Decoupage, the art of decorating surfaces by applying paper cutouts and then coating with several layers of lacquer or varnish finish, shares several similarities with scrapbooking, but the former has a longer and more colorful history. Traveling to the West via the famous Silk Road (like many things from the East), decoupage has been embraced by countless people, including the likes of Marie Antoinette who even cut up paintings to indulge her passion for the art. You, on the other hand, need not go to this extreme. Using just printouts of classic paintings, your own photographs, newspapers, or other patterns or media you find, you can easily create your own decoupage masterpiece.
Aside from being inexpensive, the art of decoupage is also fun and easy, and can be enjoyed by people of any age. It’s also a great opportunity to incorporate recycled materials that you have lying around. Your future masterpiece can be anything from a picture frame, a small wooden jewelry box, a kitchen cabinet door, or if you’re feeling truly productive, an entire bedroom wall! This book will provide you with everything you need to know, taking you through the process step-by-step to create your own work of art from start to finish.
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