Hello everyone! I’m Susan Carol and I’m so thrilled to be here today – thanks for having me, Julie, it’s a real privilege. I’m going to show you how to make your own texture paste. We all love texture and this is a super cheap and easy way to make your own for pennies. I found this recipe on You Tube:
To make the texture paste take 1 part acrylic paint, 1 part talc and ½ part pva glue. I use cheap acrylic paint, usually white, and glue and baby talc which makes the paste smell nice! Put them all together in a jar or tub and stir thoroughly until all mixed together. Add more talc until the paste is the consistency you want or are most comfortable with. I used to measure the amounts but now I just pour them all in. I’ve found the consistency will depend on the type of paint and glue you use and how runny it is. I prefer a thicker consistency so I add more talc. Keep it in an airtight container and it will not go hard.
To use the paste with stencils is so much fun and easy too. Take your chosen stencil and place over your project. Blob some texture paste and scrape across the stencil with a palette knife or credit card. If you scrape firmly you will get a thinner layer. If you layer it thickly and lift gently you get a lovely thick design. Wash or thoroughly wipe the stencil right away so the texture paste doesn’t dry on it and wreck it.
Here are two tags made using Julie’s mini Fleur de Lis which is just about my favourite stencil to use with texture paste:
For coloured texture paste you can tint your white texture paste with acrylic paint in any colour. If it becomes too runny simply add a little more talc. Or you can make a fresh batch starting with acrylic paint in the colour you want to use. Here are two bookmarks made using Julie’s Mini Fleur de Lis and Mini Mix and Match Hearts which is simply gorgeous and I love it so much!
I took some white paste and added red to one batch and teal to another, adding a little more talc since the paint I used for this is quite runny. I took the section of the stencil with the four smaller hearts, placed the first heart at the top of the bookmark, masked the other hearts off and spread the red paste. I lifted off the stencil to see how it looked but really I could have left it on and continued masking and adding the texture paste. If you do lift off the stencil each time to have a peek its probably safest to leave it to dry. However, I just couldn’t wait that long and went on adding the hearts by holding and bending the stencil away from the still wet texture pasted hearts. Here is a photo taken at an angle so you can see what a great texture you can get:
The second bookmark is made using Julie’s Mini Fleur de Lis and Mini Layered Circles. I took a medium sized circle and placed it where I wanted the design on the bookmark, then placed the centre of the Fleur de Lis on top and added the blue texture paste. I repeated this in the centre of the bookmark with red and the bottom one in blue. Note that the middle red Fleur de Lis is placed horizontally, whereas the top and bottom designs are vertical:
You can also colour a design made with white texture paste. Leave the texture paste to dry and then paint with a brush or baby wipe. Or use water colours or whatever your preferred medium is. However, I often like to sponge colour while the stencil is still in place. The next project is a masterboard, an A4 sheet of card painted and stamped and then stencilled with Mini Layered Circles which I shall use for cards, bookmarks, scrapbooking:
After stamping I tinted some texture paste blue and added through the Mini Layered Circles then left to dry. Then I took white texture paste and added through the Mini Fleur de Lis onto the blue textured circles. I left the stencil in place and sponged a little paint over the design before removing the stencil – this now gave me a wonderful double layer of texture!
To emboss you can either leave the texture paste to dry then replace the stencil and tap Ranger Embossing dabber or Versamark over the textured design, sprinkle with embossing powder and heat set. Or you can cover with embossing powder while the texture paste is still wet. I had fun embossing the tags in different colours:
The hearts were coloured with watercolours then cut out with a flap. I journaled on the backs and then stuck down the flaps only so they can be lifted up to read at any time. I added repositional glue dots so they lie flat on the page. I guess I didn’t need the flaps in the first place!
Hi, I’m Susan Carol and I live in the UK. I love making cards, mini books and scrapbooks. I help run a monthly craft group called Scrap and Yap in Northampton, UK. Art journaling is my new passion, I discovered it just over a year ago and I’m loving it. I’m a Christian so my art journaling is focused on my faith – hence the name of my blog! I have an amazing husband, Dominic and 2 wonderful grown up children, Patrick and Izzy. I would love it if you visited my blog: http://faithwordsfaithexpressions.blogspot.co.uk/