Sassy Seahorse’s day at the beach

Hello there
Welcome to my Sassy Seahorse project, getting her ready for her day at the beach.
For this project I used the Seahorse project pack available at Kirsties handmade fair at Ragley Hall with Black Powertex and a child’s old skirt.
Don’t forget to cover your work surface with plastic, wear an apron and gloves.

 

Start off by joining the two halves of the seahorse together with the rectangle of mdf and at the same time add the hanger.  Use a layer of any Powertex to do this. Allow this to dry.

Place a layer of Powertex onto the front of the seahorse and place the wallpaper directly onto this.  Don’t worry if you have to piece isn’t big enough to cover in one go, piece it together as once it is all coated in Powertex it will not be noticeable.

 

 

Once dry cut around the shape and then coat the wallpaper with a layer of Powertex.

Now take your chosen fabric and dip it into the Powertex, I pour mine into an old plastic container a little at a time.  Dip your fabric and work the Powertex through it making sure it is completely covered but not dripping.

Then place it onto the seahorse wherever you decided,

I used the pretty edging as a bikini skirt and the ties from the waist as the bikini top.  Any fabric buttons or metal ties can also be used to add more interest to your design.

 

Next I took the mdf embellishments and coated them in Powertex

I layered up the two heart bursts with one of the flowers to make an eye.

The paper flowers became her headdress.

Three fabric buttons from the skirt had mdf flowers placed on top of them to make her necklace

The final flower became her belly tattoo.

 

Now set aside to dry, if you can’t wait you can always use a hairdryer to speed up the process.  I used my gloves to prop up the skirt so that it dried in a wave shape.  Powertex doesn’t stick to plastic so its great to use to help form shapes as you simply pull it out once the piece has dried
Finally, I used the easy varnish along with turquoise, burgundy, white and rich gold to dry brush the colour into the piece.
To dry brush, place a 5p sized amount of varnish onto your plastic work surface,  dip your brush into the varnish then straight into the pigment (work from the pot as the varnish does not contaminate it).  Now mix to a thick paste on a clean area of your work surface.  Take a piece of kitchen roll and wipe off the excess colour, then holding the brush flat to your work brush across the raise areas.
To add a more opaque covering hold the brush loosely at the end and dust across the area.  The more times you go across the deeper the colour will be.
Don’t be afraid to mix your pigments together to create different shades and effects, the combinations are limitless.
If you want to place this outside, make sure that you coat the back and sides with Powertex to complete seal the mdf then allow it to dry in the house for three weeks.
Well Sassy is ready for her day at the beach and she hopes your sea horses will be along to join her.  Don’t forget to post your makes on the Powertex Studio Facebook page, we love to see what you create.
Until next time Happy Creative Adventures
Annette



Simple Powertex seahorse project for beginners

Hi it’s Kore here again from a beautifully warm and sunny Brighton. I love to live by the sea and the beach is my favourite place here under summer sun or on wild and stormy days. I wonder if the sun will still be shining when you read this!
I had the pleasure of making this lovely seahorse project this month. It uses two simple Powertex techniques to make amazing textures and stunning colour effects. Take your Seahorse Project pack and just add some Bronze Powertex Medium and the Powercolor pigment tray and away you go!

 

Powertex Seahorse project beginners

 

Ingredients
Seahorse kit
Powercolor in Moss green, Lilac from the Powercolor pigment tray
Apron, gloves, paper/plastic plate, flat paintbrush, kitchen towel
Optional
Lace or fabric pieces
Ric rac wavy yarn
Remember natural fabrics work best with Powertex.
You can add embellishments from your stash too!
Powertex seahorse project pack contents
Powertex project seahorse embellishments
Start by preparing your MDF pieces with Bronze Powertex. Shake your Powertex gently before opening. Pour 2 or 3 tablespoons onto a paper or plastic plate. Paint the pieces and use the small rectangle to glue your Seahorse template together. The looped piece can be folded and attached to the back as a hanger.

 

Powertex Seahorse preparing MDF pieces
Next start to add your textures onto the template. Tear up or cut the wallpaper into pieces and use the Powertex to stick it down. Then add the embellishments. Use a brush to gently paint the flowers, be careful not to make them too wet. Use a small blob of Powertex to stick pieces into place.
Powertex seahorse coated in Bronze
The lace can be sculpted with the Powertex. Apply Powertex to half the piece and then massage through the fabric. You can add extra Powertex but the fabric should be sticky and not too wet.
Using Bronze Powertex on lace

 

Use the lace and fabric pieces to decorate your template. Create a fin with pleated lace and a blob or two of Powertex to stick down. Apply Powertex and then wrap the ric rac around the tail in a spiral. Add all your MDF shapes. Ensure everything is coated with Powertex.
The working time of Powertex is about an hour so there’s time to moves things around too. When you’re ready, leave your Seahorse until touch dry for 1-4 hours.

 

Sculpting lace with Powertex
When touch dry you can start to add colour and you will see all those textures come alive! I chose 3 colours from the pigment tray, Lilac, Moss Green and White.
Mix your powder pigments with Easy Varnish for a weatherproof paint. For this project we use a dry brush technique to highlight the texture. Use your flat brush to put a tiny blob of Easy Varnish on a plastic plate or craft mat. Dip the brush into the powder pigment and tap off any excess. Mix this well with your varnish. Add pigment until you have a dry-ish paint. Remember to mix small amounts at a time because it dries very quickly.
Wipe off excess paint onto the paper towel and keeping your brush flat, brush over your textures. I used lilac over the whole template and then highlighted with moss green on the embellishments. You can keep brushing over with colour until you’re happy with the results.
Adding Powercolor to Powertex seahorse project
The white pigment adds brilliant highlights.

