Using the Glue-Resist Technique With Stain

This is such a fabulous technique with so many possibilities! Anyone who works with wood and glue has done this - albeit by accident - and I've decided to use this to my advantage! Use glue (wood glue, regular white glue, or Mod Podge) on bare wood with a stencil to create a design, then stain over it... Fabulous!!

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3 questions
  • Alice Shockley
    on Apr 2, 2016

    Do you take the glue off later somehow? This is lovely!

    • Bar4439569
      on Apr 12, 2016

      I think the glue prevents the stain from getting on the stenciled design. You might be able to remove the glue after as it is water soluble.

  • Gloria Storey
    on May 6, 2017

    Will this work with paint also, and how do you get the glue off afterwards?
    • Elena Shideler
      on Aug 9, 2017

      I traced my design and then painted it inside with Elmer's glue. Once dry I stained the piece, even over the glue. Once the piece was dry I applied some wax over the whole thing.
      Once that was done I simply used an exacto knife and peeled off the glue, which came out easy and it did not crumble. Perfect job!
  • Michelle Morgan
    on Mar 9, 2019

    What kibd of glue did you use? And was the was only to bring out the natural grainbin the wood?

    • Laurie
      on Jan 10, 2020

      The glue prevents the darker stain from penetrating the wood so the stenciled design stays natural and stands out against the stained wood.

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  • Linda Premo
    on Nov 15, 2019

    This looks great. Good to know about this DIY. Thank You for sharing❣️

  • Tish
    on Jan 31, 2020

    Now I just have to make up my mind... stencil? Freehand design? Mod Podge? Elmer’s? Excuse me. I’m gonna be a while. 😂 (Thanks for the great tip! I was going to just paint away with the stains and THIS is soooooo much easier!!! 🥰)

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