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.
Learn how to use fabric with Powertex to create texture and how to colour your textures using Powercolor and Easy Varnish.
A clean glass jar
Fabric scraps in natural fibres and a variety of textures
Powertex Universal Medium in a dark colour (Black, Bronze, Lead, Red or Blue)
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.
When given the brief “A Winter’s Tale” to create a blog, there were many things that sprung to mind. However, my love of everything cute, and recent obsessions with mice, led me to create this Powertex birdhouse.
Use Fabric Hardener to attach the base to the tile and mdf square (tile at the bottom).
Cut a hole in the bottom of the birdhouse large enough to put a battery operated tealight in.
Decorating the Birdhouse
Decorate the birdhouse with fabric, embellishments and 3D balls, using black fabric hardener.
Add colour using powder Powercolor pigments of choice, mixed with Easy Varnish to highlight the texture created.
Making the Mouse
Cut a hole in the polystyrene egg and fit onto the top of the bottle. Attach wire to make ears, arms and a tail.
Use tin foil to make the arms, ears and tail fatter and cover over it all with masking tape.
Cover the mouse with ‘fur’. I used fine hessian for the fur and beads for the eyes and nose. Dry brush with powder pigments mixed with Easy Varnish.
Decorate the table
Using materials and fabric hardener, create a draped effect over the table top. Cover the stand with texture also.
When dry, add colour to the stand and use Fabric Hardener to fix your mouse in place. Sit the birdhouse on the top.
To finish I have added a tiny book made with scraps of card and also some rivets on the birdhouse stand to make it look like metal.
I really hope that you have enjoyed my blogs throughout the year. It has inspired me to be more creative and hope I have inspired you too. If you like animal projects take a look at my Powertex dog project.
I would love to see your creations. Please post them here 0n the Facebook Powertex Studio at Powertex Addicts United!
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 🙂
For this article I was asked to talk about my favorite artist. I have lots of things around me like nature that inspire me but rarely a well known artist.
I was inspired to push my Powertex canvas work further a couple of years ago by fellow Powertex tutor and artist Rosie Casselden. This was my first piece with Rosie in her studio with a little guidance.
I had never braved painting detail before so it was a big thing to me, but wow did it opened doors to floods of ideas. So I would say Rosie is definitely a favorite artist of mine that inspires me.
I started painting fauna and flora but with a mixed media twist, using textures and random items such as shirts.
Upon sharing this to the Powertex studio group there was a comment “Elfie Cella does some amazingly inspirational work”. She does some textural nature art using textiles and everyday objects. Here is some of her work, which has become my inspiration.
How to make a nature inspired Powertex painting
Large canvas mine was 40 x 40 cm
Nature napkins, I will be using a napkin image of foxes
Tip: Dust off any loose bits when dry. Also note that you don’t want balls in the higher ground area as it will make harder to paint any roots later.
Spray all the texture with Brown and Black bister, avoiding the foxes. Dry with hair dryer.
Using Paynes grey acrylic paint and a little water on your wash brush, paint the night sky, avoid the tree and moon. While wet, dab with a scrunched piece of tissue roll and leave to dry.
Using a mix of different shades of white and paynes grey, create moon shades by stippling. Add very watery white around the moon for its aura. Finally using a fan brush flick white over the sky for stars.
Use the pre-made brown stone art clay, sculpt around the tree outline, paint the thinner branches with brown acrylic.
Now add all the detail such as grass in shades of green and yellow, roots shades of browns and white mixed, branches and bark in shades of browns.
To finish dry brush the dirt textured area with various shades of light brown to off white acrylic paint.
So here’s the finished piece….
I hope I’ve inspired you to push your canvas work in a different direction. If you would like to have a go at this or something similar you can contact me on my website at The Crafty Little Corner or take a look at my other design team projects.
Well that’s all from me this month, see you again in the days running up to Christmas for my last blog of the year!
