Powertex Fairy Lights Bottle

Van Gogh Inspired Powertex Bottle

by Donna Mcghie

Van Gogh Powertex bottle
I was inspired by my favourite artist Vincent Van Gogh

For this month’s Powertex step by step article I was asked to use fairy lights to create a lighting feature. So it just had to be a powertex fairy lights bottle!

The thought that immediately sprang into my mind was a painting by one of my favourite artists, Vincent Van Gogh.  I love his style of swirling, vibrant colours, and thought this would work really well with Powertex.

The painting I decided to pay homage to was Starry Starry Night.  I loved the thought of twinkly fairy lights shining through a swirling Powertex sky. 

Where to start

I decided to use a bottle as my base, and to use Powertex Paperdecoration as my main medium.  I love how it organically has all the textures and swirls I was hoping to recreate.  Paper dec  would also conveniently give me lots of gaps for those starry lights to shine through.

Powertex bottle light project
Powertex paperdecoration is just perfect for this project

There were some challenges with my idea.  Such as how to keep the glass showing through the gaps nice and clear.  But a bit of thinking outside the box overcame these, and I am really happy with the end result.

I’ve always loved Van Gogh, but fell in love with him even more after reading a book of his letters to his brother Theo. He wrote, like he painted, from his heart and soul.

Materials List

Step by Step

Wrap your bottle in bubble wrap to ensure the glass does not get too smeared to allow the lights to shine through.

prep for Powertex bottle project
I also wrapped my paper decoration round to ensure it was wide enough. Be sure to leave a few strands of this separate to use later.

Carefully soak your Powertex paper decoration in blue powertex. Lay it flat and swirl some yellow ochre powertex over the top.

blue and yellow powertex fabric hardener
the yellow swirls are prominent in the original painting

Now gently wrap the coloured paper decoration around the bubble wrapped bottle and leave to dry.

powertex blue paperdecoration wrapped around bottle
Ideally leave overnight to harden

Once dry, remove the bubble wrap and place the paper decoration back over your bottle, along with whatever embellishment you have chosen for the moon.

powertex blue moon bottle
I used a fabric button soaked in Blue Powertex for the moon. Also added some material strips around the bottle neck

I made white swirls using tiny strips of paper decoration soaked in transparent Powertex, and also added my twisted willow securing in place with strips of material.

powertex twisted willow
the twisted willow fits in perfectly with this design

Finally I enhanced the whole thing with dry brushing, and also added some minute stars, gems and eco friendly glitter.

powertex fairy lights bottle
Back view of my Powertex Light Bottle

I’m really pleased with how this powertex fairy lights bottle turned out. The powertex pigments I used to enhance the design were Colortrix Silver, Powerpearl and Terragreen, Powercolor Titanium White and Pearl Pigment Sherbet Dip.

I chose to pay tribute to Van Gogh, but I do think there are so many other artists whose style could be used for these bottle lights. I’d love to see any versions you come up with over on The Powertex Studio Facebook Group. If you are inspired by this, you might also want to check out my last blog which also has a painterly theme.

Thank you so much for reading.

If you would like to see more of what I get up to you can follow me on facebook, or check out my website. I look forward to seeing you again in June. Donna ūüôā

Powertex Triptych

Powertex tryptic

Designer~Jinny Holt

Powertex Triptych

What is a Triptych?

Hello all, where does the time go? It is once again that time of the month to show you my latest article and this month the theme was a Powertex Triptych.  I looked up the word on the internet and it states that Triptych is a work of art (usually a panel painting) that is divided into three sections or three carved panels that are hinged together or can be folded shut or displayed openly.

Where to start your Powertex Triptych

For my article, I decided to use three square canvases as I did not have any spare panels and I wanted to try an ombre effect on my completed piece. I wanted texture and depth to my final piece and I had in mind already what colours I wanted to use. So without further ado, here is how I created my finished canvas.

For this Powertex Triptych you will need

  • Three canvases or panels
  • Easy 3D Flex
  • Ivory Powertex
  • Pieces of material and lace
  • MDF pieces and or embellishments

I painted all three canvases with IVORY POWERTEX. Laying materials and lace in place. Keeping in mind that my canvas is one body of work.


I left these to dry overnight.

I made a paste with EASY 3D FLEX, Ivory Powertex and bit of water. And applied with a palette knife to add interest and texture.


These are the colours I used for the three canvases that were now dried.

