Hats off

Been getting messy again, got to say I am loving this Powertex stuff.   It is delightful and will turn any natural or natural mix fibre into something ornamental.   This time it is an old straw sun hut that got the treatment.  Using an old cotton fat square tattered flowers and tattered leaves were die cut in advance.

First it was the inside/underside that was coated and left to dry.   Carried on with the bronze on the top including the plaited rope with little shells worked into it.  The bird was also coated as were some of the flowers and leaves.   The paper-mache bird stands on its own but it looks better with a little foliage draped at and over it's feet,   Having used up the small amount of bronze I'd poured it was time to start adding ivory to the rest of the die cuts and introduce them to the project.   I had also cut some short lengths of teeshirt cotton, coated this with the ivory Powertex and then rolled them up and attached then to the bird.   Might add a few more of these later just want to see how the overall project feels after a few days.  The final touches are dry brushing with coloured pigment suspended in a varnish.  This time I've used yellow and gold, one of the joys of dry brushing is the way the colour transfer just keeps going you think the brush is empty give another quick brush to check and discover  yet more colour as been added.

Powertex projects can be used as outdoor decorations provided they are fully coated which stiffens the fabrics and seals them.   This hat is intended for an outdoors life, just have to work out how to secure it so it does not blow away.

I'd like to share this with
Things to Alter - Anything goes
Altered Eclectics - Anything goes
ARTastic Challenge - Country/Rural theme

Here is the hat one from the back

And finally with it perched on a wall light in the living room


  1. Well how very creative ( and slightly messy :) ) Love your little bird. Thank you for sharing your creation with us on ARTastic.

    1. Thank you Jane, messy is the whole point! I love random splatters.

  2. What a fun way to get messy! Very nicely crafted, indeed. Thanks for sharing with us at Altered Eclectics!
    Chana, DT

  3. Lovely creation and thank you for joining Things to Alter

  4. Lovely birds! Thanks for playing along with our ARTastic challenge this month.

  5. Fantastic Zoe and I love the addition of the bird.

    Chrissie xx

  6. very unique take on the challenge, looks like you had fun creating this and very country . Thank you for sharing with us at ARTastic

  7. Wow! That is soooo original. This really shows up the textures & the contrasts..... great & clever take on our ARTastic challenge...thanks a pile for sharing with us this month:):)

  8. Beautiful creation!!! Thank you for being with us at Altered Eclectics!!!
    Arlette DT

  9. I can't get past the fact that this looks like an edible chocolate hat! I feel hungry looking at it! Excellent country feeling theme for ARTastic. I hope its not too heavy to wear. Would love to see a pic with you wearing it - love the little bird!

  10. Great work !! Thanks for sharing your work with us at ARTastic! :)

  11. Love it. Very interesting altered hat. Thank you for joining us at Altered Eclectics this month. Hope to see your beautiful art work back here again soon. Judy DT

  12. Yes very very creative. Thank you so much for joining us at ARTastic this month. :)

  13. That is so neat! Thanks for creating with us at ARTastic!

  14. Suck a cool take on the challenge 😃 Thanks for sharing with us at ARTastic. Anna xo

  15. Really awesome alter! Love the texture, well done! Thanks for playing at Things to Alter!~kim

  16. Fun idea and a beautiful result! Thanks for joining us at ARTastic!


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