This project was made for the Powertex UK Design Team using the Secret Art Box. The October subscription box was packed full of spooky embellishments, mdf shapes and plaster pieces, fabric and Powercotton, and a stencil as well as Black Powertex Universal Medium, pigments and Easy Varnish. Everything I needed to make some dark mixed media.
The original step by step guide to this project was published on the Powertex UK Mixed Media Magazine. Below I’m posting the time-lapse video of me creating it, along with some tips for creating your own.
Why do I use Powertex Universal Medium?
Powertex Universal Medium is a paint, glue and fabric hardener which makes it perfect for creating mixed media art and crafts. No need to switch products and no need to glue separately. All the pieces in this project have been coated and layered with Black Powertex and speed dried with a hairdryer before adding layers of colour.
The key to successful mixed media projects like these is to use a variety of textures. Being generous with your pieces helps but they don’t all need to be your favourite embellishments either. Create foundation layers with cardboard and fabric textures or use scraps of clay to create dimension. Corrugated card is brilliant but tearing up any packaging can give great textures.
Having a focal point can finish off your piece brilliantly. This could be something larger or just different to the pieces around it. In this project I added a plaster skull on top of an mdf spider web. Use small textures at the end like the 3d balls and Powercotton threads. Watch how I put the layers together in this time-lapse video.
Powder pigments – Powertex Powercolor
Using powder pigments like Powercolor can seem strange if you’re used to paint or inks but these pigments are potent and versatile. For this project, damp your brush with Easy Varnish and dip into the powder pigment to mix this into a paint on a craft mat.
A dry-ish paint is good for highlighting textures in this project but use a flat brush and drag it over your project. Build up colour slowly and if you don’t like what you’ve done, simply paint over it with another layer of colour.
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