Country Christmas Napkin Rings
Artwork and Blogpost by Natalie Parish, Bag End Studio QLD
Christmas can be a time for over consumption rather than contemplation. However, being crafty can give you that time and space to look at Christmas creatively. It is a tradition in my family to exchange gifts that are handmade, second-hand and this year we added bush gifts from drought and fire effected areas. So, I am going for a Country Christmas theme
Dinner is at my house this year, so to tie in my theme I decided to rehash an old napkin ring idea to make table decorations. Determined not to go to the shops, I rummaged through my useful box and craft stash to use up bits I already had. That’s what I love about the Powertex universal medium and stone art – its ability to help you create assemblage art out of found objects, off-cuts, or bits from the backyard. that at first glance to anyone else may simply look like rubbish.
Keep in mind, except for the PTX universal medium, everything is optional depending on the style you wish to create and what you have at home. I love to use the stone art as it speeds up the attachment process.
Just Add Your Napkins
Natalie Parish, Bag End Studio QLD
Artwork & Blogpost by Natalie Parish, Bag End Studio, QLD
Whilst the November Theme was Naughty, I surprisingly ended up being Nice. Originally, I wanted to make the corset into an envelope holder to store important upcoming bills because I often put money in my brassier. It’s a safe place right. However, as I was running behind schedule and Erika had finished her gorgeously Naughty Moulin Corset, I felt another colour was needed. I jumped to white and the idea of a wedding corset quickly followed. In the end, my artwork ideas came together with a bit of inspiration from a very familiar wedding adage from the 1890s:
Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue.
So, in keeping with my adage, I used some old lace pants, on a new MDF design board and as my blog was terribly late I wrote it on borrowed time and adding the blue brought the whole piece together.
Step 1. DESIGN LAYOUT
Step 2. SEAL BOARDS & ATTACH LACE PIECES
Step 3. EMBELLISH
Step 4. MAKE STONE ART
Step 5. STONE ART PILLARS & HANGING HOOKS
Step 6. LACE UP & HANG UP
Congratulations you’re finished. I hope you had as much fun as I did.
See you next month with some Christmas Inspiration!
Bag End Studio, QLD
Moulin Rouge Corset Artwork and Blog Post by Erika Venter
This month is Naughty November and our kit is a Moulin Rouge Corset - now available from Powertex Australia.
I love the Moulin Rouge and was super exited to design this Corset. I gathered some items from my studio and started to throw some ideas around. My first idea was to create a jewellery stand by using fabric and wire but then I thought maybe a crackle effect would be good and followed through with that idea.
So, this is how I designed my Corset…. Enjoy!
To create spacers, use Styrofoam and cut out 2 blocks of 15cm x 4cm x 2.5cm.
Shake and stir Powertex Red very well. Pour some into a plastic container and paint both sides of the MDF Corset, the accessories and Styrofoam spacers (as pictured). Leave to dry completely before doing the other side. Using only one MDF piece at a time, paint another layer of Powertex Red and spray with Bister Black then use the hairdryer on hot to create the crackle effect on the MDF Corset pieces (the thicker the paint the bigger the cracks). Follow this until the front and back, inside and out are finished. Make sure you leave them to dry completely before doing the other side. Do the same with the Styrofoam spacers.
Place the spacers onto the inside of the back MDF Corset piece +/- in the middle and so that it lines up as shown in the picture. Use Powertex Transparent to glue it on and then apply another layer onto the blocks and place the front pieces of the Corset on top off it. Leave to dry completely…. or speed up the process by using the hairdryer on cold.
I found this lovely pearl lace to finish off the top and bottom of my Corset. Pour Powertex Transparent into a plastic covered bowl. Measure the lace to fit the front and back. Dip it into Powertex Transparent and drape it onto the edge as shown in pictures. Leave to dry or use the hairdryer to set.
