Sunday, 21 October 2012

Diy decoupage plate with inspirational quotes

 To tell you the truth, I always wanted to find out for myself how easy (or not) the decoupage method was. I didn't have the chance to actually see anyone doing it in front of me, so I was pretty curious and anxious if I could  transform an object into something new only by watching some videos on You tube or Pinterest. Well, I have to admit they have been very helpful and I can say that my first decoupage method has been rather succesful.
This is also my first time that I am presenting to you a diy project and I think it may not be as detailed as it should be.(The thing is I was so absorbed with the whole decoupage process that I didn't take as many photos as I ought to take in order to give you a more accurate, step by step procedure).
Anyway, I think you wouldn't have any problem with the project if you have a prior experience in decoupage but if you don't, then this video will definitely help you as it did in my case.

First of all, you will need an object that you want to transform into something new. It may be old and used or not but I think the most important thing if it is your first time will be to choose an object with a flat surface.I, for example, used an old plate which I was about to throw away. The paint had come off  since I had this plate to put some candles on and whenever I tried to clean it from the candle remains more and more red paint would come off. Well, the picture says it all...

Then I had to find pieces of paper to put them on the plate.I didn't want to put napkins or photos, I thought of putting some interesting quotes that I find very inspiring and optimistic. Pinterest had been most helpful on this stage I must admit. I found many quotes ( I prefered the ones with a black backround because I thought it would much the (remaining) red color of the plate) there and  I had to find the perfect size for them so they could fit into the plate. So  I did a lot of  copying, pasting and resizing in my computer and that took me quite a long time.
 Ok now let's go back to the things and tools you 'll need ( apart from the object you want to transform ):
  • A pair of scissors
  • A decoupage medium (Mod Podge or any other glue that is suitable for decoupage)
  • Pieces of paper
  • A big flat paint brush
  • Glossy spray paint or liquid glass

Now, the decoupage method is pretty easy.You apply a thin coat of decoupage medium (Mod Podge etc) a) on the surface of the object, b) under the piece of paper and  c)  over the top of it.You have to wait for about half an hour in order to let it dry and that's it! If you would like to have  a glossy finish then you could use glossy spray paint or apply a coat of liquid glass.
Of course, I had to use an extra piece of paper in the center of the plate because I wanted to cover the part of the plate that the red paint had come off.  This gave a more vintage  look to the object and I think it kind of matched with the whole interesting quotes concept.
And ta da!!! All my favorite quotes in one place (Or should I say plate)!So inspirational for me...This plate will definitely make my day each time I have a look at it.


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