When I first started using Powertex, I thought it was just a
liquid which when rubbed into natural fabrics it would harden and sculptures
and textures could be achieved. I soon
found out that it was a Universal medium, which to me means it’s a little bit
of Art Magic in a bottle.
Powertex combines with other mediums and products seamlessly to
create new products with different properties.
A range of complementary products means this little magic bottle can be do
almost anything you want it to do in your creative world.
But it can’t
do everything, can it?
No not everything. It does have some limitations, for instance it doesn’t stick to plastic. But actually, that is a good thing as you can use plastic tools. It also means it can be stored in plastic bottles without it turning to a solid lump! If you really want Powertex to stick to something plastic there are ways to achieve that.
So to summarise its properties…
Powertex is water-based, non-toxic and environmentally friendly. It has
been thoroughly tested to USA and European API standards.
Powertex is a universal medium that can be used to sculpt fabric
such as linen, cotton, natural fibres leather card etc.
Powertex comes in many colours including transparent, but ivory
or white can also be combined with Powercolor Pigment or Colourtricx metallic pigments
to give a wide range of colours.
It can be combined with other products such as stone art powder
to make an air dry clay, 3D Flex powder to create a crackle texture,
Powertex can be mixed with sand, plaster, stone, concrete and
wood to create new textures.
But the best of all, is that artefacts made with Powertex can be
weatherproof after three weeks. Making it ideal for outdoors or garden art
See what I mean? Powertex is definitely a bit of Art Magic in a bottle. if you want to try a bit of magic, book onto a workshop to play and create.
When we attended the Powertex Tutor retreat at Tex Towers in July, we were each asked to bring an item which could be upcycled with Powertex products to be repurposed into a new item. I donated a high heeled shoe, thinking I might finally get a change to upcycle another one. But to our surprise, each item donated was given a raffle ticket number. The range of donated items was vast, from old dolls, boxes, drawers, vases and weird and wonderful shaped ornaments. During the event we were asked to draw a raffle ticket and we were allocated the item with the corresponding number. I got this!
Three cardboard tubes from the inside of tin foil rolls. Was I inspired to upcycle and create something – Heck No! I did wonder who had ever thought this was a good item to donate for upcycling, but then I noticed mutual expressions of disappointment from others with their uninspiring products. Creativity was going to have a hell of a time to get inspiration to the group. Then being challenged to have the item upcycled by the end of August just added to the challenge pressure.
I must admit, I though of a few things I could just do to use up the tubes to get the challenge over with, including a triangle shaped dream catcher or turn it into a hat. But these bloody tubes just sat there staring at me.
At the weekend of 8th and 9th September 2018, I have a stall in the first Hartlepool Steampunk fair at the Borough Hall. It looks like it will be a fabulous turn out at a great historic venue on the coast.
So I was doing a bit of research on Steampunk, well just googling images to be exact! when I realised a lot of Steampunk participants not only dressed in costume but they have fantasy accessories as well. INSPIRATION HIT ME!
Well it was more like a small slap then a punch, but I now had an idea in my head of how I could upcycle those dratted three tubes. I gathered up my staple tinfoil and masking tape, along with a spray bottle. After a bit of remodelling and covering with Powertex products using lace and fabric with added embellishments, I came up with this….
A fantasy Steampunk weapon, complete with working trigger action. to create this is used the following products.
Off we went for our first Powertex retreat and Garden Party.
When you here of “going on a retreat” you might conjure up images of a spiritual sanctuary, peace and quiet contemplation, possibly with a detox and with organic or vegan food. OH NO! It definitely wasn’t that sort of retreat. Perhaps is should be named a Re-Treat!. There was fun, games lots of laughter and loads of new friends made. All were loaded with cakes; stuffed with BBQ’s and plied with alcohol. Oh Ok, I admit, I did contribute to the alcohol things by offering shots of various home made gin flavours. After all, what’s a party without gin?
Three days of crafting mixed media products and learning new techniques in creating three new canvas styles. I have already signed up for the 2019 event here: https://www.powertex.co.uk/
Just a few photos of us camping on site and in the workshops. My creations will have to wait till next time….
I had a fabulous time at ‘Tex Towers’ last week. I met some fabulously creative people who totally inspired me to go the extra bit and outside the comfort zone. A big shout out to Lisa Evans who runs CreativeStays retreats (which sound fabulous!), Lynette Jasper,and Leonie Pujol our celebrity crafty TV demonstrators; Michaela Thouless, Lisa Robinson, John Cook and the marvelous Tracy Evans who inspired us all on our Powertex journey.
I have booked my first promotional craft fair on March 24 at The Studio, Tower Street, Hartlepool. I am also busy crafting the basics I need for the workshops and demonstration pieces.
A design team challenge was to create a card with the theme of ‘Things with Wings’. That immediately struck me as an inspiring steampunk theme card. This was created using the inked and stamped background with watch images and then used Tim Holtz distress inks on the edges and the gears die using copper card in the background.
The feature used a large prima flower with hand made lightweight clay wings and a watch face. The matting and layering was hand stitched around the edge, then eyelets added and the corset style ribbon threaded through. Additional elements include a copper painted chipboard dragonfly with hand made clay clock face and smaller gear cogs. All finished off with a tiny wing and key charm