Artwork & Blogpost by Erika Venter QLD.
The White Rabbit is a fictional character in the book Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. He appears at the very beginning of the book, in chapter one, wearing a waistcoat, "Oh dear! Oh dear! I shall be too late!" Alice follows him down in the rabbit hole into Wonderland. Alice encounters him again when he mistakes her for his housemaid Mary Ann and she becomes trapped in his house after growing too large. The Rabbit shows up again in the last few chapters, as a servant of the King and Queen of Hearts.
This fantastic White Rabbit kit is now available from Powertex Australia. I was totally lost with everything that was inside this kit I couldn’t resist it, I used all the bits, went a bit overboard and also added some pieces from my stash! This is how I created my White Rabbit in Wonderland.
Paint all pieces of the MDF Rabbit kit and set aside to dry. Use Powertex White and 3DFlex and make a clay with the feeling of play dough and keep it in a plastic bag to prevent drying out. Use the wrapper of the Bunny and cut the face out as in photo above. Use Powertex 3DFlex and fill the inside of the face and create the shape of the Chocolate bunny’s face. Turn it around and place it onto the Rabbit and mould the face.
Use more of the Easy3DFlex to mould onto the Rabbit’s body, arms, legs, and umbrella and then used the spatula to create some texture as in photos above. Leave it outside to dry and crack a bit. While waiting for that to happen I used the very pretty teapot stencil that came with the kit, added a bit more Powertex White to some of the 3DFlex to create a very soft paste and placed the stencil over the Teapot, cups and bow to create some texture on them. I also used a script stencil on the scroll. Leave to dry…
You can use Powertex Black to paint the hat etc... (as in picture above) but it was such a little bit that I just used Black acrylic paint. Measure and cut 2 pieces of the Green paper deco to create a waistcoat and a piece to drape around the hat. Cut a piece of white paper deco for the shirt (just enough to go around the neck). Dip the white and Green Paper deco in a bit of water to avoid overuse of Powertex Transparent. (Just be aware the Green paper deco’s colour comes out and if you wet them in the same bowl you might stain the white paper deco. I did it under slow running water and then dried it off a bit with a towel. Paint Powertex transparent onto Green and White paper deco and create the shirt and then lay the waistcoat. You can use buttons on the waistcoat. Wrap some Green paper deco around the hat
If you run out of 3DFlex clay just mix a little bit more and put all the body part on as in picture above. Use the chain and wrap it around the clock and glue it on with 3DFlex or Powertex Transparent. You can stop here with the project, be grateful and decorate it as you desire or you can follow the next steps to create the White Rabbit on an adventure…
Step 4 (Extending the White Rabbit on an adventure).
There are so many pieces of this project left that I just felt it would be a waste not to use them… so this is what I did. I used an 80 x 45cm Canvas to extend my project. I painted the canvas with Powertex White and left to dry. Then I mixed Powertex Easy3DFlex and Powertex White into a soft clay and created some texture with my pebble stencil, and I also added Powertex 3D sand and balls onto the bottom of the canvas.
I also had some MDF brick stencil pieces that I stuck onto the canvas as in picture above to create a wall on the sides. Spray a little bit of Bister onto a sponge and dab it onto the pebbles and walls… how much you do depends on how light or dark you want it (if you go too dark just you can tone it down with Powertex White). Mix Powercolour Turquoise with Powertex Transparent in a bowl and with the sponge dab it onto the bottom to create grass. Then use Bister and a paintbrush to go over the Sand and balls to create texture.
All finished just in time for tea.
This was so much fun and I loved my end result!
This White Rabbit project will enable you to play with a wide variety of techniques using Powertex, 3DFlex, Sand and Balls, Bister, Easycoat Glossy and Colourtrix colours.
Join me on my creative journey with Powertex
Enjoy the ride
Artwork & Blogpost by Natalie Parish, Bag End Studio, QLD
It’s no secret how much I love Alice in Wonderland Themes. So, I was very excited to receive this month’s Rabbit Design Kit so I could build upon by Wonderland Artwork Collection. (see blog ‘We are All Mad Here - The Red Queen & Alice Art Dolls). Therefore, I wanted to find some design elements that would work in with this collection. Secondly, I wanted to tie in the idea of falling down the rabbit hole (something I symbolically do daily). This led to rearranging the MDF pieces to simulate the White Rabbit falling.
