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Mod Podge Matte: Everything You Need to Know!

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

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

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:

IT IS EXACTLY THE SAME as Mod Podge Gloss and Mod Podge Satin with the exception of the finish.

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:

Matte Mod Podge

Why would you pick this formula over Gloss or Satin? It’s about personal preference. You would choose this formula if you like the finish better than the other two formulas. Don’t you love choices?

It’s perfect for all basic decoupage projects that don’t require a more specialized formula! I use this formula for adhering paper to wood, adding fabric to canvas, or even putting tissue paper on glass.

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’re ready, 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. Minimal 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? I use this formula want a flat (non-shiny) finish! I like my wall art to be matte and non-shiny typically. It depends on my mood that day.

6. Where can I buy Matte Mod Podge? 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. Please reference my post on where to buy Mod Podge.

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!

Matte Mod Podge

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Linda

Tuesday 1st of December 2020

Can I seal photos with modpodge before using resin

Amy

Tuesday 1st of December 2020

Yes you can! Just make sure to let the Mod Podge dry overnight. You don't want any remaining moisture because it can cause spotting.

Alana

Saturday 29th of October 2016

Hi Amy. Wonderful blog, thanks for sharing. I'd like to adhere materials like feathers, etc to leather, maybe using a craft glue base then sealing off with Mod Podge. What are your thoughts?

Amy

Saturday 29th of October 2016

Hi Alana! I *think* it would work but honestly you'd have to do a test. Mod Podge works with leather, but I like to test everything, even with scraps! You can also ask here to see if people have experience: https://www.facebook.com/groups/craftywithmodpodge/

Glenda Thompson

Friday 30th of September 2016

What are your thoughts about sealing chalk paint with matte mod podge?

Amy

Friday 30th of September 2016

Hi Glenda! You can do it! But did you know there is an Ultra Matte Chalk Mod Podge? It has that beautiful finish like the wax of a chalk paint. Just a thought :D

Kelly Snell

Friday 23rd of September 2016

I would like to know which mod podge will stick to glass. What paint will stick to glass

Amy

Saturday 24th of September 2016

Nearly all of the Mod Podges stick to glass! And FolkArt Multisurface is my chosen paint for glass. It sticks well. FolkArt Enamel works too :D