DECOUPAGING FABRIC
OR WALL CLIPART BORDERS



From clipart borders to fabric wall applications, when it comes to decoupage there's no limit to the kind of wall designs you can do.

Due to the selection of pictures you can buy, you'll always have a ready supply of themes or decorating ideas for your design projects. Below are techniques, and how to advice for adding a few pictures to your bordered walls. If on the other hand your looking for other advice for decorating your home click on this ideas link hopefully you will find a project that you might be looking for.


DECOUPAGE TOOLS NEEDED



  • Brush For Applying Clear Coat (if needed)
  • Brush For Applying Glue
  • Clear Coat (If Needed)
  • Clipart Borders, Prints, Photocopies, Or Cut Out Fabric
  • Patterns
  • Decoupage Or Wallpaper Glue
  • Drop Cloths, Plastic Covering (If Needed)
  • Measuring Device
  • Painters Tape
  • Pencil



BORDER DECOUPAGE TECHNIQUE



Use the drop cloths and a plastic covering if you're afraid of dripping glue onto the valuables. To designate a border area, measure down from the ceiling four inches to a foot (depending on how wide you want it) at every three feet or so. Apply a strip of painters tape from wall to wall just below your measured and lightly marked pencil lines. The area between the tape and ceiling is the surface you'll be gluing your paper, fabric or clipart borders onto. Do the same for each wall section that you'll be doing your decoupage technique to.

Using wall paper glue on your chosen clipart borders, prints, fabric patterns or photo copy cut outs takes more time but gives you the option of quickly removing your applied designs.

If your going to use fabric for your border be sure it doesn’t easily fray.

Paper pictures need to be decoupaged to colored card stock (craft store) prior attaching them to the walls if you wish to remove them easily. Treat the prints as if they where a picture framed by colored backgrounds. As an example, photo copy a flower that goes well with your wall color from a magazine then duplicate it (the amount of copies depends on how many you'll need for your border) then use card stock that complements the flowers color. Size and shape the card stock to what ever you feel will look best.

For added effect glue a second sheet of complementing but smaller sized stock to the first sheet then glue on your flower and coat the entire picture with decoupage. Use wallpaper glue on the back to stick them to your walls.

Art stores and galleries are good places for pictures that have been framed with colored mating giving you ideas and design inspiration.

If you don't mind having to mud over clipart borders when your tired of looking at them. Or you’d like a faster way to add some pictures to the walls, then decoupage the selected prints, fabric or paper onto the surface of your designated border area. Follow the decoupage label instructions for your best results. Once that's done use a two and a half inch brush that's designed for clear coats then apply a couple applications of latex clear coat (you’ll need to decide on sheen) on top of the taped off decoupage area and prints. When you remove the tape you should have a strait even block of clear coat covering the taped off section.


SUMMARY



Decoupage can be (but not always) time consuming and difficult. It's a good idea to try your skills including the application of the clear coat on a board or old piece of drywall before decoupaging your walls. Once you discover the clipart borders, fabric or paper picture technique that works best you'll be very happy with the elegant results.


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