Mounting Fabric | Wet Mount Method

Instantly transform a variety of items by permanently covering them with fabric.  The fabric is fully saturated with an acrylic polymer with this technique so it thoroughly bonds with the surface creating a water-resistant barrier.  It can then be used as-is, painted, sealed and/or varnished.   

Supplies needed for the
Wet-Mount Process

  • Surface  This tutorial depicts a glass plate from a three tier stand.  
  • Fabric Iron and cut slightly larger than the surface to which it will be applied.  Additional layers can be added to create a pieced look before finishing with the overall layer that covers the entire surface.
  • RB Clearly Elegant Stenciling Gel
  • Large stencil brush
  • Sharp Craft Knife 


Fig. 1

Make sure the surface is clean and dry.  Thin 1 ounce of RB Clearly Elegant Stenciling Gel with water so that is about the consistency of white school glue.  Use the large stencil brush to generously coat the surface with gel [Fig. 1].  Because the layers are clear glass I have mounted the fabric on the underside.  This allows the stand to remain food-safe. Make sure the coverage is complete and extends to all edges.  Lay the fabric over the wet gel. The gel will soak into the fabric.  Begin in the center and smooth the fabric toward the edges [Fig. 2].  

Using the same stencil brush swirl additional thinned gel over the fabric so that all areas are permeated with gel [Fig. 3]. For this project I layered a second coordinating fabric for a pieced quilt look [Figs. 4-5].    

Fig. 3
Fig. 2

Place the surface face-down on wax paper or suspend so the excess dangles (preferred). When dry, move the surface to your cutting mat and, with the surface held firmly against the mat and angled as needed so as not to pull against the fabric, trace the knife along the edge of the surface so that the fabric is trimmed flush with the edge. Or draw a craft knife down along the edge so that it acts as a scissor. I first removed the excess using the knife and cutting mat then finely trimmed the edge using the craft knife against the glass.

Fig. 4
Fig. 5

Suggested uses for the wet-mount method

  • The wet-mount method lends itself to projects that will will be used or might get wet since the fabric is sealed with the gel and can be further protected with the addition of varnish.  Using an indoor/outdoor varnish will allow you to use your fabric-covered creations outside.  
  • RB Clearly Elegant Stenciling Gel works as an adhesive and bonds with acrylic paint making your wet-mounted fabric suitable for painted accents and collage work.
  • Repurpose tins to make a coordinating set. RB Clearly Elegant Stenciling Gel bonds with most surfaces.  I have used it on glass, wood, paper, metal, tile and plastic.
  • Create a mosaic by mounting small pieces of fabric to create a larger image.
  • Cover cans or jars for decorative storage vessels.
  • Give a piece of worn furniture a facelift by adhering fabric to the flat or slightly curved surfaces such as tabletops, benches and drawer fronts.
  • Fabric wet-mounted on the front of a surface can be painted when dry allowing you to use any fabric as a background for a more detailed focal painting.