How do I become a Powertex UK tutor?

Powertex Uk are on the look out for tutors. We need you! Become certified to teach workshops officially with Powertex a universal medium. Great for all your mixed media, fine art, crafts and sculpture projects. Think you’ve got what it takes? Read on to find out more.

Certified Powertex UK tutor Jan at Jan’s Crafty Matters shares with us her story. She shows a bit of a determination and hard work goes a long way. Now she has a great set up for her workshops. Her very own studio and a group of regular students to her workshops.

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When I became a Powertex tutor I had a dream of having my own studio, where I could be creative but also run workshops in my own space. We would all love our ideas to turn into reality as quickly as we dream them. However, as it’s happened with my Powertex tutor colleagues, I would have to wait a little while for them to become a reality. In the beginning I started with what I had my dining room made a perfect studio and the garden made an inspiring work space on sunny days.  Circumstances changed as it does with so many of us when I then moved to a flat. My powertex work area became smaller, and I had to think up different ways I could share my passion with others.

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I tried hiring a hall, but the circumstances weren’t ideal for what I needed. I knew that there were other avenues out there for me and my love of creating, teaching and sharing my Powertex passion kept me on the right path. My break came when I managed to get a permanent slot at Basingstoke Hobbycraft. Students were able to see Powertex in action and couldn’t wait to book on to a class!

My Powertex journey was progressing. I managed to get a following of ladies who came to Hobbycraft regularly. I still had my dream, and the idea was always in the back of my mind but with the success of my classes, it made its way down to the bottom of the priority list.

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Then an opportunity arose where I was contacted through advertising I’d done on social media. I was offered another space to hold workshops in Bracknell.  Workshops got busy! And I was having to take my Powertex stash up and down the stairs to my flat at least twice a week. This wasn’t ideal. It led me to enquire about a permanent space in my new workshop location.  They were delighted to have me, but the area wasn’t going to suit my needs. Without being deterred I continued on with my dream.

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My close friend Tina, told me her partner had outgrown her creation space in their flat (she makes beautiful mosaic mirrors) and a light bulb lit between us – why not share a workspace; if we found a one that would suit our needs it could work!

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After extensive searching we finally found our dream – a unit big enough for both of us, that matched all our needs.  We moved in on Sunday 28th October and I am so happy.  As soon as I walk in the door, all my worries disappear and I have a little bubble to work on my Powertex ideas, future workshops and items to sell. Who knows what the future will bring but I am going to be continuing to work hard at making this studio dream a success, enabling me to be here for years to come. Workshops in the studio are now being planned for the New Year. And I couldn’t think of a better way to start it off.

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It’s taken me some time to make my dreams a reality but in that time I never waived. I continued on through all life threw at me. I needed to learn from each opportunity that arose to get to this point and keep the faith that my hard work would come through. I had some horrible personal moments (the death of my Mum), some fantastic times (Powertex Tutor Retreats) and the love and understanding of dear friends and my family but finally I have my dream.  I have a good feeling that I may be in my lovely studio for several years to come.

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If you feel inspired by any of the Powertex Uk tutors stories and want to turn your dreams into a reality send an email to info@powertex.co.uk, with a bit about yourself and the location you are in. And you will be sent info on becoming a tutor and joining the Powertex family. If you fancy going to a Powertex workshop look on the new tutor directory on the Powertex website to find your local tutor.

Fancy diving straight in, order from the Powertex UK website and get free delivery when you spend over £35 and subscribe to Traceys you tube channel or buy one of Traceys easy to follow tutorials found on the Powertex UK website.

Do You Look Like A Powertexer?

So what exactly does a Powertexer look like? How can I best describe a group of Powertexers?

Can you spot a fellow Powertexer out in the wild? I’m not showing off when I say “I can!”, though I’m not sure this could be listed as a separate skill on my CV……

Does it say more about me or the guests when I tell you that I was able to guess who was a Powertex Garden Party Guest, just by looking at them! Most of the guests attending the Garden Party stayed overnight at a nearby hotel. I went to the hotel to meet everyone there and ensure they made it on to the coach on time. Even though I had never met or seen any of the guests before, I was confident I could spot a ‘Powertexer’ a mile off. And I was correct! I had wanted a to wear a crown or a tiara or at least a golden sash with POWERTEX GARDEN PARTY embossed on it so people would know who I was when approaching them in the hotel grounds but alas, I only had these thoughts on the way to the hotel so it was too late and I would have to rely on intuition.

Well, I say intuition but in reality it is a trained eye. I can spot a Powertexer at 50 paces. Maybe it is a certain glint in their eye, a splodge of Powertex on their shoes, nails that can’t quite be polished to perfection because they’ve been dipped in Powertex for too long. I’m not sure exactly, it could be a combination of all those things. Powertexers come in all shapes and sizes and ages. They blow the traditional crafter stereotype out the window because we sure as hell can’t be squashed into many conformity boxes, I think we are somewhat notorious in the arts and crafts world for being non-conformists! Powertexers are fun, they’re friendly, they give off a certain vibe, they do not ‘fit the mould’ in any conventional sense.

