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.

The Steampunk Collection

Powertex UK carry a range of Steampunk inspired craft supplies for your more industrial themed mixed media projects. This gorgeous mixed media art piece was created by Suzanne Tarburton using the Secret Art Box.

Powertex Steampunk Secret Art Box by Suzanne Tarburton
Steampunk Secret Art Box project by Suzanne Tarburton

Here’s a few of our favourite supplies from The Steampunk Collection.

MDF shapes

Mdf shapes are always popular because they work brilliantly with Powertex, are lightweight and easy to decorate and style with your favourite colours and textures. We love to use mdf on canvases, mdf frames and craft foam.

Powertex UK  Roman Numeral Clock MDF
Roman Numeral Clock
Powertex UK MDF cogs and washers
MDF Cogs Nuts and Washers
MDF Hot Air Balloon from Powertex UK Steampunk Collection
MDF Hot Air Balloon

Craft moulds

Moulds are an excellent way to keep your supplies topped up! Mix up some Stone Art clay (or use air dry clay) and make as many embellishments as you need or stock up your stash for later. Keys and cogs never go out of style.

Artyco Steampunk Keys, Locks and Keyplates Mould from Powertex UK
Artyco Steampunk Keys, Locks and Keyplates Mould
Distressed cogs mould from Katy Sue
Distressed cogs mould from Katy Sue
Powertex UK Mixed Media art and craft supplies steampunk collection
The Steampunk Collection at Powertex UK

If you like a bit of Steampunk in your crafty creations, take a look at these examples from Powertex tutors! There’s still time to enter the Powertex UK Monthly Challenge which is Steampunk themed in February. Head over to Facebook The Powertex Studio for all the details. See you there!

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

Dotty about you!

Well, I know we’ve only just got through Easter but summer will soon be knocking on the door and reminding me of the days when as a child we would spend our summer holidays in Devon at my Nans. I think my favourite outing aside walking along the river Otter to Otterton Mill for cream teas and yummy swizz roll was the Ladram bay beach trips.

We would pack up the picnic basket and set off early. The whole day was filled with beach fun! Playing in the rubber dingy with my sisters and shrimping in the rock pools. Looking for the crabs, starfish and wonderful fishy creatures lurking under the rocks.

I have to say I never did manage to spot a sea horse. But they are rather lovely don’t you think?

Which leads in nicely to my latest project that I am happy to share with you all, you lucky things! I decided to go a little crazy and use two colours on this piece. I was going to use some ivory too but I thought better off it and tried to keep it a little simpler.
Top tip: Always give yourself an idea of layout and where you are going to place your items. I always take a picture of  the layout on my phone as a reminder. However, this is not mandatory and set in stone, sometimes I completely change my mind on layout once I get going.
 
I wanted to make sure I added some kind of texture underneath the circles. So I gathered together all sorts of lace, corrugated card, wall paper, scrim to name but a few and started putting them in place to have an idea of where I wanted them.
Next I removed all circles and got the base prepped with texture and colour. Blue Powertex for the top half and green for the bottom half.
So you may be able to spot on his belly I used my circle stencil and structure paste. I also used the arty quotes stencil in places but got a bit excited with some other texture and covered most of it up. But I’m ok with that. There really are no rights or wrongs or mistakes with Powertex, it’s all about play, fun and going with the flow.
Next I put all the circles and flowers back into place and gave them a coat of Powertex.

Top Tip: If you mix a little sand in with your powertex and gently brush over certain areas of the raised circles it adds a little texture and extra detail when dry brushing.

Then it was dry brushing time. I used yellow ochre powercolor along the neck, back and tail.Then popped on a little gold colortrix. For the front I mixed dark blue and pale yellow powercolour and added white for highlights with a touch of pearl colortrix for a little shimmer. And voila!
The mdf seahorse bases are available to buy at http://www.powertex.co.uk. However, I am afraid you are going to have to wait for the circles to be released on Hochanda on the 9th June. Sorry about that. But it’s sure to be a great show I promise! I know what a tease, right. On the plus side you get to watch me on my Powertex tv debut! I know exciting right. Eeekkkk…not long now! Lucky I will be with our Tracey. Have we got some cracking stuff to show you!
Toodle pip Anna xXx

Mixed Media Steampunk Book Box

I have been looking for an excuse to make a steampunk-inspired project for a while & the perfect opportunity came up a few weeks ago in the form of a friend’s 40th birthday fancy dress party. The theme was ‘school uniform’, but instead of the obvious St. Trinians outfit, I opted for a Steam Punk School Mistress, complete with book (which doubled as a handbag for the evening).

Of course, being part of the Powertex UK Design Team 2017, it was much more fun to create my own steampunk book box/handbag than to try to find one to buy!  Here’s a brief explanation of how I did it…

I started with a paper mache book box, a selection of steam punk embellishments, corrugated cardboard, cotton lace, teabag papers & of course, some of our lovely Powertex products – Powertex transparent and ivory , Silk Paper Mechanisms, Easy Coat Mat & brown bister.

The spine of the book was decoupaged in pieces of tea bag paper sprayed in bister.  The Easy Coat Mat was used to fix them in place before applying a 2nd coat to seal. Then the ‘Mechanism’ silk paper was applied to the front & back covers.  I love how the teabag papers look like old leather!

The ‘pages’ of the book were made using the corrugated card.  Cut to size, paint with a mix of ivory Powertex & brown bister, & spray with more bister to ‘age’ the pages.  Leave to dry before attaching.

Finally the cover design.  Arrange your embellishments & lace, then attach using Powertex transparent.

I finished the whole thing off with a little sprinkle of Powertex Rusty Powder, sprayed with a water/vinegar mix & left overnight to react before sealing with Easy Varnish.  Great fun to make & perfect to complete my outfit for the fancy dress event.

To find out more about Powertex art supplies, find a certified tutor near you or ready other blogs by Powertex UK & the Design Team, visit www.powertex.co.uk & don’t forget to share your makes on our Powertex Addicts facebook page.