September Product Pick

It’s that time again and my product pick for the month of September is Liquitex Modeling Paste.


As you can see, there is regular modeling paste and light modeling paste.

The Liquitex website describes Modeling Paste as follows:

  • Extra heavy body and very opaque.
  • A marble paste made of marble dust and 100% polymer emulsion.
  • Used to build heavy textures on rigid supports and create three-dimensional forms.
  • Dries to the hardness of stone. It can be sanded or carved when thoroughly dry.
  • Can be handled like clay if the top of the container is removed and some of the water is allowed to slowly evaporate until it reaches a clay-like consistency.
  • Adheres to any non-oily, absorbent surface.
  • Drying too quickly causes mud cracking that is usually cosmetic, not structural.
  • When mixed with acrylic colors will act as a weak tinting white, while increasing thickness and rigidity.
  • Excellent substrate for acrylic paint, oil paint, oil pastel, oil bars, watercolor, graphite or dry pastel.
The Liquitex website describes Light Modeling Paste as:
  • A lightweight, airy, flexible, thick, sculptural gel specifically formulated to be used in thick applications where weight is a factor.
  • Will not exhibit “mud cracking”.
  • Used alone, will dry to a matte opaque white that readily accepts staining if desired.
I use both types of modeling paste in a lot of my artwork.  Mostly on canvases.  Here are a few examples of modeling paste that was tinted with acrylic paint, applied with a spatula through a stencil, and I added some color on top of the dried paste with either pan pastels, paint or Viva products.
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In this example, I applied the modeling paste on to my canvas (wooden panel) and engraved in the wet paste with a pencil.
You can purchase an 8oz. jar of modeling paste or light modeling paste for under $15.  It can be found at your local craft stores as well as online and at fine art retailers.
I hope you enjoyed this month’s product pick and give modeling paste a try in your artwork.  If you do, I would love to see pictures or posts about your artwork in the comment section of this post.  And as always, thanks for stopping by!  Keep art in your heart 🙂

Altered Board Book Class

I’m excited to tell you that I have finally scheduled a date for my altered board book class.  In this class, we will be taking children’s board books and turning them into art journals.  You will create backgrounds in your journal using several different techniques and if we have time, we will create a complete journal page spread.  Here is a link to a little video that I created to show you one of several techniques that we will be covering.
The class will be at my studio in Bucyrus on Saturday 10/24/15, 12PM-4PM.  The cost of the class is $40 and all materials will be provided unless you wish to supply your own board book.  You may also want to wear an apron or clothing that you don’t mind getting messy.  Space is very limited so if you are interested, just send me an email at  I will send an email with further details closer to the date of class.  Hope to hear from you 🙂
Keep art in your heart!

New Fall Canvas Class

As summer is winding down, my favorite season is right around the corner…fall.  I love everything about fall; the jeans and sweater temperatures, the beautiful colors of the changing leaves, comfort foods and pumpkins. From the Pumpkin Spice Latte from Starbucks to your basic pumpkin pie.  Not to mention the fun in carving and painting pumpkins.  What can I say, I love pumpkins!  They are the perfect symbol for the season.  To celebrate the season, and pumpkins, I am having a mixed media canvas class at my studio in Bucyrus, Ohio on Saturday 10/17/15 1:00p.m.-5:00p.m.  We will be creating the below canvas (11″x14″), and of course you can use any color variations that you like.
No drawing or painting experience needed.  Promise 🙂  All supplies will be provided.  You will only need to bring an apron or wear clothes that you don’t mind getting messy.  The cost of the class is $45 and space is very limited so send me an email if you are interested.  I must have a minimum of 4 students to have class.  Thanks for stopping by and I hope to see you in the studio 🙂

Mixed Media Canvas Class

I was finally able to have a class in my studio and I couldn’t think of a better group of ladies to share the experience with.  They painted their canvases like they had been doing it for years prior to our class.  Check out all of the fun that we had!

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I’m such a bad teacher, I forgot to take a group photo of the students with their finished canvases.  But, I did add a little bonus lesson for everyone.


If you are interested in taking a class with me, simply check the “classes” page on my website for upcoming classes.  And I may have two classes in the works for next month…  I also do private groups or parties.  Just send me an email if you are interested.

Thanks for stopping by!