Thursday, 24 November 2016

Powertex Workshops

Powertex Blossoms Workshop
 Creative upcycling to create blossoms from an old bed sheet, bean bag refill and the all important Powertex products. The Seasonal Pots were created from an old jam jar and some scraps of fabric !!

Seasonal Pots - Spring and Winter
 I only completed my Level 1 and 2 Powertex training in September, and have already started to come up with some plausible workshop projects :)  I am actually very excited to become a tutor in these techniques with this amazing medium... I know I have a long way to go and still have a vault full of ideas to turn into fun workshops, so I'll be pretty busy leading up to Xmas. My next level training will be early next year too, so it is all go in the Powertex World for me (yay!)

I have added a page on this site which will detail specific workshops and will eventually link to available dates etc . I will be continually adding to this page so keep an eye out if you're based in the Leicester area :)  I also have a new contact page you can reach us on too here

It has also been a bonus belonging to this new group of upcoming tutors and mixed media specialists with similar creative appetites to myself - very refreshing to be around. I'm really looking forward to the next training session and teaching more (I have a feeling it could get quite addictive)

A happy course attendee with her freshly completed pot .....

Red Poppy

Teal Poppy


Catching Up On My Paintings 2015/16

Mehendi Mist

I made a real creative breakthrough in my painting over the last 12 months or so. I am starting to move away from a more illustrative style and am embracing impasto techniques to create some really expressive work. I will always go back to painting , however my love of 3D Mixed Media and sculpture has taken over presently :)

Kristen's Eye

Quiet Storm


Catching Up On My Sewing Projects 2015/16

 I realised that in between hospital visits and real life, that I had not been documenting my creative journey on this site. I bought my first sewing machine this time last year and took to it like a fish to water! I fell in love with free motion embroidery, and even transferred my own artwork onto cotton and enhanced them with stitching. One of my favourite projects involved making Kindle cases from these combined pieces, below is the Robins, and the Owl painting "Let's Huddle" on cases. The other snaps are again examples of free motion embroidery on a purse, and 3d butterflies :)

I have also embarked on some fancy experimentation with hot foiling and organza, which I will post here soon :)

Wednesday, 12 October 2016

Pirate Captain's Goblet

Powertex is still proving to be my go to medium for mixed media artwork. It is virtually a magical substrate that helps me to create whatever is in my mind's eye. For this piece I upcycled  an old wine glass and with the power of powertex, I created sculptural clay elements, and combined these with it's fabric hardening properties to create this Miss Havisham-esque Pirate Captain's Goblet to be found on a shipwreck. I was also able to use Powertex as an adhesive to firmly embed my glass gemstones too.

I used the Powertex range of coloured powders and metallic micas as well spray on Bisters to create the amazing distressed paint effects. The best part too is that the whole piece is weatherproof, and non toxic so you could drink from this goblet if you wanted to lol. I think next time I will leave a section of glass free at the top so that you can see your wine in the glass!

I'm working on creating a series of Pirate Treasures themed workshops. This particular goblet is very ornate and would definitely be more of an advanced Powertex class. I am having fun thinking up projects to teach though :)  For now enjoy the multiple views of the Pirate Captain's Goblet, which has 4 glass gemstones around it's crown and is covered in marine life .

It feels surprisingly firm and sturdy when you grip it :)

And finally, a few close - up crop shots of the goblet to highlight some of the details. I have sat and stared at this piece for hours and keep finding something new on each viewing

Thanks for visiting

Samantha Braund


Monday, 26 September 2016

Rock Pool Shell Scape in Powertex

I am having an exciting year, taking new creative directions. My sewing has improved and I've even been experimenting with interesting textile art techniques . I will show more of that work here soon.

I happened to be watching a UK tv craft channel back in June, and a lady came on and demonstrated this amazing mixed media resin called Powertex. It comes in liquid form and can soak into absorbent materials such as wood, paper and fabric, as it hardens you can sculpt the materials into beautiful forms. You can also create a clay from the Powertex when combined with Stoneart , which is malleable and hardens fairly quickly in air. It's a Mixed Media artists dream!

I bought an introductory pack they had put together, and was so impressed I decided to train up and become a certified tutor! The hubby (who trained up too) and I cover the Leicestershire area of  the UK for anyone who wants to learn how to play with the Powertex products. The main UK website wwhich has tons of info and an online shop can be found HERE

We made some really cool stuff on the training course, statues and fairy houses and so on, but this was my first solo project using some of the skills we'd learnt. I always seem to veer towards my shipwrecked theme, and came up with this shellscape rock pool sculpture. Its about 6 x5 inches on the base, and approx. 4-5 inches high. There is so much detail in there because I wanted see how it would handle wire , moulds and gemstones (pearls). I did an array of techniques not least being creating that faux Bronze look that I love, and is surprisingly simple to do

I'm in the process of creating projects for workshops and familiarising myself with Powertex products. I will probably use this website to share demos and workshop details :)

Anyway I am super excited and cannot wait to get started. Enjoy the other  pics

Samantha Braund :)

Powertex UK


Sunday, 20 March 2016

2016 - An Unexpected Direction

I ended up spending most of the second half of 2015 in hospital dealing with emergency surgery and the complications of the procedures. Not fun! . So needless to say I was rendered unable to do hardly anything. I read a lot of books and watched a fair bit of tv. One such tv channel was one of those craft shopping channels, which did live demo's . I became addicted to watching sewing shows! I had never owned a sewing machine, and had never sewn a stitch since high school Home Economics class. I think the presenter Debbie Shore made projects seem doable and fun.

One day they had a special 4 day deal knocking 50% off a decent sewing machine, and I bought it!!! I figured I had always wanted to add stitching to my mixed media work, but still this seemed like a rash decision lol. I was so scared of the thing it took me a few weeks to be able to calm down and learn how to thread the bobbin and get it to work.

The first projects were a 70's inspired pin cushion caravan for myself and a couple of zipper purses as xmas gifts for family. They went down so well, that it encouraged me to take on more ambitious endeavours

Hippy Caravan Pincushion, my first project!

The next set of projects were a simple bag for my Mum and a couple of online tutorials by Carolyn Waugh, learning how to utilise the decorative stitches on your sewing machine, and fabric slashing to create a textured funky fabric, that I used to make a cushion cover!! I was really starting to enjoy myself now

Mum's present - my first bag!

 Funky Slashed Cushion Cover, using attractive patterned batiks to create the desired effect. I even used he left over scraps from the project to make the cushion cover , with a Cathedral window quilting block to set it off

By now I was doing a lot of research and learning a lot (in theory) !!

Now I  am just over 3 months on from the start of my sewing journey and I have made several bags , fabric baskets, purses, and a vintage clutch bag for my mother in law. The next step for me is surface designs i.e getting my own artwork onto fabric and incorporating it into projects, as well as painting, stamping, printing and collage directly onto fabric. I am excited and nervous, but have done a lot of research ,so I just need to be brave and have a go. Wish me luck!!

Another purse for Mum

A bag for me!

Vintage clutch for my mother in law

Detailed shot of embellishments on the clutch

Pin Cushions

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