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Mod Podge Gloss: Everything You Need to Know!

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

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

Almost 50 years ago, a little decoupage baby was born – and its name was Mod Podge Gloss. In 1967, a woman named Jan Wetstone developed this very first Mod Podge formula in her kitchen while trying to come up with shortcuts to decoupage for her antique shop.

And now? It is THE most popular decoupage medium of all time. So much so that I started a blog about it in 2008, and here we are 13+ years later!

Before I go on about the formula, I wanted to share a picture:

About four years ago, I had the pleasure of meeting Jan Wetstone and sharing my book Mod Podge Rocks with her. It was truly a great moment and one I’ll never forget!

Which Brings Me to Mod Podge Gloss . . .

Mod Podge Gloss has a very simple concept – it is a decoupage medium (what is decoupage?) with a GLOSSY finish. This means the finish is shiny when light hits it.

Other Mod Podge formulas exist that do the exact same thing (Matte, Satin), with the only difference being the finish. Let me show you what I’m talking about:

Gloss Mod Podge

You can see the shiny-ness, right? When you think about this formula, don’t think about it as having a special purpose (like Dishwasher Safe).

This is an all-around, general decoupage formula with a specific finish: Gloss. It’s like choosing wall paint. You can get eggshell, gloss, flat . . . . it’s all a matter of preference. Same with the Gloss.

I’ve got two more things for you before I get to questions. First of all, I’m going to share a video with you that goes over my Mod Podging process. Take a peek at the video in this post!

And secondly, I’m going to let you know what I would use this formula on. It’s simple: 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. Additionally, 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!

Questions About Glossy Mod Podge

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? Glossy – meaning, shiny in the light.

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. Do you ever use Mod Podge Gloss? What for? Yes I do. I use it for glass projects especially, because glass is shiny, and I like my finish to match the surface.

I also use it when I’m in the mood for shiny. Sometimes a project calls for that, like a Halloween project or wall art. I let how I’m feeling that day dictate the finish!

6. Sometimes my Mod Podge Gloss is tacky. Why – and how do I fix it? This formula tends to be more tacky than others when dry, especially in a humid environment. I lived in Georgia for a long time, so I always have to use a sealer with it on top – either a spray or brush-on (as long as it’s clear acrylic) will work.

Otherwise it can take months to fully cure. CURING is different than drying. Dry is dry to the touch. Curing is when it’s completely, fully dry in all layers . . . and it’s no longer tacky.

7. Where can I buy Mod Podge Gloss? 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. It’s not hard to find this formula AT ALL. Learn where to buy Mod Podge here.

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.

9. Why is Mod Podge so expensive? I’ve personally never thought Mod Podge was expensive, even before this blog. However my crafting hobbies of choice have always been knitting and textiles, and investment in those is NOT cheap comparatively speaking. If you think Mod Podge is expensive, I can respect that – but remember it’s not just glue.

I will also tell you that one bottle lasts a long time. And if you purchase at the craft store, download the store app to your smartphone or check the weekly circular if you don’t have a smartphone. They have a coupon every single week.


Are you ready for some project ideas using the Gloss formula? Check out the links below!

Gloss Mod Podge

Do you end up with a lot of tins leftover from holiday goodies? Mod Podge them with fabric - it's the perfect way to reuse cookie tins. SO easy!
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How to Reuse Cookie Tins with Mod Podge
These paper-wrapped and paint-dipped candles use the power of Mod Podge to bring some springy life to some boring, dollar store candles.
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Paper Wrapped Dollar Store Candles

Debbie

Friday 7th of May 2021

Can mod podge be used for diamond paintings and which one would you recommend?

Amy

Monday 10th of May 2021

Hi Debbie! It can . . . everyone is recommending the Super Gloss for Diamond paintings.

Lil

Thursday 4th of February 2021

What Mod Podge do I use to put pictures on a terra cotta flower pot?

Amy

Thursday 4th of February 2021

You can use Mod Podge Gloss, Satin, or Matte! https://modpodgerocksblog.com/diy-flower-pot-with-photos/

Tonya

Tuesday 26th of January 2021

Amy, I would like to make a book for my grandson with pictures and names of our family. I plan on using scrapbooking papers and I want to put the papers on an already made child's book where the pages are glossy. Any hints to get the papers to stick to the pages of the book and stay there. Thanks Tonya

Amy

Wednesday 27th of January 2021

Hi Tonya! I think Mod Podge would work on glossy pages. However, you could also use a strong glue stick and be fine. It doesn't sound like you are decoupaging as much as simply gluing the images!

MaggieRV

Saturday 10th of September 2016

I have a few pieces of unfinished wood that I would like to make into decorative serving trays for sushi. Is there a style of ModPodge that you would recommend for my project?

Amy

Sunday 11th of September 2016

Hi Maggie! If it's a tray you'd like to wash, then Dishwasher Safe. You'll want to use it underneath the glass (assuming it's a glass tray).

Angie

Friday 9th of September 2016

I enjoyed the video also, it was informative. But I too had problems with the ads popping up about 6 times. They wouldn't X out and brought the whole ad up. Annoying however it won't prevent me from viewing more. Thank you!!????

Carla

Saturday 10th of September 2016

I would have loved to watch the entire video but my viewing also stopped for ads. While annoying, the ads wouldn't let me proceed. Whether I tried to X out of the video or let it play through, the video started over again. I did get far enough in to discover the spray sealer, which looks very cool! I love your projects and subscribe.