Artwork & Blog post by Renee' Warwick WA
Hi to all our Powertex Addicts! Here we are again with this month’s Inspirational Theme: Music Magic!!! When Ashley gave me my Designer kit my heart was singing and I couldn’t wait to go and start creating an altered violin… Music’s in the air for sure...
How did you go with last month’s theme? Did you have as much fun as I did?
Now you can have some more....
Materials that I used were:
Let the fun begin
Firstly, get some music going, remember I’m an 80’s gal so I like to ‘She Bop’ as I go about getting everything prepped to go... don’t forget to chill your refreshment’s or put a brew on... it’s all about enjoying your creative journey. 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 and a jar with water to rinse your paintbrushes, unless of course you would like to add these to your art work (remember Powertex will harden anything when dried) … Could be pretty cool.! Hmmm maybe later I will do a tutorial in this for you.
Shake and stir your Powertex and pour a small amount of Bronze into a plastic cup (cover with plastic wrap till ready to use), then do the same with the Ivory.
Ok now it’s time to carefully push out all your Dusty attic chippy pieces & the violin bits. 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 the violin pieces down on top of one another with the large piece as your base, then then smaller violin shape on top of that, then the neck of the violin. I always like to then lay all my pieces out and plan the design before I start. Taking a picture at this stage on your phone helps for later.
Take the smaller shapes of the violin and place them on top of your Styrofoam and trace around the outside of the shape. Then cut this out either with your hot knife or the blade of a Stanley knife (if using a knife please ensure that you have a cutting board under your work and keep fingers clear of the blade). This will give you a more 3-Dimensional look to your altered violin, you can leave this stage out if you wish. (keep your off cuts of the Styrofoam for a later stage).
Take the larger violin shape and paint the whole surface with Bronze Powertex then paint the surface of the Styrofoam and place this on top of the large violin shape. Make sure that it is positioned well into the middle & adjust where necessary as the Powertex when dry will adhere these pieces together… paint the top of the Styrofoam and the underside of the smaller of the violin shape with Bronze Powertex and place these together. Then paint the Bronze all around the sides of the altered violin including the Styrofoam if you used it in the middle.
Paint the top of the altered violin with Ivory Powertex taking care not to drip it down the sides, allow this to dry. Also paint the long neck of the violin with Ivory too… While this is drying it’s a great time to check on those tunes and make a coffee or depending on the time of day open something more refreshing… Ah yes wine, it never goes astray…
Now we’re going to do something very tricky, Decoupaging. If you have serviette that you’d like to use (I used one that my mum had given me for my stash – got to love your mum), please pull apart the layers so that you are left with only the top printed layer of the serviette (generally they have 3 layers). If you don’t have a serviette, Powertex also have a lovely range of silk papers and the vintage postal one would be great for this. If using our silk paper, you will use it as is as there are no extra layers to worry about, ahhh how good is that. Place the printed paper over the top of the violin (you can see in my pic that it doesn’t cover the length don’t worry tear and add to it as we go), pour a little Easycoat Glossy or Matt onto your alfoil palette and with a flat paint brush, load the brush with the Easycoat and then apply liberally over the surface of the paper starting from the middle and work your way out towards the edges. Pay particular care around the edges and the violin’s cut outs - ensure, in these areas, that you run the brush gently around and it should start dissolving away for you making it easy for you to remove the bits… If you weren’t able to cover the neck of the violin remember I said earlier that we can add this after, well now we go back and use what is left of our paper and do the same. Now allow this to dry. Woo hoo another break but remember to clean as you go and that means your brushes too.
,Distressing the edges – You will need a small sponge and dip lightly into the Ivory Powertex and rub around the edges so it starts to look rubbed out. Just lightly don’t over do it
Okay now let’s get our 3rd piece that we have been waiting eagerly to add so that our violin can make music to our eye’s. Thank you for being patient. Now to give it a more 3-Dimensional look, like the body of the violin, we will cut 3 small rectangular pieces from the off cuts of the Styrofoam and using the Ivory Powertex paint these pieces and add them to the underside of the long string MDF piece. Before turning it over and putting it into place ensure that you paint some ivory on these 3 Styrofoam pieces so that it will adhere to the surface of the violin, with a gentle but firm hand put in place. Note- I put these 3 pieces one near the top, one near the middle and the other near the tip.
