal surround in gold. Once dry I stuck the whole element down with Transparent Powertex and a little kitchen roll to hold it in place as it was at an angle so the paper acted as a bumper between the two.
I then heavily dry brushed the hat points and the wavy textile yarn on the brow in a mixture of turquoise and moss green powercolor. The wavy yarn around the points and lace detail was dry brushed in gold colortricx.
I admit I felt a bit daunted by this months theme as it was unfamiliar territory for me but as usual pushing oustide of my comfort zone has made me really enjoy the project and end result. I have learnt some new techniques and explored areas I wouldn’t have necessarily chosen myself, it’s good to push outside of your comfort zone once in a while. Hope you enjoy creating with this one as much as I have. Do let me know what you think in the comments. Follow more of my work on my page Rosehart Studio. Do share your creations with us on Powertex Addicts United or in The Powertex Studio on Facebook. Toodles Anna xXx

 

The only limit is you

I’ve always said that Powertex has changed my life and it’s true. One of the biggest lessons I think I have taken from Tracey at Powertex UK is finding my confidence and building on it every day. You really get out what you put in. I would love to say I am just naturally talented and I can create anything but it has taken me a lot of blood sweat and tears to practice and motivate myself to hone my skills.
NEVER LIMIT YOUR IMAGINATION!
I have been using Powertex for over 3 years and I still learn something new every time I create a piece. So what advice do I have to you if you want to have a go. Don’t put it off for a second. If you don’t like something you have created, take what you have learnt from it. Even if it is how not to do something. Then go ahead and try again with another project.
It’s very easy in life to come across negativity directed toward you and to take that on board. For me this started from an early age with my art teacher who as a mentor, I was supposed to look up to and respect. After all adults are always right, aren’t they? My A level art teacher told me never to use my imagination for art. He was wrong. He also told me I would fail art. He was very wrong! I now have my own business Rosehart Studio, you can also follow me on instagram.
I’ve told this story many times and have been so surprised with people responding to me with the same stories and experiences. People who had put them off their dreams and passions of self-expression through art. The thing I think I love about powertex the most is there isn’t a right or wrong
 way of using it when it comes to design and composition.
 
Once you know the technique you can go away, play with it and make it work the way you need it to.  Never one for conformity I love pushing boundaries, and seeing where my imagination will take me.
 
Push it past the limits and ideas that have not yet been discovered and it will be forgiving. Dig deep and find the confidence to just have a go.
If you really would like an extra helping hand look up the tutor details on the powertex uk website and find your local certified tutor. They are trained by the best! Our Tracey at Powertex HQ, so they in turn will give you the best training. We are all lovely, happy people who love to guide you and give you that confidence you need to have a go and show you that yes you can do it! My students can’t believe the results they produce! And they really do a fantastic job! Toodles Anna xXx

“Don’t put off until tomorrow what you can do today.”

― Benjamin Franklin

 

 

Fairy house delights by Anna

One of the projects I completed when demonstrating at the Powertex UK stand at the NEC hobbyshow in November was the new Fairy house which has now been put into a project pack for February. Just for you!

I had a lot of fun creating this piece I used the black Powertex on the base, one of my go to favourite colours in the Powertex range. On the lower part of the piece I used a mix of sandballs and Powertex. Then added on the door, toadstools and windows. Added some extra detail with the mdf dropouts and cobwebs.
On the roof I used the natural paper decoration, by cutting it into little pieces and layering it to give it a tiled 3d effect. I used some of the Powertex UK embellishments in between the natural paper decoration. I also added one of the new Raven mdf shapes.
I then dry brushed with powercolours burgundy, turquoise and yellow ochre. And used the new interference colours to give a little shimmer effect to the roof. If you’re looking for a magical project this month you need to get your hands on this one while stocks last. Toodles Anna xXx

