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maenad_au
« on: December 31, 2006 08:00:26 PM »

My BIL has come from the other side of the country to start a new job. He is staying with us and I noticed that he has no storage for his manga and anime DVD collection. He's a very serious fan.

So I got a big box from the new discount shop up the road, and then sneaked into his room to snaffle his DVDs, take colour photocopies of the covers and then sneaked them back into his room. I then used the photocopies to decoupage the box lid. I was going to do the whole box but it would have ended up too busy, and besides, I ran out of time before Christmas. Tongue

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I found that the colour of the photocopies tended to degrade with each layer of glue but I'm still pleased with the result as this was the first time I'd tried to do a decoupage this big. In fact before this Christmas, I'd never decoupaged anything before!

Annette
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« Reply #1 on: January 01, 2007 10:47:03 AM »

For never having decoupaged anything  before, I think you did a great job! Even though you used photocopies, it still looks great. I hope your brother in law loved it!
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« Reply #2 on: January 01, 2007 03:31:14 PM »

For never having decoupaged anything  before, I think you did a great job! Even though you used photocopies, it still looks great. I hope your brother in law loved it!
Thank you!  Grin I just took a quick squizz at your etsy and see that you're well into decoupage too. I enjoyed doing it so much that I'm now looking for more things to decoupage around the house. 

I did take some tips found on Craftster but they did leave me with some questions unanswered. Would you help me answer them?

I couldn't find Mod Podge locally so I had to use an aerosole "sealant" without really knowing if it would work. It seems to work but I don't know if I should have used more than one layer or not.

And I don't know what materials work best for the surface to be decoupaged and the pictures to be used. I've seen people using fabric as well as paper stock. Does it make a difference. Obviously I found that photocopies aren't as good as thicker paper stock, but I used serviettes on jars and that came out with an interesting effect that I rather liked.

Annette
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« Reply #3 on: January 01, 2007 04:09:55 PM »

Hey Annette,

To be honest with you, I have never used just a sealant. I usually glue down the artwork with a layer of Modge Podge or Royal Coat Decoupage. If you are unable to find these at a store, I think you can order some at www.amazon.com.
http://www.amazon.com/Plaid-Mod-Podge-Matte-16-Ounce/dp/B0001DSNQY/sr=1-10/qid=1167695897/ref=sr_1_10/103-9750432-3523012?ie=UTF8&m=A15FQPGSF5C19E&s=home-garden
http://www.amazon.com/Mod-Podge-16-oz-gloss/dp/B0001DUCWC/sr=1-9/qid=1167695897/ref=sr_1_9/103-9750432-3523012?ie=UTF8&m=A15FQPGSF5C19E&s=home-garden

This is definitely the most important thing to have:


You use the little squeegee type thing to smooth out each image as you glue it down. It is very important to do this so that you don't have any air bubbles. It helps protect it in the end too. The little scissors are good for cutting small pieces and the tweezers help you pick up images without leaving finger prints.

Once I am done gluing everything, I make sure there are no bubbles...if there are, you can use a pin and try to pop them. I usually 1 coat of decoupage on top and then I use a water based polyurethane on top of that. 3 coats usually does the trick and you only need to wait an hour or two between coats.

You can use any paper, fabric, whatever you like as long as you are patient about gluing. I hope I answered everything for you. Don't hesitate to ask me any other questions. I don't mind answering!!  Grin

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« Reply #4 on: January 02, 2007 04:42:16 PM »

Oh thank you so much for your tips. I definately need to get a little scraper thingy. Hopefully I'll be able to get some Mod Podge soon. The local shops ran out of it just before Christmas.
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