Technology – enabler or thief?

Hello there

Over the summer I got to spend time with some of the younger members of our family and their friends.

It was lovely to get some playtime or so I thought. They all arrived armed with their latest ‘couldn’t be without’ gadgets ps3, ipads, mums iPhone to name but a few. After a fizzy drink and piece of cake they all found their own comfy spot and went on to conquer their own digital universes!!!

I was all ready for crafting, mud pies to beat Mary Berry into submission, rose petal perfume that Dior would die for, French skipping, British bulldog and hopscotch to name but a few.

What would this small people do if this was all taken away, would they find their inner creative and start inventing new games or revisit the ones I played as a child.

 

 

So it raised a question in my mind – Technology – is it an enabler or a thief of innocent childhood pastimes? Which in turn inspired this piece of artwork.

 

 

 

Using the beautiful rice papers from Powertex UK – hop onto the website here and have a look at the amazing range that is now available there really is something for everyone.

Along with Ivory Powertex, bisters, lace embellishments and the inner gubbins of an old computer destined to be crushed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I worked out my frustration at being cheated out of a game of tig and came to the conclusion that yet gain it is all about balance, there is a time and a place for both

Happy creative adventures

Annette

Jack, Sarah, Powerwax and an important question!

Hello again

Well I bet you were wondering what has been happening with Jack and Sarah?

They took 6 weeks leave in Summer and Jack took her on her own Grand European Tour. They kissed on the Rialto bridge, climbed every mountain in Austria (!), visited Aphrodite’s rock and ended their tour at Monets garden in Giverney France. Here inspired by the surroundings, Jack knew he had found his true soul mate and so just had to ask the question……….

He choose a MDF box which had been altered using Powertex Ivory and 3D Flex with bister.
Moulded fish and lily pads had been added and coloured with bister also.

The whole box inside and out was then shaded using the new Powerwax to give beautiful depth and shading.

But what was the question?

 

 

And what will be her answer?

Until next time have fun in all your creative adventures

Ax

Powertex and Permanent Markers

 

 

Hi Everyone

Did you know that you can use permanent markers on top of your Powertex.  Perfect for adding those delicate details and no need for that really steady hand.

Here I have used the scary “The End” stencil from Powertex UK with Easy Structure paste to place the main skeleton face.  Once dry I filled in the outline using Powertex White Universal Medium and let it dry again.  Then I got out my permanent markers and started to play.

The background floral stencil behind the head was created using the Easy Structure paste blended with Black Powercolor pigment.  Make sure you mix it well with a palette knife to get it at smooth as possible before applying through a stencil.

With the ghostly images I used the Powertex transparent Universal Medium and stipples through the stencil with a stiff brush.  Whilst wet I sprinkled 3D Sand onto the image and left it to dry completely.Once dry brush away the excess sand.

 

I had great fun creating this……….what will you create with your Powertex goodies?

Don’t forget to share you make on the Powertex UK facebook page Powertex Addicts United and look up your local tutor for even more Powertex inspiration.

Bye for now

Ax

 

Inspired by leftover Wallpaper?

Hello there

Did you read the latest Powertex newsletter and see the top tip for September was to use leftover wallpaper within your Powertex creations…..

Well it got me thinking about how useful that would be to create a really quick Halloween canvas

Here I used some leftover brickwork wallpaper and adhered this to my canvas with Easy Coat Mat varnish .  I then created a thick clay with Ivory Powertex and 3D Sand

Using the new stencil “The End”, I applied Easy structure paste through the bottom left skull image and once dry applied colour  to the clay and image using pigments and Easy Varnish 

The words were added by stippling the ivory powertex through the stencil once everything else was dry.

What wallpaper do you have that could inspire you?

Bye for now

Annette x

NEWSFLASH – Powertex tutor finds sarcophagus!

 

POWERTEX TUTOR FINDS SARCOPHAGUS

 

 

It was reported today that a Powertex tutor has found a rare sarcophagus, whilst gardening, this weekend.

 

The Sarcophagus, thought to date from the early reign of Pharaoh Tutankhamun, was said to closely resemble a paper mache pencil box which had been coated in black Powertex.

