Decoupage 101


·    Decoupage medium (matte, glossy or glitter)
·    Sponge brush
·    Paper, tissue paper or decoupage paper
·    Clean surface to decoupage on
·    Wet paper towel
Tips & Instructions
1.      You can decoupage on any surface smooth or textured. Just remember if your surface has a lot of texture or angles the thinner your paper the better.
2.      Make sure your surface is clean. Fill in any holes and remove any staples, nails etc. The paper becomes essentially vacuumed packed to the surface when dry. Even the smallest imperfections will show. If that does not matter, then no worries.
3.      Try not to let your sponge brush get too saturated. Too much medium is not a good thing. It can saturate your paper making it tear easily.
4.      Decide if you want straight or torn edges on your paper. It’s best to choose one or the other. Before you start decide if there is any special pattern in your paper that you want as your focal point. Be sure to keep that set aside.
5.      Everyone has their own technique but I prefer to put the medium on the surface of my project then lay the paper down. Use your brush or your fingers to work out any bubbles. Don’t worry if there are a few small ones. They will disappear as your project dries.
6.      After my project is dry I like to give it a couple of coats. The extra layers help protect your project.
7.      Keep in mind most mediums are not water-resistant. If you are working on a project that may be in the elements you should seal it after it is completely dry.
Tips and Resources for Decoupage Supplies:
·    Mod Podge by Plaid has been around the longest. It is tried and true and works great. It is very thick and goes a long way.
·    Collage Pauge by Tulip is the newest and I like it too. It is a little bit thinner and is great for fabrics and thinner papers.
Amazing Decoupage Papers
To find some amazing decoupage papers check these websites: