Saturday, 22 July 2017

My Secret Friend - Powertex Reference Journal



Hello again

Hands up if you get a bit jittery........

....When it comes to dry brushing your project
....When you want to try a new colour scheme
....Using a new fabric/embellishment etc
....Your trying something new for the first time

Lets admit it, we all like our comfort zones

Well, I wanted to share with you my secret friend - a Powertex Reference Journal using the new Powertex MDF Journal Covers where I can experiment to my hearts content.

This is the place to play, to create, to experiment and be bold, this is your journal and you don't need to share it with anyone unless you want to and as the quote on the cover of my journal says "the object isn't to make art'


I started with the MDF covers, the perfect base for fabric sculpting, Structure Paste, Stone Art, Stencilling and 3D Flex play. I used different bisters to see what would happen if ......... then dry brushed over parts of it.  Ive left some for another day when I may want to try different pigment blends.  The inside covers give you even more play areas and you could always add a second set of covers inside the journal.



For the pages I used 100% cotton fabric to create pages in each base Powertex colour.  As you finish working with a colour why not use any remaining product to create these.  They don't all have to be completed at once and the idea is to build up your journal as you have more tex adventures. These are just the base colours but imagine what other shades you could get by mixing these colours!!



I leave these to dry flat on the side, then use the cover of the journal as a template to mark where to cut.  Normal scissors will cut through the hardened fabric and a Sharpie pen can be used to write on the fabric to make notes of colours/ fabrics etc that you have used.

The holes in the binding side have been made using a crop'o'dile or standard hole punch,  If you lay the mdf cover over the page and mark through the holes with a sharpie pen you can see exactly where the holes need to go,

TIP - if using a hole punch, turn it upside down and remove the plastic tray from the bottom, slide your tex page into the punch then line up the dots you made with the hole punch holes and punch away.





I've bound it with book binding rings to make it easier to slip pages in and out and also to allow it to lay completely flat whilst I'm working in it.



So I now have the perfect place to test dry brushing colour combinations, adhere fabrics that I want to try, play with bisters, rust, structure paste, stone art, 3D flex and every other product in the range and I can add notes so that in the future I'll know just what I've used.

And when Iv'e used up these pages I can just create more and keep adding them in to my own personal reference guide.

Hope you have fun creating your journal, the map to your very own creative adventures.

Bye for now
Annette


www.annettesmyth.co.uk
www.creativeadventurer.co.uk


Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Mixed Media Journal cover inspired by William Morris

I absolutely adore the beautiful nature inspired art and design work created by William Morris. Associated with the Pre-raphaelites. In the late 19th Century he created the Arts and Crafts movement as he felt the need for more creativity in the decorative arts. He also had a taste for the medieval. One wonders whether he drew his inspiration from the beautiful tapestry's created in medieval times. As a textile designer himself I could imagine this would have been his Pinterest board of inspiration for some of his pieces.
My interpretation is a very subtle nod to Morris lots of pattern, nature, acanthus and texture with my own colourful twist. I like how innovative his work was and is to this day, it strived forward and created something visually stimulating and different to anything that had been before. But also keep the handicraft feel which was something he would stand by. A man after my own heart he would not let machines take over, this however would be a hindrance as not many people would be able to afford his work.

I also like how he didn't fit into a mould and it's inspiring to think he created his own movement and style from there. I often have trouble explaining my style because it too doesn't always slot in to an established genre or form. I just explain my style as it's very 'Anna'. Anyway enough of my thoughts and wafflings here is what I created........



As I do with all my designs I decided on my layout before I got messy. You don't have to do this yourself, it's just my preferred method of working. All materials were as usual supplied to me through Powertex UK in my lovely design team kit. Journal kits will be coming soon to the website.


Top Tip: Mould a job lot of all your embellishments so when you need them you can just focus on your projects. I used the daisy mould https://www.powertex.co.uk/moulds/367-fossil-mould.html with the stone art clay https://www.powertex.co.uk/14-stone-art to make mine.

I wanted to get some texture on the base layer of the journal before I put all my embellishments on so I added some lace, cardboard and Easy structure  https://www.powertex.co.uk/30-easy-structure through the arty quotes stencil https://www.powertex.co.uk/the-secret-art-loft/301-30-x-30cm-arty-quotes-stencil.html and then painted a coat of black Powertex over everything.

