What Is Decoupage?

What is Decoupage? Faux finishing decoupage explained. Decoupage is another way to add some creative style to your walls or furniture at home. This technique can add a unique finish to any house. Our expert,...

Decoupage is another way to add some creative style to your walls or furniture at home. This technique can add a unique finish to any house. Our expert, Lu Goodwin Mark, owner and director of Austin School of Faux Finishes at Design Center of Austin, says the process takes preparation.


"Decoupage is created in fine art or as a decorative wall finish by applying cut paper with glue or paste and then sealing the surface with clear sealants. One can decoupage a wall or a box, it is the same essential process," Mark says.




To decoupage your walls, you can use household items that you already have. You will need something to decoupage a picture onto, first however. This process works on almost anything. Some common places it is used on are furniture, photo albums, shelving, frames, boxes, vases, and mirrors.

Find the item you want to decoupage onto and make sure it is free of dirt and debris. Seal it first. What you use to seal it will depend on what it is made out of. You might also want to paint the item.

Next, you need the pictures to decoupage. The pictures can be cut out of magazines, catalogs, or books. You can print out clip art and poems and verses. Cut out pictures from wrapping paper, wallpaper, packages, greeting cards, fabric, etc. You can also buy designed paper made especially for decoupage. You can use photos; however, try to get high-quality copies made for better results.

Once you have your pictures and an item to decoupage, you will need to gather a few more supplies. You will need white glue, popsicles sticks, cotton swabs, and a damp rag. Here are some other items you may want to purchase as well: Decoupage medium (this is used to glue the picture onto a surface), brayer (this is a small rolling pin used to work out the crinkles in your designs. This will also help the glue stick to your pictures better), foam or small paint brush, craft knife (use this to cut out your pictures), and a sealer.

Mark says decoupage can really make your household items look like they were crafted by an artist. It will look like you spent big bucks on the project, even though the process doesn't cost much at all.

You can always get a book on decoupage to get more ideas. The internet is also an excellent reference. If you are the type of person who likes to do crafts this is the project for you. It will take time and patience, but in the end you will create a piece of art for you and others to admire.

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