Becoming a Powertex tutor

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be a Powertex tutor? Our tutors come from different backgrounds and have built creative businesses that suit them, from weekend crafty meet-ups to full time, social entrepreneur. Read their stories and if you think you have what it takes to be a Powertex tutor, get in touch.

Tutor retreat Abyssimo workshop Powertex UK
Powertex UK with Abyssimo Workshop 2019

Building a dream

Abigail Lagden Powertex tutor
Abigail Lagden from Curiously Contrary

Abigail from Curiously Contrary says “Being made redundant was the push that I needed to properly consider developing my part time creative practice into a business. It has been a lot of hard work and a steep learning curve but it has also been fantastic fun and infinitely rewarding. I still have to pinch myself to make sure it isn’t all a dream and I have absolutely no plans to go back to having a ‘real job’ any time soon!”

Does this sound like your dream come true? Find out more about becoming a Powertex tutor by emailing Michele at Powertex UK.

Tutor Training

Training in the different products and techniques is available and you can succeed with hard work and supported by Powertex UK and fellow tutors. Every tutor runs their own unique workshops, allowing them to be creative with the products and offer something personal. There are now Powertex Academies across England offering tutor training too.

Supporting and encouraging others

Jaxs from Vintage Crafts by Jaxs says “I discovered Powertex and loved it straight away and I’ve been a tutor just over a year. I’m also a Slimming world consultant and a Zumba instructor. My Saturdays are free so that’s usually when I’m doing workshops. I’d say to anyone thinking about becoming a tutor, Go for it!!!! It’s that moment when your students see the finished item and their face is saying wow, it makes me think yep, I’m glad I did this.”

Do you love watching others create and succeed like Jaxs? Take a look at Powertex UK on Facebook to see what we’re about.

Giving back to the community

Donna Mcghie Powertex workshop with Donna Mcghie Art and Murals
Donna Mcghie Art and Murals

Donna from Art and Murals says “I love running Powertex workshops because they enable me to make a contribution to the Royal Papworth Hospital Charity. I call my workshops Art 4 A Heart Workshops and a part of my profits gets donated to the hospital as my way of saying thank you for giving me back my husband when he had his heart transplant.

I get the freedom of running my business as an independent business woman, with the added bonus of the support and advice from my fellow tutors and the guys at headquarters if I need it. Win win really.”

Would you like to run a socially minded creative business like Donna?

Sharing experience

Dawn Culver Powertex Tutor
Powertex tutor Dawn Culver

Dawn from Daybreak Crafts says “I have crafted for a number of years, right back to the 1980’s when I used to create cross stitched items to sell at craft fairs. One of my friends owned a well known craft company and offered me a job. Whilst I was working on a stand at the NEC, I met Tracey Evans and loved what she was demoing. I mentioned to Tracey I would be interested in becoming a tutor and did my training. I am currently in the process of selling off all my ‘clean’ crafting items as I have concluded I am not a clean crafter and much prefer mixed media type crafting.”

Are you looking to share your crafting experience like Dawn?

Getting creative and making friends

Bridget Griffiths Magic Garden Lyddle Folk, Powertex Tutor
Bridget from Magic Garden – Lyddle Folk

Bridget from Magic Garden – Lyddle Folk says “During the week I’m a meticulously tidy, organised accounts assistant. At the weekend I’m up to my elbows in Powertex letting my imagination run free and helping others to do the same. I do the workshops in my dining room with groups of 3-4 or one to ones. I’m able to do one or two a month, with the odd commission thrown in.

Most of my customers just want the chance to get out, have fun and meet others. The fact that they are so delighted by what they achieve is a bonus. Whether I do a whole day or just a half day, the workshops are always something I look forward to.”

Do you want to get creative and connect with other like minded people like Bridget?

Find out more about becoming a tutor

If you’re passionate about Powertex and would love to share it with others through your own creative business, we’d love to hear from you. Email Michele at Powertex UK if you think being a Certified Powertex Tutor is for you. You can also find us on Facebook. We’re looking forward to hearing from you.

If you’d like to see what some of our tutors are creating, browse the Design Team articles on the Powertex UK Mixed Media Magazine.