Spray Bister Black onto the accessories and leave to dry. Before I started the whole process, I had a play around with the arrangement of the bits and pieces to decorate my Corset (see picture).
Use Powertex Transparent to glue all bits on. Leave to dry.
The lace up was a bit tricky. I measured about 1 metre of lint to lace up the Corset. If you struggle to get the lint through the holes use a crochet needle to pull it through. To add the sock suspenders, use Powertex Transparent and glue it onto the middle of the front piece or thin wire. The back of the Corset looked very empty, so I used the leftover pieces and decorated the back (as shown in picture). To finish off your Corset use Colourtrix Rich Gold and Easycoat Glossy to highlight some of the accessories.
I had so much fun designing this Moulin Rouge Corset and I am really happy with the end result but when I put it on my Jewellery stand that was just… WOW!!!
I HOPE THAT THIS MOULIN ROUGE THEME WILL INSPIRE YOU JUST AS MUCH AS ME…
SO, WHY WAIT, ORDER YOUR CORSET KIT NOW AND START CREATING TODAY!
Enjoy the ride…
Artwork and Blog Post by Renee Warwick, WA
Hi to all our Powertex FUNaddicts, the theme for October is Halloween & here at Powertex we are celebrating the holiday of ‘Day of the Dead’ with this awesome sugar skull kit… I was sooo inspired by this month’s theme and the meaning behind this celebration that I couldn’t wait to get down and dirty with my Powertex and share this creation with you all!!!
My challenge to myself was to only use what was within the kit… And I am proud to say that’s exactly what I did with the exception of sourcing a really cool napkin to cover my mask with as you will see below… Let’s get started…
Tools and Extra Supplies:
NOTE: don’t keep painting the easycoat in one area as you will break your image… Don’t worry too much if you get some creases in this as it will add to texture later…
Check all your Chippies now and coat the back of them with Powertex - blue… You’ll see that I gave my skull eye lashes, I created these using the scallopy chippy piece by cutting away the swirls … Paint these cut edges with the blue Powertex
Voila You’re Done…
So, how’s your Sugar Skull looking? Please don’t forget to share your designs onto our Powertex Australia Group page on Facebook and also Funky RenWa’s Designs...
Thank you for taking the time to read my blog...
I hope that I have been able to inspire you on your creative journey with Powertex…
I look forward to having some more fun next month and sharing many more hints and tips with you all… Here’s a little hint of what to expect...
I’ve been told that we can be a little naughty… Ooh La La!!!
Cheers for now to you all...
Your friendly Neighbourhood Powertex FUNatic
RenWa (Renee’ Warwick)
P.S. Don’t forget to check out our resource page on Powertex Australia… Lots of great free tutorials and resources on how to use our products
Artwork and Blogpost by Charmaine Webb, Cobwebbs Craft Studio, WA
When I got the MDF Skull to decorate for Halloween, I thought I needed to spice her up a bit, bringing in a little Mexican flavour… as I like the Sugar Skulls they make, garish in colour and just frighteningly beautiful at the same time!
A little fact on the sugar skull or calavera:
A calavera is a representation of a human skull. The term is most often applied to edible or decorative skulls made (usually by hand) from either sugar or clay which are used in the Mexican celebration of the Day of the Dead (Día de los Muertos) and the Roman Catholic holiday All Souls' Day. The most widely known calaveras are created with cane sugar and are decorated with items such as coloured foil, icing, beads, and feathers.
Step 1. Gather your supplies & ideas:
Lights off and Eye sockets shining
I hope you feel inspired to try this project!
I had a lot of fun creating it... and LOVE the end result... especially the glowing eyes!!!
