Artwork & Blog Post by Erika Venter, Powertex Australia Design Team.
Since this is the month of Love I decided to create a table centerpiece to use for my Valentines dinner.
I had a couple of ideas but then I thought it would be nice to make a heart with a flower arrangement.
Draw the shape of your heart on the Styrofoam. Once you are happy with the shape you can use a Stanley knife or a foam cutter to carve it out. TIP: Don’t throw out your off-cuts, as they can be useful for another project!
Open your Red Powertex & stir it well before use (then give it a shake). Use one plastic bowl for your Powertex & the other for some Stone Art. Paint one side of the heart and then apply the Stone Art to the wet Powertex so that it sticks, then do the same with the other side. Put it aside to dry.
Use 4 skewers to create an arrow. Two on each side. Twist masking tape around the skewers.
Next dip the fabric roses into the Powertex and hang them over the bowl so that the excess paint can drip off into the bowl. Paint the love hearts and skewers with Red Powertex and apply the stone art as on the big love heart. Make sure that you apply enough stone art. Put this also aside to dry.
While the roses are still wet use the red Bister to spray onto them, one by one, and use the hairdryer to dry it. Fine cracks will appear on the roses... I was very happy with this effect! Use the red Powertex to paint the stand and put aside to dry.
Use the left over Red Powertex and mix it with Stone Art to form a clay. Wrap it in plastic, so that it doesn’t dry out.
Cut 5 pieces of armature wire to make leaves, then use masking tape, stick the wire in between the tape and cut the tape into the shape of a leaf. Pore some Transparent Powertex into a container. Cut some small pieces of Paperdeco and spray mist it with water (don’t make it to wet), then stretch the paper deco to desired size. Paint the Paperdeco with Transparent Powertex and wrap it around the leaves. Apply another layer of Powertex over the leaf and put it aside to dry.
In this step it was so amazing to see how the red colour came through the Stone Art. To get this finish you will need some elbow power and a sponge! Rub all the excess Stone Art off of the big love heart, small ones and the arrow sticks until the red Powertex becomes visible. Poke the arrow through one of the small hearts and use Transparent Powertex to attach it to the big love heart.
Using the Stone Art clay, you can now make a sharp point and the back of the arrow. Using a rolling pin flatten out the clay, smear a small amount of Colourtrix Gold onto the surface and then roll it out very thinly. Finally, apply some Transparent Powertex onto the end of the arrow, tear pieces of clay and stick them onto the arrow end... (as pictured)
Once I had finished the elements, I was so excited to assemble my Valentine's Day love heart! To do so, you simply use Transparent Powertex to stick all the bits on where you would like them. It's easy to secure the roses and leaves by poking them into the Styrofoam heart and applying some Transparent so that they stay on. TIP: bend the leaves into a shape you like before attaching them. Then you can put your heart on the stand.
Finally, you can embellish the roses using Colourtrix Rich Gold and Easycoat Glossy. Mix the Easycoat Glossy with a bit of pigment and then use a dry brush technique to highlight the roses. Start with less and build up the colour until you're happy. Also remember to apply some on to the tip off the arrow! AND viola... it's finished!!!
I had so much fun designing and creating this Valentine...
I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!
See you soon.... Erika
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.