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What is decoupage

Table of contents:

  1. History of origin of decoupage
  2. Masterpieces "poor art"
  3. Instructions novice master
  4. Awaken the artist

Decoupage - one of the most popular in recent yearstime hobby. But if embroidery, knitting and weaving - the usual, traditional domestic art, decoupage at first glance seems to be something new. Many people wonder what the decoupage and how it was that he quickly gained a leading position among the fads.

History of origin of decoupage

Chest decoupage 16th century

Chest decoupage 16th century

In fact it's quite old art. It is believed that it appeared in Germany in XV. Then it was used to decorate furniture.

Note!It was a way to give the interior beauty of the objects inexpensively.

He was even called "the technology of the poor."

What is this technique? Paintings, drawings - in short, any images - are transferred to wooden objects, glass, fabric. Then, the newly created product varnished. This is done for beauty, and to extend the life of the latter-day masterpiece.

Antique table with decoupage in the Chinese style

Antique table with decoupage in the Chinese style

In Europe, the Middle Ages, it was fashionable to use inlay in Chinese and Japanese styles. At the court of Marie Antoinette is the art was so popular that they have owned almost all the ladies.

Masterpieces "poor art"

Antique chest of drawers with Decoupage

Antique chest of drawers with Decoupage

Since bygone times decoupage techniquehas undergone little change. Only now it is not the "poor art". By the way, the old chairs and tables, very few copies have survived to the present day, are now worth a fortune. Could the master who created their masterpieces available to them from cheap materials, suggest that in the future people will spread the huge sums at auction to buy decorated them using improvised home furnishings? After all, no one's silver or gold or gems on them, no ... These amazing works of art were considered as something only an imitation of expensive oriental inlays. Time passed, and now they can compete in price.

Instructions novice master

Tray with Decoupage

Tray with Decoupage

Can you master the art of the common manor you need to have a special talent to create works of such products medieval masters? Beginners are always afraid to take on new business. However, you should only learn the basics - on case easily go by itself. After the first successful steps you feel the inspiration that can be, and will not put you on a par with the great artists, but it will always give an opportunity to close the original gifts for any occasion.

So, you have firmly decided: now - no conventional shopping to holiday dates. No identical cups or standard chairs or simple glass vases - now you will present to the families and friends only original present! Then it is time to begin to learn the basics of decoupage.

Objects with Decoupage

Objects with Decoupage

What will it take to work? To do this, you first need to decide on a gift. Let's say you decided to donate a wooden chopping board - a thing absolutely necessary every hostess. So she turned to the original, above it will have a little "pokoldovat".

Napkins for decoupage

Napkins for decoupage

It should be reserved in advance:

  • special napkin for decoupage;
  • alcohol (vodka may be);
  • acrylic (or water-based) paint;
  • PVA glue or acrylic;
  • varnish - eg parquet.

First of all you need to degrease the product to whichthe picture will be applied. This can be done with alcohol or vodka. If you skip this step and go directly to the main, the image can then peel off, and the product loses all its beauty.

We cover the white paint

We cover the white paint

Then apply a primer - such as acrylic paint. It is necessary to wait for the complete drying, and then you can re-apply a coat of acrylic paint.

Cut image

Cut image

Now comes the main stage. Very carefully it is necessary to cut out the image on a napkin, after removing the top two layers. Next, spread the glue and glue the picture on the subject.

Note!After that, the napkin should be completely dry.

tinted picture

tinted picture

You can dream up a little. For example, when the cloth is dry, something tint, paint on, shaded background.

Last manipulation - coating lacquer finished product. The most persistent attempt to achieve a full merger of the object coated with a picture to make them look as one.

Note!It's not as easy as it seems. Luck will have to put a lot of times, always waiting for it to dry.

It may be required to cause the layers 30 or 40,as in the works of medieval masters. But the result will please: the picture will look as if it is - part of the subject, and the nail will stay for a long time and will not crack.

In general, the art accessible to all. Materials for decoupage is easy to find, they are reasonably priced, and the result is real masterpieces that can please the family.

What is decoupage
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