Decoupage consists of cutting and pasting paper cut-outs into an object and then covering them with layers of varnish. Once finished, the item might look professionally painted. The word découpage comes from French découper, which means to cut. Thanks to the Decoupage you can personalize many items in your home with designs as simple or complex as you wish.

You can apply Decoupage on wood, metal or glass surfaces. Cut out the images, organize your design, stick them on the object you want to decorate and apply thin layers of varnish. Under the influence of different cutting traditions, such as paper cutting in ancient China, felt appliques in Siberia and some popular art manifestations in Poland, decoupage originated in France in the 17th century, as a way of decorating shelves, cabinets and other furniture, then becoming a fashionable pastime in Europe, with elegant and colorful designs of printed images that were applied to a greater variety of objects, such as chests, lampshades and toiletries.

At the beginning of the last century it was used in the Art-Deco style and in the 60s it became popular in the United States for decorating lampshades, litter bins, trays, boxes and various articles of daily use. With the Decoupage technique, the possibilities to personalize almost any object are endless: figures, boxes, vases, pots, plates, trays, coasters, lamps and lampshades, frames and mirrors, furniture. It is an interesting, relaxing and fun art.

What do you need to start practicing decoupage?

To begin with, first of all you will need an object to apply the decoupage, and then, decorative papers, glue, sealer varnish and brushes to apply them.

Raima offers everything you need, including figures to decorate.

Decoupage materials at Raima in Barcelona

Cardboard figures to decorate with the decoupage technique: frames, tissue boxes, letter carriers, letters. Made in recycled cardboard, resistant and finished with a finish ready to start decorating.

Decorative papers

Decopatch sheets, to apply on flat or irregular surfaces. They do not break or discolor.
Stamperia rice paper sheets, ideal for their thinness, quality, texture, printing and strength.
Raima papers of different types and designs: natural texture, made with bamboo, grass, paper, jute, wheat, linen; brocade satin paper, made of fine satin brocade cloth; gift wrap of exclusive, fine and colorful designs; block of papers of 36 sheets and 18 varied designs.

Glue and brushes

Paperpatch glue-varnish, which, when dried, creates a water-resistant film. It is safe to be used by children; Aquapro vitrifier varnish, sealer, fixer and protector. It is odorless, acid free and colorless once dry; brushes of different thicknesses and length of bristles.

Go ahead and learn Decoupage!

It can be learned quickly. These are some simple instructions so that even beginners can easily decorate their favorite items.

  • Make sure your surface is clean and dry before you start.
  • Cut out your ornaments and organize them according to your design.
  • Apply the glue and place the image.
  • Add layers of sealant leaving them to dry until the set has fully incorporated to the surface.

Have fun!