The Northern Lights in Powertex

The Northern Lights, or Aurora Borealis have always fascinated me.  Much like the ocean, it is that ethereal, slightly unworldly quality they have which is so amazingly beautiful. It’s also a reminder of just how wonderful nature can be.
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Materials List:
  • Canvas
  • Corrugated Cardboard
  • Powertex Universal Medium in White, Blue and Black
  • Pearl Pigment Powders in Sherbert Dip, Violet Valentine, Green Parrot and Blue Curacao
  • Interference Blue Powder Pigment
  • Powertex Easy Varnish
  • Powertex Acrylic Paint Liquorice Twist
  • Powertex Ready Made Black Bister spray
  • Powertex Powerwax
Step 1:
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I mixed Sherbert Dip powder pigment with White Powertex Universal Medium to create a luminous base.
I roughly covered my canvas using a mixture of Sherbert Dip Pigment and White Powertex Universal Medium for the sky, and White and Blue Powertex Universal Medium for the sea.
Step 2:
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I also added some Violet Valentine powder pigment to the sky.
After spraying with Black Bister, I blasted with a hair dryer to create crackles and used a pallet knife to scrape back and allow the yellows to shine through.
Step 3:
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I used segments of Stone Art clay to create the illusion of a choppy sea. I used Powertex pearl pigments to reflect the colours in the sky.
Step 4:
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Rather than having the trees all along the shoreline, which didn’t look right, I opted to use an asymmetrical composition instead. I chose to put a cluster of trees fading downwards. I painted some corrugated cardboard with acrylic, and then used a stubby brush to indicate branches.
Step 5:
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Stone Art Clay is simple to make, by mixing a small quantity of Stone Art Powder in with some Universal Medium until it forms a dough like substance that doesn’t stick to your hands.
I liked the way the Stone Art clay waves were curling, so decided to highlight this using Powercolor Titanium White Pigment.
Step 6:
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Powerwax is perfect for adding extra depth and shine. I do this by dipping my finger in the wax, then the pigment and gently rubbing in a circular movement.  Finally I added some extra depth to the colours in the sky using Powerwax and pigment.
I created beautiful swirling patterns in the sky using the amazingly vibrant Pearl Pigments with Powerwax, which gave just the ethereal atmosphere I was hoping for.
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I hope you have enjoyed this step by step article using Powertex. You can share your Powertex art in our Facebook group, The Powertex Studio.

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