The first thought that popped into my head when presented with the theme Rusty and an MDF Owl was an old English nursery rhyme from my childhood that really resonated with me through childhood and into adulthood. Maybe because it is an adage that I am still trying to achieve. It was also an opportunity to bring on the rust. However, I wanted some other colour in the mix and decided upon a hint of purple because of its association with royalty, dignity and wisdom and spiritually with the higher self to which this nursery rhyme alludes.
A Wise Old Owl.
A wise old owl lived in an oak
The more he saw the less he spoke
The less he spoke the more he heard.
Why can't we all be like that wise old bird?
Step One - Design Layout
Step Two – Making the Rusty Structure Paste
Using a flat spatula, mix together Easy Structure, Boom Gel Stain (colours of your choice), rusty powder, sand and balls. The Easy Structure will make the rust section thicker to scratch back into but you can also make a rusty paste with a light coloured powertex universal medium (such as ivory).
Step Three – Apply Paste to Rust the Owl
Step Four– Forehead Feathers
Step Five – Make Stone Art
Step Six – Assembling the Owl
Step Seven – Embellishing
Step Seven – Final Touch Ups
Congratulations! I hope you loved it and have fun creating one.
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Blogpost and Artwork by Erika Venter, Monto QLD
The inspiration theme for July is Rusty Wisdom, with the kit featuring an Owl...
I was super excited to get started!
Trace the front and back of the owl onto the Rustic wood paper (or similar), then mark the position of the eyes and cut them out. Using Easycoat Glossy apply a layer onto the front of the Owl and stick the paper on. Tip: the Easycoat Glossy dries quickly so you need to work fast...
Shake & Stir Powertex Bronze well before use. Paint the inside of the eyes and the rest of the body parts (as pictured above).
Cut strips of cheese cloth or stockinette, dip it into Powertex Bronze and then drape it onto the Owl to create suspenders for the pants and texture on the head.
Mix Powertex Bronze with Stone Art to get a paste. Apply the Stone Art to the wings and layer it with bark. Then apply some onto the back of the wings, buttons, gears and the MDF eye bits and stick them onto the body. Leave to dry before the next step. Cover the leftover paste and set aside to use later.
Mix Powertex Transparent, Rusty Powder and 3D balls together, then apply it onto the Owl the desired amount. Spray with Vinegar water and let the Rust process begin.... leave for 24 hours. For more information on how to use Rusty Powder click here
Using your choice of Colourtrix metallic pigments dry brush the textures of the Owl. I got a bit carried away and found a perfect piece of wood in the garden, painted it with Powertex Bronze and made my Owl sit on it. It just finished off what I had in mind for my Rustic Old Owl. Finally, I used Easycoat Glossy to glue the glass eyes on, as well as the back of the owl.
This was so much fun and I love my end result.
This Owl project will allow you to experiment with the Rust powder,
3DBalls, Stone Art and Easy3Dflex.
Join me on my creative journey with Powertex
Enjoy the ride...
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.