By Barbara Chapple
I trust you remain inspired and continue to enjoy our mutual passion of
decoupage. 2007 was off to a good start as we worked on our masks
February under the guidance of Barbara Beck, some of these
works of art added to the display at Crows Nest.
And then the next undertaking was this Live-in Workshop in the country
town of Crows Nest where a total of 16, 12 of whom were decoupeurs,
worked, chatted and in general enjoyed a relaxed time. After
queries and hints around the table, Shirley demonstrated applying
Aristocrat to a placemat and then on another piece achieving a tiled
effect. The remaining mixture was not wasted - it was used to
variety of pearl shell pendants various members had decoupaged. The
variety of these pieces made up a fine collection. Saturday
found us exploring the use of foil paper under direction of
fine texture of the foils should only require a minimum layers of
lacquer. I look forward to seeing the completed eggs and
Unfortunately the hot dry wind that sprung up on Sunday was not
conducive to working under glass as planned, so we were forced to pack
up a little earlier than scheduled. The display arranged in the
restaurant drew the attention of diners, while we once again were
treated to the spread of home-style cuisine that this venue
offers. The weekend concluded with a barbecue meal prepared by the
non-decoupeurs of the party.
Now we look forward to gathering in May. Allan apologies that he
be away, and therefore unable to lead the workshop in backgrounds, but
promises to do this at a later meeting. You may by now have
as I have, that this meeting clashes with Mothers Day and some
unable to attend. Never the less, I am sure that those of us who
come along, even though small in number, will enjoy the day. Please
bring along a piece to work upon. May I suggest that we
along our completed pieces using the foil papers. I
pieces of foil paper and am happy (with advice from others who were at
Crows Nest) to demonstrate on a small piece if anyone is interested. In
the meantime I know you will be busy finishing off you piece/s for
the Ekka - (why not work on it at the meeting.)
The special category for this year is 'Any Piece in Florals'.
us will already have a piece that fits this category. Please make
effort to support this Guild sponsored venture. Allan has
act as a collection base if you can't get your entries to the RNA
yourself. Entries close on the 23rd May. You may by
received your schedule which should be in the mail shortly after Easter.
The Guild has been given the opportunity to demonstrate twice daily at
the 2007 Exhibition. Thank you to those volunteers who have
participate. The time slots allocated are 12 noon
and 2pm on the 8
days Friday 10th to Friday 17th inclusive. A
roster will need to be
completed before then so we can avail ourselves of passes.
Amongst this busy schedule, don't forget about your Project piece for
2007. The theme is 'By the Seaside', which gives considerable
The success of the Guild depends on members sharing and helping; to
those who have contributed or have offered to contribute in the
activities mentioned so far, on your behalf, I say a big "Thank
Until May 13th, keep well, happy and busy with your decoupage.
P.S. If you are unable to attend on May 13 would you please ring
Barbara (not between April 9-30) or Val. Don't forget we need
those intending to participate in the Workshop at Mapleton in September
(21-23) at this meeting
A TALE OF TWO PLATES
Connotations of rose
petals, confetti and
romance inspired me on a journey of the 'decoupage under glass'
experience. Early in the year in March 2006 to be precise, love was in
the air for my beautiful niece Claudia who, in a couple of weeks, was
to marry her Prince Charming, Phil. I must say that,
make a very handsome couple.
As the wedding was fast approaching I quickly made my way to the
Bridal Registry of David Jones. There I selected and
beautiful gift as requested by them. As I made my way home, my brain
started ticking I was thinking, if only there was time, I would have
loved to decoupage a personal gift for them, but of course that
now an elusive and impossible dream. Time was the essence and time was
running out, there was no way that I could possibly produce a
Masterpiece in the traditional manner in such a short time. I resigned
myself to the fact that it wasn't meant to be, but the thought kept
lingering, then suddenly I was bursting at the seams with anticipation
and excitement, I just had a revelation!
"YES! YES! YES!" 'Mission Impossible' was no longer the case and
"PRESTO" decoupage under glass
was a BIG...possibility. But then, I asked myself, where do I start as
had never attempted this kind of art form before. I soon remembered
that I had attended a workshop a number of years ago given by Margaret
Dows and as soon as I arrived home I quickly went through some of the
newsletters trying to find the edition with the 'decoupage under glass
instructions' and soon enough! BINGO, there it was in the November 2001
Cut Out. I was
very much a novice when it came to this concept;
therefore, I needed all the help I could get. I was sure, that
trials and tribulations would be quite a challenge, but as the saying
goes 'No pain, no gain.'