For a very long time I have wanted a vintage style pram. It goes back to when I had my own babies, living in a flat there was no room for such a majestic pram. So, children long grown up, I decided Powertex gave me the perfect opportunity to use a pram as a base for my Gothic Art.
This involved much searching online sites to find one and I finally did at an amazing cost of £45. It was found in a house clearance, looking a little tired and worn as it would at 50/60 yrs old. It was love at first sight, just to push it to the car to take made me bristle with excitement.
On arrival it was tucked up inside my Powertex storage garage where it silently waited while plans were made. The plans changed many times, the only certainty it was going to be black.
It was going to make it’s debut at The Whitby Gothic Weekend on October 25th-27th where we go twice a year to show our creations, let the work begin.
Sand it all down and give it a coat of gesso, then black Powertex, suddenly it no longer looked sad and tired it began to breath life. I left it for 48hrs to dry out while cutting up of lots of fabric.
Dave, re-upholstered the inside, deep buttoned style in black leather. It was taking on a whole new personality.
Turned upside down I started to apply the fabric cover to the base in long strips leaving it quite wrinkled to give a texture. At the handle end I attached a ceramic baby curled in a leaf, roses and skulls.
Now the sides were a whole different story as I wanted them very ornate and busy. I covered the sides with Powertexed fabric. We started to gather lots of plaster pieces then bedded the pieces into the fabric. In the centre as a focal point I added a plaster face, with wings.
This took a few days to dry out. Then I coated it all with Black Powertex. Flipped it over when it was dry and did the other side to match.
Time to start working on the hood, I coated it all over with black Powertex inside and out. I cut up lots of twine and laid out a spider web pattern, which I then filled in with skulls of different types and faces, adding scrunched up fabric coated with Powertex around them to make sure they were securely fixed. Once more the whole hood was coated with black Powertex.
So excited to reach this stage; Dry Brushing. Keeping it reasonably simple I started with silver Colourtrix, lightly brushing all over to bring out all the texture , it instantly came to life and really needed very little more. To finish off I added touches of dry brushing with white Powertex Universal Medium.
The back of the hood and the apron, they changed many times as they progressed, we wanted them to almost tell a story, of derelict buildings and overgrown trees, we used some MDF pieces for this.
So finally it was time to put her all back together and take her out for a photo shoot.
So here she is our much loved Gothic Fantasy Pram who made her debut at Whitby Goth Weekend. She met some amazing people who ooohed and aahhed over her and photographed her from every angle and she even had the pleasure of a delightful baby boy try her out for size.
Where do we go from here I asked myself as after finishing
such an intense and exciting project there is always that feeling of anti-climax,
but we have two fabulous projects on the books, so even more exciting times to
See my last project the Dark Dreamcatcher or if you would like to see more of our work head over to our Facebook page Alex Henry. Don’t forget to add your projects onto The Powertex Studio, I would love to see them and you will also find lots of inspiration there.
Hi, it’s Kore here. I love the new mdf frame and cow skull mould that were featured on the Hochanda tv shows in September. I had Easy Structure, Aqua and Egg Yolk acrylic inks and Copper Penny metallic ink in my kit to make my sample. The Copper Penny ink is absolutely gorgeous! Here’s how I made my Cow skull and Copper art.
If you bought these products you can follow along or get inspired to create your own art.
Slot the pieces together using Ivory Powertex as glue. Then paint the whole thing with Ivory.
Use the Easy Structure to create a rough texture over the frame. I used a plastic palette knife to scrape it down the surfaces.
TOP TIP: An old credit card works well but don’t smooth out the paste too much.
Prepare your pieces
Make some clay with Ivory Powertex and Stone Art to use in the mould and make your skull and flowers. Coat pieces of paperdecoration with Ivory and dry on a craft mat or plastic bag.
TOP TIP: I turned the horns on my skull forwards while the clay was wet.
Spray with inks
Generously spray the inks onto the frame. I sprayed the wet inks into each other which is why my frame looks more green and blue.
Add more texture
Next Paperdecoration adds more texture. I took the small pieces and glued these into place with Ivory Powertex. Then gave another spritz with the inks. Leave to dry.
