How to Decoupage Part II

Decoupage_Florentine_style_boxThe previous post gave an introduction to the history of decoupage, and the preparation steps to follow when decoupaging an item.

This article will address the actual creation of the decoupage artwork.

  • 5) Mix and apply the glue. You can use white glue with an equal ration of water to glue. Apply the mixture to the item to be decoupaged. Use a paintbrush to apply the glue, and make sure to apply it evenly.
  • 6) Start gluing! Glue the pieces, one at a time. Apply the pieces carefully without bending or crumpling. Smooth the piece, rubbing out from the center. You can partially overlap the layers for a complex design.
  • 7) Leave to dry. Let the glue dry thoroughly. If you are doing multiple layers, then let each layer dry before adding a new one.
  • 8) Apply the varnish. Apply a couple layers of varnish and lacquer. Let each coat dry before adding another.
  • 9) Sand. Use a 400 grit sandpaper to smooth out the varnish. Once you are finished sanding, wipe with a soft cloth. Be careful not to sand on less than two layers of varnish, or you will end up sanding the paper.
  • 10) Continue varnishing. It is the multiple layers of varnish that give the decoupage its unique appearance. You may only use 4 or 5, but some decoupage artists may use up to 40 coats. Keep sanding after every couple of coats.

And now the item is complete.


  • Can I use photos?

Yes, as long as they printed on photo paper.

  • Can I decorate my guitar case? It has a rough surface.

Yes, but you need to prepare it properly first. Coat the surface with a few layers of varnish until smooth.

  • How do I seal my item?

Use polyurethane as a final layer after your layers of varnish.

  • Can I use mod podge as my sealer instead of varnish?

Yes, but ensure to get the gloss one to get a nice finish.

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