10 Tips for Using Mod Podge

Today I wanted to give you some tips for working with Mod Podge. I decided to come up with this post as I was creating interchangeable blocks with my kids’ pictures. I hope you’ll check out that post as well. It’s one of my favorite projects.
1. I like to use a matte version of Mod Podge. It’s a personal decision, but I don’t like the shine.
2. You can use a throw away foam brush (that’s what I prefer) or a normal paint brush.
3. Prep your surface. You’ll want to make sure it is clean. Then, you’ll want to lightly sand the surface. Make sure you then wipe it down to remove dust and then let it dry completely. 
4. You don’t want to use photo paper. The Mod Podge is suppose to soak through the paper, so you’ll want to photocopy your image onto normal paper. If the original paper is too thick it won’t adhere correctly. 
5. I like to put my Mod Podge onto a disposable paper plate for easy access and clean up.
6. I paint my item first and my paper second. I put a thin layer of Mod Podge on the item. Then, I add a thin layer to the paper, focusing on the edges last. During the time you are working on the paper, the Mod Podge on the item has dried a tad and is sticky. This is perfect. Stick down your paper.
7. Once your paper is down, you’ll want to smooth out the paper with your finger, a credit card, a plastic ruler or a pan scraper. This will help keep bubbles out of your project.
8. Let it set and then you can sand the edges (if applicable) of your project. You can use sand paper or a nail file.
9. Once the first layer is dried completely, you’re almost ready for the next coat. If you sanded, remove all layers of dust before you add another thin layer to the top. If you don’t let it dry completely between coats, your project can end up more sticky and may bubble a bit. Ideally, you’d wait an hour in between coats.
10. I like to do three layers of Mod Podge on my projects.
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  3. I am a first time mod podger. I wanted to make coasters for my house. I got.a small kit with foam brush at Michaels and some scrapbook paper. I got the photo transfer mod podge. It keeps drying white. I’ve tried and researched what’s going on with not much luck. Any ideas? If I do sealant spray will it appear less white? Help!!!!!

    • You’ve let it dry completely? I find it first appears white but dries clear. That said, I’ve never used photo transfer mod Podge. I have had some clumpier white outcome when my Mod Podge is old and needs replacing, but that doesn’t sound like the case here. Unfortunately, I have no idea how to help. I’m really just surprised it isn’t drying clear, unless you haven’t given it time to set more. Sorry I’m not more help. Good luck!

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  5. I decided to make a photo collage onto canvas. I applied one layer of modge podge over the photos once I had them glued down. When. I went to.check on the dried product this morning I found several small bubbles/pits had formed in the dry modge podge. Is there any way to fix this. They will drive me crazy every time I look

    • Ugh – So sorry. I don’t know how to deal with the bubbles you see once it has set in. I have only had success trying the techniques I talked about prior to it drying. I wish I were more help.

      • I read somewhere you can poke the bubble with a pin and then do another layer of modpodge. DISCLAIMER: I have no idea if it works, just passing along info. :)

        • Thank you so much for adding to the conversation. I’ll definitely try this technique in the future if I get bubbles. I do it for my fondant cakes, so it makes sense if it is a gentle poke.

  6. first timer
    i printed a picture out.
    mod podge the picture and put onto a t shirt
    left it over night
    damped with a sponge and when i removed it the colour run

    • I’ve never put Mod Podge on a t-shirt, and I wouldn’t recommend it. You’d need to take a picture like that to a company that prints onto fabric. Sorry for your experience.


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