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.