Dear Fellow Crafters,
This month we’ll take a look at the classic matte finish, how to prepare surfaces and the basic tool kit. In Part 2 of this series, we will discover the basic matte finish.
First a brief word about how to prepare surfaces. No matter what finish you use always let a coat dry before you add another layer and when you’ve completed the project, ALWAYS allow it to dry 24 hours before using.
1. Test a small area on your project to be sure Mod Podge will adhere. Glass, tin and wood need extra attention in their preparation. If using glass, remove surface oils by washing and drying with a lint-free cloth. Older tin needs a 50/50 vinegar and water solution and a wire brush to clean rust spots. Unfinished wood needs sanding with fine-grit sandpaper. You can also paint the wood with acrylic paint.
2. if adhering fabric, wash, (no fabric softener), dry and iron. Use a brush to paint a light layer of Mod Podge onto the fabric. Let the fabric dry. You will be able to cut the fabric and the edges will not fray.
3. Plan your design. At this point, nothing is glued down so you are free to move the elements around.
4. Using the formula of your choice, brush Mod Podge onto the surface. It is better to use a little more than not enough. Lay the material down and smooth out the material with your fingers. Use a brush to wipe away any excess Mod Podge. Allow to dry 20 minutes before applying next coat.
5. You can sand again and wipe if you wish.
6. Add embellishments with either craft glue or Dimensional Magic Mod Podge.
Basic Tool Kit
Mod Podge Formula Squeege Brayer Paper Towels
Paper or plastic plate scissors, craft knife and self-healing mat
water basin brushes (foam are best) craft glue ruler pencil or pen Sandpaper (variety of grits) and steel wool (extra fine to fine.)
Please see Part 2 tomorrow.
‘Til next time,