Decopatch – Fabric Decoupage
Summers are here and so are the vacations! I see all the homes around bustling with activities – vacation planning, summer camps and of course the summer savouries and pickles :). Well! Bob n Betty sent me a packful of summer activities in the form of their newly launched ‘DecoPatch Papers’.
Ummmm.. are you thinking how is it different from our decoupage speciality papers?
Well, most of us would know that decoupage originally began as a form of art involving altering products using patches/pieces of papers. So, the ‘DecoPatch Papers’
are the perfect resources for one to indulge into authentic art of decoupage. With beautiful motiffs, printed on fine quality fairly translucent 50 GSM papers, you could achieve high quality finish on your products. The extreme ease with which they fold make them usable on any kind of surface including the curved ones. And not to miss, I was extremely delighted to see the attractive packaging! As they say, what the eyes admire, the heart desire 😉 ;). It comes as singles, packed in sturdy cardboard rolls, making them reach you fresh and crisp and of course, easy to store!
I am sharing the first project that I’ve done with these papers with all of you here.
Fabric tote bag
We all know by now how bad plastic is for our environment, don’t we? I’ve decided to bring about a little change I possibly could by adopting a low – waste lifestyle and reducing the use of plastic wherever I can. So, I altered my fabric tote to make it more intriguing for me to carry it out :). Here are the steps –
1. I washed my canvas bag to remove all starch from it and ironed it well.
2. Next, I inserted a piece of cardboard covered with cellophane inside the bag. This is to ensure, when I paint, the colours don’t seep through the fabric and spoil the back side of the bag.
3. Then, I adhered masking tape to create stripes, and painted the unmasked area with light grey fabric/acrylic colours. I diluted the paint with water and painted as I didn’t want the paint to appear heavy and stiff on the fabric.
4. Next, I cut the motiff out of the decopatch sheet, and applied white acrylic paint on the reverse side lightly. As the paper is fairly translucent, I didn’t want the stripes on the background to show through the motiff.
5. Then, I stuck the motiff on the bag using diluted fabric glue. Then place cellophane and press gently from centre towards the edges to remove all air bubbles. Then, I coated the patch with fabric glue.
6. I had come accross this beautiful stencil, which complements the motiff that I chose perfectly, and so with black fabric/acrylic paint I stenciled the image on the bag. Tip: use good quality stencil brush (foam daubers tend to make the paint bleed). Wipe excess paint on a tissue and use dry brush method and tap-tap brush technique for perfect stenciling.
7. Finally, I reversed the bag and ironed it. (Light iron setting).
8. Lastly, I decorated the bag with some coordinated fabric flowers and a blingy star!
I am pretty impressed, the bag looks no less than a printed factory – made one :)I am going to make quite a few of these and gift my friends and relatives – “we’ve banned the plastic bag, for a better tomorrow“. 🙂
Hope you like the project!
Try out the papers and spam me with all your queries:) Happy to help