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Getting Maximum Volume with Modelling Paste

Getting Maximum Volume with Modelling Paste

Getting Maximum Volume with Modelling Paste

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Getting 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!

Modelling paste qualities:

  • 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
Getting Maximum Volume with Modelling Paste
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.

Getting Maximum Volume with Modelling Paste
Structuring gels become clear after drying.

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.

Getting Maximum Volume with Modelling Paste
When opening a jar, you notice the ultra-thick consistency of the modelling paste.

Most of these products are currently available at or in-store.

Two tips great to know

  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.

Getting Maximum Volume with Modelling Paste

Getting Maximum Volume with Modelling Paste

Getting Maximum Volume with Modelling Paste

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.

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  • Is it possible to paint with oils and cold wax medium on top when it has completely dried.

    • Hi Stephanie,
      This should be fine but make sure the modelling paste is completely dry first. It’s always worth making a test first on a different surface.

  • Hi Louise,
    Is the modelling paste and structuring gel just for use with acrylics.? Can it be mixed with, or overpainted with oil paints ?

    • Hi Peter, I’ve checked in with our artist Amylee Paris about your query:

      I’m not sure that you can blend modelling paste with oil paint as I’m not a specialist of oil paint, I paint exclusively with acrylic. But I do know that you can paint over modelling paste with oil paint when this it is completely dry. Don’t hesitate test it first before working on your main surface.