Despite that craftsmanship is always an advantage, in this art form, you don’t need to be an artist to create a masterpiece that looks as if it came right from a professional’s brush.
In the broadest sense, decoupage involves cutting out elements from paper and applying them to items of various kinds using glue and lots of varnish.
The popularity of this technique is not surprising considering that with handy materials one can transform their home into a fairy tale wonderland.
The most fun part of this process lies in choosing papers, patterns, and items and combining them into beautiful designer pieces.
To make this even more enjoyable with even more professional results, EM ART provides you with a wide selection of napkins and decoupage papers, as well as a magical collection of items suitable for decorating from wood, MDF, ceramics, glass, cotton, plastic and styrofoam.
If you are a beginner to this endeavor, we have prepared a practical guide to help you get started!
Decoupage can be applied to almost any surface that we want to decorate. Here are the most popular ideas:
With decoupage technique, beautiful creations are made: paintings on canvas, wood or other surface…
Decoupage can be applied to these and many other items that you would like to personalize and beautify. The only limit is your imagination! Here are several wonderful suggestions from us:
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The type of paper we use depends primarily on the effect we aim to achieve. Thin and soft paper is used in most cases because varnish emphasizes unevenness and makes it stand out.
But of course, in some cases, this may be the result we are looking for. In the colorful world of papers, there are many sources we can use for decoupage:
Were we covered a wide range of the most useful paper types, but remember: there are no strict rules when it comes to selecting the perfect ones for your next creation.
Feel free to experiment with different types and even mix and match within one project. It’s all about expressing your creativity.
They glue, seal and varnish simultaneously. They can be applied multiple times on the decorated surface for better protection and a nicely looking finish.
When choosing a decoupage medium, it’s usually better to choose gloss since it retains its transparency, and the patternes of prints are clear, with colors even standing out better.
Tip: If you want a matte surface, use gloss for all layers and only apply matte for the finish.
Once you’ve chosen the object you want to decorate, the types of paper, glue and vanishes you plan to use, there are still a few more tools you’ll need:
By definition, decoupage is an applied art or craft. But with the help of various mediums, structural and wax pastes, inks, gold leaf, and other artistic effects, it can ascend to the heights of fine art.
If you’re drawn to the enchanted world of decoupage, don’t hesitate to begin your journey. The technique might not be difficult but it’s honed with experience. It’s completely normal if your first one or two attempts don’t turn out as expected. By the third try, you’ll likely see success and each subsequent project will continue to exceed your expectations. Gradually, you will slowly but surely find your unique style.
Once all these preparations are done, you can move onto the next phase.
And just like that - voila! You’ve successfully completed your first decoupage masterpiece.
Once you’ve mastered the basics of creative decoupage, you can experiment with more sophisticated techniques and various additional effects:
You can give an antique look to your decoupage creations using different methods:
You can create three-dimensional decoupage, by cutting and applying multiple layers of the same shape that you choose. Adding more texture, combining the base with many new layers to make the them stand out even more! Usually a similar effect can also be achieved in various other ways:
Of course, there are many other ways to add other kinds of effects, but as you know, creative minds have no limits! As a beginner, first give yourself all the time and supplies you need to cover the basics.
Embarking on your first decoupage project can be the beginning of a fascinating and rewarding craft journey. With a pinch of patience, a dash of creativity, and the right supplies, you can transform everyday items into unique masterpieces. Remember, every expert was once a beginner. So, pick up that brush and make your world more colorful with decoupage!
I am a huge enthusiast of creating new handmade beauties, whether it is with beads, paper and pen, canvas and acrylic, or yarn. Every form of art or intricate crafting brings additional inspiration! If you are curious about what else we can make and craft with art and craft materials, stay tuned for updates in the blog and, of course, feel free to share your ideas!
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