Sunday, 20 January 2019

Gnome / Wizard

Gnomes seem to be the in thing at present, so I didn't want to get left behind. However, once he was finished, Martin said he looked like a wizard and needed a staff.

He was made from a mini Schweppes lemonade bottle (other brands are available), tinfoil, paper tape, fabrics and yarn. His beard is cut from a mophead and his nose is a polystyrene ball.

I wanted to show you this because I used the remainder of the blue Powertex from the bottle in the subscription box. By mixing it with varying degrees of white and black Powertex I was able to create different shades of blue.

Friday, 4 January 2019

January Powertex Box

"We wish you bluebirds in the spring to give your 
heart a song to sing" - Click here to see all the contents of my box

** Your box might not be exactly the same, but you will have similar items**

I cut a 6 cm polystyrene ball in half as I wanted to fatten the bird up and make him more 3d.

I stuck one on each side of the wooden bird shape. 

Next I arranged some sort of platform for everything to sit on. I used part of the cardboard from the box as the base.

I painted the mdf birdhouses with blueberry pie acrylic paint.

I started to compile pieces to make a tag using other items from the box.

So as not to cover up all the background paper, I traced round and cut out the shape.

I placed the mdf bird shape in the cut out background space and put the cut out piece back on top of the bird shape.

I dismantled one of the paper flowers as I wanted to use it to try to represent feathers.

Next step was to cover everything with Powertex. I used the blue from the box and some bronze that I already had to paint the branch top left. The bird is covered in t-shirt fabric and I used a couple of pieces of hessian to create wings. You can easily use the paper decoration for this too.

I just wanted to show you how far the Powertex goes. I covered all of the above pieces liberally and I've still got half the bottle left.

And this is how I assembled everything together and coloured it up with the blue curacao and golden olive Secret Art Loft pigments.

I think they look very fitting outside in the garden in the middle of the bush.

I used the golden olive pigment on the body of the bird and on the flower feathers. I painted the leaves on the wallpaper background with blueberry pie acrylic paint.

This actually looks better in real life as the colours are more defined, but unfortunately, my camera doesn't appear to be a fan of blue!

I hope this has given you a bit of inspiration. Don't forget to show us what you make with the contents of your box and don't be shy in uploading them to the Powertex Studio FaceBook page. For further inspiration, visit the free online Powertex magazine here

All Powertex, Secret Art Loft products and subscription boxes can be found here.

Tuesday, 25 December 2018

Friday, 7 December 2018

Powertex DT 2019 Member

At long last, I can share my secret with you - It's now official - So proud to be a member of this fabulous group, not only for the other lovely members, but for the fantastic products.

Watch this space for new creations, hints, tips, new products, step by steps and all the latest news from HQ.

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Sunday, 2 December 2018

New Car

My poor old black car (FY56 XDF) died on me on Tuesday (27/11/18).

So we went shopping this weekend and I pick this up tomorrow.

They didn't have a black one, so a blue one had to do!!

This is the one I really wanted but it was automatic and a 1.5 as opposed to a 2L.

Wednesday, 21 November 2018

Pen Pot

I picked a kiddies pair of footy boots up for 50p from the car boot a few weeks ago.

With a view to making my sister something for Christmas.

I cut the tube with the intention of using the taller one, but in the end I used the shorter one.

Then I gathered everything I thought I might need.

I covered the boot in plain t-shirt fabric to start with just to get a base on to cover everything, including the inside. Next I placed the tube in the hole and covered it too.

I covered the polystyrene ball with a couple of coats of white powertex and cut some black pentagon shapes from black t-shirt fabric.

I covered the pentagons with transparent powertex and placed them on the ball to try and replicate a football. It looks cloudy as the transparent doesn't go on clear, but dries clear.

Once the first layer of the boot fabric was dry I added more fabrics and paper decoration and also some clay pieces. 

Once everything was dry I made sure the ball would sit on the boot. 

I started to add the colouring, I was going for a very red, red. So I started with a very light layer and just kept layering and layering a bit at a time until I got the depth I wanted. I also added a layer of the red metallic lustre which really brought it to life.

Just love how the colours bring out the fabulous textures.

I used festive red dazzling metallics on the flowers which has given them a hint of gold too.

And a view from the front.

I haven't actually glued the ball onto the front yet, but I'll use transparent powertex for that.

And a view of the other side of the boot.

And a view from the top. I kept checking that the ball sits okay on the boot.

And here it is finally with pens in it.

I've made this for my sister for Christmas. She loves football and is a teacher so is always using pens when marking her classes work, and it's totally unique and different. I know she will love it as she has already pinched on of my angels and another statue!

Saturday, 10 November 2018

A Little Cherub

I covered a polystyrene ball with t-shirt fabric which had been laced with a mix of black and white Powertex to make a grey. Once I'd created some texture I added the clay cherub on the top and put a piece of cotton yarn around it and painted them with the Powertex mix. I mounted everything on a polystyrene base.

Now completely dried and ready to be aged.

I added white pigment to create a stone effect.

And finally some silver to the wings and the hair.

It looks much more stone like than I can capture in a photo.

Monday, 5 November 2018

Rusty Tag

This time last week I was on a 3 day workshop and one of the things we were asked to do was to take anything rusty we could find. Although I had a fabulous time, it wasn't what I expected and so I brought the bits back and a few more that Judith kindly let me use on the day, to do something like what I thought we'd be doing, but didn't!

I look a large mdf tag and laid bits and bobs out how I roughly wanted to place them.

To create some texture on the tag I used kitchen roll. Paint the mdf and then just lay a small piece of kitchen roll on and dab it with the end of the paintbrush until it's all covered. Then take another small piece and continue until you've covered the tag. You could also use fabric too, or a mix of both.

Whilst it was still tacky I started to place the pieces of rusty metal. 

Powertex also acts as a glue, so it's very easy to stick most things down.

Then I added all the washers, screws, nails and the clay skull.

I made sure everything had a good coat of the black Powertex. I also decided to add strands of Power Cotton to create even more texture and set it aside to dry.

This is how it looks this morning after spending a night in the airing cupboard.

Close up of the skull. All the metal is stuck on with Powertex.

Close up of the tag and now it's dried you can really see the Power cotton.

So onto the dry brushing. I used white to start with.

I got a bit brave and tried to record it. I have uploaded it, but please bear in mind, it's the first one I've done, and I had the camera in my left hand and was trying to dry brush one handed!!! 

Press the triangle in the photo above if you want a laugh. 

So this is what I ended up with after adding the white pigment.

Just in case the first one didn't work, I tried it again with another colour.

Again press the triangle for the video to play.

So this is where I kind of got to after I'd stopped videoing. If you didn't manage or want to watch it, I did another layer of dry brushing, but this time used the red pigment.

And to brighten it up a little, I used the bronze and rich gold pigments. You'll be pleased to know I didn't video this one!!

Close up - you can really see the single strands of Power Cotton now.

And here I Powertexed the tacks using the heads onto the forehead of the skull.

Another close up to show off the textures.

A closer close up of the tacks on the skull head.

And this is what it came out like, I'm rather pleased with it.

If you liked this step by step, why not leave me a comment and you can also let me know what you thought of my little videos. Be honest, I won't be offended, it was off the cuff and not planned at all. Next time I'll use a tripod so I have both hands free!

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