I started with the darkest colour first, being the lovely DARK BLUE PIGMENT

Powertex Triptych

Then went up the canvases getting lighter with the colours, until I reached the top canvas which was a mix of the Green and the WHITE PIGMENT.

Powertex Triptych
I added a touch of true gold colortricx and varnish to pick out the texture. I do love bling, so added some matching gems with transparent Powertex.

Feeling Inspired?

Hopefully this article has left you inspired. We would love to see any of your finished Powertex pieces over at THE POWERTEX STUDIO

If you would like to see more of my Powertex creations you can find me at MUMS SHED

It would be lovely to hear from you, if you would like to leave a comment.

Thank you for reading my article for this month. Did you catch my article from last month. Click here to be inspired and see why I love Powertex!

Live~Love~Laugh~Create

Jinny

Easy Structure

Powertex Easy Structure – March – Powertex product of the month

Available here on the Powertex UK website

This month the team at Powertex Uk have picked Easy Structure as their product of the month! So do read on to find out how to use it. You will also see some examples of Powertex artwork with it below.

What is it Easy Structure?

Easy Structure is a smooth ready mixed structure paste. It can be used in mixed media pieces and sculptures. And also be used with stencils. It’s waterproof when dry, so you can use your Powertex products straight over the top and the paste will sit tight.

How to use it

Easy Structure is a paste that can be spread on a surface to create texture. And can be used as a base layer for Powertex, Stone Art and pigments. You can be apply it with a palette knife, a scraper or brush.

Top Tip

Make sure you clean your stencils, templates and tools straight away after using it. Using hot soapy water will help clean and prolong the use of your tools.

Used through a stencil to add to the texture on this canvas by Tracey Evans
Add texture to your mixed media works of art.
Used through a stencil on this piece created by Annette Smyth
Has been used on this journal cover by Shell North
Used through a stencil to give this piece extra dimension by Shell North
Can be used to add extra texture and depth as seen in this Art Doll by Kore Sage

Easy structure as texture
Create great texture as seen here on a piece by Fiona Potter
Easy structure pocket watch
Used through a stencil for extra detail in the background of this pocket watch by Fiona Potter
Easy Structure through fossil stencil
Applied on the back of a journal cover through the Fossil Stencil from Powertex UK by Anna Emelia Howlett
Easy structure on art doll
Used on this Powertex Apothecary Art Doll created by Jill Cullum
Easy structure on fairy house
Pasted through a dream stencil on the door frame of this Fairy house by Abigail Lagden
Easy structure on mixed media canvas
Placed on this canvas to add extra depth and detail by Jinny Holt
Easy structure on journal cover
Used through a stencil with various other textures on this journal by Annette Smyth
Easy structure on art dol
Applied through a word stencil on this Art Doll by Anne Waller

We hope you have enjoyed seeing pieces created by the team. Enough so that it inspires you to have a go! Join us over on Facebook in The Powertex Studio and share your makes. Until next time.

Powertex Medium Art Doll

mixed media powertex medium art doll tutorial

Powertex Medium Art doll – Goddess of Mystery – by Abigail Lagden

Hello and welcome to my latest project! For this one I have used the Powertex medium Art Doll kit with the contents shown below.

Kit contents

I love working with the project kits from Powertex UK. They provide the perfect level of structure to work with and stimulate ideas. But also have the flexibility to put your own style into them. By how you construct them, which other products and embellishments you use and finally how you add colour to them.

As usual, I started by playing with the MDF kit pieces and arranging them in different ways. The picture below shows my initial guide design. As you can see it evolved and changed a fair bit as the project progressed. This always happens to some degree with my creations. So don’t worry that you have to stick rigidly to your first design. It helps to have an idea of where you are going at the start. I find the best results happen when you just go with the creative flow once you start building your piece.

Original design

As well as the Medium MDF Art Doll Kit, I used the following for this project:

First I used Easy Structure through the ‘arty quotes’ stencil to add the words ‘mystery’ and ‘wonder’ to the wings. The thing I love about this stencil is that not only do you have the lovely quotes in their entirety. But you can also just use specific words or phrases from within the quotes. To keep the stencilling clean for single words, I use masking tape to cover the words. Placing around the ones that I want to use before using Easy Structure paste through it.

Stencil masking

I wanted there to be lots of texture in this project. I mixed three different pastes using yellow Powertex with Easy 3D Flex, 3D sand/small balls and Stone Art.

