Watercolor on Light Molding Paste (for Jodiiiiie)!

Now THIS is cool! My pal Jodi at Life in Between and I were chatting the other day about how much fun acrylic texture materials can be……….and she encouraged me to experiment with Golden’s Light Molding Paste and watercolor paint. This may shock you (or not lol): I LOVED it!

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I took one of the Blick 5×7″ canvas panels I mentioned in yesterday’s post and slathered a layer of Light Molding Paste by Golden on top.   Scooping it out of the jar, it may remind you of Marshmallow Fluff (and yes, it’s just as fun!)   You can mold it to any texture you like, but it remains very lightweight.   I think the idea being that if you’re going to be using it on a large canvas, it won’t be so heavy to, for example, tear the canvas from its support, like some other molding pastes can be.   It behaves a lot like frosting, so when using a palette knife, you can get all kinds of textures on your surface.   I set it aside to dry and didn’t check it for a few hours.    (I believe it takes 1-3 hours to dry, depending upon how heavy the layer is and how hot and humid it is where you live.)

Next, I wet areas of the surface with water, and set in some of my favorite colors from my watercolor palette.   Oh, the loveliness!   This surface loves water media of all kinds!   It is absorbent and yummy, like the best kind of watercolor paper, but with jazz and sass!   I see limitless potential for FUN with light molding paste and watercolor, fluid acrylics, high flow acrylics, inks of all kinds…..think of an amusement park for color!   Needless to say, I’m really excited about the possibilities for this surface for almost any type of abstract, and even cool landscape effects!    I didn’t have time to make a real honest-to-goodness painting out of this last night, but this was loads of fun and I will definitely be playing with this some more.    I understand that Golden’s absorbent ground is another promising surface for watercolor.   And I’ll be trying that next!

If you’re interested in really having fun with acrylic paint and/or texture mediums, I can highly recommend one of the Golden A to Z sets.    Depending upon which set you choose, you will receive primary colors of all different formulations of sweet, highly-pigmented paint and an assortment of texture products to play with.    These sets are affordable, and give you the chance to play with lots of different products in small sizes to see which ones you may want to work more with.    I bought the full set of 30 products, but honestly, the starter set of 14 products is (IMO) a bargain at under $30.   You receive 10 bottles of Golden paint in all of the formulations:   heavy body (think soft toothpaste), fluid (like heavy cream), open (like the heavy body, with an open time of up to several hours) and high flow (which is basically acrylic ink).   In addition, there are three texture products to try, including the light molding paste, and a bottle of polymer medium, which is a sealer as well as a paint extender.   The only thing you may want to add soon-ish would be a bottle of acrylic glazing liquid.     I’ve painted with acrylics quite a number of times, and even though the A to Z sets come with sample-sized bottles of everything, I bet I’ve not used more than 1/4 of the acrylic glazing liquid from that set yet.   (Disclosure: as a Blick affiliate, I may receive a percentage of your purchase when you buy items through these links.)

I am SO over the moon about acrylics, and honestly, I tried the less expensive paint first, because I thought Golden was overpriced.    Now that I’ve tried Liquitex basics, Liquitex soft body and heavy body formulations, though, as well as Golden, I have to say I’m sold on Golden.   This is one of the times that you actually DO get what you pay for, in my opinion.    And again, the best thing about buying from Blick is that you can always return products with no questions asked.   (Blick allows customers up to one YEAR to return products, even opened ones.   That is unheard of, and one of the reasons I love them so much!)

So anyway…..I need to pull myself down off the ceiling.   I’m just so excited right now about the endless variety of artwork I can produce after trying this light molding paste.   And I haven’t even tried most of the texture products from that set yet!   I’ve been spending more time experimenting with all of the different paint formulations and colors!     Chris Cozen’s videos on Artist Network TVand her books – if you’re interested in playing with acrylics, she is a wonderful resource, and will teach you everything you want to know about Golden products.    She is the reason I decided to even try acrylics at all, as I’ve always been a watercolor girl.    She will show you what they can do!   Her materials are the next best thing to trying the products for yourself.

Dancing into the week, and I hope you all are dancing too!   Happy Tuesday, everyone.   Peace.

94 thoughts on “Watercolor on Light Molding Paste (for Jodiiiiie)!

