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Old 11-21-2012, 04:35 AM   #1
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I'm working on a project that I'd like to Decoupage. The pieces have very tiny writing that Need to be readable. I tried using claudine hellmuth Studio multi-medium matte but the brush strokes showed and didn't allow the tiny printing to be clearly read. I tried using a bristled brush and a sponge brush, and I tried putting it on thinly and fairly thick. In none of my tries did the brush strokes "flow" so that they evened out and were no longer visible. Does anyone have any suggestions? Is it the product or my technique? Any help would be greatly appreciated!

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Is this as a finishing coat? If so, would a spray varnish do the job for you and eliminate the problem with brush-strokes?
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Old 11-21-2012, 06:41 AM   #3
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Hi Sabrina! Thanks for the suggestion. I have no experience with varnish. Is there a specific product for paper? Are there different types of finishes? Does it make the paper curl? .......Sorry, I've just never used it before.
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Old 11-21-2012, 08:26 AM   #4
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try using your fingers. no brush strokes.
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This was posted on another thread by Shazsilverwolf - would this work?: "Cheap hairspray does work extremely well. Make sure it is a really cheap brand though- you want one that does not have conditioners/ additives in it. And a fine mist spray, which most have anyway. It does actually smell nicer than most 'proper' fixatives, so if you don't like solvent type smells ( they give me a headache) it may be a better choice."
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This was posted on another thread by Shazsilverwolf - would this work?: "Cheap hairspray does work extremely well. Make sure it is a really cheap brand though- you want one that does not have conditioners/ additives in it. And a fine mist spray, which most have anyway. It does actually smell nicer than most 'proper' fixatives, so if you don't like solvent type smells ( they give me a headache) it may be a better choice."
Now that I think about it, this solution would be more of a fixative than a decoupage medium...
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As a follow on from my hairspray suggestion, I would just add, (which I should have in the first place, to be honest,) there is no archival value with hairspray - if you are making something which you want to last, there is a possibility of yellowing etc over time. If you do want the piece to last, I would go with Cook22's suggestion of a spray varnish. Crafters Companion in the USA do a product called Spray & Seal Satin Varnish and it is designed for decoupage projects.HTH.
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Old 11-24-2012, 03:25 AM   #8
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Thanks to everyone for the helpful suggestions. Yes, I am looking for a finishing coat, and it does need to be something that would last and not yellow. I would love to have the look of decoupaging with a fairly thick covering over the top of it all, but it has to be crystal clear so that you can read the tiny print. I don't really care if its matte or glossy, but I think it would look best in matte. I've never used the Varnish, but I am famaliar with Crafter Companion's products. If you think that would work, maybe I'll give that a try.
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I haven't used it myself, although I do use their spray adhesive products, and am very happy with them. Could you make up a test piece on some scrap card, using the tiny writing, and spray a few coats on to see how it looks?
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What about spray on modge podge?
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