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For those of you who do things like decoupage, please share your "best practices" with regards to painting a topcoat over paper.

For context -- though I'm also interested in advice that's irrelevant to this particular project -- I've got a big piece of mat board and a stack of inkjet printouts. I glued the printouts down on the mat board, and then painted mod podge over the top to make the surface a bit more resilient.

I find that it makes the paper ripple. If I use it straight from the bottle, it's very thick and saturates the paper before I can spread it around. If I dilute it even just a little, it's wet enough so it saturates the paper. In either case, the wet paper ripples and ruffles and bubbles.

Do I just need to let it cure longer after I glue it down, so the mat board backing keeps it from bubbling when I put the top coat on?

I realize that an answer to this question might be "Use $PRODUCT instead," which I'm open to hearing, but I'd also like to understand how to use this easy-to-find, inexpensive product, because sometimes I just want to make do with what I have on hand instead of going out and hunting down The Perfect Product for my project.

Edited to add: How long do I have to wait before I can start cutting it? After a few hours, I still see some parts are shinier than others, suggesting they're not completely dry. My x-acto knife is itching...
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...for those of you who use fiber-reactive dyes that come in powdered form, how do you store small amounts of the powder? I've got three one-ounce bags of Dharma Trading's fiber reactive dye waiting for me to play with, but I don't want to open them until I figure out how I'm going to store them. What kind of containers do you like? What tools do you use to move the powder from one place to another?

I know the larger sizes come in jars, but I won't be getting those until I start running out of what I've got!
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Sometimes, color is just good for my soul. I can't knock the subtlety and power of a fine charcoal portrait -- not when I've been aspiring to that craft myself -- but sometimes there's a void that only color can fill.

Today I committed Low-Water Immersion Dyeing, ala Ann Johnston's Color By Accident. I didn't do much in the way of actually following her instructions, but I did burn through half the tie-dye cords I've had sitting around and used up all seven white t-shirts in the "do something with or get rid of these" pile. I know the color will dull once the fabric dries, but ... yum! So much color!

(photos pending, once they're washed and dried. They'll be less colorful, then, but it's better if no-one remembers how vivid they were when they first came out of the dyebath. Next time I'll be using higher-quality dyes, but this was good enough, for a project made up entirely of "stuff I happened to have on-hand.")

ETA: Posted photos

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