PVA glue and wax finish vs classic napkin decoupage technique
Very oftenIhear thatPVAand waxworks just as wellasa classicdecoupagetechnique, and I did not needvarnishandspecial glue, because it is unnecessaryexpense.Ok- for me PVAworks wellwith wallpapersor ifweglueover the entire surfacebutwhether it actuallyworkswith thenapkins? I decidedto check it out.
I preparedtwo pieces ofplywoodpainted withchalk paint, PVA glue, cear wax, glue for napkins,satinvarnishand onenapkin(for handicapsnapkinsbackgroundis a different colorthanpaintandhas additionalprints)
FirstI testedPVAand triedon smallpieces ofpaper napkins PVAwithout water - napkin tornto shreds I mixedPVA with water50/50-was toowateryandwrinklednapkin. Furthermixedto obtain aconsistencysimilar to my gluefornapkin. Finally,I decidedto try iton a napkin-this is the result:
Seriously? I've never seen so manywrinkles onmy belovednapkins...and I am not a newbie in this matter.But this timeI wanted to cryseeing thesewrinkles and bubbles Chapeaubasfor thosewho cansticka napkinwithoutwrinkles with PVA,andcompassion forbeginnerswho are trying PVAfirst...
ThenI tried theglue fornapkins...One layer, a few momentsof workand ready(and muchlesswrinkles...phew)
I waiteduntilbothpiecesdry.First one Icovered with nextlayer ofPVA, on the secondI startedpaintingaround thetheme with chalkpainttoblenddecoupage into surface.
I sanded first piece (the PVA one) to eliminatewrinkles. Now it lookstolerablebut stillbelowmy standards. Here's how toat this momentlookboth works
Now I covered PVA work with first layer of wax, and second work with satin varnish.
Whenyou workon a largesurface(egtable top) isvery temptingto useglueonly over decoupage, and not onthe entire surface.In the end,the whole surfacewill beprotectedwith wax-right? I usuallyhave ahabittocoverthe entire surface with glue before varnishing , but in the "PVA project" I decided tosee howit would lookifIcoveronlya papernapkin with glue.
After24 hours,two coatsof wax and buff you will still seetraces ofglue
At the sametime,the secondboardwas covered withtwo coats ofsatinvarnish. Eachlayerafter dryingsanded withsandpaper
Aftermore or lessthe same timespenton each project, they are bothwaterproof andthey looklike this (stillnot perfect, but it is onlya test): and... a final "touch" test: on PVA and wax surface you still feel paper, you still feel edge. On napkin glue and varnish you feel one smooth surface...
At the endI came up withanotheridea.What ifafter some timeyou wantto improve yourwork? I wanted toadddark shadows(I usedbrownpaintandblendingmedium). This timeI startedfromthe work donewith glue fornapkins andsatinvarnish
Now it's myattemptatworkwith waxfinish -paintdoes notstick to thewax.Game over :/