The lower half had very deep ridges similar to corrugated cardboard, whilst the top section had a plaster replica of the famous Tut himself nestled in a bed of 3D flex made into a thick clay again with black Powertex and imprinted with a hardened piece of the corrugated cardboard.

The rear of the sarcophagus seems to have some hieroglyphs in gold as if they had been stamped using the Scarabella/Heiro Heaven stamp sets using easy varnish and gold pigment.

Upon opening the front, the adventurers were surprised to find an intact mummy.

Closer inspection revealed this was a foil form, covered in masking tape and painted with Powertex Ivory.  This had then been wrapped in gauze which had also been dipped in the Ivory Powertex and then sprayed with natural brown bister.

 

 

The whole sarcophagus inside and out had been covered with a dusting of Rich Gold pigment.

 

Archaeological specialists have decline to comment at this time.

For those eagle eyed readers out there – yes the hieroglyphs on the pith helmut do spell Powertex!!

 

 

Until next time, happy creative adventures

 

Ax

My secret friend – Powertex Reference Journal

Hello again

Hands up if you get a bit jittery……..

….When it comes to dry brushing your project

….When you want to try a new colour scheme

….Using a new fabric/embellishment etc

….Your trying something new for the first time

Lets admit it, we all like our comfort zones

I wanted to share with you my secret friend – a Powertex Reference Journal using the new Powertex MDF Journal Covers where I can experiment to my hearts content.

This is the place to play, to create, to experiment and be bold, this is your journal and you don’t need to share it with anyone unless you want to and as the quote on the cover of my journal says “the object isn’t to make art’

I started with the MDF covers, the perfect base for fabric sculpting, Structure Paste, Stone Art, Stencilling and 3D Flex play.  I used different bisters to see what would happen if ……… then dry brushed over parts of it.  I’ve left some for another day when I may want to try different pigment blends.  The inside covers give you even more play areas and you could always add a second set of covers inside the journal.

For the pages I used 100% cotton fabric to create pages in each base Powertex colour.  As you finish working with a colour why not use any remaining product to create these.  They don’t all have to be completed at once and the idea is to build up your journal as you have more tex adventures. These are just the base colours but imagine what other shades you could get by mixing these colours!!

I leave these to dry flat on the side, then use the cover of the journal as a template to mark where to cut.  Normal scissors will cut through the hardened fabric and a Sharpie pen can be used to write on the fabric to make notes of colours/ fabrics etc that you have used.

The holes in the binding side have been made using a crop’o’dile or standard hole punch,  If you lay the mdf cover over the page and mark through the holes with a sharpie pen you can see exactly where the holes need to go,

TIP – if using a hole punch, turn it upside down and remove the plastic tray from the bottom, slide your tex page into the punch then line up the dots you made with the hole punch holes and punch away.

I’ve bound it with book binding rings to make it easier to slip pages in and out and also to allow it to lay completely flat whilst I’m working in it.

So I now have the perfect place to test dry brushing colour combinations, adhere fabrics that I want to try, play with bisters, rust, structure paste, stone art, 3D flex and every other product in the range and I can add notes so that in the future Ill know just what I’ve used.

And when Iv’e used up these pages I can just create more and keep adding them in to my own personal reference guide.

Hope you have fun creating your journal, the map to your creative adventures.

Bye for now

Annette

www.annettesmyth.co.uk

www.creativeadventurer.co.uk

Jack, Sarah and Klimt !

Hello again Creative Friends

For those of you who have been following Jack and Sarah’s story here is the latest update…….

‘After finally meeting up again, Jack took Sarah to see an exhibition of Klimt’s paintings at Neue Galerie in New York.  She instantly fell in love with the Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer, the painting recently featured in the film Woman in Gold starring Helen Mirren.

Jack was so moved by Sarah’s reaction that he set to and created his own version just for her, his own Golden woman ….’

The piece was created on a canvas which was coated in Powertex Yellow Ochre, this was then sprayed with Natural Brown Bister and a scrunched up paper towel was used to remove some of the bister to give a textured effect in the background before being dried.

