Butterfly dreams of Powertex

Have you noticed an animal theme this month with Abigail’s adorable elephant and Donna’s beautiful afghan hound? Hi it’s Kore here with my August blog. So how about a butterfly? I know, it’s an insect really but it’s a beautiful creature that needs celebrating! I live in a busy city and don’t see too many butterflies but I have lovely memories of Buddleia bushes full of Red Admirals and Peacocks. The wonderful thing about this butterfly is that it can be made with whatever materials you have and what ever size you like for home or garden.

 

Creating the base

Make wings from wire and foil or cut them from thick card. Masking tape is great for covering foil. I made the body from some rolled up foil and taped this too. Rolled up paper would work too. A quick look on the internet for a template was helpful with the shape. Then the Powertex came out!

Using bright Powertex 

I used Red Powertex because I wanted to experiment. There are no rules here. Use what you have to cover the wings and the body pieces. I cut pieces of cotton fabric, massaged in some red Powertex and wrapped these around the body and wings until they were all covered on both sides. It was fun to create lots of texture in the wings and make ragged edges.When the parts were covered I used pieces of fabric in Powertex to attach the wings to the body. I tucked a couple of wire antennae into the body too.

Decorating the butterfly

This where you can get really play with your favourite materials. Use what you have to add texture and colour. I covered the “back” of the wings with a mix of red Powertex and Rusty Powder and small balls. It’s one of my favourite combinations and the red gives the rust a lovely warm glow.

Try this:Spray Bister through stencils or allow it to “puddle” in the texturesSprinkle small balls or sand onto wet PowertexUse Easy Structure to create lines and shapesSprinkle Bister granules onto wet Powertex for little shots of intense colour and textureSplatter acrylic inks and paints

There are so many ways to add colour but I was really happy with using Bister sprays on my butterfly. I chose Red and Yellow and sprayed generously to let the colour run around in the textures. I also used the brown Bister to paint circles onto the back of the wings. I also used some acrylic inks from The Secret Art Loft at Powertex UK. I let Viola ink just run all over it. Let it dry!

Decorate both sides of the wings using your favourite products. The wings are a great place to try something new. This is where it’s fun to have no plan! I really enjoyed just playing and if I didn’t like something I either wiped it off or painted over it!

Final touches

Adding the last highlights is really fun with Powertex. I dry brushed with orange and yellow ochre pigments in Easy Varnish first. I chose to highlight with Ivory Powertex and Limoncello metallic pigment which worked beautifully to add some sparkle.

Then a timely delivery of Metallic gold ink Powertex UK. I couldn’t resist adding some to my butterfly. It’s lush and rich and it’s going to be amazing for some autumn projects! A little on the wings and antennae for a finishing touch.

While I was waiting for one stage to dry, I took the chance to make a couple of tiny butterflies. I printed a couple of butterfly templates from the internet. I glued them onto card so I could cut out two sturdy little butterflies and then painted them with Powertex. I used less texture on these but still applied some rusty texture and then played with acrylic paints and metallic pigment powders.

The acrylic paints were in Blueberry Pie and Orange Marmalade and the pigments in Berry sour and Tequila sunrise. Gorgeous! The puddles of bister on the back of these is wonderful.

 

I think I’ll keep adding different textures and colour to these butterflies. Just when I think I’m done I have an idea to add something else! She’s a big butterfly too. When she’s finished, a coat of varnish (to fix the Bister) and she’ll be a lovely on an outside wall.

After a few days the Powertex will harden and fix your butterfly. In my pictures she’s still new and not hardened so I can move the wings. When you leave your butterfly to set I recommend propping up the wings so they can harden in your preferred position.

So pick out your favourite materials and decorate a butterfly. It’s time to let your art out!

If you would like to see more Powertex creations pop along to The Powertex Studio facebook group where you can share your makes too. Powertex Addicts United on Instagram has lots of inspiration from across the world.

You can also follow my Powertex experiments and projects @skysagestudio on Facebook and Instagram or find my personal Powertex blogs over at koresageart.com.

