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Tools and materials

Decoupage on a wooden surface can be done quite easily and quickly even for a novice master, provided that all the necessary tools are available. The term "decoupage" comes from the French language, its meaning is "cut". Therefore, needlework will require pictures on paper and the tools necessary to cut and paste them on wood.

A beginner will need the following basic tools, devices and materials to work:

Tools and materials Appointment of objects and tips for choosing Scissors To cut paper motifs, you need to have large and small scissors with sharp ends. Brushes You will need a couple of brushes of different sizes: for applying glue, varnish and paints to the base. Wide flat brushes from # 8 to # 20 are suitable for applying primer, varnish or varnishing the product. For drawing small details with paints, it is better to take thin brushes made of natural bristles in size from # 0 to # 4. Foam sponges It is convenient to apply a primer or paint to a wooden surface using a sponge. For these purposes, you can purchase a decoupage sponge or make it yourself by cutting a dishwashing sponge or fine-pored foam rubber into several parts. Sandpaper of different grain size It will be needed for rubbing irregularities on wood, a dried layer of paint or varnish. "Sandpaper" on a woven basis has a long-term suitability and does not stain light-colored items. Palette knife A beginner craftsman can replace this tool with an unnecessary plastic card. But if you plan to engage in decoupage in the future, then it is better to purchase a palette knife right away. It simplifies the application of structural paste, filling up cracks and chips. Thick transparent film The film makes it easier to transfer a thin tissue onto a wooden surface. A stationery file is also suitable for this purpose. Glue It is best to purchase a special glue for decoupage. But if it was not found, then PVA glue will do.

It is important that it is of good quality and does not turn yellow or flake over time. White primer The primer is necessary to increase the adhesion of the material to the wood. It allows you to hide small flaws in the wood, reduce paint consumption

The primer must be white, because this way it will brighten the surface of the wood, and the paper motif applied in the future will retain the brightness of its colors. It is best to use a primer, but if it is absent, you can cover the tree with acrylic or water-based paint, diluted with water to the required density. Acrylic paints of different colors To begin with, you can choose only the tones necessary for a particular product, or purchase several popular colors and by mixing them get a rich color range. Acrylic varnish The product is completed by a multi-layer varnish with periodic drying. We recommend using a water-based varnish. Among its advantages are fast drying, odorless, easy rinsing from brushes. Aids These include pencils, a ruler, an eraser, toothpicks, masking tape, and other items that can help you get started. Drawings on a paper basis It is better to start acquaintance with decoupage with rice paper or a decoupage card. If you have some experience, you can work with thin napkins.

Types and tips for choosing paper for decoupage

For decoupage, thin paper with a printed pattern is the main material.

Special materials are most often used for needlework:

  • Three-layer napkins. Only one upper layer with the image is applied to the product, the lower layers are carefully separated. Thin napkins easily merge with the surface and do not form a difference in height. It is necessary to glue the material very carefully, since it is easily deformed when stretched. Working with him requires certain skills. You can buy napkins individually or in a whole package.
  • Rice paper. The material has a higher strength compared to napkins, as well as cost. The paper will not tear, wrinkle and adhere well to curved surfaces.
  • Decoupage cards. They are characterized by high strength and low elasticity. Maps can only be applied to flat surfaces.