Three pastes

First, I covered the base of the shadow box with the Easy 3D Flex paste. Before using yellow Powertex to attach and paint the sides of the box. I applied the sand and balls paste to the ‘crown’ pieces and pushed them into the 3D flex paste. Then I painted the plaster face with yellow Powertex. Pushed it into the 3D flex paste and sprinkled a few small balls into the box.

Box frame

Next, I worked on the back piece of MDF. Randomly adding areas of the three different pastes I mixed earlier. Creating lots of textures and submerging the MDF row of hooks at the bottom. Then I sprinkled some medium 3D balls onto a few areas followed by some small balls to fill the gaps. Whilst the background piece was still wet, I attached the box frame and the other MDF shape into the pastes.

I smeared a little left over 3D Flex paste onto the princess’ face and onto parts of the crown piece.

Pre-bister

The top piece of the shadow box was painted just with yellow Powertex. The wings were covered with the sand and balls paste.

Wings 1

All of the pieces were then left to dry and/or crack before they were sprayed with brown bister.

Bistered piece

Bistered bits

This was dried and then the bister cleaned back using a damp sponge. Leaving the stronger colour in the depressions, giving more depth to the textures and lightening the uppermost parts.

Cleaned back bister

Cleaned back bister wings

Now for the fun part… adding a little bit of extra colour to bring the piece to life. I wanted this piece to have quite an earthy, rustic, natural quality. I used different blends of light blue, moss green, yellow ochre, lilac and white powercolor pigments. Mixed with easy varnish and applied using a dry brush technique.

Close up 2

Close up 1

The final step was to secure the wings to the front of the frame with powertex. Then the front of the frame to the main piece. I also hung a little metal key charm through the hole at the bottom of the frame.

Close up 3

Powertex Princess Art Doll - Abigail Lagden

I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing how I made this piece. Please do share your own creations on the Powertex Studio facebook page. Where you will find lots of inspiration as well as support from our fabulous Powertexing community.

You can also see more of my work on my Curiously Contrary facebook page and on my website. If you didn’t catch my blog last month take a look here.

Until next time, Abs xx

Powertex mixed media Christmas

powertex mixed media christmas

Powertex mixed media Christmas ornaments – craft diy project – Anna Emelia Howlett

Powertex mixed media Christmas tree and bauble

Anyone who knows me by now will know I am a pretty big fan of Marta Lapkowska she creates some amazing projects and works of art at Maremi Small Art. I was rather taken with her textured mixed media Christmas Tree ornament video recently. So I contacted Marta and asked her if she would mind me creating a blog inspired by her work but the Powertex mixed media Christmas way. To which she said yes! Thank you very much Marta. She also has an amazing group called Maremi’s Creative Caf√© where you can share your makes.

I know when I shared Martas video recently someone mentioned they didn’t have one of the products. What I love about Marta is she says if you don’t have it don’t worry just used what you have. I always have Powertex in abundance on my desk. With it being a universal medium it lends itself brilliantly to projects like this.

Powertex is great not just at textile/fabric hardening but mixed media, abstract art works, sculptures and more. And would you believe you can even make a clay from it! The USA AP seal of approval and covered by EU legislations means it is safe for all ages to use. Water based and non toxic makes it my go to mixed media medium.

What you will need to create your Powertex mixed media Christmas ornaments:

Ivory Powertex, bister, sand and balls, powercotton, stockinette, polystyrene shapes, easy structure, clay stars, limoncello gold, powercolor pigments and varnish

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Powertex mixed media Christmas bauble

Firstly, I happen to have some wire jewellery findings and so just stuck one into the top of the ball as a hanger. Although you could always use some wire and bend a loop around some pliers to make a hanger. In order to create the texture on the ball, mix some Easy Structure with Ivory Powertex to thin it down as little.

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Next you can add in a bit of sand for extra texture. Mix with a palette knife and apply. I had the Styrofoam balls in my stash, you can use any size Polystyrene ball or shape you would like to though.

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Top Tip: Yes you can go straight on to polystyrene shapes. But if you want you can always use a little masking tape underneath, this will make adhesion a little easier.

Next step cut some thin bandage to size. You could use a thin lace or fabric or stockinette. In order to create extra texture I pulled it apart a little. Coat in Ivory Powertex by dipping in or using a brush. And cover a section on the middle of the ball. Then coat some powercotton (which is a cotton string) and wrap around on top.

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Coat in Ivory Powertex by dipping in or use a brush to cover and place on the middle of the ball. Then coat some power cotton (which is a cotton string) and wrap around the middle.

