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Decoupage, napkin appliqué or napkin decoupage is currently a very popular craft technique. You can use the patterns on napkins to create attractive patterns and compositions, and decorate just about anything. Without needing any special artistic skills, decoupage or napkin appliqué allows you to create new, original works of art, decorations and gifts. Here’s how to do it.
First select a suitable napkin. There is a wide variety on the market, and many stores accommodate craftspeople by selling single napkins. Select a napkin with an image that will be easy to cut out. The resulting effect is always more attractive if the picture is cut out precisely. Some motifs are too intricate. If the motif has a white background and it will be glued to a white base, you do not need to be as careful – any inconsistencies will not show up in the result. Separate the bottom plies of napkin from the cut-out picture. If the plies hold together firmly, it is easier to first remove the top printed layer of napkin and then cut out the design. It is best to do the same with small pictures.
Use a brush to apply glue to the surface of the decorated item. Never apply glue directly to the napkin – it is too thin and would be ruined. Adhere the picture. Using a wet brush, carefully adjust the pattern into place and, when dry, brush once more with glue. This allows the napkin to become incorporated into the base while fixing it in place. Small children can also be invited to join in. Decoupage is easy and fun.