Saturday, 23 March 2019

3d Flex Texture Workshop


Have you thought about going to a Powertex workshop but haven't yet, because you're not sure what to expect? Well come with me and let me give you an insight.

3d Flex Texture Workshop Samples

A few weeks ago I was invited to a workshop held by Jill Cullum, of Purple Meadow Arts & Crafts. She is the Certified Powertex Tutor for the area where I live. Jill has been on all her training, so this means that she is qualified to teach and use all the Powertex products.


Jill explaining the samples and what she did.


Everyone getting stuck in covering their canvas's. Janet, top left wanted to do the technique but on journal covers, so Jill brought along a journal for her to work on instead. So if you know what you want, contact your tutor before hand as they are very flexible and happy to oblige where possible.


Jill demo'd the next couple of steps and then went round checking everyone was okay and understood what they were doing.


Close up of Janet's journal covers.


Whilst the canvas's were in the drying box Jill demonstrated how to mix up the 3d flex. She showed the consistency of what they were aiming for.


Then showed how to apply the paste onto the canvas.


Then it was their turn, with guidance from Jill.


Whilst the makes were back in the drying box, we all sat down and had a natter with a cuppa and some chockie biscuits. I took this opportunity to ask them what they thought of the workshop so far.

One said that it was so different to what they normally do and it was good to come without any expectations.

Another said that they have learnt so many new techniques already and we haven't finished yet.

Another said that is was nice to do something different.


After the coffee break, all the pieces came out of the drier. Look at those amazing cracks on Anita's canvas.


Now the fun begins, adding the colour. The hardest part seemed to be choosing which colours to use from this huge selection. Everyone was encouraged to move out of their comfort zone.


Jill chose purple and green, these aren't her normal 'go to' colours.


Jill demoing on her canvas, how to use the wax with the pigments and acrylics and how to built up the layers and blend the colours.


Everyone well under way with their colours.


Really coming along now.



Fabulous blending.


Anita was building up layers to replicate the colours she had in a photo on her phone.


Once everyone was happy with their canvas's, the last thing to do was to touch up the sides to make them black again. The black just seems to make the colours pop.


And here are the proud owners with their finished pieces.

This workshop took around two and a half hours from start to finish. Just look what you could do with the right guidance. All these ladies really enjoyed themselves today.

How many of you have a bottle of Powertex sat on your craft desk but haven't opened it yet. A workshop is a great way to get started. 


There are over 100 Certified Tutors dotted all around the UK. To find the one nearest to you, click on this link which will take you to the Powertex Tutors directory. Login and find your nearest tutor who will be happy to help you with a workshop. They cater for everyone, groups, one on one, two on one, a group of friends or join a scheduled workshop and meet like minded people, the possibilities are endless.

I hope this has given you an insight into how a workshop runs. I hope that it's nowhere near as scary as what you thought it might be, just go along. You will be made to feel very welcome and you'll love it so much, you'll want to go back. Most of the tutors have their own FaceBook pages and list their planned workshops under events. So if you see something you fancy, get it touch. Nothing is out of reach with the right guidance.

Friday, 8 March 2019

March Secret Art Loft Powertex Box


"The March hares danced and leapt around as the moonlight shone golden on the lush Spring ground" by Claire Ivins



I started off with the two solid wooden hare shapes from out the box.


Next I took some household items, garden wire, masking, tape, a small glass coke bottle (other brands are also available), wire cutters and strong catering foil.


Using the tinfoil and the wire I created a pair of arms and legs. I also covered the bottle in tinfoil and padded it out at the front.


I created a head and some ears, also using tinfoil. I covered everything in masking tape and taped the arms and legs onto the bottle. The head and ears are not yet attached to the body.


So here are my trio of hares ready to be Powertexed.


Firstly I painted the two wooden shapes with bronze Powertex, cut manageable lengths of yarn, covered them in Powertex and wrapped them around starting from the base. I left the heads plain. On the right, taller one I wrapped around t-shirt yarn on the ears, but on the left one I covered them in Stone Art.


Close up of how I've wrapped and covered the wooden hares. The right one looks white as I blew off the excess Stone Art from the ears!


Once dried, I coloured the left one with rich gold pigment and the right one with white. I gave the ears on the right on a coat of varnish, over the Stone Art.


Next I covered my bigger hare completely with bronze Powertex and pressed on the Stone Art powder. I kept pressing it on until all of the Powertex was covered. The head/ears and body are still not attached yet as it was easier to do this process in two halves. After a few minutes I took a clean paint brush and lightly brushed off all the excess Stone Art powder. I repeated the process until I liked the look of what I had. Once I was happy I attached the head just by painting powertex on the top of the bottle neck and base of the head, it can be used as a glue too.


