Decoupage word comes from the French word decouper, which translation is cut.
Decoupage story begins with the desire in particular a technique that originaly started in China in the sixteenth century, and has established itself in Europe at seventeenth century. Firs decoupage techniques was an extremely complex procedure, the furniture and other items were covered with dozens of layers of a transparent varnish.
Chinese polished items price was very high and demand was highly increasing. Venice came up with furniture manufacturers to offer an imitation - carved oriental pattern stamps and affix them to apply multiple layers of varnish until the extracted object is very similar to the original: Than decoupage was born which was called "Venetian art of the poor."
Decoupage technique soon spreaded around the world - particularly in France, then England, where was a high origin of panels and other handcrafts. Decoupage top has reached in the eighteenth century.
Victorian decoupage era completely changed the style. The large central print was surrounded by flowers, rural scenes, images of children and other. Today, after more than one century, Decoupage recovers the glory that it provides years ago. Now it is very easy to decorate furniture and other items. There are a lot of items that can be decoupaged.
If you like decoupage or other decorating methods, find a space for yourself, where you can create your art.
Specific decoupage tools are used: small and large scissors, scalpels, pencils, flat brushes, brushes for fine retouching, paint brushes - sponges. It is also necessary to have larger and smaller bowls, where you can mix the paint. Dont forget to take different thickness sand paper, which is useful for sanding wood, shriveled or removing tissues.
The main items used for decorating decoupage technique can be made of different materials, so in order to create high-quality, long-lasting product, it is important to choose corectly.
Products that are necessary for decoupage: acrylic or other paint (apply on stain wood, cardboard), a primer, Medium, glue, varnish, one component of ageing, ageing in a two-component lacquer, patina, acrylic paint and alcohol, wax, porporina (Gold Dust), gold-plated foil (adhesive, lacquer foil), contours, and many others.
One of the most important and basic materials are used for decoupage is paper. The main types of paper used for decoupage: usual paper, rice paper, rice tissues, a simple swipe and other. In decorations can be used not only paper, some artist use dried flowers.