Decoupage on glass or plastic, all the instructions on how to decoupage even the most difficult supports. Advice on possible applications of the decoupage technique.
Decoupage, what it is
The decoupage it is a decorative technique; its word derives from the French and indicates the action ofcrop. Decoupage is a technique that dates back to the 1500s and, since the Victorian era, has only spread and become increasingly popular not only among artists, even in the homes of ordinary people.
Decoupage, how it's done
The application practice varies according to the type of support, in addition there are various decoupage techniques, the most common are: pictorial decoupage, trompe l'oeil, paper decoupage, decoupage with fabric, decoupage on fabric ... Thedecoupage with paperit is the perfect technique for decorating more difficult substrates such as plastic orglass.
The decoupage with paper starts from a cutout: choose the figure to use as a decoration and cut it out very carefully. The figure will then be transferred to the support (of glass, wood, plastic, metal ...) and made to adhere thanks to a solution given by glue and water (usually vinyl glue). When the decoration has completely dried, it will be possible to fix the cutout permanently by carefully lacquering or brushing clear varnish.
For all the details on the DIY decoupage: decoupage on furniture.
Decoupage on glass
Initially thedecoupageit was applied only on furniture, today this technique is used on any support. From glass to metals, from canvases to tiles, from wood to fabrics, from plastic to porcelain. The technique is so advanced that it is performed with the most disparate materials, for example, nature lovers could perform a job of decoupage with real leaves.
Theglassit is a very fascinating material, thanks to its characteristics it can give back very bright surfaces. Thedecoupage on glassit can use different accessories: the bottom of a glass, the back of a glass tray or plate, a bottle, a glass vase, a candle holder… The technique is the same. Here's what you need and how to continue.
What you need fordecupage on glass:
- Transparent primer (optional)
- Vinyl glue
- Scissors and cutter
- Transparent paint
- Plastic plate (disposable)
- Plastic cup (disposable)
- Flat tip brush
Instead of transparent varnish, you can use a water-based glaze, a matting varnish, glitter varnish, varnish with an antique effect ... The market offers a wide choice. Choose the most suitable paint based on the desired effect.
The primer is not essential but many recommend it. In truth, the cutout will adhere great to your glass backing, even if the paper or fabric and even if you don't primed!
Here's how to proceed:
- Take your glass holder and make sure it is perfectly clean for decoupage.
- With a cutter and scissors, cut out the image you intend to apply on the glass support.
- In a glass, pour some vinyl glue and dilute it with a few drops of water.
- In a plastic dish, put some water. Float the figure to be glued in the water, even if it is made of paper. A wet decoration is easier to handle and it will be easy to apply it even on curved glass like a vase or glass.
- Dip the brush in the vinyl glue and brush the glass holder.
- Take the figure (if it's small and delicate, use a pair of tweezers) and place it in the desired area of your glass holder.
- Dip the brush in the vinyl glue and brush the figure to be applied.
- Let it dry perfectly.
- To close and fix the work permanently, apply one or two coats of clear varnish to choose according to the desired effect.
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