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Mixed Media Art with Magical Modeling Paste

teacher avatar Charmaine Boggs, artist, arts educator, jewelry designer

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7 Lessons (28m)
    • 1. Intro to Modeling Paste

    • 2. Supplies for Journal Cover

    • 3. Prepare the Surface

    • 4. Stamp and Stencil

    • 5. Add Color

    • 6. Project Time!

    • 7. A Few More Things

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In this class, you'll learn how to use stencils and modeling paste to add depth and dimension to your mixed media art projects. Give your journal covers a 3-D lift with this simple technique, create unique gift tags for birthdays and holidays, or add more depth to your next photo collage of family memories! 

If you've been working with collage and mixed media art for any length of time, your probably have most of the materials on hand already and may just need to purchase a jar of modeling paste. And if you're new to this art form, a few easy to obtain art materials will be enough to get you started on what just might become your next hobby addiction! 

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Charmaine Boggs

artist, arts educator, jewelry designer



I'm Charmaine, artist and arts educator... living an art-full life fueled by Starbucks and beach dreams!

After retiring from a forty year career in education in 2017,  I realized that I was not ready for a life of leisurely luncheons and golf outings. I'm sure the fact that I've never even played golf might have something to do with that! 

When I'm not busy working on my painting and printmaking, I enjoy spending time in my flower gardens, walking the lovely trails in our nearby parks, and taking the photographs that provide the inspiration for my artwork and the jewelry designs that I sell as CBoggsArt and Thoroughly Modern Mimi on Etsy. 

When I plan a Skillshare class, my goal is to make art accessible for all ages an... See full profile

