New Metallic Tag project pack

Powertex UK New Metallic tag project pack

Designer – Tracey Evans

There’s a new project pack available from Powertex UK and Tracey has a tutorial for you to create this gorgeous metallic tag with a beautiful mdf letter, that’s personalised to you.

Powertex UK New Metallic tag project pack
Personalised Metallic Tag project by Tracey Evans

Tutorial

Tracey Evans, the creative director at Powertex UK uses Lead Powertex Fabric Hardener and the new Aqua acrylic ink in this tag. Use the fantastic textured fabric to create a background for your mdf letter and Powercotton for detail. Finish off your project with metallic pigments.

Metallic tutorial by Tracey Evans

Get your Metallic Tag project pack

If you would like to try the Metallic Tag Project Pack, you can find all the details on the website. The pack is available with or without Powertex and you can choose the letter you wish too.

If you have some Powertex creations to share we’d love to see them in the Powertex Studio on Facebook. Join us in Powertex Addicts United for inspiration and tips for getting the most out of your Powertex products.

Bluebird – The Secret Art Box – Powertex UK – Tracey Evans

Blue Powertex mixed media Bluebird the secret Art Box Powertex uk craft subscription box

What do you put in a Secret Art Box?

When we were discussing launching our subscription boxes we loved the idea but what were we going to include?

We came up with loads of different ideas – and abandoned most of them! We settled on the fact that if we were receiving the box we would love them to have a theme but not a set project, we wanted you to be free to create whatever you felt inspired to and at the same time build a collection of products to try, we also wanted it to be suitable for all abilities.

That sounds easy enough you may think but the trouble is I love so many things, once I have a theme I could go on forever!

How would we inspire you?

We will be including a short verse on the contents page which is intended to set your imagination free, most of these have been written by one of the HQ team Claire Ivins. We hope that you are will share your projects with us using #secretartbox and #powertex on FACEBOOK and INSTAGRAM, we love to see your makes!

Each month some of our design team will also be creating projects using items from the box.

CLICK ON THE IMAGE BELOW FOR A SHORT VIDEO OF MY FIRST SIMPLE PROJECT

Bluebird Art Box

Carry on Powertexing!

Tracey X

Time to Change?

Time for Change?

It’s my sons nursery graduation today, they’re holding a picnic to celebrate and I’m trying not to be too emotional or cliché about how quickly the past four years have flown by. I’ve bought a dress for the ceremony, it’s got dinosaurs on it.



With the big step-up from nursery comes a rather large life-change for everyone in our family; school hours and term-time. Nurseries are open 7am-6pm  5 days a week, all year round and usually only close for Christmas and New Years Day which means I and many other families are then able to continue to go to work more or less without too many restrictions on their standard working pattern (scary nursery fees aside). That drastically changes with schools.

Suddenly we need to find a new work/ life balance. It seems that there are lots of options out there but only if your employer agrees, the reality is that companies are not always willing or able to operate on terms as flexible as you need.

So, what are the alternatives? Instead of trying to force your needs to fit into an employers business, why not take the wheel of the ship yourself and try some form of self-employment? 

I must point out at this point that this is NOT an MLM opportunity, you will not need to recruit your friends and family, just enjoy teaching others to use this fabulous range of products!

If you have an interest in arts and crafts (we’re not looking for the next Picasso, just a genuine enthusiasm), you may wish to consider becoming a Certified Powertex Tutor. Powertex UK are currently offering people the opportunity to train as Tutors on a two-day Business Start-Up and Fabric Sculpting with Powertex course.

You will be able to deliver quality workshops once this is completed and the course will cover the business side of everything to ensure you have a full and thorough knowledge of this medium, including working with the different colours. You will make several projects to take home and you get to keep everything you make. 
You receive lots of tips and advice about how to get started and you get plenty of ideas for ongoing workshops so you are ready to start as soon as you complete the two-day course.

