Decoupage is a technique of pasting small pieces of decorative paper on a surface and then painting over it with clear varnish. It is a great way to decorate furniture and other decorative items. Decoupage on wood is not very hard to do once, you have the right materials and, you know the right technique. Your old wood furniture can get a new lease of life with decoupage. Before you can start a decoupage project, you have to know how to prepare wood for decoupage. Simply gluing together pieces of paper over untreated wood is not going to give you good results. You have to first polish the wood and sand it down to create a proper texture and surface. Here, we will learn how to decoupage wood to create beautiful crafts with decoupage.
How to Decoupage Wood
For decoupaging on wood, you need to first have a specific design in mind. You also need to decide the kind of paper or materials you want to use for decoupage. Old magazine pictures, old photographs, posters, greeting cards, gift wrappings, postcards and art prints can all be used for this art. In fact, greater the number of such different materials used, better will your end product look. Using different materials with varied textures, lets you be more creative and create a decoupage that has a lot of variation in terms of design and textures. After you have chosen pictures and cutouts, it is a good idea to apply a coat of thin white glue that has been diluted in water. This will prevent the words printed at the back of the picture from showing through after decoupaging. Next, you need to cut out the pictures carefully with a pair of scissors.
The most important part in decoupaging is to prepare the wood for decoupage. For this you need to remove all dirt and grime from the wood and then sand it down. Sanding the wood with a fine grit sandpaper allows you to get rid of any glossy finish of the wood as well as old varnish. A rough surface is essential to decoupage wood since the paper won’t stick to a smooth surface. Also fill any cracks and smooth down any splinters in the wood. For gluing the cut outs to the wood, you need mod podge glue that is available in any craft store or home improvement store.
Apply a coat of mod podge liberally, over the back of the cut outs and then place them over the wood. If there is any excess glue seeping out, then wipe it off with a damp cloth. Roll a wooden or plastic roller over the cut out to make sure that picture is completely flat against the wood surface. Now apply mod podge over another piece of cut out and then place over the wooden surface. In this way cover the entire piece of wood with decoupage cut outs. You can also overlap pieces of paper cut outs for a more interesting effect. After you are done with the decoupage, apply a single coat of clear varnish over the wood and let it dry for over 24 hours. Once the decoupage is set and the wood is dry, apply another coat of varnish and let it dry. The varnish will help to protect the decoupage, and keep it away from dust.
You can also use other materials like beads, shells and sequins to make the decoupage more interesting. It is also possible to decoupage wooden letters, and these can be used in your child’s nursery. Decoupage is a very easy art and you can transform any piece of old furniture, as well as, make decorative items through it. It is a funky painted furniture idea and has a great appeal.
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