Acrylic inks

Secret Art Loft acrylic ink sprays at Powertex UK

The spray acrylic inks add vibrant colour to your Powertex mixed media art and crafts. The inks are transparent so they can be layered and blended into each other for juicy colour.

This month there is 10% off Tracey Evans’ range of Secret Art Loft acrylic ink sprays at Powertex UK.

Take a look at these gorgeous samples using the acrylic inks, from Powertex tutors. They use Powertex Universal Medium with mdf, fabric, clay and texture mediums with the inks for stunning projects.

Annette Smyth mdf frame with cow skull, Powertex and acrylic inks
Mixed media art by Annette Smyth
Patricia Williams lighthouse Powertex triptych
Sea triptych by Patricia Williams

Use the ink sprays on figures and sculpture

Wendy Reed bright acrylic ink geisha sculpture
Geisha figure by Wendy Reed
Buddha box by Annette Smyth
Buddha box by Annette Smyth
Japanese fish Powertex sculpture by Annette Smyth
Fish sculpture by Annette Smyth

The inks are available in a range of colours including metallics

Cow skull art
Cow skull art by Kore Sage
Mermaids by Patricia Williams
Mermaids by Patricia Williams
Wall letters by Samantha Thompson

Add textures with clay, mdf and fabric

Cow skull dream catcher by Donna Mcghie with Powertex acrylic inks
Dreamcatcher by Donna Mcghie

Donna has written a step by step tutorial for her dreamcatcher art.

Shell North Powertex box with cow skull
Cow skull box by Shell North
Fi Potter tea cups
Tea set by Fi Potter
Fairy door by Kore Sage with Powertex acrylic inks
Fairy door by Kore Sage

The acrylic inks are on special offer in October with 10% off to celebrate Tracey’s birthday. The gorgeous colours available are Raspberry, Aqua, Palm, Viola, Egg yolk, Tangerine, Deep sea, Lava and Damson. There’s also 5 metallic inks in Aqua, Golden, Copper penny, Silver sixpence and Coral pearl.

Shop now to take advantage of this offer. If you have any questions about using the acrylic inks you can always head to the Powertex Studio Facebook group for advice.

Becoming a Powertex tutor

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be a Powertex tutor? Our tutors come from different backgrounds and have built creative businesses that suit them, from weekend crafty meet-ups to full time, social entrepreneur. Read their stories and if you think you have what it takes to be a Powertex tutor, get in touch.

Tutor retreat Abyssimo workshop Powertex UK
Powertex UK with Abyssimo Workshop 2019

Building a dream

Abigail Lagden Powertex tutor
Abigail Lagden from Curiously Contrary

Abigail from Curiously Contrary says “Being made redundant was the push that I needed to properly consider developing my part time creative practice into a business. It has been a lot of hard work and a steep learning curve but it has also been fantastic fun and infinitely rewarding. I still have to pinch myself to make sure it isn’t all a dream and I have absolutely no plans to go back to having a ‘real job’ any time soon!”

Does this sound like your dream come true? Find out more about becoming a Powertex tutor by emailing Michele at Powertex UK.

Tutor Training

Training in the different products and techniques is available and you can succeed with hard work and supported by Powertex UK and fellow tutors. Every tutor runs their own unique workshops, allowing them to be creative with the products and offer something personal. There are now Powertex Academies across England offering tutor training too.

Supporting and encouraging others

Jaxs from Vintage Crafts by Jaxs says “I discovered Powertex and loved it straight away and I’ve been a tutor just over a year. I’m also a Slimming world consultant and a Zumba instructor. My Saturdays are free so that’s usually when I’m doing workshops. I’d say to anyone thinking about becoming a tutor, Go for it!!!! It’s that moment when your students see the finished item and their face is saying wow, it makes me think yep, I’m glad I did this.”

Do you love watching others create and succeed like Jaxs? Take a look at Powertex UK on Facebook to see what we’re about.

