Tuesday, 30 January 2018

Workshop Days

Continuing with workshops and loving it.

Today we made spell books, lots of work but well worth it.

Our ladies did amazingly you could of heard a pin drop with the concentration levels.

Everyone decorated both front and back and have some spell pages to add inside.

This is a few pics of the one I prepared for the workshop.





And just to top off the month of January I was awarded this. 

My working life just couldn’t be better.



Friday, 5 January 2018

Acrylic Pouring

I would love to hear from all you Acrylic Pouring fans, 
What are you using?
Tips on mixes and product.
I know many use Floetrol paint conditioner or liquidex to get the consistency and also treadmill silicon to achieve the cells.
Pinterest seams to be alive with photos tips and techniques just look at all of this.

There are so many terms and methods eg Swipe, Dirty Pour.
it looks messy but most of all it looks oooodles of fun.

Tell me if you are hooked yet.

Sunday, 26 November 2017

Powertex Shoe Stampunk

I'm so busy at the moment with workshops and I also have an event upcoming so I have had several projects on the go at once, however, I thought you may like to see this one.

It started it's journey as a battered old shoe that was destined for the rubbish bin, My daughter thought I was crazy when I rescued it.
Mind you it took 3 weeks before I dared to put my hand inside it, so a clean up before I started to create with it.

I wanted it to be a statement piece and I think I've managed that.
It is sitting on a wooden plaque covered in material that was soaked in Powertex medium then dry brushed with rich gold pigments.

For the shoe I created the toe piece then wrapped the shoe in material worked with Black Powertex and then started the decoration using doilies and some steampunk embellishments.

As an ornament the shoe could hold make up brushes or a small bottle of wine but to be honest I would be tempted not to add a thing as I love it as it is.

Friday, 10 November 2017

Angel Camael

"There must be an Angel playing with my heart"
Actually it was me doing the playing with some Powertex in ivory, some Katy Sue Design Holly Berry trio Moulds and a plaster Angel Camael. 
Oh yes and an empty coffee jar.


I wanted a keepsake jar or maybe a bon bon jar for treat that wouldn't look out of place alongside my Christmas tree, I loved making this.

For those of you that haven't yet used the Katy Sue Designs Moulds you are missing a treat, they are so detailed and wonderful to work with as they release very easily. I can hear some of you saying I can get cheap moulds from other avenues but believe me I have seen them and tried them and they don't give a third of the detail and are made from substandard silicon unlike Katy Sue which are first class and will last you.

As you can see it is quite a tall piece as it was made around the large size coffee jar rescued by my lovely husband from his work place.

So now I have to decide what to put inside, do I fill it with my favourite chocolates and take the chance of the rest of the family digging into them or something that I don't mind sharing? 
What would you do?

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

1 Workshop 11 Ladies

I had an amazing workshop morning with 11 wonderful ladies making 11 unique Fairy Houses.

It amazes me the amount of concentration that happens.

Believe me this lot may look quiet here but that is far from the truth.

As soon as I whip out the camera they go into concentration mode. Actually this Tuesday morning group is witty, chatty and full of fun, lots of mishaps which we work through and get corrected or enhance it to make it work.

Yet we end up with the most gorgeous creations.


I hold these workshops at Essential Crafts in Washington

If you would like to come along to a fabulous fun and inspiring Powertex Workshop making your own Fairy House Jar I have a couple of places left for 24th October 1pm to 5pm to book your place either email me at powertexjakheath@gmail.com or phone Ellen at Essential Crafts on 0191 447 1919

Thursday, 12 October 2017


I have started running workshops again, this was and is my first love, teaching others to create something that they never believed they could make. 

It is one of the most rewarding things to do, enjoying the company of likeminded folk, sharing ideas, tips and knowledge and having a good old laugh along the way.

I truly believe it is the best therapy you can get.

I wanted to share one of the pieces that I will be teaching at the end of this month.

Just imagine this little chap in your garden or outside of your front door or on a patio. Maybe you would make more as gifts for family and friends.

The workshops are held in the North East and if you would like more information you can contact me at powertexjakheath@gmail.com 

Thursday, 14 September 2017

Tribal Powertex

It's hard to believe that this Tribal Powertex Figure started out as a flat backed plaster of paris face isn't it?

Well it did, modelling a body form from scratch to get the statue you are after is quite satisfying when it all comes together.

In my workshops I will be teaching how to do this and get good results that you will be proud of.

Here is a peek of how it comes together starting with this.

Then creating a torso.

And building around it.

And then to add some colour to bring it alive.

I have to admit to loving this one.

I love the texture and the colours, it all came together beautifully.

Saturday, 9 September 2017

Powertex Angel

I thought I'd try my hand at the ivory Powertex Fabric Hardner, try as I might I always seam to come back to the dark colours but admire other work in the ivory.
This time I was determined to stick to ivory and before I new it I added a touch of bronze Powertex in the bowl. So a two toned Powertex sculpture was the result.
Tipping the edge of the wings in gold mica, yes you spotted it, my Nans lacey doiley chopped into quarters made the perfect wings.

I love all of the folds of material you can create.
Adding texture here and there to add interest.

Swapping between gold and bronze mica powder to give a shimmer over the folds helps to accentuate them.

It makes quite a statement sculpture doesn't it?
The material tend to fall into it's own pleats and folds once you get the Powertex worked into it. I'ts just a case of placement and teasing after that.

After 3 weeks it will be totally weatherproof and can be put into a garden or outdoors.

This above image shows the fold amazingly well.

I have an idea in my head which is a little different for my next project so watch this space ha ha!