Time Flies – An Alternative Birthday Card

 

Hello Everyone

I hope you’ve kept yourselves safe in the recent bad weather and have used the time to get an extra bit of Powertex play in.

This month I’ve used the new Powertex UK Pocket Watch Project Pack to create a birthday card with a difference.  I’ve made it for Granny Smyth at the age of 75 but you could create this for any age and just move the hands to different positions and use different numbers.

I hope you have fun and remember to post your makes on the Powertex Addicts United Facebook page, you know we love to see what you create.

To complete my piece, I used the kit along with texture paper, Rusty Powder , Yellow BisterEasy Varnish and pigments.  I mixed my bisters with a 50/50 solution of white vinegar and water to make the colours pop.

Start by laying out the pieces to see which ones you want to use.  The photograph is a laser copy cut to size.

Take a piece of textured paper and draw around the inner circle, cut this out and place to one side

Now coat the front of the base of the watch with Ivory Powertex and stick the texture paper to the centre. Attach the front of the watch to the back (you may need to add a little more tex around the edge then coat the front with the Ivory Powertex also.

Now spray with the blue and yellow bister mixes

and dry with a hairdryer.

 

When dry turn it over onto a clean work surface and coat the back with Ivory Powertex, I then used and old credit card to add texture by lying it flat on the surface and lifting it up (bit like making your snow peaks in royal icing).  Spray with the blue and yellow bisters and dry with a hairdryer.  By raising the base from the table whilst doing this step, it will help to stop any stray colours from seeping onto the front.

When dry use a slightly damp sponge to remove the excess colour from the watch.

I choose to colour my embellishments separately.  Coat them all with a layer of Powertex Ivory.

Randomly add extra Ivory then drop on some Rusty Powder and spray with the bister mixes, leave to dry on one side.

You can keep spraying these with pure white vinegar to get the rust to develop further.

These pictures show the cogs,  I repeated the same process for the other embellishments (except the heart) varying the amount of rust and colour I added.

For the heart, I painted a layer of Easy Varnish over the front of the photograph, by holding the paper taut whilst it dries it doesn’t wrinkle,  once dry repeat on the rear.  Now using the heart as a template cut out the photograph and using the Easy Varnish attach it to the heart and coat with several layers of varnish to seal it.

 

Place a small amount of Ivory Powertex into a pot, sprinkle on the

Rusty Powder then spray with the bister mix.  Now stir


Using a paint brush apply this around the photograph then sprinkle on more Rusty Powder and spray with the bister mixes.  As you can see the bister will wipe away from the photograph as you have previously sealed it with the varnish.  Again spraying with more vinegar as it dries will encourage the rust to form.

Now add all the embellishments to the base using Powertex, make sure you clean up any excess as you go,  I used some of the spare pieces in the kit to support the heart in the centre.

When it was all dry, I used a combination of Bronze Gold, Copper and Silver pigments to add a little sparkle.

 

I hope you have great fun creating your own Pocket Watch and until next time Happy Creative Adventures

Axx

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

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

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