I’ll ‘Owlways’ love you. Step by step

 

Hello there everyone

I hope you had a very Happy Christmas and that this New Year brings you everything you need.

To start you off on your 2018 creative adventures here is a little Valentines step by step project using the Powertex UK Owl kit and a few extras.  Have fun and don’t forget to post your makes on our Facebook page – Powertex Addicts United.  We would love to see what you create.

It is best to read through the instructions then layout what you are going to use where before your start.

I started with the Powertex Owl kit, some packaging (including a paper filled jiffy bag) that I had collected over Christmas, a needle, thread and a piece of Powertex UK rice paper.

I started by painting the main owl figure, the wings and four pieces from the dropouts pack in Powertex Bronze on both sides.  I attached the dropout pieces one on top of another so that I had two raised pieces which will be used to support the wings slightly above the body so make sure you choose appropriate sized pieces. Attach these in place using the bronze Powertex but do not attach the wing yet.

Using the paper packaging, coat it with the bronze Powertex by dipping it in and then making sure all excess is squeezed out before placing it on the body of the owl, give it a little push to hold it in place. Using the same method, cover the wings and the beak.

Using the eye circle from the owl kit draw around it several times on the backing paper in the kit.  Cut these out and attach them together and then onto the circle using the Powertex.  Once dry you can use scissors to tidy the edges if needed.  Place the eye from the embellishment pack into the centre of the circle and attach it using the Powertex.  Place this to one side to dry.


For the other eye I used pieces from the drop out pack to create a winking eye with eyelashes.  These are all coated with Powertex then placed together and left to dry

Take some of the paper filling from the jiffy bag and mix it with some bronze Powertex to form a very thick paste, use this to cover the branch.  Then using the remaining embellishments from the Owl pack coat them in bronze Powertex and sit them into this thick paste.  At this time place the Owl’s feet as well.




Using the remaining packing paper from the owl kit, draw a heart several times and cut it out.  Coat these with Powertex and stick them together, take several short pieces of lace (you will need the longest piece in the next stage) and dip them into the Powertex then use it to cover the front of the heart. Let this dry naturally (drying with a hairdryer can cause the paper to ripple).

Once dry take the longer piece of lace from the kit and run a very loose running stitch through the edge, dip the lace into the Powertex and work through to ensure it is covered.  Make sure you leave the loose end of thread out of the liquid.

Now gently pull the thread to cause the lace to start bunching,  stick this side onto edge of the heart using the end of a pencil or paintbrush to help push it into position.  Cut off any excess lace and the thread. I then coated the large metal owl in Powertex and using some of the jiffy bag paste we made earlier I attached the owl to the heart and then the key to the owl.

Now attach the eye, winking eye, beak, wings and heart to the owl using the jiffy bag paste.  Try the wings in different positions and go with what you like best.  I decided to have the wings holding the heart – as this raised the heart a little I used a large button, from the embellishment pot, covered in Powertex to support it underneath but you could use more of the drop out pieces.

Now leave everything to dry thoroughly before moving onto the dry brushing.

Once dry I dry brushed the owl using the pigments in the kit and Easy Varnish.

To dry brush, place a 5p size of varnish onto a plastic plate, dip your brush vertically into the varnish then straight into the pigment, (don’t worry it won’t contaminate the pigment), now mix to a thick paste on a clean part of your plate.  If it is too thin dip back into the pigment and mix again.  If it is too thick dip back into the varnish puddle then mix again.

Now wipe off all excess colour on a piece of kitchen towel before going anywhere near your owl.

If this is your first time at dry brushing wipe off lots as it is easier to add more colour than to take it away.

Now you can either hold your brush flat like a drumstick and gently sweep over the owl.  This will add colour to the raised areas only or you can hold the brush loosely on the end and flick over the owl.  This will give you a more concentrated colour and will go into some of the crevices.

The pigment mixture will dry very quickly so you will need to repeat this process until you get the colouring you like.

How you colour your owl really is personal choice but don’t be scared to mix the pigments together on your plate to create new colours as this really helps the whole piece blend together.  You’ll be surprised how many shades you can get by mixing the pigments in the kit.

 

 

 

 

Once you have finished your dry brushing attach the rice paper to the back of the owl using the varnish.

I misted the sheet with water then tore off pieces and attached them randomly.  This gives it a nice finish and gives you a place to write that little love note!!

I WILL ‘OWLWAYS’ LOVE YOU

And look what I still have left to create more projects and have even more adventures.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this project, until next time……..

Happy Creative Adventures and don’t forget to show us your creations.

Annette

Jack and Sarah – the end of a beautiful year.

Hi Everyone

Hope you’ve all had a wonderful Christmas and have a very Peaceful New Year.

So we are at the end of what has been an amazing year for Jack and Sarah, but what did happen on New Years Eve??? (if you’re not up to date with the story check back on our previous blogs)

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JACK

19:30 – gets into his pre booked car and heads to the Empire State Building, checking his pocket three times to ensure the ring is safely inside.

19:45 – Arrives at the main entrance and heads for the lifts to the Observation deck to meet the minister and make those last minute checks ensuring everything is as he wants it to be for his girl.

20:05 – He waits patiently for Sarah to arrive after all it is customary for the bride to be late.

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SARAH
19:00 – slips into her designer dress and sits in front of the mirror to apply her makeup and put the finishing touches to her hair.

19:30 – Gets into her pre booked car heading for the event that could change her life
20:00 – Arrives and steps out of the car and heads for the entrance stopping only at the cloakroom on her way in to check for any last minute fixes.

20:15 – As she sweeps into the Ballroom of the Australian Embassy for the masquerade ball, she catches a glimpse of herself in the mirrored walls. She really was turning into an Ice Maiden with a heart of stone. Still this was her fourth year of doing this, and although this last year with Jack had been fun, she quite fancied being wined and dined down under next year, she just had to choose the next victim wisely!

(BET YOU DIDN’T EXPECT THAT!!)

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This was created on a polystyrene swan neck covered in Powertex lead and Stone Art.  The Snowflake detail was made using Easy structure and dusted with black, silver and Powerpearl pigments.  The headband is a piece of corrugated cardboard painted with lead Powertex and then easy structure detail was added.

The hair was built up using gauze and black Powertex,

The makeup was designed and applied by the very talented Amber Young using black, white and powerpearl pigments with easy varnish and gloss varnish on the lips.

The plastic icicles, false eyelashes and stone bling were all added using easy varnish.

Well thats the end of the creative adventure with Jack and Sarah but I’ll be back next year sharing more of my adventures with some step by step projects.  Hope to see you then

 

Axx

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

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