|A Dictionary Lamp--just needs some trim!|
While I was the The Glue Gun Slinger Contributor on the now defunct website, Squidoo, I discovered that I could have used ModPodge (by Plaid) for the project instead of that diluted glue! Using a glue + water mixture was successful for me at the time, however. As it turns out, lots of people use a homemade version of ModPodge just as I did on my lampshade project. Tracy Boyer wrote and article, How to Decoupage and Make Your Own Sealant and shared a recipe for this economical adhesive mixture for those of us who don't want to guess at proportions. The Tracy suggests 2 parts glue to 1 part water.
Sometimes using a name brand commercial product will produce consistently good looking results. I have to admit that my own decoupage medium did not look as good after it dried as some other projects that I have seen at craft fairs and such.
If you need a lesson on ModPodge, I suggest you read an article titled (not-so-suprisingly), What is Mod Podge? I never knew that there were so many different things one can make with this crafty stuff. BTW, if you have some shoes that need a new life, reading Make Mod Podge Shoes will inspire you to revamp your tootsies' wardrobe. See what I mean about "different" uses for ModPodge?
Now, I need to haul out the glue gun and put some trim on that dictionary themed lampshade. Who knows, I just might give it a fresh coat of ModPodge! Stay tuned for the results!