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This exciting online art workshop explores a diverse range of sculptural techniques to create a beautiful Lady in Rags.

I know you’re going to LOVE the process and VALUE the tips and tricks you learn along the way, all aimed at helping you move to the next level in your artwork as you become more confident and fearless in your approach.

What you will learn in this course:

• The benefits of using Powertex Ultimate Medium to create artwork
• How to create stunning sculptural form 
• The ART of LAYERS and the difference it makes to your finished piece
• How to drape a beautiful bodice using the pattern supplied
• How to use Powertex with different fabrics & fibres to create stunning textural elements
• How to embellish your Lady in Rags to achieve a professional finish
• And much more…


  • Inspirational content
  • Learning at your fingertips
  • Clear, step-by-step instructions
  • Setup for easy navigation
  • Supported by a PRIVATE VIP Group
  • Access to Forums for quick answers about products & materials featured in the course
  • Lifetime access

Ashley and Powertex are a hidden gem! I’m always on the lookout for different mediums and classes to try my hand at that are affordable and cost effective, Lady in Rags delivers all of this and more! It was a fabulous workshop that even the most novice of craft people can do and have a beautiful sculpture to show for it!

Tarryn Gills

I do a lot of craft, but nothing like the “Powertex Lady in Rags”. I didn’t think I would have been able to make such a fun and beautiful piece of art, but with Ashley’s workshop guidance, and personal help, I have my first piece of art that takes centre stage on my mantle. It was so much fun & easier than I thought that I booked in for the Christmas Angel course as well.

Melanie Robinson

I really loved the Lady in Rags workshop… my first statue ever and what a great success! The workshop has given me such confidence and inspiration for my own work, I have learnt so many techniques and new ways to do things … highly recommended! Under Ashley’s guidance you can create absolutely anything! 

Rada Mandich

My new found artistic hobby… I have named my 1st Lady Nikita. I am hooked and well into my 2nd Lady who will be Madam Vixen. Thanks to our wonderful teacher Ashley Hay!!!
DE King - Author

Thank you for this wonderful online art workshop. Ashley explains in a very easy and inspiring way step by step in the creative process. The course was also very affordable. I highly recommend it!

Rebecca Ward

Course Curriculum

Welcome to the Lady in Rags - Including a List of Art Supplies, Links and Resources

List of Materials & Tools

You will need:


      • Bronze Powertex 1Kg
      • Zora Plaster Torso
      • Female Hands
      • Metal Base: 2 pins (20cm)
      • Stone Art Clay
      • Mixed Fabric Pack
      • Cardboard & Wires
      • Easy Varnish 100g
      • Powercolour Turquoise & Titanium White
      • Colourtrix Metallic Pigment Bronze Gold


      • Synthetic Paint Brush: Flat 3/4" & Round #6
      • Sculpture Tools
      • Pliers & Scissors
      • Cutting Mat & Latex Gloves
      • Plastic wrap, Aluminium Foil & Masking Tape
      • Plastic Cups & Large Plastic Bowl (lined)
      • Kebab Sticks or Skewers

      Lady in Rags Workshop

      Getting Started

      This video is an introduction to the Lady in Rags Online Workshop with Ashley Hay. It gives you an overview of the course and provides you with a list of materials and tools you will need to complete the project.

      Creating the Basic Form

      Join Ashley for Part 2 of your Lady in Rags Artwork as she demonstrates how to create the basic structure with beautiful Sculptural Form

      Adding the Arms & Hands

      Join Ashley for Part 3 of your Lady in Rags Artwork as she shows you how to add arms and hands to your sculpture… filled with valuable tips and tricks you will be amazed at the beautiful form as your lady comes together

      Making the Headpiece

      In Lady in Rags Part 4 you will learn how to make a stunning headpiece. You will love this episode as you explore playful and exciting textures…

      Draping the Bodice

      In Lady in Rags Part 5 you will learn how to use Powertex Ultimate medium with fabric and drape the bodice to create stunning form.

      Layering the Skirt

      In Lady in Rags Part 6 you will learn how to create a gorgeous layered skirt.

      Finishing the Textural Elements

      In Lady in Rags Part 7 you will complete all the texural elements of your Lady in Rags.

      Embellishing with Colour

      In Lady in Rags Part 8 its time to add the colour… In this demonstration you will learn how to embellish your artwork with a dry brush technique using Turquoise, & Titanium White Powercolour, finishing with beautiful Bronze Gold Colourtricx metallic pigment. However you can choose any colour combination you wish… or make a variety of ladies in different colours! You will be amazed how incredible your artwork looks!!!!

      Other Possibilities

      In Lady in Rags Part 9 Ashley will explore a range of other possibilities you can try using the same form building technique, changing a few elements, to make this gorgeous sculpture with your own flair!

      Your Instructor

      Artist Ashley Hay

      Ashley Hay

      My work as an artist comes from my love of nature as a source of  inspiration to express my spirituality, a sense of ‘story’ and ‘place’, remembered or imagined, and the beauty of life.  Focusing on light, colour and texture from the macro environment, found objects and the wider landscape as a whole, I create imagery that is an intuitive response to my surroundings, composed in a contemporary expressionist style. 

      I have always enjoyed discovering new ways of creating that are outside of the square, and following a lifetime exploring diverse mixed media techniques, I have developed an extensive visual language of alternative art surfaces and rich textures. My paintings are highly textured and quite sculptural. My work is diverse, challenging the boundaries between drawing, painting and sculpture and the ambiguity between abstraction and realism. 

      My objective is to evoke a sense of memory in the viewer as their story connects with my story, whereby they engage, relate to and are impacted by the imagery.  I see Art like theatre, as opening the curtain on the beauty of life…

      Frequently Asked Questions

      When does the workshop start and finish?

      This workshop is a completely self-paced online course, so you decide when you start and finish. The best thing is that you can return to the content again and again… so it never ends!

      How long do I have access to the workshop?

      After enrolling, you have unlimited, lifetime access to the workshop! So you can login using any of your devices, whenever you like… 

      What help or support do I have understanding the content?

      As part of your purchase you are automatically added to our Lady in Rags VIP group where you can ask any questions along the way and they’ll be answered… so there is no need to feel ‘stuck’ or alone!

      What happens if I’m not happy with the workshop?

      My passion is to provide you with inspirational content, so I don’t want you to be unhappy. If you’re unsatisfied with your purchase please contact us within the first 7 days and we will give you a full refund.