When Miya and Elisabeth asked me to participate in a Skill-sharing jamboree a few months ago for the third issue of Rue Magazine, I was so excited. But I was also more than a little hesitant: I suddenly felt very unskilled–at least at the kind you can teach to a group in under 10 minutes. So I decided to learn something new myself first; I started reading up on decoupage.
My method is probably not classical, but I was quite happy with the end results!
Glass flats from Behrenberg Glass Company
Decoupage medium–Mod Podge or Acrylic Medium, thinned with water
Something to apply the medium–sponge brush or brayer
Papers–I chose vintage postcards and personal travel memorabilia to suggest making a souvenir, but ideally you would use thinner paper (something the medium could penetrate)
After giving it a minute or two to set, I took my blade and trimmed around the edges of the glass.
Here’s where a porous paper works best (though the postcards worked fine): you want to seal the back by adding another layer of medium. Most then suggest painting the back with layers of varnish or paint, or finishing it with a layer of felt–though my lesson ended with a simple layer of the acrylic gloss. No doubt Derian does something really special to achieve such a seamless, glossy surface on his pieces and it would be worth trying different approaches to see what you like best.
Everyone’s paperweights turned out beautifully and my nerves were immediately calmed when I started chatting with all of the friendly and creative people who had gathered.
I’ll definitely be trying this again!