Well my glass plate acquisition was now ready for a full make-over; it
was time to make a masterful attempt at this new project.
It was now
time to source materials and decide on a particular theme. In order for
me to get the creative juices flowing I usually like to set the mood
with some orchestral symphonies, one of my favourites is
Seasons by Vivaldi. As I started to search through my
with decoupage papers I was now confronted with an array of images. OH!
Decisions, decisions!! I finally decided on a beautiful image by
Gabriel Rossetti and a lovely Florentine border to complement the
design, and faster than the speed of lightening 'decoupage under glass'
was in the making. I quickly started cutting, mixed a batch of Gelatine
and away I went.
I glued down the image, and the Florentine border, then filled in
background with Iridescent Copper & Bronze and Gold Leaf. I
say everything was starting to take shape nicely. As I evolved into
this new territory and gained more clarity, I noticed that the main
image had developed a few shiny spots. I wasn't quite sure as to what
had caused this but, I assumed it was the Gelatine, but even so, I
thought it looked quite good considering it was my first attempt. I
left it to dry overnight and the next day I sealed it a number of times
and then proceeded to gesso the back. Soon enough, I realized that some
white spots were showing through to the front of the plate.
At this stage I did not think to add some colour to the gesso as this
would have eliminated the problem but I guess it is all about making
mistakes & learning from them. I managed to scrape away the
bits & sponged in more colour which seemed to work quite well. I
applied about four or five coats of gesso, in order to conceal the
paper cut-out then painted the back & finished it with gold leaf,
signed it, sealed it & when it was dry I applied two coats of
lacquer and VOILA! My Master Piece was finished, photographed,
wrapped and ready to be delivered to the Newly
As I gazed at the imminent success with a cherished ambition of future
projects, I knew that this was certainly a decoupage affair to remember.
Well guess what? Yes once again I have to brace
myself! For it seems
that another wedding was on the horizon. It was to be on the 7th of May
2006, this time the daughter of a good friend of mine was getting
married. As I delved into the depths of my mind for ideas and
inspirations, it seemed apparent that it was time for me to feed my
creative appetite once more with another 'decoupage under glass'
experience. I courageously embarked into this other project with much
enthusiasm and hoped to perfect and improve my technique. I felt that
this time I needed to take a more disciplined approach if I wanted to
dish up a winner.
My aim was to strive for the ultimate result, but as we all know too
well, sometimes it's not always possible; but! I will continue to
After giving it some thought and consideration it seemed
that The Lovers, by John Waterhouse, was going to take centre stage on
my new plate and as I now wanted to create a feeling of harmony,
passion and romance I decided to go for soft pink roses to adorn the
beautiful image. I immersed myself proceeding in the same manner as I
did with plate Number One.
I sealed the images, glued them down with Gelatine, I splashed a dash
of Irredescent Gold here and there, and I sponged the rest of the
background with Acra Violet mixed with some Dioxin Purple.
It was coming along nicely but on second thoughts I felt later that the
background was just a little bit too dark for my liking. It definitely
needed more gold highlights. I was now feeling disenchanted with my
result and was reconsidering my approach. It seems that my plan had not
worked as well as I had anticipated.
I was now in a bit of a pickle because I had not met my
but I certainly wasn't going to settle for something I wasn't happy
with, so now I had to assert myself as I was adamant to improve the
situation. As a moment of madness swept me up, I took the liberty to
arm myself with tools such as sand paper, steel wool and a satay
and with great trepidation I carefully sanded and scratched my way to
success. I had now finally conjured up the effect that I initially
wanted to achieve by sponging more Irredescent Gold into all of those
cracks and crannies that I had patiently recreated.
I was now relieved
as a vision of glory unfolded before my very eyes.
I was no longer casting doubt on my experiment, because it turned out
to be quite a TRIUMPH! As a matter of fact I was jumping for joy!
dance of celebration was now appropriate. Well after overcoming a
start filled with difficulties, it all turned out for the best. I
certainly feel that I have opened a Pandora's Box when it comes to my
quest for the THRILLS and SPILLS of 'decoupage under glass'.
It is certainly a dynamic and interesting concept even though I'm still
battling the shiny spots, but I will try to resolve it, and will
definitely keep my finger
on the pulse and my options open to improve this technique.
Well another work from the heart was now completed and if you were all
wondering where I was at the last October meeting...- you guessed it!
