Tips on How to Choose the Best Paper for Decoupage

by Karen Ann Cooper on Mar 1, 2011

Decoupage projects consist of 4 separate parts, the article to have the decoupage applied, the decoupage glue, the varnish to complete the item and the paper for decoupage. There are many alternatives designed for decoupage paper. There is the extremely exclusive Mulberry and custom paper which offers great quality, color palates and textures, although is enormously expensive. There is certainly the standard Multi-purpose copy paper which is more cost effective, however does not present the same effect when glued on a decoupage object. And naturally you have the opportunity to utilize scraps or cutouts from everything from newspapers to magazines to gum wrappers. The options can actually be so large, it may possibly be daunting. While looking for paper for your decoupage mission, the most important point to bear in mind is the project itself. What exactly are you trying to produce? If your vision is that of a Michelangelo painting on a dresser, the top priced better quality paper is most likely necessitated. On the contrary if you are merely attempting to refresh your 14 year-old son's room with a fun shade for a lamp, you in all probability need to just go with pictures removed from Sports Illustrated of his favorite sports team or athletic hero. The actual question is the art projects betwixt those two projects, such as a steamer trunk you are sending off with your daughter to the university. However each undertaking and the availability of the paper in the color, grain and with the images that you require will probably dictate your choice in paper. Beyond shade and texture, there are a couple further concerns to take into consideration when selecting paper for decoupage. The thickness and hardiness of the paper will influence the easiness of actually doing the project. A fragile paper like newspaper will wrinkle up a great deal easier than a stiffer paper and make producing a smooth facade a great deal more challenging. Tissue paper will tear quite easily as soon as glue is applied, creating likely issues in actually performing the plan. Decoupage is the ideal recycling technique; you can utilize aged objects for the foundation, refresh them and offer them further time. In the same way almost any paper can be used to make the actual decoupage. Old photos, old weekly publications, old publications, scrap paper laying around, even heavier cardboard from shipping packing containers. The most vital things to consider about choosing your paper are: Select a paper that is correct for the item and project. You probably would not care to make use of candy wrappers on an article you are going to be using for the focus of your formal living room. Utilize a paper which absolutely will withstand both the application procedure and the ultimate purpose of the article. For example, tissue paper may not be the wisest choice to stretch over a container, because the stretching procedure with wet tissue will have a greater chance of tearing than a stiffer paper would. Also sensitive workings with a filigree paper might be suitable for a picture frame that is going to be positioned on a shelf, but might not exactly do so well on an end table that may constantly be ran into and knocked around. Decoupage is a boundless artistic style; you may use just about any article to place the decoupage. Furthermore, just about any paper or type of paper may be used as the decoupage material, therefore keep your eyes and wits receptive when you start to toss away that old Christmas wrap or last month's Garden Design or Redbook.

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Source: Karen Cooper is an expert in decoupage and has many decoupage ideas for you! Visit her site at Decoupage Your Life for more articles and make sure to sign up for her free 10 day mini course!
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