Let’s have some fun now with your chosen embellishments for your altered violin. Lay your elements around the top of the violin to see if you’re still happy with your design. This is where you can tweak your design and go as crazy as you like. TIP – I cut apart my DA Floral Fantasy piece into pieces (visible in the picture) and positioned these nicely around so it looks like it’s wrapping around the surface of the violin then positioned my paper flowers
NOTE - I felt my piece needed another element of interest so I added 2 little pieces of Hessian
Paint all the tops of your Dusty Attic pieces, flowers and hessian in Ivory Powertex and leave to dry. The first pieces to lay down will be the hessian so cover the back of this with the Ivory and put some Ivory Powertex on the violin where you would like these pieces to be and lay them in place. Next, paint the backs of the DA Floral Fantasy piece by piece and lay each down while the Powertex is still wet on the back. Finally, and I’m sure you guessed it, do the same with your paper flowers.... I was really excited at this stage, I hope that you are too!
Putting on the Ritz /Glitz... oops sorry the Grunge. Get your alfoil pallet ready put 2 small scoops of easy structure on this. In the first pile of easy structure add a teaspoon of 3D Sand & Small Balls and enough Rusty Powder when mixed with your pallet knife that it looks dark grey. Using your pallet knife scrape portions of this around the neck and top of the violin – refer to pic. While this is still wet add some of your larger 3D Balls pushing them gently into the paste. Now spritz these area’s generously with your vinegar spray. Add your blue after the 1st spray of vinegar is dry. NOTE - You will need to spray your rusty areas about 3-4 times initially as this is what activates the rusty powder to become Rust. I highly recommend watching Ashley’s YouTube video: How to Use Rusty Powder ... click here
Now with the 2nd small amount of easy structure add the 3D Sand and 3D Small Balls and Dark Blue Powercolour, mix well. Again, add this around your violin. This does not need to be spritzed with the vinegar but it won’t hurt it if you get it on this surface while spraying your Rusty surface.
Now we can have some fun with your Bister Spray. I used Original Liquid Bister - it’s my go to colour in the range. Now you can go silly with the spray cover all your ivory surfaces and embellishments. To get it to crackle, use your hairdryer on hot and go over all the areas of Bister - not too close or you’ll be decorating your walls with your spray. I was lucky it was super-hot here in WA and when I put it out in the sun to dry it did it’s magic…
Leave overnight before embellishing the edges with your Colourtrix.
Time to sit back and relax and admire your beautiful piece, tomorrow I assure you it will look amazing... not that it doesn’t already, right?
Hmm mm was I right? Is it amazing? One last thing to do oops sorry I lied 2…
With your Bronze Gold Colourtrix and Easycoat Glossy you need to dry bush around the sides - I LOVED my rust and crackle effects so much that I chose not to go over these areas with any colourtrix. Also don’t forget to paint the back with Bronze Powertex, this is not necessary if you are going to frame it.
How mesmerising is your piece? I’m sure it has the WOW factor!!! I love, love, LOVE mine and I hope that I have inspired and helped you on your creative journey in feeling the same about your piece...
I thank you for taking the time to read my blog for the Powertex Australia Design Team and please don’t forget to post your creation onto our Facebook Group for all of us to see and admire… (click here to join) If you aren't on Facebook you can email your images to Powertex and we will post them for you (email). All the materials that I design with are readily available through Powertex Australia https://www.powertex.com.au/
I look forward to sharing more hints and tips with you all next month & oooo next month is soooooo exciting I can’t wait to share my design with you.
Until then Cheers to you all...
Your Friendly Neighbourhood Powertex Fanatic
RenWA ( Renee’ Warwick)
Artwork & Blog post by Erika Venter Qld
This month’s theme is Music Magic and I was super exited to start the Altered Violin project! (a kit now available from Powertex Australia). I had no idea what I wanted to create but then the song came to mind “My heart will go on” and the ideas just started flowing! I grabbed bits and pieces from my studio and started playing around with them until I had the perfect picture.
· Altered Violin kit
· Powertex black, 3DFlex, Bister, Colourtrix Blue Lustre, Copper and Rich Gold
· Plastic Container covered with a plastic bag, paint brush
· Flowers, chipboard music notes & key
· Craft paper, Marking pen & scissors
Trace the top section of the MDF Violin onto the Styrofoam and then use the off cuts to create additional shapes for the fingerboard (as pictured above). I didn't want to use the back of the Violin fingerboard, so I cut it off. Use the MDF shapes as a template to trace & cut out the craft paper and then use a styrofoam hot tool or scroll saw to cut your Styrofoam (as pictured above).