You can run as many or as few workshops as you choose and it entirely depends on your commitments and current needs. There are opportunities to grow your business further if you wish to do so. This is a very exciting opportunity for anyone who wishes to start or extend their own business so if you are finding yourself at a crucial stage in life with some big decisions to make, please do consider Powertex!

Powertex UK Creative Director Tracey Evans will be hosting a FREE webinar on Monday 17th September at 7.30pm with more information about becoming a Tutor.
Email michele@powertex.co.ukfor more information or to request to join the Webinar.

Powertex UK at ‘Create it’ May 2018

Powertex UK are very excited to be exhibiting at the Create it show in Kent for the very first time. The event is held at the Detling Show Ground, Maidstone Kent on May 19th and 20th. And is basically a big old craft fest. SO EXCITING!
So in case you are coming across Powertex for the first time or you’ve seen it and thought about it and want to get stuck in then you must come see us!
What is Powertex?
In a nutshell a universal, non-toxic, water based, liquid medium. It started life as a fabric hardener but has now grown to be so much more. There are many additional products you can use with it to create extra texture and clays in your work. And the types of art be it sculpture, painting, mixed media projects to name but a few are endless.

 

So who are Powertex UK?

 

We are Tracey and Garry Evans and we are proud to be the authorised UK distributors of Powertex range, which provides superior quality 3D artwork materials suitable for artists and crafters from beginners to experts. We have a unique team at Powertex UK hq and have our own trained tutors across the UK bringing workshops to your area.

 

Oh, and don’t forget Frankie ‘top dog’.
Whom if you are lucky enough to visit Traceys studio you will meet.
So what which workshop will you choose to join in on at Create it?
Will you chose the Seahorse?
Maybe you will choose the owl, the vintage frame or perhaps all three?
Tracey will be sharing the wonders of Powertex with you in her fabulous workshops. Book in early to avoid disappointment. Find the link here. Come and find us at stand P9. Hope you can join us. Toodles Anna xXx

The White rabbit’s watch

 
                    If you see the White Rabbit please tell him I’ve found his pocket watch! 


 I’ve used the ivory Powertex to stick and paint my March project pack together and sprinkled on sand and balls to give some amazing texture.
Then I sprinkled some of the black bister crystals onto my work where I wanted some real depth.  I diluted my blue and green bisters and put them into spray bottles I gave everything a really good spray, this diluted the black crystals and it seeped around the textured areas just as I had hoped.
When everything was dry I mixed some rusty powder with some vinegar, sand and ivory Powertex and used an old brush to apply this where I wanted my rust. Over the next 24 hours I resprayed the watch with a vinegar and water mix to reactivate the rusting effect. When I was happy with the rust I left everything to dry and brushed on Powercolor and Colortrix pigments mixed with Easy Varnish to accentuate a few areas and add some metallic elements.

 

 

I hope you like the results!
Thanks for looking, Traceyx

Barny the Owl

I went for a bit of a different look for my owl!
Firstly I used Easy Coat Mat to apply some music paper onto the chest.
I then used bronze Powertex and Stone Art to give it a downy look and then applied
Easy 3D Flex onto the wings to get that lovely 3 dimensional crackle effect.
I didn’t use much from my project pack apart from the owl template and the bronze Powertex 
so keep your eyes peeled for some of the other elements being used on other projects!
Tracey x

 

Getting to know you – Powertex Design Team 2018


Wow! 2017 Just seemed to fly by for us I don’t know about anyone else. Hope you all had a fabulous Christmas with Family and friends. So with the new year comes a mix up for the Powertex UK Design Team. Some are familiar faces the newbies are part of our Powertex family of tutors whom we wanted to give the opportunity of bringing their unique projects to the table.
Anna Emelia Howlett of Rosehart Studio

