Dear Fellow Crafters,
I re-discovered a crafting product this past summer and in doing so opened up a whole new world. My daughter-in-law decided to make Styrofoam blocks for her daughter for Christmas and asked me if I had any Mod Podge. “Somewhere in my craft room” I replied. It was an older bottle but I still heard liquid in it when I shook it. The minor problem was the cap it was “glued’ to the bottle. After some hot water and strong muscles (courtesy of my husband) we got it opened at last. “Mom, did you know that there are now more than 5 kinds?” “Really?” I asked, now fully aware that I was hopelessly behind my times in this area. Of course, after she left with the bottle, I had to go on-line and here’s what I found out:
Mod Podge is made by Plaid Enterprises. It was invented in the 1960’s. It’s a glue that holds tight and dries clear for adhering paper, fabric and other porous materials to almost any surface. It’s a sealer that protects decoupage, acrylic paint, stain, fabric and more. It’s a finish that is durable, smooth and fast-drying. It’s a “go to” for parents because it is non-toxic and cleans up with soap and water. What’s not to like?
Here are the types they make:
Classic, Antique, Brushstroke, Dishwasher Safe, Extreme Glitter, Fabric, Furniture, Glow in the dark, Hardcoat, Kids Washout, Outdoor, Paper, Satin, Shear Colors, and Sparkle.
They also make special formulas that don’t glue but act as special finishes. They are:
Crackle Medium, Dimensional Magic, Photo Transfer Medium, and Super Gloss.
In the beginning, there were 2 finishes, Gloss and Matte, but it soon became apparent that other glues/finishes would need to be invented and so they did. In future posts we’ll discuss the various types and I give you a tutorial on how to use each one with a picture. So that you can have some knowledge when you visit your favorite craft store (with gift card in hand) later this month, I offer the following.
Classic: All around “go to” . 2 types of finishes: Gloss – shiny finish and Matte- non-shiny finish.
Antique: Matte finish only – Your project will have a slightly brown tint to give aged look
Brushstroke: Glossy or matte finishes. Very textured and clear dimensional.Your project will look hand-painted.
Dishwasher Safe: This was a new product released in 2014. The formula glues, seals and finishes and the finished product can be put in the dishwasher. The finish is glossy. You would use this formula to add paper or fabric to something that you want to wash. Note: Keep the Mod Podge away from your mouth (3/4″ from the top of a glass).
Extreme Glitter: This sounds like something I would like! The formula looks best on dark surfaces and is VERY Glittery.
Fabric: Use this formula to prepare fabric for decoupaging to surfaces and for decoupaging things to fabric. It also prevents fraying – good for ribbon.
Furniture: There are 3 finishes- glossy, matte and satin. Obviously, this one’s for furniture.
Glow in the dark: According to the manufacturer, you need to use several coats to achieve the desired result. To recharge, you just expose the project to light.
Kids Wash Out: The finish is glossy and will wash out of kids clothing if the liquid is spilled.
Outdoor: This formula was made to protect outdoor projects, think clay pots, from moisture and the elements.
Paper: The 2 finishes are glossy and matte. Unlike the original formula, this one is for archival photos and papers.
Satin: This formula gives your project a slightly frosty look. it is good for items where you want a non-glossy, soft appearance that wears well.
Shear Colors: This is original Mod Podge with tints. There are only a few colors now but apparently it is good for dyeing glass.
and finally, there is Sparkle: This formula contains glitter and you only need one coat.
“Til next time,
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