Powerwax textured art

Powertex Powerwax art by Tracey Evans

Powerwax art designed and created by Tracey Evans

Use craft foam as a base for a textured art piece with Powerwax (cold wax) and Powercolor powder pigments. The high density craft foam is a wonderful base for your art and craft projects. It’s easy to carve the foam with simple tools from around the home to create an unusual textured surface.

Powerwax is a watersoluble cold wax that’s easy to use to create beautifully blended layers of colour in your art.

Watch Tracey from Powertex UK as she turns her craft foam block into a stunning piece of collectible wall art and find the supplies list below.

Powerwax art by Tracey Evans

Tracey uses:

  • High density craft foam
  • Black Powertex Universal Medium (aka Fabric Hardener)
  • Powertex Powerwax
  • Powercolor pigments – Tracey uses Red ochre, Orange, Yellow ochre, Dark green, Lime
  • Acrylic ink in Golden or Gold Colortricx metallic pigment
  • Tools for carving in to the foam (scissors, clay tools, knife metal palette knives, grater etc)
  • Plastic surface to work on such as a craft mat, pvc or plastic bag
  • Flat paintbrush and a small paintbrush for finishing details
  • Hairdryer (optional)
  • Plastic palette knife for mixing
  • Sponge – cut into small pieces

Before you start, protect your surface. Wearing gloves is optional but protect your clothes and remove jewellery.

Create your own art

  • Carve a pattern into your craft foam with metal tools
  • Remove any loose pieces
  • Coat the foam thoroughly with Black Powertex
  • Dry with a hairdryer
  • Mix your Powercolor pigments into some cold wax with a plastic palette knife
  • Apply the coloured wax to the surface with a sponge
  • Blend and layer your colours on the surface
  • Add Lime and Yellow ochre highlights with a sponge
  • Finish with a few fine gold details with a brush

All the supplies used here are available at Powertex UK where you can also find the whole range of Powercolor and Colortricx metallic and pearl pigments. Choose your favourite colours from the range to create your own unique textured art. There’s also a starter kit available with trial size Powerwax, pigments and plastic palette knives.

If you love the look of textured Powertex art take a look at these examples by Fiona Potter and Donna Mcghie who were inspired by the Northern Lights. They use Easy 3D Flex and acrylic paints and inks to create vibrant abstract canvas art.

Join us on Facebook in The Powertex Studio group and on Instagram where we love to inspire you and share your creations.

Which materials can I use with Powertex?

Powertex art by Tracey Evans

Have you wondered what materials, embellishments and bases you can use with your Powertex? Here’s what you need to get started so you can reuse, recycle and get crafting with what you have at home.

Use natural materials with Powertex

Powertex works best with natural materials. Think about cotton fabrics, cardboard, heavy papers, glass, metal. wood, cork, string and natural yarns. Powertex does not adhere well to soft plastics as it can peel off. If you want to use a plastic item such as a pot or toy as your base, it’s recommended that you prime the surface first. You can do this with masking tape or Gesso.

What materials can I use with Powertex Universal Medium. Photo by Kore Sage
Use natural materials with Powertex

What to use as a base

There are plenty of options from mdf kits to and canvases to items you can find at home. Bottles, jars and boxes are an easy place to start for any Powertex addict. If you’d rather create on a flat surface how about a notebook, wooden picture frame or even a mirror? Styrofoam pieces can be primed with Powertex and paper mache blanks can be worked on directly. Altered hats, shoes and even mannequins are popular too!

Fabric tips

Try different weights and textures of fabric for interesting results. 100% cotton fabrics will harden thoroughly and will be weatherproof when coated. Lightweight muslin, cheesecloth, t-shirt fabric, denim, cotton jersey, hessian, burlap and cotton lace trims are all popular choices because they add fantastic textures. Reuse old cottton clothes or bedsheets or raid your remnants.

Choose a variety of textures, photo by Kore Sage
Choose a variety of textures

You can coat synthetic fabrics with Powertex but they won’t harden as well and will not have the weatherproof quality of natural fabrics. The higher the percentage of natural fibres, the better your results will be!

Using glass

Bottles and jars are a brilliant starting place for Powertex beginners. Create vases and fairy houses from your empties with fabric scraps and embellishments. Glass can be slippery to work on so leave the labels on or use pieces of masking tape to add some grip for your fabric or Stone Art clay.

Use empty glass bottles and jars with Powertex
Use empty glass bottles and jars
Photo by Aserusainhuu on Unsplash

Using organic materials, leaves flowers etc

Using organic materials such as leaves, flowers, seeds is possible with a few things in mind. Plants, leaves, seeds etc contain moisture and if you add Powertex, that moisture could cause the materials to rot or decay underneath. However you can use dried pieces to ensure your project lasts.

How to use leaves and seeds with Powertex Universal Medium
Using leaves, flowers and seeds
Photo by Diana Akhmetianova on Unsplash

Adding embellishments

Whatever you’ve got, Powertex it! From wooden and clay shapes to metal treasures, Powertex will glue pretty much anything. However, it’s slow drying so hold your pieces in place until it starts to set. Powertex is a strong glue so will even hold heavier embellishments in place. Prime plastic pieces before use with Gesso or masking tape.

Blue bird tage with Powertex by Tracey Evans
Powertex mixed media tag by Tracey Evans
Powertex steampunk hat by Suzanne Tarburton from Crafting with Love and Fairy Dust
Steampunk hat by Crafting with Love and Fairy Dust

Texture mediums

Add your favourite Powertex textures such as Stone Art, Easy Structure, 3d Sand, 3d Balls, mdf shapes or Powercotton and you will have lots of different gorgeous texture! Use Powertex to prime, paint, coat your textures and glue your layers together. When it’s dry you can add colours in your favourite products.

