Tag Archives: Mixed media

Testing fabrics ready for our workshops

We have been busy over the past few weeks sourcing lots of lovely different pieces of fabric ready for our upcoming workshops around the country this year. It’s important that they are all natural fibres to ensure they harden perfectly and we can say your finished pieces can go outside after the three weeks drying time so we always try a test piece first.

1. First of all I snipped of some small pieces of fabric, took an old DVD as a base and some black Powertex hardener.

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2. Next I dipped, squeezed and massaged the Powertex hardener into my fabric and laid it onto the DVD and left this to dry for a few hours whilst I went for a walk in the woods with my lovely little dog Frankie.

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3.  After checking that each of the fabrics were hardening well I used some Colortrix bronze gold pigment and Powertex Easy Varnish to dry brush everything, considering it was just meant as a test piece I was really pleased with the result – it just demonstrates perfectly how the use of different fabrics creates great textures when they are over brushed with our fabulous vibrant Colortrix pigments.

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The Ice Maiden

Further to my last post I wanted to share this other mixed media work with you. She was given her title by one of our distributors, Liz Dixon, and bearing in mind the low temperatures over the recent days I thought I would share her with you.

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I covered my canvas with ivory and lead Powertex hardener in a random pattern. Once fully dried I transferred the image using Powerprint, my main concern here was making sure the Powerpoint was spread evenly and didn’t dry out anywhere before I put the image down ready for the transfer, it’s important to be quick and thorough when using a larger image otherwise it can be so disappointing to reveal your image and find a crucial bit hasn’t transferred.

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I added a little more hardener and gently worked in some Stone Art powder, picking up the texture by dry brushing with ivory Powertex hardener once everything was dry.

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I chose some pieces of cotton lace ‘snowflakes’ to embellish my piece and rubbed in ivory hardener before applying them onto my canvas. I then used a stencil and some Easy structure to add interest in my corners, you can see detail of this above.

A touch of silver and gold colortrix and I was done!

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What about the little birdcages I hear you ask?

I have no excuse for that, I liked them and felt they were right for the spot!



These are the products I used!

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If you fancy having a go yourself you can get all of the products via our website: http://www.powertex.co.uk  or you can find your local distributor, who will be running regular workshops and able to supply your products as well!

You can meet our distributor Liz  here: