5 Powertex projects for beginners
Powertex craft projects for beginners
Have you got a bottle of Powertex Universal Medium in your craft supplies? Are you overwhelmed by the possibilities or can't remember how to use it? You're not alone but there are some ideas here for beginners and some simple tips to get you started on your own mixed media projects.
5 easy Powertex projects for beginners
Powertex can do so much it's hard to know where to begin. These may even look too tricky but I assure you, you can make these 5 Powertex projects! It's easy to get amazing results. If you need instructions about how to use Powertex try my free guide.
So here's five easy project ideas for beginners that can get you started.
1. Fabric brooches or magnets
Use up fabric scraps in these super quick and simple makes that have plenty of wow factor. People will want to know how you made these little pieces and they can be made into brooches, magnets or used as embellishments in other crafts.
Create your piece by scrunching or pinching your Powertexed fabric into folds or flowers on a non stick mat. Add plaster faces or embellishments and fix a brooch or magnet back, glued with Powertex. Choose a dark coloured Powertex and metallic Colortricx pigment to dry brush it for maximum impact!
2. Glass jar fairy house
Fairy houses are fun to make with few supplies. Use a clean jar and lid with cotton fabric pieces and embellishments from your craft stash. Bronze Powertex lets you wrap and sculpt the fabric around the jar, then paint and glue pieces to create this delightful fairy house.
Make the roof with foil or clay on the lid. After adding colour with a mix of Powercolor pigments and Easy Varnish these cute little homes are also weatherproof.
3. MDF shapes
There's a wide range of mdf craft kits and shapes available from craft suppliers. They make a great base for mixed media art creations. The seahorse pictured was from Powertex UK and you can read the step by step guide here. There's lots of scope to add items from your craft stash too.
Just add Powertex to fabric and card and create your textures on the base. Add lots of texture with fabric and other natural materials such as string, wooden shapes and metal embellishments. I recommend a dark colour of Powertex such as Black or Bronze to start. Mix powder pigments such as Powercolor and Easy Varnish to highlight your textures.
4. Bottle and glass art
Upcycle a bottle for a quick and fun vase. This project uses the same fabric wrap technique as the fairy house with coloured Powertex. Use strips of fabric and wrap in spirals around your bottle to create a beautiful striped texture. Use Powertex to paint and glue embellishments to decorate. When dry, dry-brush with Powercolor pigments mixed with Easy Varnish, use white or pale colours and highlight the textures.
If you like to upcycle glass you might want to try decorating wine glasses or tumblers in the same way.
5. Mixed media art
Powertex is perfect for mixed media art. It's your paint, fabric hardener and glue all in one. Use one colour to create all your layers, add texture mediums such as 3D sand, rust or Stone Art and allow your layers to dry before adding colour.
Use Bister ink sprays, acrylic paint or pigments to add colour to your art. Get creative with your textures and have fun with unusual materials. There's no "wrong" way to build up your textures but often more is more so dive into your stash and start layering!
There's a range of texture products to try so see what appears to you. This canvas uses 3d sand, small texture balls and Raspberry acrylic ink spray.
Advice for beginners
Grab your Powertex and give it a try, there's lots of help here on my blog. I also have a Guide to Powertex for beginners in my Etsy shop. You can also find your local tutor if you're in the UK.
If you'd like some more project ideas to get you started you can download my free quick Guide to Getting Unstuck with Powertex.
Powertex is a fabric hardener, it's a good idea to protect your clothes. It is non toxic and will wash off your hands but remove precious jewellery if you're not wearing gloves. Protect your work surface too.
Now go for it! If you're worried, keep it simple but whatever your project, just start. There are lots of possibilities and products that I haven't mentioned here so browse the blog for more!
If you're still reading this and you're wondering what this Powertex stuff is I recommend you go here.
Updated November 2020