5 Important Tips for Decoupaging

So who knew ~ decoupage is a lot harder than one would think!  Through trial and error I found some ways to make things a little easier.  Here are the tips about decoupaging that I discovered and want to share with you~

When you have a paper base that you want to use underneath of everything, don’t try to rip it or use smaller scraps.  Use whole sheets to cover the base, then go back in after the first layer is dried and add those smaller pieces.

This is my Gypsy design vintage suitcase ~ you can purchase it through https://www.etsy.com/shop/earthmother195

Gypsy design vintage suitcase ~ you can purchase it through https://www.etsy.com/shop/earthmother195

Staining the paper so that it looks “antiqued” can be achieved by dipping the paper into old coffee or tea.  If you dip it more than once, the sheets will start tearing when you are applying.  It is hard to work with paper that is tearing as you are applying it.

If you want to burn the edges, you should have a large bowl of water underneath, not only to stop the burning, but also to leave a beautiful, thick, black edge instead of grey ash. If you do not want your design to burn, you should wet the actual design before burning, leaving the parts that you want to burn dry.

Paris OOh-La_La Design Vintage Suitcase.  You can purchase through https://www.etsy.com/shop/earthmother195

Paris OOh-La_La Design Vintage Suitcase. You can purchase through https://www.etsy.com/shop/earthmother195

Decoupage is easier accomplished if you get a roller from a print shop.  It makes everything lay down flat and smooth.  Don’t worry too much if there are bubbles when the paper is still wet with glue.  Just try to smooth it out as best as possible….most bubbles will disappear when the piece is dry.  Besides, little imperfections will give your art character.

You can purchase a spray-on type of varnish to cover the piece and give it strength when you are finished.  Make sure that all the glue has had plenty of time to dry before you varnish your piece.

So, then, good luck to you!

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