Artwork & Blogpost by Renee Warwick, WA
Hi to all our Powertex Australia Addicts!!! This month’s Inspirational Theme is Cupids Lane... I am hoping that you have been feeling the love and if not, I am sure that you will after joining me in creating my Designer ‘Love at First Site’ memory box…
Materials I used were:
Tools required –
Let the Fun Begin!
First get some music going, I like to put some classic 80’s hits on. Next prep your area by covering your work surface in some plastic, get all your bits and bobs out and lastly don’t forget your warm soapy water to rinse your paintbrush, unless of course you would like to add these to your art work (remember Powertex will harden anything when dried) … Could be pretty cool.! Shake and stir your Powertex and pour a small amount of Bronze into a plastic cup (cover with plastic wrap until ready to use), then do the same with the Black. If you don’t already have some Stoneart Clay made, please do so, then wrap the clay into the damp chux and store it in a Ziplock bag for later use.
Ok now it’s time to carefully push out all your Dusty Attic chippy pieces. A little word of advice if you are having trouble getting these pieces out of the framework carefully use the blade of the Stanley knife to loosen some of the joints. Lay your pieces out and plan the design for the front of your memory box. Tip- taking a picture at this stage on your phone helps for later. Paint the front of all your pieces in Bronze Powertex (leave to dry). Cigar Box – Carefully assemble this together taking note of the top bottom and sides. Open your lid and lay this flat so you see the inside of the lid then run masking tape along the bends of the lid and also go around all of the framework of the sides this will strengthen your box and also save some frustration as you create … Yes, I learnt this the hard way my lid broke on my 1st attempt & my sides kept coming apart until the Powertex had dried, hmmm oh dear… That didn’t deter me and nor should it you… Now close the lid and you will need to run masking tape over the joins of the lid while it’s closed … Smooth the masking tape down well so that it’s adhered in all spots…
Now we can have some fun with our Easy Structure… Use a piece of alfoil folded in half as a pallet. Scoop a little easy structure onto this pallet add some 3D sand and small 3D Balls to this (you don’t need to but the texture that it adds is incredible, you will thank me for this tip). Mix well. Lay your Brick wall stencil on the top of the box, using your pallet knife pick up some structure paste and scrape this randomly over the stencil, it doesn’t matter if you don’t get it even or bits are missed look at my picture it really adds to the overall look when completed. Allow this to dry.
Go back to your painted DA Chippy’s they should now be dry. Now turn them all over and paint all the back with the Bronze Powertex and allow to dry.
Go and check on your stencilled box… If it's dry we are now going to stencil the inside of the lid to give it some bling with our Heart Attack stencil, doing the same as before… then paint the inside of the Box NOTE – don’t paint where you have just stencilled. When painting the black Powertex onto the inside of the box take care to coat the inside edges, etc... and slightly lift the frame to get some Powertex under this so that when it dries it will adhere together. Yes, again more drying time (make a coffee or have a wine).
Now I like to embellish my pieces before sticking them onto my box… This is where you can have some creative fun with your choice of the beautiful Colourtrix metallic pigments… I like to dry brush & layer Paris Green, Magic Blue, Magic Purple, Copper and Bronze gold with Easy Coat Glossy onto all my cogs giving them a metallic rusty look… For My Sweet Heart Shape, I only used the outer part of the heart (I am saving the rest for another project so stay tuned). On this heart I used Powercolour Turquoise and Moss Green. Each of these colours I mixed into a little easy structure with the 3d sand… (Wow I am giving up all my secrets can’t blame the wine either just excited for my 1st blog) then using a stencil brush stomped this coloured easy structure around the surface. Note - if you feel the Turquoise is too dark add little Titanium White to it… Let this dry, then dry brush Bronze Gold over the surface.
Back to the memory box. Now paint all the outer parts of the box in Black, pay particular attention to the stencilled area getting into all the little nooks and crannies. Allow this to dry… Then go over all the inside of the box including the stencilled heart area. Again, allow to dry. Note - do not close at this stage while drying as the lid will stick together.When dry place a bit of plastic wrap around the inside of the box because although it feels dry it will still have a tendency to stick and the plastic wrap will stop this from happening and allow you to finish the top of the lid
Yay we are nearly there…
Now get all your coloured DA Chippy’s and start laying out the design on your lid - remember you took a photo... so refer back to this, if you need to. Remember mine is an inspirational piece for you to get ideas, so let your imagination run wild with your design. Also, I did cut up one of my industrial corner cog pieces into usable pieces and placed these around. Note - any cut edges I touched up with some Bronze Powertex to hide the Cut edges.
Now stick down your pieces by painting the backs and putting them onto your lid. To get height that’s where I used my stone art clay under my cogs etc. Remember when using the stone art clay, you must put some wet Powertex between the surfaces.. so that it is going to hold in place.
I hope that you enjoyed all my hints and tips and that they assist you in your Creative Journey with Powertex. Remember, all the materials you need for this project are available from Powertex Australia.
I thank you for taking the time to read my first blog for the Powertex Australia Design Team and please don’t forget to post your creation in our Facebook Group for all of us to see and admire!
I look forward to sharing more hints and tips with you all next month... Cheers to you all... Your Friendly Neighbourhood Powertex Fanatic...
RenWA ( Renee’)
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
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.