Warmth & Hugs
Artwork and Blogpost by Erika Venter, QLD
Our theme for this month is Hauntingly Halloween
There are so many colours in Powertex that I am sure that you can combine any colours and follow the blog and they all will look spectacular. So why wait… get your hands on one of these Sugar Skull MDF kits now available from Powertex Australia and start creating your Sugar Skull for HALLOWEEN 2019
Remove Sugar Skull, bits and pieces from your MDF kit. Use Scrapbook paper of your choice and trace the back of the Sugar Scull onto the paper. Cut the pattern out… make sure when you trace the pattern that you use the mirror image. Use Easycoat Glossy and apply a layer onto the MDF board and stick the paper onto the board. Make sure that you apply enough Easycoat Glossy so that the paper sticks. Use a damp clothe and wipe out any creases. Apply another layer of Easycoat Glossy over the paper to finish. Set aside to dry completely.
Use Powertex Black and paint the inside of the MDF board and set aside to dry, then paint some of the Accessories (see picture below). Also use Powertex Yellow (or other colour of your choice) and paint the flowers and extra bits. Make sure that you paint both sides in case some pieces hang over the edge when decorating. When the inside of the front is dry use Powertex yellow and paint the whole front piece. I used my hairdryer to speed up the drying process.
Use your second piece of Scrapbook paper and tear out a mask piece for the face. Use Easycoat Glossy and follow the same procedure as before and glue it on. Remember to seal it with another coat on the top. Paint a layer of Powertex Yellow onto the bottom of the face and spray with Bister Brown. Use the hairdryer on hot and create a crackle effect. Remember (for thicker cracks use more Powertex in certain spots and for thinner cracks less Powertex). Leave to dry completely.
I always play around with some ideas before starting to decorate any art piece… which is what I did with this MDF Sugar Skull. I was very excited to get started because I already had a picture in my mind where to place each piece. I first glued the chain and tassel on and the extra accessories that I gathered from my supplies. I then followed my own ideas and used Easycoat Glossy to glue everything on (as in pictures above). This is where your own creativity can come in… play and have fun!
I used some of the Scrapbook paper and put it under the mouth to make it look like white teeth. Put aside to dry completely. Now use 3 pieces of cork to glue the front and back parts of the skull together… use two on the top of the head and one onto the chin to give it a 3D effect. Apply Easycoat Glossy onto the 3 cork pieces and stick the front piece onto the 3 cork pieces and let it dry. Then use Colourtrix Bronze Gold to highlight some areas to complement the Bronze Chain and Tassel. Complete the Sugar Skull by adding some bling onto the flowers. I used the same Bronze colour gemstones and also a Bright Yellow gemstone.
This was so much fun and I love my end result!
This Sugar Skull project will allow you to play with a range of techniques using Powertex, Easycoat Glossy, Bister crackle & Colourtrix colours
Join me on my creative journey with Powertex…
Enjoy the ride…
Artwork and Blogpost by Renee Warwick, WA
Hi to all our Powertex FUNaddicts, the theme for September is the ‘Seaside…’
My inspiration for this comes from my childhood - of spending many weekends and school holidays with our large family on the Gold Coast… Soooo many joyous memories of many long beautiful sunny days at the beach frolicking in the ocean with my sister, brothers and my many cousins… Over the years we have continued this tradition, but on the beaches of WA with our sons and now their families …
So, there’s no surprise that I have endless creative thoughts and ideas running through my head… The first of which is doing an altered bottle …
Tools and Extra Supplies:
Step 1. Preparation
Cut a piece of lace long enough to wrap around the neck of the bottle… Lay the lace down onto your mat and paint both the front and back of the lace with Ivory Powertex. Then paint the neck of your bottle with the Ivory Powertex where the lace is to be positioned and place this onto your bottle... The wet Powertex will act as the glue and hold this into position…
Now get some string ready… I used about 3 pieces of mop string to wrap around the top of the lace to the top of the bottle. Dip your string into the Powertex and remove all excess back into your cup… Rub the Powertex well into the string… coat all your pieces and lay on to mat. Paint the top of the bottle where the string is to go then start wrapping this around until it is all covered.
