Thursday, 10 May 2018

A bit of Mixed Up 'Texture' Challenge


I am determined to make some time for learning and experimenting. I thought that when I became an artist full time at Rosehart Studio I would have time to do all the things I wanted to do, I may have been living in woo woo land a little.

Anyway, so that I don't have to do the endless what shall I make stare and lose more time, I thought what better way than entering a challenge, so I don't have to do the thinking just the creating. And I get that little bit of time out to push myself in a different direction and have fun just playing and creating.

So the Challenge should I wish to accept it was created by Mixed Up Mag and this month its all about texture!

With a trusty bottle of Powertex in hand I have taken up the mantel afters all, what texture can't you create with Powertex?

I've gone for a pretty simple design for me. Using one of the new fabulous MDF Tags from The Secret Art Loft.

Using the Easy3d I've created some really scrummy crackles.

I am new to the White Powertex but it has very quickly become my favourite.

I layered the colours with bisters and various inks.

The Powercotton and 3D balls create extra texture with some metal leaf embellishments and a silk flower heading off the tag.

 Well she turned out a real beauty, if I do say so myself. Why not Challenge yourself today and have a go at entering. You might even end up with something that suprises you, I know that I did. Toodles Anna xXx


Sunday, 22 April 2018

Down the rabbit hole

I was very excited when I got to create my Alice inspired pieces because I was up in Tracey's studio at Powertex hq. I thought I had been really clever and taken step by step photos but alas no. I had not been that clever. So I will therefore walk through the steps I took to create my piece. Have you got yours yet? Find them here.


I actually started off with Ivory Powertex and gave everything a base coat. Apart from the Cheshire cat grin and the 10/6 which I coated in Black Powertex

TOP TIP: If you coat both the front and back pieces your working on it will help prevent warping. Being good quality mdf this is unlikely to happen but it will enable you to strenghten the piece if you are loading it up with a lot of embellishments and texture.



Once dry I placed the rice paper to the top of the hat by applying Easy Coat to the base, laying the paper and giving a liberal coat over the top. 

In the middle of the brim part of the hat I place some patterned wall paper stuck with and re-coated with Ivory Powertex.

I then dipped some stockinette into the Ivory Powertex and stuck into place on either side of the hat all the way down to the brim. I dipped some lace which I scrunched up and put in place underneath the band of the hat.

I took some Easy structure through the Alice stencil on the card shapes and the band of the hat and then applied another coat of Ivory Powertex over the top once dry. The texture on the feather was created by pulling some Easy Structure over the surface with a palette knife and then once dry was coated in another layer of Ivory Powertex.



I created the 10/6 sign by using the mdf rectangular shape as a template around some cardboard and then covering in linen which had been dipped in Ivory Powertex. I used the rose and the daisy mould to create some embellishments from stone art clay and then painted up in the Raspberry Sorbet and Orange Marmalade acrylics on the roses and the feather and the Lemon Meringue and Orange Marmalade on the daisy shapes. 



I then painted the band with the Key Lime acrylic and the base of the hat and sides with a mixture of Orange Marmalade into Raspberry Sorbet into Blueberry Pie. I also used all the colours on the words fading in and out of one another. All the pieces were then stuck down with Transparent Powertex and left to dry.


I'm really please Leonie liked my journal I thought for a moment it wouldn't be coming home with Tracey. This one was fun to create with multi-layer stenciling, on the cover and rice papers. Green and blue bisters to give it a softer finish. The rabbit uses the crackle effect you get with Ivory Powertex, brown bister and a hair dryer. I used the rice papers on the inside covers too. Hope you enjoyed the Hochanda shows, I certainly had fun creating my art to inspire. Toodles Anna xXx










Friday, 23 March 2018

Take time to do what makes your soul happy


When I first caught glimpse of this project pack I was super excited. This was one fun project to make. And I thoroughly enjoyed creating this pocket watch. It was even more exciting because I got to use our Tracey's studio at hq to create mine. There is no feeling like being in a big studio with every Powertex product imaginable to hand. Oh its heaven.......

