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How should I prepare my surfaces before painting with FolkArt Milk Paint?
Preparation depends on the surface. Read more to learn how to prepare unfinished (raw) wood, finished wood, walls, metal, concrete, and masonry.
  • Unfinished Wood – FolkArt Milk Paint is best applied directly to unfinished, raw wood. T Sand any rough areas using a medium-to-fine grit sandpaper. Wipe with a tack cloth to remove sanding dust.
  • Finished Wood – Finished wood surfaces would include previously painted or varnished surfaces. These surfaces are best cleaned with a household glass cleaner to remove dirt and grease and then brushed with a coat of FolkArt Milk Paint Bonding Primer & Sealer. Allow the primer to thoroughly dry (approximately four hours); then apply FolkArt Milk Paint.
  • Walls – Prepare your walls first by cleaning them to remove dust or grease. Clean areas of chipped or peeling paint. Slightly sand the walls to allow for better paint adhesion if walls were previously painted with semi-gloss or gloss finishes.
  • Metal – Wash all new metal surfaces in warm soapy water; allow to thoroughly dry. Moisten a paper towel or soft cloth with distilled white vinegar and wipe over surface; allow to dry. Brush on an application of FolkArt Milk Paint Bonding Primer & Sealer. Allow primer to thoroughly dry.
  • Concrete and Masonry – Apply a coat of white vinegar (to neutralize lime), allow to dry, rinse, and then allow to dry thoroughly. NOTE: FolkArt Milk Paint is not recommended for concrete areas subject to foot traffic such as a patio. FolkArt Milk Paint decorated concrete and masonry surfaces should be kept as indoor only decorative surfaces.
How should I prepare my surface for use with Martha Stewart Crafts ® Fine Crackle Effect?
Wood – Sand smooth with fine grit sandpaper, wipe away sawdust. Paper Mache – Wipe clean with damp cloth. Tin – Wash with soap and water. Wipe with white vinegar-dampened cloth and let dry. Optional: apply metal primer. Terra Cotta – Wipe clean. Seal pot interior with paint or two coats of Martha Stewart Crafts Sprayable Satin or Gloss Enamel Finish. Canvas – Wipe primed canvas clean. If unprimed, apply two coats of Martha Stewart Crafts Gesso Primer. Plaster – Wipe clean with damp cloth. Glass / Ceramics (for decorative purposes only) – Wash with soap and water. Wipe with rubbing alcohol-dampened cloth and let dry. Once prepared, neatly apply Martha Stewart Crafts Multi-Surface Acrylic Craft Paints in color and finish of choice and let dry. Do not use on surfaces that come in contact with food or beverages (such as the inside of a drinking glass).
How do I apply paper napkins to surfaces?
  1. Cut the design out of the Napkin and separate the layers.; you want to use only the top layer of the Napkin.

  2. Using the Glue Brush, apply a coat of Mod Podge® Gloss, Matte or Sparkle Finish to the surface area where the Napkin will be applied. Let dry slightly – until it’s slightly sticky – then place the Napkin on the surface and press it down gently with your fingertips. The Napkin should not become wet. (If it does, you applied too much Mod Podge; apply a lighter coat next time.) Let dry.

  3. To finish, apply a second coat of Mod Podge® and apply it beginning in the middle and gently brushing out to the edges.

  4. Alternately, you may apply Mod Podge® to the area and let it dry completely (to speed up drying, you may use a hairdryer set on low). Then place the Napkin onto the surface in the desired position. Cover the Napkin with a piece of parchment paper and iron (on the cotton setting) to adhere the Napkin to the surface. Allow the parchment paper to cool and then remove. The Mod Podge® will melt and adhere the image to the surface. The advantage of this technique is that you can move the image until you iron it down. Also, the Napkin will not tear or show bubbles, and it will be completely flat like the surface it is on. Again, finish with a coat of Mod Podge® on top.
How shall I prepare my surface for decoupaging?
Surface preparation will vary based on the surface you're using. Keep reading to learn how to prepare surfaces such as wood, paper mache, tin/metal, terra cotta, glass and ceramics, and fabrics for use with Martha Stewart Crafts Decoupage.
  • Wood: Sand smooth with fine grit sandpaper, wipe away sawdust, apply one or two coats of Martha Stewart Multi-Surface Paints allowing drying time between applications. Sand smooth if necessary.
  • Paper Mache: Wipe clean with damp cloth and apply basecoat. Allow to dry and reapply if necessary.
  • Tin/Metal: Wash with soap and water. Wipe with white vinegar dampened cloth and let dry. (Optional: apply metal primer) Apply basecoat; allow to dry and reapply if needed.
  • Terra Cotta: Wipe clean. Seal pot interior with two coats of Martha Stewart Crafts Sprayable Satin or Gloss Enamel Finish. Basecoat exterior with desired color; allow to dry and reapply.
  • Canvas: Wipe primed canvas clean. If unprimed, apply two coats of Martha Stewart Crafts Gesso Primer.
  • Glass/Ceramics: Wash with soap and water. Wipe with rubbing alcohol dampened cloth and let dry. Once prepared, neatly apply Martha Stewart Crafts Multi-Surface Acrylic Craft Paint in color and finish desired; let dry. Do not use on surfaces that come in contact with food or beverages.
  • Fabric: Prewash in soap and water according to fabric label. Dry thoroughly without fabric softener or using a dryer sheet. Iron if necessary (without starch).
How should I apply Mod Podge Sparkle to my project?
It is best to brush a coat of Mod Podge onto the project surface as well as evenly over the back of the paper to be decoupaged. Flip the paper over, place it onto the project surface joining glue to glue; and then press to smooth out any wrinkles or captured air pockets using a Mod Podge Brayer or Squeegee.

