How to Decoupage

Last week, my bestie asked me of decoupage. At that point I did not have any clue of whatsoever and most definitely did not expect to end up taking decoupage class.

Well anyways, to make the long story short, decoupage sounded interesting so I agreed to go with her despite the hours. I only managed to get 2 hours sleep which literally explain my excused facial expression. Ahaks!

Maybe some of you is wondering what the hell is decoupage. Decoupage (or découpage) is the art of decorating an object by gluing colored paper cutouts onto it in combination with special paint effects, gold leaf and so on. Commonly an object like a small box or an item of furniture is covered by cutouts from magazines or from purpose-manufactured papers. Each layer is sealed with varnishes (often multiple coats) until the “stuck on” appearance disappears and the result looks like painting or inlay work. The traditional technique used 30-40 layers of varnish which were then sanded to a polished finish. This was known in 18th century England as The Art of Japanning after its presumed origins.

Supplies:

  • Something to decoupage on. It can be anything! Furniture, photo albums, frame, mirrors, bottles, ceramics, steel, wooden objects etc.
  • Pictures to decoupage with: newspapers, magazines,catalogs, books, printed clip art, wrapping paper, greeting cards, fabric, tissue paper, lace etc.
  • Cutting utensil: scissors, craft knife or razor blade.
  • White gesso – a primer that artist usually apply to a surface before painting it with acrylic or oil paints. And it only come in white!
  • Acrylic paint , any colors!
  • Glue diluted with a little water or polyurethane.
  • Brushes, sponges, tissue papers.
  • Sealer or varnish. Choose whether you need satin or glossy finish.

Decoupage is actually quite simple. If you can cut and paste, you already know most of the techniques involved. Basically, you cut out pictures; you glue the pictures onto an object; and then cover the object and pictures with a few coats of glue/decoupage medium to protect it. You might even have everything you need to make your decoupage project laying around your home right now! Go gather together your decoupage supplies and start crafting…

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