Friday, January 8, 2016


Hi there, Carol here today to share a tutorial about texture pastes and gels.

Like me you may be a novice to Mixed Media work and the vast array of products out there to use with your stencils. Hopefully reading this will enlighten you to a few of them!

Having a tidy up I discovered I had Texture Paste, Crackle Paste, Grunge Paste, Bead Glitter Gel, Sand Texture Gel, Black Lava Texture Gel, Texture Paste Transparent Matt and Multi Medium Gloss!! What to do with them all?

First I made myself a mood board using acrylic paints, my gelli plate and two of the new large stencils - Flutters and Splatters and Leaf Bliss.

This was cut into four pieces and using the Gridlocked stencil I added two mediums to each piece.

At this point I disappeared to make the tea and left them all to dry naturally....see you soon!

Texture Paste - this one has a lovely soft consistency and is great for getting a smooth coverage. It dried to a smooth finish.

Crackle Paste - again this had a soft consistency but was fluffier than the texture paste. It also covered well. I'm not good with "crackle" and at first glance I was a bit disappointed with this but as you can see the finished texture is quite different to the texture paste...more like the natural surface of a brick.

Grunge Paste - this is a much thicker, heavier paste and gave more density than any of the others. The finish was less smooth than texture paste due to the thicker consistency.

Bead Glitter Gel - this is very gluppy...sort of glue with little beads in. As you can see it dries clear with a lovely sparkle and texture.

Sand Texture Gel - a lovely soft gel with added sand. It dries to a clear textured finish....not awfully visible in the photo, sorry!

Black Lava Texture Gel - again a lovely soft gel with added black lava. It dries to leave a lovely textured finish and gave great coverage.

Texture Paste Transparent Matt - this is a very soft paste and gives good coverage. It dries clear and smooth. Great for resist work if you're looking for a matt finish.

Multi Medium Gloss - this is much runnier than any of the others and would be great for highlighting small areas as it dries to a lovely gloss finish.

I hope you've found this little tutorial helpful, have fun playing with your stencils and don't forget to join in our Mixed Media challenge over at STAMPlorations.

Products used ARTplorations: 

Gelli Plate
Acrylic Paint
Daler-Rowney Texture Paste
Golden Gel Mediums Crackle Paste
PaperArtsy Grunge Paste
Faber Castell Glass Bead Glitter Gel
Windsor & Newton Sand Texture Gel
Windsor & Newton Black Lava Texture Gel
Ranger Texture Paste Transparent Matt
Ranger Multi Medium Gloss


  1. I was amused when you said you were new to this as you certainly have lots of stuff! It looks interesting. I'll be back when I've cooked dinner. Barbxx

  2. A fabulous selection of different mediums Carol, you've certainly collected a lot of products!

  3. such fun Carol -looks great x

  4. Now you have your samples, I guess you will know what they do and reach for them more often?? Not bad for somebody who says they are new to all this :-)

  5. Blooming 'eck Carol: you have so many different texture pastes and I have to admit I hadn't heard of some of these.
    And now we know you are a Mixed Media shopping addict too lol!
    After teasing you I know more and thank you for that because there were a couple I was wondering about and now know which I want to get and which I don't: thank you for saving me some pennies Carol and for sharing your experiments with us Karen x

  6. A really helpful tutorial, thank you. Yes lots in my stash too and will be getting them out after your inspiration x


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