Giving back to the community

Donna Mcghie Powertex workshop with Donna Mcghie Art and Murals
Donna Mcghie Art and Murals

Donna from Art and Murals says “I love running Powertex workshops because they enable me to make a contribution to the Royal Papworth Hospital Charity. I call my workshops Art 4 A Heart Workshops and a part of my profits gets donated to the hospital as my way of saying thank you for giving me back my husband when he had his heart transplant.

I get the freedom of running my business as an independent business woman, with the added bonus of the support and advice from my fellow tutors and the guys at headquarters if I need it. Win win really.”

Would you like to run a socially minded creative business like Donna?

Sharing experience

Dawn Culver Powertex Tutor
Powertex tutor Dawn Culver

Dawn from Daybreak Crafts says “I have crafted for a number of years, right back to the 1980’s when I used to create cross stitched items to sell at craft fairs. One of my friends owned a well known craft company and offered me a job. Whilst I was working on a stand at the NEC, I met Tracey Evans and loved what she was demoing. I mentioned to Tracey I would be interested in becoming a tutor and did my training. I am currently in the process of selling off all my ‘clean’ crafting items as I have concluded I am not a clean crafter and much prefer mixed media type crafting.”

Are you looking to share your crafting experience like Dawn?

Getting creative and making friends

Bridget Griffiths Magic Garden Lyddle Folk, Powertex Tutor
Bridget from Magic Garden – Lyddle Folk

Bridget from Magic Garden – Lyddle Folk says “During the week I’m a meticulously tidy, organised accounts assistant. At the weekend I’m up to my elbows in Powertex letting my imagination run free and helping others to do the same. I do the workshops in my dining room with groups of 3-4 or one to ones. I’m able to do one or two a month, with the odd commission thrown in.

Most of my customers just want the chance to get out, have fun and meet others. The fact that they are so delighted by what they achieve is a bonus. Whether I do a whole day or just a half day, the workshops are always something I look forward to.”

Do you want to get creative and connect with other like minded people like Bridget?

Find out more about becoming a tutor

If you’re passionate about Powertex and would love to share it with others through your own creative business, we’d love to hear from you. Email Michele at Powertex UK if you think being a Certified Powertex Tutor is for you. You can also find us on Facebook. We’re looking forward to hearing from you.

If you’d like to see what some of our tutors are creating, browse the Design Team articles on the Powertex UK Mixed Media Magazine.

Masai Collection

In August our product of the month is the Masai Collection. This is a collection of plaster head/busts that can be used to create stunning figurines and statues. You may have seen “Agnes” recently on our Hochanda tv shows.

The plaster pieces can be painted with Powertex Fabric Hardener and attached to a stand with foil and masking tape. Use Powertex Fabric Hardener to paint, glue and dress your statues.

Powertex Masai figure by Annette Smyth
Figures by Annette Smyth

Fabric sculpting with Powertex is easy on these figures because Powertex and gravity do all the work for you. The fabric will fall into beautiful folds and you can pinch and press the fabric into shape to fit the figure as you like. You can also use Transparent Powertex if you have a fabric that you love, just test a little first!

Tutor samples

Some of our tutors have been busy creating beautiful figure sculptures for their workshops, just take a look at these.

Mala by Joanne Connelly
Mala by Joanne Connelly
Powertex Masai Figures by Eve Warden
Masai figures by Eve Warden
Masai figure by Gill Goldsmith
Agnes by Gill Goldsmith
Masai figure Mala by Jill Cullum
Mala by Jill Cullum
Masai figure by Kim McKelvie
Nola by Kim McKelvie
Mala by Jinny Holt
Masai figure by Jinny Holt
Masai figures by Annette Smyth
Figures by Annette Smyth

Get supplies

If you would like to try your own figure sculpture you can find all you need at Powertex UK. The Masai collection are available to buy individually and the range extends to other styles so take a look at the whole range. The busts are approximately 10 cm high so they fit the wooden stands perfectly.

