Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Decoupage Your Easter Eggs

      Decoupage (or découpage) is the art of decorating an object by gluing colored paper cutouts onto it in combination with special paint effects, gold leaf and so on. Commonly an object like a small box or an item of furniture is covered by cutouts from magazines or from purpose-manufactured papers. Each layer is sealed with varnishes (often multiple coats) until the "stuck on" appearance disappears and the result looks like painting or inlay work. The traditional technique used 30–40 layers of varnish which were then sanded to a polished finish. This was known in 18th century England as the art of Japanning after its presumed origins.

I decoupaged this hollow egg many years ago. I used a variety of papers both with both metallic and matte surfaces. The butterflies are made of Filmo clay. Read more about how to decoupage a larger picture from either a napkin or paper onto an egg's surface.


      The most likely origin of decoupage is thought to be East Siberian tomb art. Nomadic tribes would use cut out felts to decorate the tombs of their deceased. From Siberia, the practice came to China, and by the 12th century, cut out paper was being used to decorate lanterns, windows, boxes and other objects. In the 17th century, Italy, especially in Venice, was at the forefront of trade with the Far East and it is generally thought that it is through these trade links that the cut out paper decorations made their way into Europe. 
      Artisans in Florence, Italy have produced decorative objects using decoupage techniques since the 18th century. They combined decoupage with other decorative techniques already popular in Florence, such as gilt with gold leaf and carved wood designs. These older techniques were already used to produce articles such as furniture, frames for paintings, and even tooled leather book covers. Known as Florentine style crafts, these items are now highly collectible antiques. Decoupage was added to the Florentine artisans' methods by adding it to the space within a carved gilt frame, or by adding the decoupage to a wooden plaque. Artisans used pasted reproductions of famous artworks, nearly always religious depictions. Florentine triptychs using decoupage images of such Biblical scenes as the Crucifixion are a common motif. As society became more secular in the early 20th century, and non–Roman Catholic tourists began buying more crafts from Florentine artisans, decoupage images became less religious in orientation and more reflective of famous Italian artworks in general.
      Common household materials can be used to create effects. Here is a short list of supplies:
  • Something to decoupage onto. Examples include: furniture, photograph albums, plates, ceramics, shelving, frames, mirrors.
  • Pictures to decoupage with. These can come from myriad sources: newspapers, magazines, catalogs, books, printed clip art, wrapping paper, greeting cards, fabric, tissue paper, lace, paper napkins
  • Cutting utensil. Scissors, craft knife (X-Acto) or razor blades can be used.
  • Glue. Standard white glue works best if it is diluted with a little water. Specialty glues can be found in most crafting stores.
  • Smoother. Popsicle sticks work well. A brayer is a specialized tool like a miniature rolling pin designed to help remove wrinkles, remove excess glue and smooth pictures.
  • Glue spreader. Many things around the house can be use for this: cotton swabs, paint brushes, sponges.
  • Rags, sponges, tissue paper to help wipe up glue and other clean up.
  • Sealer. Glue or other decoupage medium can be used as a sealer. Alternatively, polyurethane, spray acrylic, epoxy resin or other lacquers are usually used.
      Mrs. Mary Delaney achieved unexpected fame at the age of 71 in the court of George III and Queen Charlotte of England thanks to the 18th century decoupage craze. Moving in the circle of Jonathan Swift and Sir Joseph Banks, and possibly taught art by William Hogarth, she was introduced to George III and Queen Charlotte by Margaret Bentinck, Duchess of Portland, and became a court favorite.
      In 1771, she began to create cut out paper artworks (decoupage) as was the fashion for ladies of the court. Her works were exceptionally detailed and botanically accurate depictions of plants. She used tissue paper and hand colouration to produce these pieces. She created 1,700 of these works, calling them her "Paper Mosaiks [sic]", from the age of 71 to 88 when her eyesight failed her. They can still be seen in the Enlightenment Gallery at the British Museum today.
      Notable modern day "Master Decoupeurs" include Durwin Rice, Violet Knoxville (Vanesa de la Puente) and Queen Margrethe of Denmark. Modern day decoupage has evolved over the years beyond the simpler style of gluing images to plates and vases. The use of high-tech printers, resins, and enamel sprays contribute to the "modern" decoupage method.

In this video from expertvillage , the basic methods of decoupaging eggs is covered quickly and accurately. 

30 More Examples of Decoupage On Eggs:
  1. Egg Die-ing...Papertrey Style! 
  2. How To Make Paper-Napkin Decoupage Easter Eggs (These are China Blue)
  3. Decorating Easter Eggs with Napkins Tutorial from Happenings of the Harper Household
  4. Decoupage eggs season - Hens and Roosters
  5. 4 carved decoupage goose eggs 
  6. Decoupaged and Glittered Eggs Egg Art and a DIY How To Tutorial - glitter versions
  7. Gorgeous Decoupage Easter Eggs: Letter Perfect 
  8. Green Decoupaged Eggs Including Feathers 
  9. Decoupaged Eggs with Vintage Botanical Prints 
  10. Napkin Decoupaged Eggs with Old Things New
  11. Music Sheet Decoupage Easter Eggs
  12. Servettdecoupage på påskägg - with lace and hens
  13. Eggcellent Idea
  14. 'Egg'cited About Easter
  15. Decoupage eggs part1
  16. Decoupaged Eggs with Scrapbook Papers
  17. Old-fashioned decoupaged eggs
  18. Fun with Decoupage Easter Eggs
  19. Paper Mojo Giveaway
  20. Easter eggs! Crafts! Pretty things! Spring!
  21. Decorating Easter Eggs with Decoupage from The Crafty Bee
  22. Decoupage Easter Eggs - Super Easy Copycat Pysanky 
  23. Easter Lovelies from Allisa Jacobs 
  24. Decoupage photos on Easter eggs
  25. Rosy decoupage eggs
  26. Decoupage Easter Eggs with Pearls
  27. Decoupage Easter Eggs by Elzabeth Vernon
  28. Decorating Ideas - Preschooler Eric Carle Eggs
  29. Crepes + Eggs =
  30. Plastic Eggs - Napkin Decoupage - layered effect

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