What is Mod Podge? It’s like a PVA glue and sealant combined and is used by crafters the world over as a non toxic, quick drying, versatile adhesive. You should use it (rather than just glue) in your photo projects because you can spread it on top of your photos to form a protective seal and give them a nice finish.
Having experimented with Mod Podge this week, there will be a few Podge projects coming up in the next couple of months. This post explains how to Mod Podge a photo successfully – there are some easy mistakes to make and I want to help you avoid them.
What are we trying to avoid when Mod Podging photos?
Bubbles in the finish.
Brush marks in the finish.
Tacky Mod Podge.
How do we avoid these Mod Podge mistakes?
Follow these steps to avoid disappointing Mod Podged photos:
1. Foam brush or normal brush?
A foam brush leaves the smoothest finish. There will still be slight brush marks in the sealant, but much less noticeable than if you use a normal brush. Mod Podge is water soluble, so wash the brushes straight away to reuse them.
2. Stick the photo down
Spread Mod Podge on whatever you are sticking your photo to. Not too thick. Don’t put Mod Podge on the photo as well. Press the photo down and smooth it out gently from the middle to avoid leaving air bubbles under the photo. Make sure the edges are securely stuck down.
3. Leave the photo to dry
Find something to do for at least 20 minutes, preferably 30. To avoid a wrinkly photo, the Mod Podge must be completely dry before you do the next step. Don’t poke it either to see if it’s dry – you’ll leave finger marks.
4. Put a layer of Mod Podge on top of the photo
Stir your Mod Podge first and check there are no lumps or bits in it. Carefully spread a layer on top of the photo, keeping your brush strokes all in the same direction. Any bits of dust or uneven brush strokes will show up in the finished product, so keep an eye out for foreign objects. The Mod Podge will go on white and dry clear. Step away from the photo for another 20-30 minutes and leave it to dry.
5. Leave the photo to dry for 48-72 hours
To avoid a sticky finish to the project, leave the photo to dry completely somewhere that is not humid.