Using the word “dream” and placing it above our guestroom bed – we first spray painted the entire word blue. Then used old, mismatched wrapping paper and wall paper to glue to the front of the word to create a vintage, shabby chic piece of wall art. A spray of clear varnish and it was done. Now together with some other crafty bright pieces, its the perfect collaboration.
This kind of crafting technique with paper is called “Découpage”. Its a French word meaning to cut out. Découpage is usually composed of paper designs or images from magazines that are cut out and glued to any surface (a canvas, a cardboard box, a chair – anything). The images may overlap as they cover the entire surface, creating a very exciting array of colors and visual relationships. Usually finished with a clear coat of varnish to seal, protect and enhance the paper underneath.
You can buy these words already pre-cut from craft stores like Spotlight, Michaels, Craft Imporium etc. This makes it super easy and you could finish your project in half a day. I plan on using this technique with some of my upcycled furniture in the future….so keep a look out for more inspiration on the blog soon.