The magic of Mod Podge

Those of you who've been following along for a while will know that I have a bit of a thing for pretty backdrops for my photos. I have amassed quite a collection of pretty papers that I've adhered to mount board for ease of use - I got fed up fumbling with rolls of paper and blu tack...

Up until now I've mostly used wrapping paper which sticks very nicely using double sided sticky tape. But recently I bought some beautiful vintage wallpapers that refused to work with double sided tape. Cue disaster no.1! Impatient as ever, I squirted a whole load of PVA glue generously on the back of the paper and tried hard to smooth it onto the mount board. It refused to lie flat and wanted to ripple. So I got some nice big heavy boxes and laid them flat on the paper as it dried. NOT a good move! This creased the paper nicely and it didn't dry properly. Cue disaster no. 3 - how about giving it a bit of an iron? That gets rid of wrinkles, right? Not a good move! By now I have wrinkly, creased wallpaper on warped mount board. I was almost in tears!

So here's where the Mod Podge comes in. On the recommendation of the lovely Ada Bea that I bought the beautiful wallpaper from, I tried again, with more patience, some Mod Podge and a sponge applicator brush. Much better! This time, I evenly spread a very thin layer of Mod Podge to the mount board using the sponge applicator and set it aside. I did the same to the back of the wallpaper and then very carefully placed the paper on the board (it helps to have two people for this bit) and gently pressed out any air bubbles. I then used a rolling pin (!) to gently smooth out any remaining creases and air bubbles and then left to dry. It worked a dream!

Here's the beautifully mounted wallpaper from Vintage Sheet Addict:

70s vintage wallpaper

And here are a couple of shots I've taken using the mounted wallpaper as the backdrop. Much happier now :)

The golden girl