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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Decoupage: cabinet "pompeiian style" on: May 20, 2012 02:34:54 AM
Thank you, Mama Sweetater and lillianlou!
The trick is simply to start and maybe have a copy of the motif/s, just in case you mess it up and have to start again.
2  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Something colourful for my classroom on: June 09, 2009 05:59:04 AM
Thank you, Karimusbunch and all!
The trick is to not use Mod Podge at all, but PVA glue or, as  I did in this case, wallpaper paste. And make sure that you choose paper that you can soak in water beforehand, so that it doesn't "fight" with the glue, but is relaxed. When the paper uncurls (is there such an English word?)or gets flat again, it is relaxed.
3  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Something colourful for my classroom on: June 03, 2009 10:51:51 AM


before: streetfind, ugly knobs already removed



after: with some wrappingpaper, matching colours and new knobs it now looks a bit different







4  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: froggies for my classroom on: April 29, 2009 01:27:38 PM
Thank you all for your nice comments!

As for books, I have quite a lot of them, but the authors more or less can't be bothered to mention the problems that surely will arise during the process of decoupage. So for me it was basically learning by doing and swearing and the books were mainly for inspiration.
Some nice books are:
"The Decoupage Collection" by Maggie Philo
"Découpage" by Dee Davis
"The fine art of Decoupage" by Lyn Cochrane
"Restyling junk" by Jane Gordon Smith

Hope this helps



 
5  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: froggies for my classroom on: April 22, 2009 12:00:38 PM
Thank you!
Yes, it's decoupage and the motifs are cut out from a paper by "Finmark". Background is  painted.
6  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / froggies for my classroom on: April 22, 2009 11:15:30 AM
Another street find, which had to be saved by me. As I really run out of free space in my flat, I again turned my attention to my classroom (primary/elementary school) and so I now have a quite green piece of furniture in there. I brought it today  and one child just  said "Coooool!", so I guess, it's okay and it matches the taste of first graders.
As for the How-to: you sand your piece of furniture, then comes a layer of primer, then the colour/s of your choice with acrylic based paint. Then you have the tricky part with cutting out your motifs (I used a paper from "Finmark") and arranging  and rearranging them on your piece of furniture. Then you glue them onto it and use a bit of matching paint here and there. Finally you add lots of layers of  varnish. This  technique is called Decoupage.



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7  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / native singing birds for my classroom on: April 16, 2009 09:56:49 AM
streetfind + poster+ paint+ varnish = educational piece of furniture for my class

After I had saved the Ikea darling from the street I sanded it, added new rolls (?), painted it light blue and used all the pictures from a poster for children: "Our singing birds". Somehow I couldn't resist to add a bit of glitter also. Finally I made cards with the names of the birds and very short texts, so that you have to read and try to find the matching picture. Solution/ control sheet at my desk! Grin



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8  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / butterflies for my classroom on: March 24, 2009 12:36:12 PM
Hi,
I saved this small table from the street and I thought because of its size it would be perfect for my first grade class. I had to remove the badly applied paint and then painted it black and added some butterflies, and so it become perfect to introduce this weeks featured sound/phonem: "sch" as in the german word for butterflies. My class like the table a lot and so do I, although I would have prefered smaller butterflies for this table size.



9  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: My invention: "event furniture" on: February 04, 2009 02:57:44 AM
Thank you very much!

I used water based varnish from the DIY shop for the night stand and oil based boat varnish for the tray, because the tray needed more protection. Caution: oil based varnish turns a bit yellow after some time!
It doesn't make sense to write down the names of the products I used, because I am in Germany, but I am sure you have similar products. I don't use special decoupage varnish or glue, because they may do the same work, but for a much higher price. Especially with furniture this would really hurt.

As for the "bubbles" I have no idea. What did you use and how?




10  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / My invention: "event furniture" on: February 03, 2009 01:06:33 AM
The event in this case being a wedding.
So I found a week before the wedding this night stand in the trash and saved it.
I painted it and decoupaged the initial letters of the couple and b/w floral and zoological motifs (because they had met at university studying Biology), which I had „goldwashed“ a bit beforehand to make them look antique. On top I used an enlarged motif from a Dover book, which I also used for a matching tray. To the motif I added with Corel Draw their names and family name and on the tray the date of wedding ( blurred here). The tray also got some gold flakes and I had copied the motif onto overhead foil and gilded it underneath.
Inside the little cabinet I used the wrapping paper which I also used for wrapping  the actual present. Luckily the present fitted perfectly.
All in all a bit heavy on the kitsch side, but then it was a wedding Grin
The wedding furniture was quite a success and got a lot of laughs. Mission accomplished.












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