Cow skull and flowers wall hanging

Designer:  Jill Cullum

When I received the mould for the Cow Skull and Flowers I was immediately drawn to a Native American reservation.  Speaking to a friend she told me it reminded her of the Navajo tribe.  When I searched this I found the colours used in their art and pottery were beautifully vibrant.  What better than to have a lovely wall hanging with a nod to the Navajo art culture.

Materials Used

Preparation

Use Powertex Stone Art clay to make a cow skull and flowers from the mould
Stone Art clay skull and flowers

Using Stone Art Clay and the Cow Skull and Flowers Mould, make a cow and several flowers.  Put to one side to dry.

Dreamcatcher Ring

Dreamcatcher ring
Dreamcatcher ring with paperdecoration

Add texture to 3 of the rings – 2 using Paper Decoration, Light Pink and one with string.  Leave to dry.

Using 2 of the solid circles create a background texture of your choice, with Ivory Fabric Hardener.

MDF Frame and Panel

Mdf frame with paperdecoration
Add textures to the mdf frame

Use Stone Art Clay and Texture Paste to add interest background.  For the front use Paper Decoration Natural with Ivory Fabric Hardener.

Hanger – Make a Branch

Make a hanger
Create the hanger

Use twisted cardboard tubing and tinfoil, adding texture with more Paperdecoration. At the same time secure string in place to use later.

Feathers and Colouring

Acrylic inks to decorate the mdf feathers
Colour with acrylic inks

Using Acrylic Ink, add colour to the feathers and the pre-prepared rings.

Use Brown Bister spray
Spray with Bister

Use Brown Bister to add colour to the Cow Skull and the flowers. Also do this to the centre panel of the MDF frame and branch.

Colour the textures with acrylic inks

Use the Acrylic inks to add colour to the outer section of the MDF frame.

Transparent Powertex to fix the skull and flowers to the wall art
Transparent Powertex to fix the skull and flowers

Using the solid ring from the dreamcatcher kit, fix the skull and flowers using Transparent Powertex.

Putting it all together

Powertex wall art with cow skull and flowers
Powertex wall art with cow skull and flowers

Attach the Skull circle to the centre panel on the mdf frame. Attach more string to the circles and the MDF panel (I used Transparent Fabric Hardener). Finally fix the feathers in place to create your beautiful Navajo Indian Wall hanging.

I really hope you enjoyed this article and it has inspired you to use the MDF, Cow Skull and Flower mould in a different way.

Show us your ‘makes’ here in the The Powertex Studio. We love to see what Powertex Addicts create. If you need more inspiration take a look at this beautiful wall art with a Venetian feel, by Gill Goldsmith.

Get making, be creative, but most of all have fun ūüôā Bye for now, Jill x

Fabulous Frames

By Annette Smyth

Hello there,

Did you catch Tracey Evans on Hochanda on 27th September? if not click here to go to the Hochanda site and watch the shows on rewind at 11am and 3pm. If you did then you will have seen the amazing frames and panels now available from Powertex UK.

The frames are constructed from MDF and provide a beautifully stable base to apply all the lovely Powertex textures onto.

They come in 2 options.

I fell in love with these beauties when I saw them and have been creating like crazy with them. Here are a few of my makes.

Fabulous frames

Mixed Media

I created these pieces using the MDF frame and panel, they are coated in a base of Ivory Powertex and Easy Structure. Texture was added with stencils, mark making, MDF lettering, Powercotton, Paperdecoration and 3D Sand and Balls.

Secret Art Loft acrylic inks were then sprayed on to give the base colours and enhanced with the Secret Art Loft acrylic paints as the colours match perfectly. A little bit of bling was added with gems and silver leaf.

Africa themed mdf frame by Annette Smyth

It’s all about Africa

This piece was also created on the MDF Frame and Panel. This time I used Ivory Powertex along with Easy 3D Flex and 3D Sand to create the base texture.

The mdf additions – trees and letters, were all coated with Powertex Bronze and then stencilled on using Easy Structure to give texture.

The plaster torso (African Semi Prince) was also coated in Powertex Bronze.

A rice paper image was added to the central area using Easy Coat Mat before the lettering was added on top

The whole piece was then drybrushed with Powercolour pigments using Easy Varnish and the same pigments mixed with Powerwax were used to give the depth of colour on the frame area.

Cow skull Powertex art by Annette Smyth

Cow Skull Dreaming

For this piece I used the same frame but combined it with the Dreamcatcher MDF set which I stencilled onto using Easy structure. I used StoneArt clay in the new Cow Skull mould to create the focal point and added lots of extra flowers.

The base was Ivory Powertex and the additional texture is from cardboard, Powercotton, dishcloth, Paperdecoration and 3D Sand and Balls.