 

Powertex seahorse project close up
More embellishments can be added anytime. The project will dry quickly to touch and will harden in a few days. If you wait for the project to cure fully for 3 weeks it can even go outside as it will be weatherproof!
Powertex seahorse project for beginners
There she is! Sophie? Sally? Sadie Seahorse?
Don’t forget to check out the YouTube channel for instructional videos and projects or The Powertex Studio on Facebook for inspiration or to chat to other Powertex Addicts! You can also contact Powertex UK to find a Certified tutor or workshop near you.
Ok, now it’s your turn, have a go and let your art out!
Kore x

 

Simple but effective

Hello, one and all. Me again, this time sharing with you a couple of easy, fun and elegant projects.
The first piece I want to share with you is the seahorse project pack.

 

Please excuse my  Powertex covered workspace.
( I really need to clean this )

 

 

I opened the pack and looked at all the yummy stash in the pack.
Keeping this project simple was the key and I only used some cardboard and a piece of lace, which was from an old top from my Daughter.
I firstly glued to the two pieces of seahorse together with ivory Powertex both sides and dried it using my faithful old hairdryer.
I then soaked a piece of lace in the ivory Powertex and laid it down on my seahorse and again dried it with my hairdryer, to speed up the process, as I was eager to move on.

 

I found some different lace and thought it would make a good fin shape. I also added the same lace to the top part of the seahorse, after adding some cardboard, as this was my original thought process but decided that the lace effect looked way better.
Now for the best part, the colour transformation. I chose my  POWERCOLOUR and my general idea was to try an do an “ombre” effect but as you will see, sometimes the Powertex has other ideas!
BUT that is the beauty of this product, you can paint it whatever colour you like and if you get bored of it or it does not go with your colour scheme, then you can just change it!
(I really, really, must clean my workspace)

 

I added the yummy bits from the project pack and again glued with Powertex and decided to highlight in the RICH GOLD pigment and also WHITE the two colours of which I do love to highlight.
I titivated a bit more with pigments and varnish until I was happy with how she looked.
So here she is, all done and using just the project pack and a little bit of lace.
I think she turned out rather well myself.
Oh, and I added a small black bead on the eye area. A brilliant project if you are new to Powertex and not much other materials used to create this (I think ) beautiful Seahorse.
Thank you for reading and I hope I have inspired you to get some Powertex and give it a whirl, you won’t be disappointed.
Till next time
Jinny

 

‘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

Perfectly Pink Powertex Jellyfish

PERFECTLY PINK POWERTEX JELLYFISH

I’m loving the POWERTEX shows on HOCHANDA today and I hope you are too!  Tracey and Anna have done us proud and I am so inspired! 

A day without Powertex is a day…well let’s not even go there!

So here’s another project to help you create your own Powertex art work.  It’s time for a Jelly Fish! 

I remember my brother being stung by one of these critters in Llandudno when we were kids and that was not fun at all!!!! This however was….

As before, I did a rough layout of where I thought I would place my embellishments and textiles.  

TIP: Take a photo!  Once we swipe them off to get started it’s easy to forget!


I started with Ivory Powertex and spread this all over and in the joins between the top and bottom peices.  I then spread it all over the strengthening piece.  

I love the way these have been designed!

I dried it with a hairdryer (then picked up all the embellishments that were blown over the floor by the hairdryer – woops!!)



Once dry I turned it over and did the same on the front. 
I then poured a tiny bit of the Red Powertex into the Ivory and mixed it up. This gave me a soft to medium pink!

TIP: less is more in colour mixing as Powertex tends to dry darker!



I spread the pink Powertex all over the front and then started to add my texture.

First I started with some of the lace and ricrac braid.  Using the lace around the curved top of the jelly fish and moving down to the two outer tentacles with the ricrac braid.

Next the embellishments, circles and cogs.

Oh boy I had fun with this, it was kind of like karma thinking back to my unfortunate brother falling foul to their nasty sting!  

I have to say I haven’t had so much fun in ages!!!


Once they were all in place, I used some of the Powercotton from the embellishment pack to add a bit more texture.

I then sprayed with black bister for a bit of dimension and dried with the hairdryer and left the piece to dry overnight.

NOTE: you can dry this in a drying box to speed up but it was more convenient to me to leave overnight.  I also find this gives the metal embellishments chance to dry to a really hard fix.


Once dry I had lots of fun colour to bring out all that fabulous texture and detail.

The first lot of dry brushing I did was with the Powercolour burgundy pigment with Easy varnish and my 3/4″ Powerex Brush to go back over some of the areas I had covered with bister, this can be seen in the image above right.  

I then moved onto blue and green, as shown on the left.

Next one of my favourite colours, Yellow Ochre – you can seen this around the tentacles in the image to the right! 

As I always do, I added bits and bobs of colour in various places sometimes overlapping with what colour I had already laid down.  This really creates so much interest.

Finally I used my most favourite of the gold pigments Colourtrix Bronze Gold.


Here is my funky Perfectly Pink Powertex Jelly Fish in all it’s glory!
Hope you like it and hope to see your Jelly Fish popping up on Powertex Addicts facebook page very soon!
Have fun and bye for now!
Fi xx