Anne has created a flower girl figure if this theme isn’t your style. We love to see what you create so if you have a figure to share, hop over to the Facebook group at Powertex Addicts United and join our community group, The Powertex Studio.

If you’d like to hear more about Powertex products and how to use them, follow us on Facebook at Powertex UK.

New Metallic Tag project pack

Powertex UK New Metallic tag project pack

Designer – Tracey Evans

There’s a new project pack available from Powertex UK and Tracey has a tutorial for you to create this gorgeous metallic tag with a beautiful mdf letter, that’s personalised to you.

Powertex UK New Metallic tag project pack
Personalised Metallic Tag project by Tracey Evans

Tutorial

Tracey Evans, the creative director at Powertex UK uses Lead Powertex Fabric Hardener and the new Aqua acrylic ink in this tag. Use the fantastic textured fabric to create a background for your mdf letter and Powercotton for detail. Finish off your project with metallic pigments.

Metallic tutorial by Tracey Evans

Get your Metallic Tag project pack

If you would like to try the Metallic Tag Project Pack, you can find all the details on the website. The pack is available with or without Powertex and you can choose the letter you wish too.

If you have some Powertex creations to share we’d love to see them in the Powertex Studio on Facebook. Join us in Powertex Addicts United for inspiration and tips for getting the most out of your Powertex products.

Powertex Easy 3D Flex

Product of the Month for July 2019

Easy 3D comes as a heavy powder that is mixed with Powertex Fabric Hardener to create a clay. The clay is like dough and can be applied to canvas art as well as sculpture. It’s designed to crack as it dries which can leave deep cracked textures in the surface.

If you would like to try some Easy 3D Flex for yourself you can find it at Powertex UK. Need a little help to make up the clay? Just go to the instruction sheet at the bottom.

Powertex Design Team examples

The Design Team love to use this clay. Here’s some examples of how they’ve used it in their creations.

Sheep sculpture with Easy 3D Flex by Annette Smyth
Sculpture by Annette Smyth
Powertex Mixed media canvas by Anna Emelia Howlett
Mixed media canvas by Anna Emelia Howlett
Soul Sister sculpture with Powertex Easy 3D Flex by Donna Mcghie
Soul sister by Donna Mcghie

This planet art project by Jill has a tutorial in the Magazine, click on the image to open.

Powertex planet with Easy 3D Flex by Jill Cullum
Planet art by Jill Cullum
Canvas art by Fiona Potter Powertex Easy 3D Flex
Canvas art by Fiona Potter
Luxury egg by Jinny Holt with Powertex Easy 3D Flex
Mixed media egg by Jinny Holt

Shell’s beautiful Mandala art also has a tutorial, click on the image to see her step by step blog.

Mandala wall art by Shell North Powertex Easy 3D Flex
Mandala art by Shell North

This art doll kit is highly textured. You can see how Abigail puts this together in her tutorial, click on the image.

Powertex Art doll by Abigail Lagden
Art doll by Abigail Lagden
Canvas art by Kore Sage with Powertex textures
Canvas by Kore Sage

Find other project tutorials in this online magazine, just use the search bar to look for Easy 3D Flex in the categories.

Head over to Powertex Addicts United and join our community group, The Powertex Studio, share your creations. If you have a creation using Easy 3D clay, we’d love to see your makes.

If these projects have inspired you to try, you can get your own Easy 3D Flex at Powertex UK. Don’t forget you can use all your Powertex pigments, inks, paints and bister to colour these textures.

Here’s how to use Powertex Easy 3D Flex

If you’d like to mix your own Easy 3D clay but can’t get to a tutor, this will help you out.

Powertex Easy 3D Flex instruction sheet Powertex UK Easy3Dflex
How to use Powertex Easy 3D Flex

Venetian Carnival Canvas

The Secret Art Box – July 2019

Designer: Gill Goldsmith

This month’s Powertex Secret Art Box was full of wonderful Venetian Carnival themes and there was so much to play with. From the gorgeous lace and MDF masks to the Venice themed rice paper and the Fleur de Lys mould from ArtyCo. I couldn’t wait to get creating my Venetian carnival canvas.