Yes! Another Wedding!!
to both the Decoupage Guild
Australia Inc. and to
author, Pauline Fodera, for allowing us to reproduce this very
Where she came from nobody
But where has she gone toâ€”
Why, the Sunshine Coast, of
Robyn, the founding editor of Snippets, was an original member of the
Decoupage Guild of Queensland. Snippets first appeared as the
Newsletter, September 1997. No.1, with Robyn at the keyboard: she
continued through the redesign and name change to August 2005, No. 35-
truly remarkable effort. Under Robyn's editorship Snippets became the
most professionally produced Newsletter of all the Australian Guilds.
This wonder woman began her decoupage career at TAFE (Ithaca) under the
tutorship of Allan Press, attending a further course with Allan at TAFE
Bracken Ridge and then went on to his private classes where I first met
her. She was also present at Guild
meetings as Treasurer- on the
door extracting money from us.
Farmer Robyn from Dayboro, besides being a full-time farm labourer (her
husband directed as they are wont to do), and music teacher, also had a
part-time job with the Pine Rivers Council. She was a Guild
member, a driving force in the Dayboro Show Society and a talented
horsewoman Her decoupage disasters were legendary, varnish problems,
crocodile skin, waves and then there was the
participating wildlife- well, she would live in the country.
Because of my background in publishing, Allan suggested I might be of
help to Robyn and it was here that our friendship started, in January
1998, Newsletter No.2. With red pen and fax, and Robyn's flair for
design, we put together our Newsletter: Robyn cracking the whip over
deadlines and me moaning about the punctuation. Apart from her flair as
a publisher (the Fairfaxes and Murdochs really missed out there), and
the wildlife and climatic disasters, Robyn continued to produce the
most wonderful decoupage- who could forget her 18th century military
firescreen, her lovely fish lamp, the chicken clock, the Persian Ladies
table; etc, etc, etc. Her crowning achievement was supreme champion of
the 1999 Decoupage Exhibition- the bronze and gold Grecian vase. [Here
Robyn insists that she acknowledge Allan's continued input and support
in her work.]
The move to the Sunshine Coast caused a gap in her decoupage, but now
she has settled in with the Caloundra Group we can look forward to some
more stunning work. Robyn was kindness itself to me when she guided me
(a rather bewildered President) through the complexities of
meetings- you must remember the voice from the back; "No! You must do
'Any Other Business' now". I value her friendship- a most talented
member of our Guild.
when we create to stimulate, or affect
our emotions in
the following manner; by exciting, by shocking, by pleasing, by
relaxing, by amusing or by appealing in some way. We do this with
mediums. People can do it with mannerisms or speech or deeds. Artists
do it with a manipulation of colour, shapes and textures. Balancing
these components is not always easy, but with practice it becomes a
natural ability akin to cooking the dinner for the family! (for
people). Mind you, I have mastered neither skill to date. However, I
have found that over years it has become easier to recognise when
things are not quite right, do not balance properly, or have some error
which creates a flaw in my work. This is sometimes corrected easily,
sometimes it takes quite a lot of experimenting and trials to satisfy
the eye. That is the important word - the "eye". Of course, you know
that the eye is in collusion with the brain, so getting these to agree
that the work you are about to view & do is acceptable, may take
some time, if you block their progress by thinking too laterally.
ask you to have an open mind, forget tradition for once, and most of
all; have fun creating something very different. You will be surprised,
not only by your creativity- of which I know you all have plenty- but
by the different direction in which you can either guide, or let it
escape, into! One of my favourite sayings (to myself) is "relax
let it happen". This tends to work well for art, fishing, bingo and
many other pleasant things, and helps get through the tough
situations also. Many 'accidents' in art turn out to be very acceptable
items, e.g. dropping coloured shapes of paper onto collage can be the
easiest way to get a 'free & easy' effect successfully without much
effort. Accidental splats of paint can also create the diversion your
artwork needs, and you can do some line work from these to make them
'tie in' or belong. Don't be worried that the person sitting next to
seems to be doing marvels - just do your own thing & it will be
I hope this will help you relax into creating a
piece of work that
you will get pleasure and satisfaction from, and which leads you in
an exciting direction which can be applied to your Decoupage work.
DISPLAY AT THE CROWS NEST WEEKEND WORKSHOP
Liliana Morgan; Shirley Waterton; Sue Johnston]
- 9.30am for a
10am start at Chermside Library, 375 Hamilton Rd. Chermside
23rd - CLOSING
DATE For EKKA entries
July 22nd - Meeting
September 9th -
November 4th - Meeting
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