The Art Of Decorating Using Paper Designs


Crafts Using Printed Papers, Magazines, Napkins

The crafts industry is no stranger to this growing trend in the form of decoupage - the art of decorating an object using paper designs (printed papers, magazine sections or napkins) and special paint effects. 

Typically, a small box or an item of furniture is covered and transformed or refurbished. Each layer is sealed with varnishes (often multiple coats) until the "stuck on" appearance disappears and the result looks like painting or inlay work.  Decoupage works well on multiple surfaces i.e. ceramics, wood, earthenware, terracotta, glassware, paper, metal, candles and soap.

There are several different forms of the traditional craft and retail outlets are beginning to benefit from the interest.  Here's what you'll need:

DECOUPAGE Directions/Instructions: 

Select pictures from old magazines, newspapers, books, comics, marketing materials etc.  Neatly cut around inage.  Decide where to place cut out and apply glue to this area.  Before glue dries, press over the cut out image and brush firmly from the centre outwards.  Apply multiple layers of glue or varnish (allowing coats to fully dry betwen applications).  Some surfaces will need to be prepared or primed prior to decoration.

DECOUPAGE Workshops:

This is the same principle as Decopatch except you use DecoArt's Decoupage Glue and printed paper materials. 

Visit our gallery by clicking on the following link: Decopatch/Decoupage