How to Make The Creamiest Textured Paste for Wall Art

February 15, 2024

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Learn how to make the creamiest textured paste with these step-by-step instructions.

If your Instagram feed is anything like mine, it’s full of wall art tutorials. Nothing stops me in my tracks faster than creamy textured paste bringing a canvas to life.

Watching someone knead and stir the paste til it’s just the right consistency, is truly my ASMR.

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But how do they get it to that perfect textured finish?

The truth is, there’s no right answer to this question. The right consistency for texture paste is dependent upon the canvas art you’re creating.

Some designs call for a thicker, heavier paste. While others come together best with the creamiest of creamiest textured paste.

Let’s focus on the creamiest textured paste today.

Be sure to watch the Creamiest Textured Paste video below. It shows the entire process of how I get the easiest consistency of paste to work with….

How to Make the Creamiest Textured Paste

Canvas painted green with white joint compound added for the creamiest textured paste.

The key to creamy paste is the ingredients. Here’s what you’ll need…

Materials Needed for Creamy Texture Paste

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3 ingredients used for DIY textured wall art: joint compound; white acryllic paint; paste

Step 1: Start with the Base Ingredient

What you choose for your base ingredient is personal preference.

Some people like to use spackling, some prefer dry wall mud.

My medium of choice is joint compound. I like that I can get a very large container at a very reasonable price.

Scoop out a generous amount of joint compound into your mixing bowl. The amount needed is dependent upon the size of your canvas.

For example, I used 4 heaping scoops of joint compound for my 24″x36″ canvas. Just to give you a ball park figure.

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Step 2: Add Acrylic Paint

Next, add in 2-3 spoonfuls of white acrylic paint. There’s really no right or wrong amount. I tend to err on the side of more, rather than not enough. Two to three tablespoons should do it, if you prefer exact measurements.

Stir the acrylic paint into the joint compound. Really working at it. The more you stir the creamier it gets. Continue to work at it until you get it to the consistency you like.

Sometimes I go overboard and add in too much acrylic paint. No problem, you can thicken up your mixture by simply adding in more joint compound.

Not creamy enough? Pour a little more acrylic paint into the mix. And continue to stir.

Once you get it to the desired texture, it should look something like the picture below. Joint compound only Is on the left side. Joint compound with the acrylic paint is on the right.

Two paint scrapers with paste on the end of each one. Paste on left is very rough; Paste on right is very smooth. Creamiest textured paste.

Quite the difference. Wouldn’t you agree?

Step 3: Add Texture Paste for the Creamiest Textured Paste

Still not creamy enough for you? Ok, let’s make it even creamier. Simply add 2-3 spoonfuls of modeling paste (also called acrylic medium).

Once again stir it into your mixture and watch the perfect combination take place. Almost instantly, you’ll have a creamier texture. A smooth butter-like paste.

You can find modeling paste at your local hardware store or craft store. Here’s the link to make it easier for you, if you prefer to order it online.

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A canvas with a green square and tan square. Creamiest textured paste.

My Honest Opinion

Ok, here’s my take on all of this….The acrylic medium (modeling paste) will give you amazing results, BUT from my experience, the only thing you really need is the acrylic paint.

You can pretty much get the same texture by just adding in more of the acrylic paint.

​Ready to Create Your Design

You have the perfect creamy texture paste and now you’re ready to create your design. I love how easy it is to spread this creamy paste onto my canvas. It’s so good!

If you’re stuck on what you want your textured canvas art to look like, here are 4 textured wall art ideas to help you get started.

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FAQ’s Creamiest Textured Paste

What’s the best base ingredient for creamy textured paste?

The choice of base ingredient is personal preference. While some use spackling, others prefer drywall mud. Joint compound is a popular choice due to its affordability and availability.

How much joint compound should I use for my canvas?

The amount depends on the canvas size. For instance, 4 heaping scoops were used for a 24″x36″ canvas. Adjust the quantity based on your canvas dimensions.

Is there a specific type of acrylic paint needed?

Any white acrylic paint should work. The amount varies, but 2-3 tablespoons is a good starting point. Adjust according to the desired consistency.

What if my mixture becomes too thin?

If your mixture is too thin after adding acrylic paint, simply thicken it by adding more joint compound until you achieve the right consistency.

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Can I use a different color of acrylic paint?

While the tutorial uses white, you can experiment with different colors. Just be aware that it may affect the final color of your paste.

What is the role of the texture modeling paste?

Adding modeling paste enhances the creaminess, creating a smooth, butter-like texture. It’s an optional step for extra creaminess.

Where can I find modeling paste?

Modeling paste, also known as acrylic medium, can be found at hardware or craft stores. You can also order it online.

Is the modeling paste essential for achieving the texture?

While modeling paste does add to the creaminess, you can achieve a similar texture with just acrylic paint and joint compound.

How long should I stir the mixture for the right consistency?

Stir until the mixture reaches your desired consistency. The more you stir, the creamier it gets.

Can this paste be used for other types of art projects?

Absolutely! This creamy textured paste is versatile and can be used for a variety of art and craft projects beyond canvas art.

Let’s go beyond the design to build something beautiful together!

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