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This technique originates from ancient China and it spread thereof throughout the world. Venetian masters used this technique to decorate furniture.
The basis of this technique is application of paper decorations to various surfaces – wood, glass, china, metal, etc.
Motifs can be found on paper napkins, rice paper or special decoupage paper. However, you can find your unique motifs in papers or magazines.
Decorations (various paper cut-outs as mentioned above) are applied using a paintbrush and glue or a decoupage medium. If combined with acrylic paint and various materials and techniques they give really effective results.
You will need:
- glue or decoupage medium
- gloss finish
- crackle lacquer
- paper napkins (thin, 2-3 layered) of different motifs and colours
- acrylic paint
- object of decoration (a terracotta flower pot, a wooden box, a glass bottle, a wooden chair, etc)
If you want to decorate an unpainted object with decoupage, first you need to paint it with acrylic paint and let it dry.
If the object is already painted, you can apply paper decoration immediately.
If you want to achieve crackle effect, after the first application of paint (of brighter colour) apply crackle lacquer, and when dry, apply the second paint (of a darker shade) and let it dry well.
While the paint is drying the surface will crackle.
Then apply the paper decoration.
Paper napkins are as a rule multilayered so you need to separate white layers until only decorative layer is left.
Choose the motif you want and cut it out. Glue or a decoupage medium is applied thinly onto the place where you want your decoration, then place carefully the cut-out onto the glue, straighten out the edges and let it dry.
You can use newspaper or magazine clippings, thin fabrics or dry, pressed flowers.
When the object is completely dry, using a soft paintbrush apply one more layer of varnish for protection.
For additional effects use glitter, artificial snow, special paints, ribbons, etc.