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Beginner's Guide to Mod Podge

Posted by GMC Group Published See GMC Group's 304 projects » © 2021 Plaid Enterprises Inc / GMC Publications · Reproduced with permission. · Beginner's Guide to Mod Podge by Plaid Enterprises, Inc, published by Leisure Arts (£5.99, available from www.thegmcgroup.com)
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  • Step 1

    To make the Table:
    Always allow paint and Mod Podge to dry completely between applications.

    Paint the entire table with Willow Mist. Paint the entire table with Castle. When dry, lightly sand the table to allow some Willow Mist to show through 
for a distressed look.

  • Step 2

    Measure your table top and piecing if needed, 
cut your background papers to fit (we used the 
map-themed and polka dot papers for the background). Cut the desired motifs from accent paper (we used the floral for the accents).

  • How to make a side table. Maps & Flowers Table - Step 3
    Step 3

    Apply Mod Podge to the wrong side of the background paper and the table top. Position the background paper on the table top. Use
    the squeegee or brayer to smooth the paper.

  • How to make a side table. Maps & Flowers Table - Step 4
    Step 4

    Use Mod Podge to adhere the motifs to the table top.

  • Step 5

    Apply 2-3 topcoats of Mod Podge to the entire table top.

  • How to make a side table. Maps & Flowers Table - Step 6
    Step 6

    Mod Podge® Products

    Decoupage is simply the art of cut-and-paste, used with paper or fabric cut-outs to decorate virtually any surface. Decoupage was all the rage in the 60’s, but quite tedious, requiring layers of varnish and sanding. In 1967, decoupage devotee Jan Wetstone invented a fast and easy alternative: Mod Podge, a takeoff on modern decoupage. It’s ideal for: home décor, gifts, upcycling, kids’ crafts, mixed media, and more.

    Mod Podge is a brushable medium that works beautifully when adhering paper and/or fabric to almost any surface. It also works as a sealer and finish. As it is brushed over a project surface it appears milky white when wet, yet dries quickly to a clear, durable finish that seals and protects. The time-tested waterbase, non-toxic formula is manufactured near Atlanta, GA by Plaid Enterprises, Inc., a leading manufacturer of craft and home décor products.

    BASICS
    Basic Tools
    Mod Podge Silicone Craft Mat • scissors • craft knife 
pencil • ruler • tape measure • squeegee • brayer
assorted sizes of bristle and foam brushes • brush basin sandpaper • paper towels • tack cloth

    Preparing the Surface to Be Decoupaged
    Almost any surface can be decoupaged with Mod Podge; the prep work is simple.

    Wood: Lightly sand and wipe away the sanding 
dust with a slightly damp paper towel or tack cloth. 
If directed, apply 2 coats of acrylic paint, allowing to 
dry and sand between coats.

    Glass: Wash in warm soapy water; rinse with warm water and dry. Wipe with rubbing alcohol to remove any soap residue or skin oils.

    Papier-Mâché: Wipe with a slightly damp paper towel.

    Fabric: Wash and dry the fabrics; do not use fabric softener, dryer sheets, or spray starch. Press the fabrics smooth.

    Metal: Wash in warm soapy water; rinse with warm water and dry. Wipe with white vinegar.

    Plastic: Wash in warm soapy water; rinse with warm water and dry. Mod Podge may not adhere to all plastics; be sure to test for good adhesion on a small area.

    Applying Mod Podge
    Always work on a covered work surface for fast clean-up and to protect the work surface.

    Paper to Wood:
    • Cut the paper(s) to the exact size to fit the project. It is easier to cut it now than later.

    • If paper is thin, such as photocopy/printer paper, let the ink
    dry for 10 minutes after printing. Apply several light coats of
    Mod Podge Clear Acrylic Sealer to both sides of the paper.

    • If paper is thick, such as scrapbook paper or cardstock, or was printed on a laser printer, no preparation is necessary.

    • Apply a medium coat (the product is white and visible on the surface) of Mod Podge to the wood surface (Photo 1) and the back of the paper. Too little glue will cause wrinkles; you can always wipe away any excess glue.

    • Place the paper on the wood and smooth with a brayer or squeegee from the center towards the edges (Photo 2). Remove excess with a slightly damp paper towel. Keep smoothing with the tool until the paper is smooth.
    • Let Mod Podge dry for 15-20 minutes. Apply 2-3 light protective coats of Mod Podge to the entire surface, allowing to dry between each coat (Photo 3).

    • Glossy finishes may remain tacky after drying. Spray the surface with Mod Podge Acrylic Sealer.

    Paper to Glass:
    • Follow the same application instructions as for Paper to Wood, page 4.

    Paper to Paper (including Papier-Mâché)
    • Follow the same application instructions as for Paper to Wood, page 4.

    Fabric to Fabric:
    • Apply a thin coat of Mod Podge to the wrong side of the fabrics that will be cut and decoupaged. Allow to dry. This gives the fabrics body and prevents fraying. Once dry, cut the fabrics 
as instructed.

    • Apply a light coat of Mod Podge to the wrong side of the fabric piece to be decoupaged. Place the fabric appliqué
on the fabric background and smooth with a brayer or squeegee. Keep smoothing with the tool until the fabric 
is smooth.

    • Let the Mod Podge dry for 20-30 minutes. Apply 2-3 light protective coats of Mod Podge to the surface, allowing 
to dry between each coat.

    Paper to Metal:
    • Follow the same application instructions as for Paper to Wood, page 4.

    TIPS
    Here are a few tips to make crafting with Mod Podge even more fun.
    • A 1-inch flat paintbrush is 
great for applying Mod Podge. Be sure to wash the brush immediately after use. When applying the protective topcoats of Mod Podge, you may wish to use a 1-inch foam brush with light pressure to minimize the appearance of brushstrokes.
    • Dip your brush in clean water then blot the excess before you dip it in the Mod Podge for the first time. This softens the brush and allows the Mod Podge to flow smoothly.

    • A brayer or squeegee tool is essential for smoothing the paper or fabric on your project. A squeegee works for those tight corners and other small areas/spaces.

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