Thursday, October 31, 2013

Modeling Paste Canvas tutorial

        Today I am sharing a tutorial that was done for THE ART STUDIO blog.

In my Modeling Paste Fun class I show you how to use Modeling Paste 

in a number of scrapbook,tag and art journal projects and the class is 
chock full of techniques on how you can use modeling paste on all your projects.

Today I want to share a quick step-by-step tutorial on how you can create 
a unique wall hanging using 
modeling paste, acrylic paint and other items often found around your home. 
By simply changing colors, textural elements and more, 
no two pieces will ever be the same.

This hanging can have as little or as much texture as you want. Just play with found objects as you scrape 
into the paste and if you don't like it, then use a palette knife to smooth it over and start again.

Base: I am using a 5x8 wooden panel.
Modeling Paste and Palette Knife
Gel Medium
Acrylic paint in your choice of colors
Items to create texture in the paste: I use a fork, bottle cover, sequin waste, and shelf liner
Solvent ink in contrasting color
Baby wipe or paper towel
Heat Gun

Step One:With a palette knife, cover the base with a coat of modeling paste.

Step Two: Immediately scratch into the paste with found items for texture. I scraped it with a fork, used a bottle cap for to make circles and randomly pushed drywall tape and shelf liner into it. Set the piece aside to dry, preferably overnight. Do not use a heat gun on the wet paste as it will cause it to bubble up.

Step Three: Once the paste is dry, cover most of the piece with your first color of acrylic paint. Now that the paste is dry, you can use your heat gun from here on out. Let the paint dry thoroughly.

Step Four: Cover the paint layer with a layer of gel medium. This will allow you to isolate paint layers as you go so you can wipe off other layers to show what is under. Then let it dry.

Step Five: Add a second color of paint and use a baby wipe or paper towel to wipe some off to let the first layer show through. Let dry and add another layer of gel medium.

Step Six: Continue to add acrylic paint and gel medium in layers until you're happy with the color combination and the results.

Step Seven: Next, I lightly dry brushed white acrylic paint over some of the raised areas to clearly define them.

Step Eight: Last, I rubbed a constrasting solvent ink color over some of the raised area for even more contrast. It's important that you use a solvent ink on the paint and medium layers so it doesn't become a muddy mess. Don't worry, it will dry quickly and not smudge or rub off.

Finish as desired.

I hope you enjoyed this quick tutorial on using modeling paste and if you are interested in learning more ways to use modeling paste, head over to the classroom and check out my class.

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