Using Liquid Powertex
Powertex is a liquid medium that dries fast and is weather-resistant once cured.
Powertex is an environmentally friendly water-based fabric hardener that gives form to your art creations, crafts and home decorations. It can be combined with materials such as wood, concrete, sand, textiles, paper, etc, but it will not adhere to plastic.
Powertex liquids are a mixture of high-quality pigments and do not require any addition of paint or coloring. Different colors of Powertex can be mixed together to create new colors. We offer primary colors of Red, Blue, and Yellow as well as Ivory and Black.
Once your Powertex project has dried, layers of oil paints, acrylics paints, dyes, and various other art mediums can be added to create dimension in your artwork. It is best not to mix other liquid mediums into the Powertex liquid itself because this dilutes the mixture and interferes with its hardening qualities. We do offer a variety of wonderful additives such as, Powertex 3D Flex powder, Stone Art powder and Rusty powder which create amazing textures and effects. See our info pages on how to use these great products!
POWERTEX ON CANVAS:
Make sure that your canvas is not an oil-prepared canvas. Canvas that is suitable for acrylic works best. If is an oil-prepares canvas, wash the canvas with soap and water and rinse it off. Once dry, apply a primer of Powertex. Powertex works like a gesso and binds with your canvas.
Fabric sculpting is made possible by dipping fabric or other textiles into Powertex liquid. The treated fabric can then be draped, folded, pleated and manipulated in countless ways to create unique statues and sculptures. Once applied, Powertex begins to dry quickly, hardening time will depend on the current room temperature. Once it has dried completely, your object will be very hard and extremely durable.
Powertex can also be applied on canvas as paint or used to create depth, texture, and versatility with other canvas art mediums. It can be used in gourd crafting, doll making, assemblage, art books, altered art and jewelry making!
AND STONE ART POWDER:
Mixing Powertex with Stone Art opens up a whole new world of creative options. Stone Art can be used to create clay, texture paste and when mixed with Powertex liquid makes for an excellent adhesive medium for embedding or adhering large artistic elements.
Imitation bronze effects can be easily created by high lighting with a touch of gold paint or bronze Color
Things that can be used to bring new life to your creations:
Aluminum foil, masking tape, T-shirt, old sheets, scrap fabric, old blue jeans, thin wire, cardboard, scrap wood, dowel rods
Leaves, twigs, branches, rocks, sand
Acrylic paints, crafter's clay, glue, glitter, beads
Scrapbook supplies and left-over's
What else do you have at home or in the studio?
POWER COLORS AND COLOR TRICX:
Power Colors and Color
are dry powdered pigments which can be brushed onto the surface of wet Powertex sculptures to add vibrant colors and metallic accents.
If the sculpture has dried already, these pigments can be mixed in a small amount of easy varnish and used the same way to highlight your work.
NOTE ON POWDER PIGMENTS:
Mixing the powdered pigments into Powertex Transparent will not create a solid color, Transparent dries clear and will only suspend the powder partials in the clear medium layer.
Powertex is manufactured and shipped internationally from Belgium.
The fluid and pigments in Powertex liquid will separate during shipping. Waterlines in a new bottle of Powertex are to be expected. Use a dowel rod to mix and reconstitute Powertex liquid before use. A good mix has a consistency similar to chocolate syrup. As with any art medium, Powertex has a slight odor similar to the smell of school glue.
Do not allow Powertex liquid to freeze, as it will cause the textile hardener not to harden properly.
Allow sculptures to cure for three weeks before placing any artwork outside. We suggest applying three coats of Easy Varnish seal the Stone Art or pigments after the figure has dried. Very large sculptures can be sealed with Minwax Helmsman Spar Urethane Spray once cured. Stone Art and Power Color or Color
is not weatherproof by itself and will wash off with rain.
Acrylic paint can be painted on the dried surface of sculptures to add an unlimited range of color to your artwork.
Using a turntable while making projects can be very handy. If you don't have a turntable, you can use an inexpensive, plastic cake decorating turntable. Powertex adheres wonderfully to anything except plastic! So, clean up is made easy by covering your work area with plastic.
Wearing gloves can be helpful but is not necessary. Any leftover wash water can be poured outside or in your flower garden.