One of the most important things about decoupage is
preparing your surface to take the paper and glue Surfaces
Glass - Wash glass with warm soap
and water. Dry well.
Metal & Tin - Wipe with damp rag.
Some metals require a sealer, than can be purchased at your
local craft store. Most craft stores carry pre-primed metal.
Wood - Sand with fine grit sand
paper. Apply wood sealer. I like Delta's all purpose sealer.
Terra-cotta - Terra cotta from your
craft store are usually pre-sealed. Most terra cotta from your
home stores need to be sealed. I like applying a coat of Kilz,
water based sealer to my terra cotta.
Lets talk about papers
Regular Paper - most decoupaguers
use regular paper that can purchased at your local stationery
store. The images must be printed on a laser-jet printer or a
toner based copier. Ink based copiers and printers are not
permanent and the images will run with application of glues. Epson does make a inkjet printer which uses
permanent inks, which some decoupageurs use. Regular paper is
heavy, and you will need to soak the paper in water prior to
applying. It also is not very pliable around surfaces. Regular
paper also leaves a raised image due to the thickness of the
paper. In order to get a smooth surface you will need to apply
several coats of varnish, sanding between, to get your surface
smooth. These steps, and the lack of bending is the reason I
wanted an easier paper for my projects and to teach with.
Tissue Decoupage Paper - Bends
easily around corners, requires only one or two coats of
varnish, has a sheer translucent quality, works best on light
colored surfaces, and is so easy to work with. Because our
papers have less cotton lintier their application is slightly
different than regular papers. You don't have to wet our
papers like you do regular papers so you save an entire step.
You paper will curl when glue is applied, but will flatten
within a couple of minutes, now your paper is relaxed and ready
for your surface! **Here are the five simple steps to creating
art with our Tissue decoupage Papers
1) Cut your image
2) Apply glue to back of tissue decoupage paper, let paper relax
about 30 seconds
3) Apply glue to surface, using your fingers add your tissue
make sure your fingers have glue & water so they don't stick to
image. Let dry.
4) Seal front of image with another coat of glue, varnish, or a
combination of both.
Lets talk about glues
Most decoupaugers will use different glues
for different surfaces. Others stay with the same glue they
like. I prefer Elmers Glue-All. Its inexpensive, it dries
clear, and is durable. Elmer's is a heavy glue, so when you
decoupage with our tissue papers, it is best to slightly water
down your Elmer's. I also use Elmer's to seal my images on the
surface prior to varnishing. You can varnish with either a
Satin, Gloss or Matte Varnish. This way you can avoid those
pricey glues that come in matte and gloss.
We have lots of projects, tips, tricks and instructions in
our How-To section!