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Guest Post: DIY Texture Paste & Stencils with Susan

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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:

Photo 1 Two Tags
The first tag has texture paste which has been scraped firmly.  The paste was a bit softer and you get a more delicate raised effect:

Photo 2 Tag one thin texture
The second tag is made with thicker texture paste spread generously and the design has come out thicker:

Photo 3 Tag two thick texture
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!

Photo 4 Two bookmarks
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:

Photo 5 Bookmark heart
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:

Photo 6 Bookmark centre design
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:

Photo 7 A4 double texture
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! 

Photo 8 Large circle
I love the texture on texture effect:

Photo 9 Small circle
Texture paste can also be heat embossed.  Here are some tags which I had decorated with texture paste tinted gold:

Photo 10 gold tags
But I didn’t like the colour so I embossed them:

Photo 11 embossed tags
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:

Photo 12 gold embossed tag
Photo 12 gold embossed tag
This one was done using Papermania Tinsel Snowflake embossing powder:

Photo 14 white embossed tag
This one has three different colours of embossing powders, added and heat set one at a time:

Photo 15 multi coloured embossed tag
I’ve also started having fun adding texture to my texture paste!  Here it is with sawdust added:

Photo 16 Sawdust texture paste
Here it is on a tag used with Aztec:

Photo 17 Sawdust triangles
You can colour it just the same, I used watercolours on these:

Photo 18 Sawdust tags
See the really cool texture:

Photo 19 coloured sawdust
Finally, here is an art journal page using most of the techniques above:

Photo 20 journal page
I always have both white and black texture paste ready to use so here I’ve used the black with the Fleur de Lis again – I told you I loved it!

Photo 21 Black Fleur de Lis
Sometimes its cool to scrape just a little paste to get a more distressed look and here I’ve done that with the flowery heart from Mini Mix and Match Hearts:

Photo 22 white heart scrape
For the hearts I spread white paste through the larger of the hearts of Mix and Match Hearts on separate card and left to dry:

Photo 23 Textured hearts
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!

Photo 24 Heart journaling
I LOVE the sawdust heart, it gives such a lovely texture:

Photo 25 Sawdust heart
When you make your own texture paste and don’t have to spend lots of money on it you can use it with complete abandon!  I hope you’ve been inspired to try making your own. 


My photoHi, 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: