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Have you considered what work surface you need for all your favorite crafting activities? Is a self healing mat better than a glass mat? Is a silicone mat better than newspaper covering the work surface? There are many work surfaces out on the market available for creatives. Which one is right for your favorite technique? Continue reading to get more information about each mat type.

Glass Work Surfaces

Glass work surfaces are ideal for crafters that enjoy working with wet mediums such as watercolor, acrylic, ink, and even oil paints. The surface cleans easily with a spritz or water. It can also be carefully scraped with a razor. Low heat can be used on the glass surface. This is ideal for embossing powders. Cutting with rotary blades and craft knives directly on the surface are not recommended. 

Self Healing Mats

Self healing mats are essential for any crafter. What does self healing mean? Self-healing mats are made from separate fibers of material pressed together. This makes a solid surface to cut on. The blade will go between these tiny pieces. This separates the tiny pieces rather than cutting into the entire surface. Once the cut has been made, the fibers of the surface allow it to close back together. Self healing mats are ideal for cutting fabric and fussy cutting with a craft knife. Heat on these mats will warp the surface. Paint and ink stains easily on the surface.

Silicone Mats

Silicone mats have a rubbery non-stick surface. Of the mats discussed above, they clean up the best. Clean up is a snap with a baby wipe or wet cloth. Liquid mediums will not stick to the surface. Heat resistant silicone is perfect for hot glue. 

When choosing a work surface it is important to consider what mat is right for the medium that you are using. Choosing the right surface can preserve your desk! No matter which you choose, have fun crafting and cultivate your creativity.

September 20, 2022 — Tamra Merrill

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