Art Journal: Playing with Molding Paste

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I've been wanting to add something into my collage that symbolizes my dad. He was an architect, so the idea of blueprints came to mind. Since I don't have any of his original work, I thought I might draw a blueprint. But, there's a reason why people go to school to learn that skill. It's complicated.

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I can make paper with architectural elements or even photocopy some from the web, but for some reason, I really, really, really wanted texture. What I came up with is light molding paste and scratching in the images with a toothpick. I think my dad would have appreciated that, since he was also a model train enthusiast and was always coming up with innovative was to build his miniature towns, lakes and forests through which is HO trains passed.

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The molding paste took acrylics, collage and marker brilliantly, so I am sure I can easily work these designs into my upcoming work. I like how the grooves in the images made the paint pool darker here, lighter there. I'm going to have fun with this!

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