Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Let's Talk Texture

Hi everyone, it's Sue here and today I am talking TEXTURE PASTE!
Using mediums is very popular in scrapbooking at the moment, and one of the most popular (and definitely one of mine!) is texture paste. Texture paste (also known as modelling or moulding paste) is a thick, white paste used to add dimension and texture. The paste is typically applied using stencils, although it can also be applied freehand for a more rustic look.
Today I am going to share with you my version of a recipe I tested for homemade texture paste. Whilst many of you may prefer to simply buy a tub of texture paste, there are some situations you could find this handy.
You may:
- be on a tight budget
- have nowhere to purchase locally
- have run out and need it NOW
- have never used texture paste before and want to "try before you buy"
Making your own is SO easy, and SO cheap!
Here is what you will need:

That's right - baby powder, PVA glue and white acrylic paint. That's all! Some people may prefer to use Mod Podge instead of PVA, or Gesso instead of acrylic paint, but in the interests of making this as accessible for everyone as I could,
I stuck to the basics.
Start by mixing your liquid ingredients. For my paste I used:
- 3 tablespoons PVA glue
- 4 tablespoons white acrylic paint (if you want coloured paste, use any colour you like)
(I would recommend making your paste in a container with a good resealable lid.
I use a plastic screw-top Glad container, as they hold a good amount and have a nice wide top for scooping the paste out.)
Next, add your baby powder and mix thoroughly. I used 1/2 cup for my batch.
(At this point you may have to play around with the quantity a little to achieve the consistency you want. If you like it thicker, add a little more powder. To thin it out, add a little more paint.)

And there you have it - instant texture paste! Of course I had to road test it immediately, so I grabbed some scrap cardstock and one of my Heidi Swapp mini stencils and slapped it on. (I usually use an old card for this, but you can use a palette knife / spatula / whatever.)

I was really happy with the consistency and how easily it spread. I couldn't wait to see how it would be once dry, so I hit it with the heat gun to speed it up and it dried pretty quickly. (If you don't have a heat gun, and you can't wait, use a hairdryer!) I was really happy with the end result. When I ran my fingers over it, it felt smooth to the touch; didn't peel, flake or leave residue; and looked just like my regular paste.
(You can see in my haste I actually moved the stencil a little when applying, but there's definitely raised texture here.)
The next test was how was it going to take mists or sprays applied to it? The answer? Pretty well! Here you can see how it took some chalkboard Glimmer Mist, but I imagine most sprays or mists would perform similarly.

The final test for me was how well was it going to perform under my "normal" circumstances - on a layout? You will see when my sample layout for the next challenge is revealed! ;)
Until then, here's a sneak peek...

If you've stuck with me all the way until the end, I thank you, and I hope you found this helpful!


  1. Fabulous tut...I've seen the recipe before, but never taken too much notice...but these days I seem to go through the stuff sooo fast..I'm gonna give this a go - thank you:):):) And can't WAIT to see your LO in full!!!

  2. wow!! great tutorial... n excellent idea to make own texture paste. definitely trying this out.

  3. Thanks for sharing, this recipe sounds really good.. I have almost used the texture paste I bought some time ago and I just might try your recipe.. the other question is.. does it keep well in the container?? I hope so!!

    1. Hi Lizzy, I have only had it in the container for just under a week, and so far it is holding up fine. From what I have read of others making it, so long as it is in an air tight container it keeps pretty well. I imagine if it does dry a bit, a little water or more paint & a good stir would help. :)

    2. I wonder if you added a portion of Liquitex Slow Dri Blending Fluid or Winsor Newton Acrylic Slow Drying Medium to your batch if it would inhibit the paste from drying up in the tub. They are generally used to prevent acrylics drying on the artists palette but can't see why it couldnt work with the homemade texture paste?? If you did try adding this into your batch you may have to use a heat gun to speed the drying process up when you use it on your projects ;)

    3. Great idea, thanks Em! So far my paste is holding up well, still good after a few weeks. (If it did dry out, I would probably just make a new batch, it's that cheap & easy!)

  4. OOOOo this is great information! TFS!

  5. Fantastic, I have always got these ingredients at home and it's great to know if I run out of my brought paste I have a quick back up to make or complete my layouts. I may not even have to buy any again. Thanks so much.

  6. Great tutorial, we always need this and as I am miles and miles from the craft store, I will definitely use this!!! Thanks