Step 5. Softening edges of the serviette
Use your sponge with some Ivory Powertex to lightly rub around all the edges of the serviette… Allow to dry and then go back over the edges where needed
Step 6. Decorating your Bottle
Dip more mop string into your Powertex as you did for the neck of the bottle … Lay this around the edge of your serviette to look like Seagrass … Ensure that you put a little Powertex under your string so that it will stick in place
Step 7. Modelling the Stone Art Clay
Step 9. Dry Brushing with Powertex
Pour a little Powertex onto your pallet, and using a flat paint brush, gently dry brush over the surface of your grass shells etc etc even the rope and lace at the top…
Step 10. Embellishing with Colourtrix
Put a little White silver colourtix onto your pallet along with a little Easycoat glossy or matt, then again using a dry brush technique go over some areas that you wish to highlight on your bottle… Please experiment and have fun!!!
So, how’s your bottle looking? Please don’t forget to share your designs onto our Powertex Australia Group page on facebook and also RenWa’s Funky Designs...
I thankyou for taking the time to read my blog and hope that I have been able to inspire you on your creative journey with Powertex…
I look forward to next month having some more fun and sharing many more hints and tips with you all…
Cheers for now to you all
Your friendly Neighbourhood Powertex FUNatic
RenWa (Renee’ Warwick)
Blogpost & Artwork by Erika Venter, QLD
The theme for this month is Seaside and our MDF kit is this lovely Seahorse. I was very excited to start designing this project and all the embellishments just made me even more exited! So, this is how I designed my Seaside September Seahorse.The theme for this month is Seaside and our MDF kit is this lovely Seahorse. I was very excited to start designing this project and all the embellishments just made me even more exited! So, this is how I designed my Seaside September Seahorse.
Use Powertex Ivory and paint both sides of the seahorse and let it dry completely. Make a little bit of paste by mixing Stone Art and Powertex Ivory in a bowl and use it to glue the tail and head together. Leave to dry. Paint another layer of Powertex Ivory onto the front of the Seahorse and cover with Stone Art. Press firmly onto the Stone Art to make sure it sticks onto the Powertex. I left mine outside in the sun to dry more quickly. While waiting for the Stone Art to dry start painting the MDF embellishments with Powertex Ivory and set aside to dry. I also painted some extra shells (some shells have a glaze on them so they will need a second coat)
When the Stone Art is dry rub all the excess off and place it in a separate container to use for another project. Pour Powertex Ivory into a bowl. Pre-measure the rope around the edges of the Seahorse to make sure its not to long or to short. Paint a strip around the edge and dip the rope into the PowerteX Ivory and drape it around the edges of the Seahorse making sure you press it into the Stone Art.
Use Powertex Ivory to paint over the Stone Art and then dip the MDF embellishments into the Powertex Ivovy and arrange them onto the Seahorse. Pour some 3D Sand and balls in some areas and leave to dry (I used a hairdryer on cold and low to speed up the process) Paint another layer over the 3D sand and balls to secure them onto the Seahorse.
Use Bister Yellow, Blue and Red to spritz some areas with colour, as desired. Then mix Colourtrix Blue with Easycoat glossy and apply it onto the 3D Balls using a dry brush technique. Use some Easycoat glossy and Glue the eye on. I also used Colourtrix Rich Gold to highlight the shells and the MDF embellishments. More embellishments can be added anytime. I used a little glass bottle with a note and 3D sand in it to complete my Seaside September Seahorse. This project will dry quickly to touch and will harden in a few days. If you wait for this Seahorse to cure fully for 3 weeks it can
I had so much fun design and creating this project,
but I feel there’s something missing…
He needs a friend… coming soon!
“ENJOY THE RIDE”
"Dabby" by Renee Warwick WA
Hi to all our Powertex Addicts, the July Inspirational Theme was Rusty Wisdom!!! When I opened my Designer Kit my heart skipped a beat… there were 2 big eyes staring up at me… Well hello there little one… Right away he had personality and I needed to bring him to life…. Here’s my Journey with Dabby the Dabbing Owl…!!!
