Artwork & Blogpost by Erika Venter, QLD.
This month’s theme is Cupids Lane a month to share your love with someone special. I created this Chocolate box especially as an after dinner treat for my guests. This box kit is now available to purchase in Australia. I hope you will be inspired and make your very own personalised box.
You can use any thing to decorate this box but since it’s the month of love I used the Heart Attack Stencil, Angel wings, the word LOVE, felt for the inside of the box, cardboard, scrapbook paper, scissors & a marker pen.
Place the pieces of your box onto the felt and trace around the edges and cut out. Put the felt aside and start assemble your box.
Tear the scrapbook paper and cardboard into a shape that you like to decorate the top of your box. Paint the box inside out with Red Powertex. I used 2 layers to get good coverage... the paint absorbs very quickly so you need to work fast!
Pour Black Powertex into a container and paint the angels, wings, the word LOVE and the top of your box. You need to be very careful not to go over the edges of the paper. Let it dry and then apply a second layer to get a good coverage. Use Red Powertex to paint the back and front of the cardboard and place it over the black paper, the way you like it.
Use Easycoat mat mixed with Colourtrix Pearl Red & Rich Gold to embellish your bits for the inside of the box. I used Easycoat mat to glue them onto the inside of the lid... just make sure that you leave enough space so that the lid can close.
I used the same pigments on the lid. Remember to use gentle brush strokes when applying the Colourtrix... if you use too much on the paintbrush you will get brush marks. On the black, I started with the Pearl Red and then finished it off with the Rich Gold. I even painted some on the sand and balls to create a golden cloud. I really enjoyed this project very much. I finished my little box off with some Ferro Roche chocolates for the inside!!!
I had so much fun creating this Valentine chocolate box and now it’s just a temptation... waiting for the big day on the 14th February.
I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!
Artwork & Blog Post by Erika Venter, Powertex Australia Design Team.
Since this is the month of Love I decided to create a table centerpiece to use for my Valentines dinner.
I had a couple of ideas but then I thought it would be nice to make a heart with a flower arrangement.
Draw the shape of your heart on the Styrofoam. Once you are happy with the shape you can use a Stanley knife or a foam cutter to carve it out. TIP: Don’t throw out your off-cuts, as they can be useful for another project!
Open your Red Powertex & stir it well before use (then give it a shake). Use one plastic bowl for your Powertex & the other for some Stone Art. Paint one side of the heart and then apply the Stone Art to the wet Powertex so that it sticks, then do the same with the other side. Put it aside to dry.
Use 4 skewers to create an arrow. Two on each side. Twist masking tape around the skewers.
Next dip the fabric roses into the Powertex and hang them over the bowl so that the excess paint can drip off into the bowl. Paint the love hearts and skewers with Red Powertex and apply the stone art as on the big love heart. Make sure that you apply enough stone art. Put this also aside to dry.
While the roses are still wet use the red Bister to spray onto them, one by one, and use the hairdryer to dry it. Fine cracks will appear on the roses... I was very happy with this effect! Use the red Powertex to paint the stand and put aside to dry.
Use the left over Red Powertex and mix it with Stone Art to form a clay. Wrap it in plastic, so that it doesn’t dry out.
Cut 5 pieces of armature wire to make leaves, then use masking tape, stick the wire in between the tape and cut the tape into the shape of a leaf. Pore some Transparent Powertex into a container. Cut some small pieces of Paperdeco and spray mist it with water (don’t make it to wet), then stretch the paper deco to desired size. Paint the Paperdeco with Transparent Powertex and wrap it around the leaves. Apply another layer of Powertex over the leaf and put it aside to dry.
In this step it was so amazing to see how the red colour came through the Stone Art. To get this finish you will need some elbow power and a sponge! Rub all the excess Stone Art off of the big love heart, small ones and the arrow sticks until the red Powertex becomes visible. Poke the arrow through one of the small hearts and use Transparent Powertex to attach it to the big love heart.
