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Brushstroke Mod Podge: Your Complete Guide!

Learn all about the Brushstroke Mod Podge formula! Find out what it is, how to use it, and see some unique projects you can make.

Learn all about the Brushstroke Mod Podge formula! Find out what it is, how to use it, and see some unique projects you can make.

I’ve got a really fun formula for you today! Have you heard of Brushstroke Mod Podge? I’d say it’s the aardvark of the Mod Podge formula world. It’s unique and interesting, and you might have heard of this species, but you’ve probably never seen it. Ha!

Okay, maybe not the best analogy, but this is a formula I get asked about a lot. Why does it exist? What does it do? Well – that’s what I’m about to tell you!

The purpose is pretty cool, actually. Mod Podge Brushstroke creates a highly textured finish that resembles hand painting! You can apply it over posters, prints or to decoupaged canvas projects for an artistic look that’s an affordable alternative to genuine painted wall art.

And it comes in two formulas for your decoupaging needs: Gloss and Matte. I feel that the best way to explain this formula is to give you a visual so you can completely understand:

Brushstroke Mod Podge

Do you see what I mean with the texture? It reminds me of a clear plaster wall and it’s not just visual – you can feel it when it dries. I’m sure you’ve seen great works of art with textured paint, right?

The appearance adds visual interest. And that’s exactly what this does! It’s not flat by any means! The texture – or extreme brushstroke look – is exactly what makes this formula unique.

Now that I’ve shared the basics with you, let’s move onto the FAQ!

Questions About Brushstroke Mod Podge

1. How is Brushstroke Mod Podge different from any other Mod Podge? This formula is not smooth to the touch. It actually has a textured feel when applied to the surface!

2. Why would I want to use it? Genuine wall art painted with high-end acrylics isn’t cheap. Perhaps you want to take a craft painted piece of your own and add interest with texture – or maybe you want to make a poster look more like a painting. This is how you do it!

3. Is it a glue, sealer, and finish too? Yes – however, I highly recommend using Classic Mod Podge to decoupage your paper or fabric down given that this formula has texture. It does everything that other Mod Podges do, but with the texture, I only apply it on top.

4. Does it come in more than one finish? Yes – Gloss (shiny) and Matte (not shiny). Select the finish that best matches your project.

5. What should I use to apply this formula? I find a regular flat brush or foam brush work fine. It’s easy to get the brushstrokes no matter the brush, in my opinion.

6. How hard is it to make this formula show texture? Not hard at all! I don’t overly brush it. It’s *supposed* to glob on a little bit. Just swipe back and forth and let the brushstrokes fly.

7. I’m scared. This Mod Podge went on milky! Yes but it’s going to dry clear, like all Mod Podge. Do not worry! Just be patient.

8. Where can I purchase this formula? Online, A.C. Moore, Michaels. You can get my where to buy Mod Podge guide here.

Are you ready for some cool projects? Check them out below!


Posters into paintings at Crafting with Court


Create a faux canvas print at Infarrantly Creative


DIY picture plaques at Inspiration Made Simple


DIY fabulous frugal wall paintings at Saved By Love Creations


Brushstroke Mod Podge review at Craft Test Dummies

Let me know your Brushstroke Mod Podge questions in the comments! Don’t forget to visit these other Mod Podge formula posts as well:


Friday 3rd of February 2023

Hi, cant seem to find ModgePodge brushstroke in the UK


Tuesday 28th of February 2023

Hi Roy! I think it may be discontinued :/

Karen Simpson

Saturday 29th of October 2016

How come sometimes when I put matt Mod Podge on my decoupage that it dries white instead of clear?


Saturday 29th of October 2016

Hi Karen! That shouldn't happen. You could be putting on layers that are too thick. Or perhaps you have an old bottle of Mod Podge? Or a bad bottle.


Friday 28th of October 2016

I would like a link to Modge Podge giving the whole range plus ideas etc for usage Here in the U.K. We do not have the same coverage of c aft stuff that you in USA have Thanks in advance June ?


Friday 28th of October 2016

Hi June! I have that post here:



Thursday 27th of October 2016

HI! Wondering how hard this dries? Does it need curing like hard modge podge? I love that stuff! If I can find a jar I want to try squeegee dropper fulls and make drawings and swirls with it just dripping out and making a design. This and painting over it after drying and them an immediate rub off would be a nice effect, especially with chalk paint!


Friday 28th of October 2016

It dries somewhat hard! Not "rock" hard. And it needs curing time based on the climate . . . a few weeks if it's humid. Your technique sounds fun. if you try it please share with me!!

Lorraine Forrest

Thursday 27th of October 2016

So where can I get it in Canada Osoyoos B.C. can I order it from a Canadian site


Friday 28th of October 2016

Hi Lorraine - use the store locator here: If you have any problems, contact Plaid and they can help you!