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lazeedayzee
« on: June 12, 2006 10:59:24 PM »

Hi! My brother is graduating from college in philosophy in a week, and I made him a bunch of presents. He uses these little notebooks all the time, like a "to-do" list thing, and so I added some pics and philosophy quotes. I think they turned out really cute, even though they're nothing like some of the fabulous altered journals, etc. I've seen on here.

But I have a question for you wonderful paper-craft wizards and wizardesses: I have trouble with Mod-Podge kind of sticking together when the finished products are stacked. I can't let a mod-podge coated surface touch anything paper or else it gloms together and tears when I separate them. Is there some kind of sealant I should be using? I've heard about that, but never used it, and wouldn't know what to buy.

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« Reply #1 on: June 13, 2006 04:19:19 AM »

Cute!!! Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: June 13, 2006 07:36:57 PM »

I really like your notepads.  They are really clever.

A lot of people find that Mod Podge remains sticky.  You can also try dusting it with cornstarch or baby powder so  the surface does not stick.  You can also use artists matte medium gel to adhere pictures to surfaces.  It will adhere the paper and seal the surface without being sticky.  Try the kind either from Goldens or Liquitex.  You can find it at a general craft store or an artist's supply store.

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« Reply #3 on: June 14, 2006 08:12:11 AM »

I second the use of Liquitex Matte Medium. I used Modge Podge on one or two projects in the early days and quit because it was too sticky. I don't have that problem with the Liquitex at all. Its more expensive but worth it in the long run.

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« Reply #4 on: June 14, 2006 11:09:28 AM »

Oh cool! I didn't know that product existed. I have a coupon to an art store.... I told myself I wouldn't buy anything else crafty for a while tho. But maybe just this once....

In the mean time, I might try the cornstarch on some of the other mod-podge-y projects I have laying around. I made a bunch of magnets, as gifts, and had to wrap them in wax paper, because it was the only thing I could find that didn't stick to it. So the matte medium may open up whole new worlds for me. Thank you!!!!!
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« Reply #5 on: June 25, 2006 06:14:28 PM »

Love those, I need to try making some myself!

I had the same problem with Modge Podge - so when I went to Michael's yesterday, I ended up buying a container of Triple Thick Glaze by DecoArt - and I LOVE it! I looked at the gel mediums and such, but they only had ones for oil painting, nothing what I needed, so I hit the wood/decoupage section, and that's where I found it. It's super glossy, which I love, and for most tasks only a single coat is needed - and it is not tacky at all. The only thing I don't like is that it has a pretty strong smell - definitely use it in an open area, or open a window. Since I also do painted wood projects, this is a great choice of product for me.
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« Reply #6 on: July 06, 2006 02:19:30 PM »

modgepodge sucks, especially if you're in the south.

i use (depending on the project)

a golden's gel medium or varnish (i strongly prefer them to liquitex)
microglaze
diamond glaze (for a hard shiney finish)
dorlands wax

there, i've just shared all of my best secrets with y'all
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« Reply #7 on: July 10, 2006 01:04:38 PM »

I've heard of someone who uses beeswax as an adhesive, but his peices are usually flat and framed.  Apparently, it doesn't warp the paper or leave any bubbles.
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« Reply #8 on: July 10, 2006 01:53:43 PM »

I think beeswax doesn't hold up to handling very well....its pretty soft.
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« Reply #9 on: July 11, 2006 08:28:03 AM »

mod podge does that to me too. I've been meaning to get some resin to coat stuff.
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