Using the Stone Art clay, you can now make a sharp point and the back of the arrow. Using a rolling pin flatten out the clay, smear a small amount of Colourtrix Gold onto the surface and then roll it out very thinly. Finally, apply some Transparent Powertex onto the end of the arrow, tear pieces of clay and stick them onto the arrow end... (as pictured)
Once I had finished the elements, I was so excited to assemble my Valentine's Day love heart! To do so, you simply use Transparent Powertex to stick all the bits on where you would like them. It's easy to secure the roses and leaves by poking them into the Styrofoam heart and applying some Transparent so that they stay on. TIP: bend the leaves into a shape you like before attaching them. Then you can put your heart on the stand.
Finally, you can embellish the roses using Colourtrix Rich Gold and Easycoat Glossy. Mix the Easycoat Glossy with a bit of pigment and then use a dry brush technique to highlight the roses. Start with less and build up the colour until you're happy. Also remember to apply some on to the tip off the arrow! AND viola... it's finished!!!
I had so much fun designing and creating this Valentine...
I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!
See you soon.... Erika
Artwork & Blog Post by Helen Baldock, Powertex Australia Design Team.
Hey everyone, as many of you know the January inspiration theme from Powertex Australia is 'Precious Time' and a gorgeous Clock Kit is now available for purchase in Australia. When I first saw this kit I was so excited about what I could do with it and the creative juices started flowing immediately... this is what I did... I hope it inspires you to make one as well...
The Designer Kit includes:
Secondly I traced around the styrofoam so I could get an idea where I need to put the Powertex and then cut out a hole in the base for the clock mechanism with a jigsaw. Next pre-mix your Bister Powders and put them into small spray bottles, if you're unsure how to do this, there are instructions on how to mix the Bister Powders on the Powertex Australia website... its very easy! Then stir your Ivory Powertex and put approx. 250ml in a plastic container.
The next step is to use the Powertex Ivory and the Bister colour/s of your choice to create a crackle effect on the back of the MDF base and the clock face. (For the black and white clock pictured above I used Black Bister) Then you simply paint a small section of the MDF with powertex, spray the bister and then use a hairdryer to create the crackle. TIP: Start at one end and work away from yourself so you don't re-spray what you have already done. Repeat the process until finished (as pictured above).
Next get the styrofoam circle, cut a hole for the clock mechanism and paint the front face of the styrofoam black with Powertex or acrylic paint to emphasise the numbers. Place the clock mechanism in the styrofoam and then attach the face to the styrofoam with Powertex to ensure everything lines up. Once attached paint the side of styrofoam then put it aside (above left). Create the crackle effect again on the front flourish of the clock and attach the two small MDF embellishments as you go, then put aside.
Next create the crackle effect on the outside of the styrofoam flourish, it is a little tricky to go around all the curves without spraying to much over what you have already done... just be careful (above left). Now go back to the base and 'crack' all around the edges where the styrofoam won't be attached, and allow to dry (above right).
Finally finish all the elements and assemble. To do this you need to attach the styrofoam onto the base with Powertex, making sure it is centred, let it dry and then attach the front. (TIP: weigh down the MDF each time you attach it to the styrofoam.) To assemble the clock face, place the mechanism inside styrofoam making sure it sits inside the base, then adhere everything together with Powertex. Once it is all assembled, attach the hands to the clock and a hook on back for hanging. This clock is AMAZING! It will definitely WOW your friends and family and be a talking point in your home! Enjoy... (I have made two already and I still want to make more!!!)