Paint your dry paperdecoration and flowers with Copper Penny acrylic ink. I used Aqua ink to colour the cow skull piece but you could use the copper ink for that too.
TOP TIP: Make sure both sides are coated.
Add your layers when the inks are dry. Glue your pieces into place with Ivory Powertex.
TOP TIP: If your pieces aren’t connecting very well, use pieces of tissue in Powertex to fill the gaps.
When your pieces are glued into place with Powertex you can add any details with the Copper Ink. I painted the horns on the skull and added some Copper splashes on the frame with a paintbrush. I later added Copper ink on the edge of the frame too.
Thank you for taking a look at my Powertex Cow skull and copper art. Donna has also used this mould for her art but with very different results.
I love being on the Design team as every so often we get asked to do samples for the Hochanda TV shows. As soon as I saw the goodies I had to play with, I knew what I wanted to do. So this is a step by step of the shrine to Buddha that I created for the latest show.
I started by building up my kit and giving it a coat of the Red Powertex and leaving it to dry, although you could force dry with a hairdryer if desired.
Adding texture with Easy 3d Flex
I decided to add some texture, one of my favourite products to use is Easy 3d Flex. I added the Easy 3d Flex and patted it down and then rubbed it gently into the Powertex, then left to dry overnight.
Add more texture
I had some black glass stones in my stash and decided I would glue them using the Transparent Powertex. The white in the photo is the Transparent that’s not dry.
I decided to add texture to my Buddha by coating it with Powertex and then pressing in Stone Art powder, to give him an aged feel.
Black and gold Buddha
Once the Stone Art powder was dry, I re-painted my Buddha in black Powertex. When dry, dry-brush on some gold and set him in the centre. I used Transparent Powertex to adhere him.
I used the Paperdecoration, thoroughly soaked in Red Powertex and draped and pulled into pleasing shapes across the boxed canvas.
When working with Paperdecoration material, I find it easier to use if I mist water on to it first as it helps to make the edges softer quicker.
Once I was happy with how I had laid out the texture, and whilst the Powertex was still wet, I rubbed in some Easy 3d Flex to add even more texture to my piece.
Using Black pigment and Easy Varnish
Using Easy varnish mixed with black pigment powder, I painted my piece and then wiped away, to add some depth and to highlight all the texture.
Use mdf shapes
In this step I chose a couple of the MDF pieces that came with the pack and decided only on using 2 of them. To these pieces I mixed in a sand texture with Black Powertex and then dry brushed gold over them when completely dry.
I love the finished piece. These colours are my own favourite colour combination and I also love the theme.
I hope myself and my fellow design team members have left you feeling inspired. Crack open that bottle of Powertex that you keep thinking about opening. Go on, open it and just do it!
Have you been inspired by this shrine to Buddha? Then come and say hello in the THE POWERTEX STUDIO. Don’t be shy to upload any photos of projects you have created too.
This month the design team were challenged to follow and complete a design team members step by step from a previous article. This came with one stipulation that we did it with our own twist. There were so many I wanted to do but in the end Abigail’s bright summer canvas caught my attention, it had a clock face! After all, the clocks go back very soon! My twist was to make it a real working Powertex clock with an autumn/fall styling.
Hello, welcome to my latest article. This month the design team were invited to use a step by step article from another design team member as a source of inspiration. I chose to use the Scarecrows in September by Fiona Potter as I loved this little man as soon as I saw him. However, I wanted to put my own spin on the project so decided that instead of a scarecrow I would create a scared crow. He would make a fantastic Autumnal centrepiece for the table and I can see him surrounded by a group of ornamental gourds.
Optional embellishments – I used fallen acorn husks
How to make a Scared Crow Scarecrow
Step 1. Build the armature and head
Attach dowel to base with tape. Use foil to build head, neck and beak onto this. Cover with tape ensuring it is secure.