I then added on the embellishments and decided to add the acanthus on there too. I used the stone art clay on top of the mdf acanthus shape and then stamped into the clay with  https://www.powertex.co.uk/rosehart-studio-stamps/375-rosehart-studio-stamp-aphrodite-s-kiss.html

 I also stamped the back cover using aphrodite's kiss and Cassiopeia with some ivory Powertex.
I used a piece of lace on the inside of the front cover. All the pages are bits and pieces of patterned paper and wrap I have in my stash. And the coloured yarn holds them all together.

I dry brushed the with yellow ochre, turquoise and burgundy powercolor and varnish. I also added some bling to the front. Well, I'm off to get stuck into to more creating. Toodle pip Anna xXx

Monday, 10 July 2017

Mermaid with a Message by Fi Potter

Hi there hope you are having a great summer so far...I have been loving this gorgeous warmth!

My favourite place is the beach, I love beach combing and seeing what's been washed up that can be used in art like bits of wood and sea glass.  But more and more I feel sad that our oceans are being cluttered and devastated by plastic, discarded fishing nets and so much more, and it is damaging marine life.  So I created a Mermaid with a Message for a recent Mannequin's and Mermaids workshop.


I used a polystyrene torso and and wood/metal base from Powertex UK .  I then used some 2mm aluminium wire to create the tail shape and extended up her body.  I secured using masking tape and used cheap tin foil to create the tail shape and then wrapped with masking tape.  I used Powertex Lead  and Stone Art to cover the torso.  I used knitted scrim for the tail on the reverse as this gives the impression of scales.  

I added Powertex to some lace trim and placed around the top of the tail fabric and added small  3D balls to the body and tail for texture and to imply those little balls of plastic that are found in cheap cosmetic scrubs that find their way into the water course and out into out oceans.  I then painted the base with more Powertex and embellished with tissue paper and more 3D balls in varying sizes.  Finally I rubbed Powertex into some net fabric and draped over her, as if she were caught while swimming.  I then left her overnight to dry.

I then used Easy Varnish with Powercolor and Colortricx pigments to add colour, I didn't go too far with this as I wanted to help her to get her message across, plastic and waste are damaging our oceans!

Finally I used some rusty wire to make some barbed wire and added to her body. This will be available in my etsy shop once I've had time to create one!




Hope you like this project and want to have a go yourself.  Post some photos on Powertex Addicts United  if you do we love to see what you create.

Bye for now


Fi xx

Monday, 3 July 2017

Jack, Sarah and Klimt !!!

Hello again Creative Friends

For those of you who have been following Jack and Sarah's story here is the latest update.......

'After finally meeting up again, Jack took Sarah to see an exhibition of Klimt's paintings at Neue Galerie in New York.  She instantly fell in love with the Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer, the painting recently featured in the film Woman in Gold starring Helen Mirren.

Jack was so moved by Sarah's reaction that he set to and created his own version just for her, his own Golden woman ....'


The piece was created on a canvas which was coated in Powertex Yellow Ochre, this was then sprayed with Natural Brown Bister and a scrunched up paper towel was used to remove some of the bister to give a textured effect in the background before being dried.

A plaster head was attached using Powertex Transparent, the hair is Powercotton dipped in Black Powertex.  Colouring on the face and the detail in the background was all done with Powertex pigments and Easy Coat Varnish

The clothes and cape were added after being dipped in Powertex Transparent and were then heavily dry brushed in Rich Gold.



Finally small patches of Gilding flakes were added to the background using Easy Coat Varnish for that extra touch of sparkle.

Don't worry if you didn't make the NEC last weekend, you can always contact your local tutor for more great ideas.

Until next time have fun creating

Annette

www.creativeadventurer.co.uk

Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Thou shall have a fishy

So this was a really fab project. It's always fun to create something out of the box with products you wouldn't have thought of using before. This was a piece I created for a sample to be shown on Hochanda. I had a nice mix of Powertex UK mdf shapes and embellishments and lace to use. And this is what I came up with...


As usual I gave thought to the layout of the piece. This did change as I progressed but it's much nicer to have a dry run before everything gets messy and covered in Powertex.


