Nori Paste Vs. Yes Paste: What’s the Difference?

Nori Paste is like a thinner and more spreadable version of Yes Paste; Yes Paste is better for materials other than paper, such as wood or glass. It is not recommended for use in leather projects.

Nori Paste vs. Yes Paste

Nori Paste Vs. Yes Paste: Specs & Uses

🪙 Price

Nori Paste: $26.45

Yes Paste: $26.90

🆚Best Materials

Nori Paste: Wood, glass, paper, plastic, metal

Yes Paste: Wood, glass, leather, paper, metal

🛠️Common Uses

Nori Paste is perfect for collating; creating a permanent bond between pages during bookbinding; excellent choice for creating Kanzashi flowers due to its slow-drying and repositioning properties; and perfect for rice paper crafts like Noguchi lamp repair or creating paper lanterns.

Yes Paste is an excellent choice for gluing wallpaper in a dollhouse; gluing small pieces of paper together, such as die cuts; Scrapbooking.

Technical Info

Nori PasteYes Paste
Total Score★★★★★★★★★
Size20 oz jar1 pint jar
Prime EligibleYesYes
MaterialPaper, woodPaste
Consistency Thin and SmoothUltra Thick
ColorNot specifiedOriginal version
Special FeaturesStrong adhesiveSlow-setting, repositionable, non-toxic
Item Weight1.43 lbs1 lb

My Hands-on Test of Nori Paste

Nori Paste Product
Nori Paste has made my artistic process so much easier. The consistency is perfect for spreading, and it doesn’t cause any wrinkles or creases on the paper. When it dries, it becomes flat and smooth, allowing me to layer my artwork with precision.

✅Ideal for Delicate Papers

First and foremost, Nori Paste is ideal for delicate papers like washi and other lightweight materials. Its unique formulation dries to a clear, flexible finish that won’t warp or wrinkle your projects.

I’ve used it to collage fabric onto paper without any wrinkling issues. It’s also perfect for bookbinding, paper bead making, and even Kanzashi making – the traditional Japanese art of folding delicate fabric flowers. The slow-drying nature of Nori Paste makes it easy to reposition elements before it sets.

Nori Paste DIY project

While Nori Paste excels with porous materials like paper and fabric, it’s not recommended for non-porous surfaces like plastic, vellum, or glass. I tried adhering frosted mylar to a window using this paste, and while it clung temporarily, it never fully dried or created a permanent bond. It’s also not suitable for refilling glue sticks, as it has a thick, paste-like consistency.

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For those working with more rigid materials, like adhering playing cards to a glass MASTERPIECES Sequence game board, I’d suggest exploring other options. Nori Paste may bubble or warp in such applications.

Now, let’s talk application. While the paste doesn’t come with a spreader, I highly recommend investing in a set of plastic spreaders from brands like STUDIOR or ARTZFO. They make it a breeze to evenly distribute the paste. And if you need a thinner consistency for techniques like resist dyeing, spraying, or working with rice paper, you can dilute it with water to your desired viscosity.

Nori Paste

Compared to similar products like Yes Paste or Coccocina, Nori Paste stands out for its performance with delicate papers and fabrics. It’s my go-to choice when working with washi, lightweight materials, or any project that requires a gentle touch.

However, for adhering paper to leather or repairing delicate materials like the rice paper on a NOGUCHI lamp, Nori Paste can be an excellent choice, as long as you work carefully and don’t overly flex the material.

❌One Thing to Keep in Mind

One thing to keep in mind is that while Nori Paste is water-soluble and reversible, it may not be the best option for projects that will frequently get wet, like Noren resist dyeing or Katazome, as it could potentially wash out or loosen over time.

💬 FAQ of Nori Paste

Q: I want to glue playing cards onto glass to make a Sequence board. Will this glue cause bubbles or can it sufficiently hold the cards to the glass?

A: This glue should be able to hold the playing cards to the glass without causing any bubbles, especially if you scuff up the glass or use a matte pane. However, because it is water-soluble, it is recommended to use a few layers of spray varnish on top for protection against moisture.

Q: Can Nori Paste be thinned with water to use in a spray bottle? If so, how much water should be added?

A: Unfortunately, it’s unlikely that this paste can be thinned with water as it is already very thick and may not spray well.

Q: Can I use Nori Paste to adhere paper to leather?

A: Yes, you can use Nori Paste to adhere paper to leather, but keep in mind that if the leather flexes, the paste may eventually fail. However, if the surface is rigid, like a leather book cover, it should work just fine.

Q: Can Nori Paste be used as a glue resist in dyeing?

A: Yes, Nori Paste can be used as a resist for dyeing, but Nori Paste is not a glue. It is a water-soluble starch paste that may be suitable for resist dyeing depending on the desired consistency. However, it is essential to research how to resist pastes that are blended and used, especially in fabric art using dyes, as the paste must be water-soluble and washed out once the dye is set.

