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Matisse Light Modelling Paste MM32


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Matisse Light Modelling Paste MM32

Matisse’s Light Modelling Paste is a lightweight quick drying, flexible, fluffy, sculptural impasto. It can be used to build depth and texture in your artworks and has the same qualities as Matisse’s MM2 Impasto Medium, but with a lighter body and finish. Like traditional impasto products, Light Modelling Paste is used to build relief and texture and it can be used on its own or mixed with paint, ink or pigment. It dries in approx 2-6hrs to a matt, white, pourous finish making it perfect to use as a ground for watercolour and ink techniques.

Many artists use texture as means of expression in their paintings. Although MM2 Impasto Medium can be used to increase the body of acrylic paints, modeling compounds are sometimes needed to achieve more highly textured surfaces, as they retain the indentations and peaks made when applied and manipulated. Once dry, you can paint directly over the surface with any acrylic paint, creating a colourful, textured surface.

Paint can also be mixed directly into this product. MM32 allows for free intermixing with Matisse colours in any proportion. There is very little visual colour loss when up to 20% of MM32 Light Modelling Paste is mixed into Matisse colours. It is important to note that the opaque, semi-matt nature of MM32 will, sometimes, visually affect the result of mixtures with a higher proportion of medium to paint. Pastel tones of the original colour or reduced refraction levels may be apparent.

The light modelling paste dries to an off-white opaque finish with a grainy, absorbent surface. This product is particularly good for creating high peaks of varying sizes; it is flexible and does not shrink when it dries.

Light Modelling Paste is a frothy, grainy compound that can be applied with either a firm-bristled brush or palette knife. Although this medium can be applied to all rigid substrates (ie: board, canvas panels, etc), its light texture and flexibility makes it an excellent choice for applying to thick paper as well as canvas and can be used in large quantities without causing the canvas to stretch or sag. It is non-toxic when used as directed.

Comparing Light Modelling Paste and Impasto Medium:

  • Light Modelling Paste is lighter in weight than regular impasto.
  • Light Modelling Paste dries to a matte white finish unlike Impasto, which dries to a cream, satin-gloss finish.
  • Both take acrylic paint well.
  • Both can be blended together for interesting textural effects.
  • The slight texture of the Light Modelling Paste makes it suitable for use with dry pastels where the texture of Impasto may be too smooth to be suitable for this purpose.


  • Use up to 20% Modelling Paste with Paint without affecting the colour.
  • Can be mixed at any ratio with acrylic paints or used on it’s own.
  • Dries in 2-6hrs
  • Dries to an off-white grainy, pourous finish.
  • Can be painted over with acrylics, watercolours, inks etc.
  • Good for creating peaks of varying sizes and will not shrink when dry.
  • Can be used on stretched canvases as well as rigid substrates
  • 250ml jar


Weight0.31 kg
Dimensions9.5 × 9.5 × 12 cm

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