Powertex Daisy Bowl

I have been having more experimental fun with Powertex.

 

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I used the Powertex Daisy moulds and Stone Art to make clay daisies and leaves. The bowl was created with clear Powertex and a recycled cotton scarf (I used a glass bowl covered in cling film as a mould).

I then used up some of my left over Powertex colours (Terracotta, Lead and Ivory). I just had small amounts left in my bottles and it will be a while before I get the chance to use them. I brushed over the dried bowl with the lead colour to highlight some of the raised texture. I then added sand and balls and glass seed beads. I  made a paste with kitchen paper and Powertex to make a 3D ‘glue’ to stick on and hold the floral embellishments. I sprayed on some black Bister to add shadow to more of the deeper crevices. The after drying, I used the gold colour into the Easy Varnish to dry brush and pick up the surface texture giving a metallic finish.

 

Materials:

Sheer cotton blue fabric (recycled scarf)

Powertex Hardener (Clear, Terracotta, Lead and Ivory)

Stone Art

Sand and Balls texture

Glass seed beads (gold)

Kitchen paper

Bister (Black)

Easy Varnish and gold pigment to colour

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Tie dyed and block printed skirt and top

 

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I had been meaning to dye and decorate these for ages – a white T shirt and very pale denim skirt (white to pale blue dip die effect).

I used one of the old multipurpose Dylon dies in the washing machine (they now have an alternative formulation for natural fabrics such as cotton). I really didn’t spend a lot of time. I decided where I wanted the motifs and made a small mark with chalk. I placed a chop stick tip behind the placement mark and made a sort of tent shape. Then I simply wrapped it with elastic bands and pulled out the stick. I found this a really quick and easy method. I then dyed in the washing machine with salt (according to packet directions). I love the way that the polyester stitching didn’t pick up the die – nice design detail.

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Looking at the results the rings reminded my somewhat of floating jelly fish so I decided to block print and create a sort of ‘under the sea’ theme.

I over printed the design using iron fix fabric paints and printing blocks from Colouricious.

Powertex mixed media canvas

Good afternoon. I have been playing with Powertex and have created another mixed media canvas.

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Powertex is a fabric hardening medium which can be used in mixed media and for creating 3D sculpture. I have got so many ideas and things to try. I am having so much fun with this medium. I have many more experiments ‘on the go’ including some fossil jewellery, more 3D vessels and canvases – will share soon.

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Materials:

Powertex Fabric Hardener (clear)

12 X 12 inch stretched canvas

Recycled cotton scarf and hessian (burlap)

Texture Media (3D Sand & Balls)

Starlight paint (light gold)

Easy Varnish

Powercolor (white, blue)

Fossil themed silicone moulds

Shells, glass beads (light gold), glass glitter (clear)

Letter stamps and StazOn Inkpad (Opaque White)

Recycled bottle decorated using Powertex media

Good afternoon. I have been playing with Powertex again to decorate a recycled glass bottle. This one matches the canvases that I made recently (you can see them further down in my blog).

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Powertex is a fabric hardening medium which can be used in mixed media and for creating 3D sculpture. I have got so many ideas and things to try. I am having so much fun with this medium. I have many more experiments ‘on the go’ including some fossil jewellery, more 3D vessels and canvases – will share soon.

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Materials:

Powertex Fabric Hardener (Ivory, Terracotta and Lead)

Recycled glass bottle

Potato sacking (burlap/hessian) and kitchen paper

Texture Media (3D Sand & Balls)

Pebeo Gilding Wax (gold)

Easy Varnish

Powercolor (white, ochre)

Bister (Black)

Fossil themed silicone moulds and gear/cog moulds

Katya Pendant created for Chocolate Baroque

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Good morning. Here is another of my TV show samples using the Katya stamp recently featured on Hochanda. I have used it in a different way to make a jewellery pendant. I hope that you like it.

Materials:

Katya stamp

Air dry clay*

Pebeo Gilding Wax (various ‘golds’)

Bronze Powertex

Recycled gold plated necklace chain

*I am currently evaluating various air dry clays and their suitability for jewellery making. Some are too brittle when rolled out to make thinner items, others too light to make pendants that hang nicely. I added a coat of Powertex to this to give it a base colour (dark brown) and with the hope of hardening the slightly porous clay. When I have finished my experiments I will blog more details of my finds.

Upcycled and dyed polyester blouse

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Good morning. I am sharing an upcycled blouse which I dyed with old iron fix silk paints that were past their best. I got the blouse in a charity shop for just £2. I loved the style but I really am not a ‘cream blouse girl’. The blouse was 100% polyester which is generally difficult to colour – you really need to use specialist dyes for polyester or iron transfer paints (which you paint onto paper then iron to transfer the colour). However, I have found that iron fix fabric paints will stain polyester permanently. They are best watered down – otherwise most can leave a stiff finish on the fabric, especially sheer fabrics such as this blouse.

Sorting through my stash I found some very old silk paints (fluid formula) which were really past their best and they had some precipitation. They were no longer suitable for fine silk painting work. However, they are perfect for this sort of job. I find it best to pick up colour with a very damp sponge and simply dab it over the fabric allowing it to blend. Thicker iron fix paints, and even standard acrylic paints, also work well provided they are diluted out. Results are not predictable but that is the joy of this sort of project.

When finished I allowed the blouse to dry overnight. I also put it through a tumble dryer cycled (hot iron not suitable for this fabric). I then machine washed (virtually no colour came out in the wash).

Delighted with my new blouse.

Upcycled top dyed and block printed

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Good afternoon. I have had a fabulous morning crafting in my pyjamas – luxury – tee hee.

 

This top started white with blue & red embroidery. Unfortunately I splashed the front with curry while cooking and I just couldn’t get it out. No problem – I have disguised it with dyeing and block printing. Now you would never know.

 

I dyed a white skirt at the same time – so off to think about how I will decorate it further.

 

Materials:

Dylon machine dye with 500g salt (Bahama Blue)

Vallejo Textile paints (Blue & Red)

Foam stamping mat and sponges to apply paint to block (Colouricious)

Border and mandala block (Blockwallah)

Small decorative block (Colouricious?)