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« on: January 11, 2014 02:15:10 PM »

Hello all!  So I have a few weeks off of work and I have decided to spend it finishing some craft projects. So I found an old medical text (1917) in my attic and after finding out that it holds no monetary value I decided to put the beautiful pictures to use.  So I came up with the idea of attaching the drawings to wooden art panels.  The problem is, is that I have no idea how!  I have gotten conflicting information by googling so I figured I would ask the masses.  Also, I ordered my panels in bulk so out of the 12, 4 of them are primed white because that was how they came.  I wanted to originally stain everything, and would still like to do so, but the problem is figuring out what to do with the white panels.  I don't know how to make a combination of painted and stain panels look good.  Below you can find links to the different panels and the type of picture I will be using.  So main queries are: How to attached pictures and what to do about primed panels.  Thank you for any help you can provide!  I am really trying to get into this crafting thing.  Sorry if this is in the wrong section.

http://postimg.org/image/okft2e9ud/  <-------Plain vs. Primed

http://postimg.org/image/di02f8ukf/   <-------Picture on panel

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« Reply #1 on: January 15, 2014 04:04:18 PM »

To attach paper to any surface, I prefer PVA which is a bookbinders glue. And I would use a brayer and/or bone folder or old credit card for smoothing. I would test a page without a photo so you can see how much glue is too much and how to use the tools for smoothing without ripping. And I would consult YouTube for videos - search "decoupage". ModPodge is another option - it is a sealer as well as a glue. There are several types - matte, glossy and semi-gloss - it's your preference. At the art store, there should be a demo board showing the different finishes.

I can't answer the plain vs. primed - I think you could mix them and the illustrations will make it a cohesive display.

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