What kind of surfaces
In any kind of decorative objects, furniture, wooden boxes, paper cartons, book covers, serving trays, platters, vases, candles, flowerpots, pebbles, frames, mirrors. Generally, on anything you can paint, you can apply the technique of decoupage.
1) Glue for decoupage. Also, you can use plain white glue mixed with water ratio of 50% glue and 50% water.
2) Varnish or lacquer. In art and hobby stores you will find specially-formulated decoupage but it makes no difference from any transparent protective varnish water for wood that you will find in glossy or matte finish.
3) Brushes. You can work with any brush but the foam (sponge) special brush will ease you to large projects-patterns.
4)Paper. You can use just about any materials for decoupage, including cards, tissue paper, wrapping paper, paper shopping bags, magazine clippings, rice paper, thin fabric pieces, or (of course) decoupage paper. Generally, however, the softer and more flexible the material, the easier it’ll be to work with if you’re decoupaging a curved surface. For this reason, rice paper and napkin are the most suitable.
- Don’t use any images printed on an ink-jet printer as the color will smear with the top-coat. Instead, make copies on a color copier which uses toner that won’t blend.
- Try using fabric or wallpaper to cover a large surface area very quickly. You can even use these as a background before adding other decoupage items.
- Avoid using anything too thick, as it will stick out from your project and be more likely to be knocked off accidentally. You want to keep your surface as smooth as possible.
Step 1. Select an object you want to decorate, and collect materials to decorate it with.
- Tearing your paper will help to create smoother edges. To tear your paper smoothly, fold it along the tear-line and create a strong crease with your nail. Do this again in the opposite direction, and then tear the paper.
- Don’t feel like you must completely cover your surface area with cut-outs. Only prepare as many as you feel you will use for your project.
Step 3. Plan your decoupage project. Make a sketch of the layout or simply put the cut-outs into place without gluing them and then take a picture so you’ll remember the arrangement.
- If planning isn’t your style, feel free to glue your pieces as you go without deciding ahead of time. Keep tabs on your composition to make sure that you are gluing things in a consistent manner.
- Consider the color and texture of the things you are gluing. Mix and match different colors or try color-blocking areas of your project.
Step 4. Prepare the surface. Make sure the object you are decorating is clean and dry, fill in deep gouges, and sand it down to remove bumps and imperfections if necessary. If you want to paint it or refinish it, you should do this before pasting anything onto it.
- For some materials, such as wood and metal, you may need to prime the surface with a coat of latex paint to help the cut-outs stick better.
- If you wash off the object, make sure it is dry before you start gluing so that everything sticks better.
- For a more complex appearance, make several layers of cut-outs. Lay down the first layer and then glue subsequent layers on top, partially overlapping the layers below.In any other type of paper except paper towel and rice paper before glue, dip them for a few minutes in water and dry slightly with paper towel before using them.
Step 8. Let glue dry. Make sure the whole piece is thoroughly and completely dried before proceeding. If you are applying several layers, make sure each layer is dry before starting on the next.
Step 9. Seal the decoupage with a couple coats of an appropriate sealant, such as specially-formulated decoupage finish, varnish, or lacquer. Let each coat dry thoroughly before applying the next.
– On a light background the decoupage is much better and a safer way for amateurs, is to start working on painted objects with white or colored paints and with small decorative motifs of any type of paper.
– The light rice paper is perfect for decoupage on glass due the transparency it creates. After you glue it on any such object, you can add with the same technique any decorative pattern you want.