Get Unstuck With Adhesives

Click on each image for closer look at gluing process.  See full explanation further down after photo grid.  Materials used - scrapbook paper and Curry's gel matte medium.

With paintbrush as my applicator I used an excessive amount of matte medium on reverse and front of each piece of paper added to pan.  Scrapbook paper will become saturated but does not tear.  It is important to work quickly and efficiently as the matte medium dries rapidly.  The excessive amount is necessary to have complete full coverage of pieces of paper both front and back so all sides are completely secured.  In this case I am using matte medium as a glue AND a sealer protecting the paper from moisture or ripping.  The paintbrush, as applicator, is perfect here because you can smooth as you go and reach into tight corners.  Wipe excess matte medium off with baby wipe.  Work fast.  

Note*** If you think you can use glue dots or a hot glue gun to achieve this effect think again!  The sides and edges of the paper will warp and curl and eventually come away from pan.  By using the matte medium your project will be elevated to professional in no time.  It is almost as if the scrapbook paper is an intentional design in a project done with paint.  The illusion of this product being manufactured intentionally this way is what makes this hand-made creation look professional.  If I wasn't practised at what can be achieved with matte medium then I would not have been able to bring about this effect.  

I spray-painted my muffin tin and loaf pan eons ago but it wasn't until I saw, Vanessa Spencer's, Baking Pan Organizers, on page 32, of this issue of GreenCraft Magazine that I wanted to up-scale my project from boring to fancy.   When you know the properties of one glue over the next it makes for a quick project.  For the muffin tin I used a circle punch and for the loaf tin I traced the bottom of the pan.


Knowing the properties of adhesives and how they react can make all the difference in the appearance of an end product. I can’t count the times I thought I had a great project finished only to see minute imperfections that ruined the entire piece.

Taking my time with glues and adhesives and getting to know them intimately has saved my sanity and elevated a project from mediocre to exceptional. I have noticed the elevation take effect, specifically with card-making. I can have a great composition or design but if the elements added to the card are not securely fixed and buckle or fall off, in my mind, the card is time wasted in creativity. On the other hand, if the card is not up to my personal standards of “finished” quality then the time is not wasted if I learned something about glues and adhesives.

For me everything I do is in the details! If the details from composition to colour and finally the glue used are not of the best quality, I have available, then there is no sense in me even doing the project. At times I have been known to rush the gluing process because I want the project done, finished and out of the way so I can move on to what is next. If I connect to what really needs doing next I would see gluing isn’t just gluing but rather it is an intricate part of the creative process holding all the elements of the project together. Gluing takes time and using the right glue to achieve the look I need for the project can take more patience than I am willing to offer. If I rush this part of the creative process or I choose an inferior glue when I know the one that takes much longer to dry is superior then I might as well squash the project altogether. As with other crafting/art materials I have purchased not knowing how a glue will react or behave I can arrive at the end of a project and spoil the outcome because I don’t know the properties of a specific glue.

As with most things in art glue is trial and error. Spending time experimenting and trying out various glues to achieve varied effects can be valuable knowledge for any artist.