For this month’s blog I was given the Venetian Masquerade Project pack to work with, and my goodness is there a lot to play with in this kit. No less than three MDF masks, oodles of mdf embellishments, and some absolutely beautiful venetian rice paper.
How gloriously decadent.
I’m not lucky enough to have ever been to Venice, but I always imagine it to have a slightly surreal air about it.
I decided to create a triptych using three long canvasses. Because of my perceived idea of what Venice is like, I was aiming to create a dream like feel. I don’t know about you, but I always find Venetian masks gorgeous, but also slightly ominous, and I also wanted to convey this in my final piece.
To start off with I laid out my three canvasses, and placed my Powertex goodies on them to get a rough idea of how I was going to do this. I always do this in the full knowledge that my ideas will change once I get going, and I’m absolutely fine with this. Go with the flow is my motto.
Once I had a rough plan, I set about creating a watery feel by pouring ivory powertex and blue powertex onto the canvas, and swirling them together with a scraper. I then added some blue bister in patches to add a feeling of depth.
I then painted my mdf masks in the Secret Art Loft Acrylic Paint Blueberry Pie, before adding some Easy 3D Flex on top of this. I like to add a bit of colour underneath 3D Flex so that you get glimpses of it coming through once the cracks start to appear. To make 3D Flex I mixed in in with Ivory Powertex to create a clay texture and then put this on top of my masks. I left them in a warm place to dry overnight, which is when the cracks develop.
Now it was time to start putting the whole thing together. I used the gorgeous inteference pigments to add an ethereal sheen to my masks, and for the lips I used red powertex sprayed over with brown bister to create an end of the night decadence to them.
Ages ago I had picked up the black lacy masks knowing that at some point the perfect opportunity for using them would arise, and here was just that opportunity. I soaked these in transparent powertex before adding them to my masks.
I wanted my smaller mask to have a bit of bling to it, so added some chainmail junk jewellery I had in my stash to the beak. I then made a headress using more jewellry and the mdf feathers. I toned the whole thing down by spraying with brown bister before using my fingers to rub in more interference pigments and also turquoise throughout the whole piece where I felt it needed a bit more light and shade.
Finally, I felt the need to add actual feathers to my smaller mask. I always know once I get my feathers out that it is time to stop, so I downed tools at that point.
I hope you’ve been enjoying the recent spell of warm weather and haven’t been too affected by those nasty thunderstorms…..living in the Midlands we’ve had the joy of both ends of the weather spectrum!!
This month I wanted to share with you my absolute love for Stone Art so I took the monthly theme from Powertex UK and created a masquerade statue using Stone Art in its various forms mixed with Black Powertex.
Stone Art is a unique fiber-composition which has been especially designed for use with Powertex Universal Mediums.
The reason I love working with this product is the total flexibility you have with it. You can use it with any of the Powertex Universal Medium colours although I choose not to use the transparent unless I’m adding pigment in to colour it at the same time.
To start off you can layer it on top of a coat of Powertex, press in to form a bond then gently wipe away the excess into a pot for reuse later. By repeating this process you can build up the stone effect on canvas, polystyrene, wood etc and you waste nothing as all of the excess can be reused. Polishing the layers with your hand will cause a more natural effect and will cause the darker areas to have a slight sheen.
Next you can mix your Powertex Universal Medium with the Stone Art in a pot to create a slurry of various consistencies. In its loosest state you can paint this onto any surface to give a rustic texture. As it gets thicker, you can use a palate knife to spread over your base. The thicker the mixture the more control you have over it.
Finally you can go all the way and make up Stone Art clay by adding more powder to the slurry stage and then kneading (like bread) to make sure all the white has been absorbed into the coloured liquid. Again you can choose how firm you mix this before working with it. When covering statues etc I keep mine on the tacky side so that I can blend in any joins. However when working on a canvas, I tend to make it firmer so that I can imprint into it with stamps and stencils, these imprints will come out with a rustic feel due to the nature of the clay. In this firm state you can also use it in silicon moulds to create beautiful embellishments.
I finished my statue by adding the venetian mask from the Powertex range, I coated with black Powertex and then dry brushed with Rich Gold pigment. As a finishing touch I tucked feathers into the collar…..after all this is all about masquerade!
Until next time Happy Creative Adventures and don’t forget to post your makes on the Powertex facebook page