Monday, October 28th, 2013

Artist Review: Decoupage and Collage with Decopatch!


Decopatch test and Review

It always makes me happy whenever I have the opportunity to play with new art supplies. Shown above is a variety of Decopatch products (paper, brush & varnish) that Exaclair distributes within the US.

Decopatch test and Review

Decopatch papers are specifically designed for decoupage: (Per Wiki) “the art of decorating an object by gluing colored paper cutouts onto it in combination with special paint effects, gold leaf and so on. Commonly an object like a small box or an item of furniture is covered by cutouts from magazines or from purpose-manufactured papers. Each layer is sealed with varnishes (often multiple coats) until the “stuck on” appearance disappears and the result looks like painting or inlay work. The traditional technique used 30 to 40 layers of varnish which were then sanded to a polished finish. This was known in 18th century England as the art of Japanning after its presumed origins.”

Decopatch test and Review

These special papers are easily torn, non-bleeding and show very little wrinkling.

Decopatch test and Review

I applied these papers to various objects (paper, wood, metal) and used several different adhesives: acrylic paint, acrylic matte medium and the Decopatch varnish – which in my testing didn’t really act as a glue like I thought it would. The acrylic paint & matte medium worked quite well as adhesives as acrylic mediums are often used in mixed media collage work. As a side note, I gave some of this paper to a fellow artist who used Elmer’s glue – a product whose sticking power I have apparently underestimated.

Decopatch test and Review

This image shows a variety of the objects I covered with the paper- including a few wooden discs I picked up at the craft store that I envision could be used as hanging ornaments.

Decopatch test and Review

Inexpensive round cardboard boxes (.99 I think?) from the craft store. I think they would make excellent gift boxes that could be used long after the gift has been given.

Decopatch test and Review

Looking around my studio for things to cover, I wanted to see how see-through the paper was and so decoupaged this plastic cup. I now can imagine covering small glass jars with these papers and then adding a small LED light inside the jar.

Decopatch test and Review

Using some of the paper over an acrylic background in one of the sketch books I use (this is a Clairefontaine Crok Book) to study color.

Decopatch test and Review

More play in the Crok book.

Decopatch test and Review

Small bits of the paper applied with white paint – applied in layers over a piece of colored paper. This, like the other examples on paper depict studies, (seeing how things work) or potential works in progress.

Of note – the colors will really “pop” if the papers are being applied to something with a lighter color under it.

From the Exaclair catalog: “Decopatch is a playful adaption of the French word decoupage. Very thin but super strong and flexible, it easily covers every shape and texture. It goes on smoothly, so there is never a seam or bubble. It’s like painting with paper! Decopatch applies beautifully and evenly to any surface – wood, metal, papier mache, plastic, glass, ceramic, fabric, acrylic, wax, wicker, cardboard and stone”

Glue/Varnish: Paperpatch® is a non toxic glue, without solvent. It brings a glossy finish to all surfaces. Keep at room temperature. Aquapro® professional varnish provides a protective coating with a lustrous finish

Paper Details:

• 90 designs – acid-free paper
• Very thin but strong and flexible
• Smooth texture, allows invisible overlays • Real paint effect. Deep-dyed
• Colorfast – colors never fade or run
• Easy to tear off – no scissors needed
• Sold in packs of 20 sheets per design or packs of 3 sheets with 1 design (The online vendors I found in the US were selling the Decopatch papers by the individual sheet) 

Decopatch also comes in prepackaged kits – check out this review of the Shadowbox/Frame kit over at Life Imitates Doodles. 

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