The word mandala is from the classical Indian language of Sanskrit, meaning circle or centre. With circular patterns representing life and growth, they're found almost everywhere: in nature, contemporary design, science, and psychological and spiritual study.
A mandala is an ancient symbol of wholeness, integration and transformation. Today, this art form endures as a tool for expressing the essence of our creativity."
This is my Autumn Mandala creation...
I hope you will have as much fun as I did! Erika Venter - Australian Design Team
STEP 1: Preparation
Drill 4 holes on the bottom of your Mandala. Shake and stir Powertex Black very well before use. Pour Powertex onto a plate and use the sponge to paint both sides of MDF board as well as the little dream catcher. Do one side first and leave to dry, then do other side.
STEP 2: Making the Tree
Cut six pieces of rope about 50cm long to make a tree. Use a piece of wire to tie around the bottom of all the pieces of rope about 5cm from the bottom and then twist the rope to create a tree trunk. Spread the branches over the MDF board to get an idea of how you want the tree to look. Once you are happy follow the next steps...
STEP 4: Embellish the Tree
Use Colourtrix Rich Gold and Easycoat glossy to embellish the whole tree and the inside of the dream catcher.
STEP 6: Adding your Leaves
I used Powertex Green and Yellow to paint the beads and then put them aside to dry. Cut the sting into different lengths so that they hang uneven. Tie the leaves onto the string by spacing the beads between them. Use the left over Powertex and paint the back of the MDF Mandala board the same as the leaves (it will dry pretty quickly).
STEP 7: Finishing Touches
Use the left-over leaves and nuts to finish decorating your Mandala. Use some string and beads to create a hanging hook that matches the leaves hanging on the bottom. Add some more colour, for example I used Powertex Red and coloured the rim of the small dream catcher. Bring it all together by tying the string onto the bottom of the MDF Board and VOILA IT’S DONE.
I had so much fun designing this Autumn Mandala
and I am really happy with the end result
I HOPE THAT THIS BEAUTIFUL AUTUMN MANDALA INSPIRES YOU AS WELL!
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Enjoy the ride…
By Natalie Parish
Australian Powertex Design Team
Thank goodness there is a second new year to celebrate in the world as I find I am always a little slow off the start in January. At our craft shows in 2019, a reoccurring request was for a Dragon Project. Dragons, a symbol of raw, untameable, ancient, energy also symbolises wisdom, strength, power and knowledge. An interesting symbol to our country’s troubled start to 2020.
According to Chinese legend, in the middle of winter, due to a scarcity of food, Nian the Dragon would come out of his mountain hiding and feed on the people and animals in the villages. Scared, the villagers hid indoors at night, leaving food on their doorsteps lit by red lanterns in the hope the dragon would be satisfied, and lives would be spared. However, a wise man discovered that Nian was afraid of the colour red and loud noises. With this knowledge, the Chinese villagers could take back the night by setting off firecrackers, banging on drum, parading down their streets in bright red colours and chasing off Nian with their own dragon dancers.
In my dragon I wanted to emulate the movement of the Dragon dancers through an exaggerated wave in front piece by using my Stone Art Pillar techniques. I have also used oriental colours of red (vitality), gold (wealth) and black (to balance oppositional forces with a grounded) to herald in the new year and energize the commitment to those New Year Resolutions.
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Step One - Design Layout
Step Two – Seal the Back of the Boards
Step Three – Make Stone Art
Step Four – Join Bottom Layer with Stone Art & Tape
Step Five – Seal Top Layer & Face Front
Step Six – Make 3D Flex Paste & Clay
Step Seven - Texturize the Fronts with 3 D Flex & Balls
Step Eight- Add Powercotton to Face
Step Nine – Embellish & Assemble The Face
Step Ten – Assemble Body
Step Eleven - Hanging Hooks & Touch Ups
Congratulations you’re finished.
Christmas can be a time for over consumption rather than contemplation. However, being crafty can give you that time and space to look at Christmas creatively. It is a tradition in my family to exchange gifts that are handmade, second-hand and this year we added bush gifts from drought and fire effected areas. So, I am going for a Country Christmas theme
Dinner is at my house this year, so to tie in my theme I decided to rehash an old napkin ring idea to make table decorations. Determined not to go to the shops, I rummaged through my useful box and craft stash to use up bits I already had. That’s what I love about the Powertex universal medium and stone art – its ability to help you create assemblage art out of found objects, off-cuts, or bits from the backyard. that at first glance to anyone else may simply look like rubbish.
Keep in mind, except for the PTX universal medium, everything is optional depending on the style you wish to create and what you have at home. I love to use the stone art as it speeds up the attachment process.