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Magic of Mediums: Modelling Compound

One of the reasons I paint with Atelier Interactive is because there is a range of mediums that I can use in order to create a certain effect or achieve a certain look. Modelling Compound is one such medium, and whenever I am looking to make a strong textural statement, it’s my medium of choice.

Modelling Compound is a very thick, textural paste that is flexible and is used to create strong textural interest at any stage in a painting’s process. It is white and dries white. This mixture is normally applied with a palette knife. It can be mixed directly with Interactive or it can be applied directly to your surface and painted on. If you mix Interactive with Modelling Compound, it can affect your values because it is white. It is considered a traditional medium, which means that if you mix it directly with Atelier Interactive, you will not be able to reopen your touch-dry paint.

“Blueberry Muffin” used Modelling Compound directly mixed with the paint, and was applied with a palette knife. This is of my favorite paintings, inspired by Wayne Thiebaud’s famous cake paintings. Because the freshly baked pastry was so appealing, I wanted to have a painting that would reference the muffin’s crumbly texture. I used lighter colors, like Thiebaud, that became even lighter in value when I mixed them with the Modelling Compound.

Another painter from the United Kingdom, Tony Hogan, used Modelling Compound to establish an underlying structure at the beginning of his painting of a wave. As the painting progressed, he used Modelling Compound to create depth, and even at the end of the painting, he added some for a bit of foam. You can see the step-by-step progress of this painting on his website here.

Try using a bit of Modelling Compound in your next painting – you will not be disappointed!