Yep that’s me! I am Design Team, Blog co-ordinator and Press Office for Powertex UK.  Fully certified Powertex UK tutor. I am a busy little bee, when I am not creating artwork in the form of drawings, sculpture and journals, children’s book designs, stamp designs and teaching workshops, you will find me working at the hobby shows with Powertex UK and so much more. I love using Powertex for mixed media or altered art projects particularly. I pretty much throw everything at it as I love detail! More is More!!
I have four cats and would definitely have more if I could. On my time out I love hanging out with the other half, going to comic conventions, singing at Rock choir, riding horses and helping with girl guides. I am inspired by wild life, nature and mythical creatures to name but a few. My favourite word is Toodles.
 Abigail  Lagden of Curiously Contrary
Powertex tutor and the creative team leader based in Bishop Auckland, County Durham.
These days, my life pretty much revolves around my two crazy rescue dogs (Benson and Daisy) and all things Powertex (not really a bad life!). When I have a bit of spare time (not as often as I’d like), I volunteer as a props maker for the outdoor spectacular, Kynren.
I absolutely adore the rich, intense colours and the amazing depth and textures that you can create with Powertex. I draw a lot of inspiration from nature, but I also love all things magical, mystical and fantastical, and find this influence has a tendency to creep into many of my creations!
 Annette Smyth Creative Adventurer

Powertex Creative Team Leader, stockist and Certified Tutor
I live in Leamington Spa with my husband and 3 fur babies Harvey, Travis and Flo. I like to reuse found items in my work and get lots of inspiration from car boots, charity shops and recycling stores. I love lazy lunches, feel good movies, coffee cake and snorkeling in warm seas. I’m looking forward to sharing my ideas with you this year.

 Donna Mcghie of Arts and Murals by Donna Mcghie

I am passionate about my art 4 a heart workshops, as a percentage of these goes to the Papworth Hospital Charity as a thank you for the life saving work they did when my husband needed a heart transplant.
I get inspired by the seemingly mundane every day things that are all around us, which is why I love working with Powertex, because it can and does transform the most basic of things into something beautiful.
Fi Potter of Fiona potter Artist and Jewellery Maker

Powertex UK tutor, design Team 2017 and tv guest presenter. Based in Warwickshire.
I made my mark in the jewellery world demonstrating lots of techniques on tv shopping channels. Since 2007 I’ve dipped my toes in lots of mediums discovering which would best bring my design ideas to life, from creating backgrounds for designing projects to use with resin jewellery and home decor, wirework, polymer clay, mixed media and more.
Having discovered Powertex in November 2015 I was hooked. I became a member of the Hochanda TV team for Powertex UK in 2017 and a member of the Design Team. I am thrilled to be back for another year to show you my spin on Powertex.I thoroughly enjoy sharing my love of Powertex with my grand daughter Sophie, we have much fun making fabulous creations.
Jinny Holt

Hello, my name is Jinny I am a wife, Mum to three and a Nanny to two Grandsons. 
I am a full-time Support worker and arts and crafts coordinator for young adults with additional needs. 
I have always enjoyed making and creating things since I was a child. 
I love to recycle things whenever I can and have been known to rummage through skips on the odd occasion, you know what they say “One mans junk is another man’s treasure” 
I am inspired by everyday life and nature. As well as creating with Powertex I also enjoy Polymer clay and jewellery making and when I am not creating I enjoy gardening and decorating.

Kore Sage of Sky Sage Studio

I’m Kore, Mixed media crafter and arty experimenter. I believe in the healing power of creating art. If I’m not painting and layering to a background of Eighties hits and rock classices you might find me by the waves on Brighton beach or learning tai chi. My superpower probably involves orange paint.

Floral Stoneart

Hello Bloggers!

Today I have a canvas project incorporating my most favourite of all of the Powertex techniques and that is Stoneart.  Since the very first day on my Powertex training session Stoneart has been the technique that I find most inspiring and has always has the WOW! factor each and everytime I make something with it.
This is a project that I made to inspire 6 students that came to a beginners Stoneart workshop at the weekend and they all thoroughly enjoyed it and created some superb finished pieces. I apologise for lack of photographs of the stages I got carried away and realised when I had almost finished!

