Experimenting with Texture

Today I experimented with using Golden Acrylic's Light Molding Paste to build up texture on a painting board. The molding paste looks white, but when it dries, it is translucent. I mixed the molding paste with Golden fluid acrylic paints and I used an offset palette knife to spread the mixture on the painting board.

The colors I used today included warm and cool versions of the primaries:

Warm Primaries

  • Hansa Yellow Medium

  • Napthol Red Light

  • Anthroquinone Blue - love this color

Cool Primaries

  • Hansa Yellow Light

  • Quinacradone Magenta

  • Pthalocyanine Blue (Green Shade) - very strong tinting!

I also used:

  • Pthalocyanine Green (Blue Shade)

  • Titanium White

The colors I mixed up are inspired by the Benjamin Moore 2021 Spring/Summer Palette. I tried to replicate Aegean Teal, Beacon Hill Damask, Rosy Peach. And I threw in a Fuchsia for fun.


The paint consistency was very similar to chocolate frosting or softened butter. I used the palette knife to make some thicker areas for emphasis and scraped away thinner areas to blend with the underlying layer. I loved pretending that I was icing a cake.

I played around with the proportion of molding paste to paint — it is possible to make the the paint so soupy that the molding paste loses its viscosity. I noticed that mixing the paint into the molding paste first, then correcting it to the right color seemed to work better than pre-mixing the color, then adding the molding paste on to it.

What's Next?

I love thick consistency of the molding paste and the scraping and frosting marks I could make with a palette knife. I seem to prefer a painting with a strong physical presence as an object. It might be good to experiment with gradually building up thin glazes and seeing how I feel about that process as a contrast.

The light molding paste has a gritty texture that could make it accept drawing media like pastels on top of it. The light molding paste is also somewhat matte when it dries, so I could try adding gloss gel on top to add a sheen or a glaze on top of an area.

In the Background:

I recently discovered the Learn To Paint Podcast. Kelly Anne Powers is a very good interviewer. She asks specific and insightful questions that really help me think about how I am developing my art process. Also the show notes conveniently include a time log and links to the artist's websites and social media accounts so it's easy for me to learn more and follow. Most of the artists are also teachers who offer workshops and classes.

Today I was listening to Episode 10 with Betty Franks Krause. Krause is an abstract acrylic painter who uses an inspiring variety of marks in her paintings. In this episode, she talks about the importance of process and taking the time to write down your process so you can learn what process works best for you as an artist.

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