Yes Paste vs. Mod Podge – any difference?

Though named “Paste”, Yes Paste is not typically used on wallpaper (See my analysis on wallpaper paste vs modge podge). It is a versatile adhesive primarily used for crafts, bookbinding, and other paper-based projects. For a simpler finish, you can use Mod Podge. If you prefer a more professional-looking finish, you might consider purchasing Liquitex matte medium, which offers various finishes and a less shiny appearance.

Yes Paste vs. Mod Podge

Yes Paste vs. Mod Podge: What’s The Difference?


Yes Paste: Somewhat sweet

Mod Podge: Epoxy odor

🆚Physical Form

Yes Paste: White paste

Mod Podge: Liquid, clear to pale yellow

🛠️Common Uses

Yes Paste is an excellent choice for gluing wallpaper in a dollhouse; an archival glue that is acid-free and pH neutral, making it ideal for preserving artwork.

Mod Podge is perfect for sealing and adding a shiny finish to your handmade earrings, necklaces, and bracelets made from polymer clay; sealing diamond art projects: doesn’t dull the diamonds and actually enhances their sparkle; seals and protects your creations while providing a glossy finish.

Technical Info

Yes PasteMod Podge
Total Score★★★★★★★★
DescriptionNon-hazardous adhesive pasteEpoxy resin for mold making and casting
Flash Point>212°F>500°F
ViscosityNot provided11,000-14,000 cps
Solubility in WaterDispersibleInsoluble
ToxicityNot considered hazardousSkin and eye irritant, skin sensitizer
FlammabilityNot flammable when driedCombustible, not classified as flammable
Clean UpWater and soapInert absorbent material
DisposalNon-hazardous wasteNot RCRA hazardous waste

My Hands-on Test of Yes Paste

yes paste product
Yes Paste may not be edible like that nostalgic, minty kindergarten paste we loved, but it is the perfect glue for discriminating paper crafters. Whether you’re an art journaler, scrapbooker, bookbinder, or miniatures enthusiast, this adhesive will quickly become an irreplaceable part of your craft studio!

✅Ideal for Paper Crafting

The paste comes in a simple jar with just a lid – no extra cardboard or plastic seal underneath. When you first open a new jar, you’ll notice it has a thick, condensed milk-like consistency that’s much too thick to use in a precision tip bottle or glue stick container. But that’s exactly what makes it so ideal for paper crafting!

holding yes paste on table

I first discovered Yes Paste years ago when searching for the perfect glue for bookbinding. This paste dries completely clear, allowing your art and paper designs to truly shine. Whether you’re working on an intricate scrapbook layout using Strathmore Photo Mount cardstock or creating a handmade journal with Canson Mixed Media sheets, Yes Paste provides a strong, permanent bond that won’t wrinkle or buckle your materials.

And unlike watered-down white glues that can cause wrinkling, Yes Paste won’t damage photo prints like my yearly Shutterfly photo books.

Nori Paste vs. Yes Paste

Nori Paste Vs. Yes Paste: Bookbinding, Collaging, Kanzashi Flowers on Foam boards

Flatten Paper With No Bubbling

One of the great features of YES Paste is its ability to stick well and flatten paper with no bubbling. I used it for bookbinding, and it worked like a charm. The application was easy, and the adhesive was very strong. I appreciated how it allowed me to work out any air pockets and clean up easily.

paint-making with Yes Paste

paint-making with Yes Paste

It’s great for mounting die cuts and embellishments. I apply a thin layer to the back using a small Winsor & Newton brush, position them carefully, then wipe away any excess with a damp cloth. The forgiving formula gives plenty of open time to adjust placement before setting. For tiny pieces, I use the tip of my Xacto tweezers to position.

I’ve extensively used Yes Paste in miniatures like dollhouses, seamlessly glueing wallpapers. If needed, you can thin it to a syrup-like consistency with just a few drops of hot water for easier brushing. Book binders love its archival quality for mounting book plates and prints.

Wallpaper Paste vs Mod Podge

[Zinsser Suregrip] Wallpaper Paste vs Mod Podge: Peel-And-Stick, Paper Wallpaper, Dry Clear, Easy to Remove

While not intended for materials like leather, wood or tile, Yes Paste excels for paper crafting. I use it to mount my Chinese brush paintings on xuan paper. It adheres large Authentique pom poms beautifully to chipboard elements. And I’ve never had issues with it damaging photos.

The thick, versatile consistency makes it a dream to work with compared to soaking wet glues that can wrinkle paper. I always have a fresh jar ready for anything from simple layering to intricate collages. Once you experience working with Yes Paste, you’ll never go back!

❌Vary Slightly With Humidity Levels

The only downside is its performance can vary slightly with humidity levels – in dry climates like Colorado it can dry out and crack near creased areas, while humid places can cause it to remain a bit sticky.

Yes Paste

💬 FAQ of Yes Paste

Q: What is the recommended method of application?

A: Typically, Yes Paste is applied using a palette knife, a QTip, or even by finger application.

Q: Can it be used as a top coat sealer for collages? I usually use Mod Podge or matte medium for this purpose.

A: I would advise against using Yes Paste as a top coat sealer for your collage because it tends to have a lengthy drying time. For a simpler finish, you can use Mod Podge. If you prefer a more professional-looking finish, you might consider purchasing Liquitex matte medium, which offers various finishes and a less shiny appearance.

Q: Does it dry with a matte finish?

