ok, So I've started an Art Journal....

I decided to seal the pages that I felt were done...

So I used Mod Podge.. and now some of the pages are sticking together randomly.

What would be a better product to use? I want the pages glossy.

 

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Hoooray for you!!!!!!!

Gel medium is MUCH better than modge podge. it also helps to rub a totally dry page with a sheet of wax paper too- that helps to curb the sticking, but I would definitely invest in gel medium. If you are in the States, Hobby Lobby has weekly 40% off coupons that really help$$.  Gel medium comes in matte or glossy, and some brands come in variances of those types. My site is A.J. dedicated- so let me know if you have ANY A.J. questions!!!

To get the pages to stop sticking, rub a wax candle over the pages.  They won't stick anymore.  I always seal with a matte gel medium ... gloss tends to be sticker!

Thanks Ya'll!!.. OK, I'll look for this Gel Medium...!!!!!

I also have used a couple of drops on car wax on a cotton rag to buff my pages and that stops them sticking also, lol!!! I use an acrylic gloss varnish to seal my pages and I have to make sure it is really dry before shutting the book...

I learned from watching Donna Downey videos to use baby powder it works pretty good. I still have a few pages that are stubborn I'll have to try the car wax. Thanks Laura for the tip and Karyn for the post.

Take a ordinary candle and rub it on your work when finished. No problems! I do it all the time. ;)


 
Amanda said:

Hoooray for you!!!!!!!

Gel medium is MUCH better than modge podge. it also helps to rub a totally dry page with a sheet of wax paper too- that helps to curb the sticking, but I would definitely invest in gel medium. If you are in the States, Hobby Lobby has weekly 40% off coupons that really help$$.  Gel medium comes in matte or glossy, and some brands come in variances of those types. My site is A.J. dedicated- so let me know if you have ANY A.J. questions!!!

I make memory boxes for people whos babies have died in the hospital, or at least I do when I can get to my supplies.  Haven't found a place to move yet and it is so cold here right now.  Anyway, when they are finished and  totally dry I rub Turtle car wax from the can into the inter rim of the top and around the top of the box.  I did learn after the firest time to wipe as soon as it was dry to get the film off.  I don't know how this would work on sealed paper.  Could do a practice sheet.  I was going through chemo at the time and left it on the box for 2 or 3 days and it took me forever to get it off with a Dremel tool.  So, after that as soon as it dried, like on a car I got it off.  I do this because with the paint layers on the boxes the lid tends to stick from the layers on both the bottom and top.......Maggie

How about some watered down craft glue rolled on with a spongey roller?

You would want to glue them down as this is the lid for the box. The car wax was just so the tops would remove easily with all the coats of paint and sealer.  That all make them tighter and might pull the paint off if you try to pull them off without anything to make getting them off easier.........Maggie

I use Dorand's wax. I purchased mine on ebay. Car wax will work too. I find if I use a Glossy gel medium it can make my colors run depending on the mediums I use. I had spent a few hours drawing a coloring a Zentagle style peacock and then turned all the color to mud when I tried sealing it with the Gel medium. I wanted to cry. If you are looking to just keep your pages from sticking you can put a bit of baby powder on your pages as well. Here is a link to one of my favorite artist. She did a blog post that you might find helpful. http://jennibelliestudio.blogspot.com/2013/09/how-to-seal-your-art-... …….. Kimmie

Where I use the car wax is around the top of the memory boxes and inside the lid so they are easier to pull off. They have sealer on them, a couple of coats of paint, then a couple of coats of sealer again.  All of these layers will make the top harder to get off, so we wax them to make them easier to get off and not stick.  I meant to say in my last message that you wouldn't use glue as you don't want the lid stuck down.  These boxes are mean for people who loose their babies in the hospital.  They usually are just given a plastic bag to put the contents in when they go home.  This way the get to pick a box at the hospital what little memories they have.  Sometimes it is only a bracelet, maybe a photo.  So, we make them from six to 12 inches wide and up to 10 inches deep as some may have outfits and maybe a blanket that they had intended to bring their baby home in.  It is a great thing, I feel, to be involved in.  It makes someone else feel better, and you to as you let them know that someone cares.  We get letters from some of them and the nurses also for what a difference it makes.  Some who have lost babies ended up painting them also as they saw what comfort it brought them personally. They are always needing boxes and I feel so bad that I can't do any right now even though I have boxes, paints, and other supplies to do them with.  They are just packed in that somewhere place.....Maggie

Margaret, I think that what you're doing by making these boxes for grieving parents is a truly an amazing and admirable thing to do. Sending you big hugs!!! Kimmie

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