Saturday, April 4, 2015

Forgeries on the Fourth: DIY Texture Paste

Welcome to Forgeries on the Fourth, Where we help you make all of the various bits and pieces for your kits. My forgery today is not in the inspiration kit exactly, but was inspired by the inspiration kits' name instead. As soon as I saw that we would be counterfeiting the Messy Box, I knew I wanted my kit to be a messy box of a different sort. I wanted to play with paints and stencils this month, and I knew that a texture paste would be a good addition to my kit. I have had a few recipes for homemade texture paste pinned for quite some time now, so this was just the push I needed to make some. And of course I will share how I made my version!

Here are the ingredients for the paste:

White paint (any brand is fine), cornstarch, glue (I just used Elmers' school glue), and a container.


I started with the Cornstarch (about 2 TBSP):

Then the paint-I just squeezed enough to cover the cornstarch. I ran out of the one kind of paint, so just kept going with another brand that I had on hand. I am not super picky, just go with the flow. And I added the glue ( about 1 TBSP)::


I stirred and then added a tiny bit of cold water mix it a bit better, as it was still a bit lumpy. Tip: stir with a knife rather than a spoon, it is much easier.

I wanted my paste to have a bit of sparkle or shimmer, so I added a couple of teaspoons of Rock Candy Distress glitter.We'll see if it works or not, it is all about creative play and experimentation today, right?


I wanted to see how it worked, looked, and dried, so I decided to apply it through the stencil in my kit. My stencil is 6x6, and my page is 12x12, so I decided to apply it across the center of the page. I applied with an old gift card to the outer two edges first,


 and then to the center a few hours later, after the outer edges dried:


I am excited to see where the next month takes us, and trying out a few "messy" additions to my pages.

20 comments:

  1. What a fantastic 'messy' addition to your kit. It will be interesting to see how the mixed media feel influences your scrapping!

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  2. I like that you added the sparkle to your homemade paste. Thanks for the step-by-step instructions!

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  3. Oh Margie! Thanks for getting this tut in. It sounded like you had a busy day. Truly appreciate it :) What a cool effect the texture paste produces and the addition of the glitter is FAB!

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    1. Lol! I think I had you guys beat on last-minuteness last night, as I was still finishing my post around 11:30 pm! Thank you for the sweet comment!

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  4. did the glitter work ? I am looking at this on my phone and can't make out! But regardless, the effect is great and no doubt much more fun (and cheaper?) to make your own. thanks for sharing and I love the way you took the "messy"!!!

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    1. Unfortunately, the sparkle didn't really show up, but gave it a bit of a gritty texture instead. If I had it to do over I would probably add Pearl Ex instead. And it was much cheaper as I already had the ingredients :-) .
      Thank you!

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  5. This is awesome!!! Thank you so much for sharing this technique! I need to try this!!!

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  6. ooooo....coooool, AND truly messy. ;)

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  7. Great idea, truly messy, will give it a try!

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    1. Thanks! It's fun, hope you like it!

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  8. I've read the same recipe and wondered. Now you've tried it I will have a go.It looks like it works just fine.

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    1. It works beautifully! I would probably skip the glitter, as it seems too opaque for it to show through. Maybe use a glitter paint or try Pearl Ex instead.

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  9. What a good idea. Glad to know how to make the texture paste for myself. Good idea.

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  10. I will definitely use your recipe! The nice thing is the layer is so thin when using most misting stencils that you get that nice dimension without a lot paste. Stay tuned!

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