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Top tip : Making a mixture with the balls in makes it easy to apply. Pour out a little Powertex and add the largest balls mix and then add the smaller ones.

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You can use a palette knife to apply as much or as little of the mixture as you please. But try to add your own twist to the design. For mine I popped on some clay stars, I had used a cake plunger cutter to cut out all the sizes.

You could add any shapes you wanted, if you haven’t got stars. Make sure you leave this to dry completely. An hour or so should be fine. You can force the drying process with a hair dryer just be careful the heat isn’t too high you don’t want to melt the shape.

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Spray with any Bister (a coloured walnut stain in spray form) of your choosing. For this I used Mahogany, Brown and Black Bister.

Powertex Mixed media Christmas bauble

Then I must have gotten carried away with the colouring process which is my favourite part as I didn’t take any more pictures after this. In the last step I did use some burgundy and brown Powercolour pigment and varnish around the middle and faded the top and bottom with white Powercolor pigment and varnish. Then added a touch of my fav Secret Art Loft pearl pigment Limoncello gold.

Powertex mixed media christmas bauble

Top Tip: Adding colour is my favourite part. Sometimes you have to keep layering and layering the colours and pigments to get your desired finish. Be patient with this part. It will come. I keep layering colours until I am happy with the finish.

Powertex mixed media christmas tree

Powertex mixed media Christmas Tree

Next up was the Christmas tree. I happened to have some of these in my stash too. If you don’t have a polystyrene cone you could use a cardboard cone. Use some Easy structure to cover the base of the cone. I used a little masking tape underneath to make this hold on easier.

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I used the stockinette for the tree which is slightly thicker than bandage. And I found it easier to dip it directly into the powertex. Coat the fabric and use your fingers to work the Powertex in.

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Then wrap around the cone. Dip your powercotton, string or mop cotton into the Powertex, work in and place onto the cone.

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Next make up your ball mixture again and paste on with a palette knife. Then stick down your stars or shapes with some Ivory Powertex and a brush. Make sure your cone is completely dry before spraying in bister.

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I only went and did it again with getting carried away with dry brushing I forgot to take next step photos. So I used burgundy and brown Powercolor all over the cone and then built up with white powercolour and used some Limoncello gold as a finishing touch to add a bit of sparkle.

Powertex mixed media christmas tree

You may have some time to set aside over Christmas to give this a try with your family and friends. Or you might save it for next year. But I hope you’ve found it useful to see how you can create all sorts of mixed media projects with Powertex. And a big thank you to Marta for allowing me to share my inspiration from her video through this blog.

Happy Holidays!

Have a fabulous holiday break and Christmas and I will see you all in the New Year with some very exciting projects to inspire. Do sign up to the blog, join us over in the Powertex Studio and on facebook share your makes with us. And please let us know how you get on and what you think in the comments under the article. Find my last blog if you missed it here.

Toodles Anna xXx you can find me over at Rosehart Studio.

Powertex mixed media christmas bauble

Tremendous Textures by Abigail Lagden

One of the things that drew me to Powertex was the amazing textures and depth that can be created. I now look at everything for its texture potential and powertexability. So this month I thought I would share with you just a few of my favourite textures that I have encountered over the years that I’ve been creating with Powertex.

T-shirt Yarn
I have to start with t-shirt yarn. Made from the off cuts from the textile industry, not only is it a great use of otherwise waste material, it was t-shirt yarn that first led me to Powertex. Originally, I was using it to crochet chunky bags and doorstops and wanted to make a plant pot that could go outside… so on the hunt to find something that would harden it and make it weather resistant, I discovered Powertex. (and then I discovered all the other amazing stuff you could do with Powertex, and the rest is history!!)
You can pick up t-shirt yarn from the Powertex website.
Embossed Wallpaper
If you’ve seen my previous work and blogs, or been on one of my workshops then you will have seen wallpaper crop up here and there. Perfect for creating background textures quickly and easily, it is also available in such a huge range of patterns to suit any style or project. This is definitely one of my go-to’s.
I used a tree bark effect paper on the roof of my fairy house.
Stockinette Polishing Cloth
I am told this stripy cloth is for polishing cars, but it is even better Powertexed. Whilst the colours get lost under the darker Powertex, each stripe is actually a different knitted stitch and so the stripes are still visible as texture. I have used it for the cloak on this little hare.
My ‘hideous fabric’
I have always jokingly called this fabric my ‘hideous fabric’. I really don’t like flesh coloured fabrics and the elasticated embroidered pattern on this would make it a nightmare to try and make anything from. But the texture created by the stitching is absolutely gorgeous.
I found it reduced in a fabric department (probably because no-one normal would want it) and I bought all that they had left. Sadly I haven’ t been able to find anything even similar since and I am reaching the last of my stash!
Halloween decorations
This time of year is great for finding interesting spooky decorations that can be incorporated into projects. My favourite discovery this year is this fabulous netting from Wilkos (thank you fellow tutor Lin Shields for sharing her find with the rest of us).  Looks great on this bottle wrap created by Lesley in my workshop the other day.
Web fabric
Made from jute, this florists fabric creates beautiful effects, particularly as an interesting background texture. I love the irregularity of it.