Until next time,
Kore x

Powertex Treasure Tree

Hi it’s Kore! This month on the Powertex UK blog we’re all about keepsakes. I keep a box of treasures that I have collected over the years from letters and concert tickets to small things. They include tiny gifts from dear friends, a crystal pendant bought on a special holiday, a chinese coin, a teeny clay cat and a little angel. Usually these things hide away, only occasionally being found for a wander down memory lane.

My Treasure Tree project gives me a way to display my tiny keepsakes all the time.

Ingredients

Powertex Universal Medium in Red and Blue
Black Bister spray
Easy Varnish
Copper Colortricx pigment
3d balls in Medium and Large
1mm craft wire and cutters
Masking tape
Cotton fabric strips and textures e.g. string
Base or box for your tree to stand on
Flat brush and paper towel

Step 1. Making the wire frame

A quick internet search showed me several ways to make a wire tree armature and I took inspiration from those to make my wire tree. 1mm craft wire is good for this as thicker wire can be hard to twist when you have several strands together.

I wrapped wire round an A5 notebook to measure it out, cut the wires at the top and then used my fingers to create a loop at the bottom. From here I can twist the wires into a trunk and branches. Bend the loop to make a base and keep the branches horizontal so you can hang your treasures. Watch my video below for more details on creating the tree shape.

This video shows me making my second tree!

Step 2. Shaping and taping the tree

When the wire tree has been made, I give it some shape by wrapping strips of foil around the trunk and the start of the branches. Padding out the bottom also means I can tape it to a base or box lid.
When done, I completely cover the wire and foil with masking tape.

 

Step 3. Powertex and fabric wrapping

Now it’s time to get the Powertex out. I wanted to use a purple colour, so I mixed Red and Blue but any dark colour of Powertex will work brilliantly. I pre cut strips of cotton fabric no more than 8″ long. I also had some pieces of stockinette, string and muslin for extra texture. I used 3d balls for texture on the base.

I painted the whole tree with Powertex first, then used the fabric wrapping technique to cover the tree.  I wrapped the strips in spirals and kept lots of texture. The stockinette pieces were gathered around the base of the tree. This created wrinkles and pockets that would hold trinkets when the tree was finished. String pieces and 3d balls were added last, coated in Powertex and put into place.

 

Step 4. Adding colour

When dry, colour can be added. I used a few sprays of Black Bister around the base and the trunk. This creates depth and shadows. A quick blast with a hairdryer works before adding my dry brushing. I chose the Copper Colortricx pigment for my tree and didn’t need to add any more colours as the metallic effect looked great without anything else.

This technique uses a dry mix of Easy Varnish and pigment powder and is applied to raised areas using a flat brush. Add your pigment over your project, highlighting all the textures. It works best if you remove excess colour onto a paper towel first and keep your brush flat against your project. Watch your tree come alive as the textures are picked out against the dark background.

The finished tree is perfect for hanging my tiny treasures and displaying those little keepsakes that get lost at the bottom of my memory box. They can be attached or left free to move and change.

So now my tiny treasures can be kept out of their box and displayed, reminding me daily of happy memories.

If you would like to see more Powertex creations pop along to The Powertex Studio facebook group where you can share your makes too. Powertex Addicts United on Instagram has lots of inspiration from across the world.

You can also follow my Powertex experiments and projects @skysagestudio on Facebook and Instagram or find my personal Powertex blogs over at koresageart.com. See you there!

Until next time, make a little space in your week to let your art out!

Kore x

Powertex canvas, an Italy inspired landscape

Hello, it’s Kore here with this month’s Italian theme! We’ve been spoiled with some fantastic themed projects. How about a textured landscape on canvas, inspired by those beautiful Venetian rivers?

Powertex canvas, Italian landscape

So the theme this month is Italy and I have a confession. One of the most significant people in my life is Italian and I have never visited Italy! So I spent some time looking at some photos of the village where he lived and some of Venice. Such beautiful landscapes.

Italy Landscapes
Photos from Unsplash.com

My project is a dimensional canvas using these gorgeous Italian landscapes as inspiration. I’m using card, paper and fabric and texture mediums to create the landscape and bister sprays for muted colours with lots of atmosphere.

