Almost all crafters are familiar with Mod Podge, the amazing glue that is also a (non-water proof) sealer.Â 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.Â 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.Â So....off I went to Pinterest, to look for a DIY mod-podge recipie, and was not disappointed.Â Apparanly I was not alone in looking for a mod-podge alternative.
You will notice, I keep saying alternative, NOT replacement.Â 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.Â 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.Â 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:
1. Empty contents of glue bottles into container.
And I made a video to help!
- Its cheap.Â 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.Â (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.Â So far I've not had anything come unglued or peel up.Â 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.Â (The right side border is missing because of a crooked scan job)