Let the Fun Begin
WOW... What fun I had in creating Dabby!!!!My grandson's Jake & Ashley were my inspiration behind his name and quirky nature...
The boys loved the owl kit and were super excited hoping that this might be an activity they will do over the upcoming school holidays... Looks like Funky Nanna is going to have some fun with her boys! So, when I had my kit out with all the bits to design my owl one of the things that I had a bit of fun with were his wings... I love quirky... so of course his wings were going to be doing something quite different! Firstly, I had him playing hide and seek with us all… then I did it!!! The house erupted with noises of Yes Nanny that’s it leave him like that … So I knew I had a hit... Yes a winner for sure!!! Who knew my Owl was Dabbing and so were the boys by this time all over the house... That set the mood for the remainder of the arvo, the boys picked the tunes so that Dabby the Dabbing Owl could come to life...
So let's get you all started...
Prep your work area by covering your surface and any work mats with plastic. Get all your bits and bobs needed out and lastly don’t forget your warm soapy water and a jar or something with water to rinse your paintbrushes into, unless of course you would like to add these to your art work (remember Powertex will harden anything when dried including your brushes).… Could be pretty cool!
3. Prep your MDF pieces first by gently sanding both the top and back of all your mdf pieces, then wipe all the dust off. Using your DA Riverstone stencil and easy structure and your shopping card wipe some texture paste over the stencil to the body of your owl. Take care when lifting your stencil that you do not smudge your structure paste… Dry this using a hair dryer then use your cog stencil around in area of his belly. Again dry this layer with a hair dryer. Ensure that you wash both your stencils and shopping card. Put his body to one side & coat all your other mdf pieces and chippies with a layer of Powertex taking care to get into all the cracks and crevices. Paint Powertex onto the top of the owl's body when the easy structure paste is dried
4. Now before we turn him over, we'll attach his MDF beak pieces to his face... Using Powertex paint the back of the 2 beak pieces and place them one on top of the other where the marking is for them to go on the main body piece of MDF
5. Once this layer of Powertex has dried, if it’s looking a little translucent, it may need a second coat if not turn all your pieces over onto a clean piece of glad wrap and paint all the backs with Powertex.
6. Now we are going to prep our area to colour our pieces up, so do a quick tidy up around you and let’s get our colours out...
7. The owl's body I dried brush with Powercolours of Dark Brown and Titanium White... So, using the tip of a clean pallet knife get a small amount of your dark brown and place onto your piece of folded alfoil then do the same with the titanium white placing it onto the pallet but not on top of the brown... You'll now put a small drop of easycoat glossy onto this pallet but away from the pigments...
