Queen of Hearts

Designed by Alex Henry Mixed Media

Off with his head

January’s monthly Powertex challenge is Alice in Wonderland, now doesn’t that just conjure up all sorts of exciting possibilities. Dave and I put on our thinking caps and started to work around all things teapots and cups. Out of nowhere an idea popped into my head, a Queen of Hearts Bones.

I have been thinking of getting out my old sewing machine and doing a bit, this would work well with my idea. I had some perfect fabrics in my stash for this, so let the fun begin. We did have to reign in a bit here as we were getting carried away.

Powertex Queen of Hearts Bones by Alex Henry Mixed Media
Powertex Queen of Hearts Bones by Alex Henry Mixed Media

Materials

How to make a Queen of Hearts Bones

The first step was for Dave to make me a stand and fix a head on it or in our case a skull. Build a body using foil and masking tape, also a dress shape for draping material over.

Attach this to a rather nice shaped bottle, this of course needs to be emptied first, not difficult with having just celebrated Christmas and New year. Coat the whole thing with black Powertex Universal Medium.

Dress the figure

Use white cotton fabric and cut the front panel of the dress covered with Black Powertex and fix it in place. Wrap another piece around the waist to start to form the beginning of a bodice. Once firmly attached I left it to dry overnight.

The next rather exciting stage was to start adding the coloured fabric. I made a gathered skirt using my heart fabric which fit around the back and joined up to the black panel on the front. You don’t need to sew, it can just be fixed in place with the Powertex. For this I used transparent Powertex as I wanted to keep the lovely pattern.

Powertex queen of hearts step by step by Patricia Williams

Add a waist band and a matching neckline. Make a generous bustle for the back of my queen of hearts using a bold black and white check. I also used transparent Powertex for this.

Time to let it dry out again overnight, you can of course use a drying box to speed things up but I always have other things on the go for times like this.

Powertex queen of hearts by Patricia Williams

To make her hair I used a plaster heart for this, hollowing the bottom so it fit on her head. I had some ginger curly hair which I chopped up and glued around the heart.

For the next stage make her a crown. This was a simple affair made with tin foil and masking tape then painted with black Powertex and dry brushed in rich gold pigment. (Mix the powder pigment with Easy Varnish.)

Finishing touches

A finishing touch was to make her a collar out of three playing cards. I won these in a slot machine on holiday, I knew they would come in useful! The last final touch was the Rabbit, (that was Dave’s idea).

So ladies and gents I give you my Queen of Hearts. Why don’t you have a go at making your version? Show us on The Powertex Studio and indeed any of your makes or enter the monthly challenge by the 25th January if you have a Wonderland themed make.

If you would like to see more of my work head over to my Facebook page Alex Henry.

Powertex Queen of Hearts Bones by Patricia Williams from Alex Henry MIxed Media

If this is your style, you might like our Gothic Fantasy Pram project too. Thank you for reading, I hope you enjoyed it and I’m looking forward to bringing you more of my makes throughout the year.

Patricia

A Powertex Wonderland

Have you noticed a theme appearing this month! Alice in Wonderland is a popular theme with crafters everywhere. From the white rabbit to the mad hatter everyone has a favourite in Wonderland.

Powertex mad hatter Wonderland hat by Tracey Evans
Powertex hat by Tracey Evans

This Powertex hat by Tracey from Powertex UK uses an mdf shape, Stone Art clay, printed rice paper and then coloured using the Secret Art Loft paints from the Powertex UK range.

The Alice in Wonderland theme is also in Secret Art Box this month and the Powertex UK Monthly Challenge in The Powertex Studio on Facebook.

To enter the challenge, create your own Wonderland inspired project and add it to the photo album. You can find all the details in the group announcements or here in the magazine. Here’s some Alice inspired Powertex creations from the design teams.

How about a journal cover to show off your Wonderland embellishments? Anna uses Easy Structure through the Wonderland stencil for texture.

Powertex Wonderland journal by Anna Emelia Howlett
Powertex Wonderland Journal by Anna Emelia Howlett

Use mdf shapes to add a Cheshire cat smile like this character by Annette Smyth.

Cheshire hat by Annette Smyth, Powertex tutor
Powertex Cheshire Cat by Annette Smyth
Fi Potter pocket watch
Pocket watch by Fi Potter

Decorate a hat, make a rabbit sculpture, pocket watch or create your own Powertex tea party! What will you create?

The Alice Collection from Powertex UK
The Alice Collection

You can browse The Alice Collection on Powertex UK if you’re looking for supplies. Join us on Facebook to see more Alice inspired Powertex art and to enter into the challenge.

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

 

We’re all mad here

“How do you know I’m mad?” said Alice. “You must be,” said the Cat, “or you wouldn’t have come here.” – Lewis Caroll

Oh my gosh, isn’t this Cheshire cat hat by Annette just adorable.

Used tea leaves mixed with ivory texture on the mouse and used tea bag papers on the cup! Ingenious….
Annette Smyth DT 2018

It wouldn’t be an Abigail project if there wasn’t a rainbow of colour in there. Love this!

Abigail Lagden DT 2018

 

I would hope that my make would be mad enough for the hatter. I loved working with these bright colours and another fabulous theme from our Tracey.

Well, it wouldn’t have been right if I hadn’t of made a journal now would it?

Anna Emelia Howlett DT 2018
I’m so in love with the colours on these designs by Kore. Nice and bright. Just what I love!

Kore Sage DT 2018

Our Tracey will be showing you the techniques so you can re-create some stunning works of art in time for your tea party. Are you ready to join us in wonderland? Don’t be late. Tune in or look on catch up online for the shows which will be airing at 12pm and 4pm. Free view 85, Sky 663 or free sat 817 Let us know what you thought on our Facebook page. And if you need any extra guidance from a local tutor contact us at Powertex UK and we can put you in touch. Toodles Anna xXx

It’s always tea time

Well, I hope you have all managed to set a side some time this Good Friday to catch our Tracey on Hochanda. We are super excited aren’t you? Here is a little sneaky peak of whats in store. The DT team has had a ball bringing such a varied selection of ideas and inspiration for you on their projects.
Jinny has managed to create some scrummy texture on her beautiful hatters hat.
Jinny Holt DT 2018
Stunning Designs bought to you by Fi I am just loving how she has turned the teapot and cups into a hanging sign.

Fiona Potter DT 2018

 

Just loving the bow and tassle on this superb hatters hat by Donna.
 Donna Mcghie DT 2018
Our Tracey will be showing you the techniques so you can re-create some stunning works of art in time for your tea party. Are you ready to join us in wonderland? Don’t be late. Catch Tracey’s shows at 12 pm and 4 pm. Tune in or look on catch up online for the shows which will be airing at 12pm and 4pm. Free view 85, Sky 663 or free sat 817. Let us know what you thought on our Facebook page. And if you need any extra guidance from a local tutor contact us at Powertex UK and we can put you in touch. Toodles Anna xXx