Powertex UK Secret Art Box July 2019
Powertex UK Secret Art Box July 2019

I’ve been to Venice twice and think it is a beautiful city, so wanted to recreate the beauty and also the aged feel of the buildings with my piece. An 8 inch box canvas was the perfect size to create my mini work of art.

Additional materials used:

  • 8 inch box canvas
  • Powertex Easy Coat Mat
  • Blue and Brown Bister sprays
  • Powertex pigments in Violet Valentine, Clear gold and Silver

How to create your Venetian Carnival Canvas

Step 1

I painted the canvas with Easy Coat Mat and stuck the paper in position making sure I painted more over the image to help it adhere and protect the surface.

Applying Powertex rice paper

Top tip

A great tip is to wet around the edge of the image you want on the paper with a wet paintbrush. The paper will tear easily and give a textured edge.

Step 2

Next I created more texture on the canvas by mixing the Easy 3D flex, included in this month’s box, with the white Powertex, also in this month’s box.
Mix it until the clay spreads easily. Apply with a palette knife to the top and bottom corners to give the Italian stucco plaster effect.

Easy 3d Flex texture on canvas

Step 3

You could allow this to dry naturally but I sped up the process with a hairdryer. This gives a lovely bubbly texture.

Step 4

Using the white Powertex I painted the large mask. Dip the lace pieces in Powertex, making sure they are covered but not saturated.

Step 5

I worked on the large MDF mask using the various lace pieces included in the kit, and the MDF flourish and moulded flourish. Use White Powertex to stick it to the canvas.

White Powertex venetian carnival mask on canvas

Step 6

I created an air dry clay fleur de lys from the Artyco mould and added to the canvas.

Step 7

I removed the Venice wording from the MDF carrier sheet and used the negative image on the canvas.

Ensuring it was coated in the Powertex and then adding embellishments from my own stash of paper flowers, corners and charms.

White Powertex venetian carnival mask on canvas

Step 8

When completely dry, I sprayed it liberally with blue and brown bister. Don’t panic if you feel you’ve sprayed too much bister, you can wipe it back so it’s not so dark.

Adding Bister colour to Powertex mask

Allow this to dry thoroughly, before you highlight the piece with dry brushing.

Step 9

Finally once this was dry I could use my Pearl Red Pigment, Turquoise pigment and the Plum Pudding Acrylic Paint and varnish included in the kit.

This is where the piece comes to life, as you dry brush each area of detail and see all the texture emerge.

I also used violet valentine pearl pigment, clear gold and silver pigments from my stash.

Tutor Tip

Use a tiny amount of varnish, about the size of a 5p, and dip your brush into the varnish then lightly into your pigment. Work this on your brush and then take the excess of colour off on a cloth or kitchen paper before lightly stroking the brush across your work. The art of dry brushing is a dry brush, light strokes and build up the colour.

Powertex Venetian carnival canvas by gill goldsmith

I hope you enjoyed this project and that you will give it a go yourself. Please share your makes in The Powertex Studio and The Secret Art Box groups as we love to see what you create.

My last Secret Art Box project was an underwater theme in May. I’m a Powertex tutor in Kent, UK and you can find out more about me and my workshops at The Powertex Port.

Until next month, Happy Powertexing,
Lots of love
Gill xxx

The 2019 Powertex Garden Party is coming!

Garden Party Marquee

We’re really looking forward to the 2019 Powertex Garden Party. The marquee will go up for another two days of crafting, laughing and relaxing in great company. In just a few weeks we will put on our aprons and gloves and get stuck into some great new projects.

Powertex UK 2019 Garden Party

These photos were taken by Sam Butler last year so we can share just a little of our creations and the experience. The Secret Art Loft studio at Powertex UK HQ is in a stunning countryside location, with beautiful gardens and woodland areas.

Marquee Garden Party bunting

The event is well equipped and the main studio displays wonderful artworks and an opportunity to stock up on products. The gardens were also full of fantastic sculptures.

