As you might imagine, when I started out with Powertex I dived in, playing, experimenting and making mistakes along the way. I’ve learned from those early messes and I want to share my Powertex top tips with you. If you’re new to Powertex maybe you will find them helpful.
My top five tips for beginners with Powertex Universal Medium
Pour out a little onto a plastic plate
- Pour out a little at a time (it can’t be put back in the bottle)
- Use up left over Powertex to coat embellishments or scraps
- Any Powertex dried on the plate can be peeled off
- Reuse your plate
Invest in a bottle opener
- Wipe the neck of the Powertex bottle after use
- Stuck lids can be loosened with hot water over the bottle neck
- Invest in a bottle or jar opener for stubborn lids
Coat your fabric
- Coat your fabric, don’t saturate it
- Avoid over-wetting fabric that takes too long to dry and weighs down your fabric
Let gravity and Powertex do the work
- When draping fabric, let it fall naturally
- Pinch small areas near the top to create folds
Use sprays with Ivory Powertex textures
- Create lots of varied textures with Ivory Powertex
- Use Bister sprays generously (it can be wiped away)
- Wipe raised areas and highlight with Ivory Powertex when dry
(I wrote a blog about this here).
These are my top tips for beginners using Powertex but I’m sure you have your own. If you’re just getting started with Powertex there are more resources than ever to help you on your way. There are tutors across the UK, the Powertex Mixed Media Magazine has loads of project ideas and I have some articles for beginners right here.