 

 

Well, that’s enough from me, now get out there texture hunting…

Until next time, Abs xx

 

Bister Mister Spray Tray

A crafter can never have too much storage and what is nicer than decorating your own?¬† I’m making quite a few bits at the moment in an effort to make my tiny weeny art space more colourful and more organised.¬† My latest piece is done with Powertex.

I made the kit up and then coated all over with Ivory Powertex.  I then added a texture paste, made up from Powetex and 3D flex. I roughly spread it over the two ends and in patches on the top of the storage caddy.
On the longer sides I used Easy Structure to push through two of the artist quote stencils.  I then sprayed with blue bister and left to dry.
I also stencilled one side of the carry handle and on the other I roughly spread some of the 3D flex texture paste and pressed a plaster piece into it.
Once dry I washed back removing the surface bister and leaving a nicely stained base.  The bister had encouraged some great crackles on the ends and some nice fine ones on the top.
Next I used Acrylic inks from The Secret Art Loft to build up layers of colour and to bring out the crackles.

I used Aqua, Viola, Palm and Deep Sea which I applied randomly with a brush, wiping back with a wet wipe. This enabled me to build a colourful piece with a nice splodgy arty vibe.
Over the handle I added the colours and let them drip down, this gave a nice deep colour in the corners where the handle met the top of the tray.

Finally I mixed up some Bronze Colortricx with some Easy varnish and dry brushed the art quotes.

I also used some Secret Art Loft Blueberry Pie acrylic paint and dry brushed over the rough textures to add further depth.

That’s all for now
Fi xx

 

 

 

 

 

Easter time and I think of eggs

But not the chocolate kind but the Powertex kind, plus Powertex eggs have no calories!
I had some medium sized Polystyrene egg shapes and was thinking about what I could do with them.
I love fantasy and whimsy stuff and decided to make a dragon egg.

 

To create the texture I used Ivory Powertex and started by adding Powertex PAPER DECORATION This makes a perfect texture for the egg of a dragon.
I also mixed up some Powertex with some STONE ART to make a clay, to add extra texture and give a little more height my egg.
Some texture using the Powertex clay technique, when it was almost dry I sculpted it with a pokey tool.
This is a side view of my Dragon egg
Aha, it would not be a dragon’s egg without a newborn baby dragon.
I made the baby dragon out of Polymer clay, my other passion and scraped out some of the centre of the egg and glued in my baby dragon using the TRANSPARENT powertex.
Front view, I added some real crystal chips and some glass glitter to make it sparkle.
So Dragon eggs really do exist, well they do in my shed.
I enjoyed making this one so much I made a couple more

 

 

I now have a lovely selection of Baby Dragon eggs on my mantlepiece.

 

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

‚ÄúDon’t put off until tomorrow what you can do today.‚ÄĚ

‚Äē¬†Benjamin Franklin

 

 

The White rabbit’s watch

 
¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† If you see the White Rabbit please tell him I’ve found his pocket watch!¬†


¬†I’ve used the ivory Powertex to stick and paint my March project pack together and sprinkled on sand and balls to give some amazing texture.
Then I sprinkled some of the black bister crystals onto my work where I wanted some real depth.  I diluted my blue and green bisters and put them into spray bottles I gave everything a really good spray, this diluted the black crystals and it seeped around the textured areas just as I had hoped.
When everything was dry I mixed some rusty powder with some vinegar, sand and ivory Powertex and used an old brush to apply this where I wanted my rust. Over the next 24 hours I resprayed the watch with a vinegar and water mix to reactivate the rusting effect. When I was happy with the rust I left everything to dry and brushed on Powercolor and Colortrix pigments mixed with Easy Varnish to accentuate a few areas and add some metallic elements.

 

 

I hope you like the results!
Thanks for looking, Traceyx