diy modeling paste, the documented life project

The documented life project's art challenge for may 16 was to use modeling paste. Not having some on hand, and at their suggestion, I did a youtube search for diy modeling paste.

The ingredients vary depending on who is doing the tutorial. Some use talc powder while others use baking soda. Some use mod podge while others use elmer's glue.

I used these ingredients: pva glue, acrylic paint and baking soda. I'm pretty happy with the results. Mary Brockway has a great video on mixing up your own modeling paste.

As I made more than I needed for the journal pages, I used it to make some mail art post cards as well. The postcard above began with washes of acrylic paint. Using a dip pen, I wrote out some impromptu thoughts on what I was feeling that day. Over that I used a doily and some diy stencils and stenciled on the modeling paste.

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sunday sketches and the document your life project


  1. Your timing is so perfect! At my fingertips group this week one of the ladies used modeling paste on her piece. I made a mental not to get some. Now they will be totally in awe of me when I show them I MADE modeling paste!

    Thank you!!!!!

  2. LOL!! Not fingertips group .... Fiber arts group!!!

  3. I love the postcard! Very ingenious to make your own modeling paste.

  4. What a GREAT way to use some very basic ingredients!! I usually have modeling paste around, but it's fun to know of different ways to make one's own in a pinch--thank you! Just LOVE the card you made--those soft washes and the lacy effects... *swoon*... Such fun to see what you've been up to lately, Juana. We're just back from travels--moving through jeT lag fog and mountains of laundry... ;o) Happy Summer Days, my friend ((HUGS))

  5. I wasn't aware of people making their own modeling paste. I love the results you got from using it, so congratulations. Have a blessed week!

  6. Wonderful work, Juana. I LOVE how the white letters rise above the artwork. I've never heard of Mary Brockway and am off to check her out. Thanks for always inspiring us with wonderful ideas! xx


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