So you were tempted by Powertex at a craft fair or craft shopping channel and bought your bottle of Powertex or starter kit. I know it’s a bit daunting the thought of opening it up at home. Just where do you start?
The next few posts are easy starter projects for you learn all about this art magic in a bottle.
A book cover or plaque
When you first start, its is easiest to work on a flat object. That way you are not fighting gravity as well as learning Powertex properties.
You can decorate your planner cover, an art journal, MDF shape, or just a small artboard.
Make sure you cover your work surface with a plastic tablecloth and I advise old clothes or an apron as once the hardener has dried it will not come out of fabric.
You may prefer to remove your jewellery and wear gloves to protect your hands. It’s not necessary as Powertex is nontoxic and it does wash off with warm soapy water afterwards, but it what you feel comfortable with. I usually find someone comes to the front door when hands are totally mucked up!
Before pouring Powertex out into a shallow plastic plate, make sure you give it a good shake up to mix it well.
Gather a selection of natural fabrics. I love using up recycled items such as old t-shirts, dishcloths, lace, bits of cardboard or embellishments etc. Mixed fabrics can also be used but might not cure as hard as natural fabrics.
Gently dip bits of fabric into the Powertex liquid and rub into the fibres. This is much easier if you are using a light fabric and a bronze or black Powertex, as you can see which bits you have missed. Make sure all the fabric is covered but not too wet or slimy. It should start sticking to itself.Paint a bit of Powertex over the book or item you are going to decorate and lay on the fabric. Scrunch up the fabric into folds, twists and ridges to create texture. Add on any embellishments you may have, Powertex makes a good glue! Then leave to air dry. It should be dry enough to paint up after an hour or so.
Tarrah for now