Simple Powertex seahorse project for beginners

Hi it’s Kore here again from a beautifully warm and sunny Brighton. I love to live by the sea and the beach is my favourite place here under summer sun or on wild and stormy days. I wonder if the sun will still be shining when you read this!
I had the pleasure of making this lovely seahorse project this month. It uses two simple Powertex techniques to make amazing textures and stunning colour effects. Take your Seahorse Project pack and just add some Bronze Powertex Medium and the Powercolor pigment tray and away you go!

 

Powertex Seahorse project beginners

 

Ingredients
Seahorse kit
Powercolor in Moss green, Lilac from the Powercolor pigment tray
Apron, gloves, paper/plastic plate, flat paintbrush, kitchen towel
Optional
Lace or fabric pieces
Ric rac wavy yarn
Remember natural fabrics work best with Powertex.
You can add embellishments from your stash too!
Powertex seahorse project pack contents
Powertex project seahorse embellishments
Start by preparing your MDF pieces with Bronze Powertex. Shake your Powertex gently before opening. Pour 2 or 3 tablespoons onto a paper or plastic plate. Paint the pieces and use the small rectangle to glue your Seahorse template together. The looped piece can be folded and attached to the back as a hanger.

 

Powertex Seahorse preparing MDF pieces
Next start to add your textures onto the template. Tear up or cut the wallpaper into pieces and use the Powertex to stick it down. Then add the embellishments. Use a brush to gently paint the flowers, be careful not to make them too wet. Use a small blob of Powertex to stick pieces into place.
Powertex seahorse coated in Bronze
The lace can be sculpted with the Powertex. Apply Powertex to half the piece and then massage through the fabric. You can add extra Powertex but the fabric should be sticky and not too wet.
Using Bronze Powertex on lace

 

Use the lace and fabric pieces to decorate your template. Create a fin with pleated lace and a blob or two of Powertex to stick down. Apply Powertex and then wrap the ric rac around the tail in a spiral. Add all your MDF shapes. Ensure everything is coated with Powertex.
The working time of Powertex is about an hour so there’s time to moves things around too. When you’re ready, leave your Seahorse until touch dry for 1-4 hours.

 

Sculpting lace with Powertex
When touch dry you can start to add colour and you will see all those textures come alive! I chose 3 colours from the pigment tray, Lilac, Moss Green and White.
Mix your powder pigments with Easy Varnish for a weatherproof paint. For this project we use a dry brush technique to highlight the texture. Use your flat brush to put a tiny blob of Easy Varnish on a plastic plate or craft mat. Dip the brush into the powder pigment and tap off any excess. Mix this well with your varnish. Add pigment until you have a dry-ish paint. Remember to mix small amounts at a time because it dries very quickly.
Wipe off excess paint onto the paper towel and keeping your brush flat, brush over your textures. I used lilac over the whole template and then highlighted with moss green on the embellishments. You can keep brushing over with colour until you’re happy with the results.
Adding Powercolor to Powertex seahorse project
The white pigment adds brilliant highlights.

 

Powertex seahorse project close up
More embellishments can be added anytime. The project will dry quickly to touch and will harden in a few days. If you wait for the project to cure fully for 3 weeks it can even go outside as it will be weatherproof!
Powertex seahorse project for beginners
There she is! Sophie? Sally? Sadie Seahorse?
Don’t forget to check out the YouTube channel for instructional videos and projects or The Powertex Studio on Facebook for inspiration or to chat to other Powertex Addicts! You can also contact Powertex UK to find a Certified tutor or workshop near you.
Ok, now it’s your turn, have a go and let your art out!
Kore x

 

Powertex Monthly Challenge – February – Heartfelt gift

We had an amazing amount of entries for our heart felt gift challenge. Thank you so much to everyone who entered. To see all the entries for this please visit our Instagram page Powertex addicts united.
Here are a few I have picked out to share and the winner of course. Can you spot yours?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And the winner is Helen Hudson. Congratulations you win last months stunning fairy house project pack!

 

Helen’s winning entry.
Want to be in with a chance of winning this months project pack? Join in on Instagram using the hashtag #12monthsofpowertex this months theme is Alice in Wonderland. Are you ready to follow us down the rabbit hole? Toodles Anna xXx

Textured Clay Pendant using stamps and Powertex (by Anne)

This was one of my first attempts at making jewellery using clay and Powertex. I used an air dry clay from my stash and rolled it out into a sheet of approx. 5-6mm deep. The headdress area of the Katya stamp (from Chocolate Baroque) was used to impress the pattern texture.  The shape was then trimmed out with a craft knife and attachment holes made using a small ball tool.


