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A guide to decoupage with Pearl & Ruby in Spalding

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Kayleigh Ayre, of vintage, retro and pre-loved independent store Pearl & Ruby, in Red Lion Street, Spalding, introduces us to decoupage in this month's 'Make it Yourself' column.

Decoupage is an easy and versatile way of updating objects by gluing coloured or patterned tissue paper onto the surface.

In this example we have used a slate hanging plaque, but the choice is yours!

You will need:

  • Paper napkins (in the design of your choice)
  • A flat paint brush
  • Decoupage glue/Image Medium (by Annie Sloan)
  • Lacquer/varnish
  • White paint

First of all, paint the surface of your slate in a layer of white paint to lighten the background and allow your pattern to show up much better.

Separate the layers of your paper napkin, as they are usually three-ply and you only want to work with the top layer that has the design on it.

Apply your Image Medium or decoupage glue to the slate and gently lay the tissue paper on top.

Then, carefully apply another layer of the glue over the design and make sure to smooth out any creases that may have occurred and leave to dry.

Tear off the excess paper from around the edges of your slate so that it looks nice and neat.

Give the whole surface a coat of clear lacquer or varnish to completely protect your work and seal the design.

Why not give it a go and see how many lovely bespoke designs you can come up with. You may even find yourself giving your lovely makes as gifts to friends and family!

It's also a great craft idea for children.

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