Review of Golden's Light Molding Paste + Tutorial

I've been raving about Golden's Light Molding Paste for the past few months, and today I'm going to show you why. Last week, I put together a super handy chart that demonstrates its versatility. But before we get into that, let's take a quick look at what light molding paste is.

Golden's Light Molding Paste is a textured additive that can be used alone or with paint. It was specifically designed to be used in larger artworks, as it's over 50% lighter than their regular molding paste. It adds thick, luscious texture to paintings and holds stiff peaks even after curing, drying to an opaque, matte finish. It also remains flexible when dry, which could help with re-stretching canvases. The paste can be used to create a highly textured ground or to smooth out uneven texture. It's also absorbent and can be utilized as a drawing ground.

Now that we know what it is, let's take a look at it in action. Below is a chart of the various techniques I've utilized in my own work.

As you can see, it can be used in a variety of ways. Now let's take a closer look at each technique and how to use it.


When used on its own, the paste is an opaque white. It holds texture extremely well, and is perfect for creating textured grounds for paintings.


You can also tint the paste for different colored grounds or areas of texture. This is perfect for those of us who enjoy toning a canvas before getting started.

On Top of Paint

I like to use the paste to enhance specific areas within my painting by using paste on top of an area already covered in paint. This helps draw the eye to those places that I want the viewer to linger on.

Multiple Colors

Due to its versatility, you could make an entire painting with just the paste. It would be reminiscent of an impasto piece, but with paste instead of paint.


While the paste is technically opaque, you can spread it thinly to achieve a beautiful translucent effect. I love doing this over painted areas. It feels sort of like encaustic work, and I enjoy slightly obscuring previous layers to add more interest.

Paint on Top

Another fun technique involves painting on top of dried paste. It gives the paint a scratchy, dry brush feel that I really enjoy.


I love combining Derwent Inktense Pencils with the paste. The ink bleeds ever so slightly from the pencil, creating an interesting effect on lines and marks.

Neocolor II Crayons

Caran D'ache Neocolor II crayons are also a really fun material to use on top of dried paste. By using water soluble crayons over top, you can create some fun bleeds and watercolor effects. Or you can use them dry and create subtle marks.


Using a palette knife to create a sort of Sgraffito effect is really fun. It's especially interesting when layered over existing paint to reveal hidden layers below.

Painting Wedge

Princeton makes these awesome silicone scraping tools called Catalyst Wedges. They have patterns cut out that leave behind interesting textures. I currently own Wedge No.3, but I want them all now.

Palette Knife

I love using my palette knife to create intricate patterns and textures. It's fun to create a series of raised lines within paintings. For this texture, I just drag the paste in a downward motion on my canvas.

Detailed Work

You can also create small details with a pointed palette knife. I love using the paste as a way to enhance certain details to create depth within my work.

Paste in Action

Here are a couple examples of how I've used this paste in my own work.


As you can see, this stuff is seriously amazing. I've used it on watercolor paper and canvas, and I've had great results with both. If you want to grab a tub for yourself, you can get one here. I'm about halfway through mine, and I'm definitely going to restock!

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Thanks for reading and happy creating!