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« on: October 19, 2009 03:13:35 PM »

editing this to better explain my question.

What I want to do is decoupage a photo (printed onto photo paper) onto a block of wood that I've recently stained.  I'm looking for the best way to do that without causing the photo ink to bleed. Or to deteriorate quickly.

So far the wood has been stained with minwax and then coated with a Polyeurothane spray.  I was thinking the best option would be to modpodge the wood where I want the photo, then place the photo and modpodge again over it.  Is that enough to protect it from bleeding?  Would I need another coat of Polyeurothane over the photo once it's been mod-podged? 

I know mod podge is acid-free, but is it enough to use it and not an additional acid-free sealer?

any help is GREATLY appreciated!!
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« Reply #1 on: October 20, 2009 04:38:37 PM »

I would spray several light coats of a sealer onto the photo (letting dry completely) before you put any other wet medium on it. Once you do that and it dries, ModPodge would probably work fine. Put down a coat of MP and while its wet, put the photo down and MP over the top. The sealer spray should keep it from running or bleeding.
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« Reply #2 on: October 20, 2009 06:22:09 PM »

and when you say sealer, do you mean acrylic? or just anything that's acid-free?

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« Reply #3 on: October 20, 2009 08:27:11 PM »

I like Krylon Matte Finish. I don't know if its acid-free or not though. For some reason its not something I really worry about.

We even printed ink jet onto wet slide decal paper and after spraying it with the Krylon, we were able to soak the decal in water without the ink bleeding.

I'm not a fan of MP in general, but that's just my opinion. I like Liquitex Matte Medium or Claudine Hellmuth Multi-Medium better.
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« Reply #4 on: October 21, 2009 10:51:55 AM »

thank you so much! I have some krylon at home but i dont think it's matte finish. its just a polycrylic spray. but i had to stop by the craft store today anyway, so i'll see what i can find. thanks again!
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« Reply #5 on: October 21, 2009 12:26:02 PM »

I don't think it has to be matte. I'm just not a big fan of glossy stuff, so that's why I buy.
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« Reply #6 on: October 21, 2009 04:08:27 PM »

yeah I never print my photos on glossy, i prefer the matte look Smiley I did find the spray at michaels and i'm going to try it out tonight. Thank you so much! I have all my wood ready to go and just really didn't want to ruin my pretty blocks with practice pieces!!!  and my boyfriend had something about not spraying a polycrylic since the wood is already coated in polyeurothane..something about not mixing the two, so i just wanted to be sure before i messed it all up!

thanks again for the info!
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« Reply #7 on: October 21, 2009 07:13:03 PM »

Hmmm...that sounds a more technical that anything I know about. You might want to defer to his knowledge.



yeah I never print my photos on glossy, i prefer the matte look Smiley I did find the spray at michaels and i'm going to try it out tonight. Thank you so much! I have all my wood ready to go and just really didn't want to ruin my pretty blocks with practice pieces!!!  and my boyfriend had something about not spraying a polycrylic since the wood is already coated in polyeurothane..something about not mixing the two, so i just wanted to be sure before i messed it all up!

thanks again for the info!
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