Powertex skull by Tracey Evans
by Tracey Evans

Even larger projects are fun and manageable with tutors close by to offer advice or support. Beginners don’t need to worry.

Powertex Garden Party
Powertex Addicts

The hand massage went down well for busy hands.

Hand massage

Shelagh wrote us a lovely review of her weekend too.

“Thanks for the Garden Party! I had a wonderful weekend. Of course now I’m buzzing to do arty stuff! It’s nice to have some positivity to turn to in memories and art form.”

Shelagh

There’s time for a glass of something before we go our separate ways. Cheers!

Powertex Garden Party drinks
Cheers!

There’s still time to book the last available tickets for this year’s 2019 Powertex Garden Party. If you’d like to join us for this special two day event, you can find all the details here. We’d love to see you but be quick.

Camper van and tent

The Powertex UK Subscription Box

The Secret Art Box

This month at Powertex UK we are celebrating the joy of The Secret Art Box!

The Secret Art Box is a monthly subscription box from Powertex UK. Boxes are packed full of inspirational items with different themes and variations each month.

In each box, you will find a selection of Powertex products, embellishments, fabric, plaster pieces, papers and so much more. Some new items are included exclusively and for the first time in The Secret Art Boxes.

The Powertex Secret Art Box Contents
An example of contents

Secret Art Box creations

Let’s take a look at what some Powertex Addicts have been making with their Secret Art Boxes!

Blue bird Mixed Media by Sam Butler
Sam Butler – January
Blue birds mixed media by Tracey Evans
Tracey Evans – January

Do you see how the same contents can create such different projects too!

Gill goldsmith Love frame Powertex Secret Art Box
Gill Goldsmith – February
Mixed media art by Sam Butler
Sam Butler – February
Mr Fish sculpture by Gill Goldsmith
Gill Goldsmith – May
Fish Canvas Subscription Box by Jill Cullum
Jill Cullum – May
Powertex Steampunk Mixed Media Flying machine by Abigail Lagden
Abigail Lagden – June
Powertex Steampunk Heart by Abigail Lagden
Abigail Lagden – June

You’ll have plenty left over from your project too. Use left over products from each box to add to your mixed media art or crafts. These gorgeous tags are by Powertex HQ’s Tracey Evans.

Mixed media tag by Tracey Evans
Powertex tag with guitar by Tracey Evans
Mixed media tag with Seahorse and lace by Tracey Evans
Mixed media tag with Seahorse by Tracey Evans
Blue birds Mixed media tag by Tracey Evans
Mixed media tag by Tracey Evans

How do I get one?

There are three subscription options are available, one, three or six months, although there are savings if you subscribe for longer. Each box is full of wonderful surprises, such as this one below!

Powertex Secret Art Box example contents.

When you subscribe you are invited to join our exclusive Facebook group. Here you can share your makes but also get early access to Design Team tutorials and tips for the month’s box!

We’d love you to join us. You can see all the Secret Art Box subscription options on our website, so pop over and choose the option that suits you.

Please note: Secret Art Box contents differ every month, so what you see here may not be included in future boxes.

Something fishy by Gill Goldsmith

Powertex UK Secret Art Box

Gill is demonstrating the May Secret Art Box and it’s got a watery theme! She’s diving in to the contents and using the unique and mystical Terragreen pigment to create something fishy! Read on for the details.

So I opened the May Secret Art Box from Powertex and WOW! Look at all the goodies that I received and in my perfect theme… nautical.

May 2019 Secret Art Box from Powertex UK

Something fishy

My first make had to be using the fish and I had the idea of making him with a fish bowl. (I’d seen the clear plastic bowls in a well known shop where everything is £1!) So I first covered the fish in black gesso and extended his fins, tail and mouth with air dry clay. I used the ammonite mould, included in the kit, to create his eyes.

Create the fish shape

Tail and fins

Next I covered him in fabric, using the black Powertex in the kit to give the effect of scales and fins and added fringing to his tail.

