What is decoupage technique? I guess that’s why you came for in the first place. Before I get into the details and explain to you, I’d like to welcome you to my blog, Fairy Pin.
This is my first post ever and I’m very excited to start out with decoupage. My aim is to introduce you to the technique and the materials that I’m going to be using on the next few posts.
To answer your question, decoupage is a crafting technique that was firstly introduced in Europe during the 12th century. With decoupage, you decorate an object by gluing different kind of paper cuts along with other materials. The idea is to place several layers of paper cuts on the object, each sealed with multiple coats, so that the end result gives you a uniform appearance just like as if it was painted.
What kinds of paper can you use to decoupage?
There are a lot of paper types that you can use in order to craft with decoupage technique. Few of them can be summarized as follows:
Rice paper in white or beige colorRice paper is usually used as a basis for transparent surfaces before placing the napkin.
This requires a bit of a hand work since you need to tear the paper by hand into small circular pieces so they fit perfectly to the object that we want to stick them on. Avoid cutting the rice paper with scissors because it might fray.
- First we pass an adhesive layer to the object
- Place the piece of rice paper on it
- Then apply another adhesive layer. We try to follow the fibers of rice paper.
Rice paper with motif
Rice paper napkin is a light Japanese paper, that is both durable and easy to use.
It can be cut with scissors or by hands just like regular rice paper. It’s easily integrated in the background of our object.
There’s a wide variety of this kind of paper and it’s used in almost all surfaces.It’s very durable with vibrant colors.
- First, cut the outline very carefully
- We then wet the cut pattern with a small sponge
- Apply a layer of glue on our object
- Finally, we stick our pattern on the object and we pass another layer of glue on it. We want to apply the glue on the object from the center, radially towards the edges.
NapkinThis type of paper has a wide variety of designs and it’s the most common way to decoupage with it.
- First, we apply glue on the object
- Place the napkin – tissue on the object
- Then apply glue once again on paper towel radially from the center to the edges.
Pay extra attention when you apply the adhesive on the napkin since it’s very sensitive and may tear. Keep only the paper cut that has the pattern since the rest of the napkin has no further use.
On what kind of surface can you craft with decoupage technique?
The decoupage technique can be used in many different surfaces for two reasons.
- There are so many decoupage techniques (like decoupage on a glass or with crackle effect) and
- Our imagination is amazing!
So what are the surfaces that you can use decoupage technique?
There are many wooden surfaces that we can use the decoupage technique. Couple of examples include, decoupage on wooden chopping boards, asymmetrical pieces of wood, wooden spoons, mdf wood, trays, hangers, picture frames, trays, wooden boxes and coasters.
We usually do decoupage on glasses for candlesticks, bottles, dishes, jars, etc.
As you can understand, the surfaces don’t have to be flat but it can be also curved. In these cases, we are very careful when we cut the paper in small pieces and avoid creases that may affect the end result.
CanvasCanvas have a lot of different sizes and quality grades. They have nice texture and provide good results. We may use mixed techniques in combination with decoupage, which we will explore together at a later stage.
Decoupage on wall looks great but it’s highly advisable that we do it only on a small part of a wall.
Objects such as metallic vases, cans, bins are commonly used objects to decoupage on metal with oustanding results.
There’s a great chance that you got bored of your old furniture or some of them may be in a very poor condition. With the proper decoupage technique you can do wonders and revive your old furniture.
The decoupage technique can be used in any kind of furniture you can imagine. You can use it on a drawer, your wardrobe, chair, desk, your children’s bed and many more.
With special glue for decoupage, your candles can look amazing. It’s a great idea for gifts or decoration in your home or office.
With special decoupage glue for fabrics, we can a beautiful and unique effect on any type of textile.
What kind of decoupage glue can you use?There are many types of glue that you can use for the decoupage technique. And each glue requires a different technique. A couple of glues can be the following:
- Classic decoupage glue.
- Special decoupage glue for candles and cloth.
- Crackle of one component, two components and so on.
Other useful materials that we use for the decoupage technique
Decoupage paper and adhesive are the main materials used in the art of decoupage. However, to further decorate your object, we use other materials that are able to correct any mistakes or imperfections or to just make our object striking.
Some of these materials are the following:
Used for the background of the subject or to emphasize certain features of our pattern. Acrylic paints are durable when they dry and they are water based. There is a wide variety of colors and quality.
There are many paste variation. For example there is snow counterfeit paste used in Christmas constructions. The effect is simply magical.
Metallic colors such as gold, bronze, silver, yield a realistic metallic effect. After using metallic colors, it’s highly advisable to protect the surface by applying varnish on it.
This kind of gel is used for unique effects such as sandblasting.Gold or silver leafs can be used in the art of decoupage and other techniques for impressive results.
I hope you got a good first taste of what you should expect from decoupage technique.
In future posts, we will see in detail how we can use all these materials depending on the object.
It is of great importance to equip yourself with the appropriate materials and tools before you gest started with decoupage technique. That being said, you’ll need to have at your disposal a variety of napkins and decoupage papers, a good brush to move the glue to the object and medium quality brushes for the rest of our materials.
Few other things that we may need are varnishes, paints and materials, on which we’re going to do decoupage of lids, cups or anything else you can imagine.
Finally, in each of the upcoming blog post tutorials, there will always be a list of the necessary tools and materials that you need to use for your beautiful project.