Good morning! Today the promised decoupage course. I know it’s been an awful long time, but the last few weeks are passing by so quickly that I can’t believe it’s September already! I prepared the course by creating a tea maker that already looks beautiful in our kitchen. I hope that I will be able to explain everything to you clearly, and if you have any doubts, ask:)
- bright acrylic paint (i.e. the one we paint the walls with). The pattern
- stain will not be visible on the dark paint.
- decoupage adhesive
- napkin (I always use napkins, never made anything out of decoupage paper)
- brushes (apparently the softer the better)
- baking paper
- a box or other item that we want to decorate (I bought mine in Empik)
- Rub the box with sandpaper to even out all imperfections. I remove the pollen with a slightly damp cloth.
- Stain. I had a very light wood stain and you can hardly see the difference in the pictures, so take my word for it that there is a color. When staining, remember to do it along the grain. We leave it to dry.
- I painted the lid of the box (where the napkin motif was supposed to be) with paint . If you are afraid that the paint will run down for you, you can cover the sides with painter’s tape. Leave it to dry anyway.
- Grease the place where the napkin will be attached with glue and leave it for about 30 minutes until it dries up.
- Separate two layers from the bottom of the napkin and leave it only the upper one with a motif, put it gently against the lid.
- Put a sheet of baking paper, wax side to the napkin.
- Iron. The iron should be set to 2-3 dots, without the steam function. You do not need to iron one place for a long time, but iron the edges thoroughly.
- When it cools down, trim the napkin with scissors . I remove the tips with sandpaper from top to bottom.
- The next step is bleaching with a dry brush. It gives the effect of aging, and for me it goes well with the white elements on the napkin. We take a little paint on the brush and before we put it on the box, paint it on a sheet of paper so that the brush is almost dry. And with such a „dry“ brush we smear around the box. I also treated the edges of the lid in this way. We leave it to dry.
- And now decoupage for the patient – varnishing. I am not so patient to paint 10 layers, but 2 is the minimum. I use Flugger varnish for wood, semi-matt. The first varnish layer is not visible, but the second one has a nice satin effect. Between the individual layers of varnish, we have to sand it with sandpaper. I usually limit myself to 2-3 layers of varnish, but it does not give such a beautiful effect as can be admired in works made by people who sell their decoupage works.
I hope the course is clear and you will use it:)