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.
A foam brush
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.)
- 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.
At 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 mobile 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!
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!