When I started out with Powertex I dived in, playing, experimenting and making mistakes along the way. I’ve learned a lot since then so I want to share my top tips with you and maybe you will find them helpful.

My top tips for beginners with Powertex Universal Medium

Pour out a little at a time
  • Pour out a little onto a paper or plastic plate (it can’t be put back in the bottle)
  • Use up left over Powertex to coat embellishments or mix with Stone Art into clay
  • Any Powertex dried on a plastic plate can be peeled off so you can reuse your plate

Get crafting with Powertex for beginners, natural materials

Invest in a bottle opener for stubborn lids
  • Despite tips for keeping bottles clean, lids get stuck, a lot!
  • Stuck lids can be loosened with hot water over the bottle neck
  • Invest in a Powertex bottle opener or jar opener for stubborn lids to save time while creating
Use natural materials
  • For canvas art or sculpture, choose natural materials for best results
  • Try cotton fabrics, wood, card, glass, metal and cork
  • Powertex can peel off plastic items, so prepare the surface first

Gathering natural materials for Powertex Project

Coat your fabric
  • Coat your fabric, don’t saturate it
  • Dip a section of your fabric into the liquid and massage it through the whole piece
  • Use a paintbrush with fine fabrics and small pieces

New to Powertex?

If you’re a Powertex beginner, take a look at my eBook, “Get Crafting with Powertex”. This guide tells you what you need to know to start using Powertex Universal Medium with confidence at home. It includes my tutor tips, how to apply it, a list of project ideas for beginners and lots more to get you crafting.

Powertex for crafters instruction

Let gravity and Powertex do the work in fabric sculpture
  • When draping fabric, let it fall naturally
  • Pinch small areas near the top to create folds
  • You have a working time of about an hour to adjust your wet layers

Powertex Brooches by Kore Sage

Use colour sprays with Ivory Powertex
  • Create lots of varied textures using Ivory Powertex to coat, shape and glue your materials
  • Use spray colour of Bister or acrylic ink
  • Let the fluid colour run randomly around your textures

(I wrote a blog about how I use Bister and Ivory Powertex art here).

Powertex tutorials

Choose colour products for your project
  • Paint fabric sculpture with a dry brushing technique of Powercolor and Easy Varnish mix
  • Use Bister or Acrylic ink sprays on textured canvas art
  • Mix colours from Powertex Universal Medium for fun mixed media art and craft projects

Powertex row of fairy houses

These are my top tutor tips for beginners using Powertex and maybe you have your own. If you’re just getting started with Powertex you might find this article about supplies helpful.

You can read my Powertex Design Team articles in the Powertex UK Mixed Media Magazine where you’ll find lots of project ideas and step by step guides.



9 Comments

Sam Butler · 16th December 2018 at 5:42 pm

Great tips, thank you xx

    Kore · 17th December 2018 at 5:17 pm

    Thanks Sam!

Debbie Geach · 16th December 2018 at 8:49 pm

Thank you for those tips i am about to start my first project. Very handy tips

    Kore · 17th December 2018 at 5:18 pm

    That’s great Debbie. Enjoy your first project and I’d love to know how you get on!

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