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Modeling
Paste

Create heavy textures
and sculptural forms

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Acrylic and marble putty to build texture on rigid supports and create 3D forms.

Sizes
8oz/237ml | 16oz/473ml | 32oz/946ml | 128oz/3.78L


All our paints are intermixable and water-based, with archival results. Tested and certified at Duke University by the ACMI.


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What it does
  • 100% acrylic polymer and marble dust putty builds form and structure
  • Dries to a very hard 'stone-like' opaque white matte finish that you can sand, drill or carve
  • Can be used on its own, mixed with color or painted once dry
  • Gives minimal shrinkage
  • Can be overpainted with acrylics, oils, watercolors, graphite or dry pastels
  • Maintains paint adhesion, durability and archival quality
How to use it
  • Fully intermixable with all Liquitex products
  • Use on rigid supports only
  • Apply with knife or tool
  • Tint with acrylic color to make a colored paste
  • Can be handled like clay - for best results remove the lid to let some of the water slowly evaporate until you get the texture you want
  • For sculptural texture, build up in thin layers (each no more than a quarter of an inch thick), allowing each to dry
  • Dry slowly by covering loosely with plastic wrap to avoid shrinkage cracks
  • If cracks appear, allow to dry and fill in with another thin layer of paste
  • Ensure paste is completely dry before sanding, carving or drilling into
  • Overpaint once dry with acrylics or most other media
  • To use as a ground - apply a thin layer to rigid surface with knife/trowel/roller, leave to dry, sand smooth and repeat if needed
  • To make an absorbent ground, mix 1 part Modeling Paste to 3 parts Liquitex Gesso, apply with a trowel/roller, leave to dry, sand smooth and repeat if needed
  • For flexible supports, ideally use Flexible Modeling Paste, but you can mix Modeling Paste 50/50 with Gloss/Matte Gel/Gloss Heavy Gel
  • For paper-mache, soak paper in a 50/50 mix of Modeling Paste and Gloss/Matte Gel/Gloss Heavy Gel
  • Can be mixed with acrylic-compatible powdered pigments or aggregates
How not to use it
  • Do not use with any non-acrylic compatible media
  • Drying too quickly will cause cosmetic (not structural) cracks
  • Do not use on flexible supports unless mixed with another medium

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Modeling Paste FAQs

Other artists have asked us...

  • Can I drill into your Flexible Modeling Paste?
    No, the formula will not keep its structure as it has too much flex in it. Use our Professional Modeling Paste instead - you can also carve and sand it.
  • I’m trying to make solid pink forms for a sculpture piece. What can I use?
    Try one of our professional acrylic modeling pastes. You can color them exactly as you want - with one of our acrylic inks or paint.
  • You’re now calling your Liquitex Gel Mediums range ‘Gels & Pastes’ – are you making adhesive pastes now?
    No we wanted to be clearer in how we communicate, as we have a popular trio of modeling pastes that were being ignored in the category title. We do not make adhesive pastes. The Gels & Pastes collection includes all our gels plus Liquitex Light Modeling Paste, Flexible Modeling Paste and regular Modeling Paste for fine art applications.
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