Sunday, 3 February 2013

tear it up and stick it down

I've been LANTing up a storm recently!  Welcome to WIP #59 - decopatch.


I bought the equipment for this from a Hobbycrafts show a while ago.  I say "equipment", that actually consists of a pot of special glue, a paint brush and some thin patterned papers.  It's a really easy craft where you tear the paper into small pieces and glue it down.


I'd bought blue and red papers, so made this picture frame using both.  I didn't want to mix them up though.  I had to make sure my papers went right round the edges to the back so none of the wooden blank would be on show.



I bought the picture frame (which is about 8" tall) from a local craft shop for about £2. I've got another one and I enjoyed making this so much, I was tempted to do that one too, but thought I'd save it and try a different design.


This little basket (about 5" long) is made from papier maché (not made by me!) and came with the set I bought at Hobbycrafts.  I did the outside in blue and the inside in red.


I probably should have done somethign with the handle - mind you, it's not too late.  I tore my papers and overlapped the pieces to give it a more organic feel but you could also cut them into squares and stick them down carefully to get a patchwork effect.


(That's the bottom).  The papers aren't cheap, I don't know how much I paid at the show, but they're about £3.50 for 3 papers in Hobbycraft, having said that, I had 4 different sheets and used about a third of each making these two items, so they do go quite far. 

I have a large papier maché box that I want to make into a wedding memories box.  I'd bought far too much of the scrapbook paper I used to make the wedding stationery and would like to use that to decopatch the box... I'm not sure if it will work though as the Decopatch paper is very thin.  I'll give it a go and see what happens.

I really enjoyed doing this.  Again, like the Scraperfoil from the other day, it's not incredibly creative, but it is a fun, relaxing craft to do whilst watching TV, expecially if you're feeling under the weather.

8 comments:

Nicky said...

It might not be difficult(though I doubt it!) but it gives a wonderful effect. I love the basket, it looks fantastic....

Shirley said...

You'll never guess what? I was lying in bed this morning thinking about doing this very thing to an old mirror that isn't the right colour I want for a room. Your frame has turned out great I love it.

Kerryp77 said...

Decopatch is fun, I've done a couple of bits. I get impatient waiting for the glue to dry so I can carry on! They all look great. I'm lucky we have an independant local shop that sells it by the sheet for £1

Truly Myrtle said...

I bought my kids letters for their names at Christmas - I thought they'd love this. The price of the papers has delayed us getting to it - but isn't the result lovely? I'm glad to hear that they go far... maybe half term break :)

Nancy Lee said...

This also works well with patterned wrapping tissue and paper napkins. Those colours are really nice together. Do you have to seal the finished piece with varnish?

Jane Galley said...

I've done it using other paper as well, not the speciality paper. You could try old magazine, music sheets, whatever takes your fancy. Having the two different colours for the inside and outside works well

Sandra :) said...

I haven't done decoupage in a long time - it's fun! Love the red + blue colour combo!

Celtic Thistle said...

Congrats on ticking off another WIP! They both look lovely,

Hope you are feeling better soon!