My Design Teamie at Powertex UK Kore Sage interviewed me recently and here is the fab article. Do check out her website here.
Sunday, 30 September 2018
Wednesday, 19 September 2018
So I was super excited when Tracey told me about the new animal shapes available from Powertex Uk. Especially when she said I could create a unicorn! I was so green with envy when I saw the beautiful unicorns created by everyone at the Powertex Garden Party (limited spaces are available to book for next year!Don't miss out it was an amazing weekend of relaxing, crafty fun!). I created mine with a little difference. Yes she can fly! The unicorn project pack has been put together by Tracey giving you all you need to create this. If you wish to add wings you will need wire in addition.
Now I'd love to say I also did this bit but I was lucky enough to get a pre-made base from Tracey. As you can see from the photo you need to cover both sides of the mdf base with Powertex. Allow to dry, then use masking tape to adhere to the base.
Then start wrapping foil around the base from the bottom up around the whole shape and use masking tape to keep in place.
Paint Powertex over the masking tape to seal it and keep everything in place. We used Bronze.
You can choose to place the wings higher up if you wish. I used a really sharp pointed carving tool to make a hole through the tape, foil and mdf. You could use a bradle if you had one. Just make sure you watch your fingers!
I then thredded some wire through the hole and crossed ti over the back of the body and taped in place. The wire was measured at just over 50cm, you could make them smaller or larger if you wish. Wrap the wire with masking tape and paint with Powertex.
From approx 1kg of Powertex and 250g Stone art tub I made up some clay. Then gradually added piece by piece. And stamped into the clay as I went. It's important to stamp the clay as you go because as it drys in the air it becomes harder to make an impression in.
I was lucky enough to have to hand an aray of these fabulous wooden block stamps. I love being at hq, I might move into our Traceys studio soon!
I covered the whole body on both sides and stamped in different patterns.
I then tool my clay and pushed it into the daisy, pansy and rose moulds. It seems I didn't take a picture of the placement of these, but they ended up on the horses bottom. You can chose to place them anywhere.
I then coated a handful of Powercotton to create the texture on the mane and tail.
And dipped some paper dec in Powertex and covered the wire wings.
I allowed everything to thoroughly dry and then dry brushed with some White Powertex. Just to allow the colours to come through brighter when I dry brushed them. But allowing the bronze Powertex to create the shadow for depth.
Rich gold colourtricx on the horn and the wings and flowers.
I sprayed the body with brown bister to take the edge off the white. And added a mix of coral and white and layered up the colour on the body through dry brushing.
Turns out unicorns can fly! Hope you enjoyed this project. Of course if you feel as though you could use some guidance with this type of project just contact your local tutor through the directory to book on and have a go! It really makes a difference having an expert to hand. Toodles Anna xXx Follow me on my Instagram or Facebook if you like what I do.
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Thursday, 6 September 2018
So after the most amazing time away with our family in Canada I have decided to try and be a little better with my blogs. I guess we will just have to see how long this lasts. lol.... I had the most amazing time showing my littlest niece the wonders of journalling, well she is not so little and will be 13 on Christmas day. But I am hoping I have inspired her and also got her addicted to art journalling. Better than being stuck in front of the telly right?
I did promise I would put a blog together of our arty creations, but the time just flew by and we were having too much fun. I think we managed to get our page a day done nearly which would have ended up being 20 pages. I have fallen in love with journalling and I'm even creating art in this style now. Don't worry I am still very much loving my Powertex, I am really excited about combining the two as well. I use Powertex in my journal to experiment and discover like a sketch book.
There are so many amazing mixed media artists to be inspired by I happen to love Marta Lapkowska follow her blog and watch her you tube channel for inspiration, ideas, the motivational chit chat and for the company. The studio can be a lonely place at times and staying motivated can be a daily challenge when you're a full time artist.
So here is a piece I have just finished, I created the base a while ago when watching Martas video on breaking a blank page. I have lots of off cut scraps I had been keeping and wondered what for apparently this page! I am obviously missing all the beautiful sun as the colours are bright. Or I think that just might be a me thing ha ha. Well, what's not to love about being colourful! I really could have added some black and more details, but I decided I loved the simplicity of the design too much.
