View Full Version : alternative materials

10-15-2000, 10:34 PM
Has anyone used Crayola's Model Magic? I have recently tried it on canvas as a means to give a 3d look on a 2d surface.At first I made free form figuers but I adhered them to a canvas and my sweet toddler granddaughter easily grabbed them and crushed many of the figures into crumbles..Ouch
I have since rolled this material into long thin coils and placed thin wire inside them..I like the material because it air dries in 24 hours..I showed a piece in progress to a gallery owner and she said she was concerned at how well it would hold up over time.I was under the impression that it is a form of paper mache,very well blended and sometimes colored..My teacher suggested I give both the canvas and the Model Magic a coat of clear varnish to give it more of a resistant surface..Anyone have any suggestions?

10-16-2000, 01:00 AM
Anita, I am not sure about the archival qualities of anything that crayola puts out. If you want to try some molding paste to achieve some of the same effects I think you would be happier. Other than glazing as you would any painting molding paste does not require any special treatment. You can mix your colors in it, or use a knife to add it to the canvas before you paint. I have been playing with it for a long time and never had any problems of peeling or crumbling. You can order it thru Daniel Smith online at www.danielsmith.com, (http://www.danielsmith.com,) or I am sure that other catalog art supply houses carry it also.


10-16-2000, 10:39 PM
you might like the modeling qualities of encaustics.

they ARE archival, and really cool, to boot. http://www.fineartstore.com/enkaustikos

encaustics are pigment suspended in wax. I'd say that just about anything made by crayola is not archival, but i may be wrong.

if you're planning on showing in galleries, use the highest quality you can.

[This message has been edited by kayemme (edited October 16, 2000).]

10-20-2000, 03:25 PM
What you want is a material called paper clay. I use this material all the time. It is probably the same thing but I somehow trust them more. There are several other brands that'll do the same thing, but I can't think of their names right now.

And yes you have to coat it with a polyurethane or acrylic to keep it from getting ruined, but not until it is totally dry...remember the outside could be dry and the inside still wet.

http://www.artdebut.com/arlene0.htm (http://www.artdebut.com/arlene.htm)