So without further a do here is my design for this months project pack.
As usual I made a layout of the items I was going to use. I just had to use some of the rose and daisy embellishments. I made some stone art clay with the stone art powder and Powertex and pushed the  clay into the daisy and rose mould.

Top tip: If you layout your composition for the design you wish to achieve before you start, its a lot less messy.
 Next I took my Ivory Powertex and coated all the mdf and embellishments. The only thing you need here is Powertex. It's magic formula glues, sticks and paints your works of art.

Top tip: I didn't use all of the mdf shapes in the pack. This means I have them leftover for any other projects I wish to use them on. You can chose to use them all or save some for other projects you have in mind.
Top tip: Your items won't be instantly stuck so if you want to relocate them you can pick them up easily and move them to another part of your design.

To add some extra texture to the piece I took some sand and balls and mixed them into some Ivory Powertex I had poured out. I then used a plastic palette knife to apply the mixture on various areas of the piece. 
 I then sprayed blue bister on the left side, green in the middle and black on the right side. I accidentally used brown and only have the photo with brown. But I just sprayed the black on over the top. Bister is a walnut stain so it covered the brown perfectly.

Top tip: I like to mix my bister granules in a small bowl with hot water, this enables them to dissolve better. I use the back of a teaspoon to crush any granules that haven't fuller dissolved. You can pop them in a spritz bottle and shake them but I find they don't fully dissolve and the nozzle can block up.
I then dry brushed red ochre, yellow ochre and turquoise powercolor over the brown stained side, to give a faux rust effect. And turquoise, moss green and yellow ochre on the blue side. 


I think you can tell I loved creating this one and I had some left overs that I can use for other projects. I hope you all enjoy the project pack and find some inspiration in our blogs. Do share your makes with us at Powertex addicts united on Facebook. We love to see what you are making. Toodles Anna xXx

Tuesday, 20 March 2018

What dreams are made of......

With just under a month to go until my Hochanda debut with Powertex uk. I thought I would give you the sneakiest peak of something really exciting......... 

When I decided to quit my job nearly two years ago and follow my heart with the dream of becoming an artist I had little confidence and trust in myself as to whether I could actually make those dreams a reality. The more my journey progress's the closer they come into fruition. 


I am so grateful for the day I met Garry and Tracey of Powertex uk. Their support and faith in my abilities have made me progress from strength to strength. Not only is it my privilege and honor to be on the Powertex uk design team 2017, represent Powertex uk as a guest present on Hochanda but Powertex uk and Rosehart Studio are now in collaboration on some really fantastic products. 


If you would like to see what we have come up with be sure to tune into Hochanda on 9th June to see the launch. For now a couple of pictures of the packaging. Well, I did say it was a sneak peak. Intrigued????






Friday, 9 March 2018

The only limit is you

I've always said that Powertex has changed my life and it's true. One of the biggest lessons I think I have taken from Tracey at Powertex UK is finding my confidence and building on it every day. You really get out what you put in. I would love to say I am just naturally talented and I can create anything but it has taken me a lot of blood sweat and tears to practice and motivate myself to hone my skills.

NEVER LIMIT YOUR IMAGINATION!

I have been using Powertex for over 3 years and I still learn something new every time I create a piece. So what advice do I have to you if you want to have a go. Don't put it off for a second. If you don't like something you have created, take what you have learnt from it. Even if it is how not to do something. Then go ahead and try again with another project.
It's very easy in life to come across negativity directed toward you and to take that on board. For me this started from an early age with my art teacher who as a mentor, I was supposed to look up to and respect. After all adults are always right, aren't they? My A level art teacher told me never to use my imagination for art. He was wrong. He also told me I would fail art. He was very wrong! I now have my own business Rosehart Studio, you can also follow me on instagram.
I've told this story many times and have been so surprised with people responding to me with the same stories and experiences. People who had put them off their dreams and passions of self-expression through art. The thing I think I love about powertex the most is there isn't a right or wrong
 way of using it when it comes to design and composition. 
Once you know the technique you can go away, play with it and make it work the way you need it to.  Never one for conformity I love pushing boundaries, and seeing where my imagination will take me.
Push it past the limits and ideas that have not yet been discovered and it will be forgiving. Dig deep and find the confidence to just have a go. 
If you really would like an extra helping hand look up the tutor details on the powertex uk website and find your local certified tutor. They are trained by the best! Our Tracey at Powertex HQ, so they in turn will give you the best training. We are all lovely happy people who love to guide you and give you that confidence you need to have a go and show you that yes you can do it! My students can’t believe the results they produce! And they really do a fantastic job! Toodles Anna xXx

