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« on: April 07, 2006 10:13:19 PM »

I have some images thet I printed out on my inkjet printer then decoupaged to my project but unfourtunately the ink on the papaer ran a little causing the image to become a little blurry Im currently using soft gloss photo paper (matte doesn't do the image justice) and Royal Coat Decoupage finish to glue and seal is there a special papaer I need to use or do i need to use a different product to glue and seal please help.... I love doing this project it has been a great stress release any advice one could give would be great ...thanks  Roll Eyes




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« Reply #1 on: August 04, 2006 12:29:43 AM »

I've had that happen too with a collage I was making on a cigar box cover--the image was printed onto regular paper with an inkjet printer which is the problem.  One thing I've done to combat this that I've had lots of success with is to find a sealer for your picture sure as getting a spraycan of an acrylic sealer or they even have glossy clear paint in spray cans that works well.

Good luck!
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« Reply #2 on: August 04, 2006 04:52:49 AM »

Unfortunately, inkjet printing is water soluble, so that's the issue, not the paper.  I've heard that spraying the image with hair spray works, or, as thiticalcrinking (great handle, BTW) said, spray sealer of some sort.  There's actually a spray sealer specifically for decoupage, but I'd bet that pretty much any spray sealer would work and might be less expensive than a specialized product like that.
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« Reply #3 on: August 13, 2006 12:43:33 AM »

Hello everyone, I am also having an isse with decoupage. I have been using modpodge but have been getting unsighly brush stroke streaks when sealing. I've used an artists brush, sponge, spatcula, and finally my finger and keep getting the same result. I'm working with magazine ads and was wondering what spray sealers any of you might suggest? Do polycrylic sprays work with paper?

I appreciate ANY advise or suggesions.
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« Reply #4 on: August 13, 2006 08:31:17 AM »

I haven't tried it yet, but I saw on DIY network on the carol dovall show I think it was (spelling??). The guest said to set the image in the paper by baking it in the oven at 200 for 5-10 minutes if you are using regular paper in inkjet. I'm not sure if this will work for photopaper too...

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« Reply #5 on: August 13, 2006 09:22:04 AM »

Thanks, I'm going to pick up a can and test it. I'll let you know how it turns out.
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« Reply #6 on: August 15, 2006 08:21:44 AM »

Hello everyone, I am also having an isse with decoupage. I have been using modpodge but have been getting unsighly brush stroke streaks when sealing. I've used an artists brush, sponge, spatcula, and finally my finger and keep getting the same result. I'm working with magazine ads and was wondering what spray sealers any of you might suggest? Do polycrylic sprays work with paper?

I appreciate ANY advise or suggesions.
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Personally, this is another reason I don't like Modge Podge and highly recommend something like the Liquitex Matte Medium. It has a much better texture, don't leave brush strokes like you mention and also, doesn't stay sticky like MP usually does. Its more expensive that MP, but to me, totally worth it.

(I swear I don't work for Liquitex - I'm just a fan!)

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« Reply #7 on: August 15, 2006 09:28:23 AM »

Awesome... I'm going to try it... thanks for the tip.., I appreciate it!  Grin
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« Reply #8 on: August 15, 2006 12:08:24 PM »

Personally, this is another reason I don't like Modge Podge and highly recommend something like the Liquitex Matte Medium. It has a much better texture, don't leave brush strokes like you mention and also, doesn't stay sticky like MP usually does. Its more expensive that MP, but to me, totally worth it. (I swear I don't work for Liquitex - I'm just a fan!)

Golden (brand) Matte Gel Medium works the same way and is somewhat less expensive than the Liquitex where I am. (around $9 for the jar vs. $11 for Liquitex)
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« Reply #9 on: August 15, 2006 09:31:41 PM »

If you are trying to fix the modge podge brushstrokes trying buying wet sandpaper (I got a pack of five sheets at Lowes for $2.50) and soaking it in water.  Then form the wet sandpaper around your finger and use small circles to smooth out the modge podge layers.  It will turn that cloudy white while wet but should dry smoother and perfectly clear.

I use acrylic sealer I bought at Wal-mart (I think Plaid brand) and it has done a really good job of waterproofing my projects. 

As for the artists medium gel, I've used it before but I was wondering if they made it in finishes besides matte (I haven't seen it before) because for a lot of my projects I like a glossier finish.  I will say that using a glossy finish acrylic sealer after the matte medium gel does a good job but it leaves the finished project a little darker than if modge podge and sealer is just used.
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