Hi Friends, Serena here from @Serenabeecreative with a liquid adhesives 101. I am going to be talking about MONO Multi XL Liquid Glue vs. MONO Aqua Liquid Glue!
Whether you are new to Tombow adhesives or you’re an adhesive wiz, this liquid adhesives 101 post will break down the do’s and don’ts when using the MONO Multi XL Liquid Glue and the MONO Aqua Liquid Glue.
They are both FANTASTIC adhesives with their own unique characteristics. When you know how to use them for their intended purposes, the results will mean long lasting projects. Trust me, you will love them! Let’s start by looking at the Tombow MONO Aqua Liquid Glue.
MONO AQUA LIQUID GLUE
I see many crafters using this amazing glue in the wrong way. DO NOT use the MONO Aqua Liquid Glue to adhere paper to paper. This adhesive dries hard, meaning your thin papers will dry hard and will buckle. AKA your papers will warp and the finished result won’t look too pretty. If that is the effect you are looking to achieve, then go for it.
You CAN use it for paper when you are adhering your paper to HARD surfaces, such as wood, chipboard and metal surfaces. See examples below!
MONO Aqua Liquid Glue Characteristics:
- Dries hard
- Strong hold
- Permanent bond
- Goes on clear
- Dries matte
- Acid Free
- Photo safe
The MONO Aqua Liquid Glue Is perfect for:
- Fabric, lace, ribbons, twine
- Wood, metal
- Paper to wood, chipboard, metal (hard surfaces)
- Top coat and sealer for projects
- Adding gems, enamel dots, sequins to paper
PRO Tips for using the MONO Aqua Liquid Glue:
DON’T glue hard items to hard surfaces. It will break off. For instance, don’t use the MONO Aqua Liquid Glue to adhere a metal embellishment piece or gems to a wood surface. Use the MONO Multi XL Liquid Glue instead.
MONO Aqua is also great for using on the ends of fabric, ribbon or twine to stop it from fraying.
It dries matte, so you can use it with glitter to create a top coat on a project.
Another great thing about the MONO Aqua Liquid Glue is it’s water based and washable. This means, it’s easy to clean up if you get too much on a project. Just use a damp cloth or baby wipe and gently wipe away without damaging your surface!
Below are two projects I made using the MONO Aqua Liquid Glue. The first is an altered wooden letter.
This next project is an altered vinyl record. I adhered all my paper elements using the MONO Aqua Liquid Glue.
Now, let’s take a look at the Tombow MONO Multi XL Liquid Glue!
MONO MULTI XL LIQUID GLUE
This adhesive is a favorite among many crafters and card makers. So much so that Tombow released a larger size of it a few years back: MONO Multi XL Liquid Glue.
MONO Multi XL Liquid Glue Characteristics:
- Dries tacky and flexible
- Strong hold, a little goes a long way!
- Permanent bond
- Two ways of bonding: permanent when wet, removable when dry
- Goes on white
- Dries clear
- Acid free
- Photo safe
The MONO Multi XL Liquid Glue Is perfect for:
- PAPER! All your paper gluing needs
- Intricate paper pieces
- Gems, enamel dots
- Glue hard to hard surfaces
- Image transfer
- Gold leaf/foiling
- Fabric and ribbons
- Gluing heavy embellishments to paper
PRO Tips for using the MONO Multi XL Liquid Glue:
One major tip I can give you that will change the game when using this adhesive is this: DO NOT go directly straight with the adhesive onto your project. Squeeze the bottle first to release some glue and THEN apply it to your paper/projects!
A little goes a long way, trust me. Adding too much MONO Multi XL Liquid Glue may complicate things. Remember the MONO Multi XL Liquid Glue dries tacky!
Here’s another pro tip: If you find you have some dried up glue on your project, use the Tombow MONO Zero Rectangular Eraser and gently erase the left over sticky glue right off your project!
Here’s a pin-able visual cheat sheet!
I hope you enjoyed my liquid adhesives 101! Comment below your tips and tricks for using the MONO Aqua Liquid Glue and MONO Multi XL Liquid Glue! Tag me on Instagram @serenabeecreative!
For another look at why I love the MONO Aqua Liquid Glue check out this post here.