What is Powertex?
Powertex Universal Medium is sometimes known as Fabric Hardener although it’s usually shortened to Powertex. It is a liquid medium used in mixed media art, crafts and sculpture. If you have some in your supplies and want to know how to use it, go here.
It’s water based, non toxic and carries the AP safety seal. This makes it a great medium for all ages of artists and crafters to achieve brilliant results.
What can I do with Powertex?
This medium was originally developed as a fabric hardener for sculpture. Use it for a variety of art and craft techniques, including textured art, outdoor sculpture and mixed media crafts. It is a strong adhesive perfect for heavy textures, sand, wood, metal and lots of embellishments!
Use the liquid as a paint, glue, hardener and binder to build structures and layers, harden fabric for sculpture, adhere textures and mix in mediums. Available in a range of colours from light to dark, create base layers to suit your project.
Make your artwork entirely from Powertex and natural materials. Add colour after drying with a variety of pigment products or acrylics, sprays and dry brushing techniques.
How do I use Powertex for outdoor art and sculpture?
Create your project with natural materials and Powertex Universal Medium and leave it to dry thoroughly. Cure for approximately 3 weeks so projects are weatherproof and ready to be put outside. Powertex is a great choice for creating sculpture, garden decor including furniture or artworks for outdoors.
Add colour with pigments, paints or mica but use a varnish to protect the colour. Powertex produce their own powder pigments and Easy Varnish for this purpose.
There’s a variety of mixable colours, (including transparent) and with a range of complementary products. (Note the transparent medium is not weatherproof and requires a varnish for outdoor use.)
The product range includes mixed media products such as Sand, Stone Art, Rusty Powder, Bister and Powercolor pigments. I get my supplies from Powertex UK because I’m a certified tutor but you can see the full product range there. I use fabric and card with Sand, Balls, Stone Art and Rusty Powder because they create gorgeous textures.
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