My home city is covered in rainbows this weekend as we celebrate our biggest annual event. I’m feeling colourful so I’m sharing how I made my Powertex rainbow fairy houses, in fact I created a whole village of multicoloured mini homes for the garden.
The secret to these coloured fairy houses is making my own Powertex colours. I’ve written an article on mixing Powertex colours which could help you if you’re new to mixing colours.
Make rainbow fairy houses with Powertex
- Glass bottles
- Strips of cotton fabrics 1-2″ wide and up to 18″ long
- Kitchen foil
- Masking tape
- Embellishments of your choice such as lace trim, string, buttons, wooden shapes etc
- Powertex Universal Medium in Red, Yellow Ochre, Blue and White or Ivory
- A plate, palette or plastic containers to mix colours
- Plastic palette knife
- Gloves and apron optional
Create a rainbow fairy house
Prepare your bottles
Preparing the bottles with pieces of masking tape will help your fabric to stick to the bottles. If you need to add extra shape to your bottle use kitchen foil to create the shape and cover all foil with masking tape. Prepare plenty of fabric strips and embellishments before you start.
Choose your colours
I chose my coloured stripes before I started so my colours were ready. Wet Powertex has an hour working time. I started with red, then mixed orange, yellow, green and blue and them purple at the end.
Red + Yellow Ochre = Orange
Red + Blue = Purple
Yellow Ochre + Blue = Green
Use different amounts of your colours to get different shades. Use with white to create pastel shades or black for darker.
Wrap your bottle
Each strip was coated with Powertex fabric hardener but not saturated. It doesn’t need to be overly wet. I started at the top with red. Just wrap your coated fabric in spirals around the shape. Overlap them a little to get good adhesion.
I then added some yellow to my plate to mix an orange and used that. A few strips of this, then move to the yellow. I added blue Powertex to my plate and mixed a little green. A few strips of green, then blue. Lastly mixing a little blue and red makes the last purple strips.
Embellishments can be any colour you like, I chose to mix in some white to my colours for pastel pieces for doors and details. Use Powertex to glue on any details and leave the whole thing to dry. You might choose to work on more than one fairy house at a time so you’re just mixing the colours once.
The bottles are left to dry before doing any dry brushing. The dry brushing is more about adding some shimmer and shine to those colours with Pearl pigments. I mix the Pearl powder pigment with Easy Varnish to create a weatherproof paint and brush this over the house and embellishments.
Of course you could choose to limit your colours more or add extra coloured paint at the end. There are no rules here! Working with just two colours and mixing them or even just one colour mixed with Ivory and also Black will create a brilliant striped effect!
If you’re nervous you can start small but dive in and have some fun with colour!