How do you know what to put on your Powertex shopping list? Powertex art is varied and versatile and the range of products is more than fabric hardener. Find your project and a suggested Powertex shopping list for beginners.
There are simple techniques you can do with a bottle of Powertex universal medium and some natural fabrics. Take a look at the fabric sculpting section if you’re keeping it simple. This fabric wrapping or sculpting is a great place to start for mixed media crafters and figurines are made easy with Powertex plaster heads and wooden stands.
If mixed media textured art is your goal, Powertex medium can be combined with texture products for brilliant effects. Tale a look at mixed media art supplies for textured canvases and Powertex art.
Powertex supplies and materials
It’s important to mention that like all wet media, it’s good to protect your clothes and work area and use tools that are easy to clean. Gloves are not essential for working with Powertex but can be useful.
Read about which materials work well with Powertex Universal Medium.
- Gloves are useful but not necessary
- A plastic dish or plate is reusable
- A non stick or wipeable surface to work on such as a silicone mat or pvc cloth
- A flat paintbrush is good for dry brushing and other techniques
If you’ve never used Powertex before take a look at my free downloads for beginners.
Try fabric sculpting techniques and add these to your shopping list:
- Powertex Universal Medium in Black or Bronze
- Easy Varnish
- Powercolor or Colortricx powder pigments of your choice
These minimum requirements for the technique can do a lot. Get a 500g bottle to create a few small projects. Easy Varnish is a staple product when using powder pigments. Mix it with the powder pigments into a weatherproof paint or dry mix for dry brushing over textures.
Use Black or Bronze Powertex with bright and white powder pigments (Powercolor) with Easy Varnish like these jam jar fairy houses. Choose a single metallic pigment for simple but amazing results. Use a flat paintbrush with your paint mix to highlight the raised areas of the textures. Bronze Powertex is a warmer colour than black and gives your project a richer finish.
Classic figure sculpture
As a beginner create your figures with Bronze Powertex and a metallic pigment. It’s a simple but stunning combination popular with Powertex figure sculptors.
- Wooden base or stand
- Plaster head
- Bronze Powertex
- Colortricx pigment of your choice (try Rich or Bronze Gold)
Ivory figures are also popular but can be challenging to colour. If you want to make an Ivory figure you might find this blog useful.
Powertex supply lists for mixed media
Mixed media art with Powertex is a huge variety of techniques and styles so try to decide what style or textures you are drawn to. Rust effects? Crackle textures? Heavily embellished layers? Sculpture and dimension? Heavy abstract textures? This art uses Ivory Powertex Universal Medium, Bister sprays and Rusty Powder.
- Choose Ivory or White Powertex medium
- Add your materials and texture products from the range
- Consider how you want to add colour (paint, sprays, inks, cold wax, powder pigments)
Find out more about adding colour to your Powertex art.
Mixed media Powertex projects with mdf
An mdf template gives you a great starting point and there are lots available. Use fabric, wood, paper, metal and Powertex texture mediums to build texture and interest. Start with:
- Black or Ivory Powertex
- Easy Varnish and Powercolor and Colortricx pigments of your choice
- or Bister/Acrylic ink sprays on Ivory
- Rusty Powder
- Easy Structure, Stone Art or Easy 3D Flex for building texture
- 3d Sand and balls
Textured Powertex canvas art
- Ivory Powertex
- 3d sand and balls
- Easy Structure
- Bister sprays for fluid colour
- Easy 3d Flex (clay and crackle)
- Powerwax and Powercolor for soft colour blending
- Rusty Powder with vinegar for rust
- Acrylic inks for brighter colour
Add your own embellishments, natural textures and fibres. You don’t have to plan your art first and Powertex is quite forgiving while wet so you can continue to play with your textures for a while.
Powertex universal medium is a paint, adhesive and fabric hardener so there’s lots you can do with the medium on it’s own too. Add to your stash as you like and find new combinations of your favourite products.
There are tutors like me all over the UK to help you with your first Powertex project. In the meantime to read about Powertex for beginners go here or take a look at my “Get Crafting with Powertex” instruction available on Etsy for instant download.