Wednesday, August 22, 2012

DIY: Make Your Own Mod Podge

 Almost all crafters are familiar with Mod Podge, the amazing glue that is also a (non-water proof) sealer.  It has been around since the 60s, and while it once only had the choice of gloss or matte, it now comes in a wide variety of styles, including outdoor, antiquing and glitter.

Mod Podge is a GREAT product.  I want everyone to know that I love it and I've been using it for years.

However, it is also a somewhat pricey product.

Now, its not nearly as pricy as gel mediums, but at 5 to 6 bucks for a 4 oz bottle, and with me using TONS of the stuff in my art journals, it quickly starts chipping away at my non-existant art budget.

So, I went looking for a less costly alternative that I could slather onto my art journal pages as thickly as I wanted, and feel no remorse about. I went to Pinterest, to look for a DIY mod-podge recipie, and was not disappointed.  Apparanly I was not alone in looking for a mod-podge alternative.

You will notice, I keep saying alternative, NOT replacement.  I still fully intent to use Mod Podge on anything that I'm going to make to sell in my etsy shop, because it is a specalized product to do what it does.  This faul-podge is not specalized.

Now, in the end I did have to tweak the recipie to fit my needs, because the one they gave made the Faux-Podge TOO watery, much much thinner than regular Mod Podge.  Instead of using a 50/50 mix I used a 2:1 ratio of glue to water.

For my Faux-podge I used nothing but this:

2 4oz bottles of washable white glue (a total of 8oz)
1 clean and dry container
4oz of water (half as much water as glue)

1. Empty contents of glue bottles into container.
2.  Pour water into empty glue containers and slosh around.
3.  Empty water into container on top of glue.
4.  Put lid on container and shake until glue and water are mixed

And I made a video to help!

See, that was super simple, right?

Now, you can certainly use more or less glue if you would like.  In fact, if you are making this for a classroom or camp environment I would totally recommend using more to make more all at once.

The container I used was a 38 oz container I got from the dollar tree.  I liked it because it has a wide mouth I can just dip my brush right into the container and don't have to worry about squirting or pouring it out of a bottle.  In fact, the mouth is so wide I can stick my whole hand in there and get a little on my finger if I wanted to (which I have totally done already).

You dont HAVE to buy a container.  If you have any empty jars at home, as long as they are clean and dry and have a lid, you can mix your glue in it.  Even empty water or condiment bottles would work just fine, as long as you washed and dried them well first.

Now, the Pros and Cons of my Faux-podge

  • Its cheap.  Made 16 oz for $2 (would have been less if I had upcycled a container instead of buying one)
  • It is thinner than regular mod podge and flows/spreads very easily.
  • More forgiving, it was easier to lift and replace glue covered pieces before the glue dried.
  •  Causes thin papers to wrinkle more. Solvable by being more studios about rubbing out wrinkles, air bubbles.
  • Could possibly yellow over time.  (only time will tell, and using an acid free glue would prevent this)

 Some people have said that Faux-podge doesn't hold as well.  So far I've not had anything come unglued or peel up.  That might be because I chose to use half as much water than the online recipes called for.

Here is a page I did with Regular Mod Podge

Here is my Faux Podged page.  (The right side border is missing because of a crooked scan job)

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Sunday, August 19, 2012

SOOC #1 - Bird on the Beach

A gull standing at the waters edge.  Taken at Tybee Island, GA.


SOOC stands for "Straight Out of the Camera".  This image is uploaded straight from my card onto the blog.  No editing has been done, not even cropping.

For more "Straight out of the Camera" images, click the camera to visit SOOC Sunday

Friday, August 17, 2012

Art Journal Every Day #1

While these are not exactly IN a journal, they are a form of art journaling for me.  In fact, they look a lot like what you would find in my journal if I ever stopped being a facebook addict long enough to make art in my journal.

"She was a little different."

Memories of home 

See more great art journal pages by clicking the link below:
Art Journal Every Day

Monday, August 6, 2012

Discovering the Dinosaurs

Discover the Dinosaurs visited Savannah for 3 days, and we wanted to go see it.  We didn't think we were going to be able to because of the AC dying on us and not being able to leave our pets shut up in the hot house with no air flow.
We did finally get to go Sunday.  Here are a few pictures.
When we first got there he was scared.  He's smiling a little in this picture, but he has my shirt in a death grip.  If we tried to put him down he said, "Dinosaurs gonna get me!" (A small spinosaurus in the background.)
He got over it though, and was soon pointing at the different displays wanting to go see them.  And once he realized you could push buttons to make some of the dinosaurs move, he was in button pushing heaven. (notce his dinosaur T-shirt special for the occasion)
This guy (dilophosaurus) was Parker's FAVORITE dino.  We must have gone back to look at him 6 times before we left.
Robert scared him by acting lke he was going to put him in this giant T-rex's mouth.  That's why he's crying in this one.
They had a place where you could "dig up fossils".  They were at the perfect height for Parker, and he had fun.
He also had TONS of fun in the play land.  It was full of small, brightly colored, friendly dinosaurs for the kids to climb on and play with.
The show was at the Savannah International Trade and Convention Center, which is on the river.  We were going to go outside and walk around and get some pictures, but it started raining as soon as we went out so we had to go right back inside.

And here are a couple more dinosaurs:

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Crochet Flower Challenge

I'm not very good with a crochet hook and yarn.  I'm okay using yarn to make...huge knotty messes out of.  Just not just little crochet things.

I jumped in on a  youtube challenge posted by a friend.  She's giving us a different type of art and craft every week!

First week was crochet flowers.  I didn't take pictures, but I talk about them in this video.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012


All of the old posts on this blog are gone.  Ta-ta, see you later.

Its time to reboot.  Reset.  Renew.

I get this feeling from time to time.  An urge to purge, expel and cleanse.   Its specailly true at the start of a brand new month.

Who needs new years?  Why not now?

Now is good enough for me!

Stay turned for more crafts and CREATIVITY.  Stay turned for funny, uplifting, motivating pictures. 

Just stay turned!!!!!!!
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