If you follow me on Facebook, you will know that I have just moved sideways at work for 12 weeks. This is a bit of shock as I knew on Monday I was moving and started on Wednesday… the downside is despite being enthused about my crafting – I have little spare time between now and Christmas.
However, the good news is that as I have discovered, you can create Powertex Canvas in no time at all, so guess what I am playing with?
As I have shared, I started with a small 6×6 canvas and with a Christmas Theme. The first stage was to paint the canvas with my base powertex colour – I have gone for Lead as I wanted an evening mist effect. This is the first time I have used this particular shade of Powertex and wow – its lovely, very adaptable.
Whilst the powertex was still wet, I then added 3D sand in Medium and Small to form the shape of two trees and stars. And I finished with a layer of Easy Structure to add a snow effect. All of this took me less than 15 minutes to do.
(Mr BMB says the medium balls look like dippin dots – I can see a bright and colourful project coming up with that gem inspiration).
I have said before that one of the beautiful properties of Powertex is that as well as being a fabric hardner, it also a great paint and a good quality glue. This means when using it with mix media, you can cover and colour your canvas and prep it with a medium for adding texture in one step.
This one step approach gave me confidence to play as I didn’t think feel as if I would waste layer upon layer of preparation if I went “wrong” once I added the texture. I have had a couple of the tubs of the 3D sand for a while waiting for me to use (I still have an image of Powertex Poinsettia on a wreath with 3D sand centres… but that is not going to happen in time for this Christmas!)
So what lessons have I learnt?
- Brigitte’s tip at The NEC of flicking the back of the canvas gently to make sure everything has fixed does make sure you keep your sand where you want it.
- You don’t need much Easy Structure – a little goes a very long way.
- You only need a pinch of 3D sand at a time – so you can position them easily.
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