Create the fins and tail

Seaweed and shells

I created some rocks for the base of the fish bowl, recycling old gloves that I had used to Powertex in. I created texture with the balls in the kit and made shells with the cutter from air dry clay.  Then I used fabric to create the seaweed and left it drying on tin foil. These create movement in the finished pieces. I also used a piece of wire covered in fabric to attach Mr Fish to the bowl.

Leaving pieces to dry

Dry brushing

When all my pieces were dry I’m ready for the exciting bit. The dry brushing with the pearl pigment included in the kit (this month was Terragreen) and some Interference Blue from my stash. I placed the seaweed and rocks into the fish bowl and secured them with Easy Coat Mat, which is a great varnish and strong glue. 

Something Fishy Powertex project by Gill Goldsmith

Final touches

Mr Fish was dry brushed in Terragreen and Gold pigments. I used the fabric covered wire to attach him to the bowl and brushed this with Curacao Blue.  He was also attached to the bowl with Easy Coat Mat varnish. The final touch was using the tiny message from the glass bottle in the kit, which read “Make it Happen” to the top inside of the bowl and this project was complete.

Something fishy by Gill Goldsmith

Mr Fish Secret Art Box Project by Gill Goldsmith. Gill is a Powertex tutor at The Powertex Port in Chatham in Kent. You can see other Secret Art Box projects here and here. If you’d like receive a Secret Art Box, full of Powertex and mixed media goodies, you can subscribe here at Powertex UK.

Powertex Moulds

Fossil Mixed Media canvas art by Anna Emelia Howlett

In May the Product of the Month is silicon moulds. Powertex UK have a range of highly detailed silicon moulds for adding dimension to your mixed media art and crafts. Use with a Powertex and Stone Art mix for easy air drying clay. From tiny ammonite fossils, to flowers and leaves to extra large egyptian heads, take a look at the full range here. Don’t forget, when used with Powertex or Easy Varnish your pieces are also weatherproof and suitable for outdoor projects!

Powertex UK Fossil Ammonite mould

The Design Team using Powertex Moulds

Here are some examples of work using Powertex UK moulds by the design team.

Mixed media canvas with fossil ammonite mould and textures by Anna Howlett
Mixed media canvas with ammonites by Anna Emelia Howlett
Mixed media canvas with fossil ammonite mould and textures by Anna Howlett
Textured fossil canvas by Anna Emelia Howlett
Layered flower and leaves from Powertex UK moulds by Annette Smyth
Layered flowers and leaves sculpture by Annette Smyth
MDF plaque with Powertex and embellishments by Annette Smyth
Powertex plaque with flower embellishments by Annette Smyth
Mirror frame with Powertex and fossil ammonite embellishments by Donna Mcghie
Mirror frame with fossil detail by Donna Mcghie
Wonderland inspired mdf Powertex project by Donna Mcghie
Stone Art flower details by Donna Mcghie
Seascape with Stone Art Clay ammonite fossils by Jinny Holt
Seascape with Stone Art ammonites by Jinny Holt
Bottle vase with Stone Art embellishments by Jinny Holt
Curved bottle vase with Stone Art clay flowers by Jinny Holt
Ocean inspired journal with fossil ammonites from Stone Art Clay by Shell North
Journal cover with ammonite fossils from Stone Art clay by Shell North
Decorated picture frame with Powertex stone art clay flowers by Shell North
Picture frame with flower details in Stone Art clay by Shell North

Using moulds is a lovely way to use embellishments in your project. Because you have the mould you can make as few or as many pieces as you need and you can apply them while soft to curve around your surface like on Jinny’s bottle. You can also change the colour easily and Stone Art clay is very easy to work with.

If you like the look of the flower moulds you might want to take a look at this beautiful flower girl project by Anne. You can find the whole range of Powertex UK moulds here. Don’t forget to pick up some Stone Art while your there!

Powertex Flower lady with flower detail by Anne Waller
Detail of Flower Girl by Anne Waller