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Getting Maximum Volume with Modelling Paste

Getting Maximum Volume with Modelling Paste

One post that tells you everything about modelling paste! Today, we are working in 3D…because your artwork’s worth it!

Maximum Volume With Modelling Paste

Fed up with flat paintings? You want to gain volume and relief to re-invent your colours and your lines? Do not click away, you’re in the right place. I’m not talking about hair, but about painting…

Have you seen the favourite structuring paste of painters, visual artists, scrapbookers, art journaling lovers, stencils and decoration fans? THE MODELLING PASTE (called relief paste as well)

More effects and shapes with this relief paste!
  • White paste (chalky and opaque)
  • High viscosity, to help you create 3D effects, volume, and reliefs
  • Available in different textures (soft to coarse)
  • Use it pure, diluted or mixed with colours
  • Spreads easily and becomes water resistant once dry
  • Apply it with a silicone shaper, brush, roller paint, knife paint, spatula
  • Dries quickly (depending on the thickness applied)
  • Adheres to all non-greasy surfaces: canvas, cardboard, paper, wood, fibreboard, hardboard, plywood, stone, plaster, etc.
  • Strong stickiness when adding materials or small elements (wood, paper, shell, pearls, sand)
  • Different techniques: engraving, stencilling, scraping, sanding, gluing, painting, etc.
  • Clean up with water. Keep away from frost and heat (always close the container)
  • Does not yellow with time
Leaf with modelling paste and painting knife.

DID YOU KNOW? Unlike modelling paste, STRUCTURING GELS (clear) do not whiten colours when mixing. The perfect solution to keep your vivid colours.

Structuring gels become clear after drying.

2/ How to Get Good Results From Modeling Paste?

In Art supply stores, the modelling paste is often packaged in jars or tubes. It can sometimes be called Impasto on some packaging.

For more texture, you can find high density modelling paste  , impasto gel mixed with sand (from fine to coarse) or the crackled modelling paste made by Golden.

When opening a jar, you notice the ultra-thick consistency of the modelling paste.

Most of these products are currently available at GreatArt Online or in their art supply shop in London Shoreditch..


  1. To make really thick layers with modelling paste, it is best to apply the paste in several layers.
  2. To draw fine lines, dots or waves with modelling paste, you can fill a large syringe, or a piping bag, the same as you use for making macaroons or piping whipped cream.

Information for this article was provided by professional fine artist, Amylee Paris. You can visit her colourful portfolio or follow her on Facebook and Instagram.

GREAT TO KNOW – Find all Amylee’s posts published in GreatArt online Magazine by clicking here!


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