Decoupage technique is simply a technique where you glue a picture to a surface . Then the picture is covered by a decoupage medium that seals the picture in a permanent way.
Decoupage medium is an all in one sealer and glue plus finish.
- Prepare your surface-Make sure that your surface is clean. If it is a wood surface, make sure to sand and clean. Base coat your wood. If it is a thicker paper, you will be fine to use as is. Thinner papers and injet printouts should be sealed with a clear acrylic sealer on both sides first,
- Pick the right decoupage medium-If you are unsure which one to use, click here for a formula guide,
- Cut the items to fit your surface. Measure and trim your items before applying them to the surface.
- Adhere the elements onto the surface of your project with the Modge Podge or other decoupage medium. Always start with the underlying elements and work your way outward. Apply a medium coat of the decoupage medium to the surface. If you use too little, you will get wrinkles.(you can always wipe the excess away )
- Smooth away all the bubbles off the surface. Keep smoothing until all the bubbles are gone. Always smoth from the center outwards. Use a squeegee or a decoupage tool for larger pieces.
- Let your project dry for about 15-20 minutes.
- Add a final protective coat of decoupage medium. Use a sponge or flat brush to apply.
- Allow to dry. Repeat the final coat at least twice, drying between coats.
- If you experience any tackiness, or want to add durability, add a coat of clear spray or brush on sealer. Allow to dry.