Top Tip: When you're making your stone art clay make a job lot of moulded embellishments. This saves you more time to play and concentrate on your project when you come to it. I've used the daisy moulds from Powertex UK I just love them!
https://www.powertex.co.uk/moulds/367-fossil-mould.html

Then I took some structure paste and using some of my templates including my Powertex UK arty quote stencil, I randomly stenciled the base. Once dry I had a play with some lace and textured material to give the base some more depth. I love the woven mesh, it has to be my favourite product and you can find some here in this pack:
 https://www.powertex.co.uk/additional-products/238-mixed-media-texture-pack-2.html


Once happy with the layout and composition I coated the whole thing in Ivory Powertex and I totally forgot to take a picture of it. But then sprayed with black bistre. And when I spray my bistre I like to completely saturate the piece.





Top Tip: I added some bling. I would recommend you do this right at the end with some transparent Powertex as when you come to dry brushing you tend to go over the gems and then you have to try and scrape the varnish and pigment off.

I used a damp sponge to take some of the black away and leave whiter areas in places. This look gives a smoother, softer finish than just using straight black powertex. Then it was on to dry brushing with yellow ochre, red ochre, and burdgundy powercolor with varnish and then some gold and pearl colortricx and varnish to add a bit or sparkle.
Enjoy and have fun creating. ❤ Toodle Pip Anna xXx ❤









Saturday, 24 June 2017

There and back again a Powertex tale

What an awesome experience to have been offered by Garry and Tracey of Powertex UK. I had the most amazing time at Hochanda. The whole team looked after me and made me feel right at home. I had so many ideas and techniques I wanted to share and didn't get through all of them. Maybe next time. If they will have me back :D



Now I can finally speak about my fabulous stamps that Tracey asked me to design for Powertex Uk. You will have seen me on the shows demoing them to you all. 



You can now buy these beauties on the Powertex UK website

We just love the power and romantic notions that Greek mythology conjours and so decided to use some of those figures for the names of our stamps. 

Aprodite's kiss being the first. She is certainly a lady full of grace, love and beauty.
https://www.powertex.co.uk/rosehart-studio-stamps/375-rosehart-studio-stamp-aphrodite-s-kiss.html

Then Cassiopeia is a constellation in the northern sky, named after the queen Cassiopeia in Greek mythology, who boasted about her unrivaled beauty. We think this cosmic feel stamp lives up to its name.


Welll, back to it now and creating more pieces to be able to share with you. I made sure to take photos of most of the samples I created for Hochanda and I've got lots more ideas that need to be created for the Birmingham NEC Hobbycrafts show at the end of June. Toodle pip Anna xXx 




Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Mixed Media Powertex Seahorse

PAINT THE TOWN RED POWERTEX SEAHORSE
 
 
I just had to share how to make this Seahorse Wall Plaque, which was shown recently on the Powertex One Day Special on Hochanda TV. 
 
Did you watch the shows?
 
This project uses the new MDF Seahorse shape & a whole bundle of gorgeous embellishments. 
 
I started by planning out where the embellishments & fabric would be placed on the seahorse shape.
 
NOTE: Take a few photos rather than trying to rely on memory! 
 I did took photos but I'm sure a few embellishment ended up in different locations anyway!!
 

 
Once you're happy with your design, move all the embellishments to one side, turn the seahorse pieces over & join them together with the square of MDF.  I painted the whole of the back with the Red Powertex to seal the MDF. 
 
 
Once dry, turn the Seahorse back over & paint the front with Red Powertex.
 
Now the real fun can begin!
 
Arrange your embellishments & fabric back onto your seahorse, using the Powertex to stick everything down.  Make sure everything is coated with the Powertex & leave to dry.
 
At this point I also added some 3D Balls in various sizes to add texture in the spaces between the embellishments.
 

Now it is time to bring out all that lovely texture using your choice of Powercolor & Colortricx Pigments.
 
I used Rich Gold & Terraviolet Colortricx, mixing each in turn with some Easy Varnish before dry brushing the surface with a 3/4" brush
 

 

 
Finish by attaching a hanger on the back & your seahorse is all ready to hang on your wall.
 
Enjoy!