how to use modeling paste with a stencil

When I was learning mixed media, I always wanted to know how to use modeling paste with a stencil.

I saw other artists do it and it looked so easy, but when I did it, my palette knife would jam into the stencil, or I wouldn’t clean the stencil properly and the stuff stuck on there permanently, or if I did stencil the modeling paste correctly, what then?

What do you do with it now?

In this video lesson, I’m going to share with you how to build physical and visual texture and interest in any type of art piece, whether it’s an art journal, canvas art or a home decor piece, which btw, this design would look amazing on flat wood frame or box.

If you’ve never used modeling paste before, the stencil that I’m using is called “Distressed Harlequin” and it’s made up of rough diamond shapes, which makes it even more perfect for modeling paste.  The stencil is made for home decor purposes, which means the acetate is very thick so it accommodates thick mediums like modeling paste.  I used the decor stencils for art journaling, canvas art, mixed media and of course, for home decor.  They are very versatile.

how to use modeling paste with a stencil

How to Use Modeling Paste with a Stencil

How to Use Modeling Paste with a Stencil


Background Type:

  • 140lb Mixed Media Paper

Palette:  DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics

  • Hansa Yellow Light – DMFA16
  • Diarylide Yellow – DMFA11
  • Cobalt Turquoise Hue – DMFA09
  • Phthalo Turquoise – DMFA26
  • Titan Buff – DMFA38
  • Metallic Silver – DMFA48

Prep and Mediums

  • DecoArt Media White Gesso – DMM18
  • DecoArt Media Matte Medium – DMM20

DecoArt Americana Decor Stencils

  • Mod Quatrefoil – ADS15
  • Distressed Harlequin – ADS03


Royal Aqualon

  • 1/2″ & 3/4″ Wash Glaze – R2700

Royal Soft-Grip

  • #8 Bristle Bright – SG1425

Clear Choice Stencil Brushes

  • 5/8″ & 1/2″ short flat (orange handle) – 1112
  • 3/8″ dome (yellow handle) – 1113

General Supplies:

  • Royal Brush Square Brush Basin – RD325
  • Royal Essentials Palette Paper – RD358
  • Royal Painting Knife – LP9
  • Unstick Reusable Arts and Crafts Sheet
  • Mister Bottle Filled with Water
  • Paper Towels
  • Baby, Kitchen Wipes or Kitchen cloths (for dry rub application)
  • Heat Gun


To Texture or Not to Texture

Take a look at your stash and share in the comments below what you currently have that you can use as a stencil to create texture.