We started off with a canvas measuring 9″ x 12″ so that gave us a good area to play with.  The project began on the base canvas with the ivory Powertex and then using the Stoneart powder to create the incredible Stoneart effect.  I added 2 pieces of polystyrene into the bottom corner to create lots of dimension.  I broke the polystyrene away so that the inside was exposed as this is fabulous in creating that faux stone effect to the project.  The Stoneart process was carried through onto the polystyrene which finished the base for the floral arrangement.

The flowers and leaves were all made with Stoneart clay which the students thoroughly enjoyed making. A variety of Powertex flower and leaf moulds were used for the centrepiece.
After laying the flowers down and securing using Powertex Easy Structure I filled in any gaps with ivory Powertex and then filled with 3D sand and balls adding more interest.  The whole floral area was then covered with several colours of bister including natural browns, yellow, green and burgundy.

After this had dried the colour was added using Powercolours and Colourtrix.

This is my final project as a member of the 2017 Design Team for Powertex and it has been an absolute pleasure to be part of the team over the year and hope that I have been able to inspire you with some of my projects.  I have been invited to be a guest blogger in the new year so I will be popping up now and again with a little something so hope you enjoy these too!
Thankyou Tracey and Gary for the opportunity of being part of the Design Team I have thoroughly enjoyed it.
Bye for now
Jo x

Wonderful Egyptian Journals

It was fantastic to be able to have the space to create a canvas when I was up at hq. But it wouldn’t be a project from me if it wasn’t a journal really. So here are three journal designs I put together for the Egyptian show.
To start with I coated  bases of the Tut and Nefertiti journal with yellow ochre Powertex. With the scarab journal I used black Powertex on the base. I then stenciled a sand and Ivory powertex mix through the wonderful things stencil on the covers. I coated the Tutankhamen and Nefertiti heads with a little of this sandy mix to give an extra bit of texture to the plaster busts.

 

I made some easy 3d flex clay and stamped into it with the stamps I specifically designed for the range which were the Heiro Heaven for the Nefertiti and Tut journals.

 

 Scarabella stamp for the front of the scarab journal. Some hessian for an extra bit of texture. I also used some of the mdf pyramid and ank trio on the front of this one. The pyramid was stencilled and the ank I put a little clay on the front and stamped into it. I did the same for the ank and pyramid on the back of this journal. The cracking of the easy 3d flex gives them extra dimension and lots of texture. For the inside of this journals covers I placed some rice paper over a black and gold base.

 

The first image was stuck straight on to the darker base and the second I painted a little ivory powertex on first before putting the rice paper on. It was interesting to see the different effects that you could get using them on the different coloured surfaces.

 

I sprayed all the journals with brown bister and then dry brushed for the varying shades of colour. The pages were also sprayed with the brown bister to make them looked aged and I also stamped some of the pages. Hope you are inspired by this wonderful range, we’d love you to share you makes on the powertex addicts united page on facebook. We love to see what you have been creating. Toodles Anna xXx

 

Where do you find your inspiration?

As much as we would all like to think that an idea is all our own we would be unrealistic if we didn’t admit we were influenced by the things we see, unless we spend long lengths of time shut away in a box of course! With the amount of information that is now readily available on the internet it is really easy to be inspired by other peoples work and honestly not have a clue where the idea came from but I do believe that if you truly know who’s work gave you inspiration for a piece it is polite to give the person credit for their work.

Powertex have some incredible Pinterest boards to help inspire you, we often add things that we think would be incredible created with Powertex. The piece below was inspired by an image by Monique Studio on our Mixed Media Inspiration board, have a look and see whether you can spot which one it was!

I used Easy 3D Flex with brown bister for the background. There’s a little video of the bister running along the Easy 3D Flex crackles on You Tube, I could watch it over an over again!

I the made the floral/coral shapes using Stone Art Clay and painted them with Easy Varnish and pigments. I wanted to make them nice and shiny as I thought it would contrast well with the background and I used Easy Coat Glossy to do this.

Here’s what I made, I hope you like it!

Thanks for looking and don’t forget to have a peek on Pinterest.
 Tracey x