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1. Intro to Modeling Paste: hello and welcome to my skill share channel. I'm Charmaine Boggs, and this class is called Mixed Media with magical modeling paste. If you've already taken some of my skill share classes, you know that I'm a retired art teacher and that I have yet to meet an art material that I don't like. I do like some more than others. I'm a particular fan of printmaking, an acrylic paints, and I've recently taken up or actually re taken up watercolor painting. But actually probably because I like so many different things. I have discovered that mixed media is really my thing. And I combined my printmaking, my photography, my acrylics and now my watercolors with my mixed media art. So my classes tend to reflect this in this class mixed media art with modeling paste not truly magical, but it kind of is in a way, when I was teaching middle school students, I discovered this amazing substance called flexible modeling paste. My students loved it. It's kind of, ah, thick, heavy, paste like product. You can mix your paints in it and cholera it, or you can apply it to your canvas or your board. Let it dry and then paint it when you're finished. Either way, it's a wonderful way to add texture and dimension to your artwork. So in this class I'll be demonstrating how to create a journal cover like this one here, using modeling paste to give it that raise surface like you see here in this leaf pattern. Of course, you're not limited to journal covers. If you're like me, you like to do all sorts of things with your art and modeling. Paste is a good one for using in a lot of ways this year. I'm using it for my holiday gift tax on these cute little of their little wooden gift tags that I got at the hobby shop, and I'm using some modeling paste for my snowflakes. I've used it on boards to add dimension to a stenciled and stamped acrylic painting, and I've even used it. I've used it on just a illustration board like you see here, there's it's collaged underneath an illustration board. This is a work in progress right now, so flexible modeling paste is one of materials that you're going to need in the next video . I'll share with you the complete listing of all the materials that you'll need to create your own project with flexible modeling paste. So join me in the next video. We'll go through materials and then we'll be ready to dive in and create your own mixed media with magical modeling paste. 2. Supplies for Journal Cover: you'll need to gather up quite a few supplies for this project, but most of them should be easy to obtain. If you're anywhere close to one of the big box craft and art supply stores like Michael's, Joann's Fabrics, a Seymour hobby lobby most of those air going to have these things on hand. And if not, I will have a list of links in our class sections in order for you to obtain things online . This recollections sat mixed. Media Chipboard Book Set is a perfect one for this project. I found My Nip Michael's. It has six heavy chipboard pages and three really nice brass rings to hook your book together when you're finished, so it's well worth the purchase to use this particular set. Then you're going to need, of course, some stamps and stamp pads and stencils. What you choose to use depends on your preference for designs and patterns. You can use something botanical like I have here. You can use any color that you like, as long as your ankles permanent, waterproof, and you can use any steps that you like a swell. I chose this stencil ese dot com brand of botanicals because I wanted to use it for some other projects around my house as well. And I found this one at Joann's fabrics and crafts in my town and again like anything else . The only thing I do recommend for your stencils is that they be plastic of some kind because paper ones will not hold up very well through this process. When you're looking for a stamp pad, I'm using black. You can use whatever color you want. Um, I like Ranger brand, but what you really want to look for is acid free, permanent and waterproof, and the waterproof and permanent are essential for this project, since we have paints involved going over the ink surface, so make sure that you're looking for waterproof paints when you are buying your supplies. This particular stamp is from Joann's Fabric Hero Arts is the company that manufactured this one, but again, all kinds of stamps are available at Michael's and Hobby Lobby, and they see more and Joann's fabrics, so you should be able to find your ranger stamp pads and any stamps that you might like to use quite easily and locally. When you're looking for this next batch of things. Your paints. You are going to want to get some fairly good quality acrylics. They don't have to be expensive. I'm using Golden Brand here, tightened buff, chromium oxide green and sap green hue. I got mine at Michael's craft. You can also order them online. One of my favorite online companies is cheap Joe's, and I have a link to that in our plast resource is You can also use liquid tax wins or Newton Grumbach er, whatever you can get locally. And then my metallic paints are Martha Stewart Craft paints from Joan's and I'm using Citrine Gold and Aqua Marine Pearl. For this particular project, you'll need a few other basic supplies. I like Liquid Tex brand for flexible modelling pastes, and Jess owes. I get these Michaels and I've seen them in other places as well. Jess Oh is used to prime your chipboard, and the flexible modeling paste is used to create our stenciled on raised images. When we're all finished with the entire project, it's very important to seal it in some way, and you can use pretty much any spray spray on sealer that you like matte satin or gloss. I found this. Aliens brand at a belief Joann's fabrics, and I like the way it looks. It does have a slight gloss to it, which I think is actually our paints coming through the light coating of sealer that I used . The last thing you need to do is gather up a few common household supplies and art supplies . You'll need a container for water paper towels in case you have those drips and spills some type of palette to spread out your paints. I'm using a Styrofoam plate here, but anything you have on hand will do. I'm using a palette knife, but you could also use a plastic knife like you see here in the picture. I'll be using a foam brush. I'll be using some sponges, and I have a sea sponge and a makeup sponge. Any clean sponge that you have around the house will work fine for this. You'll also see in some of the videos that I protect my surface with a plastic tablecloth from a party supply store, and I reuse those over and over and over again rather than throwing them away. So gather your supplies on, Meet Me in the first step will get the just so on your chipboard and get that first layer of paint going for your journal cover. 