Powertex tutorial – rainbow of hope

Powertex rainbow video tutorial by Tracey Evans

Designed by Tracey Evans

Powertex tutors may have put their workshops on hold during lockdown but Tracey Evans has created a video lesson for you. Create your own rainbow jar for your water, brushes or pens with this Powertex video tutorial. Use Powertex Universal Medium with fabric and learn how to mix Powercolor pigments into a paint with Easy Varnish.

Create a Powertex rainbow of hope with Tracey Evans Powertex video tutorial
Create a Powertex rainbow of hope with Tracey Evans

Learn how to use fabric with Powertex to create texture and how to colour your textures using Powercolor and Easy Varnish.

Tracey used:

  • A clean glass jar
  • Masking tape
  • Fabric scraps in natural fibres and a variety of textures
  • Powertex Universal Medium in a dark colour (Black, Bronze, Lead, Red or Blue)
  • Easy Varnish
  • Powercolor pigments, rainbow or in your favourite colours
  • A paper or plastic plate or container for your Powertex
  • A craft mat, plastic or paper plate to mix your pigments
  • A flat paintbrush
  • Gloves are optional

(All supplies from www.powertex.co.uk. Please note the online shop is not currently processing orders due to COVID-19.)

Watch Tracey’s Powertex video lesson here

In this time, maybe you have limited supplies or you’re not able to shop for a product. Powertex works well with so many materials, just work with what you have. If you don’t have a jar, try a bottle or box. If you don’t have all the colours of the rainbow, pick your favourites and use those to create a unique rainbow of hope.

This gorgeous jar is a perfect entry for the monthly challenge in April. Create your own rainbow of hope and enter the challenge in The Powertex Studio. Look for the April photo album to enter. Remember one UK entry will win a prize and entries may be featured here in the magazine.

If you would like to see more of Tracey’s projects take a look at the Powertex UK YouTube channel.

A rainbow of hope

Powertex rainbow butterfly by Jacqueline Frances Butler

The April Powertex UK challenge encourages us to create a rainbow of hope as they appear in windows across the world. Rainbows are giving children a creative activity, celebrating schools, the NHS and connecting friends and neighbours.

Do you have a project in a rainbow of colours you can share? Perhaps you would like to create a Powertex rainbow to put in your own window? Here is some inspiration from our Powertex tutors to help you get creating a rainbow of hope. Create a Powertex sculpture or any Powertex art with a rainbow of colours and post your entry in The Powertex Studio.

Jane’s rainbow unicorn uses fabrics on an mdf shape for perfect Powertex textures.

Jane Harrison Fawcett Powertex Rainbow Unicorn in Powertex
Rainbow unicorn by Jane at DoCreative

Emma creates a textured Powertex art with Easy Structure, stencils and Secret Art Loft inks.

Emma Portberry Crafts Powertex rainbow art
Powertex rainbow art by Emma at Portberry Crafts

Jacqueline layers a variety of textures and embellishments with Ivory Powertex and inks for this rainbow butterfly.

Powertex rainbow butterfly by Jacqueline Frances Butler
Powertex rainbow butterfly by Jacqueline at Isalei Crafts

Annette’s Spring wreath uses fabric and mdf hares with Powertex on a styrofoam ring.

Rainbow wreath by Annette Smyth
Rainbow Spring wreath by Annette Smyth

This gorgeous sea themed tag by Kirsty layers stencil textures and embellishments perfect for inks and dry brushing.

Powertex rainbow tag by Kirsty @LoveknottCreations
Powertex rainbow tag by Kirsty at LoveKnott Creations

Remember the challenge runs over on Facebook in The Powertex Studio group and there’s a prize for one lucky UK winner. Entries may also be featured here in the magazine. Just post your photo in the April photo album by the 25th April to enter.

If you would like to know more about the challenge find the details here in the magazine.

Get creating and we’ll see you in The Powertex Studio.

Bee Creative Challenge winner

Powertex UK Mixed Media art Bees

A huge thank you to those who entered the Bee Creative Challenge this month. We hope you have found some comfort in your crafting. We had some gorgeous entries using a bee theme for Spring.

The bee silicone moulds from Powertex UK made appearances in these Powertex creations. They make beautifully detailed embellishments for mixed media art and craft.

Here’s a round up of some of the entries from the March photo album in The Powertex Studio.

