Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Technique Tuesday "Embossed Tiles" by Judy

Welcome to Technique Tuesday!

By Judy Cantrell

For this week I’ll use a

Technique from

“Altered Surfaces"

By Chris Cozen

This is a

Design Originals

workbook that

many projects

using Acrylic Paints with

Gels, Medium, Grounds & Paste

These products can be used on
Paper, Canvas, Board and Plastic

This week I'll share

a project from page 48

“Embossed Tiles”

Light modeling paste makes a lovely textured white on a project. Adding color adds interest and with a
finishing touch of Tar Gel Medium. You can make a very nice project
suitable for gift giving using this technique.


  1. Apply a smooth finish of light modeling paste to a piece of canvas.
   2. Apply a stamp into the paste while still wet, lift off and then
       clean  stamp with an old toothbrush before moving on
        to the next step.
example #1

Note: adding the right pressure to the stamp takes practice. I stamped this image on card stock instead of a canvas as my example.
  3. Allow this to dry.
      4. Wet surface of modeling paste with a wet paint brush.
        5. Start by adding transparent colors     
           of paint with a small paint brush or by dripping from the bottle. 
           Note: Bright color family works best for this technique.
           If you have enough  water on the piece the colors will spread
           like magic to look like embossed tiles.  
           Leave some areas light in  color. Let dry.

      Close up of one finished flower
           A suggestion for colors:
          Quinacridone Red, Quinacridone Magenta,
          Permanent Violet,  Quinacridone Burnt Orange,
          Hansa Yellow Medium, Nickel Azo Yellow, Raw Sienna
          and Iridescent colors; Gold and Bronze.

        6. Re-wet the surface and then add gold iridescent paint
           to the white areas. Allow this to dry.
        7. Coat the entire surface with Clear Tar  Gel using a palette knife
           and allow this to dry thoroughly.

      Larger view of finished piece

      Note: The instructions in this book suggested foam stamps. I used a wood mounted stamp. It also suggested a square piece of canvas. I used card stock.


      Light Modeling Paste
      Clear Tar Gel
      Golden Paints


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