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swampdragon
« on: May 02, 2007 10:06:36 AM »

Hi,
someone wrote to me she would be too scared to decoupage furniture. That is not acceptable! Wink So, to get you out of the misery you will need  just some few tips:
Start with something cheap and small like a wardrobe for a doll from the fleamarket (or something you found in the basement or what other people wanted to throw away - anything that has "potential" = has a surface) and your favourite gift-wrap or calendar sheet or print out your favourite motif/s (and then take it to copy shop or seal if you have an inkjet printer) and off you go.
I would suggest to sneak around it for a while and wait for an idea/ inspiration/ whatever. Or you know right from the start how you want it to look like. Even better. Next you think of the background: matching or better contrasting colour or no treatment at all? Next question I would ask myself: is size of motif okay or perhaps too small  and you have a lot of background around it, so that it would get "lost" or ist is too large and where can I cut off? And all of a sudden you are busy with your first Decoupage project...
 

I'll add three examples of doll's wardrobes, all very simple, no cutting skills required, it was more or less wallpapering, but nevertheless I like them and there all doing their job in my kitchen now (of course I removed the little rails and moved the boards)

Fra Filippo Lippi motifs from gift wrap: "Annunciation" scenes from at least two paintings. Unfortunately the designer made a wild collage of renaissance paintings and cut several parts.
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motif from calendar: Benozzo Gozzoli; Procession of the Magi (detail)
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inside wallpapered with gift wrap
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This ex-wardrobe now holds my coffee, tea, cocoa and sugar supply - as the plants suggest
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I hope you are inspired to do some "Dcoupage light" now. Can't wait to see your first work. 



« Last Edit: May 09, 2007 07:59:52 AM by swampdragon » THIS ROCKS   Logged
susankg53
« Reply #1 on: May 02, 2007 10:09:21 PM »

looks like maybe I might try it.
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« Reply #2 on: May 04, 2007 10:41:46 AM »

These are super cute!! I love to decoupage-and it is a good idea to start small.
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swampdragon
« Reply #3 on: May 04, 2007 11:51:01 AM »

@susankg53
What I really want to hear from you is: "I want to do it!" and  not " maybe I might try it"  Grin

@Balkandina
Thank you very much.
I looked to find your decoupage, but somehow I didn't manage, all I got was "soandsomuch percent Decoupage " and then it was just a comment from you one someone's work and not a work of your own.  Huh
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« Reply #4 on: May 04, 2007 01:25:32 PM »

I haven't done anything new lately-I'm going to start on two baby chairs this weekend. I think I'm stretching myself out thin,craftwise!!!
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bluecat
« Reply #5 on: May 05, 2007 10:29:02 AM »

dumb question, what do you mean by "seal" in your original post, I'm confused. You have to seal stuff before you deco.?

I thought you were supposed to seal it afterwards?

Those things you posted are great by the way, I love the one with the yellow background
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swampdragon
« Reply #6 on: May 05, 2007 10:55:22 AM »

Hi bluecat,
you should protect your motif beforehand if you have printed it using inkjet printer, because the glue (PVA glue like ELmer's) is waterbased and the colours will run. There are no such problems if you use an laser printer, although sometimes I even seal those motifs too, especially if I do Decoupage under Glass. A motif made with an inkjet printer would always be my very last option (unless you have an Epson soandso with Durabrite ink, which is waterproof). If you are a beginner I would defintitely choose gift-wrap, calendar or similar. Or go to the copyshop and make  a laserprint copy of your motif. (Never use original photos by the way, you can't do Decoupage with photo paper)

Hope this helps
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susankg53
« Reply #7 on: May 05, 2007 02:48:02 PM »

Ya know I did some decoupage back in the late 70's, but it was putting photographs on little wooden plaques to hang on the wall. This is a whole different ball game and I only have a billion things I'm working on so I can only say maybe. I might die tomorrow and never get it done, but I will try to do it eventually.
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