I already wrote an article about Mod Podge Gloss, the original Mod Podge. I'm happy to share with you today the amazing sister (brother?) of the Gloss formula: Mod Podge Matte! Let me start by telling you something about Mod Podge Matte you might not know:
Think about paint. It comes in different finishes, right? There's gloss, high-gloss, eggshell . . . etc. The only difference being the sheen when the light hits it. And that's my point with this particular decoupage medium. The Matte formula causes the light to diffuse when it hits it, so the surface is non-shiny. Let me show you what I'm talking about:
Why would you pick this formula over Gloss or Satin? It's about personal preference. You would like this finish over the other two, so you would choose it for your projects. Don't you love choices? It's perfect for all basic decoupage projects that don't require a more specialized formula! If I'm adhering paper to wood, I'll use this. If I'm adding fabric to a canvas, I'll use this. If I'm putting tissue paper on glass, I'll use this. Having said that, if I want to add fabric to fabric, I'll use Fabric Mod Podge. If I want to have a little sparkle on my item, I'll use Mod Podge Extreme Glitter. Do you see what I'm saying? I find MOST of the time what I'm doing only requires the Gloss/Satin/Matte basic Mod Podge formulas. I just love it!
If you landed upon this article and want to see how I use Mod Podge, check out this video:
Now let's move onto the FAQ!
Questions About Mod Podge Matte
1. How do I know if I should pick Mod Podge Gloss – or Matte – or Satin? Which is best for my project? There isn't a “best” for your project when it comes to these formulas. They are exactly the same with the exception of the finish – aka, the level of shine.
2. What is the finish of this formula? Flat – meaning most of the light diffuses. No shine.
3. What surfaces can I use this formula on? Wood, canvas, tin, metal, terra cotta, and more. If fabric is your base, use Fabric Mod Podge.
4. Can I use this to decoupage shoes? Or for outdoor items? Or for clothing? I highly recommend selecting the appropriate formula for your purpose using this guide HERE. The various formulas are not the same thing with a different bottle label. The specialized formulas have different ingredients, and different prices too. There's a reason for that.
5. When do you use Mod Podge Matte? Whenever I want a flat (non-shiny) finish! I like my wall art to be matte and non-shiny typically. But really it depends on my mood that day.
6. Where can I buy Mod Podge Matte? This is the typically the top selling and most widely available formula, and that means it's just about everywhere: Amazon, Home Depot, Dollar Tree, Walmart, Target, Michaels, Jo-Ann, Hobby Lobby, AC Moore, and on and on.
8. Does it come in different sizes? This formula comes in the most sizes: 2 oz., 8 oz., 16 oz., 32 oz., and even gallon.
Are you ready for some project ideas using Mod Podge Matte? Check out the links below!