What is Powertex?
Powertex Universal Medium is used in mixed media art and crafts of all kinds from paintings and sculpture to garden decor and jewellery. But what exactly is it? Here are 10 things about Powertex to help answer that:
10 things about Powertex Universal Medium
- Powertex is a water-based medium
- It’s non toxic and safe for children
- As a fabric hardener it can be used to harden and sculpt natural fibres, textiles, leather and cork
- It’s a hard-wearing paint for mixed media art
- and is available in a range of 10 colours plus a Transparent product
- The Powertex colours are mixable
- It’s also a powerful adhesive for use with wood, metal and other natural materials
- Powertex Universal Medium is weatherproof after 3 weeks curing time (not Transparent)
- Combined with Powertex Stone Art product it makes an air drying clay
- It will bind with dry mediums to create textured art surfaces
Powertex and plastic
Is there anything it doesn’t do? Yes, there are some things it doesn’t do well. Powertex is a fabric hardener so it might not wash out of your clothes. Powertex will peel off plastic but there are ways around that for your project. Knowing that it doesn’t adhere well to plastic can be used to your advantage, by using plastic tools for example.
Powertex for beginners
It’s easy to create really impressive results even as a beginner whether you choose mixed media canvas art, fabric sculpture or giving a new life to something old. Powertex also make a range of other mixed media art and craft supplies that are designed to work with Powertex Universal Medium. These include texture mediums, rust powder, powder pigments and weatherproof varnish.
Find out more
If you’d like to know more about how to use Powertex browse my blog or the Powertex UK blogs. I also have an eBook for Powertex beginners called “Get Crafting with Powertex” which tells you how to get started with Powertex at home. It includes what you need to know about Powertex, the unique properties of Powertex and how to apply it. It also has a list of project ideas with tips to try. Take a look if you need help to use Powertex in your mixed media craft.
I’m a Powertex tutor in England and I get my supplies from Powertex UK. Head there to get yourself a bottle of the good stuff.
Updated July 2020
I have just started a Powertex Facebook group where I’m sharing more tips, articles and project ideas. To get the group started, for a short time I am opening up my Facebook group to readers of this blog. It’s a great place to ask your Powertex questions and get some tutor tips while workshops are a bit harder to get to. Click here to join in.