Powertex tutorial – rainbow of hope

Powertex rainbow video tutorial by Tracey Evans

Designed by Tracey Evans

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.

Create a Powertex rainbow of hope with Tracey Evans Powertex video tutorial
Create a Powertex rainbow of hope with Tracey Evans

Learn how to use fabric with Powertex to create texture and how to colour your textures using Powercolor and Easy Varnish.

Tracey used:

  • A clean glass jar
  • Masking tape
  • Fabric scraps in natural fibres and a variety of textures
  • Powertex Universal Medium in a dark colour (Black, Bronze, Lead, Red or Blue)
  • Easy Varnish
  • 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.

Planet in the Night Sky

A fantasy planet

Designer – Jill Cullum

Planet in the night sky in Powertex by Jill Cullum
Powertex Planet in the Night Sky by Jill Cullum

For my planet in the night sky, inspiration came from warm summer nights, sat in the garden, looking out for shooting stars. I decided to try and replicate one of the planets. Hmmm, once started though, my imagination overtook and the finished article became much more magical.

Easy 3d flex makes beautiful cracks and texture. Experiment using different mediums to add colours. Here I have used layers of inks and acrylics, with a final layer of wax.

As you will see from the photographs, things changed along the way. This is what I love about mixed media. Some layers get covered, some peak through. It’s all part of the journey of creating what you love. Just go with it!

The Secret Art Loft acrylics and inks work wonderfully for layering up. Their translucent quality makes blending easy, and the metallic inks look like molten metal.

Top tip

I find it is really important with mixed media, to let each layer dry thoroughly before moving onto the next. Not an easy one for me, as I am an impatient crafter. However, your layers will become muddy if they aren’t dry.

Materials list

Creating a base

Creating a base for the planet with Powertex
Step 1 – creating a base

Pour Powertex liquid colour onto the canvas. Spray with Bister of a different colour then dry with a hairdryer, to create the crackle effect.

Add texture by creating a heavy crackle effect

Adding more texture to your planet base with Easy 3d Flex
Step 2 – adding texture

Mix Easy 3d flex with Ivory Powertex to create a clay. Layer over half of the canvas. Dry with hair-dryer spraying lightly with blue bister during the process.

Creating further texture

Use Powertex and fabric and clay to add texture layers to your planet
Step 3 – creating further texture

Using material, coated in Ivory Powertex and small ‘craters’ made from the 3d flex clay, build the layers of your planet.

Adding colour

Add green colours to the cracked areas of the planet
Step 4 – adding colour

Start by adding green ink to the deep cracked area and violet acrylic to the green side of the planet.

Building layers

add clay craters and shapes to the surface
Step 5 – building layers

Using greens, pinks and purples, layer the craters, blending as you go. Paint the material section with black acrylic, then add layers of metallic acrylic.

Powerwax

Use Powerwax mixed with powder pigment to layer on colour to your planet textures
Step 6 – Powerwax

On the side created by 3d flex, add a layer of Powerwax, mixed with pigment. Once dry, wipe with a damp sponge to add interest.

Finishing Touches

I decided my fantasy planet needed a touch more ‘bling’ so I added a few beads, blending in with the colours I had chosen along the way. The joys of creating a fantasy planet are that you can really be free with your choice of colours and the texture that you create. It’s nice not to be too rigid in your planning, as planets evolve, then so should a piece of art.

Planet in the night sky

Powertex planet in the night sky by Jill Cullum
Powertex planet in the night sky

I am looking forward to seeing lots of new planets, so feel free to share them in the Powertex Studio.

If you would like further planet inspiration take a look at this blog from Annette Smyth. Or why not join me for a workshop to create your own planet. Bye for now, Jill x

Powertex DIY Lamp

Powertex DIY Lamp by Kore Sage

Designer: Kore Sage

Make a Powertex DIY lamp for lovely gifts or home decor and with Powertex you can make your own. Powertex fabric sculpture and fairy lights are an easy way to craft a lamp. I’m using battery powered LED fairy lights. Be sure to use LED lights for you project as these keep cool. Do not use a flame candle in this lamp.

I’m Kore and I want to show you how I made my own Powertex lamp using a bottle for a “mould”, simple Powertex techniques and a pack of battery LED fairy lights. Choose your own favourite embellishments to create the lamp in your own style. I’m using white fairy lights but coloured lights would be lovely too.

