August 10, 2011
The humble glue stick. It sure gets a hard rap, in these times of other fancy dancy glues, adhesives and other weird and wonderful emulsions.
Yes, I am talking about the lowly glue stick that is cheap, attainable and used in schools all over the universe.
Did you know that a glue stick can do some of the same things modelling paste or mod podge can do and for a fraction of the cost?
How? Glad you asked lol
Start by taking a piece of pattern paper, I used October Afternoon’s “Return Voyage” that is in the August “Siren’s Call” kit, and a stencil.
I didn’t have the Crafter’s Workshop stencil/mask “Zinnia”, that is available in the Cocoa Daisy store, but I did have a mini Peony stencil that looks a little similar
Placing the stencil into position, on my page,
I then ran my glue stick over the area I wanted to cover.
I ran my glue stick around the stencil, in circles, to give a great overall cover.
I then carefully lifted off the stencil, note that I didn’t use all the stencil area just part of it,
and repeated the process on other areas of my page.
I then left it to dry overnight. It really doesn’t take that long though
There are a couple of things I really love about using a glue stick to do this job.
1. that it is relatively mess free, only having to wash up the stencil
2. you don’t need to use anything else, like brushes etc
3. that you can get cool effects by applying your glue in one direction which will then allow the glue to be a little thicker on one side and give more dimension to the shape/area.
For my page I added some machine stitched circles, to emphasis the stenciled areas.
and hey presto, my glue stick has job satisfaction once again
You could add paint or mist to the stencilled areas or even a little doodling would look rather glam.
Would love to see what you create using this technique, so why not post here a link of your work once you’ve given it a go?
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