Craft Consortium have sent me some lovely decoupage papers to craft with. These are brand new and will be out very soon!
For my first project I decided to make a simple plant stand with a spare piece of painted plywood and the gorgeous ‘Bloom of Roses’ decoupage paper. As the wood was already painted I didn’t need to add a base layer of white paint (which you would normally do so that the papers look the correct colour when you decoupage them on top).
I tore up a sheet of decoupage paper into small postage-stamp-sized pieces and added them to the wooden base using a decoupage brush and Jo Sonja all purpose sealer. You paint a bit onto the wood, then paste the piece of decoupage paper on top, smoothing it down with more sealer until it’s completely flat and there are no wrinkles or bubbles. It can take time to decoupage this way, with small pieces, but the advantage is that you can easily cover difficult corners such as the routed edges on my plant stand.
One disadvantage to this method of decoupage is that it breaks up the pattern on the papers, but as you can see here this just creates new variations of the patterns and still looks as pretty as the original. Here’s my finished plant stand in action:
You can also decoupage onto flat surfaces using a single piece of paper (thicker is better) and sandpaper. Check out my tutorial on it here.