Again I used the Secret Art Loft acrylic inks and paints for colouring.

Powertex art by Annette Smyth

Heading East

For the Eastern themed pieces I chose to use the MDF Inset Frame and Panel. The plaster Buddha sits beautifully inside the opening with lots of room around the edges to add texture and colour and the lovely MDF symbols.

The top panel uses Black Powertex, Easy Structure, Hessian and 3D Sand and Balls. Once dry I used Easy Varnish and Rich Gold pigment to add the highlights.

The lower piece used Ivory Powertex, stencilling and texture with Easy Structure. The acrylic inks and paints provide the intense colour and Easy Varnish with Rich Gold pigment was used for the highlights.

Keep an eye out on this Powertex Magazine for some fantastic step by step articles from my design team colleagues. They will show you other amazing projects you can create using these frames.

We love to see what you create so please post your makes on our Facebook group, The Powertex Studio. Inspire others to have a go.

See more of my work or join me for a workshop at my home studio in Leamington Spa. Please take a look at my website www.annettesmyth.co.uk or contact me via my Facebook page.

Until next time Happy Creative Adventures.

Axx

Venetian Mask

Secret Art Box July 2019

Hi this is Kore and this month I got my hands on my first Powertex Secret Art Box! I was really surprised how much was packed into the box and the sample sizes of Powertex products are perfect. It was full of gorgeous things and I used just a few of the items to make this Venetian mask.

Venetian Mask from Secret Art Box Powertex by Kore Sage
Venetian Mask from Secret Art Box

I loved the colours chosen for this box, Plum acrylic paint, Turquoise and Berry pigments which look beautiful together. There is lots left for future creations too. I think this would be a great way to try Powertex Fabric Hardener for the first time or build up your supplies. The themed box is a great starting point if you’re stuck for an idea.

I worked on the large mdf mask in the box to create a wall art. I’ll make the second mask to hang with it too.

Materials list

I used the contents of the July Secret Art Box. I also used Easy Coat Mat from my stash to apply the Rice Paper and Brown Bister spray to colour the Easy 3D Flex.

Powertex Uk Secret Art Box contents July 2019
Powertex Secret Art Box July 2019

Make first layers

Paint the mdf mask with White Powertex to prepare it.

Rice paper

I added rice paper to one half of the mask using Easy Coat on the mdf and then over the top of the paper.

Easy 3D flex

Mix up some Easy 3D Flex with White Powertex and drag it over the other half of the mask. Leave to dry.

Powertex Venetian Mask layers with rice paper and Easy 3D Flex
Rice Paper and Easy 3D Flex

Add mdf shapes

Paint the shapes and glue them in place with White Powertex.

MDF flourishes
Adding mdf shapes

Add some fabric

Use some of the lace coated in Powertex to create textures and flourishes. I pinched a fan shape and rolled a trim into a flower shape.

Add fabric shapes with lace trim
Add fabric textures

Bister

When the Easy 3D Flex is dry and cracked, spray it generously with Brown Bister. Also spray the fabric pieces.

Spray generously with Bister
Spray generously with Bister

Add colour

Use the Plum acrylic paint to add colour to the mdf flourishes as this will be the base colour. Use the Turquoise pigment mixed with Easy Varnish on the edges of the mask.

Use Plum paint on the flourishes and edge the mdf with Turquoise pigment
Add colour with paint and pigment

Dry brushing metallics and turquoise

Add more colour to the to the mdf and fabric flourishes with the metallic pigment. Mix with Easy Varnish.

Use the metallic pigment mixed with Easy Varnish to add more colour
Add more colour

Adding highlights

Adding highlights is simple with White Powertex. Use a damp flat paintbrush and gently apply to the raised areas. I used the plaster flourish to add a white highlight to the other side.

Adding highlights with White Powertex
Adding highlights

Finishing touches

Add some of the tiny jewels for a bit of sparkle. You can also use Powertex and a little tshirt yarn to make a hanging hook for the back!

Venetian Mask wall art from Powertex Secret Art Box
Venetian Mask
Powertex hanging hook for venetian mask wall art
Hanging hook

Share your art

If you’ve received a secret art box we’d love to see what you create. Left over items can be combined with other boxes for lots of possibilties.

You can always share your makes in the subscribers Facebook group The Secret Art Box or The Powertex Studio. Or if you’re stuck for ideas don’t forget you can see other examples of subscription box makes from the Design Team to get you started.

Mosaic Madness

Designer – Annette Smyth

Hello Everyone, this month’s theme of Ancient Rome has got me really excited.