I sprayed it with brown Bister to blend colour of the Stone Art into the bronze.


The Stone Art has absorbed it, it's still made it slightly darker. However, it's hard to tell from the photo.


So here are my family of hares all finished.

Wednesday, 6 February 2019

February Powertex Box

"The love of my life opened my heart the warmth it let loose poured into my art" by Claire Ivins

https://youtu.be/yhrEOCbZDY4

 *** You may not get an exact replica of this box, but similar items will be included ***



I also gathered a few more supplies, wire, paper tape, tinfoil and a larger mdf heart shape.


I used the mdf heart shape to mould another from wire.


I used tinfoil to pad it out and create the shape I wanted.


Next came the making of the arrow. This is a thicker wire as I wanted it strong and sturdy.


I covered everything in masking tape.


Then I started to play around with some of the contents in the box.


I wanted to make a recess in the polystyrene heart for the plaster heart to sit in, so I drew round it.


And using a craft knife and a small pair of scissors, I dug out the shape.


I placed the plaster heart in the hole to try it for size.


 I painted it with a coat of red Powertex and whilst still wet pressed Stone Art powder onto it and rubbed it in, letting the excess fall off. The Stone Art creates a stone like effect. 


Then I sprayed it with red Bister. This red is more of a mahogany colour, ie a deep red.


I painted the heart and arrow shapes with the red Powertex an stuck the arrow on with it too. I cut out some of the polystyrene heart so it sat on the frame. I added the gold sequins from the January box and also used rich gold pigment from my stash over some of the heart shaped frame.


And to finish I mounted it on one of the Powertex metal stands.



Some close ups.


I did the same for my next project and started off by creating a layout. This time I wanted to show different shades of red and different textures.


I sprayed the plaster cherub with the red Bister.


I used the red ochre and varnish to create a paste and painted the wings, and did the same with the rich gold on the hair.


I painted the large heart from my stash, and from the box, the set of four hearts (including the one out of the middle of the biggest one), the smaller starburst shape, mini hearts and the wooden love word, all in the red Powertex.


This one I added strands of Power Cotton to the wet Powertex, painted over it and added the key whilst still wet. Once dried, I dry brushed with green olive pigment, which if you were lucky enough, was in the January subs box.


This one I sprinkled some of the small Powertex sand balls into the wet Powertex and dry brushed with rich gold pigment.


And for this one I added pieces of tissue to create some texture and to dry brush I mixed some of the blueberry pie with the red velvet acrylic paint and a touch of lipstick fizz pigment (for the shimmer) to create a deep purply colour.


Next I layered everything up and put it all together. I used the Powertex as a glue once I was happy with the placement.




Some more close ups.


For my next project I wanted to section off parts of the sheet of rice paper included in the box.


Instead of cutting it, I like to get a rough edge as I find it blends in better and isn't such a harsh line. If you take a wet paintbrush and mark out where you want to tear, if it's wet enough it should just pull apart. If it rips then the paper isn't wet enough.


It should just pull apart and creates a lovely edge.


This is what I ended up with. Don't you think they look much nicer than straight cut edges.


I also cut a piece to size and fitted it inside one of the metal embellishments I got in my box.


Then I completely filled it with transparent Powertex and left it for several days to dry. It is cloudy when a liquid, but dries clear.


I wanted to create a pink colour to combine with the images, so I mixed red and white Powertex until I achieved the colour I wanted.


I found a suitable glass bottle and completely painted it with my new hot pink colour and left it to totally dry before the next step.


Using transparent Powertex I glued on the pieces I'd torn out. I smoothed them out and also added a layer over the top. Now this looks really messy and you might think, oh no, what have I done. But, don't panic, stick with it, the transparent goes on cloudy, but dries brilliantly clear. I also added some of the fancy yarn I had left from my Bluebird (January) box around the top.


And this is what I ended up with once it was all dry.


I added some chain and a couple of metal charms, the hand and heart from the box. The transparent Powertex has now completely dried that I put in the heart shape, so it has now sealed the image.


And a decorated bottle makes a great candle holder. Should you wish to light the candle the dripping wax won't be a problem when it meets the Powertex. However, don't let a naked flame come into contact with any fabric, as Powertex is not a flame retardant. As with all naked flames, do not leave it unattended, we won't be held responsible for your house burning down!!




All three makes together. I hope that you have gained some inspiration for your own box, I can't wait to see what you do with it. Don't forget to share your makes on the Powertex Studio Facebook page as we love to see what you've been up to.

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