After drying this clay was very porous with a slight powdery surface, and was quite fragile if rolled too thin. I added a coat of Bronze Powertexto give it a good base colour for gilding, and with the hope of hardening the clay. The porous clay soaked up the Powertex really well and considerably strengthened the clay.  Pebeo Gilding Wax (several different shades of gold) was rubbed over the surface to give an aged metallic finish. I attached a recycled gold plated necklace chain using 0.8mm copper wire.

I have since experimented with a few different air dry clays (water based paper and craft clays) and their suitability for jewellery making. Some are far too brittle when rolled out to make thinner items, others too light (e.g. paper clays) to make pendants that hang nicely. It is worth experimenting with what you have in your stash. If using to make embellishments which will be glued down onto canvases or cards Powertex is ideal for sealing and making them more robust.

If you are making items for outdoors then Powertex Stone Art Clay is the best option. It has been designed to be weatherproof and won’t crack. Stone Art Clay is also brilliant for jewellery making. It is strong, water resistant, and it is a perfect weight; not too heavy but with enough weight for jewellery pieces to hang well.

Powertex goes Industrial

Hi I’m Kore, artist, crafter and tutor at SkySage Studio. I’m bringing you my industrial Powertex make using the Owl Project Kit. I’ve always loved birds of prey and I had a close encounter with a rescued barn owl once. She was called Willow and she wasn’t nearly as excited as I was!

My industrial owl project is inspired by my love of the film Bladerunner. Real animals are rare in that futuristic world and synthetic, fake animals were kept instead. So here is my half organic, half machine owl.

The owl project pack contains everything needed to make a beautiful owl for indoor or outdoor display. I add some Stone Art, a drop of ivory Powertex and some red Bister spray to my ingredients!

I start by painting my mdf pieces with the bronze Powertex. While it’s wet I adhere one of the wings down. I’ve already decided I’m going to decorate my owl in two halves so I add a thin layer of Stone Art powder to the right side of the wet Powertex. This makes a great natural texture. As you can see I’m not too precise with it!

I leave the Stone Art to dry and add strips of lace, covered with Powertex and lay them out down the left side. Some Easy Structure paste through letter stencils is layered on top of the Stone Art. I’m not trying for readable words, just random shapes. The Stone Art leaves a soft “furry” feel on the right side.

While that’s drying I mix up some Stone Art clay with the bronze Powertex. Just enough to cover the raised wing and make some textured feathers. I press the clay onto the wing, thick enough to press in some metal embellishments, painting them, layering them up and sticking them down with Powertex.

 

 

I roll out the left over clay and use the wooden beak shape as a template to cut out some feathers. When the Easy Structure paste is dry, it’s time to paint everything with bronze Powertex and start adding the rest of the embellishments.

Adding the geometric pieces from the Drop Outs creates the machine like shapes. I’ve chosen my pieces so now I just keep layering them up, wooden shapes, metal pieces and my Stone Art clay feathers. I check everything is covered with bronze Powertex ready for dry brushing.

While I wait for that to dry off I prepare the wooden circle for the eye. I apply some ivory Powertex, and Bister with heat for this lovely crackle technique. Time to wait for everything to dry….

I choose Copper and Green pigments to add colour by mixing with Easy Varnish. Dry brushing on Green for the organic parts and Copper for the machine parts. I use some white highlights for contrast but the pigments in the pack can be mixed for lots of options. The green and copper look brilliant together.

The final pieces are dropped into place on the eye and a quick check for the need for any more white highlights.

Here she is, my mechanical Willow.

 

I got so absorbed by this project. Just me and my Powertex. I have all these pieces left over for another project!

Don’t forget to post your finished project in our Facebook group at Powertex Addicts United. I’d love to hear what inspires your owl project. Until next time, let your art out to play!

Kore x

It’s Owl a bit punky

Hi there Fi here having some fun with the January Owl project pack from Powertex UK.
This kit is a bit of Owl-right! Lots of luscious embellishments and a super MDF base kit that will be a great outdoor decoration once the spring comes and the owl has had time to fully cure (about 4 weeks).
So let’s get started!

