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Decoupage

This technique is the decoration of surfaces with paper cut-outs. Interesting effects can be achieved by photocopying single images, enlarging or reducing them according to the size of the item you plan to cover, and cutting them out. Almost any printed paper that you can cut and paste can be used look for old engravings of flowers or fruit, or architectural details for a classical them pieces of newspaper, playing cards, old do uments, glossy magazine covers, wallpapborders or elements of more intricate pa terns such as old fabric or wallpaper desigr For traditionalists, multicoloured flor designs and fat little cherubs will follow tl Victorian style they used decoupage on ; . about everything. Also interesting for

A This is a delightful and original way to make a feature of a dull hallway or a dreary corner. Every surface is covered with an unusual paper. The toning base colours of the floor, skirting board and wallpaper unite the effect, allowing the printed paper on the table and the pattern on the wallpaper to really stand out.

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Using unusual materials

Scraps of old letters and music scores have been layered and pasted directly onto the newly painted cream surface of this chest of drawers to provide an unusual but very effective and imaginative look. The overall effect, linked by the neutral colour of the chest’s background and the fireplace, creates a harmonious blend kitchen surface perhaps are hardware catalogues depicting pots, pans and other culinary gadgets. Cupboard handles and mouldings can be photocopied, painted or stained if required, and then pasted into place onto the flat surface of a plain cupboard front. When assembled, the effect is that of a fake dresser or cabinet.

Letters or numbers also make interesting decoration. Use varying styles and sizes cut out from magazines, newspapers or posters, and dot them all over a surface such as a large desk. A background of plain brown parcel paper can be used for contrast. Sheets of different typeface styles also look good when pasted together.

How to decoupage

Use a scalpel to cut out the paper or photocopied images, and a 11 dilution of PVA glue and water for pasting and varnishing. Also useful is a decorator’s brush for pasting and a smaller artist’s brush and diluted emulsion paints (or acrylics) for colouring black-and-white photocopies.

Cut out the images on a hard, flat surface, ideally a cutting board, using the scalpel. Prepare the background for example, newspaper, brown paper or a painted surface. Coat the paper cut-outs on both sides with the diluted PVA. Position the pasted paper and brush over. When it dries the paper will shrink a little. Paint the image with diluted paint or ‘antique’ it ( 278-279) if this is in keeping with the effect you want.

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