Powertex art by Tracey Evans from Powertex UK
Powertex art by Tracey Evans at Powertex UK

If you’ve been inspired to start a new Powertex creation, join us in The Powertex Studio on Facebook to see what Powertex Addicts have been making and share your own. You can also follow us on Instagram where we love to share Powertex creations from all over the world. You can get your Powertex supplies from Powertex UK online.

Here in the magazine we have hundreds of tutorials, makes and tips to get you crafting. Take a look at these project ideas by UK Powertex tutors Shell and Donna to inspire you.

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.

The Spring Collection

The Spring Collection from Powertex UK is a range of mixed media art and craft supplies perfect for use with Powertex Universal Medium. Powertex is a fabric hardener, paint and adhesive and comes in a range of colours and these supplies are chosen to work brilliantly with the Powertex product range.

Powertex art by Tracey Evans 
The Spring Collection
Powertex Spring kit by Tracey Evans

Choose from fabric florals, silicone moulds, printed rice papers, nature inspired textures and mdf shapes for Powertex projects to welcome in the Spring.

Remember Powertex Universal Medium and Easy Varnish make it easy to create projects for outside too. Just allow 3 weeks curing time for Powertex and use Easy Varnish to protect your colours.

Powertex UK Spring Collection

Fabulous florals

Use Stone Art clay mixture or air drying clay with the silicone moulds for brilliant detail in your embellishments. The beautiful fabric flowers are perfect for use with fabric hardener, because they can be shaped before setting into position and hardening. Great for curved surfaces such as bottles or polystyrene rings.

Rose and leaf mould from Powertex UK Spring Collection
Powertex UK rose and leaf mould
Fabric floral embellishments by Powertex UK Spring Collection
Fabric floral embellishments

Nature inspired

Include bees, hares, flowers or leaves for nature inspired projects. Use fabric texture packs to create natural textures and interest.

Powertex UK hare mdf shapes from Spring collection
Hare mdf shapes
Bee trio silicone mould from Powertex UK
Bee trio silicone mould

Bases

For your base try a polystyrene ring or mdf frame such as the hexagonal art board. If you love to carve out some unusual textures and shapes give the craft foam a try.

Spring kit Powertex decor by Tracey Evans from Powertex UK
Powertex art by Tracey Evans

See the full Spring Collection at Powertex UK and there’s 10% off until 22nd March for the Mother’s Day promotion.

Powertex UK 10% off Mother's Day offer 2020
10% off offer at Powertex UK

Join us for the monthly prize challenge in The Powertex Studio on Facebook.

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!

Queen of Hearts

Designed by Alex Henry Mixed Media

Off with his head

January’s monthly Powertex challenge is Alice in Wonderland, now doesn’t that just conjure up all sorts of exciting possibilities. Dave and I put on our thinking caps and started to work around all things teapots and cups. Out of nowhere an idea popped into my head, a Queen of Hearts Bones.

I have been thinking of getting out my old sewing machine and doing a bit, this would work well with my idea. I had some perfect fabrics in my stash for this, so let the fun begin. We did have to reign in a bit here as we were getting carried away.

Powertex Queen of Hearts Bones by Alex Henry Mixed Media
Powertex Queen of Hearts Bones by Alex Henry Mixed Media

Materials

How to make a Queen of Hearts Bones

The first step was for Dave to make me a stand and fix a head on it or in our case a skull. Build a body using foil and masking tape, also a dress shape for draping material over.

Attach this to a rather nice shaped bottle, this of course needs to be emptied first, not difficult with having just celebrated Christmas and New year. Coat the whole thing with black Powertex Universal Medium.

Dress the figure

Use white cotton fabric and cut the front panel of the dress covered with Black Powertex and fix it in place. Wrap another piece around the waist to start to form the beginning of a bodice. Once firmly attached I left it to dry overnight.

The next rather exciting stage was to start adding the coloured fabric. I made a gathered skirt using my heart fabric which fit around the back and joined up to the black panel on the front. You don’t need to sew, it can just be fixed in place with the Powertex. For this I used transparent Powertex as I wanted to keep the lovely pattern.

Powertex queen of hearts step by step by Patricia Williams

Add a waist band and a matching neckline. Make a generous bustle for the back of my queen of hearts using a bold black and white check. I also used transparent Powertex for this.

Time to let it dry out again overnight, you can of course use a drying box to speed things up but I always have other things on the go for times like this.

Powertex queen of hearts by Patricia Williams

To make her hair I used a plaster heart for this, hollowing the bottom so it fit on her head. I had some ginger curly hair which I chopped up and glued around the heart.

For the next stage make her a crown. This was a simple affair made with tin foil and masking tape then painted with black Powertex and dry brushed in rich gold pigment. (Mix the powder pigment with Easy Varnish.)

Finishing touches

A finishing touch was to make her a collar out of three playing cards. I won these in a slot machine on holiday, I knew they would come in useful! The last final touch was the Rabbit, (that was Dave’s idea).

So ladies and gents I give you my Queen of Hearts. Why don’t you have a go at making your version? Show us on The Powertex Studio and indeed any of your makes or enter the monthly challenge by the 25th January if you have a Wonderland themed make.

If you would like to see more of my work head over to my Facebook page Alex Henry.

Powertex Queen of Hearts Bones by Patricia Williams from Alex Henry MIxed Media

If this is your style, you might like our Gothic Fantasy Pram project too. Thank you for reading, I hope you enjoyed it and I’m looking forward to bringing you more of my makes throughout the year.

Patricia