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.

Craft foam – Made for altering

by Annette Smyth

Hello everyone

By the time you are reading this the Yuletide season should be in full swing. I’m sure, by now, you will be ready for a little escapism with your crafty stash.

Powertex Picasso art by Annette Smyth
Powertex art by Annette Smyth

Did you manage to catch Tracey Evans on Hochanda on Thursday 21st November? If not click here to watch her on Rewind.

Tracey introduced a crafting foam substrate which works beautifully with all of the Powertex product range. Available on the Powertex website in 2 sizes – 30cm x 30cm or 15cm x 15cm both 5cm deep.

Altering craft foam

This craft foam base is crying out to be altered. Using files, rasps, old carving knives, scissors and other mark making tools, you can change the shape anyway you choose. I also tried using a hot wire cutter (designed for home use). However the density of the foam made this a more difficult option.

Keep all of the bits that fall off. Mix this into your Powertex later and reapply to the base to give even more texture.

Here are a few examples of how you could use the foam …..

Powertex craft foam art clock by Annette Smyth

Example one

Here the foam would be fashioned into a more circular shape before using the files etc to breakdown the edges to give a more worn stone effect. This piece has bronze Powertex Universal Medium, Stone Art, Yellow, green and brown Bister and is finished with matt and metallic pigments and Easy Varnish. The flourish and clock face are MDF and are available here.

Powertex craft foam clock by Annette Smyth

Example two

In this sample I drew out the shape I wanted onto scrap paper then used this as a template to draw around on the craft foam before cutting. I used white Powertex Universal Medium and Stone Art for the base and Stone Art clay in the Bee trio, Queen Bee and Ivy leaf moulds. The piece was then sprayed with yellow, brown and green Bister before being finished with pigments and Easy varnish.

Powertex craft foam Picasso art by Annette Smyth

Example three

In this piece, based on Picasso’s work, I again drew out a template on paper before transferring it to the foam and cutting. Use 2 pieces of 30cm x 30cm foam pieces for the elongated style.

This piece was achieved by using an extensive range of techniques and colourings across the full Powertex product range. Using White Powertex Universal Medium and the Acrylic Ink Sprays gives you a more vibrant colour scheme to work with.

Well that’s all for this year folks. I hope you have a Happy Yuletide season and look forward to creating with you again next year.

Until then please post any of your makes into the Powertex Studio group on Facebook. If you would like details of my workshops please visit my website here. Read more about my Picasso inspired art in this article.

Happy Creative Adventures

Annette xx