Tutorials, tips and techniques for your Powertex art and craft
Category: Powertex Universal Medium
Powertex UK Powertex Universal Medium is a fabric hardener, adhesive and paint. The liquid medium is available in a range of colours and is weatherproof when cured. A range of accompanying texture products and mixed craft supplies also available.
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.
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.
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.
Include bees, hares, flowers or leaves for nature inspired projects. Use fabric texture packs to create natural textures and interest.
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.
See the full Spring Collection at Powertex UK and there’s 10% off until 22nd March for the Mother’s Day promotion.
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.
‘Busy bees bumbled all around
The twisted ivy covered ground
Honeycomb oozes with golden treasure
Sounds of buzzing is pure pleasure’
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.
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.
“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”
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.
The entries ranged from glorious hats to fabulous mixed media art. Here’s the entries from Powertex Addicts.
Animals are always a popular make and these entries from Alison and Chris are amazing!
These hats from Michael and Rita are brilliant ideas for the challenge.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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”
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.
Use moulds to add pipework like Samantha Thompson.
Use Powertex fabric hardener to create Victorian ruffles like Sarah Jayne Ambrose.
Julie gives her owl a mechanical makeover.
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.
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.
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.
Top hats featured too with fantastic creations from Kristen Penrod, Jeanette Wright and Amanda Minx Daley.
This piece from Julia Hargreave uses Powertex for a mixed media layered creation.
And the winner is…
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.
The Powertex UK Design Team have created some gorgeous art and craft projects that you find here in the magazine. However, we know that Powertex Addicts everywhere are also being very creative, making some beautiful projects and having brilliant ideas for their Powertex supplies.
So while the design team are taking a break from their blogs it’s time for you to share your creations in the Powertex UK Monthly Challenge!
The Powertex UK Monthly Challenge is back in 2020 and we’d love you to join us!
Every month, Tracey will post a new theme or prompt for us to use and this month it’s an all time favourite! There’s a prize to be won each month too, all the details are below.
January’s theme – Alice in Wonderland
Claire from Powertex UK HQ wrote a short verse to inspire you:
“Drink me! Pots of tea all around
‘I’m late,’ said Rabbit diving into the ground
The Cheshire Cat smiled down at Alice
Roses painted red in the Queen of Hearts palace.”
There’s a project for everyone in this popular theme so what will you choose?
Beginners welcome, any style you like
Beginners and more experienced Powertex artists and crafters are all welcome. Just show the team how you create with Powertex and the theme. Be as creative as you like, in any style you like!
A 5% Off voucher for www.powertex.co.uk will be given to a winner each month! Entries will also appear on here in the magazine as a feature in a monthly themed blog to showcase your creative projects.
You can find all the details you need about entering below.
For my last blog I’m reminiscing from 4 years ago when I made my first ever Powertex Gnome ‘Amon the Shaman’. He was inspired by a supposed origins story of Santa, collecting Fly agaric, flying with his reindeer and delivering presents.
My original Powertex gnome seems to have inspired a flourish of gnome making. They are one of my most requested items to make in my workshop schedules. So I decided this, my last article of the year would be dedicated to them.
So the legend as I heard it…
*Take this tale as you please, a bit of fun or maybe something to make you think…*
The image as we know
Long before the early 20th century Coca Cola adverts, Santa was commonly depicted as more of a gnome-like little man.
As old as tales
The origins of Santa’s style, and his bag of goodies, flying reindeer, entering through a chimney to deliver gifts, Pine tree’s may link way back to the ancestral traditions of a number of indigenous arctic circle dwellers. (He may well have come from the North Pole after all!)
On the run up to solstice the village shaman would go out to gather mushrooms, they would wear a mainly red outfit with either white trim or white dots, in honor of the mushroom’s colors.
The eve of festivities
On the eve of the Winter Solstice the shaman of the village would gather Fly agaric mushrooms. They would use them to travel on a spiritual journey to the (pine) tree of life. The tree of life located by the North Star held the answer to solve all the village’s problems for the coming year.
The Shamans would feed the Fly agaric to reindeer, their digestive systems can filter out most of the toxins. This makes (dare I say it) their bodily excretion safe for humans to drink.
*Warning* Fly agaric mushrooms are seriously toxic for humans to consume. So I am in no way promoting it! Maybe this is where the saying don’t eat yellow snow comes from?!
The legend says that the shaman and reindeer would journey (fly) to the tree by the north star to retrieve the gifts of knowledge. These gifts would then be taken back to distribute to the rest of the village.
Returning home to the village yurt, for solstice. He would enter through the hole in the roof. The hole acted as a chimney with a central pole that held the yurt up over the fireplace. In gratitude for these gifts they would decorate Pine trees with offerings.
So that’s it, the story I’d heard that inspired my original gnome creation
It seems that maybe some of these traditions were carried down to the European pagans, taking on elements originating much farther north. Inevitably different cultures influenced one another due to migration and intermarriage, becoming merged with many other cultural traditions that we celebrate differently from one another today.
However you celebrate at this time of year, give thanks for any gifts, kind/wise words. Share precious times with your loved ones, and in your community (never let anyone go lonely). look towards the New year and the light that builds ever brighter from now until summer.