Step 2. Add the Arms
Gather a small bunch of twigs and secure with masking tape. Secure these to the ends of the dowel with more tape.
Step 3. Build the body
Using foil fill out arms. Tape cardboard rolls to wooden base, cut to required length and fill in the torso with more foil.
Cover everything with tape and coat with a layer of black Powertex.
Step 4. Add the feet
Use 2 more twig bunches, dip strips of gauze in Black Powertex and wrap around tape on the twigs then slide up the tube legs.
Step 5. Cover the head
Coat the hessian in Black Powertex and shape around the head and down neck. Push eyes into place.
Step 6. Dress the Crow
Using Transparent Powertex I dipped the fabric as follows
a square of fabric for the top – cut a hole in the centre to fit over the head.
rectangles for the dungaree legs
smaller rectangles for the dungaree bib
strips for the shoulder straps
a length of rope for the belt
DESIGNER TIP – You could choose your fabrics to suit your own rooms colour scheme?
Step 7. Make the Hat
The video below will show you how I made the hat. I decorated mine with Paper decoration dipped in Black Powertex.
WHY NOT try using hessian to give a straw hat effect?
Step 8. Drybrush the hat
I used Powertex Easy Varnish and Yellow Ochre Powercolor to drybrush the hat .
Watch my video here if you’re not sure how to drybrush.
Step 9. Finishing touches
Using Transparent Powertex I added fallen acorn husks to the hat, dungarees and base.
I hope you have as much fun as I did creating your very own scared crow. There is no end to the different types of scarecrows you could make. How about a scaredog or scarecat…..What scare animal would you create?
We love to see what you create so post your makes on our Facebook group – The Powertex Studio and inspire other people to have a go.
If you would like to see more of my work or join me for a workshop in my home studio then please take a look at my website – www.annettesmyth.co.uk or contact me via my Facebook page.
For this month’s articles the Powertex Design Team were asked to look back over the archives and put our own spin on a previous creation by one of our colleagues. What an inspiration it was going back over past Powertex sculptures and creations. I was spoilt for choice. However, the one creation that stopped me in my tracks was the Powertex Halloween Ghoul from October 2018, by the very talented Anna Emelia Howlett, of Rosehart Designs.
I have to admit to have never having watched a Harry Potter film in my life. I was unsure what a dementor was, but I liked the challenge of doing something so outside of my comfort zone.
However, this was not to be an exact copy of Anna’s brilliant
design. My take on it was to create a
smaller one, who could be worn on the shoulder to watch over me as Halloween
approaches. Whether he is friend or foe remains to be seen.
“Where there is no imagination there is no horror” So says Sherlock Holmes in Arthur Conan Doyle’s book A Study in Scarlet.
Anyone who has ever watched a horror film with me will testify that I have a very vivid imagination. It was still great fun creating this little Powertex dementor though
I poked some wire in the base of my skull for a neck, and then built shoulders using wire, foil and masking tape.
I added on long bony fingers with some extra wire.
I painted him in black Powertex and added kitchen roll for texture.
I soaked thin cloth in Black Powertex Fabric Hardener for his cloak.
I decided to enlarge his mouth and eyes by making holes with scissors.
Once my ghoul had dried I added the final touches of dry brushing, using Anna’s choice of pigments.
Getting it to sit upright on my jacket was a challenge.
Initially I had planned to use velcro, but decided I didn’t want his company on
a permanent basis, only on spooky nights.
I compromised by using big safety pins. As I had only used thin material I was able to push pins through his cloak, and also hook them over his bony hands. This ensured my ghoul stayed in place and looks over my shoulder as long as I want him to.
I hope you have enjoyed my take on Anna’s Powertex ghoul. Any comments you wish to leave would be greatly appreciated. You can see the original ghoul over on Anna’s blog here. We’d love to see your take on a Powertex Ghoul, over on our Facebook page The Powertex Studio.
You can see more of what I get up to over on my website or my facebook page. That’s all from me for this month. Until September take care, keep on creating, and may all your ghouls be friendly ones 🙂