Last night I got a chance to apply a layer of glossy Modge Podge on the actual lake.
After applying some to the leftovers in the cup the other night I found that the Modge Podge went down and actually dried over the Quick Water and sealed it! On the left side you can see the dried Modge Podge, on the right you can see where I touched the fresh Quick Water with my fingertip.
When I applied this sample I used a round brush and stippled it on with the hopes of creating a surface with a slight chop on the water. I didn't want any waves or white caps.
Treading into uncharted waters even further this time, I think things came out acceptable? While I lost the mirror like finish of the lake for those cool reflection shots, I should now be able to keep it much cleaner easier and not get a bunch of fingerprints from people wanting to touch the water! I also won't have to worry about seeing bugs, flies or other dirt stuck to the lake surface.
It also kind of helped to disguise the lake bottom, the dead fall and the rocks since I didn't get the pour murky enough. The one thing I'm not real happy about is the the lake now almost looks blue rather than having a greener color like before. Not sure if the Modge Podge added to this effect or that it just brought out the reflection differently? Either way I think I can live with it. If anything I can always apply another coat of Modge Podge and this time tint it with some green paint.
I may have to get some kind of varnish to seal the Modge Podge as I seem to recall that it can be reactivated if it ever got wet? So I don't know how it will react with the humidity. Also the way I fixed the creeping water was to apply some Matte Medium where ever the rocks and deadfall looked wet. Anyway, here are a couple of final shots before I conclude this mini series on the lake.
Before the Modge Podge
As always, thanks for your comments and also for following along with me...
Just a quick note: This is my 100th post! Hooray
I like version two better it looks more natural to my eye. Well done.
Hey Rod, It's what I kind of planned to do all along. I like the look of the smooth surface, but like you said, this looks more natural. Just hadn't planned to do it to cover up a sticky surface, lol.Delete
Next time I gonna try Magic Water and then use the Glossy Modge Podge or Gloss Medium.
That's an interesting surface effect you've achieved, Allen. I liked the glossy/reflective look, but I think this will be a lot easier to maintain. And congrats on the 100th post.ReplyDelete
It turned out pretty much like I wanted, nothing more than a slight chop on the water! I agree, the reflective quality is cool, but a pain to keep clean.Delete
I love what you did here. And I think the surface effect is great. The whole Layout is just fantastic. i want to go home and scenic something right now ! Very inspiring !thanksReplyDelete
Thank you for the kind props!Delete
I'm glad I was able to get your creative juices flowing!
That looks great. I have some water I pored a while ago that I am going to try the modge podge on. Thanks for the idea!ReplyDelete
I've never used the glossy Modge podge before, it was a bit cheaper than Gloss Medium, which I've used before. I had a river that I used it on and whenever it got dry looking, I'd wipe it off and apply another coat. Worked great!