  1. Oh this sounds exciting! Your sample looks scrumptious…a delight for the eyes, and rather yummy looking too lol. Am looking forward to seeing what more you do with this and what you think of Golden’s Ground. I just picked up some Daniel Smith watercolor ground but have been a bit timid experimenting with it so I am really interested to see how you dive in to using something similar. You are such an inspiration and a joy to watch. Happy dancing! Peace.

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    1. Thanks so much, Haunani! I’m so glad you can feel my excitement! I just heard about that DS ground too and would be curious what you think of it. Nothing like jumping in with both feet! I wonder how similar it is to this stuff. Does it come in a jar or a squeeze bottle? I assume it’s white? Is it moldable?

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      1. Excitement is catching! I have not sat down and really played with the DS watercolor ground yet, but hope to this weekend. It comes in a jar and there are different colors available… Transparent, Buff Titanium, Mars Black and Titanium White. I have seen a bit of molding done with it by others, though not to the extent a molding paste would probably offer. Hopefully I will learn a bit more about using its properties soon, looking forward to play time ;D.

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    1. Thanks so much, Rebecca! Love the hare in your avatar! I had seen demos on this product but never actually worked with it. It was so cool! I always love art supplies of any kind, but this one made me feel just like a little kid! Best feeling in the world! Glad you enjoyed the info. Can you get Golden products there? I know DB ships internationally but I imagine you’d do much better getting it somewhere local to you.

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  2. Oh how EXCITING! I can feel the happy energy! Thanks for doing this and sharing. And your end result looks like a real painting to me!!! You are very convincing. I’m going to have to go a lookin!😜

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      1. Jodi, you are hilarious, and thank you for letting me know so I can check up on them again! You are going to have a blast with this stuff!! Can you imagine?! I can’t WAIT to see what you do with this!!! You’ll be showing us how it’s done! 💛💜💛

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    1. Lol! Jodi I am so glad you asked me to do this because I’d have just used high flow acrylic ink or one of the fluid acrylic paints. I’d have got to WC much later. But I do love how this turned out! After it dried it looks a bit lighter, but so does WC paper. And I would think that the thickness of the paste layer would determine how much paint gets absorbed into the product vs staying closer to the surface. Can you imagine the possibilities with this?! Mind=blown. 💛

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        1. It’s so beautiful. I’m in love with this, seriously! Next one I’m looking forward to trying is the clear tar gel. Oh I wanna try them all. Can you imagine if we were all retired and could do art whenever we wanted? We’d be doing murals in the sky lol!

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    1. Cathe, once the dancing begins, anything goes! Still trying to pull myself off the ceiling. Just love this stuff! Haven’t scratched the surface with these products and my art-ADD mind is having trouble taking it all in lol! So glad you enjoyed it! 💛

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  3. This is going to be fun! I’ve seen the texture/molding techniques before, and one day I’ll be ready to give them a try. Thanks for providing so much helpful information. The results you achieved are fantastic!

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  4. Super tips, Laura, and your joy with your new art supplies and technique just jumps off the screen! What fabulous texture and color effects you can create, as shown in your abstract. I totally could get into that, too! Thank you for the review and tips!!!

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    1. You’re so welcome, Cynthia, and so glad you enjoyed this! Oh, still trying to pull myself down off the ceiling. The possibilities are truly endless with this! As much as I love art supplies of any kind at any time, this stuff is special because it made me feel just like a kid again. Best feeling ever! And it’s only just begun – bonus! Dying to see what you do with this stuff!

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  5. The colors are lovely, and your excitement about the product is amazing!

    My son gave me a wine and paint gift for my birthday and it looks like the company uses acrylics. I’ll walk away with a 16×20 painting when done.
    I signed up for my first session in early July. It will be the first time I will use acrylics since middle school!

    I’m a bit anxious, and excited about it, but hope I learn something and like what I paint.

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    1. What a terrific gift, Deborah! Sounds like a blast! Acrylics are so much fun, and I am really blown away every single time because I never expected to like them! If you think they may be for you, I can highly recommend the Golden starter set. I liked them at first but fell in love once I went with the Golden products. You will have so much fun, looking forward to hearing how it goes!

