Sometimes is the best way to get rested is to change your occupation. Oh no, I’m not about stop being a web designer.. I’m about being a designer, but not web-related :)
I like to spend time doing little sweet things – like the one below. So let me tell you about decoupage.
Decoupage can be deceptive. By looking at a finished project, you could think that the process is complicated, but it isn’t. All that you need – paper, white glue, paints and an object where to apply your creativity. If you are able to cut and paste, you already know 50% of the techniques involved.
Here is what I started with:
I decided to decoupage pictures onto an [empty] bottle of wine. I prepared my acrylic paints, brushes, sponge, glue and [decoupage] paper. Well, you can use any paper (wallpaper, magazines, greeting cards, wrapping paper, napkins and so on). The point is the thinner the paper, the better the results will be. So I love to work with the decoupage paper the best of all.
1. I started my sweet decoupage bottle by painting with acrylic paints with sponge (to create an artistic texture effect) and allowed it to dry. Fill free to apply two coats if necessary! I used the light beige color for the very first coat and the warm orange (close to the leaves color from my paper) for the second coat.
2. Next thing to do is to cut out the design from the decoupage paper. The more accurate you do this, the greater your result will be. (If your artistic bent asks you to tear off the design – that’s ok also, as I said – up to your creativity and the design idea.)
3. Cover the base for the decoupage itself with the glue with a paint brush. Then carefully lay your design down on the glue and push it down with your fingertips (from the middle out to the edges to smooth the parer and release any air bubbles).
4. When the design is applied, brush over the entire thing [bottle] with a coat of the glue to seal.
5. I love cracked effects and somewhere vintage look, so I covered parts of my bottle with craquelure. I prefer a two-part water-based application (basecoat + topcoat). To make cracked effects more visible – sure when everything is dry enough, I rubbed a darker color (oil paints) on the surface. And the final touch – sticking out letters on the bottle were scrubbed with sandpaper to show the base dark layer.