For a smooth application of paper to the project surface, use Mod Podge Matte or Gloss to adhere the paper. Although Mod Podge Sparkle can be used to adhere the paper, the added dimension of the glitter particles may interfere if using thin, lightweight paper. Allow to dry 15–20 minutes before applying a topcoat of Mod Podge Sparkle.

For a simple and quick finish, apply a smooth, moderate layer of Mod Podge Sparkle to the decoupaged surface.If additional glitter effects is desired, brush on additional coats allowing ample dry time between applications. If desired, a light spray of Mod Podge Acrylic Sealer can be applied as a final topcoat for additional protection.

NOTE: Mod Podge Acrylic Sealer will alter the sheen of Mod Podge Sparkle.

How should I apply Mod Podge Extreme Glitter to my project?
It is best to brush a coat of Mod Podge onto the project surface as well as evenly over the back of the paper to be decoupaged. Flip the paper over, place it onto the project surface joining glue to glue; and then press to smooth out any wrinkles or captured air pockets using a Mod Podge Brayer or Squeegee.

TIP: For a smooth application of paper to the project surface, use Mod Podge Matte or Gloss to adhere the paper. Although Mod Podge Extreme Glitter can be used to adhere the paper, the added dimension of the glitter particles may interfere if using thin, lightweight paper. Allow to dry 15–20 minutes before applying a topcoat of Mod Podge Extreme Glitter.

For a simple and quick finish, apply a smooth, moderate layer of Mod Podge Extreme Glitter to the decoupaged surface. If additional glitter effects are desired, brush on additional coats, allowing ample dry time between applications. If desired, a light spray of Mod Podge Acrylic Sealer can be applied as a final topcoat for additional protection. NOTE: Mod Podge Acrylic Sealer will alter the sheen of Mod Podge Extreme Glitter.

How do I prepare my surface for use with Martha Stewart Crafts ® Multi-Surface Chalkboard Acrylic Craft Paint.
Wood – Sand smooth with fine grit sandpaper, wipe off sawdust. Papier-Mâché – Wipe clean with damp cloth. Terra Cotta – Wipe clean; seal pot interior with paint or 2 coats of Martha Stewart Crafts Sprayable Satin or Gloss Enamel Finish. Canvas – Wipe primed canvas clean; if unprimed, apply 2 coats of gesso primer. Plaster – Wipe clean with damp cloth. Tin – Although not porous, proper preparation makes tin amenable to chalkboard paint. Wash with soap and water, then wipe with a white vinegar dampened cloth. Basecoat with Martha Stewart Crafts Paint. Chalkboard paint can be applied once the surface is dry.
My Mod Podge surface is still sticky after it dries. What do I do?
Hard Coat Mod Podge dries clear with a non-tacky surface. If using Gloss, Matte or Satin Mod Podge apply a clear acrylic sealer to the surface after it has cured 4 weeks.
How can I achieve a high shine finish on my decoupage project?
If you would like to achieve a high shine finish, complete your decoupage project in the traditional way, applying two top coats of decoupage finish to the completed design. Wait one week for the finish to cure, then spray the project with Mod Podge Acrylic Spray Gloss Sealer.
What tools or supplies should I have on hand when applying Martha Stewart Crafts ® Gilding?
When gilding a project, you will need Martha Stewart Crafts Gilding Adhesive, Martha Stewart Crafts Gilding Brushes, and Martha Stewart Crafts Gilding Gloves, and for an optional finish, the Martha Stewart Crafts Gloss Enamel Spray.
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