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Learn the Art of Layering with Paint & Paper, Part 4

Learn the Art of Layering with Paint & Paper, Part 4

Decoupage & Paint 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.


“You are Loved” is an easy-to-create Mod Podge collage art project that can be created in an afternoon.  The feminine floral patterned papers, especially designed for this project, are accented with the shabby chic look of a painted weathered and crackled surface.

Supplies: Miscellaneous Supplies:  refer to the list provided on page 4 of the eBook

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.
  1.  Begin by tearing each of the three pink patterned papers into randomly sized squares. 
  2. Next, each torn paper square is then decoupaged onto the wood pallet sign.  Using a Mod Podge Silicone Mat as a work surface, lay each torn square, print side down, onto the mat.  Apply Mod Podge Ultra Matte Chalk to the backside of a square, then position it onto the pallet.

Loosely decoupage each paper in clusters keeping the mini floral paper to the top of the pallet sign.  Place the script scribble pattern paper primarily in the center and position the larger pink blossom patterned paper towards the bottom third of the pallet sign.  NOTE:  It is definitely OK to allow the decoupaged squares to overlap or allow the natural wood of the pallet to show in random areas.  Let dry.
  1. Once dry, seal the entire surface with an application of Mod Podge Ultra Matte Chalk and allow to dry again.
  1. Next, using scissors, cut the heart masking stencil out and place it onto the pallet where desired.  Hold in place, then brush a medium application of FolkArt Crackle Medium on the pallet sign over the decoupaged papers using a No. 12 flat brush in a slip slap overlapping pattern.
Carefully remove the heart masking stencil and set it aside.  Let the Crackle Medium dry.
  1. Once dry, replace the heart masking stencil in the same place.  With a No. 12 flat brush, apply FolkArt Titanium White using slightly overlapping, slip slap strokes over the exposed area of the pallet sign.

NOTE:  It is best to work quickly being careful not to over stroke an area too much as the crackling will begin immediately as the paint dries.  Remove the heart masking stencil and let dry.
  1. Using either scissors or a craft knife, cut out the words “You Are Loved” from the green patterned paper.  Position the letters onto the pallet sign where desired and then Mod Podge in place.  Allow to dry. 
  2. Further accent some of the crackled areas by decoupaging a few of the remaining randomly torn paper squares over the dry crackle.  NOTE:  This accent is shown loosely clustered in the bottom right corner and in the upper left corner.
  1. To seal and protect the entire pallet sign, apply a coat of Mod Podge Ultra Matte Chalk over the entire surface.  Allow to dry. 
  • If desired, the patterned papers can be cut into random sized squares rather than the organic look of tearing the paper.
  • Experiment with color and replace FolkArt Titanium White with other colors such as FolkArt Baby Pink, Soft Apple or Portrait Light.
Be sure to download your FREE copy of Decoupage & Paint Collage Art today!
Pattern papers designed by:  Shawna Malone
Project sample created by:  Julie Lewis
Posted: 9/7/2017 9:00:00 AM by Tim Goleman | with 0 comments

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