Get ready to take decoupage way beyond its Victorian image. Contemporary decoupage works are made with family photos, magazine clippings, handmade papers, or any other image that strikes the artist’s fancy. Decoupage is a great way to get your cherished memories out of the scrapbook and on display, using them to make over flea-market finds and create one-of-a-kind furniture and accessories for your home.
After a brief history of the art and a review of the fundamental techniques of modern decoupage, author Durwin Rice offers complete instructions for more than 18 unique projects, both simple and more ambitious, from a delicate vase to a dining room table. You can also transform entire rooms by decoupaging doorways, mantels, and even ceilings.
New Decoupage offers a truly fresh take on this traditional craft, demonstrating how a few simple materials–paper, glue, and scissors–will enable you to create stylish home accents that transform your surroundings into works of art.If all craft books were as attractive, brilliantly conceived, and downright amusing as this one, the craft world would be a better place. Glorious projects, beautiful photos, thorough instructions, and terrific coverage of all the groundwork make for lovely viewing, enjoyable reading, and endless inspiration.
Master decoupeur Durwin Rice is not only a true artist with scissors and glue, he’s a lively writer whose sense of humor and deft handling of the subject makes even the most mundane tasks (like surface preparation or sealing a finished piece) sound like fun. He debunks the obsessiveness with which “Old Decoupage” was created and which still puts off some would-be decoupeurs today, such as the tendency to apply 30 or more coats of sealant (“You want to protect your work from scratches–not Hurricane Andrew”) or the inclination for fanatical cutting (“You are master of the image, not the image of you”). He covers all manner and size of objects with his wondrous creations: plates, vases, trays, eggs, tables, cabinets, walls, ceilings, even the refrigerator. Clearly this is a man obsessed, not with the needlessly labor-intensive approach of yesteryear, but with the urge to decoupage the world. This is not only a lesson on how to create spectacular decoupage; it’s a lesson on how to produce a masterful craft book. –Amy Handy
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