Five ways to use Powertex Universal Medium
If you have seen Powertex art or sculpture you might have noticed it has a wide range of uses. Its properties are perfect for fabric sculpture, mixed media and structured art.
Here are five ways that I have used Powertex universal medium to create my own art.
Powertex Universal Medium is available in a range of colours and a transparent one. Mix the colours or blend together on a surface for different effects. The long curing time of the liquid allows for a working time of up to an hour too. Powertex makes a great paint for mixed media art as its hard wearing (and weatherproof) and can be mixed with dry textures or used with heavy collage. This painting uses a blue and Ivory Powertex base with heavy card and Easy structure textures.
Powertex universal medium was originally developed as a fabric hardener. It can harden natural materials to make sculptures, from small craft projects to large outdoor pieces. Choose natural textiles and threads that create great texture or drape and coat them well. If needed, support fabrics with plastic covered objects to hold a shape until it’s dry. I use Powercotton threads in this art doll hardened with Ivory Powertex.
Powertex works great as a binder for texture mediums. Mix in or coat natural materials such as 3d sand, cotton balls or Stone Art to create different textures for structured art. Use Rusty Powder to make a real rust texture with Powertex Universal Medium to adhere the rust to any non-plastic surface. This piece uses Terracotta Powertex medium mixed with 3d sand to build up a textured surface thick enough to press and stamp into.
Powertex medium is a strong glue that will hold natural materials, metal, wood, glass and stone. When it cured it forms a strong bond. Build up layers of heavy materials by coating each piece with Powertex before putting into place. Construct mixed media art with fabric, mdf and chipboard, cork, card and metal embellishments like this gothic piece on an mdf frame. (This was originally created for the Powertex UK design team.)
Apply a coat of Powertex to your base to prepare and colour it. This could be a canvas or panel, styrofoam or paper mache shapes, old toys or just about anything you can think of. It’s worth keeping that in mind that Powertex may peel off smooth or soft plastic surfaces so they will need to be prepared differently. Choosing a bright base layer can change the whole look of your project, like this canvas primed with Yellow Ochre.
These are the main properties of Powertex and how I use it but maybe you have other uses! Leave me a comment if you have other ideas for getting great results with Powertex Universal Medium.