Stir your Black Powertex & then pour it into a plastic container. Paint the top of the Styrofoam and place the MDF front section on it. Do the same with the back. Paint the inside of the stem and stick the Styrofoam pieces on. Paint the sides of the Violin and the fingerboard pieces. Leave to dry.
Trace and cut out some corrugated cardboard for the front fingerboard to create the illusion of string on the Violin. Paint this with Powertex black and stick it on.
Paint the rest of the Violin and set aside to dry.
To create a nice texture on the side of the violin, mix Powertex and 3DFlex to make a soft clay. Then use pieces of clay to cover the side and the little front piece as well. You can also press stencils into the clay for more texture. Spray Bister on the clay and place in the sun to start a crackle effect.
The same procedure can be used for the Violin fingerboard. Mould the clay around the base and the side. Spray with Bister and place in the sun.
It’s now time to glue the craft paper cut-out to the front of the Violin. Apply Easycoat mat onto the Violin and place the cut out over the top. Use a damp cloth to remove any air bubbles. Apply another layer over the top to secure the paper and prevent it from lifting.
Paint Powertex onto the back of the fingerboard & position it onto the top of the Violin.
Mould 3DFlex clay around the scroll until you're happy with the shape and then use a skewer to make a pattern on both sides. Secure it onto the fingerboard by painting Powertex onto the back and front. Use more 3DFlex clay and mould the two pieces together. I folded some cling wrap into a small strip and wrapped it tightly around the attached pieces and left it overnight to ensure it all held together properly.
Pour some Powertex into the left over clay and use a spatula to make a runny mix, then drizzle it onto the rim and Violin to create some texture. Leave it outside in the sun to dry. Dry-brushing the texture with Colourtrix Blue Lustre, Copper and Rich Gold mixed with Easycoat mat to create your desired look. Repeat the process on the fingerboard & scroll.
Paint Easycoat Mat onto the back and stick cutout to the Violin. Use a damp cloth to remove any air bubbles. Paint another layer over the back of the Violin to prevent paper from lifting and leave to dry.
Paint your flowers, leaves, musical notes and keys with Powertex and begin to decorate your Violin. TIP: use Easycoat mat to glue all the pieces onto the Violin. Embellish the flowers with Colourtrix Blue Lustre, Copper and Rich Gold mixed with Easycoat mat (I used Gold for the notes). To finish off your Altered Violin, tie some string around the scroll where the fingerboard begins.
This was so much fun and I loved my end result!
This Altered Violin project will allow you to make use of a variety of techniques using Powertex , 3DFlex, Bister, Easycoat Mat and 3 Colourtrix colours.
I hope you have just as much fun as I did!
Enjoy the ride
Artwork & Blog post by Natalie Parish QLD
Step 1 - Design Layout
Lay out pieces to test design ideas and collect all the required materials. I usually have a skeleton plan and I am happy to abandon materials or find new ones as the art piece develops.
Step 2 - Background & Sealing Layer
Open your Blue & Ivory Powertex & stir well before use. Then put the lids back on and shake well. Use recycled plastic lids as palettes and pour two circles of each colour. On your third lid, blend the colours to make your desired colour blue and paint all sides of your Violin Cut Out to seal and waterproof the MDF. This is just the background to your work, so slight variations in thickness or colour will either be covered by additional layers or provide interest later.
Step 3 - Decoupage
Tear your silk/decoupage paper to your liking and using a paint brush and Easy Coat Matt or Glossy, decoupage sections of your Violin MDF Cut.
Step 4 - Stencilling
Open the Easy Structure and collect a small amount on your palette knife and spread evenly over your stencil of choice. Easy Structure is a high quality texture paste that dries firmly and reasonably quickly. Remember to cover your container with gladwrap and put the lid back on firmly in between each stencil. TIP: Clean your stencils immediately after each application while it is still easy to remove the structure paste.
