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decoupage finish


decoupage (the word derives from the French verb decouper: to cut out), began to flourish in the 15th century.  elaborate printed decorative borders were used to decorate furniture and then coated with many layers of thick varnish so that the finish was as smooth as if the design had been hand painted.  it was a shortcut which was indistinguishable from the real thing and became known as "arte povera" - the poor man's art.  by the 19th century it had become a hobby for Victorian ladies, and colourful images known as "scrap sheets" were mass produced which made the craft much more accessible.  around this time pieces of chintz fabric were being used to decorate furniture as well.  the interest in decoupage declined thereafter and it is only since the innovation of the photocopier and fast drying varnishes that its popularity has returned. 

  • today the look created can be both contemporary or aged.
  • all that is needed is paper, decoupage finish and imagination

decoupage finish is ideal as a fast all-in-one glue for building up the layers which create the look required for decoupage. 

decoupage finish is available in matt and gloss




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