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  • Hi Ronald, Enjoyed your article on Nori Paste vs Yes Paste. Extremely insightful! I’m a paper flower artist. German and Italian crepe papers are my main mediums. I’ve been using Mod Podge to “laminate” my crepe paper together to make a heavier paper. It works but it has a tendency to stretch my paper out and cause it to lose…Read More

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Review of Yes Paste

yes paste product
Whether you’re adhering papers for collages, glueing fabric for embellishments, or working on mixed media projects, Yes Paste delivers a reliable, archival bond. It’s an affordable, versatile glue that any crafter working with paper should have in their toolbox. Forget the nostalgic lure of eating minty kindergarten paste – with Yes Paste, you get a classic adhesive that truly sticks!

✅Low Odor and Non-Toxic

Right off the bat, I love that Yes Paste is low odor and non-toxic. Unlike rubber cement or some other heavy-duty adhesives, there are no harsh fumes – just a smooth, creamy consistency that goes on easily with a brush. It adheres papers, photos, fabric and more to surfaces like cardboard, wood, or glass without wrinkling or damaging the materials.

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For decoupage and collage work, Yes Paste can’t be beat. I’ve used it to mount watercolor paintings into my CANSON Mixed Media art journals, glueing lithographic prints onto a Little Colorado toy trunk, and even attaching fabric swatches for mixed media canvases. It provides plenty of work time, and once dry, the bond is permanent and archival-safe.

holding yes paste on table

I was able to revive an old jar of this paste by adding a little water but ultimately decided to try a new jar. It was worth the investment for use on small or thin bits of paper. For gluing larger, stiffer things like cardstock or cardboard that can withstand application with a credit card, I used the old jar.

Cleanup is a breeze too. Yes Paste is water-soluble, so any excess just wipes off my fingers with a damp ZWIPES cloth. I’ve even reactivated dried paste on projects by misting it with water to reposition pieces.

The dried paste remains slightly flexible, which is perfect for bookbinding projects like glueing pages to make pockets and tags that need to flex.

paint making with Yes Paste

While not recommended for things like repairing vintage plush toys or jewelry findings, Yes Paste works amazingly for paper crafts of all kinds. I’ve used it to adhere photos into PIONEERS scrapbooks with no wrinkles or damage.

For cardmaking, you can mix in color or glitter and spread it through stencils for decorative effects that dry completely clear.

One little trick – be sure to seal the jar properly after each use by wrapping a strip of tape around the lid and jar rim. This prevents any air exposure that could cause drying, discoloration or the paste turning an unsightly yellow or brown color.

With that precaution, a jar of Yes Paste enjoys incredible shelf life without cracking or becoming brittle. I’ve had jars last for years when stored this way.

Yes Paste

❌The Only Downside

The only downside is that the jars can be extremely tough to open sometimes! The lids unscrew but really have to be pried off initially. I recommend putting a piece of plastic wrap over the top once opened to help seal it back up.

💬 FAQ of Yes Paste

Q: Is Yes Paste suitable for gluing wallpaper in a dollhouse?

A: Yes, Yes Paste is an excellent choice for dollhouse wallpaper. It is a versatile adhesive that has been used for miniatures building and teaching for over 35 years. If the paste is too stiff, it can be diluted with hot water in very tiny increments until it reaches the consistency of thick syrup. Bookbinders also use this glue.

Q: Can Yes Paste be used in a precision tip bottle?

A: While brush application with a stiff-bristled paintbrush is the recommended method for Yes Paste, it may be worth experimenting with using it in a precision tip bottle. However, the paste should not be diluted too much, as it may affect its performance.

Q: I am experiencing cracking when I fold two paper pieces together using Yes Paste. Is there a reason for this?

A: Yes, the performance of Yes Paste is affected by humidity. In drier climates, such as Colorado, the glue can dry out and crack if applied near a joint. It is best to avoid using it in joint locations or areas where it may dry out.

Q: Can Yes Paste be used to refill empty glue stick containers for fabric basting?

A: No, Yes Paste is not suitable for fabric basting. It is designed to glue paper to a porous surface, and it does not wash or scrape off easily. For fabric basting, it is recommended to use a glue stick and pins to install zippers.

Q: Does Yes Paste have a mint smell or taste like the paste used in kindergarten?

A: While Yes Paste has a similar consistency to kindergarten paste, it does not have a mint smell. It is important to wipe up excess paste, as it can stay sticky and never dry. Any excess paste can be cleaned up with a barely moist rag.

Q: Can Yes Paste be used to adhere large fabric pom poms to wood?

A: No, Yes Paste is not suitable for gluing fabric to wood. If you have read my analysis on e6000 vs super glue, you will know that a glue-like E6000, specifically designed for fabric and wood, would be a better choice.