Gessobord and Light Molding Paste by Golden (World Watercolor Month, 31/31)!

Have we reached the finish line of World Watercolor Month?   Wow!   Was it indeed a challenge to paint in watercolor every day? Yes, it was. If I hadn’t had gesso and/or acrylic paint, some days, I wouldn’t have had anything to post lol. But it was fun, and I learned a lot. I want to thank my friend and WP bro Charlie O’Shields at Doodlewash for making July World Watercolor Month an official “thing”, and for inviting us all to join him in painting in watercolor daily. Charlie, you rock at it, and it is so much fun to see what you create every day. You inspire us all, my friend!


I really had fun with this piece.    It began with a 6″ square Gessobord by Ampersand.   This is a hardboard panel with a textured toothy clay surface.    It is easy to correct, requires no taping down or stretching, and can be scratched into and otherwise abused.   (Gessobord and Aquabord are my favorite of the Ampersand surfaces, and I’ve not even tried Pastelbord, Scratchbord, and many of their others yet – but I plan to)!   First, I painted the white surface with M. Graham acrylic heavy body paint in Viridian green.   Acrylic paint dries pretty quickly in the summer time when you don’t add retarders or gel mediums to slow down the process.

Once that layer dried, I used a palette knife and Light Molding Paste by Golden (which is kind of like Marshmallow Fluff, light and fluffy and wonderful) and spread a layer of this texture medium on my Gessobord.    This layer is like a playground; it can be as smooth or as textured as you’d like to make it.   I could have colorized it first with acrylic paint, ink, probably even watercolor paint, as this surface absorbs watercolor!   I have been saving lids, corks, buttons, bottle caps, all kinds of round stuff that would otherwise be tossed or recycled for months, and had fun impressing them into the molding paste.   I shortened an old comb and ran that along the side.  (Note:   As a Blick Art Materials affiliate, purchases from these links help support my site.   Enjoy and many thanks!)

Once that layer was dry (about 2 or so hours in a warm location), I had a surface that could absorb watercolor paint!   If you dampen the surface with water, the paint will stay within the damp area, just as though you had used watercolor paper.   You can also easily keep color to one section by painting the inside of one of the circles, for example.   (I encouraged the color to go outside the lines, cause I’m an outside the line kinda girl, but if you want to use lots of different colors and not make mud, using the impressed areas and rinsing the brush in between is an easy and fun way to do this.)   Of all of the products I’ve tried, I think Light Molding Paste is my favorite.   Very easy to lift color, too, if you decide it is too strong or the wrong shade.   I just love it.   I hope you enjoyed it too!

Sunday is a great day to relax, recharge, and get ready for the week ahead.   I hope you find time to do something that really makes you happy today.   We have to take care of ourselves if we’re to take care of anyone else.   Peace and Happy Sunday to all!


73 thoughts on “Gessobord and Light Molding Paste by Golden (World Watercolor Month, 31/31)!

        1. Amen to that. I appreciate people who do that and do it well, but it’s not for me. Not unless I was doing both. I just have to have my hands attached to color or sinking into something. So important to me. I’m glad you really like this because I plan to do many, many more of these with all different texture products. Feeling very addicted to texture and using things from around the house vs buying stamps and stencils also feels wonderful!

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  1. Congratulations, Laura! High five for crossing the finish line of WWM! Woot! 😀 😀 😀 And not only crossing the finish line, you brought in a wonderful playground with very interesting textures. Its texture plus watercolor heaven in your hands! I LOVE it! That painting tops all finishers medal. ❤

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  2. what a beautiful work of art!!! Your sense of balance and colors and shapes has become some extraordinary in this process! I’m telling you Loo – you are really becoming the REAL DEAL! I can’t wait to come to your art show when it is at the gallery and wander around with the other admirers remembering that I knew you back when! 🙂 This is extraordinary! And YOU are extraordinary. The way you encourage and mentor so many of us. Thank you thank you!!! ❤

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    1. Bless your bones, Jodi, you are so sweet! Thank you! I don’t feel like I’m anywhere close but we are all making the journey. One thing I know for sure is that texture mediums will be part of my artwork for a long time. I am so hooked on these products. Thanks again for your kind encouragement. 💛💛💛

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    1. Im so glad you’re enjoying, Sharon because there is much more to come my friend. I love love love these texture products and I am having a blast with that Dr Ph Martin Bombay ink we both have. Wait til Weds., you’ll see what I did with it, probably stuff you already know or have done, but something I hope you’ll enjoy and maybe look forward to reading about! You know me, sure to keep on with the science experiments! So glad you are enjoying my wild and wooly stuff over here. 💜💜💜💜💜


    1. Thank you so much, Margaret! I’m so glad you like this, it’s just the first of more to come with various texture mediums. I am totally hooked and no turning back. Really looking forward to the week ahead sharing some recent paintings (mostly remakes of painting fails, which makes the whole thing even better). Really glad you like this, M! 💜💛💚💙❤️

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    1. Hi Jade, so glad you liked it! It’s actually Light Molding Paste by Golden but I bet if you had a good heavy gesso, you could get some similar effects! This stuff is lighter than anything else I’ve played with, it’s almost exactly like marshmallow fluff. Very cool and lots of fun!

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  3. Wow, Laura, you´re the most surprising artist here, that´s for sure!!! This looks like so much fun, and I love that you are trying out new stuff all the time! Love the contrast of the subtle colours and the sharp edges – wonderful!!! 💜💕💛❤️

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    1. Thank you, Ann! So glad you enjoyed it! It’s so nice to see you! Been thinking about you with all the crazy news headlines. Thank goodness we can keep the bad guys away with our art. 😀 I will be doing lots more with texture products as I find this is the part I love most of everything I’ve tried. They are so versatile and can be combined with so many different things. I’m really stoked about it! I hope your shop is doing well and you are enjoying your studio too!

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      1. So nice to hear from you, Laura!!! Everything is fine here. I decided to not watch the news anymore since a couple of days, because I want to continue a normal life and the news make me nuts. Guess you know what I´m talking about… 😉 As for your love of textures: I think one does the best what (s)he loves most! 😊 My shop is still not online, I´m building it by myself with and plugins. A lot of work, but by now I´m almost done… And I haven´t seen my studio for 2 weeks now because of a little vacation in Hungary and then the computer work on my shop… But today I´ll go there to finish my elves. 👯 Wishing you a very happy and carefree day!!! ❤️

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  4. Yay!! You did it, sis!! 💜💜💜😃Thanks for the shout out and thanks so much for playing along this month. Even if you were cheating on your acrylic beau to do it! Hehe And seriously…I’m in love with this one! Really beautiful. I kept staring at it and almost forgot to leave a comment! 😊

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  5. ding ding ding! we have another WINNER!!! love this one!!! wonderfully balanced! great tones!! design is superb. this a a Lovely painting Laura filled with light and movement and wonderful shapes and patterns!!! ((LL))9 love it 3d

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