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Can you give me tips about doing decoupage?

Asked by JLeslie (65412points) June 4th, 2018 from iPhone

I haven’t done it since elementary school. I want to do a picture that I have of my husband, but first I thought I’d do a logo of his favorite car brand as a practice of something simpler. Here are my questions:

1. Should I just use Elmer’s glue watered down? Or, use the fancier special glues for decoupage? If I use Elmer’s, do I use it full strength to stick the papers down? Or, everything is with the watered down glue? What ratio should I use?

2. What should I use as the canvas? I was thinking just a piece of cardboard, but maybe I should use a better material than that? I vaguely remember seeing plate that were decoupaged. I think they were glass.

3. How do I project a photo into the canvas to blow it up? Is there a way to do it without an actual projector?

4. Do I need any special sealer for the final step? Or the glue is enough?

5. If I make a plate will I be able to wash it?

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chyna's avatar

If you don’t get any answers here, try YouTube. They have step by step videos of EVERYTHING! Very helpful.

snowberry's avatar

Elmers is water soluble. My first thought is that it won’t do so well if it’s ever stored or displayed in high humidity.

JLeslie's avatar

@snowberry Actually, that consideration is something that I need to think about. Thanks.

snowberry's avatar

And of course you can’t wash Elmer’s glue when it’s used like that. It will just dissolve.

snowberry's avatar

Here’s an excellent discussion about découpage. Hope it helps.

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