Hi, this is Heather, and today, I’m going to share this wonderful Decoupage Technique for your craft projects! This charming Golden Grunge Technique adds the flair of metallic glimmer to your decoupage projects!
By using just two classic Graphics Fairy images, we can cover this entire Paper Mache House.
Once the decoupage is complete, let the Golden Grunge Begin!
Decoupage Technique Supplies:
- A Paper Mache House (these are a bit smaller than the one that I used, mine was 6″)
- White Gesso
- Distress Stain: Black Soot
- Distress Stain: Walnut Stain
- Black Craft Paint
- Inka Gold: Old Gold
- Paint brushes
- A container of water
- Scissors and/or Craft Knife and Cutting Mat
- A pencil
- Aleene’s Tacky Glue
- Mod Podge Matte Finish
- A Heat Tool
- Medium Grit Sandpaper + a Craft Stick
- Dresden Trim
- Adhesive Flat Backed Pearls
- Prima / Iron Orchid Vintage Decor Moulds: Baroque No. 3
- Paper Clay
How to add a Golden Grunge Finish to Decoupage:
Begin by enlarging and printing out two copies each of the images of your choice.
4 sheets (2 copies of each print) of 8.5″ x 11″ printer paper will give us enough to work with.
Note: Because we will be using wet Media on top of the decoupage, determine whether or not to use Laser or Inkjet Prints. Laser prints were used in this demonstration.
Gather your supplies, and remove any tags from the Paper Mache House.
Paint a solid coat of White Gesso, or White chalk paint, inside and out:
Allow to dry.
Trim the prints to remove all white edges.
Remove the Roof from the Base – set aside.
Fit a corner of your desired print across the base of the house front.
Crease the paper along the edges of the house with your fingers.
Cut along the creases.
Dry fit. Trim if necessary.
Apply adhesive to the house front:
Smooth the adhesive to ensure even coverage:
Press paper in place, and dry.
Once thoroughly dry, use a sharp blade to cut the paper out of the door and window openings.
Fold a small scrap of sandpaper over a craft stick…
Neaten the edges of the window ‘panes’ and door opening:
Continue this process until all sides of the house are complete:
Don’t forget to cover the bottom!
Covering the Roof is a little more challenging…but again, no measuring.
Fit the paper over the rear roof, folding the long edge to ‘catch’ beneath the eaves:
Use your fingers to crease along the outer edges of the roof.
Using the creases as a guide, trim the paper to the width of the roof.
Place the roof face-down atop the trimmed paper, and trace the chimney with a pencil.
Cut two vertical slits in the upper edge of the paper, the width of the chimney.
Use this same process to cut/adhere pieces for the sides of the Dormers:
And the Gable Ends:
Once the adhesive has dried, add a light whitewash to mute the colors of the print:
Adhere Dresden Trim to the Roof-Line, using Aleene’s Tacky Glue.
Allow the glue to cure.
Using a watery blend of Distress Stain: Black Soot, add soft drips and a dark border to the piece:
Add a soft antique tint with a watery mix of Distress Stain: Walnut Stain.
Embellish the door and window frames with Adhesive Flat Backed Pearls, if you wish:
Add more drama by outlining the door and window frames with Black Craft Paint.
Add Inka Gold: Old Gold to the pearls with a fingertip:
Add rich touches of Gold on the peak of the roof, and along the corners of the house.
Use a watery mix of Gold to coat the entire exterior.
Paint the interior with a blend of Black and Gold.
For even more magic, cast Paper Clay embellishments using the Prima / Iron Orchid Vintage Decor Moulds: Baroque No. 3 (other Prima moulds would work well too).
Once dry, Seal with Gesso or Paint. Dry.
Cover with Black Craft Paint, dry, then apply Inka Gold to the upper surfaces.
Adhere to the building, wherever you like:
Create tiny splatters of black using a stiff brush:
Once dry, seal with Mod Podge.
What’s this? Someone seems to have taken up residence!
This Golden Grunge technique results in such an elegantly aged finish…
The layers of graphics and pigment combine to create an almost Fairy Tale atmosphere…
I love how the Inka Gold gives us this translucent shimmer, while the tiny splatters of black add a touch of grunge!
And Dresden Trim? So delicious.
The trim creates such a Gingerbread feel to this little house…
And the Antique Ephemera gives it such soul…
Now I want to make a whole village with this soft Golden Grunge finish!
Who will live in your enchanted dwelling?
This was such a joy to create…combining Graphics Fairy ephemera with the charm of this tiny house was too tempting to resist…
And adding Golden Grunge? Essential.
Thank you for visiting The Graphics Fairy today…I hope this has inspired you to experiment with this decoupage technique, gold, and grunge! You might also like this Decoupage Glue Guide HERE.
Come see me at Thicketworks, where a happy mess is always in the making!
Until next time,
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