Step 5 - Designer Chipboard
Confirm where you would like to place your choice of Dusty Attic designer chipboard. Chipboards can be cut to your desire too. Once wet with Powertex they can also be spread apart or curved. Paint all the front sides with Blue or Ivory Powertex fabric hardener. As you paint each back side place it into position and leave to dry and harden into place. Colour stencil design if it will be covered by chipboard by dry brushing with a very small quantity of Easy Coat Glossy and Powercolours, which can be mixed together to create tonal variations. If you wish to blend your designer chipboard into the MDF, cover with a small layer of Stone Art and rub it into the join. Repaint with powertex fabric hardener to create a small layer of clay that can be manipulated further with a gloved hand.
Step 6 - Bister and Powercolours
Pour Bister into a mist spray bottle and spray stencil work where depth or a tea stain look is desired. Dab with a wet chux to smudge or lighten. NB. Bister also comes in colours such as the blue used here. Pour a small amount of Easy Coat Varnish into a lid/palette. Put out the Powercolour pigments of your choice. With a very dry brush, take up a small amount of varnish into the brush tips and criss cross your brush before picking up the pigment colours or blends. Criss cross your brush to create your paint. Apply as desired. NB. This process may take a couple of layers and different applications of powercolours and Bister as well as wiping on and off.
Step 7 - Rust (Optional) & Repeat Step 6
Pour a small amount of Ivory Powertex onto a lid with some sand and small balls. Put out some Rusty Powder and stir together to make a slurry. Spray the slurry with vinegar to make the rusty powder react. Keep adding sand and balls and rusty powder to make the slurry thick. The reaction could take an hour or two to begin as it changes from grey to brown rust. Spread the mixture in the desired areas, spray again with vinegar and leave to react. Overnight is best as it will react more and be dry enough to repeat Step 6 to blend your work again with Bisters and Powercolour. TIP: Watch video on How to use Rusty Powder... click here
Step 8 - Prepare Stone Art
In this project, Stone Art is primarily used for adhesion. Firstly, for the flowers and later to assemble the entire piece together. In a bowl with a small amount of blue Powertex fabric hardener (1/4 of a cup) add Stone Art (1/4 of a cup) and mix with a flat spatula. Keep adding small handfuls of Stone Art until it forms a kneadable dough like mixture that no longer sticks to the bowl or your gloves. Remove the sticky ball and add a little more Stone Art to the bowl to “flour” the ball. Knead until the clay can be pushed into a textured surface and be removed again without sticking. Remove a small ball of clay and wrap tightly in gladwrap ready to place flowers. Wrap the larger ball in glad wrap followed by a wet chux and then pop it in an airtight container for later.
Step 9 - Flower
Stir, shake and then pour a small amount of Ivory Powertex fabric Hardener in a bowl. Dip artificial flower into bowl and massage the Powertex in using gloved hand. Place the small ball of clay where the flower will be positioned and carefully center the flower
into the clay and push it in with a skewer. Use Bister (blue, natural) whilst wet and hair
dry carefully if you desire a crackle finish and Powercolours (when dry) to blend into the piece. For Paper Flowers, Powertex the backs, position without stone Art and paint the front. They will stick faster.
Step 10 - Attach Hooks
Decide which direction your piece will hang as vertically may require 1 hook. With the pre-made Stone Art clay create two squares and lay the base of the hook into the it. Press down to secure and cover the base with clay making sure the hook can swing free. Add additional balls at the base to enable piece to lay flat against the wall.
Step 11 - Colourtrix. Optional Metallic Sheen
If desired, dry brush Colourtrix Pigments such as Bronze Gold, Powerpearl, Copper and Blue Lustre into your work to create a metallic tinge using the same technique for Powercolour in Step 6.
Step 12 - Assemble with Stone Art.
Roll a sausage of the pre-made clay and cut into 7 even logs. Wrap in gladwrap to prevent hardening until you are ready to use. These will form the pillars to hold up the different layers of the violin. Lay pieces in position before assembling so you know where to position the pillars. Work from top to bottom. Pour a small amount of Transparent Powertex into a lid/pallet. Shape each pillar by broadening the bases and tops to increase surface area. Pour a small amount of Transparent Powertex onto a lid/palette and dab the base of each pillar into it before placing onto the violin to increase adhesion. Press down lightly on each pillar point and leave for an hour or two to dry slightly before doing the final layer in the same way. A hairdryer will speed up the process. It will dry hard overnight but fully cure in 3 weeks. Integrate pillars into work using Powercolours and Colourtrix. You can also spray D Hooks with Bister and colour the back of your work to finish off your pieces fully.
I hope you enjoyed this project!
See you next time...
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.