The word "decoupage" comes from the French, meaning
(literally) "a cutting out." Specifically, it is a decorating technique
in which a medium—usually paper or photographs—is affixed to an item
with white glue. The glue is applied in coats, with a new coat
added each time the previous one dries. The item then receives numerous
coats of varnish or lacquer - or in this case, polyurethane.
inspired to try decoupage after visiting a tobacco store and seeing stacks of
wooden cigar boxes for sale. I like using cigar boxes because each one has its own character.
I also make wall boards—reclaimed wood that has been decoupaged and sealed
with polyurethane to create a unique piece of wall art. Each comes with mounted hardware and is ready to hang.
If a price appears in parenthesis beside "No longer available" or "Not for sale," the item can be recreated. Feel free to contact us if you have questions about dimensions. Prices exclude shipping.
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This 7" x 7.5" board was inspired by The Fairies, by Suza Scalora. Click here to enlarge.
These pictures came from Portrait of Nepal,
a book of photographs by Kevin Bubriski, who spent much of the mid-1980's documenting the people of the region. For alternate views, click the links below. The sides, which aren't shown, are flanked with maps of the region.
The theme of this box is masks. The pictures came from a book titled Masquerade, The Mask as Art, by Maurice Tuchman. Look closely and you'll see that each picture is of an actual mask. For alternate views, click the links below.
Wall board: Seven or eight years ago, I fell in love with this print and ended up buying for $1 at a flea market. Only recently did it finally find its purpose. Measures 11-1/1" x 13-3/4". Click here to enlarge.
Not for sale
Box: Thanks again to Gil Elvgren: All His Glamorous American pin-ups.
Box: Mexican artist Frida Kahlo (1907-1954) is one of my favorites. She contracted polio at age 6, and nearly died in a car accident in her teens. She lived in constant pain, which is evidenced in her work.