Monday, 9 November 2015

FOG Tuesday – Adding Texture and Dimension with Modeling Paste

The October FOG Tuesday was spent experimenting with the application of dimensional molding or modeling pastes on fabrics and other substrates. Depending on the brand used, these pastes are called by different names.

These are a few that we tried:

The key word to look for in the description of the products is “flexible”. Several of the products cracked when the fabric was folded. Some of my samples have cracked but have not flaked off the fabrics. The more flexible the product remains on your fabric, the more it will accept hand or machine stitching.

We also tried a variation of a mix suggested in Stitch with the Embroiders’ Guild Magazine. This consisted of Poly Filla, white acrylic house paint/primer and white glue. We finally decided on a mixture of drywall compound, Poly Filla and white glue as the mixture that added some flexibility to the drywall compound. We did not really see the need to add the white paint, as it diluted the solution too much. The Poly Filla was useful in making the mixture the right consistency, as the white glue also thinned out the drywall compound. While this did work, you need to mix it and use it the same day as it tends to harden overnight. A couple of our members found that by mixing this compound with a runnier gel medium that it worked quite well.

Any of these products can be mixed with a colourant. We tried inks, walnut ink, craft acrylic paint and Lumiere™ paints to name a few. Remember that any liquid will change the consistency of the product, so start with a light hand.

To apply the products to the fabrics you will need a credit card to squeegee the product through your stencil of choice, commercial or hand cut. Thermofax™ screens DO NOT work. Be certain to have a dishpan of water nearby so that you can put your stencils in right after use so that the products do not dry as the stencils could be permanently damaged.

Below you can see several items that we used as stencils.

Brass dry embossing stencils, sequin waste, commercial stencil, plastic canvas.

You can also use ConTact™ paper masks as a stencil. We cut the stencils using Jan’s Sizzix Big Shot™. You will get both a positive and a negative stencil to use. Peel the backing off the mask and place sticky side down onto your fabric. Lay a stencil over the mask (sequin waste works well) and draw the product over the stencil with a credit card. It also worked well to lay down the sequin waste, and then use a stencil over top of that.
Sizzix Big Shot, ConTact Paper stencil, positive and negative ConTact paper stencils.

We also tried spreading the mixture over hand stitching, and also stamping into it. These created some very unique textures. The stitching was visible through the compound, but more subdued. The stamps did not produce a clear imprint, but definitely created additional texture. Again, remember to immediately wash your stamp.

We tried this process on a number of different fabrics and they all appeared to take the product quite well.

These are a few that we tried:
  • Decorator fabric samples (finally a use for some of the 400 I have sitting in my hall)!
  • Cotton Canvas
  • Acrylic Felt
  • Interfacing
  • Lutradur
  • Burlap
  • Cotton
  • Timex
  • Hard paint canvas

Diane's on Black Interfacing, Margaret's on Decorator Fabric Sample, Gillian's on Lutradur-like Fabric.
Jan's Samples
Modeling/molding paste is certainly one way to add texture to your artwork. The ease of colouring it with inks and paints makes it easy to use, and gives you lots of options for adding it. There were lots of possibilities suggested to take this technique further!

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