‘Always’ Powertex seahorse

I think that there is something to be said for Seahorses they really have got it right! They mate for life and the males have the babies. Sounds good to me! So if you hadn’t of guessed it already my blog this month is a little bit valentines.
I asked on my Facebook page what everyone thought about valentines and the resounding answer was that we should love each other through the year and not just on one day. I agree and for the most part the other half and myself generally forget to celebrate on the day. We don’t make a massive fuss over it cause we have every other day of the year to show one another we love each other. A very important thing when you have been together for 13 years!
I was going to do a journal but being as I have a few of these guys sitting in my craft stash I couldn’t resist. And it was a perfect fit for my theme. This seahorse mdf shape is still available on the Powertex UK website. So if you wanted to make a little valentines creation for your loved one you can!
You get a small square back plate to hold the pieces together as they arrive in two sections. I started by coating the back of the seahorse making sure it was dry before covering the front.
 I love the mdf shapes I tend to throw every piece of detail and texture I can at a piece I work on. I also like to cut the shapes, I have a pair of jewelry pliers which cut through. If it’s a thicker piece of mdf I tend to use my little craft saw. I lined the mdf heart flower up on the seahorses belly and drew lines as a guide for cutting.
 TOP TIP: Have an idea of where to place your pieces before getting messy. Take a photo to aid your memory, or lay the pieces next to your design as a rough guide.
 The left over hearts I cut from the mdf shape were placed on the tail and fin of the seahorse.
 I used some of the mdf letters on the mane, a daisy I had premade from the daisy mould, some old buttons from my nans button tin. Everyone has got a button tin right? and some of the drop outs which are my absolute favourites.
 I decided I wanted some extra texture underneath all the embellishments so cut wallpaper and dishcloth to size to fit the shape of the seahorse. For the head and neck I used a palette knife and liberally coated in easy structure, make sure this is thoroughly dry before covering in powertex. It will hold embellishments in place should you wish to stick them on before it dries.
 Then I place all the embellishments on and coated everything in bronze powertex.
So I was going to reach for my go to turquoise. But as I have already created a seahorse in this colour, I felt it would be fun to do burgundy and lilac powercolour with a hint of the new pearl pigments mixed into the varnish.
 I loved the colour of the button on the eye, so left it uncoated and stuck it, and the flatback gems and pearls I had in my stash with some transparent powertex.
 Hope you have been inspired this little project. Toodles Anna xXx

Wonderful Egyptian Journals

It was fantastic to be able to have the space to create a canvas when I was up at hq. But it wouldn’t be a project from me if it wasn’t a journal really. So here are three journal designs I put together for the Egyptian show.
To start with I coated  bases of the Tut and Nefertiti journal with yellow ochre Powertex. With the scarab journal I used black Powertex on the base. I then stenciled a sand and Ivory powertex mix through the wonderful things stencil on the covers. I coated the Tutankhamen and Nefertiti heads with a little of this sandy mix to give an extra bit of texture to the plaster busts.

 

I made some easy 3d flex clay and stamped into it with the stamps I specifically designed for the range which were the Heiro Heaven for the Nefertiti and Tut journals.

 

 Scarabella stamp for the front of the scarab journal. Some hessian for an extra bit of texture. I also used some of the mdf pyramid and ank trio on the front of this one. The pyramid was stencilled and the ank I put a little clay on the front and stamped into it. I did the same for the ank and pyramid on the back of this journal. The cracking of the easy 3d flex gives them extra dimension and lots of texture. For the inside of this journals covers I placed some rice paper over a black and gold base.

 

The first image was stuck straight on to the darker base and the second I painted a little ivory powertex on first before putting the rice paper on. It was interesting to see the different effects that you could get using them on the different coloured surfaces.

 

I sprayed all the journals with brown bister and then dry brushed for the varying shades of colour. The pages were also sprayed with the brown bister to make them looked aged and I also stamped some of the pages. Hope you are inspired by this wonderful range, we’d love you to share you makes on the powertex addicts united page on facebook. We love to see what you have been creating. Toodles Anna xXx

 

Wonderful things Egyptian Canvas

I was super excited when Tracey told me of her plans for her Egyptian show! It was so refreshing to have a theme that suited Powertex so well. The earthy tones of the bisters and the Easy 3d flex just lent itself so well to all the crackles, depth and texture that you would see on an Egyptian relic or within a tomb inside a pyramid.
One of the pieces I created for the show was a mixed media canvas. The center piece was created by taking a piece of fabric and dipping it into Ivory Powertex. I then laid it out to dry flat on a piece of plastic sheeting,but made sure the edges were rolled like a scroll.
Once thoroughly dry I tore around the rice paper image I wanted to use and took some Easy coat matt to apply it. Tracey has made a fab video on how to apply the rice papers here.
I then allowed it to dry and stenciled around the edges using some sand mixed in with Powertex through the Wonderful things stencil.
I had some sand/powertex mixture left over so put a little Easy 3d flex in and pasted it around the edges of the fabric scroll for more texture. Then I made some easy 3d clay and stamped into it with the stamps I specifically designed for the range which were the Heiro Heaven and Scarabella. I coated the mdf shapes with Ivory Powertex I used the eye of horushieroglyphic tablet and mini hieroglphs once everything was stuck down it was left to dry. I then gave a generous spray with some black, red, yellow and brown bister to dull the tones of the Ivory down and add extra depth to the textures. And added a dash of colour with some pigments which were dry brushed.
The background was a canvas that Tracey had knocking around the studio and it already had a good helping of texture made with sand and powertex on it. So I just finished the other side, stuck the scroll piece in the middle with more powertex! Added some sand and balls to the left side of it for even more texture then sprayed with bister.
Hope you are all still loving the Egyptian range as much as we are! Toodles Anna xXx