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posted 27 Nov 2011, 09:53 by Manal Raafat
It is the art of decorating an object by gluing colored paper cutouts onto it in combination with special paint effects, gold leaf and so on.
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 30-40 layers of varnish which were then sanded to a polished finish. This was known in 18th century England as The Art of Japanning after its presumed origins.

 Personalize your furniture or craft project with decoupage

Decorating of dishes, vases, hangers and boxes using decoupage technique is a form of art expression of our identity, preferences and interests
decoupage with Photoshop  (my daughter's photo )
Materials used for decoupage crafts

Common household materials can be used to create effects.
  1. Something to decoupage onto.like : furniture like tables, photograph albums, plates, ceramics as vase shelving, frames, mirrors.
  2. Pictures to decoupage with ,from  newspapersmagazinescatalogs, books, printed clip art, wrapping paper, greeting cardsfabrictissue paper.
  3. Cutting utensil. Scissors, craft knife.
  4. acrylic paints
  5. Glue. Standard white glue works best if it is diluted with a little water. Specialty glues can be found in most crafting stores ( decoupage medium ).
  6. Smoother  A brayer (hand roller) is a specialized tool like a miniature rolling pin designed to help remove wrinkles, remove excess glue and smooth pictures.
  7. Glue Spreader.like  cotton swabspaint brushes, sponges .
  8. Cloth, sponges, tissue paper to help wipe up glue and other clean up.
  9. acrylic lacquer (to solidify the final effect)
Sealer. Glue or other decoupage medium can be used as a sealer. Alternatively,like acrylic spray .

The technique 

Is to stick to glass, wooden, metal, plastic or ceramic surface an items like paper cut-outs and make the ornament (decorations) look like painted on the surface .
We will try to decoupage a cardboard box.
  1. Paint your cardboard box with acrylic paints, and allow to dry. It is better to apply two coats.
  2. Cutout your paper and prepare it. The thinner the paper, the better. Cut carefully around your designs. Use sharp scissors.
  3. Apply the glue , to the base of the decoupage box,not to the back of the paper .Apply the medium with a paint brush to get thorough coverage. Carefully lay your design down on the glue. Push down on the design with your fingertips, working from the middle out to the edges, to release any air bubbles.
  4.  Brush over the entire box with a coat of the decoupage medium to seal . This dries clear and dries fast.Apply few coats .
  5. The final product can be sanded down to smooth finish .
  6. Add a coat of varnish or glaze. 
     I hope you will like the idea.