Ingredients

Powertex productsCanvas or board
Powertex Ivory
Fabric, paper and card pieces of your choice, include embellishments, lace or wooden pieces you like
Powertex Easy Structure
Powertex Stone Art
Powertex 3D Sand
Powertex Bister sprays in Blue, Brown and Red
A flat brush
Large pieces of pieces for tearing as masks
A circular cut out or stencil

Step 1

Prime your canvas with Ivory Powertex. I’m using a rectangular canvas approximately 28cm x 35cm.
Choose fabric, paper and card pieces to use as textures and to give the impression of buildings or a bridge.

Use Powertex to coat and adhere the pieces. Create lots of texture in any fabric or papers to create interest.

Apply Easy Structure to parts of the canvas. Use a palette knife or plastic card to scrape it down.
When your textured pieces are in place, leave to dry.

Powertex canvas textures

This video gives you a speedy glimpse into how I put my first layers of texture down. You can see I had a couple of pencil lines on my canvas to help me but this isn’t necessary. It’s also upside down to you!

Step 2

When it’s dry you can add more textures as you like. I like to add lots of organic textures using Stone Art and 3D Sand.
Brush on some Ivory Powertex onto the “buildings” and “bridge” shapes. Sprinkle the Stone Art onto the Powertex, be generous, then press into place. Gently brush away any excess Stone Art with your fingers. It can be put into a container for use later. Repeat this until you have a raised rough texture on the buildings.

I’ve also added Easy Structure above the bridge and then pressed a circular stencil into the paste for texture. Any stencil will work but wash the Easy Structure from your stencil straight away.

Daub on some Ivory Powertex in areas where you would like a finer texture and sprinkle 3D Sand onto it. This is a finer texture but looks great when the colour is added. When sprinkled onto wet Powertex the 3D Sand is best left to dry before the excess is brushed off.

Powertex canvas textures with Stone Art, Easy Structure and 3D Sand

Step 3

When all the textures are dry it’s time to add colour. I’m using Bister sprays. These water based sprays are perfect for Powertex textures. The ink runs into the textures making dark shadows and picking out all the textures in the surface. Even better, the sprays will wipe away with a wet cloth to create highlights on the raised areas. I’ve chosen blue, brown and red for my project. The muted colours of Bister work really well for this landscape.

Spray the Bisters generously onto your canvas. Focus mainly on the textured areas and use torn paper scraps to protect areas you don’t want coloured. Overlay colours while wet.

Use a wet cloth to wipe away Bister from the raised areas to create highlights.

When dry, use a brush to add Ivory Powertex for highlights or to lighten other parts of the canvas. I brushed a little at the top of the canvas and also over the “water”.

Powertex canvas landscape close up
Powertex canvas landscape close up
Powertex landscape canvas textures Italy inspired
Italy inspired Powertex canvas

Powertex texture products can be used in lots of ways but if you have a pot of Stone Art or Easy Structure waiting for a project, why not give a landscape canvas a try? These products are great for layering up and all work brilliantly together. They are the foundation of my mixed media art.

If you would like to see more Powertex creations pop along to The Powertex Studio facebook group where you can share your makes too. Powertex Addicts United on Instagram has lots of inspiration from across the world.

You can also find my personal Powertex blogs over at koresageart.com.

Until next time, make a little space in your week to let your art out.

Kore x

Textured top hat for beginners

Hi it’s Kore! Take a look a this adorable little Top Hat project. This cute kit size makes a great project for an afternoon of crafting and all you need to add is some Powertex Universal Medium and a couple of pigment colours. As always you can include fabric, lace and embellishments from your own stash.
Powertex Top Hat project
Powertex Top Hat Project pack
Ingredients
Top Hat project kit
Apron, gloves, Paper/plastic plate, flat brush, paper towel.
Optional
Length of string to wrap around hat
Small piece of cotton/muslin to wrap front of hatband
Piece of t-shirt yarn/strip of fabric to make a bow
(Remember natural fabrics and fibers work best with Powertex)
You can see the decorative pieces I’ve chosen below. The MDF pieces and the wallpaper from the pack plus a length of string, tshirt yarn (enough for a bow) and a piece of cotton muslin, enough to pleat and wrap around the front.

