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Video:How to Do Decoupage

with Bonnie Zaiss

Turn an ordinary object into a piece of art with decoupage. Decoupage is a surprisingly easy craft with minimal tools, materials and skills required.See Transcript

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Transcript:How to Do Decoupage

Hi I'm Bonnie Zaiss for About.com

Why Do Decoupage?

Turn an ordinary object into a piece of art with decoupage. Decoupage is a surprisingly easy craft with minimal tools, materials and skills required.

Supplies for Decoupage

All you need is an ordinary household item that you want to dress up. Here are some ideas:
  • furniture
  • lampshades
  • a tray
  • a glass vase or plate
  • rocks or a wooden box

Instructions for Decoupage

Next you'll need some print material for artwork including: patterned paper, tissue paper, magazines, children's books, cookbooks, photographs, postcards, doilies, old wallpaper scraps, wrapping paper, web images or old greeting cards. Use any or all of these supplies. Avoid images from an ink printer because they may smudge. Next, embellish even a little more with stickers – flat or 3 dimensional - and add a little sparkle with some colorful gemstones.

You'll need a good decoupage medium that you can pick up at any craft store. Watered down white glue works well also. You'll also need a sponge brush or small to medium size acrylic brush, scissors, tweezers, a popsicle stick and have damp rag handy for quick clean-ups.

Cover your workspace with newspaper and make sure your object is clean and dry. We're going to have fun decorating this sealed gift box.

When choosing your artwork, you can pick a theme or not. We're going to turn this box into a travel log. Start picking some images. We found a fantastic variety of patterned paper at a local craft shop with a variety of designs, shapes and colors. Cut or tear your images into pieces to use as backgrounds, borders or freestanding images. You can loosely line-up the paper on your object to get a rough idea of the size and shape you want. Measuring isn't required. You'll be overlapping images as well, so if you don't like what you glued down, simply cover it up with something else.

Brush a light coat of decoupage medium on the surface of the box. Do the same on the back of artwork. Have a damp rag nearby for a quick clean-up. The glue will take anywhere from 10 to 30 minutes to dry completely so take advantage of that time and more your artwork around until you get it just where you want it. When you've committed to the placement of your artwork use your hands or a popsicle stick works great - to press your art into place. Start in the middle and push outwards to remove air bubbles and excess glue. Don't worry about the extra glue, it'll dry clear. Extra wrinkles on the artwork are no big deal – it adds to the textured look of the art.

After one side of the box dries, continue decorating the other side's allowing 10-30 minutes of drying time. Then add a final coat by brushing more decoupage medium over your entire work or try a light finishing spray on all sides. You can use a glossy or matte finish.

Here are some other fun projects you can create with decoupage. You're only limited by your imagination.

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