“Don't put off until tomorrow what you can do today.”

― Benjamin Franklin


Friday, 23 February 2018

Fairy house delights.

One of the projects I completed when demonstrating at the Powertex UK stand at the NEC hobbyshow in November was the new Fairy house which has now been put into a project pack for February. Just for you!


  
I had a lot of fun creating this piece I used the black Powertex on the base, one of my go to favourite colours in the Powertex range. On the lower part of the piece I used a mix of sand, balls and Powertex. Then added on the door, toadstools and windows. Added some extra detail with the mdf dropouts and cobwebs
On the roof I used the natural paper decoration, by cutting it into little pieces and layering it to give it a tiled 3d effect. I used some of the Powertex UK embellishments in between the natural paper decoration. I also added one of the new Raven mdf shapes. 

I then dry brushed with powercolours burgundy, turquoise and yellow ochre. And used the new interference colours to give a little shimmer effect to the roof. If you're looking for a magical project this month you need to get your hands on this one while stocks last. Toodles Anna xXx

Friday, 26 January 2018

'Always' Powertex seahorse

I think that there is something to be said for Seahorses they really have got it right! They mate for life and the males have the babies. Sounds good to me! So if you hadn't of guessed it already my blog this month is a little bit valentines.
I asked on my Facebook page what everyone thought about valentines and the resounding answer was that we should love each other through the year and not just on one day. I agree and for the most part the other half and myself generally forget to celebrate on the day. We don't make a massive fuss over it cause we have every other day of the year to show one another we love each other. A very important thing when you have been together for 13 years! 

I was going to do a journal but being as I have a few of these guys sitting in my craft stash I couldn't resist. And it was a perfect fit for my theme. This seahorse mdf shape is still available on the Powertex UK website. So if you wanted to make a little valentines creation for your loved one you can! 
You get a small square back plate to hold the pieces together as they arrive in two sections. I started by coating the back of the seahorse making sure it was dry before covering the front. 
 I love the mdf shapes I tend to throw every piece of detail and texture I can at a piece I work on. I also like to cut the shapes, I have a pair of jewelry pliers which cut through. If it's a thicker piece of mdf I tend to use my little craft saw. I lined the mdf heart flower up on the seahorses belly and drew lines as a guide for cutting.
 TOP TIP: Have an idea of where to place your pieces before getting messy. Take a photo to aid your memory, or lay the pieces next to your design as a rough guide.
 The left over hearts I cut from the mdf shape were placed on the tail and fin of the seahorse.
 I used some of the mdf letters on the mane, a daisy I had premade from the daisy mould, some old buttons from my nans button tin. Everyone has got a button tin right? and some of the drop outs which are my absolute favourites. 
 I decided I wanted some extra texture underneath all the embellishments so cut wallpaper and dishcloth to size to fit the shape of the seahorse. For the head and neck I used a palette knife and liberally coated in easy structure, make sure this is thoroughly dry before covering in powertex. It will hold embellishments in place should you wish to stick them on before it dries. 
 Then I place all the embellishments on and coated everything in bronze powertex.

So I was going to reach for my go to turquoise. But as I have already created a seahorse in this colour, I felt it would be fun to do burgundy and lilac powercolour with a hint of the new pearl pigments mixed into the varnish.

 I loved the colour of the button on the eye, so left it uncoated and stuck it, and the flatback gems and pearls I had in my stash with some transparent powertex.
 Hope you have been inspired this little project. Toodles Anna xXx