The inaugural exhibition of "Uplifting" Art Bras for a Cause, over the weekend of 1st-3rd December, 2017, was a HUGE success! Organisers, volunteers, artists, judges and sponsors all came together for a common cause - to raise awareness of Breast Cancer by engaging the community through art, in support of Pink Ribbon. The number of entries received was overwhelming, with over 60 Art Bras on exhibition, including one that came all the way from Canada entitled, "Baby its Cold Outside" by Roslind Sherman. With the high standard of artwork and diversity of techniques demonstrated, Judges Barb Thoms (City of Mandurah) and Jacq Chorlton (Wearable Art Mandurah Winner) had their work cut out for them! Breast in Show (Best) was awarded to Donna Ree Muir for "Tits in a Tangle", made from Polymer Clay, with the intricacy of the design and the sophistication of technique wowing the judges! A piece that could easily be mistaken for fabric as you walk past... only to realise, upon closer inspection, the hours of work that must have gone into creating each element! The Power-Up Award, for best use of Powertex, went to Lin Reading for "Twin Peaks". Most Titillating (Humorous) was awarded to Sue Calderbank for "A Family Affair". Cups of Creativity (most Creative) went to Melissa Walmsely for "Need a Lift?" which was a fabulous interpretation of "Uplifting", and finally the Bra-tastic Award (People's Choice) went to Di M. Christie for "I am More than My Breast". Each artist received a beautiful framed archival art print by Matthew Johnstone (Drawn from Experience) plus some other fabulous prizes that were donated by our generous sponsors (listed below). CONGRATULATIONS to the winners, WELL DONE to all the contributing artists and a BIG THANK YOU to our sponsors... without you all the event would not have been possible! The Art Bras that have been donated by the artists, to this event, will be auctioned next year... so stay tuned... more news coming soon!!!!
"Uplifting" Art Bra Exhibition Opening Awards Night at VIVID Gallery Mandurah WA
an Initiative of Powertex Australia
Thanks to our Generous Sponsors
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The year is racing away... and we are already in the third quarter of our monthly Inspiration Agenda!! If you are new to the Powertex community, each month we have set a theme to inspire your creativity... June's theme was "Ice" for some chilly winter inspiration.... Think "Ice Queen"... "Ice River"... "Ice Art"... "Iceland"... just for starters! The new theme for July is "White Christmas" lending itself to a continuation of the "Ice" theme... What will you create??? Join the Powertex Australia Group on Facebook today to share your creations... I look forward to seeing your "Icy" Artworks!!!!
As a sponsor of this years Wearable Art Mandurah competition, Powertex Australia offered the inaugural Powertex Award. It was exciting to see so many artists inspired to experiment with the medium to create innovative sculptural form in their garments. Marie Gallin and Helen Coleman, who both attended the popular Powertex workshop - Creating Sculptural Form in Wearable Art, with Ashley Hay - were major category winners. Marie Gallin and Jude Tupman were awarded Artist of the Year with their creation, "Boab".... their headdress demonstrated sophisticated, experimental use of Powertex, whilst the integration of the beautiful textile details with the medium was stunning.
Pictured: "Boab" by Marie Gallin & Jude Tupman. Photography by Elle Norgard.
Mandurah Artist, Helen Coleman won the Architectural Category with "Icarus Rising"... the innovative use of Powertex to create the bone structures of the wings and the ingenious design of the form to make it robust as it moved with the body was glorious... set against the gorgeous encaustic wax feathers the effect was incredible!
Pictured: "Icarus Rising" by Helen Coleman. Photography by Elle Norgard.
,The Winner of this year's inaugaral Powertex Award went to Silver Chain clients from Mandurah, Rockingham & Fremantle, in collaboration with Mandurah artist Carol Hazel, for "Sands of Time". The team experimented with various creative applications of Powertex in their garment. With Powertex used in nearly all the elements of the design it was a winner!
Pictured: "Sands of Time" by Silver Chain in collaboration with Carol Hazel. Photography by Elle Norgard.
There were many other beautiful garments that used Powertex. Featured below is "Khloris" by Suzette Darcy.
Pictured: "Khloris" by Suzette Darcy. Photography by Elle Norgard
Congratulations to all the designers in this years Wearable Art Mandurah competition... your artwork is incredible!