Powertex Lamp with LED fairy lights
Powertex DIY Lamp

Materials list

Powertex Universal Medium in Ivory

Ready Made Bister Spray in Blue

Colortricx pigment in Rich Gold

Easy Varnish

A large bottle or container for a mould

A plastic bag

Masking tape

Cotton fabric strips about 2″ – 3″ wide and a square for the bottom

MDF Dropouts

MDF Alphabet

3d Balls

Battery powered LED fairy lights

Prepare a mould

Wrap your bottle with plastic and secure with small pieces of tape. Don’t wrap too tight and ensure there are no holes.

Wrap the bottle in plastic
Step one

Wrap the bottle

Using fabric with Powertex, cover the bottom of the bottle first and apply strips in spirals upwards. Leave gaps in the wrapping for the light.

Use Powertex with fabric to wrap the bottle
Step two
Leave to dry for a few hours before removing the bottle

Decorate with embellishments

I used Powertex Ivory to add some 3d balls, mdf drop outs and letters. The structure is sturdy but avoid heavy embellishments at the top.

Add embellishments
Step three

Colour with Bister spray

Spray generously with Ready Made Bister Spray. Don’t forget the underneath, I left the inside Ivory.

Spray generously with Blue Bister
Step four

Create highlights

I used a damp cloth to wipe back some of the Bister from the raised textures.

Wipe away Bister form textures with a damp cloth
Step five

Add some shine

Metallics add a little extra shine on a lamp. I mixed Rich Gold powder pigment with Easy Varnish and dry brushed some textures.

Dry brush with Rick Gold pigment
Step six
Powertex DIY Lamp Insert LED lights for a lovely glow
Insert the LED lights for a lovely glow

I hope you have a go at making a lamp. Do share your creations with us in the Facebook group at Powertex Addicts United. If you’ve enjoyed this idea you might also want to take a look at Donna’s bottle light project too.

You can find more of my art and Powertex at Kore Sage Art but until next time, I hope you find some time to let your art out.

Pastel Powertex Bottle Vases

Powertex bottle vases in pastels

Designer: Kore Sage

How to create Pastel Powertex

Pastel colours can be mixed with Powertex universal medium to create soft effects for your projects. Pastel Powertex is perfect for Spring projects, florals and even Mother’s Day gifts. I’m Kore and I want to show you how I mix pastel colours and highlight the textures. I’ll be transforming small glass drink bottles into floral Spring vases.

Powertex bottle vases in pastels
Powertex pastel bottle vases

Powertex Universal Medium colours are all mixable and with the exception of Transparent, will be weatherproof when cured. Pastel colours can be mixed using Ivory or White although I used Ivory for my project.

I recommend you experiment with tiny amounts of your colours to find your favourite combinations. I’m using my favourite pale blue. I add small amounts of blue Powertex to Ivory (or White) until I have a shade I like.

It is possible to mix more than two colours together. For example Blue and Yellow Ochre to make green then mix with Ivory for a lighter shade.

Materials list

Prepare the fabric

Cut strips of light fabric approximately 1-2 inches wide, pieces of string 2 – 4 inches long and choose embellishments.

Preparing strips of fabric for Powertex bottle
Step one

Mix pastel Powertex

Pour your Ivory Powertex onto a plate or dish and add a tiny amount of Blue Powertex. Add a little until you have a pastel shade.

Mixing Powertex pastel colours with Blue and Ivory
Step two

Wrap the bottle

Coat fabric strips with the Powertex mix and wrap around the bottle until it’s covered. Wrap loosely in spirals.

Bottle wrapped with fabric in blue Powertex
Step three

Add embellishments

Add string and floral embellishments. I created spiral shapes with string and coated embellishments with Powertex and adhered them to the bottle.

Blue Powertex bottle adding string and wooden embellishments
Step four

Mix dry paint

Mix a dry paint with white Powercolor and Easy Varnish

Mixing white paint with Easy Varnish and White Powercolor powder
Step five

Highlight textures

Use a dry brushing technique to highlight the textures of the fabric and the enbellishments. Keep your brush flat and in the same direction.

Using a dry brushing technique to highlight textures
Step six

Pastel Powertex bottle

These Spring vases use simple techniques to create textured vases that can be made in your favourite colours. They look lovely in groups with your favourite single stem flowers. 

Finished pastel blue bottle

Please do leave me a comment if you would like to try Powertex in pastels. Or hop over to this article where Abigail is mixing purple for her mixed media project. Like our Facebook page where you can join the private group and share your own makes.

I hope you make some time to let your art out. Find more of my work at Kore Sage Art, until next time, Kore x

Pastel Powertex Flowers

Pastel Powertex flowers

Powertex Flowers – Pastel Shades

Designer – Jill Cullum

Spring is on the way!

I love Spring – the promise of lighter nights and the garden coming to life with colour. I also love a pretty vase of flowers on my dining table. With this in mind I decided to use Powertex in a different way for my latest article. By creating some pastel Powertex flowers.

