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Decoupage – The Cut and Paste craft

Decoupage is a cutting out art and craft technique in which cutouts of materials such as paper, leaves, felt or stones are glued onto a surface in a particular combination or fashion. We shall see a few decoupage techniques and the methodology.

Scrapbooks

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The most common decoupage product is scrap books. Scrapbooking has come to become a part of every craft enthusiast’s work. Scrap books generally consist of photographs, clippings from newspapers or magazines and greeting cards. Scrap books provide a great time travel and can be treasured for long.

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The cover of scrapbooks or any other notebooks can be a good surface for you to experiment with decoupage. Take any material of your choice which has a good 3 dimensional effect to it. By this I mean, the height of the material could be at least half an inch. Stick some firm glue on to the cover of the book and place the material in the desired design.  The image above shows how rolled strips of corrugated card is used for the effect!

Decoupage on a Tin can

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Generally when decoupage is done on surfaces such as wood, an outer protective layer of varnish or any other sealer depending upon the surface is coated so that the work looks like an inlay work. In the above shown work, comic book cutouts are stuck to a can and a glossy decoupage finish is coated on the top. This coat has to be applied after the paper has stuck well and the glue has dried completely. Always ensure that the papers have been stuck evenly over the surface.

Wall hangings

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Beautiful wall hangings can be created using this decoupage technique. Take a wooden plank and paint it with a desired color which will become the base color for the wall hanging. You can then use poster colors or spray painting to give mild shades on the base. Cut out a picture of your choice and paste it on to the centre of the plank and if needed shade the outline of the picture so that the picture gels better with the frame. After the paint and the glue dries up, apply a top coat. And you’ve got yourself a neat wall hanging.

Boxes

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Take a wooden, plastic or metal box which will become the surface for the decoupage. Paste a base layer of paper in the desired color and patterns (This is optional – you could also go with the existing base of the box if the color and pattern suits your decoupage design). Once this dries up, cut out different color papers and different patterns. Stick these in the desired fashion. Leave it on to dry for at least a day. Then apply a full coat of varnish or any other protective coat. You can even stick any other design or clay designs on the outside of the box for an enhanced look.

Here is a tutorial on how you could make a Decoupage.

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