I just wanted to use the base as a way to experiment with my materials so had no idea where this was going. I tried out some very old chalk markers I had hanging around. Another idea from Marta. Some cheap ink pads I had picked up, I don't have funds for the expensive ones yet. A white dovecraft chalk marker, which is more like a really soft oil pastel in a pen and dissolves in water. I actually really love it, but wouldn't have classed it as a chalk marker. And some cheapy stencils I picked up at Walmart. And some washi tape from Michaels craft store.
I definitely recommend journalling to experiment, learn and let your art flow freely. Plus, if you're itching to create but can't get all your stash out, a journal and a couple of pens and inks definetly fill the void. Enjoy. Toodle pip Anna xXx I would love if you gave me a follow on Instagram or Facebook. Or even let me know what you think in the comments section.
Memories are special moments that tell our story
This month the Design team has been given free rein to create a piece of keepsake art. I decided this was the perfect opportunity to take some bits and pieces rescued from my nans button box and various pots of broken bits she has kept over the years and not thrown away from her house. Last year we had to clear out my nans house because she has dementia and could no longer look after herself, so had to move her closer to us. I think she had kept everything she had ever owned. There were so many memories in bin bags in the loft. We saved some things but we couldn't possibly save them all. Lots of memories came flooding back when we entered the sewing cupboard of summers spent in Devon at my nans sewing and creating book marks. Raiding the button tin mostly just to look at the wonderful assortment rather than use any of them.
I had prepared the base of a blank canvas a while ago with White Powertex and Easy 3D Flex. I then sprayed black bister into the cracks to make them more prominent.
I took an assortment of elements I had taken from my nans house. I kind of thought that they deserved to be used somehow after all she had spent her whole life keeping all these little bits and pieces. Old keys, broken watch straps, buckles, buttons, brooches, broken christmas decorations.
I found some textiles that would compliment the layout, lace, power cotton and some netting. And created a composition.
Now was the time to stick everything into place and coat with Powertex.
I then resprayed with black bister just to some extra depth in the colour.
I then took the new Secret Art Loft acrylics and painted up the left side of the canvas in Plum pudding and right side in Mint Jelly. Adding some highlights with white Powertex.
To finish off the piece I decided to use some of the Powerwax with the Limoncello Gold pigment powder from the Secret Art Loft.
Thursday, 21 June 2018
Hi my lovlies, it's really great to have you here. Well this months project pack is absolutely enormous and I didn't even manage to use all of the pieces I still had some left over feathers and fans. Here is the second piece I created to inspire. Hope you have as much creating as I did.
Top Tip:Always layout your items to give yourself an idea of where they are going to go. And take a photo on your phone to remind yourself. If it changes later on it doesn't matter.
I took some lace and cut it to size so the two fans had some added texture and pattern to them.
Top tip: Use a glue gun to create added dimension to your mdf pieces. My glue happens to be blue so it shows up nicely on the picture.
I also wanted the opening on the mouth to be smaller so snapped either side of the mdf shape and used some Powertex to hold it together in a different position.
I stuck everything down in place on the right side with Bronze Powertex. I used some 3D sand mixed in with the Powertex as some added texture in places. On the left side I used some stone art powder with Ivory Powertex and brown bister to build up a textural layer. And give it as soft stone art effect.
I coated the base layer in Ivory Powertex and mixed some Easy 3D Flex together and spread it across the left side and sprayed with brown bister.
I applied heat with the hair dryer to encourage the cracks to appear. I then dry brushed some Ivory back over the the texture and sprayed more bister and repeated until I was happy with the depth and tones in the finish.
Top tip: The heat from a hair dryer is less intense than a heat gun making it easier to control.
I stuck the top piece of the mask down to the bottom piece using Transparent Powertex. The Easy 3D base layer is just subtly peaking through in places.
Then I just had to add some bling, so placed some gems from my stash on with Transparent Powertex.
And voila. The final result. This one was a little different for me if not ever so subtle. I found it very enjoyable to create a piece that pushed my boundaries though. I can't wait to see your creations do share them with us in the Powertex Studio. And do let us know if you have been inspired by any of the Design Team. We love to hear that you are getting inspiration from our projects. You can find more of my work @RosehartStudio. Toodles Anna xXx