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The Art of Decoupage

20 Jul , 2013  

Translated from French, “decoupage” means “to cut out”,  and the art of decoupage is consistent in the “the decoration of the surface of an object with paper cut-outs.” This process gives the cut-outs an appearance of depth and an impression that the pattern is actually painted on the object. Decoupage is a really funny way to decorate almost any object you can come up with. This art is mainly used on objects like small boxes, plates, vases, or candles. Nowadays, though, it is increasingly applied on furniture too, such as coffee tables, cabinets and even fridges etc. You can freshen up old furniture and mask scratches and signs of wear&tear.

The art of decoupage

1. Getting Started

In order to get started here is what you need:

- an object, you will decoupage; (obviously)

- the paper you want to use for the purpose – tissue paper, newspapers, book pages, magazine clippings, rice paper, music notes, thin fabric pieces;

- crafting scissors, glue, varnish or lacquer;

2. Prepare the surface of your object of choice. It is important to get the surface clean and dry in advance. This will help the cut outs stick better. For best results sand the surface of the object in order to remove bumps and imperfections if necessary. This will help the paper glue better and look good.

3. After you have done all the preparation begin by applying the glue on the surface of the object. After that simply apply the pieces of paper on the surface on top of the glue. You have to do that quickly, carefully and piece by piece. Try not to bend or clumple the paper and use your fingers to smooth it out. Once you are advanced and feel comfortable you can go for a bolder decoupage project in which you will have to apply a few layers of cutting outs. This will add for a more dramatic and complex appearance.

4. After the paper glue has dried and the paper is stuck to the object, apply varnish to seal it. 

5. Sand the sealed decoupage object again and enjoy it!

I am sure you still need more guidance on how to do it, therefore here is a video tutorial that will help you understand the technique better:

Lana Jane Fox

Lana Jane Fox is a young, aspiring housewife, currently living in North Melbourne. At present her primary job is to be a good wife and a helpmeet to her husband and only after that she describes herself as a marketing executive and a blogger. When she is not knitting, cleaning, cooking, or experimenting with DIY projects, Lana is planning her next road trip, or spends precious time with her husband. She dreams of having a baby boy, a Welsh Corgi dog and a house with a fireplace and a garden where she can grow organic food.

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  • Virginia

    I like your boneman table. Very cool.

  • Joy

    Wow!!! The Fridge is so cool! Using discarded book pages is the way to go. Haven’t done any things like a fridge or coffee table but check out my great bowl. That bibliophile quote of “So many books, so little time” holds true to creativity also! Smiles!

  • Arlene Dunbar

    Have tons of ‘cut outs’ to decoupage and haven’t really got around to do much lately. Your post inspires me to get at it again. I love cutting out rich looking jewellery and have a lot of it. Also have cut out very fashionable high heeled shoes and accessories to apply to various things too. Thanks so much for this post and keep at it, loved seeing this post

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