Hello again

Did any of you catch the Powertex shows on Hochanda this week?  If not have a look on Rewind.

They were very inspirational and led to a play session with the new fossil moulds, 3D flex and 3D balls…….a marriage made in heaven I think.



If you are still a little unsure where to start?  why not contact your local tutor and book onto a workshop just to get you going.  You never know where it may lead.



Powertex Design Team Project – Headful of Dreams

Hello Creative Adventurers

So If you have been anxiously waiting with baited breath to find out what jack said here it is…..(you can catch up with the story so far here).

“Jack wrote to her of things they would do, places they would visit, experiences they would share, he crafted a headful of DREAMS.”



To create this piece, I started with a carved head and formed an armature of foil covered with masking tape to make the circle above the face.  

This was then coated in Powertex Black alongside some old Christmas decorations and mulberry flowers these were all then left to dry.

Cotton Lace was dipped into the black Powertex and wrapped around the armature.  The dry decorations and flowers were then tucked into and onto the lace (where needed a fresh coat of Powertex was added to the base of the flowers to help them stick). This was then left to dry.




The flowers, swirls and lace were then dry brushed using a mixture of Powercolor  and Colotrix Pigments.




Finally the metal “Dream” was suspended in the centre using fishing line.

HOWEVER…….What Sarah really wanted to know was when would they next meet……….See my next DT blog to find out where and when that will be.

Till then happy creative adventures……….Ax

Gloria the Powertex Goose with the Golden Egg

Hello Creative Adventurers…….

This time last week I had my creative passport out and travelled to Birmingham where I was at the NEC in the Artists Avenue of the ICHF Hobbycrafts show.  What an amazing experience……

Whilst there I got to play with the new Powertex WHITE.  This is a real bright clean white that Daz (other soap powders are available) would be proud of!!

So what to make? Well you don’t get much whiter that a goose feather and so Gloria Goose came into being.

She was created on a wire armature, with masking tape and a covering of tissue paper applied using the white Powertex. Once dry her beak was dry brushed using a mixture of orange, yellow ochre and yellow pigments and her eyes are black pigment.

Glorias cracked eggs were based on papier mache eggs coated in bronze Powertex with a layer of ivory based 3D flex clay.  They were both sprayed with Natural Brown bister.

The all important golden egg is a polystyrene egg coated in a layer of Powertex ivory mixed with 3D sand to give a textured finish.  This was then dry brushed with two layers of Rich Gold colortrix pigment.

She made her nest out of garden twigs and is now sitting happily in the conservatory waiting for her new arrivals to hatch!

Hope you like her, see you soon on our next adventure.


Tip Shop Challenge – Home is where the heart is

Hello fellow adventurers

and welcome to my first ‘Tip shop challenge’  – so what is it I hear you shout…….well like most creatives, I love nothing better than turning something discarded into something else, something useful or just different.  I love scouring charity shops and car boots for that elusive find that will start me on yet another creative adventure.  

SO my challenge to myself this time was to find something at £1 or less and to alter it, colour it, pretty it up or distress it down and I have to use things already in my stash ( yes the one we all have but daren’t admit how big its getting!! – bit like my waistline)…..and so here we go


This metal tea light stand was found at our local tip shop, one of my favourite places for finding treasures. Using black Powertex, I coated the whole item, dipped hessian was then pushed into the gap leaving trailing ends and 3d small balls were added to the stand and base.

A small birdcage from my necklace stash was then suspended in the centre of the heart using floristry wire so that it still had some movement.








Once dry I then used a combination of Powertex Colortrix pigments to heavily dry brush the flowers on the outside and lightly dusted with terragreen on the inside

And here is its before and after shots

Until next time………Happy adventuring………Ax

Powertex Design Team Project- She Carried His Love in Her Heart

Hello Creative Adventurers

and welcome to my first post as a Powertex Design Team member.  My theme for this project is Valentines Day and it all started with a pair of handles……(.make sure you read to the bottom to find out why ‘She Carried his Love in her Heart”…….

I wanted to create a bag that could be used so I set to on a papier mache heart, cutting it in two, very carefully as a sharp carving knife was involved!

I then used ivory Powertex and natural bister to get a crackled texture on the outside and applied two coats of mat varnish to protect it.

This inside was treated to a golden finish with Rich Gold colortrix.  Paper leaves and the word ‘Love’ were coated in ivory Powertex, dry brushed with rich gold pigment and attached to the left hand side whilst images from the Powertex silk paper postcards sheet were added to the one opposite side.

The handles were sewn onto the heart using thin jewellery wire, a pokey tool was used to make the holes,  brads were used to attach leather straps to form both the closure and the hinge.

Paper flowers and leaves were then coated in ivory Powertex and dry brushed with rich gold pigment before being attached to the side and top of the heart.

A strip of lace dipped in transparent Powertex added a neat finish to the two edges and a final bundle of letters made the project complete

So why was is she carrying his letters in her heart?  Well I am a very left brained (logical) thinker and that can sometimes get in the way when I am trying to be creative and think outside of the box so when I’m creating,  I give my left brain a task to keep it occupied.  I invite it to create a back story to the piece being created.  So logical left brain is happy whilst rebel right brain can play.

The story so far……….

Jack, an international roving reporter, met Sarah, a book editor, at a Christmas party.  They got on really well and talked about their work and lives.  They planned to meet again the following day, but Jack was sent on assignment before they could meet.  He decided to woo Sarah in the old fashioned way,  with handwritten letters from the countries he was in.  

Want to know what he said?    Look out for a future blog post………..

Until then happy creative adventures and if you would like to learn fantastic Powertex  techniques lookup your local certified tutor here 


Welcome to Exciting Times



My name is Annette Smyth and I am a Creative Adventurer and I’d like to welcome you, my fellow adventurers  to my blog.

A little background about me – I love to create. Any thing, any time, any way.

When I’m not in my studio exploring, I run Art and Craft workshops in the Leamington Spa area, I am a fully qualified and certified Powertex tutor and also a stockist of the complete range.  I also offer mixed m
edia workshops. 

This year is going to be so exciting and full of fun and I would like to share this with you via this blog.

Firstly, I have been invited by Powertex UK to be part of their Design Team (DT) so will be sharing my projects and ideas here in this blog.  Alongside this I will be giving hints and tips on techniques, products and  more………

I will also be sharing my travels into the world of mixed media and other fun activities,  sharing with you projects and techniques along the way.  

Thats it for now but see you soon with my first DT blog……..

Happy adventuring………Ax