Just Powertex, No Strings Attached (Just a little lace) – by Abigail Lagden
Hello and welcome to May!! I can’t believe how fast the year is passing, but it means it is time for another blog – Yay!
As always, the team at Powertex UK have put together another fantastic set of project packs, with a fabulous mdf base shape to work on and some really gorgeous embellishments. Here is the Guitar project pack that I used for this project – I just love the heart starbursts and the paper flowers give so much dimension to the project.
First, I played with a rough layout for my project. This helps me gain an overall picture of how I’m going to construct my project, even if it changes as I start working. I decided to keep this project quite simple so the only extra thing I added were some pieces of cotton lace I had in my stash.
I wanted to use the hatched pattern embossed paper as an overall base texture for the body of the guitar, so I used the mdf shape as a template to draw around before carefully cutting the shape out.
I then attached the two pieces of mdf together using the rectangular piece of mdf on the back. The back of all three pieces were painted with bronze Powertex and then fixed together whilst wet. The whole of the back of the project was also painted over to produce a neat finish. This only takes a few minutes to dry to the point where you can turn it back over and start creating (a hairdryer can help speed up the process if you are impatient like me!).
Now for the fun part…
The wallpaper I cut out earlier was added first using bronze Powertex as a glue on the back. Then the front was also painted over.
The small mdf plaques were attached to the neck of the guitar to provide some extra depth before I added some lace over the top of them along the neck.
Two pieces of different cotton lace were added across the body of the guitar. When adding lace that I want to meet the edges of a project I always use a piece that is a little bit longer than needed and trim is once it is on the project. This is because a lot of cotton lace tends to shrink a little when you coat it with Powertex, so if you cut it to the exact size first then it often ends up too short.
The embellishments were then all added by coating with Powertex and pressing into position. Once done, the project was left to dry overnight.
Once dry, I used different blends of ultramarine blue, turquoise, green, lilac and white powercolor pigments using a dry brushing technique. And finally a quick brush using rich gold colortricx to give it a lift and a shimmer.
Hope you like it…
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Until next time, Abs x