The Art Of Decoupage

Find out how you can use decoupage to create many different looks on your furniture by reading this article.

Decoupage has been around for many, many years. It has been said that it originated in France in the early eighteen hundreds. Today it is still a popular art form and it is used to decorate a variety of things, including furniture, lamps, vases, trays, and more. You can decoupage anything that you choose. Decoupage gives an item the effect that a picture has been painted on it.

You can learn how to do this art by following some simple steps. First, choose the item that you wish to decorate by using decoupage. Let us say, for example, that you have a floral theme in your master bedroom. You can easily find a pretty vase, lamp, or piece of furniture that you would like to put in that room. But, you want it to go with the existing theme and you can't find what you want--no problem. You can use decoupage to create the perfect accessory for your bedroom.

The next step is to cut out the pictures. In this case it would be floral pictures, wallpaper, calendar scenes, photographs, etc., that would go with your bedroom. Then, make sure the surface of your item is clean and free from dirt, dust, grime, and wax. If the surface is metal, make sure it is free from rust as well. Whatever the surface is, it should be smooth and dry too.

The third step is to use a good all purpose glue to glue the pictures to the item in the design that you choose. If you are using several pictures of the same flowers, you can overlap them. But, if you are using several pictures that are different, and you want to see each complete picture, you will have to figure out a way to arrange them without overlapping one over the other. Make sure to spread the glue over the entire picture surface. Do not apply the glue on too thick but, do not skimp. After you have finished applying all of your pictures, wipe them over with a damp sponge to remove the excess glue. Now let the item dry well.

Finally, after the item is dried, check to make sure that all of the pictures are glued down well, especially around the corners. Then, take your item either outside or in a well-ventilated place and either spray or paint on a layer of good varnish or lacquer. Do not use polyurethane because it is too shiny and will not give the item a painted picture effect. Allow the first coat of whatever finish you use to dry well and then apply at least one more coat of varnish or lacquer. Let it dry and you have just created a uniquely-designed accessory to match your flowered room.

Just about anything that you want can be decorated with decoupage as the pictures that you choose will mold over the edges, curl around the curves, or just lay flat. And the pictures you can use can come from any source. They can be thin or thick--it does not matter.

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