 

Powertex project choosing embellishments
Pour a few tablespoons of Bronze Powertex into your plate and paint the base pieces. You have about an hour of working time. This seals the MDF and is used to glue the base pieces together. Dry them on a plastic surface or craft mat.

 

Prime MDF with Powertex Bronze
I had a play with laying out my pieces and decided to tear up the wall paper so I could get the texture all over. When you know which pieces you like, paint them with the Powertex.

 

Powertex project layout
Now pour out a few more tablespoons of Powertex and use your brush to paint and stick down the wallpaper pieces and paint over them. You may want to wear your gloves for this part!
To add the fabric hatband use your fingers to apply Powertex to half the fabric, not too wet, and then massage it through the whole piece. Ensure the whole piece is covered but don’t saturate it or it will take a long time to dry. The fabric should be sticky to hold. When it’s ready, you can wrap it around the front of the hat, creating pleats and wrinkles as you like. The Powertex will stick the fabric to the base and when dry will hold it’s shape.
Use the same technique with the string. Tuck the feather into the hat band while the fabric is wet.
Use Powertex to adhere any other embellishments such as the small hearts, the tag or anything else you fancy! Just remember that Powertex doesn’t stick well to plastic. If you prefer you can colour your embellishments before sticking them to your finished project.
Leave to dry. Depending on room temperature this may take 1-4 hours to be touch dry. My art table on a sunny day will dry this nicely in half an hour!

 

Project coated with Bronze Powertex
There’s lots of texture on here so now we need to bring that to life with some colour. We use Powercolor pigments for our colours. They come in powder form so can be mixed with many mediums but here we are going to use Easy Varnish to create a paint that is also weatherproof!
I chose Red Ochre and Yellow Ochre as these warm pigments really complement each other and look fantastic against the Bronze Powertex.
Use a flat 3/4 inch brush and put a small blob of varnish on a plastic plate or craft mat. Pull a tiny amount to the side with your brush and then dip the tip of your brush into the powder pigment. Tap off any excess and then mix this with your varnish. The varnish dries quickly so mix small amounts.
For the dry brushing technique in this project your paint mixture should be quite dry. Wipe excess paint from your brush on a paper towel before you touch your project. Keep your brush flat and brush your project in the same direction each time. Your aim is to highlight the textures you have created and leave the Bronze coming through.

 

Powertex Top Hat Powercolor pigments
I used more of the red at the top of the hat and more the yellow at the bottom. Also if you’re not sure about the colour, you can brush over it again until you’re happy. The Yellow Ochre was great for highlights against the Red Ochre background.

 

Powertex top hat close up
I made, dried and dry brushed the bow in Yellow Ochre before I attached it with Bronze Powertex.

 

Powertex top hat close up
I brushed pigments straight onto the feather piece.

 

Powertex top hat close up
The Yellow Ochre hearts really stand out against the dark background  but I used white for highlights.

 

Powertex top hat close up
Products can feel overwhelming when they do so much but these techniques are simple and fun for   any age. The project packs make it easy to get started and you can add treasures or scraps from your stash to make it really personal.
Powertex top hat project
I really hope you’ve enjoyed this project. 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 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

 

Powertex meets fairy magic by Kore

Hi it’s Kore here again! I have to know, do you have fairies living in your home, sprinkling their magic on your craft projects or making mischief in your garden? Are there a few pixies perhaps sharing your biscuits? Yes me too. I like a little magic in my life but I wish they’d help with the washing up sometimes! This project gives the tiny folk a door of their own to come and go.

Basic ingredients

MDF fairy door plaque, window framehinge and toadstools
Ivory Powertex
T-shirt fabric, lace strips and hessian strips
Secret Art Loft Translucent Acrylic Inks in Tangerine, Raspberry, Aqua and Violet
Easy Varnish
Powercolor pigments in Burgundy and Turquoise
Colourtricx pigment in Terraviolet

Embellishments and optional ingredients

Red and blue Powertex
Piece of card for the window
Door handle flower
Cocktail stick and card for the sign
Large 3d balls for the stones
Paper flowers

Use Ivory Powertex with fabric to create texture on the door with lace, a door step with a roll of fabric and a door frame with pleated hessian.

