Powertex Universal Medium is a versatile art and craft medium and can be used in many different ways and styles. If you're new to Powertex it can seem a bit overwhelming. Here's a quick guide to some of the ways you can use Powertex in your art and craft.
Different properties of Powertex
Powertex Universal Medium was originally developed as a fabric hardener and this is where many people start. Coating natural fibres with Powertex will harden them and make them weatherproof after three weeks curing time. This technique is perfect for upcycling jars, bottles and other unwanted items into something new.
Powertex is also a heavy, hardwearing paint that gives a quality base layer of colour. This also makes it perfect for outdoor projects. However it is also a powerful adhesive for mixed media art. It can glue heavy embellishments and textures such as wood, metal and sand with confidence. Powertex also acts as a binder for other mediums such as sand, pigments, Rusty Powder and Easy 3d Flex medium.
Lastly I want to mention that Powertex Universal Medium can be combined with Stone Art powder to form an air drying clay. It’s easy to mix the quantity and colour you need and really easy to work with. The Powertex part of the mixture makes it hard wearing and adhesive too.
Using Powertex for different styles
These properties mean Powertex medium has so many possibilities, it can be hard to know where to start. I’ve used Powertex in a wide range of projects and styles from fabric wrapped fairy houses and figures to mixed media canvases and mdf kits to Stone Art clay dolls. As it’s so versatile it really can be used in almost any project. Whatever your style, preferred colours, textures, canvas or sculpture Powertex can do it all with extra dimension. Powertex really does do it all!
Powertex can be used on most surfaces without any preparation. Mdf templates are a fantastic way to get started if you prefer a guided project or want to practice your techniques and ideas before moving onto something bigger. The art you see below was a very small canvas where I tested using Ivory Powertex to paint and glue different textures down. I then sprayed with blue Bister and used a Rusty Powder mix for extra colour and texture. It was an experiment but I love the way it turned out! If you’re not sure what to make you might find this post helpful. I still love to work on canvases or boards but do what you love.
One last thing
There are too many Powertex techniques to list here. If you’re interested in gaining some skills you might want to go to a Powertex tutor in your area. There are also lots of tips and ideas on my blog. If you want to know more you might find 10 things about Powertex or Powertex questions answered helpful.
I’m a Powertex tutor in the UK and get all my supplies from Powertex UK. You can also see some of my Powertex projects for the design team at the Powertex UK Mixed Media Magazine. It’s full of project ideas, tutorials and tips. It’s time to let your art out!