Artwork & Blogpost by Renee Warwick, WA
Hi to all our Powertex Australia Addicts!!! This month’s Inspirational Theme is Cupids Lane... I am hoping that you have been feeling the love and if not, I am sure that you will after joining me in creating my Designer ‘Love at First Site’ memory box…
Materials I used were:
Tools required –
Let the Fun Begin!
First get some music going, I like to put some classic 80’s hits on. 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 to rinse your paintbrush, unless of course you would like to add these to your art work (remember Powertex will harden anything when dried) … Could be pretty cool.! Shake and stir your Powertex and pour a small amount of Bronze into a plastic cup (cover with plastic wrap until ready to use), then do the same with the Black. If you don’t already have some Stoneart Clay made, please do so, then wrap the clay into the damp chux and store it in a Ziplock bag for later use.
Ok now it’s time to carefully push out all your Dusty Attic chippy pieces. 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 your pieces out and plan the design for the front of your memory box. Tip- taking a picture at this stage on your phone helps for later. Paint the front of all your pieces in Bronze Powertex (leave to dry). Cigar Box – Carefully assemble this together taking note of the top bottom and sides. Open your lid and lay this flat so you see the inside of the lid then run masking tape along the bends of the lid and also go around all of the framework of the sides this will strengthen your box and also save some frustration as you create … Yes, I learnt this the hard way my lid broke on my 1st attempt & my sides kept coming apart until the Powertex had dried, hmmm oh dear… That didn’t deter me and nor should it you… Now close the lid and you will need to run masking tape over the joins of the lid while it’s closed … Smooth the masking tape down well so that it’s adhered in all spots…
Now we can have some fun with our Easy Structure… Use a piece of alfoil folded in half as a pallet. Scoop a little easy structure onto this pallet add some 3D sand and small 3D Balls to this (you don’t need to but the texture that it adds is incredible, you will thank me for this tip). Mix well. Lay your Brick wall stencil on the top of the box, using your pallet knife pick up some structure paste and scrape this randomly over the stencil, it doesn’t matter if you don’t get it even or bits are missed look at my picture it really adds to the overall look when completed. Allow this to dry.
Go back to your painted DA Chippy’s they should now be dry. Now turn them all over and paint all the back with the Bronze Powertex and allow to dry.
Go and check on your stencilled box… If it's dry we are now going to stencil the inside of the lid to give it some bling with our Heart Attack stencil, doing the same as before… then paint the inside of the Box NOTE – don’t paint where you have just stencilled. When painting the black Powertex onto the inside of the box take care to coat the inside edges, etc... and slightly lift the frame to get some Powertex under this so that when it dries it will adhere together. Yes, again more drying time (make a coffee or have a wine).
Now I like to embellish my pieces before sticking them onto my box… This is where you can have some creative fun with your choice of the beautiful Colourtrix metallic pigments… I like to dry brush & layer Paris Green, Magic Blue, Magic Purple, Copper and Bronze gold with Easy Coat Glossy onto all my cogs giving them a metallic rusty look… For My Sweet Heart Shape, I only used the outer part of the heart (I am saving the rest for another project so stay tuned). On this heart I used Powercolour Turquoise and Moss Green. Each of these colours I mixed into a little easy structure with the 3d sand… (Wow I am giving up all my secrets can’t blame the wine either just excited for my 1st blog) then using a stencil brush stomped this coloured easy structure around the surface. Note - if you feel the Turquoise is too dark add little Titanium White to it… Let this dry, then dry brush Bronze Gold over the surface.
Back to the memory box. Now paint all the outer parts of the box in Black, pay particular attention to the stencilled area getting into all the little nooks and crannies. Allow this to dry… Then go over all the inside of the box including the stencilled heart area. Again, allow to dry. Note - do not close at this stage while drying as the lid will stick together.When dry place a bit of plastic wrap around the inside of the box because although it feels dry it will still have a tendency to stick and the plastic wrap will stop this from happening and allow you to finish the top of the lid
Yay we are nearly there…
Now get all your coloured DA Chippy’s and start laying out the design on your lid - remember you took a photo... so refer back to this, if you need to. Remember mine is an inspirational piece for you to get ideas, so let your imagination run wild with your design. Also, I did cut up one of my industrial corner cog pieces into usable pieces and placed these around. Note - any cut edges I touched up with some Bronze Powertex to hide the Cut edges.
Now stick down your pieces by painting the backs and putting them onto your lid. To get height that’s where I used my stone art clay under my cogs etc. Remember when using the stone art clay, you must put some wet Powertex between the surfaces.. so that it is going to hold in place.
I hope that you enjoyed all my hints and tips and that they assist you in your Creative Journey with Powertex. Remember, all the materials you need for this project are available from Powertex Australia.
I thank you for taking the time to read my first blog for the Powertex Australia Design Team and please don’t forget to post your creation in our Facebook Group for all of us to see and admire!
I look forward to sharing more hints and tips with you all next month... Cheers to you all... Your Friendly Neighbourhood Powertex Fanatic...
RenWA ( Renee’)
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.