8. Using the tip of your brush pick up a little Easycoat Glossy then pick up a little dark brown rub this on the pallet on a clean area to make a dryish paste (not too wet or dry) then pick up a little titanium white and mix this into the brown paste. Now you're ready to dry brush this over his body, wings and feet... Keep repeating this step until you get the desired look... If you want to get lighter areas add more white to your mix and more brown if you want an area darker... Put a little brown onto your birds and the branches too…
9. Now let’s get down and dirty with our 'Faux Rust Technique…' So, on your palette if you still have some easycoat glossy left great if not add a little more... Now add a little of the following Powercolours to your pallet - red ochre, titanium white, either mars orange if you have it or mocha and omg my all-time favourite turquoise (don't forget the turquoise)... YAY ... are you ready??? Yes, well let’s get rusting our pieces up…
10. Starting with a mix of red ochre and Easycoat Glossy into a paste we will use the above dry brush technique. Dry brush this all over the fronts of your cogs, barbed wire, hinges, your branches, leaves and the area on his belly that you used the cog stencil on... mmmmm nice huh... Ok now we will dry brush our mars orange around on all these pieces that we put the red ochre (at this stage we are not colouring the whole area with this colour just little here and there). Ooooohhhhh Yeah are you getting excited... Lastly clean and dry your brush really well (it should not be moist from water)... Now we are going to pick up some easycoat glossy with the tip of our brush, then pick up a little of the turquoise, mix this into a paste on the pallet then add a little titanium white with the tip of your brush and mix into the turquoise... The first layer with this colour you doesn’t want too light ... Now dry brush this sparingly over all your cogs, hinges, leaves and the leaves on the branches and a little on the belly of your birds and truly this is just a hint on the cogs, but on the leaves, you can go a little heavier if you like... Now to add some ‘Metallic Colourtrix Magic’
11. We’re using Rich Gold and White silver with easycoat glossy… as with your above colours put a little bit of each of these colourtrix colours out onto you piece of alfoil and a tiny bit of easycoat glossy… I dried brushed white silver using the above technique on the owl’s head, on the stone stencilled part of his body, the edges of his wings, feet and the birds’ breast where the turquoise was brushed… The rich gold I dried brushed onto the cogs, a little on the hinges & barbed wire. I only put a very small amount around, this is a highlight only…
12. Now for the Assemblage... (Clean your area & clean your brushes well with warm soapy water. Hope that you’re having fun and not feeling like Sadie the Cleaning Lady). You will need your Powertex, brush, water, readymade stoneart clay for the next steps so get them ready…
13. Now go back to your phone and look at the picture that you took of your layout and where you wanted all your yummy pieces to go. Lay these over your owl’s body… Happy? You will also notice his beak on my pic has been 3D’d I did this by using a piece of stone art clay that I shaped into a teardrop put some green Powertex onto his beak then pushed this piece of clay onto it and gently shaping it around his beak. Then I dry brushed some rich gold onto this.
14. Now start attaching your pieces by using the green Powertex as a glue for all your pieces… Any that you would like raised or need a little more stick that is where you will use a little stone art clay under your pieces before sticking down… Remember to paint a little green Powertex on the base of your chippy then put the clay on top of that then paint a little more Powertex on the clay surface then gently push into place… Voila!!!
15. Remember you will have time to amend and move pieces as the Powertex is a slow drying adhesive but be careful as we are using green and we have pre coloured our pieces so having a damp cloth to wipe any excess Powertex that be visible on your embellished surface due to you relocating a piece. If you are lucky enough to have transparent Powertex in your collection then I advise to use this to alleviate this problem.
16. Wings Assemblage – the 2 large halves of the cogs I stuck to the underneath of my wings. How I did this was by painting a little green Powertex onto the ends of the cogs placed a little stone art clay applied a little more Powertex onto the top of this clay then pushed my wings into position on top of these exposing the bottom of the cogs (please refer to pic). Stick your hinges into place. Then stick your wings into position. Depending on how you are positioning the wings you may need a little stone art clay to assist with this process…
17. Barbed wire assemblage – you guessed it again this is where stone art clay is a much needed to hold your 2 pieces together, that is if you want it how I have placed them together… Review all your pieces and where you have put them if any of these don’t have much surface area of Powertex being used as your glue then gently lift and add stoneart.
So what have you called your Owl? Did he or she talk to you along the way??? Remember all the products & pieces I have used are available now at Powertex Australia. I thank you for taking the time to read my blog for the Design Team of Powertex Australia and please don’t forget to post photos of your creation onto our Powertex Australia Group on Facebook for all of us to see and admire - click here... and if you can add them to the July – Rusty Folder… If you don’t have Facebook don’t worry if you email a pic to Ashley and we will put this up for you... email
I look forward to sharing more hints and tips with you all next month.
Cheers to you all
Your Friendly Neighbourhood Powertex Fanatic
RenWA ( Reneé Warwick)
Resources to use:
How to make Stone Art Clay: here
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.
Please share your art on Powertex Australia Group on Facebook
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.