Use coloured Powertex to paint hinge, stones, window frame, toadstool, door handle and sign. You can use Ivory Powertex and paint with inks or pigments if you prefer.
 Paint the door with the acrylic inks, letting them blend into each other.

 

Mix Powercolour and Colourtricx pigments with Easy Varnish to add more colour and highlights. My favourites are Burgundy to make a shadow in the door frame and Turquoise to colour the window and the flowers. I used the Terraviolet for some shimmery fairy magic on the hinge, toadstool, sign, stones and doorstep. I can glue all the pieces into place with drops of Powertex.

 

 

 

The acrylic inks really pop on the ivory Powertex, I love the way they run into each other too. if you swap the acrylic inks for Powercolour pigments and Easy Varnish, your fairy door will be weatherproof to go outside. Remember if you want your Powertex project to be weatherproof you’ll want to leave it to cure for 3 weeks first.

You can share your projects on the Powertex Addicts page on Facebook and click Follow and See first to catch the brilliant projects from other Powertex Addicts.

Did you know we also hold a monthly Powertex challenge on Instagram? Follow @powertexaddictsunited for the monthly theme or #12monthsofpowertex. It’s open to everyone and there’s a giveaway up for grabs too.

I’m always experimenting with Powertex so if you’d like to see more of my makes you can follow me on Facebook or Instagram.

Until next time, give yourself a little time to let your art out!

Kore x

Powertex goes Industrial

Hi I’m Kore, artist, crafter and tutor at SkySage Studio. I’m bringing you my industrial Powertex make using the Owl Project Kit. I’ve always loved birds of prey and I had a close encounter with a rescued barn owl once. She was called Willow and she wasn’t nearly as excited as I was!

My industrial owl project is inspired by my love of the film Bladerunner. Real animals are rare in that futuristic world and synthetic, fake animals were kept instead. So here is my half organic, half machine owl.

The owl project pack contains everything needed to make a beautiful owl for indoor or outdoor display. I add some Stone Art, a drop of ivory Powertex and some red Bister spray to my ingredients!

I start by painting my mdf pieces with the bronze Powertex. While it’s wet I adhere one of the wings down. I’ve already decided I’m going to decorate my owl in two halves so I add a thin layer of Stone Art powder to the right side of the wet Powertex. This makes a great natural texture. As you can see I’m not too precise with it!

I leave the Stone Art to dry and add strips of lace, covered with Powertex and lay them out down the left side. Some Easy Structure paste through letter stencils is layered on top of the Stone Art. I’m not trying for readable words, just random shapes. The Stone Art leaves a soft “furry” feel on the right side.

While that’s drying I mix up some Stone Art clay with the bronze Powertex. Just enough to cover the raised wing and make some textured feathers. I press the clay onto the wing, thick enough to press in some metal embellishments, painting them, layering them up and sticking them down with Powertex.

 

 

I roll out the left over clay and use the wooden beak shape as a template to cut out some feathers. When the Easy Structure paste is dry, it’s time to paint everything with bronze Powertex and start adding the rest of the embellishments.

Adding the geometric pieces from the Drop Outs creates the machine like shapes. I’ve chosen my pieces so now I just keep layering them up, wooden shapes, metal pieces and my Stone Art clay feathers. I check everything is covered with bronze Powertex ready for dry brushing.

While I wait for that to dry off I prepare the wooden circle for the eye. I apply some ivory Powertex, and Bister with heat for this lovely crackle technique. Time to wait for everything to dry….

I choose Copper and Green pigments to add colour by mixing with Easy Varnish. Dry brushing on Green for the organic parts and Copper for the machine parts. I use some white highlights for contrast but the pigments in the pack can be mixed for lots of options. The green and copper look brilliant together.

The final pieces are dropped into place on the eye and a quick check for the need for any more white highlights.

Here she is, my mechanical Willow.

 

I got so absorbed by this project. Just me and my Powertex. I have all these pieces left over for another project!

Don’t forget to post your finished project in our Facebook group at Powertex Addicts United. I’d love to hear what inspires your owl project. Until next time, let your art out to play!

Kore x