Barny the Owl

I went for a bit of a different look for my owl!
Firstly I used Easy Coat Mat to apply some music paper onto the chest.
I then used bronze Powertex and Stone Art to give it a downy look and then applied
Easy 3D Flex onto the wings to get that lovely 3 dimensional crackle effect.
I didn’t use much from my project pack apart from the owl template and the bronze Powertex 
so keep your eyes peeled for some of the other elements being used on other projects!
Tracey x

 

My Powertex Valentine

Marion – My Romantic Powertex Sculpture

With Valentine’s day fast approaching, I will  hold my hands up now and admit to being an unapologetic romantic.

But true love requires working at.  It doesn’t just happen.  Likewise, creating meaningful art doesn’t just happen.
I’m not talking about sticking rigidly to a plan.  Because, like all the best love affairs, I believe art takes on a life of it’s own, when given the freedom to expand in the direction it feels it needs to go in.
I always encourage people who come on my Powertex workshops to have an idea in mind, but to be fully prepared to go with the flow when they feel the need to do so.
Take my Powertex sculpture pictured here – who I have ended up calling Marion, after the trapeze artist in the romantic film Wings of Desire.

 

Marion started off life with the intention of being called Lady Grey.  She was originally quite plain, and rather saintly looking believe it or not.

However, somewhere along the line she morphed into more of a Black Swan type being.  Still romantic, but much sadder and more complex.

 

I find this happens when I am working with Powertex.  Sculptures evolve as I work.  Maybe something of what I am feeling channels itself into them.

Then this morning, as I finished her off, she changed once again.  Into a fun loving, romantic theatrical affair.  Hence finishing off as Marion.

 

I’m pleased I allowed her to evolve as she did.  I like the sense of adventure and glamour I get when I look at her.  Yes, the Marion stage was definitely the right one to stop at.
How I created Marion:
I used a bust I got from a charity shop – along with paper flowers and a top from the same shop.
I covered everything with with lead powertex hardener.
I then created the wings separately using wire covered with tin foil and masking tape
I attached the wings to the back of the bust, and covered them with Powertex paperdec and lead powertex
Once this was dry I went over them with Powercotton and some feathers also soaked in lead powertex to add even more texture
I covered the bust and the bodice with Powertex stone art using a mixture of grey and white powertex hardener to add some interest
At this point she started to morph into the Black Swan as I sprayed the bodice and wings with red and black bister
Deciding this wasn’t quite right, I then added more colour to the bodice, using powertex powercolor pigments of bordeaux red and terragreen.

I added silver colour to the wings before adding using white colour to highlight the whole sculpture and add to the grainy effect I was aiming for.

You can find me on facebook at Arts & Murals by Donna Mcghie  here to keep up to date with my work. See you again soon. Donna x

 

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

Egyptian Canvas Duo (by Anne)

I so enjoyed helping out with samples for the Egyptian themed shows recently on Hochanda – and WOW the set looked amazing with so many wonderful creations from the team. I think that we all had a huge amount of fun. It really did look like an archaeological set.

I created this duo of canvases featuring Nefertiti and Tutankhamun to tell a little of their story. Although their likeness was well known to me I really had little idea of their history, so I did a little research. I really enjoyed finding out more about these characters and I had so much fun immersing myself into their mystical world when creating these canvases.

I hope that my creative journey gives you some inspiration for your own ideas. There is a full materials list at the end if you need links to any of the specific products used xxx.

The creative journey:
The canvases were first coated with a layer of Ivory Powertex, and the plaster busts with Bronze Powertex.

The textured embellishments were made with air dry clay and small clay cutters from my stash. The Hiero Heaven and Scarabella stamps were pressed into the rolled out clay to add texture. Additional texture added to some pieces using a texture mat, and I made the little snakes using a mould (both from my stash). Strips from corrugated card were used to create pillars. I laid out all my elements to get a rough idea of placement and to assess space left for adding text.

Note: I used an air dry modelling clay that I had in my stash. It is fairly strong when making chunky items but I did find it very brittle when rolled thin. I left it to fully dry overnight and coated it with Ivory Powertex. The Powertex did sink in well (as it remained porous) and considerably strengthened my embellishments. So I was happy to use them on my canvases. However, I would fully recommend using Stone Art Clay if you want hard wearing items, and certainly if you need them to be weather proof (it is designed for this).

Following my bit of historical research I decided on some text to add to my canvases. Nefertiti was the chief wife of the Egyptian Pharaoh Akhenaten who was the father of Tutankhaten (later named Tutankhamun). Originally Akhenaten was named Amenhotep IV but he changed his name when he banned the worship of the old Egyptian gods and instated Aten (Sun Disc – an aspect of the sun god Ra) as the one true god. I therefore depicted the Aten symbol (Sun Disk with rays in gold) on Nefertiti’s canvas.

I used gilding wax around the edges of my canvas and on the Sun Disc (Atan) and gold relief paste to create the Atan rays.

Nefertiti was also known as ‘the beautiful one has come’ (translation of her name) and ‘the lady of the two lands’ – I included this in the gilded text.

Nerfertiti may have ruled for a time as Neferneferuaten, and for a short while alongside Tutankhaten (later named Tutankhamun) but there is some debate on this. She disappeared not long after her husband’s death and it is unsure where her body lays. Although interestingly there is some evidence that she may be in a secret chamber behind the tomb of Tutankhamun. Still a mystery.

Tutankhamun became king when only a boy (‘boy king Tut’) and as mentioned above he was originally named Tutankhaten (‘the living image of Aten’). After the death of his father there was an uprising and the old gods were eventually reinstated. He reinstated Amun-Ra (fusion of the gods Amun ‘the hidden/invisible one’ and Ra the ‘sun god’) and changed his name to Tutankhamun (‘the living image of Amun’). There is a lot of debate around the identity of his mother but it is fairly certain that she would have been a close relation to Akhenaten (sister or cousin, maybe even Nefertiti?).

I hope that I am not boring everyone with history but I found it all fascinating (but also very confusing with all the name changes and the various gods worshipped at the time).

The sentiments were printed on a laser printer (copy paper) and foiled with gold sublimation foil using my laminator. I stamped over the background using Memories Ink and the Hiero Heaven stamp. I then scrunched up the paper and further aged with distress inks.

The background textured paper and sentiments were glued to the canvas using Easy Coat.

The card pillars were coated (back and front) with Black Powertex. Bister was used to add depth to my textured embellishments. I also mixed various Powercolor pigments into Ivory Powertex and rubbed over the top of the embellishments to give the effect of faded chalk paints.

Elements were glued in place using Powertex and a little Easy Structure for some of the more uneven textured pieces. A little Easy Structure paste was also applied with a palette knife for filling and more texture.

A little Ultramarine Powercolor was mixed with Ivory Powertex and painted into the crevices of the pillars. Gold Colortricx pigment mixed with Easy Varnish was dry brushed onto the surface ridges.

The busts were also coloured with gold varnish, applied fairly liberally for an opulent effect. Where I wanted areas of strong colour (blue, red, green) I applied a base of Ivory Powertex first and then painted over with coloured varnish. Black Powertex was painted into the eye area.


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