Maybe it’s because with Powertex, there are no limits and this reaches into other areas of your life too. I like to think there’s lots of us out there, giving a nod to fellow Powertexers, enjoying this amazing art and craft skill set whilst sharing and spreading the joy because quite simply, it is so much fun!

Teatime in wonderland, wearing my best hat!

Hello lovely people.
I hope you enjoyed the show on Hochanda and it has got your creative juices flowing.
I was lucky enough to try out the project packs before the show and I have to say I really enjoyed doing them.
I created the hat first as my muse was screaming at me to do that one.
Sadly I did not do step by step photos as I was way too excited to crack on and play.
I had a piece of quite chunky crochet material I wanted to use and this was just the job.
I first laid out all the parts of the kit and decided how I was going to display them, before getting out the Powertex and going for it.
My muse already knew what colour theme I was going to do, so first I painted the top hat in the BLUEBERRY PIE and MOJITO LIME
Paint and Powertexed my crochet material and laid it on the hat.
I used the green and did a bit of blending with the blueberry and dry brushed with the white pigment to highlight.
I added the rice papers to the playing cards and added texture in the form of sand balls to the top part of the cards.
I took the feather and added texture to that using stone art and Powertex and used a pokey tool to make it look like a feather, dry brushed with black.
I used more of the crochet material to the bottom part of the hat and then measured and soaked some material to give it a more 3D effect to the middle part of the hat.
I used easy 3D FLEX on the tag and gave it a crackle effect using some brown bister and added the MDF numbers and painted them with easy varnish mixed with black pigment.
And my mad hatter’s hat I felt was completed.
The next kit I found more of a creative challenge and my muse was stumped on how to go about this one, I think as the rice papers are so pretty, it kind of threw me a little, as this is not more normal style!
 I sat and played around with combinations for a while until I decided upon a design my muse liked but once I started, I did not stop until it was done.
Firstly I wet ripped the rice paper, by this I mean if you dunk a fine paintbrush in water and run it around the part of the rice paper/tissue paper you want to use, it comes away quite easy and looks a better finish when laid down on a structure.
I then added lace to other parts of the teapot and cups and saucers and decoratively painted the flowers and flamingo and the little mouse on the top. I added a piece of string dipped in transparent Powertex. I painted the MDF wording in the blue paint and stuck down using Powertex as my glue.
I forgot the mention I added a few lace butterflies as well.
It turned out very pretty (for me) and I loved incorporating the rice papers into my design.
I hope all the design team blogs on this theme have inspired you all.
Until my next blog …. Go be creative
Jinny x

Shinning star for December


Wind and rain weren’t going to stop this lady from spending 10 days in the cold over Christmas peddling her wares and sharing the wonders of her talent, art and Powertex with everyone. So 
Decembers shining star award at Powertex Uk went to certified tutor Bron Jones. Well done!


After 29 years in the profession, Bron has now retired and has been enjoying working alongside established artists. 

More recently, Bron has begun to use Powertex in her paintings to give another dimension and the depth of texture that evokes the ruggedness of places such as the Pembrokeshire coast and the Preseli mountains. 


“Sometimes you want to see an image that reminds you of a place or a moment, but at others, all you need is a combination of colours, a pattern, or a particular swipe of the palette knife, to transport you there and make you smile.”


Located in Llandeilo, Carmarthenshire Wales Bron Jones covers SA Postcode area for Powertex Uk. Visit her beautiful website for more information on the variety of workshops she teaches. Enjoy. Toodles Anna xXx

A time for reflection

I have to say I am still a little in my infancy when it comes to knowing who is who in the craft world.This will change the longer I am a part of it I am sure. I have already made some wonderful close super talented friends and this has only come about from my love of being creative and I am glad I quit my job nearly 3 years ago to pursue my dreams because really life is far to short to not give what you were born to do a try.
This is an image of one of my works the rest are all Liz Welch’s beautiful works of art.
On that note I would like to pay tribute to a lady who was a friend of one of my dear friends and who appeared to leave a mark on the world that will remain. To Liz Welch. Knowing she was dying of cancer she still had a positive outlook right to the end and didn’t want her death to be all about her but her family and friends left behind.
What a superb role model to look up to. I would like to honor a lady who seemed to shine brightly where she went with a smile on her face and positive energy surrounding her. I am sad to only have come across her work now.
Sometimes our life on this earth is shorter than we expect and we truly need to understand making the most of it is important. Knowing I can continue to inspire and light peoples passion when I am gone would make me happy. Then I will feel like my purpose on this earth was fulfilled. A reflective Toodle pip Anna xXx