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How do I Learn How to Decoupage?

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Learning how to decoupage is a very easy process that can be completed by taking part in a crafts class or by following an instructional booklet. There are also a number useful crafting websites that include information on how to decoupage various kinds of objects from picture frames to table tops. Many of the websites include videos that can be viewed right on the computer screen. It is also likely that one can learn how to decoupage from friends who enjoy crafting or even from kids who have recently attended summer camp, as decoupage is a common camp activity.

When learning how to decoupage, it is best to begin with a simple project. One may even want to do a test run on a piece of scrap lumber. First, cut out a few pictures from magazines, newspapers, or catalogs. Work on getting the edges as crisp and perfect as possible while cutting. Once all of the pictures have been collected, make sure that the surface upon which they will be affixed is clean and completely dry.

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Once the decoupage surface has been cleaned and dried, add a layer of decoupage liquid to its surface. This kind of liquid can be found at most crafting stores. Place one of the cut out pictures on to the liquid. Use a popsicle stick or equivalent item to rub any wrinkles or air bubbles out from underneath the picture. Continue this process until the surface has been covered or until it is covered to ones satisfaction. In many cases, it will be necessary to apply a number of coats of decoupage liquid on top of the pictures to make sure that there is an even surface.

After learning the basics of how to decoupage, one can begin to move on to more difficult projects. One may want to try, working with a picture frame. This presents new challenges as the edges of a picture frame are limited in size and require working around edges.

For those who want hands on instruction in how to decoupage, try to find local arts and crafts centers. Research course offerings at local arts centers and community centers. Also, see if local colleges and universities offer any continuing education classes in crafts. Stores that specialize in crafting supplies may also offer classes in arts and crafts, including classes on how to decoupage.

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AnswerMan
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@mrwormy, I hadn't done any decoupaging in years, so I decided to go to a local art supply store and get some paste and decorative paper. I was really impressed with the selection of art papers. I didn't have to mess with cutting up magazines any more. There was an entire aisle filled with decorative papers I could trim to match the piece, like a dresser drawer or a gift box.

mrwormy
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My mother used to decoupage as a hobby, but then she started donating finished items to our school's PTA fundraisers. I remember she would give all of us a pair of scissors and we would cut pictures out of old magazines. The ones that seemed to work best for us were nostalgic magazines with old-fashioned artwork and photographs.

She would take the cut-outs and arrange them on a flat piece of heavy cardboard, then apply a thin layer of decoupage paste. When that layer dried, she would add two more layers and then lightly sand it to minimize the brush strokes. One important consideration is the finish. You can get decoupage paste that is glossy, matte or antiqued. The antiqued decoupage will dry to a slightly yellow color and develop cracks over time.

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