First I tipped out the embellishment kit onto a plate, then did the same with the added mdf dropouts – I just have to say how much I love the dropouts! Lots of circles that will be ideal for steam punk and grungy styles and loads more that will help to give depth on other creations.

Next I laid out a basic idea for where I was heading.  I was given the challenge to go for a more steam punk look so I wanted to suggest a re-cycled re-used look and also went with the Owl being King of the Night!

Even if this hadn’t been for a blog, I would have taken a photo of my layout for reference – even though I might change a few bits as go ahead.

Once the photo is taken move your pieces off the owl.

Tip: When I removing my lay out, I laid them out in little groups so I didn’t waste time or get frustrated looking for each piece.

Next I painted both sides and all the edges of the main owl piece with Powertex Bronze.  I dried off with the hairdryer.

Next I ripped up a sheet of kitchen paper and separated the layers.

I poured some Powertex onto the body and worked in to pieces of the kitchen paper, moving the kitchen paper into position with my brush.

I then moved on to the wings.  I painted with Powertex, cut the narrow lace in half and worked Powertex into it. I then shaped the lace around the outside of the right wing and the inside of the left wing – I like mixing things up and felt it added to the theme.

Next I worked on the eyes and the crown of my majestic owl.

I raised the left eye proud of the base by placing 4 of the dropout circles behind the main eye circle using Powertex.

I added a metal embellishment inside the eye and then one of the glass pebbles, I moved on to complete the right eye and and the crown.

Remember Powertex is paint, glue, fabric hardener, pigment all in one so no need for additional mediums

Once this was done I completed the wings by adding layers of embellishments and referred to my photo when needed.

I used some more kitchen paper, that had Powertex worked in, under some embellishments to give it extra purchase.

Once the wings were complete, I worked on the main body, tail and branch areas.

I did change things around a little here from how I had originally laid it out.

Don’t worry about getting Powertex on the glass and resin embellishments as these can be wiped off gently with a baby wipe

Once I was happy with the placement of embellishments, I loaded my brush with Powertex and stippled over some areas where the embellishments were heavy for extra sticking power.  I then left it overnight to fully dry.

Once the night was over it was time to bring King Owl to life adding colour to enhance his gorgeousness!


First using Easy Varnish and Dark Green PowerColor I added colour to the lower sections of the wings, branch and body.
I then added a little white to lighten to a sage green and added this to some areas.

Next with a clean brush I added Yellow ochre and then Yellow Ochre and White.

I added highlights of Copper Colortrix to finish.

Because my owl is King and is altered with a nod to Steam Punk, I added an odd bit of chain and some Copper coloured glass glitter from my personal stash.

Here is my completed King Owl – I hope you agree he is a bit of an Owl right punky King of the Night!

Grab yourself and Owl project pack while they are still available and have some fun.  If you want to hang him outside, make sure all the edges of every piece of MDF have been well coated in Powertex and left inside for 3-4 weeks.

Below are some of close ups of my finished owl, left over embellishments and dropouts and a photo of my mixed up palette.

Until next time…
Fi xxx

 

 

 

It’s about "Time"

Hello Everyone!

Today I have a mixed media inverted canvas that I would like to share with you all using a selection of Powertex products.

I started off with a 12″ x 9″ canvas which I decided to invert to ring the changes.  This creates a lovely frame to use as a feature. 
Ivory Powertex was used throughout the project. 
I decided to use a variety of fabrics to create texture and these included cotton sheeting around the framework and as you know this creates some really lovely pleating which is how I created the draping on the corners.  I also used hessian on the background as this added a rustic look.
As you can see I have used lots of plaster moulds to add all the detailed pieces including the frame, face, cogs, screws and flowers.  I also included a few die cuts which included the main clock.
Sand and balls in different sizes added interest and dimension in the right top corner.
Easy structure through a few patterned masks created more interest on the frame.
The theme of the canvas was Time so I chose a phrase that I felt sums it up very well.
A mixture of Scrabble letters, printing from the PC and wooden letters added variety in the way that I added the words.  Glossy accents were then put over the top to protect the letters and also add thickness and gloss.
When it came around to colouring I have been itching to try out the new inks from Powertex and I am loving how they were so easy to apply and how effective and bright. It really made the project pop !
a little Terraviolet Colortrix finished the project off a treat and highlighted specific areas.
I hope that you have enjoyed checking this project out and that it has inspired you to have a go at an inverted canvas.
Bye for now,
Jo 🙂 x

We’ll meet again….

