here with one of my favorite techniques—using texture paste with a stencil. A wide variety of stencils are available these days from various manufacturers. They are used on scrapbook layouts, cards, art journals, mixed media art and home decor projects. With different electronic die-cutting machines, like the Silhouette Cameo, you can even make your own.
Texture paste or modeling paste is an acrylic medium that is filled with solid material. The result is a thick paste-like white substance that can create a controlled textural surface. My favorite to use is Whipped Spackle from Faber-Castell because it’s very light and it dries fast.
I like to prep my piece of patterned paper with a little bit of white gesso, but only if I am adding a wet medium to my project. Today I am using watercolor. Gesso gives the paper another layer and a little more structure so that the paper doesn’t absorb the water. Plus, if your background is busy or bright, adding white gesso will tone it down.
To begin, spread a little bit of gesso with a spatula or an old plastic card. Let it dry.
Place your stencil on your paper. I like to tape down the stencil with washi tape so that it doesn’t move. Spread texture paste using a spatula creating a nice thin layer. Let dry.
Now you can add some watercolor to the top part of the paper. As you can see in the photo, some of the color is more watered down and some is more concentrated. I did focus on painting between the raised/textured layers. I even added some splatters at the end. Let it dry or use a heat tool to speed up the process.
Now it’s time to add your embellishments and finish the card. I used washi tape, strips of patterned paper, paper doily, button and a flower. I stamped a little sentiment with black ink.
I like this technique because it is versatile. Instead of watercolor you can add spray mists, acrylic paint, markers or even colored pencils. If you don’t feel like adding color at all, use only the stencil with the texture paste and leave it white. You can even change the color of texture paste by adding different color mediums to it.
Play, experiment and have fun!
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Supplies used: Pink and blue striped paper from My Mind’s Eye; green polka-dot paper and turquoise tags from Elle’s Studio; pink with gold paper from Crate Paper; Look Out World stamp set from Technique Tuesday; black ink pad from Ranger Industries Inc.; paper doily from Doodlebug Design Inc.; pink washi tape from American Crafts; plus washi tape from Hobby Lobby; button from Fancy Pants Designs; flower from Petaloo; enamel heart from Bella Blvd; chevron stencil from Prima Marketing Inc.; watercolor from Michaels Stores; Design Memory Craft Whipped Spackle from Faber-Castell; gesso from Liquitex; adhesive from Therm O Web.