Low-budget Modeling Paste

Hi guys! This is gonna be a long post, so brace yourselves! 

I was looking around for modeling paste to give my paintings some texture without wasting all of my acrylic paint, but all the stuff the store sells is SUPER expensive and not budget-friendly for art students. I tried to look online for a good recipe to make my own, but a lot of them didn’t have any sort of feedback or any good outcome photos, so I spent my day experimenting to help out the rest of the world!! It’s best to make any of these in a jar (I used some weird green ones from Walmart) so that you can reseal them and reuse your product. I also listed the prices I found my supplies (Walmart prices) for your convenience. 

Recipe #1 (the one I hated the most):

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Things you’ll need:

Talcum/baby powder (~$2); jar (~$1.50); Elmer’s Glue (~$1.50 for a big bottle. I used the school glue kind because it was cheaper); cheap crafting acrylic paint (I used white Apple Barrel brand, $0.50 a bottle, but any kind of cheap acrylic will work, and you can use any color); and something to stir with (I used plastic palette knives, ~$2.00 for a pack of a bunch). Total cost (for much more than a jar of medium): $8.50

You’ll want 2 parts baby powder, one part glue, and one part paint. So, if you use 1 cup of powder, you want half a cup of paint and half a cup of glue. Stir like mad!!! If it seems too liquid, add more baby powder. If it’s too thick, I suggest adding more glue. I spread it on a teeny canvas, and this is what it looks like dry:

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Final thoughts:

This one flattens as it dries and doesn’t offer much of a chance for super thick texture. It’s nice for a lighter design, but be careful because it may crack while it dries. I tried two separate drying areas and one cracked while the other didn’t. 

Recipe #2 (the good, the bad, and the hideously hard to stir):

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Things you’ll need:

Cornstarch (~$1.50); jar (~$1.50); Mod Podge (~$7.00 for a big bottle); cheap crafting acrylic paint (same as above, $0.50); and something to stir with (same as above, ~$2.00). Total cost (for much more than a jar): $12.50

Like the recipe above, you’ll want 2 parts cornstarch, 1 part mod podge, and 1 part paint. Stir until your wrist falls off. I had trouble getting all the cornstarch to dissolve so I ended up adding a little bit of baby powder to mine, which helped for some science reason I don’t understand. Spread onto teeny canvas: 

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Final thoughts:

This one is a lot nicer than the first. The cornstarch allowed it to get thicker and it didn’t dry as awkwardly flat. Other than the cornstarch issues, this one is nice. Very easy to layer. It was harder to sculpt and a little more liquid than I’d like (even with copious amounts of powder), but it would be good for bottom layers to get the right thickness. This one actually came our pretty smooth.

Recipe #3 (my personal favorite):

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Things you’ll need:

Baking soda (sodium bicarbonate, ~$2.00 for a HUGE off-brand box); jar (~$1.50); Elmer’s Glue (~$1.50 for a big bottle like before); cheap crafting acrylic paint (same as above, $0.50); and something to stir with (same as above, ~$2.00). Total cost (for much more than a jar): $8.50

This is seriously a repetition of all the other things. two parts baking soda (I made a mess and dumped the box all over my desk, don’t do that), one part glue, and one part paint. Stir, stir, stir! If it’s too gritty, add more glue. I liked mine to be really thick and gritty, so I added more baking soda. It’s really up to how you like it. Spread and dried onto a teeny canvas:

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Final thoughts: This one was definitely my favorite of the four. It dries slightly flexible, but it’s also a little gritty even after drying. It’s also super thick, so you can really build up a good amount of layers and textures. Some of the thinner areas dry a little more gritty than the thick areas, so be careful if applying paint on top. This one also sculpts very well, so you can get desired shapes better. 

Recipe #4 (stiff peaks):

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Things you’ll need: 

Baking soda (sodium bicarbonate, ~$2.00 for a HUGE off-brand box); jar (~$1.50); Mod Podge (~$7.00 for a big bottle); cheap crafting acrylic paint (same as above, $0.50); and something to stir with (same as above, ~$2.00). Total cost (for much more than a jar): $13.00

Basically the same as before; two parts baking soda, one part mod podge, one part paint. Mix it up real good. The baking soda is lumpy and hard to stir. This one seemed to get grittier than #3, but in a good textural way. Spread and dried on teeny canvas:

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Final thoughts: I probably made this one grittier than it really should have been, but whatever. I liked it that way. The thin parts get brittle when it dries, so this one is best for super thick layers. It sculpts really well, better than #3, but the grit while it dries is not very good for painting over at thin spots. So layer this one on thick!

-whew- that was a long post, but yeah, I hope this helps someone out so they don’t have to go through all the experimenting I did just to get modeling paste, lol. Enjoy my hard work!

 

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