Decoupage is more than just cutting paper up and decorating various items around the house. I see it as an opportunity to decorate a piece to suit your decor.
When wandering the aisle of Lincraft, I could not believe the variety of papers now available! The Decopatch range has so many different colours and patterns that hardest part was to pick my favourites. I also grabbed some vases from the new range in multiple sizes, fully sealed and are great blank canvas for any decoration style.

I was only going to do one vase but had so much fun that I could not stop! I trailed different techniques and styles of decoupage. The best part of this process is that you can combine many styles and methods of applying the paper to get different looks.
Decoupage is excellent as a first craft as the final result can look professional with a few simple steps:

1. Check the surface is dust free and clean. Some surfaces may need extra preparation such as sanding or a layer of gesso.
2. Cut out/tear the paper into small pieces.

3. Plan out the placement of the papers before starting – are you going to place the paper organically or have a pattern?

4. Brush the glue varnish onto the surface. Pick up the paper with the brush or tweezers. Place into position and cover from the centre outwards (this will help stop creases in the paper.)


6. Cover paper with more glue/varnish. Repeat the process until the whole surface is covered with Decopatch paper.

7. Ensure the varnish layer is completely dry before covering with another layer. Cover with as many coats of varnish until you are happy with the final result. The vase below has Decopatch paper straight onto the original vase. I mixed up cutting and tearing the paper and placing the items randomly on the vase.

General Hints:
• Decopatch paper is thin so the base colour of the object you are decorating can show through. A quick layer of gesso will create a light base which will allow the colours to stand out. Let the gesso dry for 24 hours before starting decoupaging.

• Tear/cut out the paper before you begin placing the paper on the object.

• Have a damp cloth next to you while glueing to wipe your hands or wipe up excess glue/varnish.
• Cover the paper with more varnish from the centre to the edge of the paper.

• Sanding items such as wood will help the paper stick to the surfaces. Remember to brush off all dust particles.

• Wait the time listed on the bottle between layers of varnish.

• After a few coats of varnish, a light sanding before another layer of varnish (ensure you remove all the dust) can create a smoother finish.

• If the item is still sticky to the touch, leave to dry for longer.

• Clean your brushes with warm water after each project.

 

I covered this vase with gesso before using the Decopatch paper. The final result made the paper look amazing and bright!

On this vase I did more of a mosaic style, creating an interesting pattern. The outcome is fantastic, but I did need to plan out the placement of the paper than the other pieces.

I think this has sparked a new craft obsession! I find myself thinking about giving my friends decoupage vases in their favourite colours for gifts and left me dreaming about what else I could cover with Decopatch paper.

Happy Decorating!