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Welcome to Decoupage Qld

The Decoupage Guild of Queensland meets 5 times a year.
If you are interested in seeing what we do on these days, why not drop in one day and meet us.
For more information phone:-
Heather Lihou our President on 0407 732 206
Secretary Barbara Chapple on 07 3359 8937.
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our newsletter is sent to members approximately 2 weeks before the meetings.,

Our meetings are fun and fairly informal where we mostly show each other what we've been working on,
ask advice on problems, and share tips we've happened across.

Our next meeting is on Sunday 9 October 2022 at the Chermside Library, 10 am.

From time to time we invite speakers to give talks.

We also organize special events and take part in regional festivals and expos.

We are commencing workshops outside of our meeting dates for those who would be interested in learning the craft of Decoupage and other paper crafts.

please phone Barb, Heather or Di to indicate your interest.




Around about 1750, people living in Venice started doing what was then known as 'lacca povera', or poor man's art. It happened after the beautiful lacquer work from the East had become so popular, but that was very expensive, having been shipped from so far away. Printers produced sheets of engravings to be used in 'lacca povera' These were then hand coloured,cut and pasted on to furniture and varnished to look like the high gloss of lacquer.

The popularity of 'lacca povera' spread to other Italian cities and then throughout Europe. The name Decoupage was given by the French. It comes from the word 'decouper' which means 'to cut'. There have been many famous people who have been keen Decoupage exponents. It is said that no pictures were safe from Marie Antoinette and her ladies' scissors. Mary Delany, an English lady, cut perfect replicas of flowers from specially made coloured papers to use in her work. Queen Victoria loved the art of Decoupage and became quite a collector.

Unfortunately, the popularity of doing Decoupage has faded over time. Venice, where it all began, has not produced very much since the time of Napoleon. It ceased in France about the time of the French Revolution, and in England it was the outbreak of the first World War which changed everything.

These days we do not use varnish as they did many years ago. We have adapted to using more modern materials. New finishes which do not alter the colour of our images have been a boon. Though we, mostly, take our pictures from other people's art, we rearrange it to create a totally different effect. Sometimes we use images from several different sources on the one piece. Laser copying has been a great help to us. At least we do not have to cut up everything in sight.



Decoupageqld Guild Committee for 2021/2022




Heather Lihou

0407 732 206

email Heather


Barbara Chapple

(07) 3359 8937

email Barbara


Di Loxton

0417 764 401

email Di

Snippets Editor:

Ineke Baillie-van der Kraan

0419 677 890

email Ineke