The Art of Découpage

Written by Eileen Bergen

The Art of Découpage By: Eileen Bergen

Découpage is a very accessible craft for beginners but can also be taken to artistic heights. In fact serious découpage artists are known as découpeurs (sometimes spelled “decoupers”). There is a National Guild of Découpeurs (NGD). NGD is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing education inrepparttar art of découpage, to encouraging a high level of quality, and to offering an exchange of creative ideas. NGD is worldwide and holds an Annual Convention and Exhibition each April. To see some beautiful examples of découpage, visit their website:

The word “découpage” comes fromrepparttar 116176 French “couper” meaning “to cut”. Découpage isrepparttar 116177 art of permanently decorating surfaces with paper cutouts. The cutouts are glued torepparttar 116178 surface and then several coats of varnish, lacquer, glaze or clear-drying glue are applied to give a lacquered finish.

The list of items that can be découpaged is virtually endless but most common are: furniture; wooden boxes and trays of all size and shape; clear glass objects such as plates, platters, bowls, vases, candle holders and paperweights; metal trays and boxes; clay pots; and of course, wall art.

Any theme can be employed but Victorian designs are probablyrepparttar 116179 most popular because modern découpage is a revival ofrepparttar 116180 art that flourished in 18th and 19th century Europe.

The Art of Collage

Written by Eileen Bergen

The Art Of Collage By Eileen Bergen The Artful Crafter

Collage, fromrepparttar French word “coller” (to stick), is a technique that incorporates fragments of paper and collected or found objects into artistic compositions. The National Gallery of Art credits Georges Braque and Pablo Picasso with legitimizing collage as fine art. Today any material fixed to a surface may be termed collage.

As usual,repparttar 116175 guys get allrepparttar 116176 credit! Atrepparttar 116177 risk of generalizing I think women have a genetic proclivity for collage and have been creating it since time began.

Women tend to arrange and organize, rearrange and reorganize, until they see a composition that is pleasing torepparttar 116178 eye. Women do this with home décor, their dinner tables, their closets, their makeup, their apparel, you name it.

Men, onrepparttar 116179 other hand, tend to leave things where they lie, find organization in disorganization, have little concern (and may exhibit actual annoyance) if you ask them to pick up after themselves or put things back “where they belong so you can find it when you want it, Dear”.

Women’s genetic tendency to artfully arrange things explainsrepparttar 116180 current rage for scrapbooking which has evolved into a very advanced form of collage. Also inrepparttar 116181 collage category are shadow boxes, photo collages, collaged cards, framed family history or theme collages, and of course collage art (-for-art’s sake).

1. Any collage starts with a theme or group of somehow related objects. So look around you. Getrepparttar 116182 shoebox of family memorabilia out ofrepparttar 116183 attic. Keep your eye out for objects that appeal to you and are mountable. Just a few suggestions: beach glass, shells, small pieces of driftwood, dried flowers and leaves, jewelry parts, charms, doll house furniture and accessories, machine parts, e.g. gears from a watch or small motor, kitchen utensils, or old silverware.

You may have several groups accumulating at once; and objects may be moved at whim from one group to another. Once you have enough in any one group, lay them out on a table and arrange them. Let them talk to you. Leave them for a few days, glancing at them from time to time and moving items around until you are satisfied withrepparttar 116184 arrangement. Or if you’re really inspired, you may be pleased with your first arrangement! It happens sometimes.

You may want to enhance or alter some objects for a special look. Paper can be “antiqued” by carefull singeingrepparttar 116185 edges and/or washing over repparttar 116186 paper with tea. Some items can be painted or shellacked. You may want only part of a photo. Tear or cut awayrepparttar 116187 unwanted portion or create a pretty mat from textured paper in a coordinated color. Objects can be painted or colored: polka dots on a scrap of metal, a stained glass design painted on clear glass, a matte finish on one item that would otherwise clash with allrepparttar 116188 glossy ones – or vice versa.

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