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Heart Collage: Using Flexible Modeling Paste as an Adhesive

Love Valentine Heart Collage

Love Valentine Heart Collage

Happy February everyone!  It is one of my favorite months of the year.  I am partial of course, because it is my birth month, but also because it puts us on the down slide of winter (I hope!)  One of my favorite mediums to work with is flexible modeling paste.  It dries quickly and is lightweight.  I wanted to create a quick collage for Valentines Day and incorporate some of my stand by staples, such as quilt batting and cheesecloth.  Both of them add great texture. I created my background using  a 9″ x 12″ canvas board covered  with tissue paper (using flexible modeling paste) and a stamped text design.  Let dry.  What I really enjoyed about making this collage was using my modeling paste as an adhesive.  I have used flexible modeling paste in my books through a stencil, but never as an adhesive.  It was simple, I   applied a thin layer of the MP onto my canvas with a pallette knife,  added my cheesecloth and the remnants of an old doily, and let it dry.  I cut a heart shape from my quilt batting and centered it on the canvas, again applied with a thin coat of MP.  One final coat of MP applied to the heart and then added the findings collected from previous projects.  Push the findings into the paste, covering the heart, and let dry. I painted the heart and elements with a coat of pearl white acrylic, and brushed them with pigment powders.  To make the heart pop I outlined it with metallic paints.  Finishing up I stamped a LOVE note and it was done!

What do you think?  Have you ever used your mediums in new and different ways?

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About rebekahmeier

I am a mixed media deisgner, author, fiber artist, teacher, and design consultant within the art and craft industry. I have authored 5 books. My passion is collage and mixed media with a focus on including fiber and fabric in my artwork and pushing the limits whenever possible.

9 responses »

  1. awesome! and inspiring as always…

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  2. Carol Sweetapple

    Love your work, will definitely give it a go, bring on the romance for Valentines Day

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  3. So happy to have a new post from you!
    Beautiful work, as always! One question…. Would regular modeling paste work as well? Why do you need the flexibility? I have a new jar of the regular paste and would love it make this….. Thanks jennifer

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    • Jennifer, I am so happy you are going to try this technique. Yes, you certainly can use the modeling paste that you have. I would suggest using a thin application of your paste. I use the flexible because I like the consistency. Please let me know if you have more questions once you get into creating! Best, Rebekah

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  4. This is breathtaking! I love all your work. Need to try this technique.

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