A: I’m unsure about the finish it provides since I primarily use it for gluing paper, card stock, and occasionally fabric. Once it dries, the finish becomes indistinguishable to me.

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    • This particular adhesive is not recommended for that purpose since it lacks the necessary strength. It is more suitable for crafting and artistic endeavors. The adhesive may break down with water. I would suggest trying E6000 for your repair needs. However, Yes Paste is versatile and works well for various other applications!

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My Hands-on Test of Mod Podge (Super Gloss)

Mod Podge Dishwasher Safe Waterbased Sealer, Glue and Finish (8-Ounce), CS15059 Gloss, 8 Ounce
When it comes to sealing diamond paintings, Mod Podge is my go-to choice. I’ve tried several different sealers and glues, but this one stands out as the best. It goes on smoothly without clumping when it dries, and it cures within 12-16 hours.


The result is a nice, shiny gloss on your project while keeping the canvas underneath flexible and easy to move for framing or mounting. I found using it with the MP palm bristle brush worked great. It truly gives your project a polished look, and I consider it a must-have. I’ve also used it for other crafts like wood and ceramics, and it performs exceptionally well.

sealing with Mod Podge super gloss
sealing with Mod Podge super gloss

Glossy Finish on Earings

I made earrings and needed a way to give them a shiny, glossy finish. I use it on polymer clay, and I must say, the results are fantastic. The Mod Podge works just like UV resin, drying clear and leaving a professional look. It’s easy to apply with a Mod Podge brush, and the 8 oz bottle covers several projects. What’s great is that it lasts a long time too.

Unlike other sealers I’ve used before, this one goes a long way, and I can already tell that I’ll get many more projects out of it. The best part is that my earrings still maintain their shine after it dries. I highly recommend Mod Podge to anyone who does diamond painting or any other craft projects.

Acrylic Paintings

I love using Mod Podge to glaze my acrylic paintings. I’ve experimented with various options, including DecoArt Triple Thick Gloss Glaze and Mod Podge Waterbase Sealer, Glue & Decoupage Finish, Gloss, but I find that Mod Podge Super Thick Gloss achieves a more transparent, liquid-like finish after it fully cures. It self-levels beautifully, and if there are any imperfections, a thin second coat easily fixes them. It sets in just a few hours, but it takes a few days to fully cure at room temperature and low humidity. The only downside is that it’s difficult to get the last bit out of the plastic jar, so I wish it came in a squeeze bottle.

Easy to Apply

I tried Mod Podge on my card-making projects, and it worked wonders. It was easy to apply, and once it dried, it looked fantastic. The glossy finish added a professional touch to my cards, and I received compliments on how well they turned out. I also used it to seal my paintings, and it provided the same excellent results. The best part is that a little goes a long way, making it a great value for the price.


However, I did have a few issues with the product. One bottle I received had a lifted seal and some glue had leaked, but I don’t blame the seller for thatas it could have been a shipping mishap. Additionally, the consistency of the Mod Podge can be a bit thick, so I sometimes dilute it with a small amount of water to make it easier to work with and achieve a smoother application. Despite these minor inconveniences, I still highly recommend Mod Podge for its excellent sealing and glossy finish properties.

Mod Podge Dishwasher Safe Waterbased Sealer, Glue and Finish (8-Ounce), CS15059 Gloss, 8 Ounce

💬 FAQ of Mod Podge

Q: If I apply Mod Podge over glitter, will the glitter still sparkle?

A: When you apply this super thick Mod Podge, it may initially appear “milky,” but once it dries, it becomes clear, and the glitter will still maintain its sparkle.

Q: Is Mod Podge safe to use on food dishes?

A: No, it is not recommended for use on food dishes. While it’s non-toxic, it’s not considered food safe. However, you can still use it on glasses, keeping it about 3/4″ away from the top of the glass.

Q: Can I use Mod Podge on plant materials like leaves? If not, do you have any other suggestions?

A: Although I personally haven’t applied Mod Podge to leaves, I have seen Mona from Craft Klatch use it, along with regular Mod Podge, on plant materials. According to her demonstration, it did not cause the leaves to turn brown.

Q: Can I accelerate the curing process by baking Mod Podge?

A: Baking is not recommended, as Mod Podge is similar to glue. Once it has dried for about a day, it should be ready to use. Unlike paint used on glass, ceramic, or tile, it doesn’t require curing.

Q: I want to use Mod Podge to line my kitchen drawers with scrapbook paper. Is it suitable for this purpose?

A: If you plan on placing dishes on top of the lined drawers, I would suggest using the DISHWASHER SAFE formula. This way, you can wipe down the shelves, and if a little water drips on the paper, it won’t cause any issues because it’s water-safe.

Q: Can I use Mod Podge on costume jewelry to prevent tarnishing?

A: Since Mod Podge is water-based, applying it to metal can cause the metal to tarnish.

Q: I’d like to use Mod Podge to seal tissue paper on a coffee table, ensuring it won’t scratch when I place objects on top. Is this the right sealant to use?

A: For your coffee table, I recommend using Hard Coat Mod Podge. After allowing it to cure for 4 weeks, you can further protect it by applying a sealer of your choice.

Q: I painted a silicone pop-it ball. Will Mod Podge work on it?

A: Since silicone repels water and Mod Podge is water-based, it won’t provide a strong bond or finish on a silicone surface. It’s best to use a specialized silicone sealant or paint designed specifically for silicone materials. Those products will adhere better and provide a more durable finish.