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  6. I love how you are always ready to explore and have fun…..I love your painting! it looks “luscious”. So, are you saying that Golden is even better than the artist quality Liquitex? How are they different? When I first bought acrylics I bought the soft body artist quality Liquitex but wondering when I take up acrylics again, I might go with Golden. Sell me on them. I have purposely used them to almost being out because I was thinking of trying the ones that are slower to dry, I still haven’t decided. I think that they are called “open”? anyhoo…..fun post!

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    1. Thanks, Margaret! Yes, it is Golden Open acrylics you are probably thinking of and they are great! They have a 1-2+ hour open time in my experience, longer depending on thickness and temperature. The Golden paints are very pure and creamy. I don’t believe they use any fillers. They are made in the USA and the company is employee-owned. The paints are luminous with light. They are a joy to work with! Soooo many different types of products, including texture mediums of all kinds, pumice gel, micaceous iron oxide, interference colors (which refract light, they are amazing all on their own), iridescent colors of all shades, fluorescents. They have everything! Best part for me is that when I order from Blick, I can return anything I don’t like, opened or not, no questions asked. So there is no risk! I can shop around and find the best price from the major suppliers and Blick will match it if you let them know in the delivery instructions when you place the online order, and include a link to the better price. I called one of their product specialists (et are artists) to ask what products I needed to buy to get me started with acrylics. Bottom line was the A to Z sets by Golden would give me small bottles of lots of different products that I could try and make up my own mind. Return if not liked! So I went with it. And I am so glad I did because I thought why go with the more expensive brand if other artist-quality brands are less? Having tried the Liquitex basics (which is not technically artist quality), and the Liquitex soft body and heavy body paint now, and comparing to the Golden – for me, there is no comparison. But you may not agree, this is just my .02. The great thing is if you’re curious, try and see, if not send it back! Can’t go wrong IMO. But I bet you fall in love. I know Debi loves the Golden products as well. And made in USA, not China?! Gotta love that. Worth paying a little more to keep more jobs here, I think.

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      1. I had no idea that the Liquitex is from China! hmmm and I have been wanting to get the Golden brand. Something I need to look into these coming months. 🙂 I wonder about the Open Golden acrylics….I have heard some people feel that they feel tacky at some point. I would suppose it is on that closing end of being open. I’ll have to give it some thought. I was thinking of doing acrylic plein air during the cooler months of the year, so perhaps it would not be an issue. Oh my….more art projects! lol

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        1. You’re right, if the Open paint is tacky then it’s drying. It’s smooth and luscious when wet. I’ve never painted with oils but I imagine it’s very similar to how oils feel going down. My Liquitex basics set was made in China. My artist quality Liquitex paints were made in France. Everything I have by Golden was made in USA. I do believe that’s your price difference. And Golden uses no filler. Acrylic polymer and pigment and that’s it. So a little goes a very long way and the paint is just dreamy. I’m returning my soft body Liquitex set (hardly used) that I bought last summer back to Blick.

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  7. I wish there was a way to efficiently save/bookmark this so I can find it easily later because what a terrific review! Now I want to try the molding paste! (I can picture hubby rolling his eyes about now so we’ll keep a secret between us…LOL!)

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    1. Oh, also, does the affiliate link lasts a long time…that is, I know with Amazon affiliate links, if you put it in your cart, you have only 24 hours (or some such short span) to pay for it or the affiliate won’t get credited for the sale. So, I was wondering if I put the paste from your link into my DB cart, will I need to check out right away or will it still credit you if I don’t check out for a month?

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      1. Teresa, I’m still new at this and this is a great question. I will find out the answer. And I appreciate you wanting to make sure I get credit; that’s very sweet! I know that whenever I add something to a cart at Blick, it saves it for me. I’m always logged in there, and it just saves it. Not sure if you have an account setup with them or not, but I’m a frequent buyer, so I do lol. What you could do is save it in your cart and then when you’re ready to buy, just come back to my site on a computer and click on my black Blick button (wow say that three times fast) in my sidebar to the right. That’ll take you to Blick’s home page and you should be able to go to your cart at that point and the product should still be there. I will find that out from them though but I have to say … as much as I love Blick, I am not impressed with the company that handles their affiliate program for them. Cumbersome, hard to understand, not quick to respond to questions, etc. Anyway, thank you, and you will love this stuff! I bet your kids would too!

