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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All the materials that I design with are readily available through Powertex Australia
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.