Mod Podge & PVA
by Lindsay Teague (Aug 2, 2005)
The world of adhesives is a vast and ever-expanding one. To stay on top of it, you have to do a lot of trial-and-error work. This can get rather expensive if you were to try it on your own. Luckily, I’ve done the work for you.
To continue with our informational series on Art Mediums, I’m going to share my opinions of them with you, starting with Mod Podge and PVA. I’ll also explain in detail the way to use these adhesives so they work the best for your project.
This liquid adhesive goes on white and dries clear in many different finishes, such as matte or glossy. In my opinion, its best use is for decoupage.
Decoupage is done by adding a coat of Mod Podge with a foam brush to the item that is to be covered. You then add your papers in any direction, shape or form that you like. After that portion is dried, you add another coat of the Mod Podge on top of the papers to seal it. This is especially helpful if you know it will be handled frequently. It applies a protective layer and keeps the ends from peeling up. Mod Podge is a definite must-have in the altered-art world.
I hope this has made your view of liquid adhesives a little bit clearer. Do some testing of your own to see how these will best serve your paper-art projects. I’m sure you’ll love the results as much as I have.