However, I couldn’t think of what to do with all the extra pieces – especially the scroll. Finally, I hit upon the idea that when I am organized and ticking off errands, I am less likely to procrastinate. I make lists and scroll through them all the time and still end up doing tasks in a furious hurry, much like when we first meet Lewis Carrol’s White Rabbit I realized. That led to the idea of attaching and decorating an old pinboard to my artwork to pin up my to do lists or bills in a vain attempt to not always be late. Alas, due to time constraints I did not include the pinboard in these instructions but intend to do so at a later date (I have another rabbit hole to visit first).
Step 1: Design Layout
Step 2: Make Stone Art
Step 5. Make the Bunny Tail
Step 7. Sculpt Rabbit Face
Step 11. Embellish with Powercolour & Colourtrix
Step 12. Attach Chain, Fob Watch and Umbrella and hanging hooks.
Congratulations You Have Finished!
I hope you had fun falling down this Rabbit Hole with me
I look forward to lighting the way in May
(a little hint there...)
Bag End Studio
Artwork & Blog post by Renee Warwick WA
Hi all our Powertex Addicts, here we are again with this month’s Inspirational Theme! OMG I was soooo excited to see a cross and wings in this month’s designer kit from Ashley… Straight away I had a vision of a rustic weathered board with a rusty aged cross… So, I went a bit to town on this one… I have given you two workshops in one… Woo Hoo I hope that you are excited… Because of this I will explain in 2 parts being Part 1 the Cross and Part 2 the Weathered Board.
I hope that you have as much fun as I did with this piece…
1. Ok now it’s time to carefully push out your cross and wings and your Dusty Attic Keys. Paint one side of your cross wings and keys and leave to dry.
2. When one side is dry turn over and coat the other side and the side with the Powertex leave to dry.
3. Now to create some dimension and texture on your wings with our natural paperdeco. So, have you ever used our paperdeco? No, well once you have used this & see how marvellous it is you will be trying to add it to all your other mixed media creations. So cut a piece this slightly bigger than one wing … hmmmm how will this cover both I hear you ask… Very easily… Now go and wet this piece then pat dry to get all the excess moisture out. Now start stretching and pulling this piece apart. note: gaps will appear don’t fret look at my pic all is good … Once it looks like that you have more than doubled this piece’s size, halve it by gently pulling it apart. Place both of the pieces on a mat and start painting the Bronze Powertex onto the paper deco ensuring that you get into all of the fibres. Just worry about the top of this once you have it all covered, turn it over and repeat to the underside.
b. Using your stippling brush get some turquoise mix onto it and randomly place around your cross note: you want to leave gaps here and there to add the rusty paste…
c. Now do the same with the rusty paste. You can layer it up to add more texture but you want it to look random. Don’t forget your keys – only cover in the rusty paste mix. Rinse you brush when finished
d. Now spray spray spray all the rusty areas of your cross and keys with your Vinegar spray (½ vinegar & ½ water) it should look nice and puddly. Wait ½ and hour then respray with the vinegar mix again wait ½ hour and spray again… If sunny place outside to dry in between sprays. By the time the 3rd spray has been dried you should start to see the transformation of rust appearing on your cross. Let it keep drying within 24hrs you’ll see a remarkable difference. Link to Rusty YouTube video By Powertex Australia Ashley Hay – I highly recommend watching this:
Note : Keys – As I was creating the cross I felt that it needed another element and something as easy as keys as a tassel… and OMG I was sooooo happy… I used string to tie the keys on end of the cross. I dipped the string into the bronze Powertex removing all the excess Powertex off then wrapped it around the end of the cross then tied the keys at different lengths and cut off excess string. Ta Da! I hope that you like this extra component.
1. Lay your wings on top and lay your cross over the top to work out your layout… Using toothpicks push some of these under your cross into the board to lift it up and giving it dimension.
2. Paint Powertex under your wings to use as glue and place these back onto your board gently pushing it down into place
3. To adhere your cross – (get your Stone Art clay ready) pull your toothpicks back out and dip then into the Powertex (to act as glue) and push back into the holes making sure that you drop a couple of drops of Powertex into the hole… Then ensure that you paint Powertex onthe parts of your toothpicks that are visible. then roll some balls of Stone Art clay and mould them onto the top of the toothpicks leaving a flat top for your cross to be stuck onto…
4. Then paint some Powertex onto the tops of the stoneart and place your cross into position… Leave to dry for a good 24 hours before you try to stand upright … Dry Brush Rich Gold onto your cross very lightly on some of your rusty textured areas using Rich Gold and Easycoat glossy... And your piece is now finished TA! DA!
Now, 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 and that you're feeling the same way about your piece...
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I look forward to sharing more hints and tips with you in my next blog…
Until then Cheers to you all
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RenWA ( Renee’ Warwick)
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.