Welcome to my Sassy Seahorse project, getting her ready for her day at the beach.
For this project I used the Seahorse kit available at Kirsties handmade fair at Ragley Hall with Black Powertex and an child’s old skirt.
Don’t forget to cover your work surface with plastic, wear an apron and gloves.
Start off by joining the two halves of the seahorse together with the rectangle of mdf and at the same time add the hanger. Use a layer of any Powertex to do this. Allow this to dry.
Place a layer of Powertex onto the front of the seahorse and place the wallpaper directly onto this. Don’t worry if you have to piece it together as once it is all coated in Powertex it will not be noticeable.
Once dry cut around the shape and then coat the wallpaper with a layer of Powertex.
Now take your chosen fabric and dip it into the Powertex, I pour mine into an old plastic container a little at a time. Dip your fabric and work the Powertex through it making sure it is completely covered but not dripping.
Then place it onto the seahorse wherever you decided,
I used the pretty edging as a bikini skirt and the ties from the waist as the bikini top. Any fabric buttons or metal ties can also be used to add more interest to your design.
Next I took the mdf embellishments and coated them in Powertex
I layered up the two heart bursts with one of the flowers to make an eye.
The paper flowers became her headdress.
Three fabric buttons from the skirt had mdf flowers placed on top of them to make her necklace
The final flower became her belly tattoo.
Now set aside to dry, if you can’t wait you can always use a hairdryer to speed up the process. I used my gloves to prop up the skirt so that it dried in a wave shape. Powertex doesn’t stick to plastic so its great to use to help form shapes as you simply pull it out once the piece has dried
Finally, I used the easy varnish along with turquoise, burgundy, white and rich gold to dry brush the colour into the piece.
To dry brush, place a 5p sized amount of varnish onto your plastic work surface, dip your brush into the varnish then straight into the pigment (work from the pot as the varnish does not contaminate it). Now mix to a thick paste on a clean area of your work surface. Take a piece of kitchen roll and wipe off the excess colour, then holding the brush flat to your work brush across the raise areas.
To add a more opaque covering hold the brush loosely at the end and dust across the area. The more times you go across the deeper the colour will be.
Don’t be afraid to mix your pigments together to create different shades and effects, the combinations are limitless.
If you want to place this outside, make sure that you coat the back and sides with Powertex to complete seal the mdf then allow it to dry in the house for three weeks.
Well Sassy is ready for her day at the beach and she hopes your sea horses will be along to join her. Don’t forget to post your makes on the Powertex Studio Facebook page, we love to see what you create.
Until next time Happy Creative Adventures