I really like decoupage technique. Did you know that this technique started really early, and can be found in East Siberian tombs dated 300BC? I didn’t know that either … Of course, artisans in Italy, Florence, perfected the technique in 17th century and since then traditional decoupage technique consist of 30 to 40 layers of varnish. Oh, my!
I tried something new with my digital brushes – something like chair decoupage.
Those cat heads are cats that are (or were) up for an adoption. I took the photos of all of them and then created the PS brushes. (Cat Heads Photoshop Brushes can be downloaded here) Then, I printed the brushes onto tissue paper. If you don’t know how, here’s the one of the many tutorials that can be find on the Internet: How to print on tissue paper tutorial
Of course, as always we we make something for the first time, I made a few mistakes too. First, I printed the cat heads on edges of the tissue paper – bad idea, because the decoupage made straight lines right in the middle of the seat. OK, now I know.
Second, I didn’t use the Mod Podge to glue the tissue paper, I used the acrylic varnish instead. That was a mistake, because varnish crumpled tissue paper.
Well, today I added 7th layer of varnish and I think I’ll go all the way to the end – to the 30th layer and then I’ll see if I can “smooth-up” the crumpled tissue paper 🙂
All in all, my first decoupage item is done 🙂
In the meantime, as I said, I decided to share the cat brushes with you guys. This is a free download and you can use it for your commercial projects too.
Cat Heads Photoshop Brushes (5 of them)