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Light Molding Paste

Applications & Techniques:
GOLDEN Light Molding Paste with Patti Brady, Director
Working Artists Program

Mark Golden developed GOLDEN Light Molding Paste in response to an artist’s request for a product lighter in weight than traditional Molding Paste. Light Molding Paste is actually 57% lighter in weight. Microscopic air bubbles replace the marble dust used in GOLDEN Molding Paste. This material gives Light Molding Paste a "fluffy" consistency similar to cake frosting or whipped cream. It is white and fairly opaque in color. Since it is an acrylic product, it can be applied to canvas, paper, wood and other supports common to the art market. When applying to slick surfaces, abrade first.

As a Texturing Material that Decreases Weight
Light Molding Paste comes in handy when you are creating thick textures or working on large projects and want to reduce the actual weight of the piece. For example: if you want a surface that resembles stucco or frescoed walls, you could slather on Light Molding Paste with a large palette knife creating texture. A six by eight-foot canvas textured with Light Molding Paste would weigh half as much as one with GOLDEN Molding Paste.

As a Surface Modeling Compound
Light Molding Paste, when applied thick (1/2-inch or more), can be carved or drawn into while wet, actually modeling forms. You need to work quickly, but if the application is thick, it will allow for a longer working time. Use a palette knife or similar instrument to shape objects. There will be shrinkage because acrylic is partially water, and as the water evaporates, the volume shrinks somewhat. To build up an even thicker surface, simply apply another coat when the first is dry. You can build thick surfaces without needing to be concerned about the weight.

Use the image of a pear or a muffin. Work small in a 6x6-inch square.
Apply Light Molding Paste with a palette knife at least ½ to ¾ inch thick.
Now simply draw, sculpt and shape the Light Molding Paste, building a 3D painting.

As a White "Paint"
Light Molding Paste dries white, so when adding color it will produce a tint or pastel hue. When mixed in with color it "fluffs" it up, adding volume and tinting it. Remember as you add more paint you will lessen the effect of the weight reduction. Because the Light Molding Paste is formulated with these "bubbles" it has a unique and unusual quality when used as a white. It is almost Iridescent, but definitely very different from using Titanium White.

Try mixing 10% color (Quinacridone pigments and the transparent pigments will give you brighter mixtures) into the Light Molding Paste. Try mixing 10% of GOLDEN Iridescent Stainless Steel (Coarse) for an unusual gray.

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As an "Incredibly" Absorbent Ground
Once dry, the Light Molding Paste has an unusually porous and absorbent quality, lending itself to unique applications as a ground.

Apply a fairly thick coating of Light Molding Paste to your surface. (If you have already painted the above pear or muffin, you can now follow directions for painting below.)

While it is wet, draw or scrap in (with the point of a palette knife or the end of your brush) the outline of your drawing. Use the image of a simple landscape; foreground, mountains and sky.

When the ground (Light Molding Paste) is dry, dampen the surface or area to be painted (let’s use the sky) by washing clean water over the surface or misting it with a mister. While surface is damp, apply "thinned" GOLDEN Fluid Acrylics (GOLDEN Fluid Acrylics 1:1 with water). Use two or three different blues and watch as the color is absorbed and bleeds in a unique way. Sometimes the color will absorb and change even after ten minutes. You can blot out color with a paper towel if the surface becomes too wet. The look is similar to watercolor washes but with a more "blurred" look.

Another option: Seal the absorbency in certain areas by painting the chosen areas with GOLDEN Polymer Gloss Medium or any GOLDEN Gel (Gloss). This will act as a "resist" when washed over with thinned Fluids.

Note: These techniques are presented as an invitation to experiment and learn about this product. For detailed technical information on archival preparations, varnishing and other products, refer to the product and application guide.