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What is decoupage?
I’m going to explain it for you! It seems like a more complicated concept than it really is because the word sounds fancy. “Decoupage” actually comes from the French word “decouper” which means to cut out or cut from something else. If you are a decoupager, that means that you engage in the artistic pursuit of gluing items to a surface. Which – although it might sound like something kids do in kindergarten – is absolutely Not that all.
Decoupage is an art form. You can make it more basic if you like, but many a fine artist has used a decoupage medium to create a unique piece. Projects are enhanced not only with papers and fabric, but with painting effects, gold leaf, ink, embellishments, and even other mediums. I’m constantly amazed at what people are doing with it.
Here is the Wikipedia definition for Decoupage:
Decoupage or Découpage is the art of decorating an object by gluing colored paper cutouts onto it in combination with special paint effects, gold leaf and other decorative elements. Commonly, an object like a small box or an item of furniture is covered by cutouts from magazines or from purpose-manufactured papers. Each layer is sealed with varnishes (often multiple coats) until the “stuck on” appearance disappears and the result looks like painting or inlay work. The traditional technique used 30 to 40 layers of varnish which were then sanded to a polished finish.
3D decoupage (sometimes also referred to simply as decoupage) is the art of creating a 3D image by cutting out elements of varying sizes from a series of identical images and layering them on top of each other, usually with adhesive foam spacers between each layer to give the image more depth.
Pyramid decoupage (also called pyramage) is a process similar to 3D decoupage. In pyramid decoupage, a series of identical images are cut into progressively smaller, identical shapes which are layered and fixed with adhesive foam spacers to create a 3D “pyramid” effect.
If you want to engage in the art of decoupage, it’s very easy to get started. You’ll pick a surface, prepare it, and then decorate with paint or other effects (you can also leave it bare if you like that look).
To start with decoupage the easiest way is to watch online videos on YouTube search for Ideas on Pinterest. My advice when starting to decoupage is to dive in. Start with something easy. Go to the dollar store to purchase surfaces or buy a few $1 plaques at the craft store, and practice, practice!
Let me know what your first project is and how it went in the comments, or share with my Facebook group.