Powertex Bee Boot by Crista
Crista Logan
Powertex Bee flower by Mandy Pawson, Bee creative challenge
Mandy Pawson
Powertex flower and bee by Alison BIrch, Bee creative challenge
Alison Birch
Powertex journal by Angie Forster Bee creative
Angie Forster
Powertex Journal by Patricia Williams
Patricia Williams

The winner is

Congratulations to Faith Waddell with her beautiful Ivory and Bister vase. Her embellishments are layered beautifully!

Powertex Bee vase by Faith Waddell, bee creative challenge
Faith Waddell

If you would like to take part in the Powertex UK monthly challenge you can find all the details here on the magazine or over on Facebook in The Powertex Studio Announcements. The new challenge is announced on the 5th of the month. See you there.

Bee Creative Challenge

It’s time to “Bee Creative” for this month’s Powertex UK prize challenge. The theme this month is buzzing so get busy and inspired with these Bee projects from Powertex tutors.

Whether you want to create a bee sculpture or use the Bee mould or MDF shapes in a mixed media art or sculpt your own from fabric or Stone Art clay, there’s lots of possibilities for your supplies. Include at least one bee to enter your project. Hexagons, flowers, leaves and natural textures will all work brilliantly, just add your favourite colours in pigments, paints or Bister for a really organic finish.

Tracey Powertex Evans Bee art for the Monthly Challenge

‘Busy bees bumbled all around

The twisted ivy covered ground

Honeycomb oozes with golden treasure

Sounds of buzzing is pure pleasure’

Claire Ivins
Powertex Bee sculpture by Karen Hewitt
Bee in a mixed media Powertex art by Gertie Graham
POwertex art by Tracey Evans

The limited edition March Secret Art Box also has a bee theme and a few boxes are still available but bee quick!

To enter your project, post your photo into the March photo album at The Powertex Studio on Facebook. One lucky UK winner will receive a prize and the entries will be featured here in the online magazine and on our social media pages.

Read more about the terms of the challenge here in the magazine or take a look at last month’s amazing entries. Congratulations to Jenny Shepherd for her brilliantly detailed mixed media Steampunk art in February.

Bee Creative and good luck!

Steampunk Challenge

The February challenge encouraged you to enter with a Steampunk theme. Claire from Powertex UK wrote a poem to inspire you and Powertex tutors had plenty of ideas to get you crafting.

There are over 70 photos in The Powertex Studio for the Monthly Challenge and you can see all the entries, including some from Powertex tutors, in the February album.

Powertex Steampunk challenge art by Powertex Tammy
Powertex art by Secretly Enchanted Powertex

“Wise old owl; his lucks come in
Lucky sixpence gets him a win!
Steampunk funk the cogs just spin
My heart is black but full within”

Claire Ivins

The winner of the prize from Powertex UK this month is Jenny Shepherd with her fabulous mixed media art. Jenny has layered lots of details and mixed media embellishments in her art while following the theme.

Powertex Steampunk art by Jenny Shepherd

The entries ranged from glorious hats to fabulous mixed media art. Here’s the entries from Powertex Addicts.

Animal projects

Animals are always a popular make and these entries from Alison and Chris are amazing!

Powertex steampunk art by Alison Birch
Powertex sculpture art

Top Hats

These hats from Michael and Rita are brilliant ideas for the challenge.

Powertex hat by Micheal Forster
Powertex hat by Rita Peak

Great clock creations

Clocks are a popular choice for a steampunk theme, like these from Sarah, Kelly and Trinity, who added hers to a hat! Clock parts are a great way to put a steampunk twist on your mixed media creations.

Sarah Warburton Powertex clock
Powertex clock Steampunk theme by KellyMatisonn
Trinity Mason Powertex hat with clock

Mixed media

These mixed media art pieces are by Julia, Sue, Audrey and a great piece posted by David for his wife. These creations have some fabulous details using cogs and gears and metal textures. These are brilliant examples of mixed media layering.

Julia Hargreave Mixed media POwertex sculpture
Sue Archer Powertex heart
Powertex art
Powertex mixed media mirror by Audrey Spina

Thank you so much for all your entries and congratulations to Jenny for her winning Powertex art. The next challenge will be posted on Facebook on the 5th March. We hope you’ll join us. Remember there’s a prize for a UK entry. You can find all the in The Powertex Studio Announcements and here in the magazine.

Steampunk Powertex Challenge

For the Love of Steampunk – February Challenge

Take a look at these Steampunk Powertex projects from UK tutors to inspire your own crafting. It’s the theme for the Monthly Challenge in The Powertex Studio in February. Put your own Steampunk spin on these ideas or create something unique and join us!

