Ready to give decoupage a try? Here are the basic steps!
- Prepare the surface. Sand the wood surface lightly to smooth it out. Remove any dust with a damp cloth.
- Choose your decoupage medium. There are many different types of decoupage mediums available, so choose one that is appropriate for the project you are working on. For example, if you are decoupaging on a high-traffic surface, you may want to use a clear acrylic sealer to protect your project.
- “Cut” out your decoupage paper. We recommend using the tip of a paintbrush that is dipped in water to “draw” around the image you want to use. Then gently pull away the paper. The raw edges will look much better in your final project than something cut with scissors.
- Apply the decoupage medium to the wood surface. Use a foam brush or a sponge to apply a thin, even coat of decoupage medium to the wood surface.
- Place the decoupage paper on the wood surface. Center the paper over the wet decoupage medium and smooth it out with your fingers.
- Apply more decoupage medium over the decoupage paper. Use a foam brush or a sponge to apply a thin, even coat of decoupage medium over the decoupage paper. This will help to seal the paper and prevent it from peeling.
- Let the decoupage project dry completely. This may take several hours, depending on the type of decoupage medium you are using.
- Apply a protective coat. If you want to protect your decoupage project from moisture and wear, you can apply a clear acrylic sealer.
Here are some additional tips for decoupage :
- If you are decoupaging on a large surface, you may want to use a brayer to help smooth out the decoupage paper.
- If you get any bubbles in the decoupage paper, you can use a pin to pop them.
- Be patient and let the decoupage project dry completely before handling it.
- Visit our Facebook page where our creative team shares lives and videos with tutorials. They are a great resource!
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