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 Top Hat Project

Hi it’s Kore here! I’ve been playing with the Wonderland products and the MDF project packs are amazing! I’ve used lots of bright colours in my projects with the Acrylic paints from Secret Art Loft. The colours are so vivid. I’m crazy for my pot of Orange Marmalade!

My favourite was the Top Hat set. It’s a large template with lots of pieces to decorate. Did you get hold of the Top Hat set? This is how I decorated my MDF pack with Powertex products and the new acrylic paints. It’s a simple project but with some fun techniques to try out.

My ingredients:
Piece of cotton fabric, long enough to wrap around the hat
Strips of fabric or t-shirt yarn for springs
2 pipe cleaners
Acrylic paints in Orange Marmalade, Raspberry Sorbet, Lemon Meringue from Secret Art Loft
Tequila Sunrise and Violet Valentine powder pigment from Secret Art Loft
This is a simple project to complete. The steps describe how to prepare all the parts separately before assembling them with Powertex.
Step 1
Prepare the base. Paint the hat base parts with Bronze Powertex and use the Powertex to stick it together. The curved pieces can be adhered front and back to attach the brim to the rest of the hat. Do one side and dry before turning over. Put this aside to dry.
Step 2
Prepare the playing cards. I used the Alice in Wonderland inspired rice paper and some Easy Coat Mat. If you want the colours of your rice paper to be bright, apply a coat of white Powertex first and leave to dry. Apply a thin coat of the Easy Coat Mat and apply the paper. I used a wet paintbrush to “draw” around the edges of the cards and also on the cut out. The wet rice paper could be torn away and smoothed with a paintbrush. Coat with another thin layer of Easy Coat Mat, smoothing the paper gently from the middle to the edges. I painted another of the playing cards with Red Powercolor mixed with Easy Varnish.
Step 3
Creating the springs. The springs are pipe cleaners twisted into spirals, although you can make them any shape you like. When they are the shape you want them use white or bronze Powertex all over the pipe cleaners and use strips of fabric to wrap around the shape.
Leave these to dry before adding your stripes (Step 5) on a craft mat or plastic bag.
Step 4
Prepare your MDF shapes. If you’re adding other painted shapes, now is the time to get your colours out. I love the Secret Art Loft Acrylic paints, they blend and mix really well but the base colours are also really vivid. Paint your pieces bright colours. If you want really bright colours I recommend painting them with Ivory Powertex first. I also used some Red Powercolor and Easy Varnish to make a bright red paint for the small heart, diamond and club.
Paint the feather with Orange Marmalade and Raspberry Sorbet. I painted the letters from the MDF phrase with Raspberry Sorbet and that adorable little flamingo!
Step 5
Striped springs. You can use strips of fabric to do this or paint the stripes on with Bronze/White Powertex. Reshape if required and leave till touch dry on a craft mat or plastic bag.
Step 6
Assemble the hat. Apply Bronze Powertex to your fabric for the hat band and wrap around the join. Pleating the fabric loosely before wrapping it round the hat gives a great texture. While this is still wet you can tuck MDF pieces into it with a little Powertex and press them into place. Use Powertex to adhere your MDF pieces to the base. Tuck in the feather, a playing card, the springs and the price tag to the hat band. Stick down your other embellishments to the base. Bend your pipe cleaner springs into place.
Step 7
Adding highlights. When the Powertex is touch dry, use powder pigments to add more colour or pearl effects. I used Tequila Sunrise powder pigment and Easy Varnish to dry brush the hat band and some Violet Valentine powder pigment to highlight the letters. It’s useful to have a piece of tissue or paper handy to protect other parts of the hat while you do this.
Even when this is all dry you can go back and add more embellishments and pieces as you like.
How will you decorate your project pack? Post a picture of your Wonderland inspired creation in The Powertex Studio on Facebook and see what others are creating. You can also enter your project into the April Powertex Challenge over on Instagram. Just add #12monthsofpowertex to your post to join!
Until next time, I hope you can find a little time to let your art out!
Kore x