Kiala here, sharing with you one of my favorite products for making handmade art journals.
I know it's crazy to think that glue is something to make a fuss over, but as a bookbinder, book artist, and art journaler, I've gotten to know glue pretty darn well. After all, it's on almost every piece of clothing I own.
So here's the low down on glue (or what is called wet adhesive).
Yes! That means you'll likely need to have more than one kind of glue in your art arsenal.
Here's my two cents on which glue is the best glue for book art projects and handmade journals:
- Adheres to almost ANY and EVERY THING
- Won't brittle over time
- Dries quickly (but if you wet it quickly, it will reactivate and you can move things around)
- Dries clear
- Dries flat
HONESTY MOMENT: When I started using PVA, I didn't see the difference between it and any other glue, but as I started to make more and more books, I realized that there was something different about the process when I wasn't using PVA. The papers would sometimes dry and peel away from the substrate. Or the smell of the adhesive was too much too bear over and over for multiple book projects. Or, air bubbles would form, dry patches would appear, and the overall gluing experience would become un-pleasurable.
Then I started reading the labels to see what was toxic and what was safe for me to handle without gloves for a significant part of my week. I especially like the Lineco brand because it's solvent free.
The bottom line is that you'll find the glue you love and stick with it (LOL pun totally not intended, but I'm leaving it because it's just too clever -- right?). But if you haven't tried PVA, I highly recommend grabbing a bottle to use with your bookbinding projects. Especially if you're using Davey board for hard cover books.
I'll do a review on Davey board soon.
A couple of other tips about using PVA:
- Remember to put the lid on and close it when not in use. It's dries quickly -- even in the bottle.
- Only buy it in large sizes if you are using it to teach classes or you bind books often. Some PVA brands can mold if moisture gets in.
HINT: You can use PVA for collage and other gluing projects, so if you use lots of glue for other things, consider buying large.
- Use glue brushes if you can or disposable brushes -- it just makes the process so much easier if you have the right tool or a tool that doesn't feel precious. Glue can be a menace to your brushes.
- Work quickly when using it. Don't stop to check your voicemail or have a conversation with someone while gluing.
So, which wet adhesive is your go-to for gluing?