3. Prepare the Surface: the first thing you want to do when working with chipboard is at a layer of just so to both sides of the chipboard. This is going to provide a nice surface for your paints to adhere to, because it's white and bright. It's going to also allow your paints to be brighter and lighter, especially the Martha Stewart craft paints, which have a translucency to them and do allow one color to show from underneath another. So I like to make sure there's Jess Oh, on both sides of my piece. What you will notice is that as you do the first side, if you pick it up and look at it from the side while it's still wet, you're going to see that it bows ever so slightly. Just add Jess Oh, to the Riverside. Once it's dry on this side, and that will smooth itself out to apply the paints. I'm going to be using the Martha Stewart Aqua Marine Pearl color, and I'm just going to take the paints and squeeze them right out of the bottle onto my chipboard surface. There are a couple ways to apply paint. You can spread the paint with a traditional paintbrush. You can also spread the paint with your palette knife or up the smooth side of a plastic knife. If you'd like to have a more textured surface, don't show you this. In this segment, I'm just showing you that you can't texture the paints If you wanna have a rougher, more textured surface. Using a plastic knife for a palette knife is the way to do that. If you'd prefer smooth surface, wet a sea sponge or a makeup sponge, wring it out so that it's just slightly damp and smooth your paints out across the surface of your chipboard piece and you'll have a smoother surface. The nice thing with doing this is that you can also pick up parts of color. Allow a little bit of the white to show through, giving your look a little bit of a textured look. But not as extreme as it is when you apply your color with a palette, knife or a knife, so sponges will allow you to have a really nice surface. And this particular color, the Aqua Marine Pearl gives you a nice metallic effect, and you can see a little bit of the white coming through. It is a translucent paint rather than a opaque sort of surface that makes a very pretty background. You can do the other side later when that's dry, or you could wait until you're ready to work on the other side. It really doesn't matter at this point. 4. Stamp and Stencil: Once your paint is dry, it's time to add a little bit of stamping in order to give your work and nice textured background. It isn't important that it say something in particular. The point of all of this is just to add some interest and texture. I'm using the hero arts French phrase stamp here. I don't know what it really says, but I'm going to assume it's all good. I'm going to use my black archival permanent ink, and for this one, I'm not going to particularly want everything lined up perfectly because no one's really going to read these words. So I'm going to stamp off the page and simply cover the surface with stamp textures. In some places, they might not completely show up. They might also just be a little bit on. Even this will need to dry thoroughly before you go any further with that part of the project, keep your stamp had closed so that it doesn't dry out and just dab at your stamp with a paper towel to get the excess ink off before you put it away, you can buy purchased stamp cleaners. I do use them from time to time when my stamps get excessively dirty, but for the most part just a damp paper towel. It will do the job nicely now that you're stamped sections air dry. It's time to add that texture with the modeling paste. So I'm using my really pretty botanical stencil, and I'm going to decide first. Wearable fit best over my design. The botanical stencil is slightly larger than my chipboard piece, so I want a position at so that as much of the design as possible is visible. I like to make sure that the top is at the top, and if a little bit of the bottom doesn't quite fit on, that's going to be a lot less noticeable. Visually, you're flexible. Bobbing paste is like a very thick, creamy texture. It's going on kind of almost like icing. So if you can ice a cake, you could do this. Hold your stencil down so that it doesn't move and just gently and the modeling paste over the stencil. Work it as if it were. I seen a cake. Be careful not to go underneath the openings in your stencil so that it's a clean imprint, but make sure that it's covered well, I like to apply enough so that there's the image underneath almost disappears because that's going to give me a nice raise surface. You can make it super smooth with your palette knife or your kitchen knife. Or, if you want. You can also leave some of the texture so that there are differences in that texture, and I often do that. I might put Mawr modeling paste in one spot than another, and then just smooth it out. Make sure that all the openings in your stencil have been covered with modeling paste. When you lift your stunts will be sure to lift straight up so that you don't sneer the image that you've created, and you'll notice a really lovely raised image in the shape of your stencil. So now you have a very nice texture over the surface. The last thing you want to do here is clean your stencil off. I like to just lay it on a piece of paper and scrape the surface to get all the excess modeling paste off, and I returned that modeling paste to my jar. Waste not want not is my philosophy when it comes to art supplies, which can get pricey when you're using them a lot, so scrape as much of it is, you can off and return it to the jar, then simply take a paper towel. A wet paper towel will usually quite nicely clean most of it off. It isn't necessary to have it scrupulously clean. Just get most of it off. The rest will dry in place and not really matter a bit. The main thing is, don't ever let modeling paste go down your drains. That is not good for the plumbing. Give your modeling paste a couple hours to dry so that it's firm and doesn't smear when you add paint and join me in the next video, where we'll take a look at some paint options and some additional stamping that you can add to complete your project. 5. Add Color: my journal cover going to use a slightly different techniques for painting. I just wanna have some soft greens. I don't want them to be precisely painted. I want them to actually blend into the background a little bit. So for this one, I'm going to use the makeup sponge. And I have to greens along with my Titan buff. I have chromium oxide green, which is this brighter green and sap green hue, which is this very deep cream. What? I'm going to dio iss What? My sponge? I think so. And I'm going to take a little bit of pain into the white myself, A nice soft green on the night sweats fund. And I could use that to simply chopped color onto my pieces. I think so. And yes, it is going on the background and went out to is take the unpainted side of sponge and lend those covers in. So what I'm getting is a softly painted set of leaves, and I'm also, as you can see here altering the color of the background as I do this and I'm gonna re wet my sponge and I'm gonna blend these two little bit to get some darker greens again, my sponges damp. It is not drifting or so oft going to splash a little water on there. This one is going to be a little more intense with the darker green when I run it up there just a little bit. And then what I'm going to dio is take a clean, dry sponge and just fresh along peace. I think so. So now I have a more of a green to my background, although you can still see that shimmer and I can take my sponge and buff areas out, I can also wet the sponge, wring it out really well so that it's just slightly damp. And use that to pick up excess pain