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!
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 TV – and 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.