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.


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


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




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