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Decoupage - An Introduction

Decoupage - An Introduction

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  • Sat 21 Mar, 9:30am – 3:00pm


Wellington High School, 249 Taranaki St, Wellington



Learn how to transform everyday items into works of art with simple cut-outs, glue, basic paint techniques and a fair bit of varnish!

Decoupage is a traditional French craft, from the word “découper” or to cut, and involves cutting out small decorative pictures and arranging them on a wooden or glass surface.

When you’re happy with the placement, you glue them to surface, ensuring no air bubbles remain and then add (many!) layers of a water-based varnish. As the layers build, a light sanding may be required over the cut-outs to make sure you get a nice even finish. You can even use different paint techniques, add some glitter or use pretty fabrics and laces.

In this workshop, you'll work on a terracotta pot and a wall hanging. All materials provided - feel free to bring pictures to decorate your objects but a range to choose from will be available.

By the end of the workshop, you’ll be able to:
- Cut and compose a pleasing design using various pictures
- Prepare bases ready for your decoupage design
- Use different techniques with spray paints to achieve varying effects
- Recognise the importance of multiple layers of varnish to protect your creation
- Recognise the potential for up-cycling your junk shop finds into unique new works of art

Please note that your finished creation(s) may not be completely dry when you take them home.

Presented by: Carole Hirst

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