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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.