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        1. I do have an account, but that doesn’t guarantee that you’ll get credited. You can save stuff in your Amazon cart forever but apparently (and I have no idea how they do it), the affiliate reward aspect gets stripped from the products somehow.

          That’s too bad that DB’s affiliate program company is not as good as DB itself.

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          1. No, it doesn’t mean I’ll get the credit, Teresa, but at least you would know which item you wanted and it should be saved in your cart. Then when you’re ready to checkout, you would have to go back to my site and click on my black Blick button in the sidebar to start the process of actually buying it.

            Yeah, it is frustrating but they all can’t be winners like Blick!

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            1. I think what I might do is copy the URLs of all your posts that feature things I want to buy and save them in a single note or file and then I can click on all the right links when I’m ready to actually purchase! 😊

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              1. Thanks so much, Teresa, I really appreciate what you’re doing. That should also work. I have had people click my affiliate links and I’m not always getting credit for the order, too, unfortunately, which is one of the reasons I dislike the vendor they use. They are the industry leader, though, but something is awry. But not always awry, just occasionally. So when you place your order, if you could let me know, I’ll be able to confirm that it was linked to me, I would appreciate it. Until they get this straightened out, I need to look over their shoulder. The main thing is I hope you really enjoy the products and have fun with them because they are a blast! Thanks again!

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    2. LOL Teresa, I know exactly what you mean. Right? Yeah, we need more art supplies like we need a hole in the head. Mine would be rolling his eyes too! These Golden acrylics are worth it. They are just so much fun, pure fun like Playdoh kinda fun. You know? As much fun as art is and has been since I started, this product made me feel exactly like a kid on Christmas morning. Nothing like it! 💛

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  8. I love playing with molding paste too! It is really fun to use in a stencil because it raises the surface and creates dimension to a piece. It does remind me a lot of frosting… YAY! Laura! Glad to see you are experimenting and having fun! 🙂

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              1. Hah, that was my concern too Laura! According to what I’ve read no issues as long as it’s on a sturdy substrate. One gentleman has been using it for over 20 years and not one has cracked or come loose. The artists in our google group all use it and rave about it

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        1. Well and that little sketchbook works really well for you, you’re making amazing stuff with it. I think I am too art-ADD to stick to one medium. Maybe it’s because I’m new to art. I feel like a kid in the toy store, just bouncing from one aisle to the next, will I ever stop lol?

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  9. I actually ‘prefer’ using the molding paste with watercolors vs acrylics. it transcends the effects to another level. I love it.
    Laura, Your textures and colors are Glorious!!! keep going 🙂 3d

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    1. Thank you, 3d, I will do it! Glad to hear that you prefer the watercolor with it. Since molding paste is a polymer medium (right?), I kind of expected it to bead up and runoff. Still don’t really understand why it didn’t but I do love it! I’ll be curious how the acrylic ink and fluid pigments work with it also. Thanks for your feedback as always, Debi!

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      1. It´s great, thanks for asking! Yesterday I was fighting a little oil-painting-battle, because it took me hours until things turned out the way I wanted. Isn´t it strange that there are pictures that almost get painted by themselves, and others you really have to fight for? But it´s a good experience, it makes me proud of not giving up. 😊 Hope you´re having a wonderful day, young Lady! 😉💕🌞 On my way to the studio… 🚗

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  10. When I saw your project above, my knees went weak. I LOVE modeling/molding paste (spelling depends on the brand). I have have modeling paste that is white, black, and many metallics. I just took a class at Donna Downey’s studio and we got to use all the Golden Products! I was in heaven! My file folder journal pages on my blog were all created at Donna Downey’s class. We also got to play with pan pastels and oil pastels as well. Unfortunately, my pocketbook isn’t printing money at the moment. I know I don’t need open acrylics here because it is so humid. I love the thickness of heavy body paint, but I also love the high flow for other projects. Im going to eventually get some fluid acrylics and airbrush medium so that I can make acrylic sprays. I have a lot of water based sprays and they will not go over acrylics. Love your work!!!

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  11. WOW, I really do love this, Laura, so 3-D! Been catching up with your posts tonight, just had to drop a comment on this one, so beautiful! I can imagine I’ll see more of these creations as I continue catching up! 🙂

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