that for him, like so if I wanted to, I could later had chicken little pops of color, which I'm doing right now. Just like putting a little of that dark green on my sponge and just tapping believes to ath little bits of that darker green like so and then I'm gonna vince my sponge again. So just rinsing as much of the pain of my sponges, I can't that really good, and I can use the tip to clean up areas where I have more paint than I would like in my background. And you want to do that while you're paint is still wet, you can still tip. I learned in a water Cashley from a watercolor instructor. We were playing around with some mixed media arts, so we were adding some acrylics to our water colors and her suggestion to me when I had a little too much acrylic in one of my paintings, she said, Let dr and then take rubbing alcohol and a Q tip or a sponge and just do a little rubbing alcohol over that, and it actually does lift paint rather nicely. So there. I have some greens now. Once that's dry, I can add detail work to it with a brush. I can also add detail work to it right now, but the problem with that is going to be. You can see how heavy that's going to get, and it's really too heavy for what I'm doing. So if you do that, if you wanna have a little bit more death to your color, put your color on like you see here like I'm doing here where I want these stems to have a little more color, but then go back over, take your damp sponge and hit it a little bit to smooth it out. Give it a little more of a gentle color, and I'm going to let that dry. For now. I'm not really finished with this, but I've toned down my background quite a bit. It's more green now than it Waas, and I've added a little color to my leaves. So when this is dry, I'll be ready to put some finishing touches on it. Once this was dry, I decided to add a little title my stamped on. I went for a walk. Since this journal is going to be nature studies and things with my nature photos, I did the stamping, and then I told it down just a wee bit with some of that awkward Marine pearl paint and let that dry. And then I sprayed it with a Matt finish sealer, and I think it's ready to go, and I'm happy with the results. Meet me in the next video and I have a few tips for things that you can do for your project and a little bit of information to share with you before you go See you there 6. Project Time! : welcome back, and now it's project time, So it's your turn to shine. You've learned a few techniques for using flexible modeling paste, but you're not limited to working on a German cover like the one that I demonstrated with. So if journaling is your thing, this is a great way to do a cover or a page. It's a great wage to a cover for a scrapbook or a photo album. You can get those sorts of things in your local craft store to you'll just need to find some stencils that you like. You'll need some archival acid free, permanent waterproof inks, and your favorite stamps. Whatever you like, is going to work just fine. For this. You'll need acrylic paints you can use to paints or craft paints in a bottle. You can use any brand that you like. That's easy to access and has the colors that you want. They'll all work equally well. You will need some flexible modeling paste some Jess Oh, to prepare your chipboard or your would whatever you're working on and some sealer to seal your work when you're finished. Couple different things that you might consider trying. I'm filming this during November. So we're thinking about upcoming holidays, and I'm working on some gift tags and the one on the left is, Would the one on the right is chipboard. The wooden one did not get Jess. Oh, I worked on bare wood, and so it's a little bit more rough textured, but I like that rustic look. I found these cute little heart shaped chipboard boxes at Michael's Crafts painted them with some pink pearl. Martha Stewart paint used my French stamp with some black ink, and I had a little heart stencil that I used with my modeling paste. You'll notice that I painted them gold and silver with my Martha Stewart paints, and then you'll notice a little biddy swarovski crystal in the center. The trick to applying the crystals is to let your modeling paste get almost completely dry . Then drop it in gently with a pair of tweezers and tap it very lightly, and it will be sealed in there quite nicely. I'm still working on this little work in progress. This is just on a piece of chipboard that I just sowed and I've painted. You'll notice underneath some jelly printed papers that I had John and my tree stencil on the top. This image was done on a board. It's similar to a canvass board, but it's made out of wood, and it gives you a really nice, smooth surface to stamp on. Which is why I like that I get better stamped images working on the board panels that was also from Michael's. You can do this project on canvas and just just so your canvas and use the same techniques . One of the difficulties with canvas, however, is that it has more of a texture to it, so you'll notice that your stamps do not give a really precise image. They're better for just adding a little bit of shape and texture and pattern to your background. So plan on that when you're preparing what you're going to be doing if you're going to use this exact same technique, whatever you decide to dio, I hope that you'll also consider sharing it with us on our class project Page. One of the really cool things about skill share is that we can share what we do. I've learned so much from taking other people's classes and from seeing the projects that other students have posted in my class and in the classes taught by other people in still share, so I hope to see your work really soon. 7. A Few More Things: That's it for this class. Mixed media art with magical, flexible modeling paste. But I not quite finished. I have a few more things to share with you before I go. If you enjoyed this class and especially if you create your projects, please take a photograph and share it. We can learn so much from each other and our experiences on skill share. Leave me a comment or review. Let me know what you thought of the class and let me know if you have some ideas for other things that I might be able to create as new classes and, of course, click the follow button so that you'll get regular updates whenever I post a new class. I do have some older classes on my skill share channel, so be sure to check that out. Here is the link to the channel. I have some classes suitable for parents with young Children and lots of classes that are fun for all ages, especially with printmaking. Join me on social media. You'll find me on Facebook. You'll find me on Twitter occasionally, not nearly as often. You'll find me on Instagram quite a bit. That's my favorite place to hang out on social media, and I'm also on Pinterest again quite a bit. I also have a website, see boggs art dot com. And so you can also follow me there. Lots of ways for us to keep in touch. But above all, have fun with your projects. Create a journal cover, create a scrapbook cover, decorate a box, decorate some gift tax. The sky's the limit on the different things that you can dio using this technique with flexible modeling paste. So have fun, and I hope to see your projects, and I hope to see you soon in another class.