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Learn the Art of Layering with Paint & Paper, part 3

Learn the Art of Layering with Paint & Paper, part 3

Simple Decoupage Collage Art, a fun, new FREE downloadable eBook is now available at!  I know you will want to check it out.  This free eBook contains lots of content including three easy-to-create projects, simple-to-follow written instructions, step-by-step photographs, patterns and several bright, cheerful and colorful designer papers specific for each project.  These designer papers can be easily downloaded and printed from your home printer to create these projects.

Following the carefree, bohemian trend, this Mod Podge Collage Art project incorporates the use of paper beads that you can easily create.  These same paper beads can effortlessly be transformed into a jewelry statement you would be proud to wear!
  • Mod Podge Gloss
  • Mod Podge FREE Downloadable Papers – BoHo Feathers Collection (print 1 set of patterned papers)
  • Mod Podge Free Downloadable pattern page
  • Mod Podge Seven-Piece Tool Kit
  • FolkArt Acrylic colors – Red Violet
  • FolkArt Basecoating Brush
  • 8” x 8” Gallery Wrapped Stretched Canvas
Miscellaneous Supplies:  refer to the list provided on page 4 of the eBook, plus a couple 1/8” diameter wood dowels, and jute string (approximately 50” long).
How to Prepare the Pattern Papers:
It is best to print all patterned papers on a dry toner or laser printer to complete each project.  IMPORTANT:  If printing on an inkjet printer, the printed papers should be sealed before working with Mod Podge.  Inkjet printers produce prints created from water-based inks and may be susceptible to damage when working with water-based Mod Podge.  Inks on the printed images may “re-wet” causing colors to blur slightly.  To prevent this from happening with an inkjet printed paper, lightly spray seal the printed image with a couple light coats of Mod Podge Matte Clear Acrylic Spray before cutting.  NOTE:  When printing from a laser printer, it is not necessary to spray seal the printed paper prior to working with Mod Podge.
Canvas Prep:
  1. Using a FolkArt Basecoating Brush, apply a smooth, even application of FolkArt Red Violet to the entire surface of the canvas, including the gallery wrapped sides.  Allow to dry, then reapply a second coat of paint.  Let dry.
  2. Using scissors, carefully cut out the feather pattern.  Also cut out the cone and barrel bead patterns.
  1. Position the feather pattern on the backside of the selected patterned paper; trace around the feather shape using a pencil and then cut it out.  Repeat this step until four different patterned paper feathers are created.  For design placement, lay the feathers on the face of the canvas in the desired order.
  2. Working one paper feather at a time, lay the feather pattern side down on the Mod Podge Silicone Mat.  Apply Mod Podge Gloss to both the backside of the feather and the front side of the painted canvas.  Flip the paper feather over then position on the canvas where desired, press in place.  Using either the Mod Podge Squeegee or the Mod Podge Brayer, smooth the paper to the canvas removing air pockets, wrinkles and excess Mod Podge.  Allow to dry approximately 20 minutes.
  1. Brush a topcoat of Mod Podge Gloss over the entire canvas and allow to dry.
Creating Paper Beads:
  1. To create the paper beads, trace both the cone and barrel bead pattern onto the backside of each desired patterned paper using a pencil.  NOTE: If desired, the pattern can be traced on the design side of the paper as a way to reference the paper print.  Trace patterns for as many beads as desired then cut each traced pattern out.  NOTE:  The finished sample as shown requires 20 paper beads.
  1. Working one bead at a time, lay the patterned paper face down on the Mod Podge Silicone Mat.  Place a thin dowel at the widest end of the paper.
Roll the paper around the dowel one complete turn.  Next, apply a small amount of Mod Podge Gloss onto the backside of the remaining paper, then continue rolling.

NOTE:  It is best to periodically add a bit more Mod Podge while rolling up the bead.  At the tail end of the paper, apply Mod Podge to secure the bead and let dry.  Topcoat the entire bead with Mod Podge Gloss.  Let dry, then slide the paper bead off the dowel.  Repeat these steps until all beads have been created.
  1. Cut a length of jute to go around the canvas, plus six inches – 38 inches.  Tie knots approximately every two inches.
  2. Using Mod Podge Gloss at the canvas corners, attach the knotted jute around the canvas.  Let dry.
  3. String a section of jute with the completed paper beads being sure to knot the jute before and after each bead.  This will secure the beads in place. String four strands of jute with three beads and four strands of two beads.
  4. Pair two strands of beaded jute (one / three-bead stand and one / two-bead strand) together.  Next, tie a pair of beaded strands to the jute trim underneath each decoupaged feather. 
  • Experiment creating both the feathers and beads using the patterned paper both vertically and horizontally.
  • Changing up the FolkArt Acrylic background color will create a huge difference in the finished project as well.  Have fun trying a variety of coordinating colors!  Switch out the jute, use another natural fiber or colorful ribbon.
Be sure to download your FREE copy of Simple Decoupage Collage Art today
Pattern papers designed by:  Kati Sellers
Project sample created by:  Suzanne Cook
Posted: 8/22/2017 10:04:04 AM by Tim Goleman | with 0 comments

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