Decoupage is the creative art or craft of decorating an object by gluing coloured paper cut-outs onto it, in a collage type effect. The piece is often embellished with special paint effects, and finished by coating with layers of varnish or lacquer.
Decoupage can be traced as far back as 12th century China, having its European heyday in the 18th and 19th centuries. The 21st century is seeing a marked revival throughout the world with active guilds in many countries including the British Isles.
Decoupage is a creative activity of all ages, from the youngest of children to the most senior of ages.
What child has not delighted at gluing cut out paper into a book.
Anyone who can use scissors and glue can do decoupage! And with practise, experience and imagination the decoupeur will progress from simple designs to complex works of art.
The chosen article is covered by cutouts from magazines. Each layer being sealed with varnish (often several coats) contiuing until the "stuck on" appearance disappears and the result looks like a painting or inlay work.
Decoupage can be described as an artistic progression of Scrap booking, and a close relation of Collage making.
Scrap booking 709, Quilling or paper filigree 1018, Papercraft 892, Origami 449, Collages 1071, Papier-Mache work 1072.
Level of Demand
The table below shows the maximum levels of demand that this activity requires. NOTE: These are not entry levels or levels of requirement and has nothing to do with ability.
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