Powertex Steampunk art by Suzanne Tarburton using the Secret Art Box
Powertex canvas by Suzanne Tarburton

Claire from Powertex UK has written a poem to inspire you too.

For the Love of Steampunk

“Wise old owl; his lucks come in
Lucky sixpence gets him a win!
Steampunk funk the cogs just spin
My heart is black but full within”

Claire Ivins

Think cogs and gears, clock parts, copper pipes, metal textures and corsetry or lace to give your creations a steampunk twist. Steampunk is all about mixing up Victorian steam age with the future so go wild with old meets new.

Steampunk crafting by Powertex tutors

Layer up a mixed media style art with mdf cogs and metal textures like Sylvia Blackshaw.

Steampunk Powertex art by Sylvia Blackshaw
Powertex art by Sylv’s Creations

Use moulds to add pipework like Samantha Thompson.

Steampunk Powertex art by Samantha Thompson
Steampunk art by Samantha Thompson

Use Powertex fabric hardener to create Victorian ruffles like Sarah Jayne Ambrose.

Powertex Steampunk corset by Sarah Jayne Ambrose
Art by Sarah Jayne Ambrose at The Skull Shed

Julie gives her owl a mechanical makeover.

Powertex mechanical owl by Julie Emery
Powertex owl by Crafts by J & C

Suzanne gets creative with cogs and gears in her sculpture.

Add clockwork parts to a hat for a steampunk costume or prop like Liz Dixon.

Use moulds, mdf and metal embellishments like Gill Goldsmith.

Add a touch of Victoriana to a sculpture like Wendy Reed.

Steampunk Stanley by The Creative CHicken
Steampunk Stanley by The Creative Chicken

Enter the Steampunk Monthly Challenge in our Facebook Group. You can read all about the challenge in the Announcements or in this article.

Everyone is welcome to join in and you might see a lot of tutor makes in the photo album to inspire you.

Last month’s theme was Alice in Wonderland and Elisa Miles was the lucky prize winner. We’d love to see your Powertex steampunk creations in the challenge photo album too! The challenge is open until the 25th February.

Powertex UK Monthly Challenge Elisa Miles
Winner of the Powertex UK Monthly Challenge in January

Alice in Wonderland Challenge

Powertex UK Monthly Challenge Elisa Miles

Entries for the January Powertex UK Monthly Challenge

The Powertex UK monthly prize challenge for 2020 gets off to a magical start with Alice in Wonderland as the theme for entries. We have plenty of top hats, teapots, rabbits and pocket watches in The Powertex Studio Facebook group. The Powertex UK team at HQ have chosen a UK winner to receive a prize!

“We were stunned by the standard of our first challenge and choosing a winner was not an easy task however we decided on Elisa’s entry as we felt it was a great effort from someone fairly new to Powertex.”

Tracey Evans, Powertex UK

Entries from Powertex tutors are not eligible for the prize but you can see them in The Powertex Studio photo album. Here are the brilliant entries eligible to win, scroll down to see the winning entry by Elisa Miles!

Teapots were a favourite

We love these teapot themed makes from Tricia Lewis, Michele Morfett, Lynda Hodson and Julie Harding.

Powertex UK Monthly Challenge Tricia Lewis
Powertex UK Monthly Challenge Michele Morfett Alice in Wonderland
Powertex UK Monthly Challenge Lynda Hodson
Powertex UK Monthly Challenge Julie Harding

Top hats featured too with fantastic creations from Kristen Penrod, Jeanette Wright and Amanda Minx Daley.

Powertex UK Monthly Challenge Kristen Penrod
Powertex UK Monthly Challenge Jeanette Wright Alice in Wonderland
Powertex UK Monthly Challenge Amanda Minx Daley

This piece from Julia Hargreave uses Powertex for a mixed media layered creation.

Powertex UK Monthly Challenge Julia Hargreave

And the winner is…

Powertex UK Monthly Challenge Elisa Miles Alice in Wonderland
The winning entry by Elisa Miles

Gorgeous work Elisa. Elisa wins the 5% OFF prize voucher this month and next time it could be you!

A huge thank you to everyone who entered the challenge. The next theme will be announced in The Powertex Studio group on Facebook on the 5th February 2020. We hope you’ll join us.

If you’re feeling inspired, take a look at The Alice Collection at Powertex UK for Wonderland supplies. You can read all the about the Challenge in the Announcements in The Powertex Studio or here in the online magazine.

See you in February!