Well, what an amazing response we had from you all at the Birmingham NEC hobbycrafts show. It was so wonderful to share with everyone our love for Powertex!
The team at Powertex Uk hq worked like busy bees and did a grand job of filling packets, labeling, punching, stapling, organising and packing stock in between the normal day jobs. 
Tracey and Garry out did themselves again!! They had a long Wednesday set up, with a 7 am start and they didn’t return home to 6.30 pm. But they certainly brought the blank canvas that was the stand to life. With a beautiful array of new products, samples and jaw dropping, stunning artwork.

The creative team were a buzz with excitement. It’s so lovely for the tutors to get an opportunity to get together and put a face to the name you often speak with on social media. And gives them all the experience of a big show and to share there knowledge and passion too! 

We managed to catch up with some old faces and some brand new ones who had never seen Powertex before.
We had a good lark about with our neighbours, whom included the crew at Hochanda, Craig at Marbling 4 fun and the team at Totally beads to name but a few. Convinced some of them to go pink for Powertex pink sunday. And raised a bit of money for Cancer Research in the process.  Who says you can’t have a bit of fun on the last day!
We crashed out yesterday and had an easy one. Traceys feet were broken, don’t worry not literally, Garry had overdosed on sweeties and my ribs were aching from all the laughter. We always have a good crack at the shows and I think that’s apparent from the atmosphere on the Powertex UK stand. 
We hope you all enjoyed yourselves. We definitely did! Until next time, we’ll meet again. That’s all folks. Toodles Anna xXx 

Halloween Powertex winner is……

I was absolutely blown away by the amazing response to our Halloween challenge from all our Powertex addicts.
The decision was very tough and there were two in particular that came in very close together near the end.
However there can only be one WINNER!!!
So the team at hq have put their heads together and come to a joint decision.
So without further a do…….
The winner is…… Cate Wilshaw! Big congrats Cate, And thank you for everyone who entered. I love seeing all of your creations. Keep them coming. Toodles Anna xXx

Powertex puts the texture into Halloween

 

Halloween crafts are full of dripping, draping and ageing textures and Powertex does this sooo spookily well!
Powertex skull texture close up
Powertex halloween textures
This door sign used “The end” stencil for the drips, skull and lettering. Lots of gritty textures here with a sand and balls mixture and plenty of red Powercolor to amp up the gore factor!

 

Powertex halloween sign skull textures
Just Lead Powertex, fabric and Powercolor pigment and a plaster skull create this bottle and goblets. See how the Powertex holds all those beautiful folds but the finish is like pewter! Gorgeous and perfect for a spooky evening of alchemy and spell casting. After curing, these can be washed gently without soaking. 
 
Powertex halloween  skull roses bottle and goblet set textures
 
Powertex halloween textures goblet rose
Ivory Powertex, fabric and bister spray creates this aged and decaying fabric look. It looks so fragile but isn’t. The way the bister spray dries on the plaster skulls is amazing! This technique is brilliant if you want to add an LED light to your bottles. The Ivory Powertex and gaps in the fabric let the light through. I chose a frosted bottle for a fantastic eerie glow.
Powertex halloween skull bottle decay texture

 

Powertex halloween bottle texture aged decay

 

This mixed media canvas also uses “The end” stencil and 3D sand to create deep earthy textures. Black bister spray made this one deep and dark. I’m loving the deep cracks when the sand dries completely. Heavy fabric or paper will make brilliant “scrolls”.
Powertex halloween skull sand texture canvas roses
Powertex halloween textures sand skull roses
There’s still time to get your Powertextures on before Halloween! Grab your Powertex and wrap a bottle or two for your spooky Halloween night.
If you’d like join a workshop, go to the Powertex UK Tutors page to see who’s near you.
Or if YouTube’s for you, check out the Powertex UK channel for some tips on getting started.
Happy Halloween! Kore.