Having cracked on with the figurine itself, I only realised after I had finished that I hadn’t done what I had planned with the base and that was to add texture with some Powertex Stone Art Powder.
I love this stuff, it really takes the Powertex Medium up to the next level, if you mix it 50-50 with Powertex Medium you can get an air-dry paper clay or you can rub it into a wet powertex surface to give it texture!
After about 20 minutes a painted an addition coat of powertex on top of the powertex. It dries very quickly and the powertex holds the stone art into place. The figurine did not a little ungraceful hanging upside down whilst she dried!
Once dried, I can paint or add pigment just as I would for any powertex products. I really like the rough, stone-like effect you end up with when you are using it.
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Having add the detail to work to my figurine, I came to the part of the work I had never attempted before and that was powertexing a single large piece of material. I tend to work in small pieces as I find it easier to control, I couldn’t do that with my figurine’s skirt and I had to work on a single large piece.
I have used polycotton as I tried a couple of different materials and this one “drapped” the best. I used a rhomboid shape of material to give me the extra material to work with and I can’t wait to play with different materials to see how they flow.
I also added the cowl, this was the perfect way to covered the arms and back. I didn’t plan for a rose on the bum but that is the ends of material which ruined the “line” if I poked them in.
The cowl also had the added advantage of giving the figurine sleeves. I want to find other ways of covering arms and tops but I think I will do this again.
The third advantage of the cowl was it gave the back some shape around the plaster cast hair which I found it a challenge to model around.
She is now drying whilst I prepare to add some final touches before adding the pigments.
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When I first started to play with Powertex, I went to a class with the wonderful Tracey Evans at Make-It in Farnborough. I went to the first class of the day and it wasn’t full so we had a lot of opportunity to ask questions and a lot of them where about what materials we could use. To every question the answer was “Yes – just give it a go” and this has been my mantra ever since for Powertex.
One of the materials I use regularly is denim, I find it keeps it shape extremely well when I am modelling specific shapes and you can have a greater degree of control on the fraying around the edges. This is why I used it for the canvas as I wanted my flowers to look like flowers!
I use my Sizzix Bigshot a lot with Powertex as I find it easier to cut shapes out, especially in thicker materials. This is one of the current “Build a Bloom” Bigz Dies and work perfectly with denim.
I am also using a lot more cotton applique shapes to compliment die cut shapes, you can pick up the shapes cheaply on amazon (these little flowers were less than a £1 for 100 flowers).
I haven’t got too much more to add to this, I want to add some birds or butterflies and some words, but I want to find the right quote.
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