One of the biggest issues I have come across in my decoupage projects is wrinkles. . . you know what I’m talking about. The paper is bubbly. And unattractive. It goes something like this -
PROBLEM: You got those terrible little bubbles and wrinkles in your paper. And they didn’t go away when the project dried.
SOLUTION: There are three parts – three options of things you can do to avoid this problem. Here we go.
Part A – Spray your paper with this. You can really use any acrylic sealer, but this one is my favorite. Spray both sides of the paper SEVERAL times and allow to dry. What happens is the sealers acts as a makeshift barrier, so that the surface of the paper gets glued, but the glue doesn’t soak all the way through the fibers and make a soggy mess (thereby causing the dreaded wrinkles).
Part B – You can mist the paper with water. This is especially important with thinner papers. I’ve never had success with really thin papers unless I’ve misted them with water (NOT soaked) and then also used a roller. Don’t roll over the top too much though, or you will start to wear the paper away – since it’s wet.
Part C – Allow the paper to dry to the surface BEFORE Mod Podging over it. Let me explain. You MUST apply enough Mod Podge to either the project surface or the paper back. I get that question a lot, actually. It doesn’t matter what you do, just make sure that you apply a medium layer – not too thin. Apply the paper to the project surface and SMOOTH THOROUGHLY with your fingers or a brayer. Allow this to dry for 15 – 20 minutes and THEN go back and Mod Podge over it to seal.
NOTE: Tissue paper is going to wrinkle. It’s just going to. It’s part of the fancy effect.
For more information and to see great videos with some tips, visit youtube.com/modpodgerocks.
Now get Podging!