Well, I didn't have any Elmer's glue available and I didn't feel like making a special trip to the store.
Here is what I did have: Mod podge.
Now it says on the front that it is water-based, so I just crossed my fingers and figured it would work. And it did work! The glue was so much better than pins at holding the pieces together, and made the 40+ pieces in this block come together quite quickly.
However, as I am sure you have guessed, it does not actually wash out. And when it dries it is as solid as a rock. So now my block is stiff as a board and has some glue exposed in a few spots where I was a bit sloppy.
|Those shadows are glue stains|
I went through a couple of stages on this (suspiciously like the stages of grief...)
Denial: I wet the entire thing twice because I figured "maybe I didn't get it wet enough the first time."
Anger: What the hell mod podge??? Also I am pretty mad at myself because I should have known better. Or at least done a little more research on whether it would wash out. Or been less lazy and just picked up some Elmer's glue at Walgreens.
|See the glue stains on the light green leaf?|
Bargaining: I debated for a while just including the darn thing, or thinking of other ways to salvage it. I think it's beyond repair though, it's seriously really stiff.
Depression: Yes, I am really bummed. As I mentioned, this block has 40+ pieces in it so it's not like I can whip out a replacement overnight. I'm also bummed because I loved using the glue so much! It was such a great technique!
Acceptance: I am not quite here yet. The plus sides of this are: 1) I used the wrong greens in the leaves so the block didn't look that great anyways, 2) I've been thinking of dumping a vegetable and switching in lettuce, so maybe cauliflower is the one to go.
So, we all make mistakes. This could have been averted with a little more time up front on a test block or just doing a simple google search, but let's be real. I hate practicing on test blocks and I won't change my ways from this. So maybe the acceptance part is accepting that I am not perfect and I will definitely make mistakes like this in the future and that's okay.
In other news, I'm taking a little break from this project and tackling a few other UFO's for a few days, potentially even my evil, EVIL jacket project.