Did you know that by mixing Ivory Powertex with other colours, you can create some very pretty pastel shades?  This article shows you how to create a vase of pastel flowers, bringing a touch of Spring into your home, all year round.

Materials list:

Pastel Powertex flowers

Raid your stash

From my stash I found a variety of embellishments, wooden beads, bottle tops and small egg shaped beads to use for the centres. I added small 3D Balls to give the centre of the flowers some interest. Adding delicate lace for the main petals and garden cane for the stalks. I also used some pipe cleaners for the stalks which worked well. Not weatherproof but hardened enough to hold up the flower head, giving great texture.


Designer Tip – Pour your Ivory Powertex out first, then add very small amounts of coloured Powertex. You only need a little colour to create a pastel shade. You can always add more if needed.

Bring your pastel Powertex flowers to life

Working on smaller pieces is sometimes more fiddly. With this in mind it is a good idea to have the hairdryer at hand.   A piece of polystyrene is also useful, so that you can stand your stems in to dry rather than laying them down – helping to keep the shape.

I have mixed Ivory with blue, red and yellow fabric hardener to create the pastel shades. For the stems I mixed Ivory with Green Powertex, one of my favourite colours I mixed for this article. 

To finish the flowers I brought out the texture with dry-brushing in a lighter shade of the same pastel flower colour, adding a further layer of white pigment.

Pastel Powertex flowers

I hope this has inspired you to grow your own Powertex flowers. Please share them with us in The Powertex Studio.

Please be inspired by more of my work in my last article. Find it here. If you like what you see press the star or leave a message in the comment box below.

Well for now I am going to wait for Spring and plan my next article. In the meantime you can find me at Purple Meadow Arts & Crafts. Bye for now. Jill x

Mixed media unicorn sculpture – Powertex – Anna Emelia Howlett

If unicorns could fly

So I was super excited when Tracey told me about the new animal shapes available from Powertex Uk. Especially when she said I could create a unicorn! I was so green with envy when I saw the beautiful unicorns created by everyone at the Powertex Garden Party (limited spaces are available to book for next year!Don’t miss out it was an amazing weekend of relaxing, crafty fun!). I created mine with a little difference. Yes she can fly! The unicorn project pack has been put together by Tracey giving you all you need to create this. If you wish to add wings you will need wire in addition.
Now I’d love to say I also did this bit but I was lucky enough to get a pre-made base from Tracey. As you can see from the photo you need to cover both sides of the mdf base with Powertex. Allow to dry, then use masking tape to adhere to the base.
 Then start wrapping foil around the base from the bottom up around the whole shape and use masking tape to keep in place.
 Paint Powertex over the masking tape to seal it and keep everything in place. We used Bronze.
You can choose to place the wings higher up if you wish. I used a really sharp pointed carving tool to make a hole through the tape, foil and mdf. You could use a bradle if you had one. Just make sure you watch your fingers!
I then thredded some wire through the hole and crossed ti over the back of the body and taped in place. The wire was measured at just over 50cm, you could make them smaller or larger if you wish. Wrap the wire with masking tape and paint with Powertex.
 From approx 1kg of Powertex and 250g Stone art tub I made up some clay. Then gradually added piece by piece. And stamped into the clay as I went. It’s important to stamp the clay as you go because as it drys in the air it becomes harder to make an impression in.
I was lucky enough to have to hand an aray of these fabulous wooden block stamps. I love being at hq, I might move into our Traceys studio soon!
 I covered the whole body on both sides and stamped in different patterns.
I then tool my clay and pushed it into the daisy, pansy and rose moulds. It seems I didn’t take a picture of the placement of these, but they ended up on the horses bottom. You can chose to place them anywhere.
I then coated a handful of Powercotton to create the texture on the mane and tail.
And dipped some paper dec in Powertex and covered the wire wings.
 I allowed everything to thoroughly dry and then dry brushed with some White Powertex. Just to allow the colours to come through brighter when I dry brushed them. But allowing the bronze Powertex to create the shadow for depth.
I used Burgundy powercolor into coral powercolor  on the mane.
 Rich gold colourtricx on the horn and the wings and flowers.
 I sprayed the body with brown bister to take the edge off the white. And added a mix of coral and white and layered up the colour on the body through dry brushing.
Turns out unicorns can fly! Hope you enjoyed this project. Of course if you feel as though you could use some guidance with this type of project just contact your local tutor through the directory to book on and have a go! It really makes a difference having an expert to hand. Toodles Anna xXx Follow me on my Instagram or Facebook if you like what I do.
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