Anyway, took time out recently to do a Powertex workshop. Powertex is basically a fabric hardener, but can be used in so many different ways. This was a three hour workshop, and I did remember to take photos along the way, mainly to remind me what I did, and in what order!
I've used some open hessian (or burlap), cotton threads, cardboard, honesty seed heads and a cedar cone.
Next, everything is taken off and some ivory coloured Powertex poured onto the canvas, and spread around with a large palette knife. Working the knife back and forth also creates texture.
The cone was backed with some scrunched up hessian to stabilise it.
Whilst everything is still wet, applied some Powertex Bister (a coloured waterbased spray ink), and then heated with a hair dryer.
At this point, the canvas should be left to continue to dry naturally, but we had limited time, so I used more heat until most of it was dry.
I made some adjustments by applying more Bister, before moving onto the pigments, a dry powder mixed with the Powertex or a varnish and dry-brushed; I used some blue and copper. I don't think the seed heads worked as they are too delicate, so I tried to highlight them. I liked the cone, but it is in the wrong place!
This was a fun workshop, and as I love doing canvases, I'll be exploring Powertex more in the not too distant future!
Must just mention a recent trip to Hatfield House, where there is the most magnificent wisteria.
View of the original house where Elizabeth I spent her childhood
Just love the little door - think I might have a go at painting it.
And here is my wisteria - not so magnificent, but the perfume is just as stunning!
It has turned really cold again, so I'm getting impatient for some warm sunshine.