Why I hear you ask?‚Ķ‚Ķ.Well, my Dad was born in the village of North Leigh in Oxfordshire.  It is here that the remains of one of the largest Roman villas can be found.  At its height, around the early 4th century it had 4 bath suites, 16 mosaic floors and 11 rooms with underfloor heating.  I expect the inhabitants found our climate a little cool!  

Mosaic madness

It was the mosaic floors that really grabbed my imagination and so I did a bit more digging into their symbolic meaning.  I found that homes often had a mosaic with medusa in. This was considered a lucky talisman as  it was thought to ward off evil,  as her stare would turn the viewer to stone.

Powertex Mosaic Madness by Annette Smyth

I immediately thought of using stone art to create the tiles and rather than Medusa I chose to use the Green man plaster , a more gentle image. The piece needed to be rustic and aged so bister was the perfect choice and having missing and misplaced tiles around the edge also gives it a timeworn feel.

If you would like to read more about the history of the villa please click here.

Materials List

Mdf circle or old hardboard place mat – mine was 28cm wide
Ivory Powertex Universal Medium
Stone Art
Green Man Plaster face
Brown Bister
Colortricx pigments – Red Ochre, Yellow Ochre, White, Mocha, Ultramarine blue
Easy Varnish
Powerwax (can be replaced with Stone Art see step 12)

You will also need
Non stick rolling pin
2 pieces of wood to be used as guides for rolling out your clay in step 2 – mine were just under 1cm thick 

1 Make Stone Art clay

Make the Stone Art clay by mixing the Ivory Powertex with the Stone Art.

2 Roll out the clay

Using the wooden guides, roll out the clay on a non stick surface.

Using guides allows you to roll to the same depth each time.

Texture added with sponge

3 Adding texture

Using a texture sponge, press into the clay to create texture then cut up into 1cm squares with scissors.

4 Dry enough tiles

Place these tiles to one side to start to dry.  I used 122 on my piece.

Designer tip – make spare tiles to test dry brushing colours on later.

5 Paint the base

Paint both sides of your base with Ivory Powertex and dry.

Place the plaster face on the base and roughly draw around it.

6 Make up your “grout”

Make up a paste of Stone Art powder and Ivory Powertex.  Think of this as your grout.

7 Attach the plaster face

Place some paste inside the line for your plaster face, paint the back of the plaster with Ivory Powertex and then place onto the base.

8 Place your tiles

Spread out more of paste, in a thickish layer, around the face and start placing your tiles in your chosen pattern.  

Mosaic sprayed with Bister

9 Spray with Bister

Spray with a light misting of brown bister and leave to dry overnight.

10 Add colour to the face

With a damp sponge, remove excess bister.

Using the Red and Yellow Ochre pigments mixed with Easy Varnish colour the plaster face.

Add Ultramarine Blue to the eyes.

Dry brushing the tiles

11 Colour the tiles

Using the Red Ochre, Yellow Ochre and Mocha pigments with Easy Varnish I coloured the outside 2 circles of tiles.

12 Colour the grout

Using Powerwax mixed with Yellow Ochre I created a paste to fill in the gaps between the tiles and up to the plaster.  Remove excess with a damp sponge.

Allow to dry overnight and polish with a soft cloth.

Top tip

Why not try using the Stone Art paste mixed with Yellow Ochre if you don’t have any Powerwax.

I have really enjoyed creating this piece and can see so many more projects that would work well with this technique. How about making your own plaque with your house number on?

I would love to know what you create following this article. Why not share your creations on the Powertex Studio Facebook group.

If you would like to see more inspiration ideas why not have a look at my previous article or join me for a workshop at my home studio.

Until next time, Happy Creative Adventures………Axx

Sassy Seahorse’s day at the beach

Hello there
Welcome to my Sassy Seahorse project, getting her ready for her day at the beach.
For this project I used the Seahorse project pack available at Kirsties handmade fair at Ragley Hall with Black Powertex and a child’s old skirt.
Don’t forget to cover your work surface with plastic, wear an apron and gloves.

 

Start off by joining the two halves of the seahorse together with the rectangle of mdf and at the same time add the hanger.  Use a layer of any Powertex to do this. Allow this to dry.

Place a layer of Powertex onto the front of the seahorse and place the wallpaper directly onto this. ¬†Don’t worry if you have to piece isn’t big enough to cover in one go, piece it together as once it is all coated in Powertex it will not be noticeable.

 

 

Once dry cut around the shape and then coat the wallpaper with a layer of Powertex.

Now take your chosen fabric and dip it into the Powertex, I pour mine into an old plastic container a little at a time.  Dip your fabric and work the Powertex through it making sure it is completely covered but not dripping.

