What is Decoupage or Decopatch ?
Decoupage is the art of decorating an object by gluing colored paper cutouts onto it in combination with special paint effects, gold leaf and so on. Commonly an object like a small box or an item of furniture is covered by cutouts from magazines or from purpose-manufactured papers. Each layer is sealed with varnishes (often multiple coats) until the “stuck on” appearance disappears and the result looks like painting or inlay work. (Wikipedia). Although very fashionable at the moment, the origins of decoupage date back many centuries.
Decopatch is a particular brand of decoupage products and papers which is becoming very popular at the moment with the reemergence of this craft as a trendy way to renovate new and old items for the home to give them a personal touch.
What kind of paper do you need for Decoupage ?
You can use any kind of paper to decoupage. Wrapping papers are cheap and easy to find or if you want a more delicate finish, try paper napkins. You simply separate off the top colourful layer of napkin and glue to your object. Always add a layer of decoupage glue over the top of the paper to seal it as well. You can choose just one paper and carefully cover an object or go for the traditional approach of ripping up lots of papers into smaller pieces to create a patchwork effect. Decopatch papers are ideal.
What objects can you Decoupage ?
The simple answer is anything and everything as long as you have the right glue for the surface you are working with. The most popular types of objects are made from wood, papier mache, porcelain or glass or mdf.