Saturday, October 24, 2015

The Art of Decoupage

Decoupage has been around for centuries.  It may seem like a new craft,
 but it actually dates back to twelfth century China and gained popularity
 in Italy and France during the seventeenth century.

With the supplies and graphics available today, it is easier than 
ever to create beautiful items with the art of decoupage.

Pretty decoupaged tray!

Decoupage is the art of cutting out images and gluing them onto another surface,
 then sealing the item with a finish to enjoy for many years.

I made the welcome plaque below using decoupage techniques that I have
 outlined here on my webpage.  There you will also find specific instructions
on how to print the images to cut out for the use in the art of decoupage.

I used images from Dover Publications.  I love flowers and I bought a book of floral images from them.  However, they offer a wide variety of images you can use for decoupage arts and crafts, almost too many to pick from.

Here is the book I used to get my images, a CD rom is included

You can decoupage onto many surfaces, among them:
  wood, glass, metal, ceramics, paper, or rocks.

You can also use images to decorate gorgeous picture frames, vases, candles, candleholders, boxes, plaques, and furniture, Christmas ornaments,
and Easter eggs toname only a few - the ideas in my mind are endless...

 How about using images to decorate wooden letters that you can purchase in any craft store.  Just imagine the possibilities!

Choose scrapbook paper, pick out letters, trace the letter on the opposite side of paper,
glue the paper to the letter with Mod Podge, and seal, what a beautiful baby shower gift...
You can find a huge selection of pre-cut letters on line in many different sizes

Wouldn't this paper look gorgeous on the letters spelling out a baby girl's name?

You can either purchase images from a place like Dover Publications, or you might
 already have images on hand like wrapping paper, wallpaper, greeting cards, fabric pieces, or pictures from magazines that you can cut pictures from...

  Hey,what about a free catalog like Burpee Seed that you might have 
laying around the housewith pictures of gorgeous flowers in it???

I can see the wheels in your head starting to turn right now.

Watch the video below of how to decoupage images onto wax paper
and how you can transfer those images to make a 
stunning glass candleholder.

Fantastic book for learning more about decoupage

What a beautiful gift this would make for a teenage girl

Decoupaged tissue box, lovely!!!

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