More about gnomes
Of course after my first gnome I loved making them, you can make them for any time of year. Here are a few of my gnomes that have developed over the years
If you fancy making one of these little guys with me, my next gnome workshop is Feb 1st, find more info here.
Well that’s all from me, thank you for taking the time to read my blogs this year.
This month’s Egyptian Secret Art Box is a stunner! The theme, inspired by Tracey’s visit to the Tutankhamen exhibition is all things Egyptian and amongst the fabulous goodies, a brand new colour of Powertex, a gorgeous mint green.
Powertex Universal Medium in White and Yellow Ochre
Pigments in Bronze gold, Blue Curcao and Ultramarine
How to make my Egyptian art
The new shape of MDF panel, lent itself so much to the theme and screams pyramid, so I used the fabulous hieroglyphics stencil and added texture to the top of the panel with EasyStructure paste. I also added a coating of Easy Structure across the pyramid and marked it with a palette knife like blocks. Once dry, I laid out my composition of the MDF pieces, I’d cast a plaster piece of the new scarab mould and also used the Nefertiti bust as a focal point.
Then using the brand new mint colour Powertex I coated the complete piece, using it to glue all the elements in place. I added some Paperdecoration to the sides and created more texture using the sand included in the box. I mixed it into the Powertex with a palette knife and spread it across the bottom of the canvas. Allow this to dry thoroughly.
Once dry, I used the palm leaf acrylic ink spray, included in the box, and liberally sprayed across the whole piece. Don’t panic at this point, it looks a lot of colour, but there’s a long way to go. Again, allowing this to dry thoroughly before starting my favourite process on any Powertex piece, the dry brushing.
I initially dry brushed the MDF elements and the plaster pieces with white Powertex and the pyramid in yellow ochre. I then added depth with darker pigments to make the pyramid stand out and used the bronze gold pigment included as well as blue Curacao and ultramarine blue to bring out the highlights on all the plaster pieces and MDF embellishments. Mix pigments with the Varnish.
My final touch was to dry brush the pyramid with more white Powertex, making sure your brush is really dry so it just highlights the texture and make it stand out…..
My prompt for this month’s Powertex article was A Winter’s Tale. The festive season is fast approaching and my mind wandered back to those seemingly halcyon days of Christmas’ past.
Obviously memory plays tricks on us all, but for me, nothing
beats a bit of nostalgia at Christmas. I fell in love with the retro look of
the Victorian Christmas Rice Papers, the style of the images really made me
However, rather than making me think of all things Victorian, for me they conjure up memories of the early seventies. Lots of gaudy tinsel and Slade blasting out Merry Christmas on Top of the Pops.
I decided to attempt to create a wall plaque that captured some of that seventies atmosphere.
So grab yourself a snowball to drink, (or something non alcoholic from the soda stream if you prefer), and let’s have a bit of festive fun with Powertex.
I deliberately chose to keep this project fairly simplistic and quick to do. The reason being is that most of us are frantically busy on the lead up to Christmas, and don’t have much time to set aside for crafting. Hopefully this little tree can slot in to the timescale somewhere though.
MDF Christmas Tree Base (I got mine from Hobbycraft)
Mix together green and white Powertex Fabric Hardener to a pale green colour. Sponge over your tree shape and allow to dry. You can use a hairdryer to speed this process.
With a flat brush apply Easy Varnish where you want to place the images. Then gently put them in position and brush over them again with the varnish to seal. Add some more hardener in various places and whilst damp gently dab on some Stone Art.
Now add more branch shapes with Easy Structure, dry and spray with the Bister.
Now mix a small amount of white pigment with easy varnish, load a flat brush, wipe off on paper towel, and gently sweep over your tree segments. Gradually building up the intensity until it looks like snow.
A final flourish of glitter and we are done 🙂 I like to use a very fine bio degradable glitter as although we’re going for a seventies vibe, it’s good to use current sensibilities about sustainability.
I decided to add a simple star on the top but obviously if you decide to make one you can bling up your tree with whatever takes your fancy.
That’s my lot for 2019 folks. I have really enjoyed sharing my makes in these articles and have equally enjoyed seeing what you share with us on our Facebook page, so please do pop over and share any of your nostalgic makes.
I’ve been making lots of other festive decorations which you can see on my own Facebook page here.
The other design team members have been busy as well. I particularly love Fiona’s Christmas star from last year.
Have a wonderful Christmas everyone, and here’s hoping you get lots of Powertex goodies in those stockings 🙂
If you’re looking for Powertex craft and mixed media projects for Christmas or Winter home decorations then we’ve got what you need. These projects have all been featured in the Powertex UK Magazine with step by step tutorials to show you how to make them.
The Design Team have created some beautiful projects for you to make at home, from tree decorations to Winter wall art. Take your pick from these inspirational Powertex Christmas creations and crack open the Powertex this weekend!
Mixed media Christmas by the Powertex UK design team
Do you hang a wreath on your door at Christmas? A Powertex wreath can be made weatherproof for outdoors. Add plenty of sparkle with pearl or your favourite metallic Colortricx pigments and Easy Varnish.