Dé­coupage Days

Ban­ish bor­ing from ev­ery­day tools and get in­spired to spring clean with beau­ti­ful gear.

Good - - CONTENTS - Styling and craft Sarah Heeringa. Pho­tog­ra­phy Amanda Reel­ick

Sarah Heeringa’s art of spring clean­ing craft

Dé­coupage comes from an old French word for “cut­ting out”. There are vari­a­tions in dé­coupage tech­nique, but it ba­si­cally in­volves us­ing small scis­sors to cut out pa­per pic­tures, ar­rang­ing them in a pleas­ing way, glu­ing them to a sur­face, pos­si­bly adding em­bel­lish­ments us­ing spe­cial paint ef­fects such as gold leaf and fi­nally ap­ply­ing a num­ber of thin coats of clear lac­quer on top. Tra­di­tional tech­nique used 30 to 40 lay­ers of var­nish which were then sanded to a pol­ished fin­ish.

Dé­coupage can be ap­plied to wood, metal, glass or other sur­faces if first painted or cov­ered in pa­per mache. A dé­coupage ef­fect can also be cre­ated us­ing sin­gle lay­ers of printed tis­sue pa­per.

You can use a sim­ple dé­coupage ef­fect to spring life into bor­ing ev­ery­day tools such as this ba­sic out­door broom and tire-rim gar­den hose holder. Visit your lo­cal tire dealer to see if they have a spare tire rim they can give you.

Step 1: Scrub the tire rim clean with hot soapy wa­ter. Once dry, coat all sur­faces with Re­sene Smooth Sur­face Sealer. Un­der­coat the broom with Re­sene Quick Dry wa­ter­borne primer un­der­coat and al­low to dry.

Step 2: Top­coat the rim and broom in Re­sene Lus­tacryl wa­ter­borne enamel. I used Re­sene Half Duck Egg Blue.

Step 3: Use small sharp scis­sors to cut out a se­ries of pic­tures from old mag­a­zines or printed onto pa­per. Avoid us­ing thick or tex­tured pa­per. Use the di­luted glue to paste th­ese into place. Brush a layer of glue over all the images. Al­low to dry.

Step 4: Coat all glued sur­faces with Re­sene Aqua­clear wa­ter­borne ure­thane and al­low to dry. Ap­ply a sec­ond coat as nec­es­sary.

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