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Hello my friends,

Tonight I’m back with an art journal page I created a couple of weeks ago.

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This page started as a sort of experiment wanting to test my homemade modeling paste.

I was working on another project when I discovered that my modeling paste is gone (I thought I had another jar but I didn’t). Trying to order some more over the internet, I stumbled upon a tutorial – how to make modeling paste out of gesso, white (tacky) glue and… baby powder (talc)! WHAT???

Because I had all the ingredients in the house and because I wanted to finish my project I decided to give it a try and I’m really glad I did. The paste is fantastic – it holds perfectly when spread through a stencil, dries pretty quick, can be sprayed, inked, painted and is much cheaper 🙂 Not to mention how lovely it smells.

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So, before using it on the project I was working on, I wanted to make a test and this is the result.

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I worked on a piece of watercolor paper (300 gsm) and after priming it with a coat of gesso I started painting randomly with some Faber Castell gelatos (lemon, mango, bubble gum) and after blending and drying I applied the modeling paste through a couple of stencils. When the paste was dry, I began spraying with the ColourArte Radiant Rain shimmer mists (Namorado, Autumn Leaf, Seafoam, Teal zircon). I repeated the process several times, drying after each application, until I was happy, then I sponged some heavy gesso here and there. After the gesso dried I distressed the page a bit using vintage photo and walnut stain distress ink, applied the collage elements and put the highlights with ColourArte Primary Elements (sunset glow and rose gold). I finished the page with some white and black splatters and stamped the words (Donna Downey Empowered words set) on a piece of paper, cut them out and glue them on the page.

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If you are interested in reading more about the supplies I have used for this project, just click on the thumbnails below and you’ll be taken directly to the Shop, so you can find out more about them.

And don’t forget that I have a One Week Only 15% SALE that includes ALL my artwork!!! You can read all about it here

Thank you for stopping by!

Have a wonderful evening,

Much love,

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  1. I am so glad I found your blog/art – I very much enjoy your pieces and your videos. Your journal pages are very gorgeous with wonderful textures and colors.

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  2. Awesome pages!! I’ll have to give that homemade texture paste a try. Thanks!

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    • Thanks Anjuli! For an 8 fl. oz jar you’ll need 1/4 of a cup of tacky glue, 1/2 cup gesso and about 1 cup (you can add a bit more if you like a thick consistency) baby powder. It really works well! Good luck! xoxo

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  3. Sanderijn de Bruin

    Amazing work….simply breathtaking…

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  4. Oh wow! Such gorgeous pages Sandra! xo

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