Weekend Project:

Decoupage Bookcover

This week’s weekend project is new to me. I’ve never done anything with decoupage before (I know, I’m a little late to the party here), but it looked like fun. So, you get to watch me try something new and hopefully this will encourage you to go try a new project too!

I have a large hardback journal that I’ve been using for years to keep my creative ideas in. This is one of my favorite books. But, it is a bit dull on the outside so I decided to spruce it up with a new cover this week.

Materials:

IMG_9018Modpoge

A foam brush

Paper

Water (to rinse the brush in)

 

 

I first tried using the regular bristled craft brush, but it kept leaving hairs in my modpoge, so I switched to the foam brush.

  • First I used a thin layer of modpoge to glue the yellow paper to the front of my book, being careful to smooth out any air bubbles. (You can get a brayer to do this with, but I used a pie crust roller I already owned. You can also use a popsicle stick or old credit card, etc. to smooth out any wrinkles or bubbles.) If you are making more of a collage on the front of a book, you don’t need to put down a background paper. That is just they way that I wanted mine to be.
  • After that dried, I began using the modpoge to glue the little circles down onto the background. (I did this while my two-year-old tried to “help” and repeatedly asked for (read “demanded”) I play with his toy trains, while my hands were covered in glue. If you find decoupage boring, I highly recommend attempting it while watching a two-year-old. It will suddenly seem very exciting.)

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  • After all the circles were done and the modpoge was dry, I began putting layer after layer of modpoge on top of the whole thing, allowing each layer to dry before adding next. This created a clear seal over the whole thing.

IMG_9029At first the modpoge is very white, but it will dry clear. You can buy glues and sealants that are specifically made for decoupage, but I am all about trying to use what I already have, if possible, and modpoge is always around my house.

Try cutting images out of magazines and creating a collage on the front of a book this way. Or, you can even do it with fabric scraps! These circles I used are from a ┬ámobile that someone gave me as decoration for my son’s baby shower. It sat in a closet for a couple years and now I get to reuse them instead of throwing them away.

Here’s my finished product!

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Pretty decent for my first time, I think.

What have you used decoupage for? What new creative endeavors might you try that you’ve never done before? Trying a new thing that is outside what we normally work with can expand our creative horizons. Re-purposing, making things look nice, expanding creative horizons…it’s all beneficent!