Then place it onto the seahorse wherever you decided,

I used the pretty edging as a bikini skirt and the ties from the waist as the bikini top.  Any fabric buttons or metal ties can also be used to add more interest to your design.

 

Next I took the mdf embellishments and coated them in Powertex

I layered up the two heart bursts with one of the flowers to make an eye.

The paper flowers became her headdress.

Three fabric buttons from the skirt had mdf flowers placed on top of them to make her necklace

The final flower became her belly tattoo.

 

Now set aside to dry, if you can’t wait you can always use a hairdryer to speed up the process. ¬†I used my gloves to prop up the skirt so that it dried in a wave shape. ¬†Powertex doesn’t stick to plastic so its great to use to help form shapes as you simply pull it out once the piece has dried
Finally, I used the easy varnish along with turquoise, burgundy, white and rich gold to dry brush the colour into the piece.
To dry brush, place a 5p sized amount of varnish onto your plastic work surface,  dip your brush into the varnish then straight into the pigment (work from the pot as the varnish does not contaminate it).  Now mix to a thick paste on a clean area of your work surface.  Take a piece of kitchen roll and wipe off the excess colour, then holding the brush flat to your work brush across the raise areas.
To add a more opaque covering hold the brush loosely at the end and dust across the area.  The more times you go across the deeper the colour will be.
Don’t be afraid to mix your pigments together to create different shades and effects, the combinations are limitless.
If you want to place this outside, make sure that you coat the back and sides with Powertex to complete seal the mdf then allow it to dry in the house for three weeks.
Well Sassy is ready for her day at the beach and she hopes your sea horses will be along to join her. ¬†Don’t forget to post your makes on the Powertex Studio Facebook page, we love to see what you create.
Until next time Happy Creative Adventures
Annette



Time flies by Annette

Hello Everyone

I hope you’ve kept yourselves safe in the recent bad weather and have used the time to get an extra bit of Powertex play in.

This month I’ve used the new¬†Powertex UK Pocket Watch Project Pack¬†to create a birthday card with a difference. ¬†I’ve made it for Granny Smyth at the age of 75 but you could create this for any age and just move the hands to different positions and use different numbers.

I hope you have fun and remember to post your makes on the Powertex Addicts United Facebook page, you know we love to see what you create.

 

To complete my piece, I used the kit along with texture paper, Rusty Powder , Yellow Bister, Easy Varnish and pigments.  I mixed my bisters with a 50/50 solution of white vinegar and water to make the colours pop.

Start by laying out the pieces to see which ones you want to use.  The photograph is a laser copy cut to size.

Take a piece of textured paper and draw around the inner circle, cut this out and place to one side

Now coat the front of the base of the watch with Ivory Powertex and stick the texture paper to the centre. Attach the front of the watch to the back (you may need to add a little more tex around the edge then coat the front with the Ivory Powertex also.

Now spray with the blue and yellow bister mixes
and dry with a hairdryer.

When dry turn it over onto a clean work surface and coat the back with Ivory Powertex, I then used and old credit card to add texture by lying it flat on the surface and lifting it up (bit like making your snow peaks in royal icing).  Spray with the blue and yellow bisters and dry with a hairdryer.  By raising the base from the table whilst doing this step, it will help to stop any stray colours from seeping onto the front.

 

When dry use a slightly damp sponge to remove the excess colour from the watch.

I choose to colour my embellishments separately.  Coat them all with a layer of Powertex Ivory.

Randomly add extra Ivory then drop on some Rusty Powder and spray with the bister mixes, leave to dry on one side.


You can keep spraying these with pure white vinegar to get the rust to develop further.

These pictures show the cogs,  I repeated the same process for the other embellishments (except the heart) varying the amount of rust and colour I added.

For the heart, I painted a layer of¬†Easy Varnish¬†over the front of the photograph, by holding the paper taut whilst it dries it doesn’t wrinkle, ¬†once dry repeat on the rear. ¬†Now using the heart as a template cut out the photograph and using the Easy Varnish attach it to the heart and coat with several layers of varnish to seal it.

 

Place a small amount of Ivory Powertex into a pot, sprinkle on the
Rusty Powder then spray with the bister mix.  Now stir


Using a paint brush apply this around the photograph then sprinkle on more Rusty Powder and spray with the bister mixes.  As you can see the bister will wipe away from the photograph as you have previously sealed it with the varnish.  Again spraying with more vinegar as it dries will encourage the rust to form.

Now add all the embellishments to the base using Powertex, make sure you clean up any excess as you go,  I used some of the spare pieces in the kit to support the heart in the centre.

When it was all dry, I used a combination of Bronze Gold, Copper and Silver pigments to add a little sparkle.

I hope you have great fun creating your own Pocket Watch and until next time Happy Creative Adventures

Axx