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« on: September 01, 2012 03:44:13 PM »

So recently I have been experimenting with different acrylic mediums some of which have been a success, but others not so much. One of this biggest problems has been with using modeling paste.  I have been using liquitex light modeling paste, mixed with various colors, on canvas.  I love the awesome textural effect I have been able to get, but no matter what I seem to do the colors become muddy.  Even with mixing, on the canvas, no more and in often cases less than I would normal paint the color becomes muddy and just does not look good at all.  I had thought about painting over the modeling paste but then I do not know how the paint would cover "scratching" effect and dips and grooves, would it still be possible to get a nice blending effect.  If that would not achieve a good result is there a way to blend the colors without the colors mixing together too much?
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« Reply #1 on: October 01, 2013 12:47:41 AM »

Are you using highly pigmented acrylics?
Or some sort of craft paint kind?


The only modeling paste i have dont behave like that, its winsor and newtons mineral texture gel. A transculent-grey gel with sand in it. I use winsor and newtons galeria acrylics.
Maybe try a less opaque one?
And if you dont want tp paint over it maybe a sheer watered down layer of paint will make it less muddy?
Or if you have glazing medium use that instead of water.


I once had a horrid white texture paste that did make my colours look muddy. Its was a cheap kind i found on supersale in a non art related store.
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« Reply #2 on: October 02, 2013 02:24:01 PM »

I would try a modeling gel instead of a modeling paste.  Modeling gel comes in both gloss and  matte.

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