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Art Glossary: Decoupage

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Definition: Decoupage is an arts and craft technique where existing images or photographs (cut from a magazine or wrapping paper, for example) are used to decorate a surface (such as a table top or box). These are then covered with layers of varnish to protect them and make the object functional.

In a decoupage the images used might be overlapped or spaced out, wrapped around the corners of the object or cut off, as suits the artist's personal preference. The background surface of the object might be visible or covered completely, it might be painted first or left natural (showing the wood grain for instance).

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