DIY Modeling Paste Recipe

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Paint fur and other textures with this easy DIY modeling paste.

This is a really simple recipe – just some drywall joint compound with a small dab of acrylic paint added. I didn’t get out the scale to see exactly what ratio is needed, but I really don’t think it matters.

I used the DAP brand joint compound in the video, but since then I have tested it with both the Wurth brand and some USG joint compound, and they both work just fine.

I’ve seen other recipes fore modeling paste that use baby powder and glue. If you’ve used that version, and you try mine, too, please let us know which one you like best. ?

In the video above I mentioned that you can also use plain drywall joint compound to smooth your paper mache sculpture, and if you’re interested you can see that video here.

The pattern for the giraffe in that video can be found here (hint – it would make a memorable gift ?).

And I also mentioned that for really heavy, thick fur, you might want to use the paper mache clay recipe instead, along with a fur-stamp like the one I used when I made my grizzly bear. You can see that video here.

The “DIY gesso” that I intended to use for the ram’s facial fur doesn’t really have a recipe. It’s just drywall joint compound with some glue added to make it more brushable. You can use it for some textures, too, but the edges will be softer and less well-defined.

4 thoughts on “DIY Modeling Paste Recipe”

  1. If I use your drywall compound with paint approach to my bear sculpture destined fr my backyard do you think it will hold up in the elements after I finish it off with flex seal? Will flex seal adhere to the modeling paste? Also I’m thinking of making bear claws out of paper Mache or wood, any advice on that would be appreciated too.

    • I have not tried Flex Seal outside. Some of our readers have had good luck with it, but consider it an experiment if you try it. Drywall joint compound will wash off in the rain if it isn’t sealed well. If it works the first year, you might need to seal it again to make sure it holds up in the sun.


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