Decoupage is a French art and craft technique where objects are decorated with paper cut outs. There are decoupage papers that are used to do this craft. A glue varnish is used to stick the papers that have been cut appropriately for surfaces. In decoupage, the concept is to give your surfaces a look of painting. The process gives flat cut-outs an appearance of depth and makes patterns and pictures look as though they are actually painted.
Decoupage is a fun and easy way to decorate just about any object, including household items from small vases to large pieces of furniture--the possibilities are endless. Best of all, decoupage can be learned fairly quickly in just a few steps. It can be done with decoupage paper, with fabric and paper napkin. All of them give a very different look and texture.
Decoupage with paper has a very clean and neat final look but care needs to be taken while it is being glued. It needs to be done very patiently to make sure there are no creases or bubbles on the surface while pasting. Decoupage with fabric gives a sturdier look and feel.
We can decoupage furniture, window frames, jewelry such as chunky bangles and bracelets, matching memory game cards, decorate Easter eggs and tea light holders, paper napkin decoupage eggs, candy wrapper decoupage, wallpapered glass coasters, stamp decoupage and so on.
Colorful magazine cut outs make vibrant decoupage pieces of art too. Certain facts about decoupage that one should keep in mind are , don't use any images printed on an ink-jet printer as the color will smear with the top-coat, instead, make copies on a color copier which uses toner that won't blend. Try using fabric or wallpaper to cover a large surface area very quickly. You can even use these as a background before adding other decoupage items. Avoid using anything too thick, as it will stick out from your project and be more likely to be knocked off accidentally. You want to keep your surface as smooth as possible. Use found goods to decoupage to save money on supplies like clippings from junk mail, free hand-outs, newspapers, and old books and magazines work perfectly for this.