Artwork & Blog post by Erika Venter Qld
This month’s theme is Music Magic and I was super exited to start the Altered Violin project! (a kit now available from Powertex Australia). I had no idea what I wanted to create but then the song came to mind “My heart will go on” and the ideas just started flowing! I grabbed bits and pieces from my studio and started playing around with them until I had the perfect picture.
· Altered Violin kit
· Powertex black, 3DFlex, Bister, Colourtrix Blue Lustre, Copper and Rich Gold
· Plastic Container covered with a plastic bag, paint brush
· Flowers, chipboard music notes & key
· Craft paper, Marking pen & scissors
Trace the top section of the MDF Violin onto the Styrofoam and then use the off cuts to create additional shapes for the fingerboard (as pictured above). I didn't want to use the back of the Violin fingerboard, so I cut it off. Use the MDF shapes as a template to trace & cut out the craft paper and then use a styrofoam hot tool or scroll saw to cut your Styrofoam (as pictured above).
Stir your Black Powertex & then pour it into a plastic container. Paint the top of the Styrofoam and place the MDF front section on it. Do the same with the back. Paint the inside of the stem and stick the Styrofoam pieces on. Paint the sides of the Violin and the fingerboard pieces. Leave to dry.
Trace and cut out some corrugated cardboard for the front fingerboard to create the illusion of string on the Violin. Paint this with Powertex black and stick it on.
Paint the rest of the Violin and set aside to dry.
To create a nice texture on the side of the violin, mix Powertex and 3DFlex to make a soft clay. Then use pieces of clay to cover the side and the little front piece as well. You can also press stencils into the clay for more texture. Spray Bister on the clay and place in the sun to start a crackle effect.
The same procedure can be used for the Violin fingerboard. Mould the clay around the base and the side. Spray with Bister and place in the sun.
It’s now time to glue the craft paper cut-out to the front of the Violin. Apply Easycoat mat onto the Violin and place the cut out over the top. Use a damp cloth to remove any air bubbles. Apply another layer over the top to secure the paper and prevent it from lifting.
Paint Powertex onto the back of the fingerboard & position it onto the top of the Violin.
Mould 3DFlex clay around the scroll until you're happy with the shape and then use a skewer to make a pattern on both sides. Secure it onto the fingerboard by painting Powertex onto the back and front. Use more 3DFlex clay and mould the two pieces together. I folded some cling wrap into a small strip and wrapped it tightly around the attached pieces and left it overnight to ensure it all held together properly.
Pour some Powertex into the left over clay and use a spatula to make a runny mix, then drizzle it onto the rim and Violin to create some texture. Leave it outside in the sun to dry. Dry-brushing the texture with Colourtrix Blue Lustre, Copper and Rich Gold mixed with Easycoat mat to create your desired look. Repeat the process on the fingerboard & scroll.
Paint Easycoat Mat onto the back and stick cutout to the Violin. Use a damp cloth to remove any air bubbles. Paint another layer over the back of the Violin to prevent paper from lifting and leave to dry.
Paint your flowers, leaves, musical notes and keys with Powertex and begin to decorate your Violin. TIP: use Easycoat mat to glue all the pieces onto the Violin. Embellish the flowers with Colourtrix Blue Lustre, Copper and Rich Gold mixed with Easycoat mat (I used Gold for the notes). To finish off your Altered Violin, tie some string around the scroll where the fingerboard begins.
This was so much fun and I loved my end result!
This Altered Violin project will allow you to make use of a variety of techniques using Powertex , 3DFlex, Bister, Easycoat Mat and 3 Colourtrix colours.
I hope you have just as much fun as I did!
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.