If you're like me... a day, a week or a month can fly past without making time to create! It is really easy to get caught up in the busyness of life in our crazy modern age!!! So I've come up with 3 Easy Steps to help you to increase your Creative Productivity... these are some of the things that I do to avoid distractions and keep myself on track… I hope you find them useful:
1. Have a REASON to create: your 'reason' may be to create an artwork each month based on the Powertex inspiration agenda, so that by the end of the year you have 12 completed artworks! How AWESOME would that be!!!
2. SCHEDULE some time in your daily/weekly or monthly routine to create. The amount of time you allocate for your creativity is up to you... you may only want to allocate 1 day per month... whatever you decide stick to it!!! Write it in your calendar so that you are committed to that time... if something comes up be sure to re-allocate that creative time somewhere else in your schedule. Imagine how good it will feel to set some time aside for yourself!
3. CHALLENGE yourself: book into a workshop to learn something new or try a new product and see what you can do with it! You'll be amazed at your creativity!!!
If you struggle to find a creative space why don't you try implementing these simple strategies for 12 weeks in the next quarter of our Inspiration Calendar... use the Inspiration Calendar as your reason to create, schedule some time and challenge yourself to try some new approaches... I hope it makes a difference!!! Let me know how you go!!! Don't forget to join the Powertex Australia Group on Facebook so that you can share your creations, click here... to join the community today!
I hope you’ve had a lovely Christmas and that you’re continuing to get some relaxation with your family and friends over the holiday season... BUT, perhaps, like me, you are already looking toward the New Year and planning those 2017 goals of yours! If finding more time to create - or getting creative in 2017 - is one of your goals... Powertex Australia has created an Inspiration Agenda to get your creative juices flowing! Here's a sneak peak for Jan-March... you may like to work along with us on the themes... we'll be providing you with FREE information along the way... so stay tuned for that!!!
"Luminous" - created with Powertex - will be on show this week (18th-22nd May) at the Perth Convention Centre as part of the Craft & Quilt Fair... So if you're going to the show be sure to find the Common Threads Wearable Art Stand.... Ashley Bowley will be there to chat with you about the possibilities of Powertex and to answer your questions regarding the techniques used in her garment.
"Luminous" is just one of eight incredible garments on display, created by some very talented designers... so why not take this opportunity to talk with the artists and discover what's behind the pieces... I hope to see you there!
Above: "Luminous" by Ashley Bowley pictured in the Common Threads Wearable Art Showcase 2016, presented by Act Belong Commit.
Shout -out!!! The Stretch Festival in Mandurah has begun and next Saturday night (7th May) promises to be a great evening... Garments from around Australia & overseas will be featured in the Common Threads Wearable Art Showcase, presented by Act-Belong-Commit at MPAC!!! This has become one of Perth's premier events in the Arts and is a "must see"... so if you are in WA get your tickets and come along... it just keeps getting better & better each year!!!! Click here for tickets or here for more information about the Showcase...
A few of the designers have used Powertex in their pieces including Rosie Chalken's "Pillar of Salt" - which is an amazing piece created with recycled cardboard & hundreds of toilet rolls formed into the most beautiful paper tulle; Deb Hiller & Cathie Creswell's "Cog-nitive Beauty" - with a Steam-punk feel and Ashley Bowley's (aka me!) "Luminous" which is very linear and all about light & shadows dancing on the ground... Julie Smith also used Powerprint for the image transfers on her gorgeous garment "Hope Lights the Way".
There will also be a Designers Corner in the Foyer of MPAC for the weekend of 7th-8th May 10am-4pm where you will be able to meet some of the artists. I will be there with my wearable art garment from 2014 and will be demonstrating some of the techniques used in my 2016 entry… as well as a few other textural explorations with Powertex... so if you're curious or need a bit of inspiration... come down & have a chat!!! I hope to see you there! Below is a pic of my garment "Luminous"... (photographed by Travis Hayto)
Ashley Hay is an artist and the Importer of Powertex for Australia. Ashley has become a great advocate for this amazing product and wishes to share her excitement about the versatility of Powertex with others.