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Mod Podge Gloss: Your Complete Guide

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

Mod Podge Gloss can be used for so many projects from home decor to gifts to jewelry. Check out a bunch of options below!


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Mandi

Sunday 28th of May 2023

Hi Amy! 👋 I happened to stumble across your blog while searching "mod podge matte" I absolutely love it..all the information and so many ideas and projects! I have numerous questions but I'll stick with my original one before I started searching. Am I able to use mod podge matte or gloss to transfer online images printed on basic printing paper from my regular Epson printer onto cardboard by any chance? Sill question probably, but looking for quick and easy DIYs to do with my 5 yr old when she comes to.me out of nowhere asking to do a craft. And we always have amazon boxes around. Thanks for providing this free blog to us!

Your amazing, MANDI

Amy

Tuesday 20th of June 2023

Hi Mandi! You'll want to look at this post: https://modpodgerocksblog.com/decoupage-onto-wood/ You'll do the same thing with cardboard :) Note: Mod Podge on cardboard can be super wrinkly so you'll want to smooth thoroughly with a roller. Just practice and you will see what I mean!

Jo

Tuesday 28th of February 2023

Hi Can you tell me if there is any mod Podge I can use over a latex prop?

Amy

Tuesday 28th of February 2023

Hi Jo unfortunately I don't think so! HAVING SAID THAT - Plaid has a product meant for making costumes and props that might work: https://plaidonline.com/shop-products/plaidfx-paint-primer-clear-3-oz-36938 I would ask them about it. This line is great with latex I believe.

Marissa

Thursday 22nd of December 2022

Hi! Do you have any recommendations for a smooth gloss finish? I can't seem to not have strokes show. Thanks! 😊

Amy

Saturday 7th of January 2023

Hi Marissa! This is the official recommendation: "Use a soft bristled brush and then sand between coats. To do this, apply the Mod Podge and let it dry an hour. Then use #0000 steel wool and lightly sand the entire surface. Do this between every coat. After the final coat, sand and then spray a clear acrylic sealer to finish."

Jo

Thursday 18th of August 2022

I've Mod podg some rocks that I have found whats my next step after that

Amy

Friday 19th of August 2022

You should use a waterproof sealer if you live in a place with a lot of rain! Otherwise, you're good!

Victoria Calvert

Thursday 9th of December 2021

Can you use the gloss mod podge to transfer photos onto a wood surface

Amy

Sunday 12th of December 2021

Yes! You can do an inkjet transfer: https://modpodgerocksblog.com/inkjet-photo-transfer-to-wood/