Hartlepool Halloween

Hartlepool Halloween

Are you looking for something to do on 31st October?

Apart from our usual half term events on offer, we are also supporting the Borough Council in their fabulously FREE event.

Everyone can have a go making a spooky Halloween tag as a miniature work of art. Its a great way to play with Powertex for the first time.

Buzz at the BIS Open Evening

Buzz at the BIS Open Evening

The BIS – the former General Post Office building in Whitby Street, Hartlepool has been refurbished and turned into a centre for business in the creative industry. The stunning redevelopment of this Grade 2 listed Building sits in the Innovation and Skills Quarter off Church Street and is now home to a number of inspiring and skillful creative businesses. The building offers individual workspace for both start-up and established businesses. Centered around a common communal atrium there is opportunity for tenants to come together, network and even develop collaborations.

The building is now open and the businesses are looking forward to welcoming the members of the community to visit the space, meet the owners and find out about the creative services, courses and workshops on offer. Under the umbrella name of Whitby Street Studios @ The BIS the businesses are hosting an open event evening on the 25th October between 4pm – 7pm.

Totally Locally Hartlepool

Totally Locally Hartlepool

Jane and I are please to be part of Totally Locally Hartlepool.

A collaboration of local Independent businesses.

To support the regeneration of Hartlepool Economy, we aim to shop local, using other independent businesses in Hartlepool and spend a minimum of £5 per week in local shops.

We are offering a £5 Wednesday workshop from 10.00 to 12.00 where you can get a coffee and a creative workshop each week. We also stock some craft embellishments.

Support us to support the town and go Totally Locally in Hartlepool

First steps with Powertex

First steps with Powertex

So you were tempted by Powertex at a craft fair or craft shopping channel and  bought your bottle of Powertex or starter kit.   I know it’s a bit daunting the thought of opening it up at home.  Just where do you start?

The next few posts are easy starter projects for you learn all about this art magic in a bottle.

A book cover or plaque

When you first start, its is easiest to work on a flat object.  That way you are not fighting gravity as well as learning Powertex properties.

You can decorate your planner cover, an art journal, MDF shape, or just a small artboard.

Make sure you cover your work surface with a plastic tablecloth and I advise old clothes or an apron as once the hardener has dried it will not come out of fabric.

You may prefer to remove your jewellery and wear gloves to protect your hands.   It’s not necessary as Powertex is nontoxic and it does wash off with warm soapy water afterwards, but it what you feel comfortable with. I usually find someone comes to the front door when hands are totally mucked up!

Before pouring Powertex out into a shallow plastic plate, make sure you give it a good shake up to mix it well.

Gather a selection of natural fabrics.  I love using up recycled items such as old t-shirts, dishcloths, lace, bits of cardboard or embellishments etc. Mixed fabrics can also be used but might not cure as hard as natural fabrics.

Gently dip bits of fabric into the Powertex liquid and rub into the fibres. This is much easier if you are using a light fabric and a bronze or black Powertex, as you can see which bits you have missed.  Make sure all the fabric is covered but not too wet or slimy.  It should start sticking to itself.Paint a bit of Powertex over the book or item you are going to decorate and lay on the fabric. Scrunch up the fabric into folds, twists and ridges to create texture.  Add on any embellishments you may have, Powertex makes a good glue! Then leave to air dry.   It should be dry enough to paint up after an hour or so.

Tarrah for now

Kim x