For me the VW Kombi Van is the epitome of a very laid-back life… capturing all good things that happen on an adventure. I was extremely excited to start creating this wonderful memory box and had a lot of ideas! I thought the Kombi is such a classic flashback to the past that I decided to make a Vintage Kombi.
This is how I created my Vintage Kombi Memory box… ready for my next adventure!
MDF Kombi Kit, Powertex Ultimate Medium Bronze, Transparent, White, Yellow and Red, Stone Art, Easy Structure, Bister Yellow, Postcard Silk Paper and Easycoat Glossy,
Other Materials of your choice:
Hinges & Latches, Paper Flowers, Stencils, Styrofoam, Masking Tape, 4 Bottle Caps, Pearl Strips, Bling for the lights, Cardboard,
Paint brushes/rollers, Stanley knife, Sandpaper, Container for Powertex, Spatula or Palette knife.
Unpack your Kombi MDF kit. I used Powertex Bronze to paint one side off all bits and pieces and left it to dry completely.
Use all sides of the box and trace them onto the back of the silk paper. (I used the postcard silk paper because it fits with the idea of a travel memory box.) After cutting out all the pieces I then decoupaged the papers onto the box by painting a layer of Easycoat Glossy on the unpainted sides of the box, and carefully but quickly placing the silk paper over it and rubbing with my hands to get rid off any wrinkles and creases. Do all the side and then apply a layer of Easycoat glossy over the paper to give it a glossy shine. Leave to dry completely.
I then used some Powertex Transparent to put the box together. I also painted the edges to make sure that the box is completely sealed on the inside. I than used masking tape to hold the box together while it dried.
I used Styrofoam to create the front, back, Roof and bumpers of my Kombi Van. After cutting it out with a Stanley knife, I carved it onto the shape of the back, front and Roof of a Kombi. I then used sandpaper and sanded out all the dents and smoothed the edges. When I was happy how it looked, I painted the whole Kombi with Powertex White (TIP: You could begin your project with white instead of Bronze).
I added some texture to my Kombi by using Easy Structure and this lovely flower stencil also from Powertex Australia. This structure paste is the best product because it dries super quickly and it’s very easy to use.
I then mixed a small amount of Stone Art and Powertex Transparent to adhere the Latches and Hinge onto the Kombi’s Roof and bottom. I waited until they were completely dry. I used masking tape to cover the bumpers front and back because I wanted them in another colour. I sprayed the whole outside of the Kombi with Powertex Bister Yellow and left it outside to dry
Meanwhile, I started my embellishments. For the windows I also traced them onto the Silk postcard paper to get the effect of looking through the windows to the inside of the Kombi. I thought it would look great if the Kombi had front and back windows, so I used a piece of card box and cut out 2 windows. I mixed Powertex Red and Yellow together to get this lovely orange colour, then I painted the windows and the chippie flowers that I was going to use. I also painted the bottle caps and the Pearl strings in this lovely orange colour. I then poured Powertex White into a container and painted all my flowers with it. When all the flowers were nearly touch dry, I used Powertex Natural Bister and sprayed some on the to get a vintage effect. Once everything was dry, I gave all the flowers a little splash of the orange colour with a paintbrush.
I used Orange Pearl peel off strips and stuck them onto the sides front and back. I also used the rest of the Powertex Orange colour that I mixed and paint both Bumpers of my Kombi Van. Suddenly everything just worked so well together.
I was super excited to see how everything was just falling into place. I used Powertex Transparent to glue the windows on and then Embellished the Kombi with all the bits and pieces that were left. For the wheels I used the large and medium round MDF circles and then glued them together in the position of the wheel space and added the bottle cups last.
I also decorated the roof of the Kombi. I used smaller pearl strips to create the VW badge of my Kombi and painted it with black paint. I stood back and new there was something missing and I thought how you can go on a road trip without lights, so I looked in my stash and found some bling, to use for my lights.
Now for a bit of peace on my road trip!
Anybody want to join me for the ride???
Interesting facts about the Brighton Beach Bathing Boxes
One of the most frequently asked questions, perhaps, is this; what is the true purpose of these bathing boxes?
According to internet sources, the bathing boxes were built over a century ago in response to the very Victorian idea that women should only change in and out of swimming costumes in a well-protected and fully covered private area. These small little huts with timber framing, weatherboards and corrugated iron roofs, hence, serve their respective purpose of providing excellent shelter to the classy ladies who wanted to enjoy the sunshine in public, but at the same time, preserve their modesty.
I was so excited to start my Beach Houses! I decided not to make a colourful design, but instead go for a Victorian vintage look, because of their history. This classic MDF Beach Houses kit is now available from Powertex Australia so jump online to order yours and start creating with us.
MDF Beach House Kit, Powertex Ultimate Medium Transparent, White, Yellow Ochre, Easycoat Glossy, corrugated paper, any board paper of your choice, Masking tape, 3D Sand and Balls, Shells, Grassy fibre, Craft fences, Craft sticks & Fabric
Scissors, Pencil, Ruler, Paint brush, Water in a cup, Containers for Powertex colours, Gloves Plastic tablecloth to work on.
Unpack all the bits of your MDF Beach Houses and then use Powertex White to paint the front and Back and let it dry.
Use any paper of your choice and trace all the sides of the Beach Houses, stand and floor. I love corrugated paper and thought it would work great for the roof. Cut the traced shapes out and set aside
Put the stand together with masking tape on both sides and paint over it and let it dry. Then I painted a layer of Easycoat Glossy onto the back of the board and Beach House floors. Stick the paper onto the back and floorboards and paint another layer over the paper and make sure you paint the sides so that the paper does not lift up
Use masking tape to put the Beach Houses together. Paint a layer of Easy Coat Glossy on the front of the Beach House and stick the cut-out pieces onto the Beach Houses. Paint another layer of Easycoat Glossy over the paper. Repeat this step on all the sides and the roof.
I loved the colours on the paper and thought I would mix and match Powertex colours to the get the colours that I wanted. So, I started with Powertex Yellow ochre and painted one of the house’s bits, including the roof, door frame, fences and the sides. I then mixed Powertex Yellow Ochre with a little bit of Powertex White to soften the colour and painted all bits of Beach House two. To get the olive green colour I mixed Powertex Yellow Ochre with a bit of Powertex White and added a bit of Powertex Grey then painted Beach House number 3’s bits
I then put all the pieces together by using Easycoat Glossy and placed the houses on the stands. I then put everything else in place (see picture above) and used a pencil to mark off the spacing between the Houses.
To create a Beach effect, I used two pieces of fabric which I dipped into Powertex White and scrunched it up and placed it between the marks that I draw on the board. I then paint the shells and laid them onto the fabric, finally sprinkling sand and balls over it and letting it dry completely. Once everything is dry I painted the 3D Balls with Powertex White. Then paint the bottom of the Beach Houses and place them in position on the board. I used Easycoat Glossy to stick the fences onto the sides of the floorboards. I also found some grassy fibres that I glued on between the fences to create an even better Beach effect.
To finish off the Beach Houses I added all the pieces that I had left. Wording on the Houses, saying BEACH LIFE, WELCOME, BEACH HOUSE. Flip flops in a shell 3D sand on the doorstep what more do you want ready to sail away with…
I had so much fun designing this project for the MDF Beach Houses. This is an opportunity that you do not want to miss out on so, get your creative hands and minds on one of these lovely kits today!!!.
ENJOY THE RIDE
ERIKA VENTER DESIGNS QLD
Natalie Parish creates eclectic pieces of art. She is the Distributor and Design Team Trainer for Powertex in QLD Australia and enjoys sharing her passion for the product