A plaster head was attached using Powertex Transparent, the hair is Powercotton dipped in Black Powertex.  Colouring on the face and the detail in the background was all down with Powertex pigments and Easy Coat Varnish

The clothes and cape were added after being dipped in Powertex Transparent and were then heavily dry brushed in Rich Gold.

Finally small patches of Gilding flakes were added to the background using Easy Coat Varnish for that extra touch of sparkle.

Don’t Forget Powertex is going to be at the Hobbycrafts Show at the NEC from tomorrow until Sunday where you can meet up with the team and pick up some great hints and tips as you top up your stash.

Cant wait to see you there……..

Don’t worry if you can’t make it, you can always contact your local tutor for more great ideas.

Until next time have fun creating

Annette

www.annettesmyth.co.uk

Mermaid Tails

Hello there

Did you manage to get yourself one of the new mermaid mdf shapes from the latest Powertex UK shows on Hochanda?

I wanted to share with you a way of giving your girl a little more attitude by literally raising her profile.

 

 

 

 

Start by fixing the two mermaid pieces together using the small mdf square supplied

 

 

 

 

 

 

Then using tin foil create rolls of foil and lay them down the tail. Squeeze the foil as you place it onto the shape to create a sturdy base. 

 

 

 

 

Continue adding rolls moving across the area until all of the mdf is covered and you have created the height and shape you want, make sure you keep the curving edges of the mermaid by squeezing the foil into the shape.

 

 

 

 

 

Repeat this process with the tail fins.

 

 

 

 

Add another raised area to the centre of the head to create the back of the skull. As before build this out to the edges using rolled foil 

 

 

 

 When these are complete take flat pieces of foil and wrap one across the whole foiled tail area  and one across the head to keep everything in place. Tuck the excess foil to the back of the mermaid ensuring that you mermaid still sits flat.

Finally cover all foil with a layer of masking tape

You can then apply a coat of Powertex to give everything a common base.  This is now ready for the application of your design whether that’s fabric, stone art clay, 3D flex, Powertex and bister or any combination you want to apply.

Have fun creating your own Mermaid Tails.

Annette

Meet me by the Silver Birch

 

 

Hello again my fellow adventurers

So Jack and Sarah are finally going to meet again by the Silver Birch trees…

 

A piece of MDF was coated in Powertex Ivory, Sarah’s face was taken from silk papers portraits 1 and was roughly torn out before being applied to the surface with easy matt varnish. Roughly tearing allows the edges to blend into the background easier than a cut edge would. A further layer of varnish was applied to the top of the silk paper.

The misty background is made by applying 3D sand onto a fresh layer of Ivory powertex and then spraying with green bister.

The trees are stone art applied to a thin layer of bronze powertex.  Once dry I sprayed yellow and green bister onto my work surface and then used my finger to blend them into the trees.  Clear gold pigment was gently brushed over the right hand tree to highlight it.

Watch out for future blogs to see how they spent their time together.

 

Happy creating

Ax

Powertex Design Team Project – Time to meet

Hello again

Well Jack and Sarah will have to wait no longer as its now time for them to meet up again……….

 

 

This cog clock was created from pre-cut MDF shapes, I laid out a rough plan before starting.

 

 

 

Powertex Structure paste was used to stencil images onto all of pieces

 

 

 

 

The pieces were then given a coat of Powertex Ivory to seal the surface of the MDF 

 

 

Rusty Powder was then mixed into the Powertex, along with vinegar, and this was applied to the cogs in an uneven layer.  As I wanted a grungy look I applied more rust on top of the wet Powertex and sprayed with vinegar.

 

Once dry I used Powertex transparent to attach the cogs together – supporting them with scrunched plastic bags until set.

 

I poured out small pools of red, yellow and terracotta Powertex and used my finger to dry brush varying colours over the rust.

 

 

Finally metal cogs were attached to the top of the MDF again using Powertex transparent.

 

 

So we know the time but in the next blog you can find out the place…….

Don’t forget,  you could spend time with your local tutor and have fun creating your own story.

Until then, happy creative adventuring…….Ax